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Future proofing personified: DJ Hewitt Builders

An enviable rebuild had a knock-on effect when the next-door neighbours also chose DJ Hewitt to rebuild their own dream home.

Knowing Daryl’s reputation for perfection, the clients felt this was their insurance that the outcome would be a fabulous future-proofed home. An exciting new lifestyle, while still in their same cherished Mt Pleasant location.

The process was also as they had excepted – simple and well organised – with Daryl and his perfectionist team of sub-contractors extremely efficient in working with the extra challenges of a hill site.

The strong skeleton of the near 279sq home was rebuilt on the same footprint – solid concrete in structure, and Rockcote finished.

Juliet windows in both the living and dining areas were suggested as easy indoor-outdoor flow to enjoy the vista. Not just an eye-catching feature, the clients were amazed at how much they are in use, three years on, without having to step outside.

The original five small bedrooms were consolidated into three larger ones allowing for greater living space. The laundry by the original kitchen was moved downstairs to make way for the heavily used scullery in the luxury Lume designed cook’s haven.

Daryl was always at the helm with his renowned regular communication and enthusiasm. Tara, his wife and interior consultant, was also on hand the whole way through, surprising with latest solutions and trends, the couple wasn’t aware existed yet.

The dual-levelled home is as breath-taking as it is functional. A streamlined, polished interior incorporates areas of natural dark and light wood for a homely warmth.

Not surprisingly, the house and the build process were also admired by neighbours to the left. Now a triple showcase of DJ Hewitt Builders workmanship will soon sit proudly above the city.


Stunning statements

While holding beautiful blooms is the core purpose, a vase can make a statement on its own.

Urban Eden & Co Cobalt Blue Wide Candlestick Vase


Impactful colour, interesting shapes and different textures can make a vase an artful addition to your living spaces and add a surprising new dimension to more neutrally decorated rooms. As they take up little space and are subtle enough, go bold and even a bit cheeky with your vase selection. The possibilities are endlessly fun.

Capra Designs Etta Vase
Oz designs
Koop Vase


Sweetpea & Willow Bloomingville Honey Vase



Expert team, happy clients: Cordial Homes


Cordial Homes is bringing freshness and innovation to the construction market in Christchurch – an exciting step forward for a business sector which can sometimes feel a bit carbon-copy. Directors Hardik Patel and Jason Williams bring a staggering array of skills and experience to their business, which leads to a standout and unique company profile, and has resulted in many happy clients in a short space of time.



Hardik is a qualified and experienced engineer and if that wasn’t enough to bring to the table, he returned to academia to study finance and project management. Jason is a licensed building practitioner, a professional in the trade for more than 20 years with detailed knowledge of the latest building techniques.

The pair began working in commercial fitouts before offers to build homes began to roll in. “We build everything from first homes to mid-range to very high spec architectural homes,” says Hardik.

There is an incredible amount of service on offer. Hardik says “My qualifications and skills allow clients to get more than they ever thought for their budget.” Hardik is able to analyse existing plans to see where reconfiguration might lead to a more spacious and usable floor plan. He can redesign roof profiles to make them more attractive, and recreate details to make them more effective and cost less. “I have a flair for design, plus my engineering and finance qualifications mean that clients are amazed at the home they get compared to the home they thought they would have to settle for,” says Hardik.

The team is also delighted to work with people who haven’t begun to plan. “I love to start from scratch with clients too,” says Hardik, “I talk to them about their life and their hopes for a home, and go from there to a completely custom-built home.”

A conversation with Hardik generally results in a hand sketched outline of a home with significant details marked in, which then goes to the team’s architect based in Queenstown for creation of consentable plans.

Both Jason and Hardik stand with clients every step of the building process. “We are the people that our clients ask questions to, and they get their answers on the spot because we have the information and experience.”

They find that this lends a huge amount of confidence to clients. “At every stage we are explaining what is happening – clients get as much of the detail as they wish to hear, and our whole approach is solutions-focused,” says Hardik.

The future is looking fantastic for Cordial Homes, “Apart from working with Metropol we haven’t had to advertise at all, word of mouth has meant that clients have come to us.
Visit Cordial Homes at the website below.

Spanish revival: RESENE


Take inspiration from Californian Spanish-style homes to create a conversation pit that’s a conversation piece in itself.


Styling Kate Alexander | Photography Bryce Carleton


Modern California Spanish style champions simple yet elegant design as it’s known for symmetrical decorating and reframing interior spaces with archways. Warm woods are a staple in this style too, which makes relaxing desert tones the perfect colour palette choice for a new take on this look.

If installing new archways goes beyond what you’re willing to do, it’s easy to replicate the same vibe by painting an arched feature on your wall. In this room, the walls are in Resene Smooth Operator with stripes painted in Resene Mountain Mist. To get an even half circle, attach a length of string (that’s half the size of the width of your arch) to a pencil. Secure one end of the string to the base of the wall where you want the middle of your half circle to be and then carefully mark out the circumference of the half circle on the wall. Once you have your half circle marked out, use a ruler and a level to accurately pencil out your stripes.

This modern, desert-toned palette is warm and welcoming. In addition to the caramel and grey hues on the walls, there’s muted brown Resene Rodeo Drive on the large plant pot, apricot Resene Beethoven on the tall vase and grey Resene Mountain Mist and sienna brown Kalgoorie Sands on the peg stools. The combination of orange and grey is complementary, with one colour’s undeniable warmth balancing the other’s cooler nature.

Look to style the space with leather chairs, linen cushions, a large woven rug and, of course, plenty of indoor plants.



Perfectly pretty paisley


Paisley, once only popular as a bandana print, is tipped to be a top trend this summer.


Yorkshire Fabric Shop, Beatrice Chair


The teardrop-shaped pattern has been a regular on fashion catwalks for decades, and now major textile producers and furniture manufacturers are also embracing paisley.

You too can join the paisley parade whether it be reflected in your fashion, furniture or furnishing choices.

Developed in Kashmir in India centuries ago, paisley was hugely popular in the 18th and 19th centuries, particularly for interior decorating.

Now it is being used increasingly in textiles and wallpapers. Considered both bohemian and luxe, the iconic motif is found on everything from ceramics to curtains to bedding, so check it out.

Less is usually best so if you are using it somewhere in a room’s furniture or furnishing, make sure it is balanced by some contrasting plain fabrics, walks or fittings. Mix and match; it’s a fun pattern to work with.

Here are some suggestions:

Yorkshire Fabric Shop Amalia Chair



Brosa Alexa large ottoman


Oz Design cushion in Seafoam


Boca do Loca ottoman side table


Satara Australia Nordic round ottoman



Paved to perfection: Dragon Stone Paving Ltd


No better time exists than now to jump in and get your outdoor area work complete. That way when the warm weather starts to appear, it is ready to enjoy!


River Willow, Fernside, Canterbury


With over 30 years of combined industry experience, Dragon Stone Paving Ltd is the expert in all areas of paving, from start to finish of any project. Its highly qualified team of tradesmen mean you are in safe hands throughout the whole process.

Patios and BBQ areas, outdoor living, driveways, and pool areas are all within the expertise of the team at Dragon Stone Paving. Each job is completed to a high standard and with a fast turnaround too! “From conception to completion, the team consistently delivers, offering a service second-to-none, advising on the best methods of installation to meet budget, taste, scope and specific needs,” says business owner Lee Squires. “The speed at which our team works got us recognised from the start,” he adds.


River Willow, Fernside, Canterbury


As well as residential jobs, the team also works on larger commercial and civil projects. These recently include the Avon River Precinct, the Kaiapoi Riverside walkway and pathways and road crossings outside Rolleston Health Hub, as well as subdivision work with Blakely Construction and the new Kaianga Ora Housing with Consortium.

Visit Dragon Stone Paving on facebook for amazing before and afters and to see the team at work. To discuss your project, phone Lee on 021 292 2335 or email



Baby, its cold outside: Total Food Equipment


With the inevitable winter weather, it is safe to assume you’ll be spending a lot of time inside. Make those days less dreary by stopping into Total Food Equipment and adding a pop of colour to your kitchen. Owner Sandra McLay shares her new top picks instore.


Kaiser Papyrus Vases


This stunning bisque porcelain creation is perfectly imperfect, giving off a paper bag feel. Available in three sizes (16cm, 18cm and 20cm), add a bright bouquet of flowers and you have found at home winter warmth.


Denby Impression Mugs


You can’t go wrong with Denby, reliable and oh so aesthetically pleasing. These mugs are small but mighty. Available in cream, blue, pink and charcoal; opt for a matching set or one of every colour.


Zero Japan Teapot


Hand crafted stoneware teapot, featuring high gloss (good enough to see your reflection) and easy to clean stainless steel lid and mesh filter – makes for a strong and durable piece. The best part? It’s dishwasher safe, and available in six sizes.

Total Food Equipment also does gift registries. Contact the store for more information on (03) 366 6912 or visit 218 Moorhouse Avenue.



A family full of energy: North Canterbury Energy Centre

Rarely has the expression ‘It’s all in the family’ been truer than with the Brown family of North Canterbury Energy Centre.



Together, Tracey Brown, his wife Joanne, sons Joshua and Jarrad and daughters Hollie and Zoe work towards the common goal of designing, supplying, installing and servicing an extensive range of refrigeration, heat pumps and ventilation for their clients throughout North Canterbury and Kaikoura.

“With so much family involvement over many years, we are pretty unusual in the energy field,” says operations manager Hollie. “Our strong relationship translates easily into developing genuine lasting relationships with clients. We treat them as part of our family as well. What is important for us is developing the right bespoke energy solution for every client, whether it’s a domestic or a commercial situation.”

Each member of the Brown family has their own specialist area. Patriarch Tracey is a refrigeration engineer with some 40 years’ experience. Joshua has followed in his father’s engineering footsteps, while Jarrad is a heat pump technician and a whiz at computer designing heating systems. Operations manager Hollie directs the office with moral support from mum Joanne and Zoe oversees the recycling and communications aspects of the operation.

“No-one just expected us to come into the business. We made our own choices, but we are all now dedicated to our roles and love being in the industry because we are helping to improve people’s lifestyles. This is our future too and North Canterbury Energy Centre will always remain a family affair.”



Teamwork creates award-winner


Design plus setting plus orientation led to a very clear win for Sheppard Rout in the regional round of the NZIA awards, housing section.



The stunning modernist home was designed and meticulously detailed for the architect’s own family. Set on a long north-south orientated site in Helmores Lane, the site is surrounded by an established garden and the incredible backdrop of trees in Hagley Park and Millbrook Reserve, captured visually to stunning effect from many vantages within the house.

“My own design and detailing ideologies come into play,” says owner and architect Jonathan Kennedy. “The house is well-connected with the external environment with large opening walls of glass linking the internal and sheltered external living spaces, creating evening sun traps and areas where adults and children can entertain independently. It is a ‘social house’ with large sliding doors, spacious open plan living, dining and kitchen spaces all well connected to bedrooms and study. A large double-height volume above the main living and entry spaces connects upstairs with downstairs.”


The kitchen creates a set of architectural forms and features in itself, while the latest solar panel power technologies, hydronic water and space heating systems, integrated heat pumps, and automated lighting and audio systems all seamlessly integrate into the house’s design. While the interiors are flooded with natural light, concealed LED lighting effects bring the house to life at night.

Gregg Builders brought the incredible design into being and was an obvious choice, having worked with Sheppard and Rout on a variety of projects for many years. “We really enjoy our relationship with the team,” says Blair Watson, Project Manager for Gregg Builders, “so it was a fabulous opportunity to build Jonathan’s own house, with its incredible design and location.”


Highlights of the project for Blair are the Venetian plaster used on the inside of the showers and interior walls, the kitchen benchtops in Italian stone, and the double height void up to the office space. “The design excellence speaks for itself so I think it would have been an easy call for the judges,” says Blair.

The way the home is oriented on the site maximises its unique setting, while the outdoor living and swimming pool design are faultless. “We’ve been lucky to do this great build,” says Blair, “and as clients they were perfect, they knew exactly what they wanted and together we’ve created this remarkable result.”



Gorgeous and unique giftware: Malthouse Cottage


Looking for something special? Then it’s time you paid a visit to Malthouse Cottage Homeware & Gifts in Beckenham.



This quaint historic cottage is home to a stylish giftware store offering a variety of products, some of which have been made by local artists and crafters.

Whether you are looking for something to enhance your home, a gift or voucher, or just browsing, it’s well worth the effort.

From beautiful artificial flowers to pots, baskets to cheese bakers, table and glassware, to sumptuous candles, furniture, soft furnishings and unique pieces of art, there is everything anyone needs to turn a house into a home.