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Coastal cool: Jessop Architects

Rising out of the farmland and up from the idyllic beach, this sophisticated holiday home overlooking Waipu Cove, north of Auckland was masterminded by Jessop Architects and incorporates the warmth and uniqueness of natural timber throughout.



Architect Darren Jessop says the project arose after he and his team renovated the owner’s Auckland villa. The resulting modern coastal holiday home on the generous elevated site fulfils the brief for a simple, low-maintenance getaway which capitalises on sweeping views and maximises indoor-outdoor entertaining areas.

The L-shaped form of the house points east out to the Hen and Chicken Islands along the bedroom wing, and north up the coast to Marsden Point and Whangarei Heads along the living wing.

Extensive 3.2m joinery can be opened or closed to cater for wind direction, without compromising on panoramic views.

The team delivered a dream holiday home in a restrained material palette of concrete, cedar and aluminium: both unpretentious and durable against the marine environment.

The stunning home separates living and sleeping to take advantage of the sweeping coastal views, and free-flowing outdoor entertainment spaces are protected from onshore and prevailing winds.

Multiple options for opening and closing the indoor spaces, together with a covered outdoor room, complete with kitchen and fireplace off the north side of the living wing, create possibilities for all weather conditions.

Inside, the home reflects the simplicity of the exterior, with materials enhancing the indoor-outdoor flow.

Cedar sarking on the ceilings carries through uninterrupted to the soffits, and is matched with wide-planked oak on the floors.


The Western Red Cedar interior sarking and exterior soffits were sourced and machined by JSC Timber.

“We were lucky enough to be involved, and for us it’s wonderful to deliver high quality products and see it used like this,” says JSC Timber’s Johnny Dobbyn.

“The chosen species of timbers used will help ensure longevity or sustainability and look of the build with minimal maintenance.”

Likewise, the ethically sourced Iroko hardwood decking is non-leeching and stable, making it ideal for withstanding the seaside environment, says Johnny.


Outdoor entertaining, covered: Louvre Solutions

Being sun smart takes on a new meaning with louvre roofs, the modern way to maximise your outdoor living in any season. And with Louvre Solutions, your summer al fresco living doesn’t have to end with the season.



Summer is undoubtedly the social season – enjoying chilled drinks and hot barbecues with friends and family in gardens, poolside and on decks and patios.

These outdoor spaces become extensions of our indoor living areas, and when maximised can keep providing living space whatever the weather (and temperature).

Louvre Solutions specialises in exactly that: Creating custom outdoor spaces which suit your home, lifestyle and budget. Owner Craig Rogers knows how to create the perfect outdoor space – he’s been designing, manufacturing and installing louvre products for 16 years.

“Whether entertaining, relaxing, or simply expanding your indoor area, we can bring your ultimate outdoor environment to fruition,” he says.

The louvres move at your command to allow full sunshine, to filter shade or to provide solid rain protection.

Or, how about a rain-censored louvre roof, complete with options such as pull-down or motorized side screens, LED lighting, and heat lamps.

“Our roofs are waterproof and you will no longer need to cover your outdoor furniture, BBQ’s and upholstery as they will be protected from the harsh New Zealand elements.”

The systems not only conform to all wind and snow load requirements but the louvres look slick and integrate flawlessly into any architectural style, and can be added during a new build or during renovations.

“Louvre Solutions’ louvre systems are manufactured with quality elements, precision engineering and aesthetic options to realise your vision of the ultimate outdoor space,” says Craig.

Louvre Solutions manufactures its louvres from 100% recyclable extruded aluminium which offers greater durability than traditional patio covers. Unlike plastic or fabric, these components will outperform in heat, wind and rain.

“Due to the evolution of systems and keeping our manufacturing process and resourcing local we are able to offer a premium product at an affordable cost.”

Craig and his team pride themselves on their burgeoning portfolio of repeat and referred business generated through word of mouth, independent builders, architects, landscape architects and building companies.

Louvre Solutions manufactures its products at its Canterbury-based factory.

A louvre roof can be ready for installation within four to six weeks.

Visit for more information or contact Craig on 027 5356 286.


Good things take time: WSP Architecture

The process of conceiving a civic project of importance can span not just months, but years and even decades.


Julian O’Sullivan
WSP Architecture Studio Director, Southern

I’ve been lucky in my career to be involved in several pieces of public architecture, but none more interesting than the recently opened Heritage Centre on Rakiura Stewart Island.

Born out of necessity to provide a new purpose-built facility to re-house the island’s museum exhibition, the project began almost 10 years ago.

As the first piece of civic infrastructure constructed on the island in over 25 years, the project developed a rich narrative supported by its strong connection with the ocean, maritime history, local iwi, community and environment.

Te Puka O Te Waka speaks of the anchor of the waka, the vessel that holds the taonga of Rakiura.

The striking form of the building represents the prow of the vessel which floats above the ground paying homage to the maritime reference.

Two physical anchors representing the Maōri and European history of Rakiura Stewart Island proudly anchor the building to the site.

The preservation and conservation of a history as rich as Rakiura, Aotearoa’s Anchor, is a testament to the tireless efforts of the volunteers of the Rakiura Heritage Trust.

As a designer for WSP Architecture I am proud to have been involved as it reflects our kaupapa of, “creating what matters for future generations”.

This socially conscious piece of civic architecture continues our legacy to create spaces and places for all to enjoy.

There has never been a better time for New Zealanders to reconnect with their heritage and I recommend a visit to not only the museum but to experience the hospitality of the local community – you won’t be disappointed!



Always greener: GrassPro

When it comes to GrassPro, the grass is in fact always greener. The artificial grass specialists have Tim Gerard at the forefront of the business ensuring every lawn is far from lacklustre.



“We specialise in the smaller jobs the big firms don’t want typically,” says Tim.

“Doing grass replacement in apartment, town houses, over 60s’ units and other smaller areas of grass that are causing a problem for the homeowners with our quality artificial grass.”

So, what does that mean for you? Lush green lawn for 365 days of the year with no allergies, mowing, trimming, watering, weeding, fertilizing, and spraying pesticides.

The artificial grass is not just for replacing damaged or lifeless lawns. It goes great under trampolines or playground equipment to avoid those awkward mowing manoeuvres going on in the backyard.

Or, if you’re a golfing fanatic who just simply can’t get enough of your local green, what’s more local than your backyard? Get a putting green installed through GrassPro.

Ready to see what the other side feels like? Book a quote today via the website or phone 0508 422 532.


Time to tackle home projects: WD Build x Hardy Projects

As you head into the business end of summer, your home projects for 2021 might be on your mind. And if that includes EQC repairs, home renovations, extensions, or even a new build, then WD Build and Hardy Projects are your go-to companies for a successful and productive year.



Directors Mitchell James and Paul Hardy, have been at the forefront of the EQC programme since its inception.

They help owners with the process from the paperwork at the very beginning, to handing over beautifully finished homes at the completion of the project.

Whether you are contemplating a project that brings an ‘as is where is’ home back to life, or whether your repairs fall more into the cosmetic line, Mitchell and Paul are happy to help.

“If you have lodged a claim with EQC, ensuring you have a team of people able to assist you with aspects of your application is important. You need to be comfortable with the experts that you engage, such as structural and geotechnical engineers, builders and architects. WD Build and Hardy Projects can really help you if you are in this space.

They can assist with:
• Assessing the earthquake damage to your property, propose an appropriate repair strategy and provide a quote to complete those repairs.
• Leading the repair work on your property.
• Engaging and managing any necessary specialists or sub-contractors (such as engineers, electricians and plumbers).
• Signing off on the completed work.

So, if you’re a homeowner who has registered with EQC and now need to engage a contactor to get things moving along, Paul says: “Just pick up the phone and talk to us about an initial free assessment of your home and we’ll make a plan from there.”


The art of tiling: Dragonstone Paving

If you happen to wander through the city along the Avon River anytime this summer, and marvel at the length, breadth and beauty of the tiled walkway beneath your feet, cast a thankful thought to Dragonstone Paving for helping make Ōtautahi Christchurch beautiful again.



Operations Director Lee Squires heads this dedicated team of highly skilled stonemasons whose paving experience and expertise raises bespoke tiling to a level that can only be described as an artform.

Civil projects, such as the Avon Precinct, the pathway and barbecue area at the Margaret Mahy playground, Rangiora’s High Street and Kaiapoi Riverbank walkway are but a few examples of the awe-inspiring work produced in Christchurch and throughout Canterbury.

As are the many commercial projects of roundabouts, carparks and public walkways, and residential projects, such as driveways, gardens, pools, and barbecue and patio areas, that all bear the distinctive artistic hallmark of Dragonstone Paving.

Lee’s artistic and creative eye is the invaluable tool that brings it all together – his advice and suggestions as to paver type and design is key to the stunning results that go way beyond client expectations.

Like the River Willow garden in Fernside, part of 2020’s prestigious Fernside Garden Tour, where Lee has brought a client’s vision into reality. River Willow makes a beautiful setting for wedding photography.

Dragonstone Paving have a free quote form on the website, and for ultimate inspiration follow Dragonstone Paving Ltd on Facebook.



Work begins for retirement

A sprawling seven-hectare retirement village is on the cards for Kaiapoi, with the first stage earmarked for completion this year. The large scale development is just the latest aged care facility to pop up in the region, as developers respond to the demand of our aging populations.



When finished, the impressive settlement will include 76 independent living villas, 267 apartments, 48 residential care beds and 36 memory care beds.

Named The Sterling, the project is in the Silverstream Subdivision in Kaiapoi and is being developed by Lime Living Limited.

Lime Living is established by Alan Edwards, Fred Rahme and Jack Lin who have backgrounds in aged care, urban planning and residential development.

The project is designed by internationally renowned architecture firm Marchese Partners, which has more than 15 years of experience creating award-winning, landmark aged care facilities throughout Australia, Asia and the United Kingdom.

Consent applications submitted to Waimakariri District Council last year showed the proposed complex to be five storeys – the tallest in the region – and included 285 basement carparks as well as a spa, hydrotherapy, hair salon, physio, medical hub, gym, outdoor patio areas and a BBQ area.

Architectural renderings also show five storeyed buildings, as well as slick on-trend design elements like exposed timber cladding and architectural tray, spacious balconies and ample shared-use green space.

The Sterling is set to be built in seven stages, the first beginning soon and welcoming residents in the second half of the year. The first stage will incorporate 18 villas, a temporary community centre along with the main reserve and green spaces.

Meanwhile, fellow aged care developer Summerset Group has purchased land to build a nine-hectare development nearby in Rangiora for over 300 independent homes.

The main building of Summerset’s Casebrook development also opened in March, with 88 percent of accommodation offerings pre-sold.

Stage 2 of Arvida’s Park Lane in central Christchurch is also set to open this year with 79 apartments, making it one of the largest multi-storey mass buildings in New Zealand.


Generosity propels cathedral restoration

Another sizable donation from a Christchurch businessman and former politician has put the restoration of the city’s ChristChurch Cathedral $4 million closer to its fundraising goal.



Philip Burdon, a former National Party MP and frequent member of the National Business Review’s rich list, made the generous donation on top of $1 million already donated after the 2011 earthquakes which decimated the city central’s iconic structure.

A $154 million restoration of the cathedral was announced last year as part of the Cathedral Visitors Centre, which will include a café, landscaped garden and museum and retail stores, as well as a Cathedral Centre providing gathering spaces, offices and amenities.

When announced in October, the restoration’s leaders, the ChristChurch Cathedral Reinstatement Trust, said there was a $51.2 million funding shortfall. A fundraising campaign set to be launched in March is seeking to raise $26 million.

Post-earthquakes, Burdon led a campaign with fellow former MP, the late Jim Anderton, to save the cathedral from demolition, and recently told The Press he was confident the necessary funds could be raised.

“The fundraising events over the next few months are going to be the moment of truth for the restoration campaign to proceed on schedule,” he told the publication.

Burdon says he is passionate about the success of the project because of his, “very personal belief in the unique historical and heritage significance of the cathedral. It is an utterly irreplaceable part of our heritage.”

Work on the cathedral has already begun, with large steel frames installed on the outside of the building as part of a stabilisation phase. This phase is fully funded, will cost about $11.8 million, and take about two years.

Following this, the next phase for the restoration will be strengthening and reinstatement – for which funding will need to be in place by October this year.

Funding for the supporting buildings which will make up the visitors centre will need to be raised by mid-2022, and for the new tower by mid- 2023.

Concept designs (pictured) of the restoration project by Warren and Mahoney in association with international firm Snøhetta and heritage specialists Salmond Reed acknowledge the Anglican Cathedral’s rich history, supported by modern buildings which will play a wider role in the city – and square’s – offerings.

The renderings show use of glass and timber to complement and contrast with a reinstated stone cathedral.


Award-winning Architype: Architype NZ

At Farmers’ Corner, a tourist focused retail and restaurant business just outside of Ashburton, the owners decided to commission a new bathroom facility outside the main complex. They briefed Architype to create a unique “experience-centred bathroom facility,” and just like that, visiting the restroom was never the same again.



Director of Architype Tim Ross and his team delivered a New Zealand Institute of Architects award-winning pavilion which connects visitors to its rural landscape, and you can see why the judges just couldn’t go past this audacious, original, and downright breath-taking structure.

The pavilion is constructed of a lattice of timber framing supporting a faceted glass roof. The timber structural grid is supported on a series of Oamaru sandstone fins which provide the divisions for the bathrooms and form the central open area. Located on the entry axis of the main building, the axis continues right through the centre of the pavilion and leads the eye out into the landscape.

Either side of the central axis, the pavilion is divided into private bathroom modules looking through full height fritted glass to the fields beyond.

“We knew this location required something special,” says Tim. “And we are thrilled our clients’ vision for a bathroom beyond the norm allowed us to create something that we believe will be wowing visitors for decades to come.”


A culture of design: Ōtākaro Design Build

Tautahi is the name of the Māori chief after whom our city of Christchurch takes its name. In his time, children played on the banks of the Avon (Ōtākaro) River as their elders gathered food (mahinga kai). It is this connection with the city’s Māori heritage that is central to the mission of the twin companies – Ōtākaro Design and Build and Ngātahi Real Estate.



“Our two companies were established to create beautiful real estate together,” says designer and salesperson Kian Clements-Ormond, who co-owns Ōtākaro with Calvin Kent.

“Calvin oversees the construction side of the business,” says Kian. “And although we are relatively new to the market, in that short time we have both gained a real understanding of what clients want in their homes. In particular that is spacious open plan living designed for the sun and seamlessly linking to the outdoors.”

So attractive to buyers have Ōtākaro’s homes proved that the company has over thirty houses either already under construction or about to be built.

“If you don’t design liveable, workable spaces, houses will not sell.”

In keeping with the company’s distinctive brand and Kian’s own tribal links, each house design has a significant Māori name. Tamahine (daughter), Timatanga (beginning), Piwari (to be beautiful) and Tuahine (sisterhood) are just some special examples.

Clients are free to make changes to the designs to suit their individual lifestyles or they can create a new design at no extra cost.

The use of natural materials – timber and stone – is a constant feature across many of Ōtākaro’s designs, as is their strong connection to the land they are sited in.

The company’s showhome in Marshlands, open by appointment, is a stunning example of this design philosophy with its cedar and schist exterior cladding, the use of timber internally for ceilings and doors, as well as granite benchtops in the kitchen, laundry and bathrooms.

Stylish botanical-themed wallpapers complete the look in the living areas and bedrooms. The total effect is spectacular.

Ōtākaro’s homes and house and land packages are marketed exclusively by Ngātahi Real Estate run by Hayden McKenzie. “We aim to show clients how good it is to buy a new home. We believe people like the link we emphasise about our nation’s roots, about what New Zealand really is.”

You can view many of Ōtākaro Design and Build’s homes on the company’s Facebook page or on Kian Clements-Ormond – Ngātahi Real Estate Facebook page.