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Issue 003



Issue 003


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In this issue of Renovate magazine, you will read about:

Cover story: Fireplaces: Adding warmth and comfort

Stephanie Matheson learns why the warm glow of a soothing fire transforms your home into a relaxing retreat.

Renovating 1970s home

New living styles, new materials and new modular construction methods – houses built during the 1970s took the architectural styles of previous decades to cities and towns across the country, from Twizel and Turangi through to Cromwell and Auckland. Their solid bones make them a renovator’s dream.

A creative connection

With changes on a small footprint, a clever and creative renovation project connects this Auckland house with its garage – opening up the living area and converting the garage loft into an art studio.

Opening up the view

Windows are a fundamental and uniquely powerful design element of a home. They provide an intimate connection to the surrounding environment, allow light and warmth to stream in and control ventilation. They can also make a bold statement about your style and the way you live.

Time to get organised

From toys and shoes through to handbags and shirts – we accumulate many treasured items that we need to find a home for. That’s why well-designed storage spaces are a necessary feature of New Zealand bedrooms.

Sitting pretty

A distinctive New Zealand furniture design style is evolving – it has a natural rawness, influenced by our country and lifestyle, is uncomplicated yet at the same time stylish. We look at some of the current chair designs and the basic elements of chair construction.

Walking on water

Wet rooms can be deceptively simple spaces. Thought, planning and attention to detail are all key to creating a relaxing space where form marries function.

Lighting line-up

The soft glow of a floor lamp and the dimmed light of a wall washer can turn a home into a cosy and comfortable haven like few other features can. Make the most of the indoors this winter and light up your home.

Case Study: Salvaged Space

Major excavation work, combined with a clever architectural redesign, created a wide-open living area that is flooded with sunlight and provides easy access to the garden.

A breath of fresh air

Ventilation is key for a healthy, efficient and comfortable home – keeping moisture, dampness and mould at bay – especially now that we’ve settled into our homes to hibernate over winter.

DIY Project: Bird Boxes

Building and decorating a bird box for your feathery friends is made easy with our step-by-step guide – all it takes is a little bit of planning and the right tools.

Bring the warmth and comfort in

Whether you aim to use the comforting flames of a fireplace as a heating system or a purely decorative feature, the warm glow of a soothing fire transforms your home into a relaxing retreat.

Outdoor heaters that beat the winter chill

Choosing the right heat source and ambience will ensure that your deck and garden can be used year round – extending your outdoor entertaining possibilities.

Our Favourite Cushions

Now that the evenings are getting colder it’s a perfect time for snuggling up at home on the sofa. Our pick of this season’s most cuddly cushions will keep you company and add a splash of colour to your living room.

Our favourite taps

Stylish tapware instantly brings a fresh look to your bathroom or kitchen. Whether you’re completing a full-scale renovation project or simply wish to update your home by using accessories, we’ve compiled our coolest finds for you to choose from.

Our favourite side tables

One of these handy little side tables may just become your favourite piece of furniture this winter – keeping your steaming cup of tea, your favourite books or a delicious snack (or all three) at arm’s length. Take a pick!