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Change makers: Dream Doors

It’s no secret our collective attention has turned to the home this unforgettable year – so if change is on your mind, why not enquire about starting the new year with a new kitchen? Adrian Kay from Dream Doors Kitchens says renovating or refreshing the heart of the home has never been more popular.



“We’re busier than ever,” he says. “The window to get something done before Christmas has closed, so we’re now looking at how we can help people for the New Year.”

With international holidays off the cards, and many people hesitant to commit to domestic sojourns in case of a sudden Alert Level change – it’s an opportune time to make those long awaited (or newly noticed) changes.

Adrian says the kitchen is a special place in the home, from cooking and sharing meals, it’s a place to gather and socialise with family and friends.

“These spaces take on an even more special meaning in summer as we embrace entertaining in the warmer weather – we all certainly deserve to share a few beers and barbecues with loved ones,” he says.

Dream Doors provides a complete package for both a facelift or a bespoke kitchen design. Customers are guided through each stage of the process from concept to installation, with all elements and subtrades managed as part of the project.

For more information have a browse of the website or call (03) 338 1081.


Natural beauty

“It is true that the kitchen is the heart of a home and we really enjoy helping clients to style that room.”



The word ‘style’ is key here because Tony van der Plas and his team at Timber Tru create bespoke, made-to-order kitchens.

“We make exactly what clients require,” Tony says.

“We can help with the concept and design if clients ask for this, or we can work with their plans. Every one of our kitchens is different and clients really love the exclusivity.”

Timber may be in their name but don’t be fooled into thinking that Timber Tru works only with this material when it comes to kitchens.

“We can work with any material clients want – from veneered timber, to plywood or melamine. It all depends on personal choice and budget. We can also organise the benchtops and all the hardware, as well as installing the kitchen.”

All joinery is made on site at Timber Tru’s workshop.

“To build and install a quality kitchen takes between three to six weeks and quality is of the utmost importance to us.”

Quality extends to all the other work carried out by Timber Tru’s craftsmen.

They make joinery for laundries and bathrooms; they make timber windows and doors and they can also do commercial joinery for schools or shop fitouts.

“One service we offer is ‘house lots’ – the joinery required for all the rooms of a house. That certainly saves clients a good deal of time and effort.”

To request a free consultation, phone 03 389 2986 or email Tony at


Canterbury Home Show Celebrates 40 Years

It’s hard to believe that the Canterbury Home Show will celebrate its 40th birthday this month.




As the oldest and longest running Cantabrian Home Show, the team will once again produce an event delivering on inspiration and innovation.

The Canterbury Home Show remains a premier destination for homeowners and leading businesses – the strong demand has been creating a loyal following for decades.

Three main reasons for visiting the Canterbury Home Show are exclusives and new releases, meeting and talking with experts, and inspiration and innovation.




Exclusives and new releases
Businesses often use Canterbury Home Show to give attendees a peek at new or future product ranges, or a chance to grab an exclusive product or item from a limited range. This is why an expected 10,000 people will visit the three-day event – to hunt for exclusives and take advantage of show specials!


Meeting and talking to experts
Having access to expert advice from over 150 leading experts and suppliers in one location is a rare opportunity.

“Meeting with these experts in person means they can pass along top tips and advice that would be hard to come by otherwise,” Marketing Director Jenny Murfitt says.

“Bring your ideas, plans and photos along with you to get your project off to a great start!”

As part of the free seminars, sponsored by Resene, experts on home renovation and interior design will speak throughout the day on subjects such as landscaping, kitchen renovation, new innovations and technology – bringing homes into the future.


Ideas and inspiration abound
“When you want to tackle a home project, but have no idea where to start, it can be daunting. With everything under one roof you can see a range of products, styles and items to suit most tastes and budgets,” Jenny says.

“Decorating and furnishing are made simpler with insights on the latest colour palettes, trending styles and furnishings, for the home comfort and design you dream of.

“The saying ‘you don’t know what you don’t know’ is never more true than at the Home Show. It offers the latest in home technology solutions to solve problems you might not know you have – making life easier, more fun, or just looking and functioning better.”


Bonus reason #4: Prizes and other goodies
Heading to the Canterbury Home Show means leaving with more than you came with – whether it’s free samples or products, special show-only deals, goodie bags packed with information and surprises, or even a prize!

“If you’re currently renovating or building, love a good home project, or just dreaming about home improvements, it’s a fun day out for everyone including families, come rain or shine.

“You’ll leave with a huge smile on your face and something extra for you or your home. Be part of the birthday celebrations and come see the thousands of new products and ideas to renovate your house, both inside and out.”





Canterbury Home Show at is on at Horncastle Arena, Addington on Friday 18 to Sunday 20 October, from 10am to 5pm daily. Adults $6 online ($8 on the door), seniors $6, and children under 18 are free. See for exhibitor directory, timetables, ticket sales.

We have two double passes to give away. Check out the Metropol Facebook page to find out more.




Renovating with innovation: Innovate Renovate

“It’s the variety of the work that gives us so much satisfaction,” according to Ron and Adrian Bradley of Innovate Renovate, the renovation management specialists. “Not only that, but we often encounter some rather head-scratching problems that require innovative solutions.



Over the years we have been involved in this work, we have been presented with all kinds of situations and developed tools for dealing with them that we can then bring to each new but similar instance.”

The team’s problem-solving capabilities have definitely been tested recently. In Governors Bay, a client wanted a veranda canopy over his extensive deck that was strong enough for him to stand on to do maintenance work on his house. It also needed to withstand the strong southerly winds that can sweep through the area.

“We created our own purpose-design, adapting off the shelf material but strengthening it with rolled steel. The end result is a 3.5-metre semi-enclosed room which can be used all year round and which is sheltered from the elements – a really great asset.”

Another little conundrum Ron and Adrian have been asked to address involved how to replace a fully enclosed shower on the first floor of a house. “There was simply no possibility of being able to get a ready-made fibreglass unit up the stairs, so once again we had to develop our own design from a 3-sided shower and enclose it in situ.”

To take advantage of this solution-focused team for your renovation, phone 03 351 7039 and speak with Ron or Adrian.



Edward Gibbon

Tap into your own trends: Edward Gibbon’s retail manager Lesley Storm gives us her take on choosing a tap

When building or renovating, tapware choices should be exciting.
Far from just a functional plumbing imperative, taps are rising in the design stakes. They’re top styling statements in themselves. And while there are always trends in tapware, homeowners should be true to their individual tastes.

Edward Gibbon

Edward Gibbon Retail Manager, Lesley Storm, believes if there’s a desired overall look or feel to a room, then taps, basins and sinks play a crucial part. Plumbing styles have the power to impact and personalise a design scheme.
“We guide people through the process of honing in on exactly what it is they want and what will work for their home project,” Lesley says. “For instance, if a client wants a certain metallic finish to be adhered to, we can find a range which offers that shade and effect throughout all the accessories they’d want in bathrooms, kitchens, laundries and powder-rooms.”
Such details may not be immediately obvious when starting out with the process of tap, basin or sink choice.
Lesley adds that planning ahead is definitely a good idea. Some vanities or plumbing elements could take up to three weeks from ordering. She says customers often come in with floor or wall-tile samples, which is ideal practice applied to seemingly minute decisions about things like exact shade, gloss or matte surfaces on tapware. In the end, every attention to both function and aesthetic detail pays off of in greater pleasure for the long term.
Every turn of the tap satisfies when function, shape, colour, material and finish are perfect for the room. Metallics are really popular right now, Lesley says, with black and chrome still popular perennial choices also.

Edward Gibbon

Decoding Tap Talk: Taps are sometimes categorised as classic, contemporary, modern, modern-classic, and pictures tell much of the aesthetic story. The choice isn’t just between metallic colours, but black, white, glass, matte, shiny, satin finishes, even porcelain details. Then there are other considerations to ask about, like water usage/volume, size and placement of taps in relation to basins/bowls, plus the potential to fit filters.

Top Tap Tip: Choose heated towel rails when you choose your tap style if they’re to co-habit. Not all bathroom supply companies manufacture heated towel rails in all shades, but a shape or colour match may be possible. Also, consider the form of your taps alongside that of other accessories. Do they echo each other? Are they minimal and simple, or nostalgic and detailed?

Murray Hewitt Joinery

Innovation in action: Murray Hewitt Joinery leads the way

The name Murray Hewitt Joinery goes hand-in-hand with a reputation that has been hard won over two decades. Established in 1999, it has developed an impressive portfolio full of referral and many repeat clients – the latter of which, in many cases, have been with the business for its entire history.

Murray Hewitt Joinery

As its name suggests, Murray Hewitt Joinery is made up of a highly skilled and loyal team of experienced craftsmen who take considerable pride in all they do, ensuring a quality product every time. Working with an extensive range of products, the team can deliver joinery services from residential to commercial, kitchens and bathrooms to staircases and more.
Within these environments, the company’s expertise can be channeled into delivering joinery for entry doors, exterior doors and windows; interior doors; stairs and hand rails; wardrobes and shelving; bathroom vanities; kitchens and laundries; lounge entertainment units and commercial and shopfitting.
Murray Hewitt Joinery can also create made-to-measure, hand-crafted furniture to the highest standard. Its high-quality craftsmanship and attention to detail produces bespoke furniture which adds value to homes. All pieces are created in the workshop in Christchurch and traditional joinery techniques are utilised to produce cabinetry which will last a lifetime.
Owner Murray Hewitt says, “After all this time in the industry I still have the passion to create beautiful products from solid timber. Oak, walnut, rosewood and mahogany give me particular pleasure.”
Murray’s passion for his work is a common denominator between each of his team members. “Each member of our team is able to follow a project through from its initial concept to completion and installation, so they take real pride in what they do and ensure a quality product every time.

Murray Hewitt Joinery “We enjoy challenges and have earned a reputation for thinking outside the square to find solutions and to make design ideas work in reality. There is nothing we enjoy more than undertaking a whole house – from the front door, to the interior doors, the laundry and the kitchen and everything in between, including one-off items of bespoke furniture such as bedside cabinets and entertainment units. We truly believe there is no reason for our customers to go anywhere else.”
Murray Hewitt is located at 25a Lunns Road. Phone 03-343 0360 or email See the extensive joinery portfolio at


A functional extension: adding to your home is one of Stratco’s specialty

Creating a striking addition to enhance your home, a veranda not only adds functional living space and value, but protection from the elements.

Whether you are building a new home or making extensions, the team at Stratco has the skills and expertise to assist from design to installation, with its own range of unique Stratco verandas and louvres. “Our fixed-roof verandas offer an affordable alternative to our louvres,” says Stratco General Manager, David Allingham.
“It’s a proven product with quality design – they’ve been around for years and there is no other product like this on the market.”
Letting light into your outdoor area while blocking out harmful rays and rain, homeowners can get so much more function from their home – an added value the real estate industry is well aware of. The company offers a bespoke veranda at the same price as a standard product, which can easily be custom-designed to suit your size, layout and attachment requirements.
The process is simple. Steve Cain, Outdoor Product Specialist at Stratco, will talk through the possibilities with you, then measure and quote, which is free with no obligation. Stratco then designs, manufactures and installs the verandas and louvres – making the entire experience hassle-free.
Based at 55 Hands Road, Middleton, contact the Stratco team on 03-338 9063 or visit for more information.

Garage Carpet Pro

Transforming spaces: carpeting bare places into comfortable spaces with Garage Carpet Pro

Whether your garage houses your car or boat, or you wish to convert it into the playroom, gym or man-cave of your dreams, laying down carpet with Garage Carpet Pro is the perfect way to turn your garage into a warm, safe, comfortable and fully functional space.

Garage Carpet Pro

Adivision of the award winning Pro Group, it is the largest installer of garage carpet in New Zealand. Made up of franchisees like Tim Gerard, their most experienced and busiest installer, The company has the experience, knowledge and techniques essential to giving your garage the best carpet makeover possible.
The company’s three step process from floor preparation to laying the carpet and finishing with the finishing touches, is done with the utmost professionalism and attention to detail, with no shortcuts taken.

Garage Carpet Pro Tim can also insulate your garage doors and garage ceiling, for those cold winter nights, giving you reduced noise and reduced power bills! If you are struggling to find space for storage, Garage Carpet Pro also partners with Stealing Spaces to supply and install your garage with high quality, heavy duty ceiling mounted storage racks.
For more information about what Tim and the team from Garage Carpet Pro can do for your garage, visit or phone Tim on 027 349 0527.

Brownie Construction

Award-winning expansion: Brownie Construction is building a reputation to be proud of

Award-winning Brownie Homes is now known as Brownie Construction, following the company’s expansion into larger projects across the region.

Brownie Construction

Originally established in 2012, the Christchurch-based business currently has crews working on projects in Central Otago, including a stunning residential housing development at Coronet Grove in Queenstown.
From high-end architectural new builds to renovations and repairs on ‘as is where is’ properties in Christchurch, the team covers the full spectrum of services, as well as light commercial, Director James Brownie says. “Our crews are experienced across all areas and we work with trusted architects, engineers and subcontractors to provide consistency and high-quality craftmanship to every project. Through word-of-mouth referrals, we have quickly gone from strength to strength over the years – we do quality jobs so we get the repeat business.”
From design and pricing to completion and landscaping, Brownie Construction provides the complete package. Providing excellent project management, the team prides itself on saving clients’ time and money, always working around the client’s schedule. “By personally managing the project from design to handover, we can be sure it’s well managed and controlled at every stage. We take care of everything and if clients have any concerns they can come straight to me.”
The company also relocates homes, and past commercial projects include the fit-out for the recent Hornby Hub and Palms Mall renovations.
Phone James on 027 3034 810, email or visit for more information.

1940s Fendalton home

An exceptional Fendalton renovation: Fitz Consulting’s latest triumph

Fitz Consulting, a boutique project management company owned and operated by Paul Fitzsimmons, has recently completed a major renovation of a 1940s Fendalton home.

1940s Fendalton home

The company brought its expertise and a range of talented teams together to provide its client with a truly outstanding finished product.
KOBE Construction worked closely with Fitz Consulting on the Fendalton renovation, carrying out all the general carpentry and construction of the new extension and remodelling of the existing structure.
“We have a very diverse workstream which has enabled the Kobe team to develop a high level of expertise throughout all building and general construction envelopes,” Blu from Kobe Construction says.
“Whether we are building executive architectural homes, fitting out restaurants and cafés or offices, repairing and upgrading commercial buildings or just renovating, we have the skills, experience, and product knowledge to deliver bespoke high-quality results every time.”


1940s Fendalton home

Paul really gets to know his clients personally and treats each project as if it’s his own personal building, his strong empathy to people’s needs and understanding of the family dynamic enabling him to make suggestions that makes their lives easier.
“Our company has been working with Fitz Consulting for a few years,” says Laszlo Meszaros from Euromaster Painting.
“We feel proud to be involved with him and it was a pleasure to see how fantastic this Fendalton project turned out. We hope everybody loves the result as much as we do. We completed the drywall stopping, interior and exterior painting. The luxurious, beautiful wallpaper was also applied by us. Our company specialises in spray painting and we strongly believe that we can create the best quality coatings for your home or commercial building.
“Paul turns clients into friends which speaks volumes of his character, work ethic, ability to always pick up the phone for any question big or small and, of course, the excellent finished project.”
Fitz Consulting is very active in the commercial strengthening and fitout arena as well, with projects in the CBD and outlying industrial areas. Currently, he is bringing back to life the ‘City Church’ building on Manchester Street, fitting out a boutique gym and three other warehouse/office buildings, each at separate locations.

1940s Fendalton home

Paul’s knowledge of build prices and how to provide the best deal for his clients, as well as his ability to get his hands dirty getting things across the line faster and more smoothly, is an asset to any project. Paul and his team of experts started this project with the EQC dispute and followed it all the way through to Code of Compliance.
Visit to see the before and after photos as well as the video walk through of the Fendalton renovation.

Project Partners

  1. Fitz Consulting
    Ph: 021 270 2309
  2. Kobe Construction
    Ph: 021 581 999
  3. Euromaster Painting Services
    Ph: 021 039 7542