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Issue 005



Issue 005


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

Renovating homes built between the 1940s and 1960s

Many houses of this era have retained their appearance and character – strongly influenced by state housing – but modifications are often necessary and can make a real difference to the performance of the home.

Case Study: Up-lifting

Instead of using dormer windows to utilise an attic cavity, this clever Clevedon renovation maximised the available space by lifting the roof and creating a second storey.

Taking the plunge

Kiwis love the water and more and more of us are making waves in the backyard rather than the beach. So how realistic is that dream pool? 

Going with the flow

Blurring the line between indoor and outdoor spaces, sliding doors provide easy access to your garden or deck while letting in vast amounts of natural light, even when closed.

Best dressed

Whether your style is classic or contemporary, there’s a cladding system to suit your property.

Planted paradise

Subtropical or minimal, cottagey or eclectic – landscaping expert Tony Murrell shares his know-how on creating the ideal garden for your requirements.

Setting the table

One of summer’s greatest pleasures is dining outdoors. Here is our low down on how to choose outdoor furniture that is built to last and fits the style of your garden or deck.

Case Study: A bright outlook

Removing internal walls and rebuilding the living area, a well thought through renovation turned a dark apartment into a light and open space that celebrates the stunning sea views.

Eco living

Renovating is the perfect time to look at how you can make your house warmer, drier and smarter.

DIY Projects: Wooden toys for kids

Building wooden toys for your little ones is made easy with our step-by-step guide – it will be just as much fun for you to build them as it will be for your kids to play with them!

Cooking up a storm

From portable gas fired smokers to inbuilt al fresco kitchens – the list of outdoor cooking options is as long as a hot summer’s night, and choosing a cooker is about as subjective as picking art.

Our favourite bowls

Beautifully designed and crafted bowls add a bit of glamour to your kitchen or dining area, and will hold all of your fruit and veggies this summer. Here is our selection of the shapeliest pieces.

Our favourite stools

Whether you’re looking for a simple and practical bar stool or a trendy art object that can double as a stool when needed – we’ve compiled our pick of the most comfortable pieces for your occasional seating.

Watering systems

Keep your garden looking its best this summer with these cool watering systems. Your plants and trees will thank you for it.