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ISSUE <strong>32</strong><br />

$9.95 incl GST<br />

INSIDE<br />

PEOPLE’S<br />

CHOICE<br />

AWARDS<br />

Best projects that<br />

you voted for<br />

Image: Blum


Relax and let Refresh take


care of your renovation<br />

Project by Refresh Renovations<br />

We’re changing the way the world renovates<br />

Refresh is the world's leading home renovation builder.<br />

Working with Refresh, you can be assured that your<br />

renovation will be cost-effective and hassle free.<br />

As a design and build specialist, we make things easy by<br />

being your one point of contact for the entire renovation<br />

process. We have the designers, builders and sub-trades to<br />

complete the job on time, on budget and to a high standard.<br />

We work with you, within your budget to design and deliver<br />

the home you want.<br />

www.refreshrenovations.com.au<br />

www.refreshrenovations.co.uk<br />

www.refreshrenovations.co.nz<br />

www.refreshrenovations.com


Contents<br />

Planning<br />

Kitchen<br />

Bathroom<br />

6<br />

Planning your renovation<br />

22<br />

Kitchen checklist<br />

34<br />

Bathroom checklist<br />

8<br />

10<br />

13<br />

How COVID-19 has changed<br />

the way we live<br />

Things your contractors wish<br />

you knew before renovating<br />

Common renovation fears<br />

24<br />

27<br />

31<br />

Kitchen layout<br />

How to make the most<br />

of a compact kitchen<br />

Kitchen surfaces<br />

38<br />

39<br />

41<br />

Bathroom measurements<br />

How to solve unequal<br />

water pressure<br />

The importance of<br />

waterproofing<br />

15<br />

16<br />

Top tips for renovating<br />

Applying for consent<br />

43<br />

Top tips for planning a<br />

laundry renovation<br />

18<br />

Home renovation inspiration<br />

7<br />

23 35<br />

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People’s Choice<br />

Awards<br />

Living Spaces<br />

Outdoor Living<br />

46<br />

Bathroom of the year<br />

86<br />

Living checklist<br />

102<br />

Outdoor checklist<br />

50<br />

Kitchen of the year<br />

88<br />

Is open-plan right for you?<br />

104<br />

Low maintenance gardens<br />

55<br />

56<br />

60<br />

62<br />

66<br />

70<br />

Biggest Transformation<br />

of the year<br />

Full House renovation<br />

of the year<br />

Conversion of the year<br />

Open Plan of the year<br />

Extension / Interior of the year<br />

Outdoor Projects of the year<br />

91<br />

92<br />

95<br />

96<br />

98<br />

Create indoor-outdoor flow<br />

A taste of colour<br />

Creating a roof terrace<br />

Converting your home garage<br />

to a living space<br />

Extending your home<br />

106<br />

108<br />

111<br />

112<br />

114<br />

117<br />

Outdoor rooms<br />

Artificial or real grass?<br />

How to plant and<br />

care for peonies<br />

Pools and spas<br />

Greenhouse guide<br />

Top tips for watering<br />

your garden<br />

46<br />

87<br />

103<br />

THE PRACTICAL GUIDE TO RENOVATING<br />

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Planning<br />

So, you’ve decided to renovate -<br />

congratulations! A great journey is<br />

about to begin. Before you start, we<br />

think you should get to know the<br />

basics. The following pages have been<br />

designed to support you in confidently<br />

planning your renovation.<br />

THE PRACTICAL GUIDE TO RENOVATING<br />

5


Planning your<br />

renovation<br />

Knowing how to plan a renovation, and understanding what process to<br />

follow, can have a huge impact on the final result of your project. Doing<br />

your research and knowing what to expect is key to getting the renovation<br />

you want. The following steps will help to keep your project on track.<br />

1 2 3<br />

CONSIDER WHY YOU WANT TO<br />

RENOVATE<br />

Understanding the motivation behind<br />

your renovation is essential to getting<br />

your desired result. Do you require<br />

more space for a growing family? If<br />

so, an extension and room addition<br />

may be the main focus of your<br />

project. Is your home looking tired<br />

and dated? In this case, you will need<br />

to pinpoint what areas of your home<br />

require particular attention. Perhaps<br />

you want to improve your home’s<br />

energy efficiency or even invest in a<br />

luxury renovation? Throughout this<br />

guide, you’ll find multiple renovation<br />

checklists designed to support you in<br />

identifying your renovation priorities.<br />

DO YOUR RESEARCH<br />

Once you know what type of work will<br />

be involved in your home renovation,<br />

start looking at examples of the work<br />

you want to be done. Most renovation<br />

companies will provide examples of<br />

past work and case studies on their<br />

website. Take note of what you do and<br />

don’t like about the projects you see.<br />

Keep copies of any pictures that could<br />

provide your designer with useful<br />

examples of what you like. This is also<br />

a good time to begin familiarizing<br />

yourself with the costs, consents and<br />

processes involved in carrying out<br />

your project ideas to a high standard.<br />

If this all seems a bit overwhelming at<br />

first, don’t worry; there are plenty of<br />

renovation experts out there who can<br />

offer advice and guidance.<br />

CONTACT A RENOVATION<br />

COMPANY<br />

Seeking out examples of local<br />

renovations should lead you to the<br />

websites of a few different renovation<br />

companies. Look at their portfolios -<br />

are you satisfied with their standards?<br />

Do they offer the type of services you<br />

are after? Some companies might<br />

only provide design or construction<br />

services while others provide an endto-end<br />

renovation service. Check out<br />

their customer testimonials to ensure<br />

they are a business you would want<br />

to work with. Once you have found a<br />

company that you are satisfied with,<br />

get in touch.<br />

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PLANNING<br />

4 5 6<br />

BOOK A CONSULTATION<br />

When you have found a company you<br />

are interested in, book a consultation<br />

with them. This will be an opportunity<br />

for them to come to the project site<br />

and discuss your ideas. A good<br />

renovation consultant should be able<br />

to provide you with useful advice on<br />

your project and will tell you whether<br />

or not your ideas are feasible. Moving<br />

forward, they should be able to advise<br />

you on what council and building<br />

requirements you need to be aware<br />

of, what costs will be involved and any<br />

other important information relevant<br />

to your project. Even if you are opting<br />

for the DIY route, meeting with a<br />

renovation consultant could prove to<br />

be hugely beneficial.<br />

DECIDE WHO WILL MANAGE<br />

THE PROJECT<br />

The next step is to decide on whether<br />

you will manage the project yourself<br />

or hire a project manager. Unless you<br />

have a significant amount of time<br />

available and building knowledge,<br />

managing the project yourself could<br />

prove to be a stressful and expensive<br />

process. Managing multiple trades<br />

without the experience to do so can<br />

lead to miscommunication, project<br />

schedules being extended and much<br />

more money being spent than<br />

originally estimated. If you don’t have<br />

much knowledge in the renovation<br />

sector, hiring a project manager<br />

could make the experience far more<br />

enjoyable and cost-effective.<br />

BEGIN THE DECISION-MAKING<br />

PROCESS<br />

Probably the most difficult point in a<br />

renovation - making decisions. Now<br />

that you have selected a renovation<br />

builder, your concept will be discussed<br />

in more depth. Concept drawings<br />

will be drawn up along with cost<br />

estimates. This is the time to make<br />

any adjustments to your project so<br />

that it meets both your budget, taste<br />

and priorities. When you are happy<br />

with the concept, design and quote;<br />

you can begin looking at signing<br />

building contracts. Depending on the<br />

size of your renovation, this is also<br />

a good time to discuss whether or<br />

not you will remain at home during<br />

the build or will find temporary<br />

accommodation.<br />

THE PRACTICAL GUIDE TO RENOVATING<br />

7


Adam Schlooz<br />

Refresh Renovations, Auckland Central, NZ – Corey Rambhai<br />

How COVID-19 has changed<br />

the way we live<br />

Our homes used to be places that<br />

inspired sayings like ‘leave your worries<br />

at the door’. But in today’s world,<br />

we’re finding that our worries often<br />

reside within the same four walls that<br />

we do. With what feels like an endless<br />

cycle of stay at home orders and city<br />

re-openings since early 2020, we’re all<br />

looking for consistency wherever we<br />

can find it.<br />

One such constant for many has<br />

stemmed from choosing to work<br />

from home permanently. However,<br />

working in your home leaves nowhere<br />

for respite, causing tension in our<br />

relationships and making it nearly<br />

impossible to find time or space for<br />

mental and physical wellness. And<br />

even if you’re not working from home,<br />

someone you live with likely is.<br />

Ultimately, COVID has demanded<br />

a level of tolerance and flexibility<br />

that many of us didn’t know we were<br />

capable of. And not only is home a<br />

place for work but entertainment and<br />

leisure too. Spontaneous weekend getaways<br />

or relaxing kid-free afternoons<br />

may no longer exist, so we have to<br />

cultivate areas for recreation within<br />

our homes. Between business and<br />

pleasure, we’ve been forced to assess<br />

and re-prioritise our lifestyles – a<br />

reaction that’s contributed to the rise<br />

of home renovations.<br />

In 2020, Houzz reported a 58%<br />

annual increase in project leads for<br />

home professionals across the U.S.<br />

Co-founder of Refresh Renovations<br />

Chris Caiger provided a testament to<br />

this, sharing, “the company has seen<br />

a global increase in people looking<br />

to renovate, upgrade their property’s<br />

landscape, and undertake general<br />

home improvements.”<br />

People all around the world are<br />

making changes for life in the<br />

pandemic, aka the ‘new normal. Some<br />

adjustments might be minor, like<br />

repositioning your favourite chair<br />

for the perfect light during morning<br />

Zoom meetings or preparing your<br />

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kitchen table to move swiftly from<br />

breakfast to a classroom workspace.<br />

However, people are also picking up<br />

big home improvement projects that<br />

have been sitting on the back burner,<br />

like converting a garage into an<br />

entertainment room or undertaking a<br />

complete kitchen revamp.<br />

One goal that’s common among many<br />

homeowners is to create more space.<br />

But space comes at a premium, and<br />

building an extension isn’t feasible for<br />

everyone, so you have to get creative<br />

and be intentional when re-designing.<br />

If you’re in a modern home, consider<br />

closing off a portion of open-plan<br />

living space to establish a designated<br />

office or classroom. And if your floor<br />

plans are more traditional, explore<br />

innovative solutions for creating<br />

multifunctional rooms. You might<br />

find something as simple as unused<br />

hallway space could host an additional<br />

functionality without compromising<br />

the original purpose.<br />

Another factor to consider is your<br />

home’s ability to support leisure and<br />

entertainment. Do you have a place<br />

to retreat other than your bedroom?<br />

While some homeowners might choose<br />

to integrate a gym, library, or cinema<br />

for this purpose, upgrading your<br />

bathroom with touches of luxury can<br />

be just as fulfilling. Alternatively, taking<br />

a step outside with an outdoor room<br />

or sundeck extension is another way to<br />

create the perfect escape. The important<br />

message here is that no matter the<br />

route you take to unwind, don’t forget<br />

to make way for what you enjoy.<br />

COVID has had a funny way of showing<br />

just how much our home environments<br />

impact our lives. Neuroscientist<br />

Ash Ranpura explained the significance<br />

of the home’s effect during her<br />

discussion on The Art & Science of<br />

the Home. “The environment I’m in<br />

influences my behaviour, the choices<br />

that are presented to me, and how<br />

I execute an action”, she shared.<br />

Essentially, the space you surround<br />

yourself with, whether you live alone,<br />

with flatmates, or with family, directly<br />

affects your emotional and physical<br />

wellbeing. While there are many<br />

ways to take control of your home<br />

environment, we know that renovating<br />

is a tremendously effective solution.<br />

No matter how small the project, a<br />

carefully planned home renovation<br />

can make all the difference.<br />

PLANNING<br />

Sara Tensy<br />

Refresh Renovations, Wellington, NZ – Steve Wang<br />

Refresh Renovations, Auckland Central, NZ – Dominic Hollands<br />

Eric Li<br />

THE PRACTICAL GUIDE TO RENOVATING<br />

9


Sara Tansy<br />

Things your contractors wish<br />

you knew before renovating<br />

WRITTEN BY CHRIS CAIGER<br />

When it comes to renovating, the devil really is in the<br />

details. Most renovation projects run into unexpected<br />

problems, delays, and budget blowouts.<br />

Chris Caiger, co-founder of Refresh<br />

Renovations<br />

In fact, according to research<br />

company BRANZ, 30% of a homeowner’s<br />

budget goes to waste in a<br />

typical renovation. When Refresh<br />

Renovations surveyed over 400<br />

homeowners worldwide to find out<br />

their biggest renovation fear, over a<br />

third of respondents revealed it was<br />

encountering unforeseen costs that<br />

weren’t included in the initial costing,<br />

resulting in the budget spiralling out<br />

of control and the renovation being<br />

unfinished.<br />

Having been in the renovation industry<br />

for decades, I’m going to reveal<br />

the three things that your contractors<br />

wish you knew before getting started<br />

on your renovation and why these tips<br />

are likely to help you stay on track<br />

and avoid a budget blow-out.<br />

1. POOR COMMUNICATION<br />

One of the biggest complaints from<br />

contractors is a lack of communication<br />

from the homeowner. Often<br />

this is due to the client not clarifying<br />

what they want to achieve with their<br />

renovation project in the first place.<br />

Any contractor will tell you: there is<br />

no such thing as communicating too<br />

many details. Alongside what you want<br />

to achieve, it’s also important to share<br />

why you want to achieve it. So make<br />

sure to discuss every detail of your<br />

project, even if it seems obvious. It<br />

is essential for you both to be on the<br />

same page, and often a good idea to<br />

get everything in writing.<br />

Many homeowners let small things go,<br />

hoping the final product will outweigh<br />

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the tiny mistakes, or they decide to<br />

leave it until the end to get those<br />

things fixed. However, the quicker<br />

you point out a mistake or something<br />

you don’t like, the easier it is to<br />

resolve. Your contractors want to do<br />

the best job possible, but mistakes do<br />

happen, and things can get lost during<br />

communication.<br />

The more details available to your<br />

contractor, the better the estimate<br />

they can provide you regarding how<br />

long your project will take and how<br />

much it’s going to cost. If you need<br />

something done by a certain time, let<br />

your contractor know so that they can<br />

adjust their timeline accordingly.<br />

2. INADEQUATE PLANNING<br />

Before you even think about<br />

project managing, you need a plan.<br />

Contractors know from experience<br />

that the homeowners who skip on the<br />

planning, hoping to save money, are<br />

the ones most likely to end up spending<br />

more. Like Benjamin Franklin said,<br />

“Failing to plan is planning to fail.”<br />

Often homeowners think of planning<br />

as design, but it consists of so much<br />

more. Having a proper plan for your<br />

renovation means figuring out time<br />

frames, getting early budget estimates,<br />

preparing documentation, researching<br />

specifications of products and materials,<br />

as well as drafting contracts with<br />

tradespeople.<br />

on planning. Homeowners who decide<br />

to skip this step usually spend 30%<br />

more than their total budget. A really<br />

important thing to remember is that<br />

the planning cost is not in addition to<br />

your project; it is part of it.<br />

Without adequate planning, it’s going<br />

to be nearly impossible to manage<br />

your project, and your renovation is<br />

likely to spiral out of control, resulting<br />

in a budget blowout.<br />

3. LACK OF PROJECT<br />

MANAGEMENT<br />

Once you have a plan in order, it’s<br />

possible to start managing your<br />

renovation project. Most builders are<br />

trained in site management, that is,<br />

they make sure their tradespeople<br />

are turning up on time and keep<br />

a record of the materials they are<br />

using, however, that is not the same as<br />

project management.<br />

A dedicated project manager will<br />

ensure your project stays true to its<br />

initial design and finishes on track,<br />

all while considering the budget. They<br />

essentially have a holistic view of the<br />

entire project and understand how all<br />

the pieces fit together.<br />

Note that when it comes to making<br />

decisions during your renovation<br />

project, it is ideal to figure out the<br />

details and finalise plans as early as<br />

possible. There’s a good rule of thumb<br />

that contractors use – each time you<br />

move to the next stage, it costs you ten<br />

times as much to change your mind!<br />

For example, if you decide to move<br />

a specific window to a different<br />

location: During the planning phase,<br />

this might cost as little as $50 to<br />

adjust the initial plans. However,<br />

if you decide to make this change<br />

during the working drawings phase,<br />

this might cost $500 as there are now<br />

engineering considerations that have<br />

to be taken into account, which is<br />

going to be more time-consuming.<br />

If you decide to make this change<br />

during construction, then it might<br />

cost $5,000 or more, as now you<br />

have to make physical and structural<br />

changes, maybe even knock down or<br />

rebuild certain aspects of the room.<br />

Therefore it’s always best to make<br />

changes sooner rather than later.<br />

By keeping on top of these three<br />

things, you will be in a much better<br />

place to complete your renovation<br />

project without a budget blowout and<br />

get the results you desire.<br />

PLANNING<br />

When it comes to figuring out how<br />

much your initial budget will be, it’s a<br />

good idea to ask your contractor for<br />

previous case studies. If you want to<br />

know how much a modern kitchen<br />

renovation will cost, look at their previously<br />

completed kitchen projects for<br />

a cost estimate. Plus, you might pick<br />

up something you want to incorporate<br />

into your renovation or learn about<br />

something you want to avoid.<br />

If you hire a renovation company<br />

to take care of your design and<br />

construction stages, they will advise<br />

you to spend 10-15% of your budget<br />

Sara Tensy<br />

Refresh Renovations, Wellington, NZ – Nick Leko<br />

THE PRACTICAL GUIDE TO RENOVATING<br />

11


Renovating?<br />

Talk to your<br />

builder about<br />

the elephant<br />

in the roof.<br />

Don’t ignore masonry chimneys. In an earthquake,<br />

they can turn into a big problem.<br />

If you’re renovating, get your builder to check your<br />

roof tiles, masonry chimney, unbraced walls or<br />

unsecured foundations. They could be strengthened<br />

as part of your reno.<br />

Visit eqc.govt.nz/renovators for more.<br />

EQC0369_REN


PLANNING<br />

Common renovation<br />

fears<br />

Award-winning renovation company Refresh Renovations recently asked<br />

over 400 people what their biggest renovation fears were. Unsurprisingly,<br />

sticking to a budget was at the top of the list.<br />

31%<br />

of respondents revealed their<br />

biggest fear was encountering<br />

unforeseen costs that were<br />

not included in the initial<br />

costing, resulting in the budget<br />

spiralling out of control and<br />

unfinished renovations.<br />

13%<br />

of respondents said that the<br />

general cost of renovating was<br />

their biggest fear. It is common<br />

knowledge that renovations can be<br />

expensive even when everything<br />

goes to plan.<br />

9%<br />

of respondents were concerned<br />

that they didn’t have enough<br />

knowledge of the industry,<br />

trends, or project management<br />

skills to be able to renovate their<br />

own home successfully.<br />

9%<br />

of respondents were most afraid<br />

that when the project was completed,<br />

they would be unhappy with the<br />

final result, it wouldn’t live up to<br />

their expectations or would turn out<br />

worse than before they started.<br />

8%<br />

of respondents were worried<br />

about running over their<br />

estimated timeline, as it typically<br />

causes homeowners to spend<br />

more than they originally<br />

budgeted for. This is often due<br />

to poor project management.<br />

7%<br />

of respondents felt uneasy about<br />

their ability to find tradesmen<br />

who would provide high-quality<br />

workmanship. A fear of having<br />

to coordinate trades was also<br />

noted.<br />

6%<br />

of respondents said that their<br />

biggest renovation fears involved<br />

finding unexpected surprises<br />

such as asbestos, rot or<br />

structural damage.<br />

3%<br />

of respondents were, understandably,<br />

worried that they<br />

would make mistakes during<br />

their renovation project. Usually,<br />

this comes down to a lack of<br />

experience.<br />

2%<br />

of respondents were concerned<br />

about the mess that comes<br />

with a home renovation project<br />

e.g. the dust and demolition<br />

debris commonly found on<br />

construction sites.<br />

THE PRACTICAL GUIDE TO RENOVATING<br />

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Like you,<br />

we’re proudly<br />

building for<br />

New Zealand.<br />

Every day, passionate and dedicated<br />

professionals come together as an industry for<br />

the good of all New Zealanders. It’s something<br />

we’re proud to have been a trusted part of for<br />

over 90 years.<br />

gib.co.nz/homeowner


PLANNING<br />

Top tips for<br />

renovating<br />

Is fear of going over-budget holding you back from getting<br />

the ball rolling with your renovation ideas? Check out these<br />

solutions on how to stick to your renovation budget.<br />

PRIORITISE<br />

Understand your objectives –<br />

be clear about what you want<br />

to achieve and why.<br />

MAKE A PLAN<br />

Focus on planning – break<br />

the project down into<br />

achievable milestones.<br />

STICK TO A BUDGET<br />

Avoid budget creep, allowing<br />

the project to grow as it<br />

progresses can cause the<br />

budget to escalate and the<br />

schedule to overrun.<br />

FUTURE PROOF<br />

It’s good practice to<br />

include a contingency plan<br />

- possibly around 15% of<br />

the total budget - to cater<br />

for unforseen costs.<br />

DEADLINES<br />

Draw up a schedule – an<br />

accurate schedule with<br />

a clear deadline for<br />

completion is essential.<br />

COST EFFICIENCY<br />

Manage your finances -<br />

you’ll need to ensure that<br />

you can meet the agreed<br />

payment schedule.<br />

COMMIT TO PLAN<br />

Stick to the plan - changing<br />

your mind during the project<br />

is guaranteed to blow the<br />

budget.<br />

FLEXIBILITY<br />

Expect the unexpected. Even<br />

with the most meticulous<br />

planning, there is still a chance<br />

that something unexpected<br />

might occur.<br />

COMPROMISE<br />

Agree on realistic<br />

specifications, avoid the<br />

temptation to splurge on<br />

luxury items that add little<br />

value.<br />

THE PRACTICAL GUIDE TO RENOVATING<br />

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Holly Lynch<br />

Refresh Renovations, Auckland Central, NZ – Kim Reiche<br />

Applying for consent<br />

Resource consent, planning permission, building consent...<br />

what do they all mean and will they be required for your<br />

renovation? Learn the basics here.<br />

One of the most complicated, yet<br />

essential, stages of any renovation<br />

project is applying for local consents<br />

and permits. Go without, and you will<br />

not only be risking fines and penalties,<br />

you could also be risking the safety<br />

of your household. Applying for local<br />

permission can be a costly, time consuming<br />

and detailed process. Unless<br />

you have a solid understanding of<br />

the laws and regulations surrounding<br />

your project, it is well worth getting<br />

some support from a reputable design<br />

and build company.<br />

NEW ZEALAND<br />

All New Zealand home renovations<br />

must meet Building Code requirements.<br />

Additionally, your project may<br />

require Building Consent and/or<br />

Resource Consent. Before you begin<br />

any work, it’s important to check<br />

with your local council and/or an<br />

expert (such as a specialist, registered<br />

Architect, Town Planner or a licensed<br />

building practitioner).<br />

Projects commonly requiring<br />

consent include:<br />

• Structural work e.g. additions/<br />

alterations<br />

• New plumbing and drainage<br />

• Wood burner<br />

• Retaining walls over 1.5 metres in<br />

height<br />

• Fences or walls over 2.5 metres<br />

• Swimming pool fences<br />

• Large sheds over 30m2<br />

• Specific earthworks<br />

• Heritage-listed building renovations<br />

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AUSTRALIA<br />

One of the first things you will need<br />

to do when renovating in Australia<br />

is find out whether or not your<br />

project will require Planning Consent,<br />

Building Consent and/or Land<br />

Division Consent. All renovation work<br />

must be carried out in accordance<br />

with the Building Code of Australia. If<br />

you’re unsure of whether or not your<br />

project will require approval, it’s best<br />

to check with an expert.<br />

PLANNING<br />

Projects commonly requiring<br />

consent include:<br />

• Demolition<br />

• Subdivision<br />

• Construction<br />

• Earthworks<br />

• Land-use changes<br />

• Home extensions<br />

• Home additions<br />

• Interior/exterior structural work<br />

• Heritage-listed building renovations<br />

• Land divisions<br />

• Renovations that effect boundary<br />

lines<br />

• Renovations that influence fire<br />

safety<br />

• Renovations that may affect your<br />

home’s energy efficiency<br />

UNITED KINGDOM<br />

It’s important to be thorough when<br />

it comes to meeting your local<br />

Planning Permission requirements,<br />

as different areas may have different<br />

requirements. Contacting your<br />

Local Planning Authority (LPA) is<br />

recommended, as they can advise you<br />

on the approval process which will be<br />

relevant to your project. Your project<br />

may require Planning Permission and/<br />

or Building Regulations Approval.<br />

Alternatively, you may need to obtain<br />

a lawful development certificate.<br />

Projects commonly requiring<br />

Planning Permission and/or Building<br />

Regulations Approval include:<br />

• Listed-building renovations<br />

• Extensions/additions<br />

• Construction work<br />

• Plumbing<br />

• Door and window replacements<br />

• Roof covering replacements<br />

• Building use changes<br />

UNITED STATES<br />

In the United States, building<br />

regulations depend on your State, and<br />

in some cases, city or county zones<br />

may have different permit regulations,<br />

so it’s important to discuss<br />

your plans with a local renovation<br />

consultant or a licensed contractor.<br />

You should generally contact your<br />

local Development Services Planner<br />

who will advise you on your zoning<br />

and future land use category. It is also<br />

important to understand your flood<br />

plain designation, which identifies any<br />

flood hazard areas.<br />

In the US, you generally will need<br />

to apply for individual permits for<br />

each service. This might include a<br />

building permit, an electrical permit,<br />

a plumbing permit, a gas permit or<br />

even a lawn sprinkler permit. Once<br />

your renovation is complete, it’s<br />

important to keep copies of these<br />

permits for insurance purposes.<br />

Generally, you won’t need a permit if<br />

you are completing minor work (tiling,<br />

new cabinets, counters, etc) within<br />

your home. It is when the changes<br />

within your home require structural,<br />

electrical, gas or plumbing work that<br />

a permit will be required. It’s always<br />

best to check with a local renovation<br />

specialist, as carrying out work without<br />

the proper consents can lead to<br />

penalties, fines and unfinished work.<br />

If your home is heritage-listed or is<br />

located within a conservation area,<br />

you will need to apply for permission<br />

to carry out changes on the house.<br />

For further guidance, please consult<br />

your local specialist or Development<br />

Services Planner.<br />

THE BOTTOM LINE<br />

Applications should be filled out by<br />

someone who thoroughly understands<br />

your project, your region’s building<br />

regulations and has experience in<br />

completing any applications relevant<br />

to your region. Until you have the<br />

relevant consents, you generally won’t<br />

be able to begin any renovation work.<br />

As regulations within different states<br />

and countries vary, your first step<br />

should always be to seek advice from<br />

a trusted renovation/landscaping<br />

consultant or to get in touch with your<br />

local council for more information.<br />

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Home renovation<br />

inspiration<br />

Personalising your home generally begins with a collection of images,<br />

ideas and creative input. Try out these resources if you’re in the process of<br />

figuring out your style, layout and product preferences.<br />

EXPLORE PINTEREST<br />

For many, Pinterest is the online space where<br />

interior design wishlists begin. The image sharing<br />

site allows you to explore endless home design<br />

photos and save them to an online image board. A<br />

site like this is a great place to start if you’re only<br />

just beginning to develop your home design ideas.<br />

Once you’ve built up a sizable image collection,<br />

go through each image and try to recognise what<br />

it is that attracts you to each interior or exterior<br />

space. Is it the style, the colours, the furniture or<br />

something else? Take note of what aspects you<br />

would like to replicate within your own home.<br />

FIGURE OUT YOUR STYLE<br />

A quick search of “interior design styles” on Google<br />

will quickly lead you to a variety of interior design<br />

options. Try to discern what styles draw you in and<br />

why - do you like the idea of a clean, minimalistic<br />

style home? Perhaps a rustic, country theme is more<br />

you or, alternatively, an interior that has more of an<br />

industrial edge? Scandinavian design is hugely popular<br />

at the moment as it focuses on creating peaceful,<br />

natural settings that leave plenty of room for ongoing<br />

personalisation. Understanding your style will help<br />

your designer to know what angle to take as they draw<br />

up your project.<br />

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VISIT YOUR LOCAL SHOWROOM<br />

Design showrooms are an excellent way to see<br />

products in-person. They allow you to examine<br />

products up-close and, in the process, determine<br />

whether or not they will be a good fit for your style<br />

and home environment. The Home Ideas Centre is<br />

a New Zealand-based 3000 m2 design showroom<br />

that displays design and build products from a<br />

wide range of New Zealand manufacturers. Every<br />

country will have its own version of this, allowing<br />

you to explore a vast array of interior and exterior<br />

design options ranging from swimming pools to<br />

kitchen benchtops.<br />

LOOK AT LOCAL PROJECTS<br />

When you have a vague idea of what you are<br />

looking for in your home design, start looking<br />

up designers or renovation companies who have<br />

a proven record of completing your style of<br />

renovation. Scroll through their online portfolios,<br />

read through their case studies and take note of<br />

the materials and design aspects that seem both<br />

practical and aesthetically pleasing to you.<br />

TALK TO A DESIGNER<br />

Once you have scrolled through a few local home<br />

design websites, consider reaching out to the ones<br />

that stand out to you as being professional and<br />

experienced in your specific area of interest. If this<br />

is your first home renovation, you might want to<br />

work with a company that can provide end-to-end<br />

support, from design through to project completion.<br />

When you meet with a local renovation specialist,<br />

show them your ideas and see if they seem like<br />

someone that you would like to work with (and<br />

invite into your home) long-term. A home renovation<br />

is a personal project and a considerable investment,<br />

so keep looking until you find the right fit.<br />

Sources of inspiration brought to you by Home Ideas<br />

Centre Auckland. Visit www.homeideas.co.nz.<br />

PLANNING<br />

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Kitchen<br />

As one of the most used rooms in the<br />

home, it’s important to design this<br />

space to suit your lifestyle needs. Use<br />

our kitchen planning checklist to get<br />

started, see our expert’s answers to<br />

your FAQs and draw inspiration from<br />

our award-winning kitchen designs!<br />

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Kitchen checklist<br />

What features are important to you and your home?<br />

DESIGN, STYLE & LAYOUT<br />

Breakfast bar or kitchen island<br />

False ceiling<br />

Natural lighting<br />

General lighting<br />

Good task lighting<br />

Eating area or ability to sit at the benchtop<br />

Kitchen view/outlook<br />

Luxury countertops<br />

Accent pieces<br />

Rustic elements<br />

STORAGE & CABINETRY<br />

Appliance cupboard<br />

Space for special appliances<br />

Waste disposal unit<br />

Built-in rubbish bin or recycling bins<br />

New cupboards or new doors and handles<br />

Touch technology cabinetry<br />

Butler’s pantry<br />

Lots of easy-access drawers or pull outs<br />

Display shelves<br />

Cabinet for bottles, herbs and spices<br />

Cabinets for kitchen utensils, accessories, cutlery and dinnerware<br />

Cabinet for baking utensils<br />

Cabinet for cleaning products<br />

Rotating corner cupboard shelving<br />

APPLIANCES<br />

Dishwasher<br />

A wall oven or all in one stove<br />

Microwave and grill oven<br />

Ventilation<br />

Fridge and freezer<br />

Beer and wine fridge<br />

FINISHINGS<br />

New sink or double sink<br />

New tap - pull out faucet for rinsing<br />

Water filter<br />

Power points<br />

Wiring for TV or Internet<br />

Wall finish<br />

Non-slip flooring<br />

Kitchen window treatment - blinds/curtains<br />

Splashback<br />

Benchtops - laminate, marble, wood, granite or concrete<br />

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Sara Tansy<br />

Refresh Renovations, Wellington, NZ – Nick Leko


KITCHEN<br />

Key things to consider<br />

1. What is the end goal of the kitchen renovation?<br />

2. Have you determined your budget?<br />

3. What works in the existing space and could those<br />

features be incorporated into the new design?<br />

4. Who does the cooking? Just one cook or the<br />

whole family?<br />

5. How is the kitchen used? Just for cooking,<br />

sitting or entertaining too?<br />

6. How much storage is needed?<br />

7. What design style are you drawn to?<br />

8. Where will you cook during the renovation?<br />

9. Have you considered future-proofing your<br />

kitchen, for retirement or other stages of life?<br />

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Kitchen layout<br />

Items related to a specific task area should be placed within arm’s reach.<br />

Ideally, you want to think about creating a triangle between the sink, stove<br />

and fridge. This easily connects your kitchen work spaces - resulting in a<br />

functional kitchen layout.<br />

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KITCHEN<br />

Today, a functional kitchen is determined by the workflow - the<br />

proximity and sequence of the key work stations or zones make<br />

cooking a delight and easy for more than one chef.<br />

SOCIALISING ZONE<br />

• Kitchen islands provide a central<br />

location to socialise while you cook<br />

• Bi-fold windows can be used to<br />

connect the indoor kitchen space to<br />

outdoor entertaining spaces<br />

CONSUMABLES ZONE<br />

• Store groceries, including fridge<br />

items and frozen edibles<br />

• An ideal space for your pantry<br />

• Focus on layers of easy to access<br />

storage<br />

NON-CONSUMABLES ZONE<br />

• Dinnerware and cutlery<br />

• Glass and serveware<br />

• Containers and lids for food storage<br />

PREPARATION ZONE<br />

• Preparation implements for slicing,<br />

dicing, mashing and mixing<br />

• Store mixing bowls, knives, boards<br />

and other preparation appliances<br />

• Oils, spices and herbs should be<br />

stored in fit-for-purpose drawers<br />

CLEANING ZONE<br />

• Keep cleaning products close to the<br />

sink and dishwasher<br />

• Rubbish bins should also be kept in<br />

this area<br />

• For ultimate functionality, you<br />

might want to opt for a scullery<br />

COOKING ZONE<br />

• Keep your most used cooking<br />

products, utensils, pots and pans<br />

around the stovetop and oven(s)<br />

• Focus on below-the-waist drawers<br />

- a great place to store your baking<br />

essentials<br />

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Make the most of a<br />

compact kitchen<br />

Our top tips to create the perfect bijou kitchen combine planning<br />

and design with practicality and discipline to ensure that every<br />

aspect works in harmony to deliver a solution that matches both<br />

your taste and your lifestyle.<br />

GET CREATIVE WITH YOUR WORKSPACE<br />

Even a compact kitchen can offer functional<br />

space – it’s just a case of creating it. A slim island<br />

can usually be accommodated, but if not then a<br />

butcher’s block will give you an area for preparation.<br />

If space is very limited, it’s imperative to be<br />

disciplined in keeping workspaces clutter-free and<br />

to consider gadgets such as a boiling-water tap<br />

which may enable you to dispense with a kettle.<br />

CHOOSE COLOUR CAREFULLY<br />

Most designers will recommend white for small<br />

areas. A compact kitchen is no different, although<br />

neutral shades are also a possibility. Large<br />

expanses of dark colour have a tendency to shrink<br />

spaces but they should not be dismissed altogether.<br />

Accenting with a darker colour can enhance the<br />

feeling of depth and spaciousness.<br />

SLIM DOWN YOUR APPLIANCES<br />

Appliances invariably require significant space<br />

allocation in any kitchen but smaller slimline<br />

models are available, as are combination solutions<br />

such as a washer-dryers. Integrating appliances<br />

can also benefit not only the overall design but also<br />

the overall spatial perception.<br />

Photography: Eric Li<br />

Project by: Refresh Renovations, Auckland,<br />

New Zealand – Saleem Bhikoo<br />

IDENTIFY THE BEST LAYOUT<br />

Above everything, the layout that you settle on will<br />

have the biggest impact on the feeling of space. As<br />

well as considering all of the components – such as<br />

furniture, appliances and storage – it’s important<br />

to think about the flow of the space; as you will be<br />

using the kitchen for a variety of purposes.<br />

LET THE LIGHT FLOOD IN<br />

A compact kitchen can easily be dark, so allow<br />

in as much natural light as possible. That might<br />

mean replacing an existing window with a larger alternative<br />

or adding a roof light. If neither of these<br />

options is feasible, another approach might be to<br />

install an internal window in order to ‘borrow’ light<br />

from another room.<br />

PUT IT AWAY<br />

Storage is a key consideration when designing a<br />

compact kitchen. Visible clutter combined with<br />

exposed pots, pans and utensils can all shrink<br />

the space. From recessed shelving and bespoke<br />

cupboards to elegant hanging rails, there are<br />

a multitude of options for storage even in the<br />

smallest of spaces.<br />

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KITCHEN<br />

Kitchen surfaces<br />

From top to bottom — cabinets, benchtops, splashbacks, and flooring<br />

— selecting the optimal materials for your kitchen surfaces ensures<br />

the heart of the home is both stylish and functional.<br />

Whether making lunch boxes or meal prepping for<br />

the week, hosting friends for drinks and canapes<br />

or serving up a three course meal, robust surfaces<br />

in your kitchen are an absolute must. Ultimately<br />

though, the right choice is dependent on your<br />

household’s lifestyle.<br />

EASY TO CLEAN AND RESILIENT<br />

If your kitchen is a high-traffic space that earns<br />

the title ‘hub of the home’ then easy-to-clean and<br />

durable surfaces will be a top priority. Groutless<br />

tiling for splashbacks, non-porous and seamless<br />

benchtop materials such as Corian or stainless<br />

steel, and durable, oil-based paint that can<br />

withstand a bit of scrubbing, will quickly become<br />

your kitchen must haves. Selecting these types of<br />

materials means you won’t be walking on eggshells<br />

trying to keep your kitchen pristine. Instead, your<br />

focus can be on your next culinary masterpiece.<br />

HIGH-END AND LUXURIOUS<br />

Granite and marble are long-standing icons of<br />

the luxury category, but they’re better off in<br />

kitchens that don’t see a lot of heavy-duty action,<br />

or in homes where owners aren’t afraid of some<br />

maintenance. Granite stands up to most of the<br />

typical tasks found in the kitchen — hot pots and<br />

pans, surface cracks, and staining with proper<br />

sealants — but is still susceptible to chips and dings<br />

which you’ll have to address by polishing. Regular<br />

sealing is recommended to prevent damage and<br />

to maintain the elegant appearance of marble and<br />

granite.<br />

GREAT ALL-AROUNDERS<br />

They may sound outdated, but don’t overlook vinyl,<br />

laminate, and acrylic panelling. These materials<br />

have advanced in leaps and bounds in the past few<br />

decades and are now not only viable, but popular<br />

options to get a high-end look at a wallet-friendly<br />

price. Furthermore, many boast qualities such as<br />

scratch and heat resistance. Vinyls and laminates<br />

are incredibly versatile. They come in a variety<br />

of styles to suit any kitchen design from modern<br />

farmhouse to industrial chic and can be used for<br />

benchtops, flooring, and cabinetry.<br />

Ready to renovate your kitchen? Speak with the<br />

experts about the best kitchen surfaces and the latest<br />

materials available that will suit your lifestyle.<br />

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Bathroom<br />

The bathroom - a place we spend<br />

approximately 92 days of our life in - is<br />

a place of escapism. Whether you’re<br />

renovating your bathroom to improve its<br />

layout, style or ambience, take some time<br />

to plan it out in detail. Only fools rush in.<br />

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Bathroom checklist<br />

What features are important to you and your home?<br />

DESIGN, STYLE + LAYOUT<br />

Floors - ceramic tiles, laminate, terrazzo, engineered wood<br />

Wall finish - wet surfaces, paint, tiles<br />

New shower - cubicle, walk-in or room for two<br />

New bath - spa bath, freestanding or alcove<br />

Windows - outside view or frosted glass<br />

Natural light - big windows or skylights<br />

Separate toilet room<br />

Ensuite<br />

Wet room<br />

STORAGE + CABINETRY<br />

Lockable medicine cabinet<br />

Space for other items - scales, rubbish bin<br />

Shelves/drawers for toiletries, towels, make-up or other<br />

New cupboards, or new doors and handles<br />

Laundry cabinet<br />

Built-in shower storage<br />

Ladder shelf<br />

APPLIANCES<br />

Laundry area for dirty washing, ironing, cleaning items<br />

Hot water tank - electric/gas, instant water heater<br />

Powerpoints - hair and grooming appliances<br />

Good tasking lighting - makeup, magnifying mirrors<br />

General lighting - feature lighting for effects or dimmers<br />

Underfloor heating or radiator<br />

Heated towel rail<br />

Ventilation - vents or automatic fan<br />

FINISHINGS<br />

Future proofing - grab bars, non-slip tiles, walk-in shower<br />

Bathroom window treatments - blinds, shutters<br />

Dressing - full-length mirrors, robe hooks<br />

Showerhead - rainfall style, handheld or wall mounted<br />

Mirror - fog-less, wall mounted, pivot, illuminated<br />

New taps or fixtures<br />

New toilet<br />

Double basin - wall hung or other<br />

Bathroom splashback<br />

New vanity - laminate, marble, wood, granite, concrete or other<br />

Other privacy considerations<br />

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Elfrem Chan<br />

Refresh Renovations, Melbourne, AUS – Leigh McDonald


Key things to consider<br />

1. What design style are you drawn to?<br />

2. Have you determined your budget?<br />

3. Have you checked your calendar for the most<br />

convenient time of year to renovate?<br />

4. Have you considered a backup bathroom for<br />

while you renovate?<br />

5. Have you considered powder room needs as well<br />

as practical needs?<br />

6. How much space is there? See page 38 for<br />

advice on measurements.<br />

BATHROOM<br />

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Concrete<br />

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Measure me right<br />

The bathroom is one of the rooms in the home that needs careful<br />

consideration when embarking on a renovation project.<br />

WHO WILL BE USING THE BATHROOM, NOW AND IN<br />

YEARS TO COME?<br />

If you can answer that question, you’ll be setting off in<br />

the right direction from the outset. Will it be two people<br />

who often get ready for work at the same time? A family<br />

with young children? Grandparents? Pets? Your bathroom<br />

requirements will change depending on the main users.<br />

HOW WILL THE BATHROOM BE USED?<br />

If two people are going to be sharing the use of the space at the<br />

same time each morning, you will want to consider floor space,<br />

designing comfortable amounts of room to carry out whatever<br />

tasks are undertaken at the same time. If the bathroom needs<br />

to accommodate space for one person to sit and apply make-up<br />

while another shaves at the same time, you may want to consider<br />

double basins and a larger mirror.<br />

LAYOUT OPTIONS<br />

In regards to layout, an important consideration is what will<br />

be seen of the bathroom from the door. If a guest is walking<br />

past the room, it may be that having the toilet in the line of<br />

vision isn’t the best idea. Instead, ensuring the vanity and<br />

mirror are the first focal points could make more sense.<br />

If you’re looking at including a bath, space can become an<br />

issue in smaller layouts, so thinking about combining a bath<br />

and shower is often a popular solution with a shower over<br />

the tub.<br />

KEY MEASUREMENTS<br />

Most bathroomware products are of fairly standard dimensions.<br />

Of course, there are countless options for different<br />

products. If you’re looking at designing bespoke pieces, then<br />

these more standardised measurements won’t be relevant.<br />

As a general guide though, the following dimensions are relatively<br />

universal for standard bathroomware and are worth<br />

considering as you develop a design for your bathroom<br />

that allows for seamless functionality through clever use of<br />

space.<br />

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BATHROOM<br />

SPACE REQUIRED AROUND BATHROOMWARE<br />

To ensure a comfortable amount of room around each piece<br />

in the bathroom, there are some fairly standard guidelines<br />

to follow. While these will differ depending on individual<br />

design requirements, the guidelines below are a good place<br />

to start:<br />

• For ease of movement, you’ll need a minimum of 700mm<br />

of clear space in front of the toilet, and 200mm on either<br />

side of it.<br />

• Double sinks can generally be incorporated into an area<br />

spanning 1500mm, but it’s generally more functional if<br />

this can be extended to at least 1800mm.<br />

• Towel rails are normally mounted around 900mm above<br />

the floor.<br />

1<br />

2<br />

3<br />

4<br />

KEY MEASUREMENTS<br />

A standard bath generally measures<br />

1740mm (d) x 800mm (w) x 612mm (h)<br />

Showers generally measure around<br />

900mm (d) x 900mm (w)<br />

Toilets generally measure around<br />

650mm (d) x 380mm (w) x 816mm (h)<br />

Vanities generally measure around<br />

395mm (d) x 460mm (w) x 900mm (h)<br />

• If a shower has a glass enclosure, it normally reaches a<br />

minimum of 1900mm in height from the floor.<br />

3<br />

2<br />

• If you have fixtures on opposite walls, a minimum space<br />

of 800mm from the front edge of each fixture to the front<br />

of the opposing one allows for comfortable space to move<br />

around in.<br />

• With the placement of each fixture, ensure you leave<br />

enough space for an uncluttered entryway where the door<br />

can effortlessly open. For a standard 81cm door, aim for at<br />

least an 86cm width of surrounding space.<br />

4<br />

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Solve unequal<br />

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If taking a shower tends to be more of an unpredictable event than a comforting<br />

way to rinse away the day, your home may have unequal water pressure.<br />

Experienced plumber Hayden Lim has some advice on resolving this problem.<br />

Q<br />

What is an unequal water<br />

pressure system?<br />

Q<br />

What is the best way to identify<br />

unequal water pressure?<br />

A<br />

Q<br />

A<br />

An unequal water pressure system is when<br />

your cold water pressure is higher than<br />

your hot water pressure.<br />

What causes unequal water<br />

pressure?<br />

It is caused by a low-pressure hot water<br />

cylinder being installed in the house to<br />

deliver hot water. You will typically find this<br />

type of system in the majority of houses<br />

built before the 2000s.<br />

A<br />

The easiest way for a homeowner to<br />

identify whether or not they have unequal<br />

water pressure is to turn on a hot tap and<br />

a cold tap and compare the differences<br />

in water pressure. If the cold pressure is<br />

much greater than the hot pressure, then<br />

they more than likely have a low-pressure<br />

hot water cylinder installed and have an<br />

unequal water system. Also, the homeowner<br />

may have noticed that their shower is<br />

very temperamental and hard to adjust to a<br />

comfortable temperature or it fluctuates a<br />

lot; that is also a sign that it is an unequal<br />

pressure system.<br />

Q<br />

How long does it take to replace<br />

a hot water cylinder?<br />

A<br />

In most situations, a hot water cylinder<br />

upgrade can easily be completed in one day.<br />

Q<br />

How can unequal water pressure<br />

be solved?<br />

A<br />

The best way to solve the problem would<br />

be to replace the old low-pressure hot<br />

water cylinder and upgrade it to a mains<br />

pressure hot water cylinder. This will give<br />

you an equal pressure system which means<br />

the cold and hot water pressure is the same<br />

and you will find it a lot easier to mix the<br />

water and have a comfortable shower.<br />

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The importance of<br />

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PURPOSE<br />

Waterproofing is the process of sealing wet<br />

environments so moisture doesn’t creep into areas<br />

where it doesn’t belong. This keeps your home<br />

dry, reduces humidity, and prevents costly water<br />

damage. Mould growth, structural corrosion, and<br />

pests are other more detrimental issues that could<br />

arise without proper waterproofing.<br />

METHODS<br />

Whether extensive preparation is completed prior<br />

to building your bathroom or corrective work is<br />

needed after the fact, waterproofing should always<br />

be left to qualified professionals.<br />

Before<br />

Waterproofing wasn’t always a requirement, but<br />

now, most local councils have strict building<br />

regulations in place to ensure proper waterproofing<br />

during any renovation project that involves a<br />

wet area. This is commonly done by prepping the<br />

space with a coating or membrane that creates a<br />

water-tight barrier. Contractors can then easily<br />

apply tile, concrete, timber or a variety of other<br />

bathroom fit-out materials over the waterproofing.<br />

Some sealants even have antibacterial properties<br />

for an extra layer of protection against the growth<br />

of mould and mildew.<br />

After<br />

Even the best waterproofing practices may need to<br />

be repaired from time to time. Depending on the<br />

severity of the issue, a waterproofing professional<br />

may be able to fix a leak in the waterproofing with<br />

caulking or additional sealant without having to<br />

initiate an invasive repair. But if the leak is serious<br />

and has gone undetected for an extended period,<br />

remedial work may be necessary to completely<br />

re-waterproof your bathroom.<br />

BENEFITS<br />

Inhibiting the growth of mould and mildew is a<br />

significant benefit of waterproofing as these fungi<br />

carry health risks with prolonged exposure. Aside<br />

from the benefits we’ve already discussed, you’ll<br />

be happy to know that it can also increase your<br />

property value and broaden your range of design<br />

options.<br />

Investing in professional waterproofers shows<br />

potential buyers that your property is well cared<br />

for and that risk for potential damage and issues<br />

with the bathroom in the future is low. And, waterproofing<br />

your entire bathroom during a renovation<br />

allows you to transform what was once a dated and<br />

claustrophobic capsule shower into a spacious and<br />

chic fully tiled wetroom!<br />

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Planning and forethought are the keys to creating a<br />

laundry that looks good and works hard every day<br />

of the week.<br />

LAUNDRY ESSENTIALS<br />

Clever storage devices will help you make the<br />

most out of your laundry.<br />

Location<br />

If you’re building or renovating and have the luxury<br />

of deciding where your laundry will go, try to choose<br />

a ground floor room with direct outdoor access.<br />

Flooring<br />

A laundry floor should be durable, easy to clean and,<br />

importantly, non-slip and waterproof. It should also<br />

slope to a waste hole for drainage. Vinyl flooring or<br />

ceramic tiles are both great options and available in<br />

a wide variety of colours, patterns and finishes.<br />

Ventilation<br />

Since laundries generate a lot of moisture, choosing<br />

or creating a well-ventilated room with plenty<br />

of natural light is important to help minimise the<br />

risk of dampness and mildew. It may also be worth<br />

installing an extractor fan and ensuring the walls<br />

are painted with mould-resistant paint.<br />

Lighting<br />

Leave room for plenty of windows in your design<br />

and ensure a good lighting plan is in place.<br />

Layered lighting will provide you with an easy to<br />

use space - with overhead lighting and cabinet<br />

lighting being the priorities.<br />

Washing machine<br />

When it comes to appliances, it pays to think big.<br />

Most families produce a lot of laundry and it’s<br />

more economical to do one large load rather than<br />

several smaller washes.<br />

Tumble dryer<br />

Even those committed to line-drying their laundry<br />

may want a tumble dryer for wet days or emergencies<br />

– remember that these should be vented to<br />

the outside wherever possible.<br />

Double sink<br />

A generously proportioned double sink is a wise<br />

investment and will give you plenty of space for<br />

hand washing, soaking and bleaching.<br />

LAUNDRY ORGANISATION<br />

Items can build up quickly in the laundry, so it’s<br />

important to have great storage solutions in place.<br />

Storage<br />

Kitchen style cupboards and drawers look smart<br />

and are an easy way to get organised, but you’ll<br />

need a variety of sizes to house everything appropriately.<br />

For example, deep, tall cupboards will<br />

be needed for storing brooms, mops and vacuum<br />

cleaners. Shallow cupboards may work well for<br />

detergents and other cleaning products and won’t<br />

gobble up floor space.<br />

Labelled clothes baskets<br />

Individual baskets for white clothing, dark<br />

clothing and hand-washable items is a great way<br />

to keep things organised and prevents clothing<br />

from getting accidentally damaged.<br />

Child-proofing<br />

If you have young children or pets in the house,<br />

include a lockable cupboard or add a childproof<br />

lock to at least one cabinet where you can store<br />

bleaches and other toxic products.<br />

Laundry cabinet<br />

If you can’t spare an entire room for your laundry,<br />

consider stacking the washing machine and<br />

dryer (or choose one appliance that can perform<br />

both functions) and house them behind cupboard<br />

doors. This not only looks more elegant but will<br />

minimise the noise of the machines too.<br />

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REFRESH RENOVATIONS<br />

BATHROOM<br />

OF THE YEAR<br />

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS<br />

BRONZE<br />

Sara Tansy<br />

Refresh Renovations, Wellington, NZ – Lia Boersma<br />

Bathing in art deco blue<br />

Blue is the new black in the modernisation of this 1920s<br />

villa’s bathroom and water closet; the result is a modern<br />

design with a splash of classic Art Deco elegance.<br />

In both rooms, black and white floor tiles pair perfectly with<br />

deep blue dados and panelled wall detailing. And in the main<br />

bathroom, the vanity has been powder coated in the same<br />

blue and features an oval above counter basin along with<br />

copper tapware that matches the rest of the room’s fittings.<br />

A spacious shower and freestanding bathtub complete the<br />

space, offering the benefits of modern facilities without<br />

taking away from the interior’s distinctive character.<br />

Renovation consultant: Lia Boersma, Refresh<br />

Renovations<br />

Location: Wellington, New Zealand<br />

Project duration: 10 weeks<br />

Challenges: Hidden flooring damage<br />

Key materials: Copper tapware, black and white<br />

floor tiles<br />

Suppliers used: PlaceMakers, Mitre 10, Resene<br />

Key features: Deep blue panelled wall detailing<br />

and dados<br />

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BATHROOM<br />

OF THE YEAR<br />

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Abigail Harman<br />

Refresh Renovations, Perth, AUS – Michelle and Jason Zielinski<br />

Modernising the classic<br />

farmhouse bathroom<br />

A salvaged cast iron pedestal sink influenced the design of<br />

this Art Deco/farmhouse style bathroom renovation in Perth.<br />

Patterned floor tiles and a repurposed barn-style door have<br />

been used to establish a distinct character for the home’s<br />

bathroom. However, style didn’t come at the expense of<br />

functionality; integral to the bathroom redesign was a<br />

mobility-friendly layout. This was achieved with a spacious<br />

walk-in shower and bespoke vanity, creating a highly practical<br />

yet stylish new bathroom.<br />

Renovation consultants: Michelle and Jason<br />

Zielinski, Refresh Renovations<br />

Location: Perth, Australia<br />

Cost: $24,000 AUD<br />

Project duration: 7 weeks<br />

Challenges: Ensuring the design was mobilityfriendly<br />

Key materials: Restored products sourced from<br />

salvage yards<br />

Key features: Cast iron pedestal sink and a<br />

bespoke vanity<br />

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BATHROOM<br />

OF THE YEAR<br />

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS<br />

GOLD<br />

Adam Schlooz<br />

Refresh Renovations, Auckland Central, NZ – Corey Rambhai<br />

Showcasing industrial chic<br />

There was no devil to be found in the details of this<br />

bathroom renovation, just pure luxury. From golden brass<br />

tapware and fittings to the custom-built vanity and black<br />

stone bathtub, the reconstruction of this master ensuite<br />

resulted in a stylish, modern space.<br />

Soft grey wall tiles provide a minimalist background that<br />

enhances further sophisticated details, including matte black<br />

finishings, organic shaping, and recessed downlights.<br />

The ensuite is one of several rooms transformed in this<br />

beautiful Remuera home. Yet, while each room has been<br />

renovated with a refined, classic style, the master ensuite<br />

has the most notably elegant feel of them all.<br />

Renovation consultant: Corey Rambhai, Refresh<br />

Renovations<br />

Location: Remuera, New Zealand<br />

Cost: $95,000 NZD<br />

Project duration: 13 weeks<br />

Key materials: Matte black finishings and<br />

golden brass tapware and fittings<br />

Suppliers used: SWP Interiors<br />

Key features: Black stone bathtub and<br />

custom-built vanity<br />

Style: Modern and elegant<br />

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REFRESH RENOVATIONS<br />

KITCHEN<br />

OF THE YEAR<br />

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS<br />

BRONZE<br />

Helen Gwyther<br />

Refresh Renovations, Wellington, NZ – Mark Morrison<br />

Designed for the<br />

passionate baker<br />

As any keen baker knows, a well-designed kitchen is the<br />

icing on the cake. So when it came to transforming this<br />

Wellington townhouse, the Refresh Renovations Wellington<br />

team ensured the space was ‘fit for purpose’ and suited this<br />

budding masterchef’s lifestyle.<br />

Bench space, storage, and light were the key ingredients for<br />

the success of this kitchen renovation. The Refresh team<br />

executed the complete transformation with new cabinetry,<br />

a tiled splashback, natural look flooring, fresh paint, and<br />

plumbing and electrical upgrades throughout.<br />

Renovation consultant: Mark Morrison, Refresh<br />

Renovations<br />

Location: Wellington, New Zealand<br />

Cost: $59,000 NZD<br />

Project duration: 4 weeks<br />

Key materials: Bevelled 100x200mm tiles<br />

Suppliers used: Resene, ACE Kitchens and<br />

Laminates, Devon & Patterson Flooring<br />

Key features: Tiled splashback, white cabinetry<br />

and silver fixtures<br />

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KITCHEN<br />

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Refresh Renovations, Waikato, NZ – Mandy and Lawrie Foster<br />

Creating space with<br />

Scandinavian style<br />

Stylish and modern, this open-plan kitchen was designed<br />

with socialising in mind. Previously closed off from the rest<br />

of the home, the dividing wall has been demolished, making<br />

way for a much larger kitchen layout.<br />

The redesigned kitchen now allows the homeowners to<br />

easily cook together and enjoy using it as a multi-purpose<br />

kitchen and dining space.<br />

Luxury vinyl flooring and a white tiled splashback give this<br />

kitchen a modern functional aesthetic, while pendant lighting<br />

and black accents add a touch of on-trend Scandinavian style.<br />

Renovation consultants: Mandy and Lawrie<br />

Foster, Refresh Renovations<br />

BEFORE<br />

Location: Hamilton, New Zealand<br />

Cost: $79,000 NZD<br />

Project duration: 14 weeks<br />

Challenges: Shifting the hot water cylinder and<br />

associated solar panel system<br />

Key materials: Luxury vinyl flooring<br />

Key features: Waterfall benchtops and black<br />

tapware<br />

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REFRESH RENOVATIONS<br />

BIGGEST<br />

TRANSFORMATION<br />

OF THE YEAR<br />

REFRESH RENOVATIONS<br />

KITCHEN<br />

OF THE YEAR<br />

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS<br />

SILVER<br />

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GOLD<br />

Elfrem Chan<br />

Refresh Renovations, Melbourne, AUS – Leigh McDonald<br />

Capturing timeless elegance<br />

This award-winning kitchen renovation proves that dreams<br />

do come true. Spacious and stylish, the sophisticated transformation<br />

of this Melbourne kitchen has ensured the room<br />

really is the heart of the home. But the pièce de résistance is<br />

the butler’s pantry, a long-time dream for the homeowners.<br />

All completed to a luxurious finish; overhead storage makes<br />

it easy to keep this kitchen free of clutter, while LED strip<br />

lighting illuminates the engineered quartz benchtops and<br />

splashbacks. With its well-designed layout and elegant<br />

colour palette, it’s clear to see the careful craftsmanship<br />

that’s gone into this beautiful kitchen.<br />

Renovation consultant: Leigh McDonald,<br />

Refresh Renovations<br />

BEFORE<br />

Location: Melbourne, Australia<br />

Cost: $52,000 AUD<br />

Challenges: Renovating during early days of<br />

COVID-19 pandemic<br />

Key materials: Engineered quartz benchtops<br />

and splashbacks<br />

Suppliers used: Lavistone<br />

Key features: Elegant colour palette with gold<br />

accents<br />

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Refresh Renovations, Manawatu, NZ – Wayne Gordon<br />

Upgrading a quintessential<br />

NZ beach house<br />

The transformation of this 1940s New Zealand beach<br />

house blends the practicality of modern design with the<br />

relaxed feel of coastal living. Originally dark and outdated,<br />

the renovated interior is bright, airy, and spacious. An<br />

improved layout, urban fixtures, and a fresh colour scheme<br />

have lifted the beach house into the 21st century.<br />

However, there’s more to this upgraded beach house<br />

than its newfound style. The home’s functional elements<br />

have also been thoroughly improved, creating a more<br />

comfortable living environment. Improvements include a<br />

new hot water system, heat transfer system, insulation, and<br />

double-glazed windows.<br />

Renovation consultant: Wayne Gordon, Refresh<br />

Renovations<br />

Location: Manawatu, New Zealand<br />

Cost: $130,000 NZD<br />

Project duration: 12 weeks<br />

Challenges: COVID-19 pushed the construction<br />

timeline back<br />

Key materials: Light timber flooring<br />

Suppliers used: Mitre 10, GIB<br />

Key features: The kitchen’s subway tiled splashback<br />

and under-cabinet LED lighting<br />

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REFRESH RENOVATIONS<br />

FULL HOUSE<br />

RENOVATION<br />

OF THE YEAR<br />

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS<br />

BRONZE<br />

Holly Lynch<br />

Refresh Renovations, Auckland Central, NZ – Kim Reiche<br />

Introducing modern comfort<br />

This home was renovated using modern design principles to<br />

open up the main living areas, improve temperature control,<br />

and enhance light throughout.<br />

Removing the wall dividing the kitchen and lounge was<br />

an integral part of this transformation, making way for a<br />

spacious open-plan living area. However, the installation of<br />

larger double-glazed windows and bifold doors has also made<br />

a significant difference to the feel of the home. Abundant light<br />

can filter through, and warmth is better retained.<br />

Extensive work on the kitchen, main bathroom, master suite,<br />

and outdoor areas completes the renovation, establishing an<br />

elegant home with modern comforts.<br />

Renovation consultant: Kim Reiche, Refresh<br />

Renovations<br />

Location: Auckland, New Zealand<br />

Cost: $235,000 NZD<br />

Project duration: 9 weeks<br />

Key materials: Double-glazed windows, black<br />

tiling, wood-textured vinyl flooring<br />

Suppliers used: Showerwell Home Products<br />

Key features: Floor-to-ceiling windows<br />

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FULL HOUSE<br />

RENOVATION<br />

OF THE YEAR<br />

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS<br />

SILVER<br />

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Adam Schlooz<br />

Refresh Renovations, Auckland Central, NZ – Corey Rambhai<br />

A standout bungalow revival<br />

This 1930s bungalow had maintained a great amount of its<br />

original charm over the decades. However, a few areas had<br />

become dated in style and functionality: the main bathroom,<br />

kitchen, and back deck. These spaces became the core focus<br />

of this renovation and have been renewed with contemporary<br />

style.<br />

The kitchen now boasts ample cabinetry, deep green<br />

splashback tiling, and a large bi-fold window opening out to<br />

the new deck. The upgraded bathroom continues this earthy<br />

colour scheme with a woven copper feature wall and washed<br />

blue splashback tiling. And as for the back deck, the decking<br />

has been extended and modernised with a louvre roof,<br />

creating a beautiful area for outdoor entertaining.<br />

Renovation consultant: Corey Rambhai, Refresh<br />

Renovations<br />

Location: Auckland, New Zealand<br />

Cost: $225,000 NZD<br />

Project duration: 24 weeks<br />

Key materials: Vibrant wall tiling<br />

Suppliers used: Resene, JAG Kitchens<br />

Key features: The louvre roof with grooved soffit<br />

panels and LED downlights<br />

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BIGGEST<br />

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OF THE YEAR<br />

REFRESH RENOVATIONS<br />

FULL HOUSE<br />

RENOVATION<br />

OF THE YEAR<br />

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS<br />

GOLD<br />

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS<br />

GOLD<br />

Sara Tansy<br />

Refresh Renovations, Wellington, NZ – Jeff Clark<br />

Urban renewal transforms<br />

century-old heritage home<br />

When designing a new look for this 120-year-old home, the<br />

owners wanted to maintain elements of its original build and<br />

introduce a more contemporary style to contrast. This creative<br />

direction is most noticeable from the outside looking in. From<br />

the street, the property appears as the charming cottage it had<br />

been for over a century. All the while, from the backyard, the<br />

home stands as a stunning example of urban design.<br />

The renovated interior continues the urban style, using<br />

materials such as polished concrete, engineered stone, and<br />

exposed timber to establish a sophisticated atmosphere. It’s a<br />

natural colour scheme that has suitably been carried into the<br />

backyard’s hardscaping, enhancing the indoor-outdoor flow.<br />

Renovation consultant: Jeff Clark, Refresh<br />

Renovations<br />

Location: Wellington, New Zealand<br />

Cost: $4<strong>32</strong>,000 NZD<br />

Project duration: 28 weeks<br />

Challenges: Navigating heritage building codes<br />

Key materials: Polished concrete flooring, engineered<br />

stone benchtops, concrete slab paving<br />

Key features: Cottage-style frontage and<br />

urbanised rear exterior, complete with a contemporary<br />

backyard<br />

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Owners Rose and Dean are thrilled with the effortless blending<br />

of their home’s interior design and alfresco entertaining space:<br />

“Our favourite feature has to be the floor<br />

to ceiling windows and doors, creating a<br />

seamless transition inside to out.”<br />

From the front, the modest facade, originally built in the<br />

early 1990s, gives no indication of the extensive transformation<br />

that has taken place behind it, nor how much space<br />

it holds within the four walls. All of the home’s charming<br />

character remains, much to the delight of the Wellington<br />

City Council which deemed the property ‘historically<br />

significant’. Upon entering Rose and Dean’s home, it’s clear<br />

that every inch of the renewed space has been imbued with<br />

their personality, Project manager Melissa Mentz notes that<br />

“Dean and Rose had great taste and design flair, so they<br />

made it easy to make the place look amazing.” By the looks<br />

of the smart details throughout, it’d be hard to disagree.<br />

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The entire renovation ended up being an impressive<br />

balancing act of old and new, inside and out, natural and<br />

inorganic, which called for extensive planning on Renovation<br />

Consultant Jeff Clark’s part. “We went through two formal<br />

concepts for Dean and Rose,” he explains. “During this<br />

process, one of the options fell away and we pursued the<br />

other with vigour.” It’s clear that the design they chose is a<br />

true winner and worthy of both People’s Choice Award titles<br />

it has claimed.<br />

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REFRESH RENOVATIONS<br />

CONVERSION<br />

OF THE YEAR<br />

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS<br />

BRONZE<br />

Elfrem Chan<br />

Refresh Renovations, Melbourne, AUS – Leigh McDonald<br />

Garage transformation into<br />

spacious modern home<br />

What was an underused double garage has become a<br />

beautiful place to call home. This self-contained unit<br />

was designed for modern living, built with ample storage,<br />

practical features, and a minimalist interior style.<br />

In the main living area, timber flooring, crisp white walls,<br />

recessed lighting, and a new A/C system combine for a<br />

comfortable atmosphere. The bedroom is accessible from<br />

this open-plan space through a sliding door – a simple yet<br />

effective option for maximising floor area. And as for the<br />

bathroom, a spacious shower with a matte black rainfall<br />

showerhead gives this self-contained unit a touch of luxury.<br />

Renovation consultant: Leigh McDonald,<br />

Refresh Renovations<br />

Location: Melbourne, Australia<br />

Cost: $67,000 AUD<br />

Project duration: 8 weeks<br />

Challenges: Restrictions due to COVID-19<br />

Key materials: Timber flooring and grey carpet<br />

Suppliers used: Saniflo, ​Sanifloor, ​Choices<br />

Flooring, Burdens Bathrooms<br />

Key features: Recessed lighting, new A/C<br />

system, rainfall shower<br />

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REFRESH RENOVATIONS<br />

CONVERSION<br />

OF THE YEAR<br />

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS<br />

SILVER<br />

REFRESH RENOVATIONS — CONVERSION OF THE YEAR<br />

Elfrem Chan<br />

Refresh Renovations, Melbourne, AUS – Paul Cree<br />

Shed conversion to<br />

sophisticated event space<br />

Originally used as a stable, this shed has been converted<br />

into a multi-purpose entertainment space to be used for<br />

events and parties.<br />

There’s nothing ordinary about the renovated shed; large<br />

sliding doors make for an inviting entrance, while corrugated<br />

steel cladding, timber ceiling panels, and black steel<br />

frames establish the perfect blank canvas for any occasion.<br />

When the doors are closed, LED downlights provide plenty<br />

of light, as do the large industrial pendant lights. And<br />

no matter the season, this converted shed will retain a<br />

comfortable temperature as the walls and ceiling have been<br />

fully insulated.<br />

Renovation consultant: Paul Cree, Refresh<br />

Renovations<br />

Location: Melbourne, Australia<br />

Cost: $75,000 AUD<br />

Project duration: 10 weeks<br />

Key materials: Aluminium doors, corrugated<br />

steel cladding and exposed timber ceiling panels<br />

Key features: Large sliding doors, LED downlights<br />

and industrial pendant lighting<br />

Style: Industrial-chic<br />

BEFORE<br />

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REFRESH RENOVATIONS<br />

OPEN PLAN<br />

OF THE YEAR<br />

REFRESH RENOVATIONS<br />

CONVERSION<br />

OF THE YEAR<br />

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS<br />

SILVER<br />

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS<br />

GOLD<br />

Holly Lynch<br />

Refresh Renovations, Auckland Central, NZ – Kim Reiche<br />

A compact yet comfortable<br />

self-contained unit<br />

The 10-week renovation of this double garage has<br />

created a compact yet comfortable home established with<br />

high-quality, modern materials. Luxury vinyl flooring,<br />

recessed lighting, and a cool-toned colour palette achieve<br />

a contemporary atmosphere throughout. And to maximise<br />

the available floor space, an open-plan layout allows for a<br />

spacious kitchen and lounge.<br />

In addition to the main living areas, the self-contained unit<br />

features a laundry, bathroom, and double bedroom with<br />

a built-in wardrobe. Designed carefully for comfort, the<br />

interior of this self-contained unit certainly feels and looks<br />

more like a home than a sleepout.<br />

Renovation consultant: Kim Reiche, Refresh<br />

Renovations<br />

Location: Auckland, New Zealand<br />

Cost: $164,000 NZD<br />

Project duration: 10 weeks<br />

Challenges: Firewall between the house and<br />

sleep-out<br />

Key materials: Luxury vinyl flooring<br />

Suppliers used: Mitre 10, GIB, Resene<br />

Key features: A cool-toned colour palette<br />

Style: Modern<br />

BEFORE<br />

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REFRESH RENOVATIONS — CONVERSION & OPEN PLAN OF THE YEAR<br />

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REFRESH RENOVATIONS<br />

OPEN PLAN<br />

OF THE YEAR<br />

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS<br />

BRONZE<br />

Sara Tansy<br />

Refresh Renovations, Wellington, NZ – Lia Boersma<br />

Introducing a 1940s kitchen<br />

to contemporary design<br />

The kitchen of this 1940s Wellington home has been modernised<br />

with an open-plan layout that makes much better<br />

use of the space available. This layout alteration has allowed<br />

plenty of natural light to fill the room and ultimately created<br />

a more sociable living area.<br />

Consistent with Scandinavian design principles, the kitchen<br />

features light timber flooring, a white colour palette, and<br />

subtle nods to nature. Custom-built cabinetry provides<br />

ample storage space, a valuable inclusion for avoiding benchtop<br />

clutter. And for a touch of unique character, hexagonal<br />

splashback tiling blends seamlessly into the kitchen.<br />

Renovation consultant: Lia Boersma, Refresh<br />

Renovations<br />

Location: Wellington, New Zealand<br />

Project duration: 9 weeks<br />

Challenges: Tight timeframe<br />

Key materials: Matai timber flooring<br />

Suppliers used: PlaceMakers, Resene<br />

Key features: Custom-built cabinetry and<br />

hexagonal splashback tiling<br />

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OPEN PLAN<br />

OF THE YEAR<br />

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GOLD<br />

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Frank Schwere<br />

Refresh Renovations, Auckland Central, NZ – Dave Georgetti<br />

Positioned for entertaining<br />

The transformation of this kitchen has seen it become an<br />

entertainer’s dream. Although the kitchen had always shared<br />

an open-plan layout with the adjoining dining room, its<br />

positioning didn’t get the best out of the home’s floor plan.<br />

In solution, the original layout has been flipped, repositioning<br />

the kitchen at the room’s opposite end.<br />

The renovated kitchen now looks onto the back deck,<br />

which can be accessed through wide sliding doors, allowing<br />

for excellent indoor-outdoor flow. Sleek and practical,<br />

the kitchen has been redesigned with an industrial style.<br />

Notable features include the grey engineered stone benchtop<br />

and handleless modern white cabinetry.<br />

Renovation consultant: Dave Georgetti, Refresh<br />

Renovations<br />

Location: Auckland, New Zealand<br />

Cost: $100,000 NZD<br />

Project duration: 12 weeks<br />

Challenges: A lot of framing and foundation work<br />

Key materials: Grey engineered stone benchtop<br />

Key features: Handleless modern white cabinetry<br />

Style: Industrial contemporary<br />

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REFRESH RENOVATIONS<br />

EXTENSION<br />

OF THE YEAR<br />

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS<br />

GOLD<br />

Andrew Burford<br />

Refresh Renovations, Gold Coast, AUS – Martin Peirone<br />

Two-storey house extension<br />

captures scenic surrounds<br />

The owner of this Gold Coast property wanted to extend the<br />

back of the home to create more space for enjoying views of<br />

the neighbouring Coomera River.<br />

The renovation involved replacing the existing second-storey<br />

deck with a larger, modern deck, extending the roof<br />

above, and forming a new room below. All additions were<br />

maximised to the council’s size limits and designed to blend<br />

seamlessly with the home’s exterior.<br />

Built from low maintenance Knotwood, the new deck is<br />

wrapped in a glass balustrade that enhances the river<br />

views. Meanwhile, wide sliding doors allow full sight of the<br />

beautiful vista from the room below.<br />

Renovation consultant: Martin Peirone, Refresh<br />

Renovations<br />

Location: Gold Coast, Australia<br />

Cost: $110,000 AUD<br />

Project duration: 10 weeks<br />

Challenges: Getting council permission<br />

Key materials: Knotwood decking<br />

Key features: Glass balustrade<br />

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REFRESH RENOVATIONS<br />

INTERIOR<br />

OF THE YEAR<br />

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS<br />

GOLD<br />

REFRESH RENOVATIONS — EXTENSION & INTERIOR OF THE YEAR<br />

TBC<br />

Refresh Renovations, Surrey and Hampshire, UK – Kelley Malcher<br />

Luxurious improvements for<br />

a countryside home<br />

To achieve their dream open-plan kitchen, the homeowners<br />

of this Surrey property decided to extend their house. This<br />

additional floor area is now home to a high-gloss kitchen<br />

that features quartz benchtops and practical storage solutions.<br />

With the dining room and lounge sharing the openplan<br />

layout, the main living areas have become significantly<br />

more sociable. But they’ve also become more luxurious.<br />

New underfloor heating provides optimal comfort during<br />

cold Surrey winters. All the while, large bi-fold doors leading<br />

out to the home’s garden allow plenty of natural light to fill<br />

the spacious, contemporary interior.<br />

Renovation consultant: Kelley Malcher, Refresh<br />

Renovations<br />

Location: Surrey, United Kingdom<br />

Cost: £160,000 GBP<br />

Project duration: 20 weeks<br />

Key materials: Wood effect porcelain flooring,<br />

high-gloss kitchen cabinets, quartz benchtops<br />

Suppliers used: Porcelanosa, Bosch, Thibaut<br />

Key features: Underfloor heating<br />

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TBC<br />

Refresh Renovations, Surrey and Hampshire, UK – Kelley Malcher<br />

An outdoor oasis with<br />

Mediterranean flair<br />

Following an extensive interior renovation, this home<br />

received a significant outdoor transformation to complete<br />

the property’s revival.<br />

A combination of traditional and contemporary design<br />

elements have gone into the new front fence and sliding<br />

electric gates, resulting in a sophisticated style that’s cohesive<br />

with the home’s exterior build. Materials used include<br />

silicone rendered blocks and pillars, anthracite powder-coated<br />

steel framing, and handcrafted wooden slates.<br />

Meanwhile, a Mediterranean-inspired elevated patio,<br />

complete with outdoor lighting and speakers, now provides<br />

the perfect setting for summer nights at the back of the<br />

house. Large luxurious steps complete this installation and<br />

lead down to the manicured lawn.<br />

Renovation consultant: Kelley Malcher, Refresh<br />

Renovations<br />

Location: Surrey, United Kingdom<br />

Cost: £150,000 GBP<br />

Project duration: 16 weeks<br />

Key materials: Porcelain tiles<br />

Key features: Elevated patio<br />

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ZONES LANDSCAPING<br />

LANDSCAPE<br />

OF THE YEAR<br />

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS<br />

BRONZE<br />

Scott Espie<br />

Zones Landscaping, Auckland Central, NZ – Kate Ryan<br />

A low-maintenance design<br />

for the urban minimalist<br />

While there’s much to admire about this urban backyard, the<br />

warm-toned decking with floating stairs captures the most<br />

attention. Crafted with sections of timber running in different<br />

directions and LED lighting underneath the stairs, the deck<br />

offers an ultimate space for entertaining and relaxing.<br />

Artificial turf creates a clean contrast against the deck<br />

and is complemented by minimal surrounding greenery.<br />

Together, the turf and plants establish a low-maintenance<br />

landscape, though it wouldn’t be assumed. And in completing<br />

the backyard, an aluminium lightbox sculpture with a<br />

customised laser-cut design separates the dining area from<br />

the lawn. It’s a subtle addition that makes for a beautiful<br />

conversation piece.<br />

Landscaping consultant: Kate Ryan, Zones<br />

Landscaping<br />

Location: Auckland, New Zealand<br />

Cost: $69,000 NZD<br />

Project duration: 8 weeks<br />

Key materials: Warm-toned decking, artificial turf<br />

Suppliers used: Pacific Outdoor Solutions<br />

Key features: Lightbox sculpture and floating steps<br />

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ZONES LANDSCAPING<br />

LANDSCAPE<br />

OF THE YEAR<br />

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS<br />

SILVER<br />

ZONES LANDSCAPING — LANDSCAPE OF THE YEAR<br />

Dominique Birley<br />

Zones Landscaping, Tauranga, New Zealand – Nichola Vague<br />

A multi-level retreat,<br />

complete with a fire pit<br />

overlooking the sea<br />

This backyard has transformed into a coastal oasis through<br />

visionary design, high-quality materials, organically shaped<br />

structures, and abundant subtropical planting.<br />

Using red-brown Kwila timber, an expansive deck has been<br />

established in a series of terraced platforms - some with a<br />

slight swivel and others with staggered placement.<br />

This installation has significantly transformed the backyard,<br />

making the most of the sloping landscape and providing a<br />

walkway down to the new curved seating area complete with<br />

a statement fire pit.<br />

Landscaping consultant: Nichola Vague, Zones<br />

Landscaping<br />

Location: Tauranga, New Zealand<br />

Cost: $60,000 NZD<br />

Project duration: 6 weeks<br />

Key materials: Red-brown Kwila timber, smooth<br />

concrete, subtropical planting<br />

Key features: The curved wood seating and<br />

statement fire pit<br />

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ZONES LANDSCAPING<br />

LANDSCAPE<br />

OF THE YEAR<br />

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS<br />

GOLD<br />

Dominique Birley<br />

Zones Landscaping, Tauranga, NZ – Nichola Vague<br />

Escaping into the subtropical<br />

This backyard – once small and empty – has become a subtropical<br />

haven. While the planting is remarkable, a standout<br />

feature of the overall landscape is the paved walkway that<br />

runs down the narrow side of the house.<br />

Though the yard is limited in size, using light coloured<br />

pavers was a strategic design decision to create the illusion<br />

of more space.<br />

A wide variety of vibrant plants have been carefully selected<br />

and placed to establish the backyard’s lush surrounding<br />

backdrop. And to complete the landscape, a new gas<br />

fireplace has been installed on the existing deck, providing a<br />

centrepiece for outdoor entertaining.<br />

Landscaping consultant: Nichola Vague, Zones<br />

Landscaping<br />

Location: Tauranga, New Zealand<br />

Cost: $60,000 NZD<br />

Project duration: 3 weeks<br />

Key materials: Pavers and subtropical planting<br />

Key features: The paved walkway and gas fireplace<br />

Best decision: Using light coloured pavers to<br />

create the illusion of more space<br />

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PEOPLE’S ZONES LANDSCAPING CHOICE AWARDS — LANDSCAPE OF THE YEAR<br />

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ZONES LANDSCAPING<br />

OUTDOOR<br />

LIVING OF<br />

THE YEAR<br />

ZONES LANDSCAPING<br />

DECKING &<br />

PAVING OF<br />

THE YEAR<br />

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS<br />

BRONZE<br />

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS<br />

BRONZE<br />

Scott Espie<br />

Zones Landscaping, North Shore, NZ – Matt and Boyd Gillespie<br />

An elegant transformation<br />

for outdoor entertaining<br />

Bespoke decking and louvre roofing combine to deliver an<br />

impressive outdoor area for entertaining in this backyard.<br />

Carefully designed for the sloping site, the installation<br />

features two main levels. The lower level has been finished<br />

off with artificial turf and a glass balustrade for the owners’<br />

dogs to enjoy, while the upper is built for outdoor dining and<br />

boasts a PPC louvre roof.<br />

When asked about the final result, one of the owners<br />

shared, “I really have to credit the Zones design process. By<br />

taking the time to design and go through all the options, it<br />

produced a great outcome that many other builders would<br />

have put in the ‘too hard’ basket.”<br />

Landscaping consultants: Matt and Boyd<br />

Gillespie, Zones Landscaping<br />

Location: Auckland, New Zealand<br />

Cost: $60,000 NZD<br />

Project duration: 4 weeks<br />

Key materials: Decking and artificial turf<br />

Suppliers used: Outdure, Pacific Outdoor Solutions<br />

Key features: Louvre roof and glass balustrade<br />

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ZONES LANDSCAPING<br />

DECKING &<br />

PAVING OF<br />

THE YEAR<br />

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS<br />

SILVER<br />

ZONES LANDSCAPING — DECKING/PAVING & OUTDOOR LIVING OF THE YEAR<br />

Dominique Birley<br />

Zones Landscaping, Tauranga, NZ – Nichola Vague<br />

Modern design makes<br />

a bigger splash<br />

This contemporary home had an established elegance that<br />

the owners wanted to bring into the landscape. For its revival,<br />

the backyard was upgraded with a modern, family-sized<br />

swimming pool, glass fencing, minimalist planting, and a<br />

large deck for entertaining.<br />

White quartzite coping stones frame the pool, contrasting<br />

beautifully against the adjoining deck. And keeping in line<br />

with this modern material scheme, the pool interior features<br />

a cool-grey colour which enhances reflections of the sky and<br />

surrounding rural nature.<br />

Landscaping consultant: Nichola Vague, Zones<br />

Landscaping<br />

Location: Tauranga, New Zealand<br />

Cost: $150,000 NZD<br />

Project duration: 12 weeks<br />

Key materials: Vitex hardwood flooring and<br />

white quartzite coping stones<br />

Suppliers used: Barrier Reef Pools, Naked Fresh<br />

Water System<br />

Key features: Swimming pool and glass fencing<br />

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ZONES LANDSCAPING<br />

DECKING &<br />

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THE YEAR<br />

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Dominique Birley<br />

Zones Landscaping, Tauranga, NZ – Nichola Vague<br />

Enhancing a waterfront<br />

property with tropical flair<br />

When redesigning the landscape of this waterfront<br />

property, it was essential to capture the essence of the coastal<br />

surroundings. In its complete makeover, the landscape was<br />

reconstructed with expansive decking, a concrete patio, fresh<br />

lawn, artificial turf, and a variety of dark green and burgundy<br />

coloured plants, which all combined for an elegant finish.<br />

Adding just a little more luxury, the homeowners had slatted<br />

timber fencing, block planters, and smooth pavers placed<br />

strategically throughout the landscape to create a guided<br />

flow. And for entertainment, lighting fixtures were installed<br />

to enhance the established garden and create a beautiful<br />

evening experience.<br />

Landscaping consultant: Nichola Vague, Zones<br />

Landscaping<br />

Location: Tauranga, New Zealand<br />

Cost: $150,000 NZD<br />

Key materials: Decking, a concrete patio,<br />

artificial turf, decorative timber fencing<br />

Suppliers used: Del Tutto Pools<br />

Key features: The expansive deck and hardscaping<br />

for guided paths<br />

Best decision: Building a recessed pit to hide the<br />

swimming pool cove<br />

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ZONES LANDSCAPING<br />

OUTDOOR<br />

LIVING OF<br />

THE YEAR<br />

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS<br />

GOLD<br />

Leah Huang<br />

Zones Landscaping, Waikato, NZ – Leah Huang<br />

Nestled in native bush<br />

Incorporating an ‘unusable’ gully into this property’s<br />

landscape design posed a unique challenge. But through<br />

creative thinking, the gully was strategically transformed<br />

into a private walkway.<br />

The construction process involved building a track down to the<br />

gully, through the native bush, and closing it with a large deck.<br />

Floating amongst the forestry, the deck brings new meaning<br />

to ‘outdoor living’. And to enhance this nature retreat further,<br />

more native trees were planted around the gully as part of<br />

its restoration; Kahikatea, kowhai, pukatea, kawakawa, and<br />

kanuka were among the homeowner’s favourites.<br />

Meanwhile, back at the house, a new deck and louvre roofing<br />

extend the main living areas outside, providing a modern,<br />

sheltered entertaining space to relax no matter the season.<br />

Landscaping consultant: Leah Huang, Zones<br />

Landscaping<br />

Location: Hamilton, New Zealand<br />

Cost: $80,000 NZD<br />

Project duration: 4 weeks<br />

Key materials: Decking and paving, louvre roof<br />

system<br />

Key features: The native forest walkway<br />

Best decision: Gully restoration<br />

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ZONES LANDSCAPING<br />

SHADE &<br />

PRIVACY OF<br />

THE YEAR<br />

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS<br />

GOLD<br />

ZONES LANDSCAPING — OUTDOOR LIVING & SHADE/PRIVACY OF THE YEAR<br />

Judd Stratful<br />

Zones Landscaping, Tauranga, NZ – Judd Stratful<br />

A private and peaceful<br />

outdoor sanctuary<br />

The owners of this Auckland property wanted to expand their<br />

outdoor living area while bringing more depth and dimension<br />

to the landscape. The backyard was redesigned to capture this<br />

vision, incorporating a raised planter bed that runs along the<br />

back fence, permeable paving, and a water feature.<br />

Together, these additions have completely enhanced the<br />

backyard’s atmosphere; now, it feels bigger yet more<br />

enclosed – like a sanctuary. The new paving established<br />

a significantly larger entertaining area for the owners to<br />

enjoy. All the while, Ficus Tuffy trees planted along the<br />

raised garden bed create a growing privacy screen between<br />

the property and its neighbours.<br />

Landscaping consultant: Judd Stratful, Zones<br />

Landscaping<br />

Location: Tauranga, New Zealand<br />

Cost: $40,000 NZD<br />

Project duration: 3 weeks<br />

Key materials: Permeable paving<br />

Key features: Water feature, raised garden bed<br />

Best decision: Creating a privacy screen with trees<br />

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BIGGEST OUTDOOR<br />

TRANSFORMATION<br />

OF THE YEAR<br />

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS<br />

BRONZE<br />

Zones Landscaping, Auckland Central, NZ – Rose Bridge<br />

Modernising with urban<br />

pathways, terraced decking<br />

and vibrant gardens<br />

BEFORE<br />

Before its transformation, this sloping landscape was vastly<br />

underused. The homeowner wanted to make better use of<br />

the land by integrating defined pathways and incorporating<br />

more greenery for a tranquil atmosphere.<br />

As a result, the property’s entire landscape has been<br />

modernised with urban style. In the front, staggered rows<br />

of smooth bluestone pavers lead down to the front porch,<br />

which is wrapped in a new timber balustrade. And leading to<br />

the backyard, a set of stairs and three landing decks provide<br />

a walkway that’s framed by planter beds with lush flaxes.<br />

Landscaping consultant: Rose Bridge, Zones<br />

Landscaping<br />

Location: Auckland, New Zealand<br />

Cost: $157,000 NZD<br />

Project duration: 8 weeks<br />

Key materials: Bluestone pavers and Kwila<br />

decking<br />

Key features: Staggered pavers and terraced<br />

planter beds<br />

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ZONES LANDSCAPING<br />

BIGGEST OUTDOOR<br />

TRANSFORMATION<br />

OF THE YEAR<br />

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS<br />

SILVER<br />

ZONES LANDSCAPING — BIGGEST OUTDOOR TRANSFORMATION OF THE YEAR<br />

Zones Landscaping, Waitakere, NZ – Matthew Wilkinson<br />

Complete revival for<br />

suburban front yard<br />

This front yard was redesigned to be more low-maintenance,<br />

provide greater privacy, and complement the home’s<br />

modern exterior. The transformation involved clearing<br />

out overgrown trees and shrubs, building a new fence,<br />

resurfacing the courtyard with artificial lawn, installing<br />

stepping pavers, and creating a raised macrocarpa<br />

vegetable garden.<br />

The new fence has made a significant difference to the feel<br />

of the outdoor living area, creating an enclosed sanctuary<br />

to relax. All the while, the artificial lawn contrasts<br />

beautifully against the existing deck, establishing a sleek<br />

look that’s cohesive with the home’s modern style.<br />

BEFORE<br />

Landscaping consultant: Matthew Wilkinson,<br />

Zones Landscaping<br />

Location: Waitakere, New Zealand<br />

Cost: $23,000 NZD<br />

Project duration: 5 weeks<br />

Key materials: Fencing, pavers and artificial lawn<br />

Key features: The raised veggie garden<br />

Top trend: Artificial turf<br />

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ZONES LANDSCAPING<br />

BIGGEST OUTDOOR<br />

TRANSFORMATION<br />

OF THE YEAR<br />

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS<br />

GOLD<br />

Scott Espie<br />

Zones Landscaping, Auckland Central, NZ – Thelma Meyer<br />

The height of sophistication<br />

Before its renewal, this property lacked the comfortable<br />

outdoor living areas typical of contemporary homes. The<br />

owners wanted to upgrade the exterior to create beautiful<br />

spaces for socialising and relaxing; they needed to be<br />

functional no matter the weather and tasteful in design.<br />

As a result, the home’s exterior has been revamped with<br />

elegant tiling, two spacious decks, a louvre roof, and<br />

a matching pergola. There are now several spaces for<br />

entertaining, divided subtly by strategically placed pillars<br />

and a brand new outdoor fireplace.<br />

Ultimately, this transformation has enhanced the home’s<br />

functionality and style, delivering a luxurious outdoor living<br />

area that blends seamlessly with the house.<br />

BEFORE<br />

Landscaping consultant: Thelma Meyer, Zones<br />

Landscaping<br />

Location: Auckland, New Zealand<br />

Cost: $153,000 NZD<br />

Project duration: 7 weeks<br />

Key materials: Tiling and decking<br />

Suppliers used: Outdure, Resene<br />

Key features: Louvre roof, pergola, outdoor<br />

fireplace<br />

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Living Spaces<br />

Increasingly, homeowners are leaning<br />

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For some clever design ideas on<br />

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Living checklist<br />

What features are important to you and your home?<br />

SHOULD I RENOVATE, ADD OR EXTEND?<br />

Bedroom<br />

Living area<br />

Study/office area<br />

Kids playroom<br />

Media room/home theatre<br />

Garage, basement or attic conversion<br />

Home gym<br />

Sunroom/conservatory<br />

WHAT IS MY RENOVATION PURPOSE?<br />

Future proofing (retirement)<br />

Child-proofing<br />

Luxury renovation<br />

Eco-renovation<br />

Updating<br />

Increasing space/storage<br />

Creating indoor/outdoor flow<br />

Pet-friendly renovation<br />

DESIGN, STYLE & LAYOUT<br />

Windows – particular style, shape or size<br />

Natural light – large windows, skylights etc.<br />

Open plan design<br />

Staircases and railings<br />

Doors – sliding, bifold, french doors etc.<br />

STORAGE + CABINETRY<br />

Shelving storage & storage cupboards<br />

Built-in storage<br />

Walk-in-wardrobes<br />

Window seat with built-in storage<br />

Under-stair storage<br />

Increasing attic/basement/garage storage<br />

APPLIANCES + ELECTRICALS<br />

Powerpoints<br />

Wiring for TV, music or Internet<br />

Automated smart home systems or smart security systems<br />

Wall-mounted TV screens<br />

Lighting – feature or task lighting, dimmers etc.<br />

Ventilation – ducted system or other<br />

Heating & cooling – HVACs, fans, radiators, fireplaces etc.<br />

FINISHINGS<br />

Insulation – underfloor, walls and/or ceiling<br />

Flooring – wood, tiles, carpet, concrete etc.<br />

Paint - colour, brand, feature walls<br />

Carpentry work<br />

Window dressings - roller blinds, Venetian blinds, shutters etc.<br />

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Key things to consider<br />

1. Have you determined your budget?<br />

2. Have you thought about your top priorities?<br />

3. Have you checked your calendar for the most<br />

convenient time of year to renovate?<br />

4. Have you considered how the renovation will<br />

affect the way you live and how you’ll work<br />

around it?<br />

5. Have you checked how removing walls will<br />

affect the weight bearing of the home?<br />

6. Have you established the thematic look and<br />

style of your interiors?<br />

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Is open-plan right<br />

for you?<br />

It’s definitely trendy... but will an open-plan<br />

layout suit your lifestyle?<br />

Is open-plan<br />

right for you?<br />

It’s definitely trendy... but will an open-plan<br />

layout suit your lifestyle?<br />

Thanks to the plethora of home renovation programmes<br />

that populate our various TV channels<br />

and the lifestyle magazines that fill our newsagents’<br />

shelves, the concept of open-plan living is high on<br />

everyone’s agenda. But despite the impression given<br />

on the small screen, it’s often not as simple as it<br />

seems, especially if you’re hoping to knock down<br />

walls and move services around. If you’re keen<br />

to rethink your internal space this spring, you’ll<br />

need a combination of sensitivity, creativity and<br />

meticulous planning.<br />

WILL IT SUIT THE STYLE OF YOUR HOME?<br />

The first consideration is suitability. Open-plan<br />

is all very well, but it’s definitely more suited to<br />

certain styles of properties. Barn conversions and<br />

contemporary houses can accommodate open-plan<br />

spaces brilliantly, but character cottages and period<br />

properties are imbued with a different personality,<br />

so it’s vital to ensure that your plans won’t damage<br />

the spirit of the original building. That said, it’s still<br />

possible to rethink the internal space of an older<br />

house to give it a modern flow that better suits<br />

today’s lifestyle requirements. Terraced houses, for<br />

example, are ideal for open-plan living, while country<br />

cottages major on cosy, self-contained rooms.<br />

It’s also worth remembering that restoring an older<br />

home to its former configuration can be expensive,<br />

if not impossible; so it’s advisable to stop, pause<br />

and to think carefully before proceeding.<br />

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WHY OPEN-PLAN?<br />

Once you’ve established that your property is suitable<br />

for open-plan, ask yourself why you’re doing<br />

it. What are the objectives for the update? Are you<br />

hoping to create space, increase the amount of<br />

natural daylight, build a closer connection with the<br />

garden or simply enable the whole family to spend<br />

more time together?<br />

It’s questionable as to whether rethinking your<br />

internal space will automatically add value, but<br />

there’s no doubt that improving your quality of<br />

life is the perfect motivation for refreshing your<br />

configuration. In extreme circumstances, it may<br />

be preferable to move rather than attempt to force<br />

the existing space to deliver what you’re hoping for,<br />

but in the majority of cases, it can be possible to<br />

realise your dream within the existing structure.<br />

WILL YOU NEED MULTIPURPOSE SPACES?<br />

Raised areas, bi-fold doors and furniture such<br />

as bookcases and storage solutions can all help<br />

to create different areas for different activities<br />

without compromising the open-plan philosophy.<br />

Colour schemes can have a huge impact on the<br />

look and feel of an open-plan space. Neutral tones<br />

provide the opportunity for splashes of colour in<br />

cushions and artwork, while a strong feature wall<br />

can help to define a specific zone.<br />

The type of flooring you select will also have a significant<br />

effect. Hard flooring is practical but can<br />

also be noisy. Rugs are excellent for softening but<br />

aren’t practical in areas used for food preparation<br />

or dining, and they can present a trip hazard<br />

for young and old alike, so think carefully about<br />

the floor you would like to lay. Dimmer switches<br />

and concealed lighting are clever ways of subtly<br />

illuminating the space, while the colour and style<br />

of your internal doors will also contribute to the<br />

overall effect. Wooden doors can become a feature<br />

of the space, while painted doors tend to recede<br />

into the background.<br />

HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT SAFETY?<br />

One area of an open-plan renovation that must be<br />

considered is fire safety. A downstairs space that<br />

includes an open kitchen presents a greater fire risk,<br />

so the standard advice is that all first-floor bedroom<br />

windows must be egress windows to ensure they<br />

act as escape routes. It’s vital not only to fit smoke<br />

alarms throughout the ground floor and the upstairs<br />

landing but also to test them regularly.<br />

WHAT WILL YOUR IDEAL LAYOUT LOOK<br />

LIKE?<br />

The design phase should also include some<br />

visualisation of the end result. Where will you want<br />

to eat? What about the outlook? What will be the<br />

focus when you’re relaxing on the sofa? How will<br />

you move around the space? How far will the dining<br />

table be from the kitchen area? How quiet will<br />

the space be? Will you be able to hear the television<br />

or stereo when the dishwasher is running or the<br />

children are playing? Ultimately, open-plan is about<br />

making different rooms work together rather than<br />

creating one cavernous space, and that’s where the<br />

real design skill comes in.<br />

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HOW TO<br />

LIVING SPACES<br />

Create indoor<br />

outdoor flow<br />

Having coordinated indoor-outdoor flow in your home will make<br />

it easier to entertain, and creates a spacious chill-out space for<br />

you and your loved ones. Here are some ideas on how to set up<br />

your ideal indoor-outdoor haven.<br />

GO GREEN INSIDE<br />

Featuring green hues inside your home automatically<br />

connects the interior to the garden and to<br />

nature. There’s a host of green options to choose<br />

from, including painted or wallpapered feature<br />

walls and carpets or pot plants strategically<br />

dotted around the home. Alternatively, you could<br />

add more delicate accents such as cushions,<br />

green-patterned upholstery or decorative items<br />

and ornaments, like vases.<br />

CREATE FLOOR FLOW<br />

Having your indoor and adjacent outdoor flooring<br />

at the same level, as well as choosing the same<br />

flooring material, can hugely improve flow; as it<br />

creates the illusion that you’re in the same space.<br />

Stone is a robust, natural and eye-pleasing material<br />

that’s perfect for creating a seamless indoor-outdoor<br />

flow. If you have a deck, then timber or<br />

wood-like vinyl inside the kitchen and lounge will<br />

add continuity.<br />

OPT FOR AN ALL-SEASONS LAYOUT<br />

It’s always a great idea to have a combination<br />

of covered and uncovered outdoor spaces. But<br />

even when it rains and you don’t have a covered<br />

entertainment area outside, you can still connect<br />

to your garden by reworking the interior layout.<br />

Instead of having the dining table in the kitchen far<br />

away from the garden, shift it into a spot with an<br />

outdoor view within the living room or lounge.<br />

OPEN IT UP<br />

The problem with many of the more established<br />

abodes is that their backs connect to the garden<br />

only via teeny windows – or a windowless wall. The<br />

result: zero indoor-outdoor flow. This situation is<br />

easily remedied by installing or replacing smaller<br />

windows with larger ones – or, to really open up<br />

the space and allow an influx of light as well as<br />

easy access, consider sliding or French doors.<br />

TAKE YOUR HOME OUTSIDE<br />

Another way to improve indoor-outdoor flow<br />

and make your alfresco dining experience more<br />

user-friendly is by simply taking your kitchen<br />

outside. Outdoor kitchens are becoming all the<br />

rage; as are outdoor ovens, fridges, rotisseries and<br />

other culinary appliances.<br />

GO FOR WOVEN FURNITURE<br />

Woven furniture looks the part both inside a<br />

home and in the garden, so dotting a few tables<br />

and chairs both inside and out will connect the<br />

two spaces. Opt for modern synthetic rattan and<br />

wicker furniture – not only does it look ‘real’, but<br />

it’s also weatherproof and easy to keep clean.<br />

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Image: Melanie Jenkins<br />

Paints: Resene<br />

A TASTE<br />

OF COLOUR<br />

If it’s one thing you can be sure of, trends never<br />

stand still. We asked the Resene experts to give<br />

us a taste of what’s trending for this season.<br />

1. COLOUR COMBOS<br />

Pairing colours is where it’s at. Warm greys paired with<br />

tan, camel, terracotta and brown-blacks, for instance.<br />

“The combination of black on tan or tan on black is a<br />

smart choice,” says interior designer and colour consultant<br />

Debbie Abercrombie. “Also, keep an eye out for<br />

ochres and colours of cracked earth. The key is seeing<br />

colour in combination. Colours isolated are often not the<br />

wow we are looking for. It is how we combine them.”<br />

2. MAXIMALISM<br />

Forget minimalism and its constraints. Make a move towards<br />

maximalism – one of the hottest styles in interior<br />

design. A blend of historical design and colours, layers<br />

and textures, and mixed artwork allows the maximalist<br />

to create an interior that not only melds the patina of<br />

time with contemporary decor but creates an interior<br />

that is vastly unique. “Maximalism allows you to let your<br />

imagination loose” says Rebecca Long, Resene Colour<br />

Expert. “The key here is to connect the dots and play<br />

close attention to design elements, such as repetition<br />

and shape, to build your scheme.”<br />

3. GROUNDED NEUTRALS<br />

Earthier, honest neutrals are right on trend. Choose<br />

a colour palette of earthy browns, tans, warm greys<br />

and greens – and especially terracotta. “Terracotta is<br />

making a comeback and it isn’t just limited to pots,” says<br />

Rebecca. “Pair colours such as Resene Entourage and<br />

Resene Desperado with classic timber stains such as<br />

Resene Pitch Black and Resene Natural.”<br />

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LIVING SPACES<br />

Creating a roof terrace<br />

There’s something magical about a roof terrace.<br />

Maybe it’s the elusiveness of them or that the<br />

hidden element makes them like a secret penthouse<br />

sanctuary. Whatever it is, roof terraces certainly<br />

give a property the ‘wow-factor’.<br />

Not just a chic hangout, roof terraces can also<br />

increase the value of your property, improve<br />

insulation, and reduce outside noise from entering<br />

your home. If you’ve come across a property and<br />

the space for a roof terrace has caught your eye,<br />

there are a few things to consider before getting<br />

started. After all, a well-planned renovation will<br />

save you time, money, and stress in the long run.<br />

FUNCTIONALITY<br />

Logistical factors such as waterproofing, roof<br />

access, and proper drainage may not be the most<br />

glamorous aspects of building a roof terrace, but<br />

they are essential. Protecting the main structure of<br />

your home, as well as ensuring your roof terrace<br />

has longevity, are just some of the reasons why<br />

these factors are important to consider.<br />

SAFETY & COMPLIANCE<br />

Regulations exist for a reason; don’t disregard<br />

them. There may be height restrictions to consider,<br />

load-bearing capacity problems to solve, and safety<br />

requirements that need to be put in place by your<br />

local council to ensure the safe enjoyment of your<br />

roof terrace.<br />

AESTHETIC<br />

After taking care of the technicalities, it’s time for<br />

the best part! What style will your outdoor living<br />

space take? A minimalist dreamscape with sleek<br />

water features and sophisticated seating surrounding<br />

a built-in fire pit? A cottage-chic garden with<br />

cosy cushions and an abundance of charming<br />

flowers? The sky’s the limit of what you can do!<br />

If you’re in the planning stages of transforming<br />

your roof terrace, why not enlist the help from a<br />

professional so you can focus on the fun things,<br />

while they deploy their expertise behind the scenes<br />

to bring your vision to life.<br />

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Converting your home<br />

garage to a living space<br />

For most of us, buying a home is a dream come true and, once the boxes are<br />

unpacked, we happily settle into furnishing and embellishing our very own little<br />

haven of comfort and homeliness.<br />

As time goes on, we typically grow in size. Our<br />

needs, wants and desires change and, very often,<br />

our little slice of paradise can’t keep up with our<br />

changing world.<br />

In this age of discard and throw away what we<br />

no longer want, the obvious solution to a house<br />

you’ve outgrown is to sell, move on and take the<br />

happy memories with you. But why not take a step<br />

back and look at what you have and invest some<br />

time and energy into rezoning, repurposing and<br />

reinventing your existing rooms and spaces and<br />

making them work for you? Do you really need a<br />

garage that once housed a car but is now full of<br />

stuff that you might one-day use?<br />

Converting your garage into a liveable room will<br />

not only add value to your home but will also<br />

go a long way toward meeting the demands of<br />

modern-day living. We live in an age where a study,<br />

media room, games room, rumpus room or teenage<br />

retreat are now standard inclusions in the floor<br />

plans of most new builds.<br />

GETTING STARTED<br />

The first step in the process is to decide on the<br />

purpose of the new room. Will it be a bedroom,<br />

study or perhaps a media room? Is there enough<br />

available space to achieve the desired purpose?<br />

You will, firstly, need to make sure the garage is<br />

structurally sound. The foundations will need to be<br />

checked to make sure they can take the increased<br />

load of the wall and room modifications.<br />

Garage walls are typically single brick, so the walls<br />

will need a moisture barrier, which is linked to<br />

a damp proof course. This will then need to be<br />

insulated. A good way to do this is to fit self-insulted<br />

plasterboard on treated batons. Another method<br />

would be to lay some internal blockwork with<br />

appropriate insulation in the cavity.<br />

CEILING HEIGHT<br />

Different regions have different rules surrounding<br />

ceiling height for habitable rooms. If your garage<br />

ceiling is too low, you will need to consider some<br />

ways to meet these height requirements. Raising<br />

the roof is often the best option as the concrete<br />

slab of a garage floor can be both costly and<br />

difficult to remove. The roof is likely to need a<br />

complete upgrade with insulation to make sure it<br />

conforms to building regulations.<br />

RAINWATER DRAINAGE<br />

Quite often the fall of a driveway is on a slant with<br />

rainwater running into a drain at the end of the<br />

driveway and in front of the garage door. This should<br />

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Refresh Renovations, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand – Mike Ross and Sophia Roydhouse-Ross<br />

be addressed during your design process to ensure<br />

rainwater is diverted away from the habitable space.<br />

FLOORING CONSIDERATIONS<br />

The concrete slab of a garage floor is usually not<br />

built to residential standards and is unlikely to<br />

have a damp proof membrane (DPM). This will<br />

need to be added along with insulation. As an<br />

alternative, you could lay a suspended timber floor.<br />

Consult your local renovation specialist for the<br />

most appropriate solution for your garage.<br />

ENERGY EFFICIENCY<br />

All buildings should be energy efficient and conform<br />

to building regulations in terms of windows,<br />

doors, insulation and general airtightness. The<br />

amount of heat that can pass through the glass<br />

and framework is measured as a U-Value (rate of<br />

heat transfer) and should not exceed the stated<br />

requirements. You will need to make sure there is<br />

sufficient ventilation in the room in accordance<br />

with building regulations.<br />

CONSENT<br />

As the garage will no longer house your car, you<br />

will need to check that your house does not have a<br />

restriction on the removal of your garage, as this<br />

impacts parking requirements. Different regions<br />

have different requirements surrounding garage<br />

conversion consents. Check out our article on<br />

“Applying for Consent” for further guidance or<br />

consult your local specialist.<br />

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Sara Tansy<br />

Refresh Renovations, Wellington, New Zealand – Steve Wang<br />

Extending your home<br />

Do you love your location and home but don’t have the space to<br />

accommodate your family’s growing needs? A house extension<br />

could be the perfect solution.<br />

With current house prices making it difficult for<br />

homeowners to purchase just what they need, house<br />

extensions provide families with a way to design<br />

living spaces that perfectly meet their requirements.<br />

Whether you need more lounge space, additional<br />

bedrooms or improved indoor-outdoor flow, clever<br />

renovation projects can usually adapt your home’s<br />

floor plan to suit your lifestyle.<br />

SAME-LEVEL EXTENSIONS<br />

Ground floor extensions are typically more<br />

affordable than converting a loft or excavating<br />

basement space. Smaller renovations may work<br />

out slightly more expensive per square metre than<br />

larger renovations, as many of the overheads (such<br />

as council permits) stay the same. It’s best to get<br />

a fixed price from your builder before the project<br />

starts, to ensure your renovation comes in on<br />

budget. If your budget is tight, focus on the things<br />

you really need and start a list of possible ‘wants’<br />

to add to your home further down the track.<br />

If you are trying to achieve more space through<br />

your extension, an open-plan layout with good<br />

indoor-outdoor flow is a great way of creating<br />

the perception of more space. One of the most<br />

common alterations is the creation of one large<br />

living/dining/kitchen space. Opening up walls<br />

is usually a straightforward process, however,<br />

load-bearing walls may need to be strengthened<br />

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which would incur additional costs. Any electrical or<br />

plumbing points within the wall would also have an<br />

impact on the overall cost. Other considerations might<br />

include insulation, cladding and finishing materials. If<br />

you are looking to simply remove a non-load-bearing<br />

wall between two rooms, you may be able to get this<br />

taken out and tidied within one day.<br />

SECOND STOREY EXTENSIONS<br />

Extending up will save your valuable outdoor area and<br />

unlock any potential district or water views, whilst<br />

providing clearly defined living and sleeping zones<br />

within your home.<br />

It is best to have a renovation builder on board right<br />

from the get-go. A renovation builder will provide the<br />

cost of the exact work to be undertaken based on the<br />

concept drawings and working drawings translated<br />

from your initial ideas. A renovation builder has overall<br />

responsibility to deliver the results on time and within<br />

budget. They will use their knowledge and expertise<br />

to deal with any delays or disruptions and the many<br />

trades and authorities that need to be involved during<br />

the process. Costing a renovation builder into your<br />

budget is highly recommended.<br />

you choose materials such as hardwood timber or glass<br />

for the steps or the balustrade, this will increase the<br />

cost. Floating steps or curved staircases – in the upper<br />

regions when it comes to price – add a bit of drama and<br />

visual impact. Floor level lighting and art embedded<br />

into the steps add to the wow factor.<br />

BASEMENT EXTENSIONS<br />

If you can’t extend outwards or upwards, there is<br />

another way. You could consider a basement building<br />

extension or basement conversion, using the ground<br />

beneath your house to gain that valuable extra space.<br />

Basement building extensions are becoming increasingly<br />

popular - the prohibitive cost of climbing the housing<br />

ladder means that extending an existing property is an<br />

appealing option for those looking for extra space.<br />

Adding a basement to an existing property requires<br />

extensive excavation but it’s a good option for when<br />

there’s no other way to gain extra space. It’s often<br />

possible to add the cost of an extension on to your<br />

mortgage, especially if you have a good amount of equity<br />

in your property. A basement building extension also<br />

adds value to your house, making it a great opportunity<br />

for homeowners and investors alike.<br />

LIVING SPACES<br />

An important aspect of any second storey extension is<br />

choosing stairs that will work within your home. Carpet<br />

wrapped steps are your most cost-effective option<br />

when it comes to stairways. A set of straight stairs<br />

are easiest to build and install and are hence very<br />

affordable. Depending on your space and requirements,<br />

however, a set of turning stairs might be required. If<br />

There are a number of technical considerations when<br />

building or converting a basement. Primarily, this<br />

includes getting permission from your local planning<br />

authority, meeting building regulations and understanding<br />

the type of soil you’re excavating. Once these<br />

necessities are in order, you need to consider natural<br />

light, ventilation, circulation, and waterproofing.<br />

Sara Tansy<br />

Refresh Renovations, Wellington, New Zealand – Nick Leko<br />

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Outdoor Living<br />

Putting extra thought into the exterior of your home can<br />

significantly improve its value and transform your day-today<br />

lifestyle. From decking and paving through to gardens<br />

and inspirational backyards, here is our compact guide to<br />

transforming your outdoor area.<br />

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Outdoor checklist<br />

What features are important to you and your home?<br />

GARDEN<br />

Compost<br />

Edible vegetable garden<br />

Landscaped lawn<br />

Artificial grass<br />

Retaining walls or terraced sections<br />

Raised garden beds<br />

Native plants<br />

Flower garden(s)<br />

Deciduous trees<br />

Tree or plant removal<br />

Irrigation<br />

Automated irrigation systems<br />

Rainwater system<br />

Greywater system<br />

ENTERTAINING<br />

Decking - wood, composite, bamboo, stone, concrete, brick<br />

Patio - concrete pavers, stone, brick, ceramic tiles<br />

Built-in seating<br />

Outdoor fireplace<br />

Outdoor oven<br />

Outdoor kitchen<br />

BBQ<br />

Swimming pool<br />

Spa pool<br />

Outdoor shower<br />

Outdoor entertainment system<br />

Kids play area - playground, sports, playhouse etc.<br />

Pergola or outdoor room/coverage<br />

FUNCTIONALITY - SAFETY FEATURES<br />

New fencing - vinyl, wood, stone, metal, concrete, composite<br />

Gates - vinyl, wood, stone, metal, concrete, composite<br />

Automated gates<br />

Outdoor lighting<br />

Smart-bulb lighting<br />

Automated home security system<br />

Indoor/outdoor flow<br />

Workshop<br />

Firewood shed<br />

Pathways<br />

Sun and warmth optimisation<br />

Space for pets<br />

Privacy<br />

Wheelchair accessibility to your home<br />

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Key things to consider<br />

1. What are my main priorities within this<br />

landscaping project?<br />

2. What style do I gravitate toward? (e.g. coastal,<br />

native, luxury, rustic etc.)<br />

3. Are my ideas going to match the style of my<br />

home?<br />

4. What is my budget range?<br />

5. Have you checked your calendar for the<br />

most convenient time of year to carry out a<br />

landscaping project?<br />

6. Have you considered how this landscaping work<br />

might affect your lifestyle?<br />

7. Have you considered the climate, orientation,<br />

soil type and other local conditions like wind,<br />

rainfall and drainage?<br />

OUTDOOR LIVING<br />

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Scott Espie<br />

Zones Landscaping, Auckland Central, NZ – Thelma Meyer<br />

Low maintenance<br />

gardens<br />

Gardening isn’t a labour of love for everyone. Although,<br />

with some thorough planning, you can still have an<br />

attractive landscape that’s easy to care for.<br />

Xeriscaping is a gardening practice that focuses on<br />

selecting plants and materials that are self-sustainable in<br />

your property’s climate. The practice was initially adopted<br />

in dry, arid regions, like those of the Southwest United<br />

States and Australia, where regular water shortages<br />

make it difficult to keep gardens alive. But the principles<br />

of xeriscaping remain effective for all types of climates.<br />

Interested in making your garden more low-maintenance?<br />

Let us introduce you to xeriscaping.<br />

FROM THE GROUND UP<br />

Using the right soil for your home’s climate is vital<br />

when xeriscaping. Clay or a soil-compost mix is ideal<br />

for dry environments due to its high density and sufficient<br />

water retention. And on the other hand, sandy soil<br />

is extremely permeable, making it a great combatant<br />

against soggy roots in a wet climate.<br />

Another aspect to consider is mulch, which comes in<br />

two main varieties; organic, such as bark and wood<br />

(materials that naturally protect the garden from<br />

weeds by inhibiting seed germination) and inorganic,<br />

meaning rock and gravel (excellent complements to<br />

drip irrigation systems).<br />

While mulching helps nurture your plants by reducing<br />

evaporation to maintain moisture levels, a thick layer<br />

can raise the ground temperature, increasing the need<br />

for water. This is counterproductive in a hot climate,<br />

but extra mulch acts as an excellent insulator in a<br />

cooler climate.<br />

Mulch also has a mutually beneficial relationship with<br />

trees commonly used in xeriscapes. While mulch keeps<br />

the soil below moist, an outstretched tree canopy<br />

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protects it from above, keeping the ground shaded<br />

and preventing the mulch from drying out. This is a<br />

great example of why being intentional when planning<br />

your xeriscape is essential. You’re creating an entirely<br />

symbiotic landscape.<br />

PLANT SELECTION<br />

When it comes to choosing plants, xeriscaping is<br />

highly open to interpretation. What’s low-maintenance<br />

in Cumbria, England, will differ entirely from what’s<br />

low-maintenance in Wairarapa, New Zealand. With<br />

that in mind, a good rule of thumb is that native flora<br />

usually thrives without much effort, so check out what’s<br />

native to your region and climate.<br />

Fruits and vegetables aren’t typically ideal for xeriscaping<br />

as they require quite a lot of water, but if you<br />

live in a wet climate, they’ll need far less attention. For<br />

those in dry climates, citrus varieties, olive trees, and<br />

sunchokes are a good start; although they’re known to<br />

thrive in a warm environment, they can also survive a<br />

light frost.<br />

Cacti and succulents are foolproof in mild to hot<br />

climates, but they often don’t make it when it comes to<br />

frost. If your region gets a chill in the fall and winter,<br />

try iris, oregano, and other species of Mediterranean<br />

plants that are both drought tolerant and hardy enough<br />

for a cold spell.<br />

100 years (read more on page 113). Many unexpected<br />

species are wonderful for xeriscaping; you just need to<br />

do some exploring to discover what works in your region.<br />

PLANNING FOR IRRIGATION<br />

Begin by hydrozoning – the practice of grouping plants<br />

that have similar water needs together. Plants that<br />

require the most water should be sheltered from the<br />

sun and planted near a water source, whereas plants<br />

with lesser water requirements can be placed further<br />

away and in sun-exposed areas.<br />

Limiting water use as much as possible is key, but implementing<br />

an external water source may still be necessary.<br />

If required, keep it minimal and use it efficiently; opt for<br />

drip irrigation instead of sprinklers and utilise rainwater<br />

as much as possible instead of tap water.<br />

MINIMAL MAINTENANCE<br />

Though the majority of work will take place in the<br />

planning stages of your xeriscape, you should still expect<br />

a bit of ongoing work. However, it will be a much lighter<br />

load than a traditional garden requires.<br />

As your garden grows, you might find that you need<br />

to adjust your irrigation system’s placement or water<br />

supply. Occasionally, it will be beneficial to prune mature<br />

plants to keep them healthy and looking neat. And about<br />

once a year, you should plan to re-mulch.<br />

OUTDOOR LIVING<br />

Another resilient shrub to incorporate is the peony.<br />

Once established, peonies require very little care, are<br />

surprisingly rugged, and have been known to flower for<br />

Keep all of this in mind, and you’ll have a thriving xeriscape<br />

to enjoy, with minimal effort, for years to come.<br />

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Outdoor rooms<br />

What to consider when building<br />

an outdoor room.<br />

The purpose of an outdoor room is to add another<br />

living space to your house without the need to undertake<br />

an indoor building renovation or addition. From<br />

a modest wooden deck through to an outdoor retreat<br />

complete with a kitchen, lounge and audio-visual<br />

system – the only limit is your imagination. So before<br />

you start planning, consider these elements for your<br />

outdoor room.<br />

PURPOSE<br />

How do you plan to use the space? Is it mainly for<br />

cooking or alfresco dining? A dedicated space for<br />

entertaining? Play area for kids or a teenage retreat?<br />

Maybe you want to create a space that’s purely for<br />

privacy and relaxation… If you have a small kitchen<br />

or lounge area, an outdoor room is a hugely valuable<br />

addition – for both lifestyle and resale value.<br />

LAYOUT<br />

Considering your outdoor area and budget, think<br />

about your space and how you will access and use<br />

it. Most outdoor rooms or pergolas are just under<br />

20m2. Draw up a sketch with the various items you<br />

want to include (e.g. table and chairs, barbeque, sun<br />

lounger etc), drawn roughly to scale. Then allow<br />

extra space for traffic flow around those areas. As<br />

a rule of thumb, allow a minimum space of 4m x<br />

4m if you want to fit in a standard 4-seater outdoor<br />

table and chairs. Ideally, you’ll want a north-facing<br />

aspect that catches plenty of sun, that is out of the<br />

wind and has minimal traffic noise. And it should<br />

definitely be a “room with a view.”<br />

Will it be separate from the house – more akin to a<br />

pool-house - or one that’s attached to the house, loggia-style?<br />

When attaching a structure to the home<br />

or in close proximity, consider the architectural style<br />

of the property, the cladding, colours, materials; and<br />

make a conscious decision regarding the structural<br />

elements of the outdoor room. Carrying the design<br />

principles you’ve applied inside your home to the<br />

outside will create a seamless flow and a sense of<br />

connectedness.<br />

SIZE<br />

How big should you go? A good rule of thumb is<br />

to keep it comparable to the rooms inside your<br />

house – your outdoor room should be no bigger<br />

than the largest room in your house. This will keep<br />

it proportionate to the scale of your home – a very<br />

tiny space next to a large home, or vice versa, could<br />

easily feel awkward. You can also use your interior<br />

to help you plan the layout. Remember, you’ll need<br />

enough space to house your furniture, cooking<br />

equipment and to comfortably circulate.<br />

LOUVRES<br />

Louvre roofs are a must-have for homeowners who<br />

want their outdoor rooms to pack some real punch.<br />

These roofs can be opened and shut to adapt to<br />

the weather conditions. They allow for the best<br />

optimising of light and shade. But, while they are<br />

attractive and allow for year-round outdoor living,<br />

they take a bit of investment. Other outdoor roof<br />

options include shade sails, awnings and canter<br />

levered umbrellas.<br />

TECHNOLOGY<br />

Given that outdoor rooms are either built for<br />

relaxation or entertainment, there’s a vast array<br />

of new technology to ensure you’ll never have to<br />

rouse yourself from that comfy lounger. Louvres<br />

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OUTDOOR LIVING<br />

Scott Espie<br />

Zones Landscaping, Auckland Central, NZ – Kate Ryan<br />

with automated sensors that adjust themselves<br />

according to the weather are just the start. You<br />

can incorporate home automation systems to<br />

control the lighting, heating and cooling, music and<br />

entertainment.<br />

If you choose to, pretty much everything can be<br />

controlled from your smartphone or iPad. Having<br />

your own open-air cinema is now a realistic<br />

option – you could start with a white wall and an<br />

entry-level projector. And think carefully about<br />

lighting, heating and cooling options – you don’t<br />

want to be too hot in summer and too cold in<br />

winter (the point of an outdoor room is to use it<br />

all year round). Think heaters, fans, outdoor fire<br />

pits, concealable sliding doors or shutters.<br />

OUTDOOR KITCHENS<br />

Possibilities start with a glammed up BBQ that can<br />

be built into an outdoor kitchen bench and go on to<br />

include a full kitchen with hot plates, a fridge and<br />

a wine fridge. Wood fires are extremely popular in<br />

outdoor entertaining areas as they provide a heat<br />

source and can extend the seasons.<br />

Outdoor kitchens have come ahead in leaps and<br />

bounds in recent years, with ovens, fridges, sinks<br />

and other appliances all developed for outdoor use.<br />

You can now have the ultimate outdoor kitchen,<br />

down to the last utensil, without having to go back<br />

inside. This requires built-in storage and benchtops,<br />

a sink with hot and cold water, preferably a<br />

dishwasher, and plenty of refrigeration.<br />

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Artificial or real grass?<br />

Weighing up the pros and cons<br />

Vast improvements in the manufacturing and appearance of artificial turf mean<br />

the green grass of home may not be quite what it seems. Determine what your<br />

lawn will be used for, how often it will be used and the maintenance required so<br />

that you can choose the best lawn for your lifestyle.<br />

With shrinking section sizes and the popularity of<br />

low-maintenance gardens growing, backyards are<br />

undergoing a radical change – one that’s seeing<br />

the lawnmower banished and the weekends free to<br />

chill out.<br />

Today’s artificial turf is a far cry from products<br />

originally produced over 50 years ago for<br />

all-weather sports grounds. As Zones Landscaping<br />

Specialist Nigel Ramsden explains, “There have<br />

been great strides in the look and feel of artificial<br />

grass and it’s now almost like the real thing.<br />

That’s given homeowners a lot more confidence<br />

to install it in larger and more visible areas of<br />

their gardens.”<br />

With pros and cons for both synthetic, seeded and<br />

roll-out natural lawns; what do homeowners need<br />

to consider? “Think about what it’s to be used for<br />

- children playing, pets or just to add atmosphere<br />

to the landscape?” — says Nigel.<br />

The size of the space is also a consideration, says<br />

Zones Landscaping’s Tracey Barker. “Properties<br />

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like townhouses and apartments have very<br />

small outdoor areas and often no access for a<br />

lawnmower, so artificial turf is becoming a more<br />

popular choice.” Shade cast by tall buildings can<br />

also make artificial grass a smart option.<br />

WHAT ARE MY NATURAL LAWN OPTIONS?<br />

Establishing a lawn can be done by spreading seed<br />

manually with a seed spreader at a minimal cost.<br />

However, this method can cause the lawn to have<br />

sparse patches and another spreading of seeds may<br />

be required later on. Lawn by hydroseeding starts<br />

out as a combination of water, grass seed, fertiliser<br />

and protective mulch mixed together and sprayed<br />

onto prepared soil.<br />

Although a cheaper option to a ready lawn, the<br />

same amount of ground preparation is required.<br />

A ready lawn is appealing for those who want an<br />

instant quality product rather than waiting for one<br />

to germinate from seed.<br />

WHAT SORT OF PREPARATION IS INVOLVED IN<br />

INSTALLING A READY LAWN?<br />

Most ready lawn suppliers provide pricing by<br />

‘on-site quoting’ due to the uniqueness of each<br />

property. However, there are a couple that have<br />

pricing listed on their websites. In this case, you<br />

will need to know the square meterage (multiply<br />

the length by the width) of your lawn space in<br />

order to calculate the cost of the ready lawn, which<br />

is mostly sold by the square metre.<br />

will depend on its existing state but, at the very<br />

least, perennial weeds will need spraying and will<br />

then need to be left to take effect for about three<br />

weeks. A large part of your cost can be in the<br />

site’s preparation and a challenging terrain may<br />

require machinery to perform the earthworks.<br />

However, it is important that this stage of the<br />

project is done correctly to ensure the ground<br />

levels are correct, including the topsoil so that the<br />

finished product will not be left with patches and<br />

ground depressions.<br />

NATURAL GRASS CAN LAST FOREVER – BUT<br />

WHAT ABOUT ARTIFICIAL TURF?<br />

Expect anything from 15 to 20 years out of your synthetic<br />

lawn. This largely depends on use and care.<br />

How durable will the surface need to be? What’s<br />

the intended use? It’s also important to check the<br />

surface and installation warranties provided.<br />

WHAT ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS?<br />

Natural grass absorbs carbon dioxide and acts as a<br />

filter for rainwater flowing into the groundwater. It<br />

also naturally regenerates. It’s cool on the feet – and<br />

it’s hard to beat the smell of a newly mown lawn.<br />

On the other hand, artificial turf (while often<br />

manufactured using recycled materials) is a<br />

petroleum-based product that is not biodegradable<br />

and will ultimately end up in a landfill. It’s heat<br />

absorbent and can feel hot to touch. On the plus<br />

side, it is permeable.<br />

OUTDOOR LIVING<br />

Taking into account: the house, outbuildings,<br />

decking, gardens and pathways; the average<br />

urban property can take up to an estimated 90<br />

square metres of lawn. Preparation of the site<br />

Opinions are divided: Nigel is finding a growing<br />

number of homeowners are after easy maintenance<br />

whereas, for Tracey, cost is usually the decider.<br />

Leah Huang<br />

Zones Landscaping, Waikato, NZ – Leah Huang<br />

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OUTDOOR LIVING<br />

How to plant and<br />

care for peonies<br />

Though resilient and easy to care for, peonies must be set<br />

up for success in order for them to flourish.<br />

Peonies symbolise good fortune in many<br />

cultures, representing wealth and love.<br />

They’re said to enrich your life in as many<br />

ways as their beautiful flowers have petals.<br />

Want to bring peonies into your home and<br />

garden? Here’s how.<br />

WHERE TO PLANT<br />

First and foremost, pick the perfect spot.<br />

Peonies love bright light, so positioning in<br />

partial - full sun is a must. They don’t like<br />

sharing the spotlight either, so give them<br />

their space, keeping them away from trees<br />

and shrubs. Fully grown plants need to be<br />

spaced about 1m away from surrounding<br />

plants. With sufficient room, they will<br />

prosper for 15+ years without needing to<br />

be transplanted or divided.<br />

WHEN TO PLANT<br />

Peonies are sun worshippers, but<br />

they thrive in cooler temperatures.<br />

If you’re planting in the ground (as<br />

opposed to containers), then autumn<br />

is your best bet to enjoy a full bloom.<br />

When planting, avoid using insulating<br />

ground cover like pea straw or bark<br />

as it can encourage botrytis blight and<br />

other fungal diseases — remember,<br />

cold is not the enemy. And if your tuber<br />

gets 80 days of single-digit (0-9°C)<br />

ground temperatures, get ready for<br />

an abundance of blooms during late<br />

spring/early summer.<br />

HOW TO PLANT<br />

Despite being a hardy plant, peonies<br />

hate getting their feet wet. Soggy roots<br />

are another catalyst for fungal diseases<br />

like phytophthora blight, which can<br />

cause the entire plant to rot. So make<br />

sure they have proper drainage. And be<br />

conscious of planting depth. Herbaceous<br />

peonies enjoy a shallow bed of about<br />

5cm, whereas tree peonies do well with a<br />

deeper bed of around 15-20cm.<br />

CARING FOR ESTABLISHED<br />

PEONIES<br />

If you’re after large blooms, trim<br />

smaller side buds. Once a bloom<br />

dies, deadhead it by cutting the stem<br />

directly below the flower, leaving<br />

the foliage. There’s no need to water<br />

dormant peonies in the winter but<br />

do check the soil throughout the rest<br />

of the year. A good rule of thumb<br />

is to water generously every two<br />

weeks or when the soil feels dry a few<br />

centimetres deep. Keep an eye out<br />

for fungal diseases. They’re usually<br />

easy to spot; check for discoloured<br />

shoots, blotchy leaves, and stunted or<br />

yellowing plants.<br />

LONGEVITY FOR FRESHLY CUT<br />

STEMS<br />

To help freshly cut peony stems<br />

live longer, clip them just before<br />

their buds bloom, keeping the stems<br />

approximately 15 cm long. Unlike the<br />

plants, peony stems do not like direct<br />

sunlight. Trim the stems every day<br />

and put them in the fridge at night to<br />

extend their lifespan. With attentive<br />

care, you’ll be able to enjoy the beautiful<br />

blooms for up to 10 days – maybe<br />

more if you’re lucky!<br />

PEONIES IN GREENHOUSES<br />

Believe it or not, greenhouse peonies<br />

require more attention than those<br />

planted outside. Greenhouses are great<br />

for trapping heat to warm soil and plants.<br />

But, higher temperatures will stunt the<br />

growth of peony buds and accelerate<br />

the ageing process of mature flowers. To<br />

ensure cool temps, you may need to run<br />

fans on sunny days, especially in winter<br />

when the peonies are (supposed to be)<br />

dormant.<br />

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Andrew Burford<br />

Refresh Renovations, Gold Coast, AUS – Martin Peirone<br />

Pools and spas<br />

When it comes to transforming your landscape, nothing<br />

has a bigger impact than a pool or spa.<br />

Pools and spas are available in a myriad<br />

of shapes and sizes to suit nearly any<br />

landscape, but there’s a lot more to<br />

consider than these main factors, so<br />

let’s break it down.<br />

INGROUND VS ABOVE GROUND<br />

Inground pools have a longer lifespan<br />

than above ground pools. However,<br />

they are more expensive to build as<br />

excavation is required. With that said,<br />

inground pools are most likely to add<br />

value to your property, making the<br />

initial investment easier for you to<br />

justify. On the other hand, without the<br />

costly excavation, above ground pools<br />

are relatively affordable and quick<br />

to install, making them an excellent<br />

option to get you swimming as soon as<br />

possible.<br />

INDOOR VS OUTDOOR<br />

It’s no secret that building an indoor<br />

pool can run up high costs compared<br />

to an outdoor pool. But choosing<br />

indoor comes with the unique benefits<br />

of guaranteed year-round use and<br />

less day-to-day care than outdoor<br />

pools. They are easy to keep clean,<br />

and maintaining your favoured water<br />

temperature is no problem. On the<br />

other hand, outdoor pools are more<br />

affordable and become the ideal social<br />

hub throughout warmer seasons.<br />

There’s also more room to incorporate<br />

additions for entertainment<br />

and leisure, such as waterfalls, slides,<br />

surrounding landscaping, and even a<br />

nearby cabana.<br />

SIZE<br />

The size you choose for your<br />

swimming pool or spa will largely<br />

depend on the scale of your property.<br />

However, excellent speciality models<br />

are available for smaller properties,<br />

such as plunge pools. Plunge pools<br />

are deep enough to immerse yourself<br />

completely and big enough for built-in<br />

seating, but they don’t take up much<br />

space with an average size of just 2x6<br />

metres. And if a swimming pool isn’t<br />

suitable for your property, you can’t<br />

go wrong with a spa pool. Able to seat<br />

anywhere from 2-10 adults, they are<br />

perfect for socialising or a relaxing<br />

retreat.<br />

MATERIALS<br />

After choosing your pool type and<br />

size, look at the materials. Fibreglass<br />

is a great cost-effective option,<br />

although the manufacturers produce<br />

a limited variety of shapes and sizes.<br />

If you want to customise fibreglass,<br />

that’s when it gets more expensive.<br />

Concrete and vinyl are highly<br />

customisable, but they sit at opposite<br />

ends of the cost spectrum; concrete<br />

requires a fairly hefty initial investment,<br />

whereas vinyl has a significantly<br />

smaller price tag.<br />

STYLE AND COLOUR<br />

It’s best to consider the purpose of<br />

your pool when choosing a style. For<br />

instance, traditional, rectangular lap<br />

pools are generally selected for fitness<br />

purposes. So are resistance swim spas,<br />

which produce a continuous current<br />

to enable swimming for hours without<br />

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Helen Gwyther<br />

Refresh Renovations, Wellington, NZ – Mark Morrison<br />

Scott Espie<br />

Zones Landscaping, Auckland Central, NZ – Kate Ryan<br />

turning for a lap. However, if you<br />

prefer floating around over fitness,<br />

shift your focus toward relaxing<br />

resort-style designs; think organically<br />

shaped, beach-entry pools. To further<br />

customise your pool, carefully consider<br />

colour options and tiling materials.<br />

The combination of these two elements<br />

can dramatically change a pool’s<br />

appearance. Through clever design,<br />

your swimming pool can capture any<br />

atmosphere you wish, from that of<br />

Aruba’s white-sand beaches to the<br />

South Pacific’s shimmering blue depths<br />

or Morocco’s luxurious riads.<br />

SALTWATER VS CHLORINE<br />

Despite their name, saltwater pools<br />

also contain chlorine – not as much<br />

as used in chlorine pools, but just<br />

enough to aid sanitisation. As a result,<br />

saltwater pools are softer on skin, eyes,<br />

and hair and won’t damage swimsuits.<br />

The lower chlorine levels are also ideal<br />

for non-porous pool materials like vinyl<br />

and fibreglass that naturally inhibit<br />

algae growth. Alternatively, chlorine is<br />

the way to go for pools made of porous<br />

materials like concrete, which need the<br />

extra chemical kick for a clean aquatic<br />

environment. Though chlorine has a<br />

harsher feel, it can treat water in lower<br />

temperatures and is initially cheaper<br />

than salt. Chlorine and saltwater are<br />

equally as popular, but as with all other<br />

decisions regarding your pool, the right<br />

choice depends on your priorities.<br />

SAFETY AND COMFORT<br />

Every municipality will have specific<br />

regulations around pool safety. But<br />

there is one requirement common<br />

around the world: have a secure<br />

barrier around your pool area. You<br />

can’t go wrong with a glass balustrade;<br />

they are highly durable and will blend<br />

into any landscape, from an urban<br />

jungle to a chic resort. Aluminium<br />

fences are a more affordable option.<br />

However, they’re also more visible. So<br />

you might consider customising the<br />

fencing’s colour to suit your property’s<br />

style. And lastly, to make your pool<br />

as comfortable as possible, installing<br />

a heating system is the most useful<br />

addition. Solar covers, solar rings, and<br />

swim-safe solar liquid are cost-effective<br />

ways to harness the sun’s energy<br />

to heat your pool. Although, larger<br />

pools will require a more robust<br />

system such as heat pumps or gas<br />

heaters to effectively warm and cool.<br />

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Greenhouse guide<br />

From unique Airbnbs and living areas to veggie gardens and plant<br />

nurseries, greenhouses can serve a multitude of purposes while making a<br />

beautiful addition to any landscape.<br />

In their most traditional form,<br />

greenhouses give you the opportunity<br />

to cultivate bountiful fruit and<br />

veggie gardens. Allowing considerable<br />

climatic control, they also give you<br />

the freedom to sow winter plants<br />

in the summer and vice versa. But<br />

despite their merit for growing plants,<br />

greenhouses are not limited for use<br />

specific to gardening.<br />

Using a greenhouse as an additional<br />

living area was made popular in the<br />

16th century by citrus loving aristocrats.<br />

Often referred to as a conservatory,<br />

this greenhouse style has since<br />

developed an air of romance and is<br />

perfect for a multitude of leisurely<br />

living spaces, including libraries, pool<br />

enclosures, art studios, and stargazing<br />

observatories. They still provide the<br />

same excellent growing conditions<br />

for plants — but they also become an<br />

extension of your home.<br />

Many greenhouses are freestanding,<br />

though you might consider attaching<br />

it to your home if you’re planning to<br />

use it as additional living space. To<br />

make your greenhouse feel inviting,<br />

think more seriously about interior<br />

design, decor, and practicalities like<br />

insulation and electrical wiring.<br />

Greenhouses dedicated solely to<br />

plants still require design work,<br />

though it’s more focused around<br />

functionality. Site selection, spatial<br />

planning, ventilation, and shade<br />

covers are essential for a basic<br />

greenhouse or a greenhouse on a<br />

budget - these will ensure you have<br />

climatic control and sufficient room<br />

to grow. Meanwhile, a more advanced<br />

greenhouse will have accessories like<br />

automatic irrigation, a heating and<br />

cooling system, and potentially solar<br />

panels for green energy.<br />

Ultimately, whether you build a<br />

greenhouse to expand your home or<br />

simply to grow fruits and veggies,<br />

these structures can make a truly<br />

impactful addition. And with thorough<br />

consideration and planning, will add<br />

significant value to your property.<br />

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Your Greenhouse Checklist<br />

Materials<br />

Glass<br />

Plastic film<br />

Purpose<br />

Conservatory<br />

Winter garden<br />

Outdoor kitchen<br />

Outdoor room<br />

Sleepout<br />

Swimming pool<br />

Art studio<br />

Style and design<br />

Basic greenhouse<br />

Innovative design<br />

Plant choices<br />

Vegetables<br />

Fruits<br />

Flowers<br />

Heating and cooling<br />

Barrels of water<br />

Heat pads<br />

Twin wall glazing<br />

Electric heater<br />

Windows and doors<br />

Layout<br />

Planting plans<br />

Measurements<br />

Storage<br />

Location<br />

Backyard<br />

Frontyard<br />

Side of house<br />

House extension<br />

Irrigation system<br />

Timer<br />

Sensor<br />

Additional considerations<br />

Will your project require<br />

building resource consent?<br />

Yes | No<br />

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WATER CONSERVATION<br />

SAVING OUR MOST PRECIOUS RESOURCE<br />

DECLINING RESOURCES<br />

AGRICULTURE<br />

Water is the earths most precious resource<br />

and it is estimated by 2025, two-thirds of the<br />

world’s population may face water shortages.<br />

Agriculture irrigation accounts for 70% of<br />

water use worldwide. Unfortunately due to<br />

inefficiencies in the current irrigation systems<br />

a large percentage of water is wasted.<br />

WATER RECYCLING<br />

Approximately 160 litres of water per person,<br />

per day could be recycled in New Zealand.<br />

This water could be used for other purposes<br />

such as irrigation.<br />

PLANT SELECTION<br />

Selecting low-water-use grasses and native<br />

plants combined with a well designed<br />

irrigation system can save as much as 60% of<br />

your current outdoor water use.<br />

97% 2% 1%<br />

OF EARTHS<br />

WATER IS SALT<br />

WATER<br />

OF EARTHS<br />

FRESH WATER<br />

IS IN ICEBERGS<br />

OF EARTHS<br />

WATER IS<br />

FRESH WATER<br />

RAIN BIRD INTELLIGENT IRRIGATION<br />

Rain Bird is the world’s largest<br />

manufacturer of irrigation technology,<br />

leading the industry with innovative<br />

systems designed to conserve water and<br />

maximize efficiency.<br />

One outdated sprinkler system can<br />

waste millions of litres yearly. Through<br />

the use of intelligent irrigation you can<br />

save 1000s of litres per year saving both<br />

water and money.<br />

A rain sensor communicates with your<br />

controller about rainfall levels. If enough<br />

rain has fallen, then the sensor will tell<br />

the timer to skip the next watering cycle.<br />

A well designed Rain Bird irrigation<br />

system can reduce your irrigation<br />

water consumption by as much as<br />

30%<br />

New Zealanders<br />

use approximately<br />

227 LITRES OF<br />

WATER<br />

per person,<br />

per day<br />

ONLY 3% OF<br />

THE WORLDS<br />

WATER IS<br />

DRINKABLE<br />

In New Zealand<br />

the average<br />

monthly cost for<br />

water $452 based<br />

on 200,000 litres<br />

per year<br />

For more information on the<br />

Hydroflow range visit<br />

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OUTDOOR LIVING<br />

Top tips for watering<br />

your garden<br />

It’s not hard to water your garden, but what may take a little<br />

more finesse, is recognising when your plants have had too<br />

much, or too little, water and how to rectify the situation.<br />

WHEN<br />

When to water plants will change with<br />

the seasons, climates, and plant types,<br />

but, as a general rule of a green thumb,<br />

plants require watering when the soil<br />

beneath is dry. Quite often, the upper<br />

layer of soil will look dry, but those<br />

layers beneath in which the roots are<br />

growing might still be nice and moist.<br />

When it’s not, your plants are thirsty!<br />

Always try to water your garden early<br />

in the morning, as the warmth of the<br />

day will prevent fungal growth in the<br />

soil. Watering in the middle of the day,<br />

especially during the warmer months,<br />

can be damaging to plants as they can<br />

get burnt by the sun.<br />

HOW<br />

As long as your plants are getting an<br />

appropriate water supply, the delivery<br />

doesn’t matter. Irrigation systems are<br />

a great way to maintain the health of<br />

your garden, especially if you are on<br />

a busy schedule, as they give you the<br />

opportunity to water your garden at<br />

optimal times, without having to lift<br />

a finger. They can also provide more<br />

direct watering, which is better for your<br />

plants and water conservation.<br />

Rainwater harvesting systems are<br />

another way to water your garden.<br />

Rainwater tanks are not only a sustainable<br />

practice, they ease the strain on<br />

your wallet by lowering your water bill.<br />

WHAT TO WATCH FOR<br />

Determining whether your plants<br />

are over or underwatered can be<br />

tricky as many of the symptoms are<br />

similar: discolouration, wilting, and<br />

slow growth to name a few. Monitor<br />

the dampness of the soil to know<br />

when your plants need water. A water<br />

metre is a helpful tool to keep track<br />

of how much water your plants are<br />

receiving.<br />

Be especially conscious of potted<br />

plants, as they have a finite amount<br />

of soil to absorb the water and<br />

therefore, are more susceptible to<br />

overwatering.<br />

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Excessive moisture levels and poor air quality<br />

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throughout the year.<br />

What causes these<br />

air quality issues?<br />

Modern, superior building practices means the<br />

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