Soaking up the scenery

Opuke is the Maori name for Mt Hutt. This dominant feature of the Canterbury landscape is now the backdrop for Methven Adventures’ Opuke Thermal Pools and Spa due to open this month. Tony Joseph of Joseph & Associates Ltd was involved with this exciting project from concept back in 2009, with the extended Joseph’s Project […]

Outdoor art gallery

Art lovers often extend their collections from inside to outside, with gorgeous one-off sculptures the leading choice. Metal, wooden and stone garden ornaments, fountains and sculptures stand proud and tall in gardens large and small. As with all art, when buying you should choose pieces that speak to you, that resonate or add to your […]

The hub of the home: DJ Hewitt Builders

Balanced symmetry updates this Christchurch kitchen with warmer aesthetics and sleeker functionality – another pristine DJ Hewitt Builders project. A white-upon-white kitchen was all the rage 13 years ago when the owners’ Waitakiri home was built. Now transformed with wood-toned luxury and black negative detailing, inviting is the feeling for the hub of the home. […]

Award-winning swamp dwelling

A Christchurch ‘Swamp Dwelling’ in Opawa has won the 2021 ADNZ Resene SUPREME Architectural Design Award. Designed by Ben Brady of Linetype Architectural, the unique 150sqm home is built opposite a river in a flood management area, exemplifying what is possible on an unforgiving, uninspiring site with no views, no bush and no heritage The […]

Top 100 winners

Diverse building projects from Akaroa to Tai Tapu, Cashmere to Fendalton, Cass Bay to Queenstown and many places in between make up the Top 100 list vying for more honours in the Registered Master Builders House of the Year national awards. Local contenders are: Southern Builders, Home Trends Builders, Premium Homes, LM Built, Greenland Homes, […]

Hundreds of entries

This year the Registered Master Builders House of the Year regional competition attracted more than 347 entries across 11 regions. The national awards later this month will recognise the Supreme House of the Year and Supreme Renovation of the Year, alongside 15 award categories, the Pink Batts Craftsmanship Award, two Feature Home Awards, and four […]

Food for the soul

Whether it’s a few pots on the balcony, a small patch or an extensive garden, everyone can experience the joy of gardening. The benefits of digging deep in the dirt are well documented and many Kiwis have moved back to growing not just beautiful flowers, but also their own vegetable patches. Last month’s National Gardening […]

The Prebbleton Village

Last month, Metropol’s Build section featured a story about a commercial development in Prebbleton, and inadvertently included a photo of The Prebbleton Village development. The photo was unrelated to the development in the story. It, and those on this page, relate to The Prebbleton Village development which is a MON project. The first of its […]

Comfort, warmth and longevity: UPVC Windows

Much of the lower South Island is known for extremes of climate – scorching hot over 30-degree days in the summer and temperatures plummeting well below zero in the winter. Such fluctuations call for building materials that perform at the highest level of efficiency, especially with respect to thermal insulation, noise reduction and security. UPVC […]

Outdoor chic

Setting the scene outdoors is just as important now as interior design, especially during the warmer months. Outdoor living adds a whole new dimension to a home and choosing the right pieces will mean both comfort and function. Here are some tips from Metropol: Function – Think about how you want each outdoor space to […]