Get your alterations under way
We all have dreams of our ideal home, and niggles relating to elements of our existing property.
The evolution series of homes provides healthier, warmer, more energy efficient and sustainable homes while reducing CO2 emissions. Rilean Construction’s Mick Moffatt said the feedback from clients was fantastic and enquiries for the evolution homes had significantly increased. ‘‘It’s definitely been something of a ‘revolution’ over the past year,’’ Mr Moffatt said. ‘‘Since we launched the concept we’ve seen steady growth in enquiries from people who understand what we offer and the real benefits of these homes. We’ve signed several new contracts in the last few months and have strong interest from many potential clients. The homes are cost effective to build and we’ve had preliminary approval for four of our designs at Jacks Point’’ ‘‘Over the last 12 months we’ve collected data to help identify energy consumption. A recently built home used just over $1,000 for the year for heating, hot water and general electricity requirements, and is performing much better than we’d calculated,’’ said Mr Moffatt. Another one of our evolution series home received a six star ‘‘high performing’’ Homestar rating, the first in Queenstown. evolution series homes are cost effective to build, starting from $1,900/m2. For more details visit www.evolutionseries.co.nz .
Perhaps that breakfast bench is simply in the wrong place or just too tall, cramping both kitchen and living spaces alike and apparently useful only as a junk pile attractor? Or it could be that the shower over your bath is great at getting you and your family wet, but unfortunately equally effective at soaking the side of the bath, carpet, and rotting floorboards beneath. Or maybe your south-facing window frames are finally giving up the ghost after 40-and-more seasons of gales and sleet? Whatever your domestic beef, and everybody has them, there’s one of the best opportunities in years to begin to get things sorted, and start to make your home the pleasure it should be to live in. With the slowing economy, many of the big property development projects and ongoing new-builds that have absorbed Otago’s tradesmen for the past several years have slowed down in parallel. This means that in sharp contrast to the situation just a year or so ago, when it could sometimes prove difficult to secure the services of a good quality, reputable tradesperson to carry out even the most basic job for you, the situation has improved immeasurably. So if you’re in the market to get your kitchen or bathroom up to snuff at last, now’s the time to get the project underway. A glance through these pages will offer up an impressive panel of expert tradespeople from joiners and painters & decorators, to plumbers and electricians, all equipped, willing and ready to get
their professional teeth into your planned alterations. Remember too, that with a bit of competition for work at last, the balance of power may just be shifting in favour of you the consumer, meaning that prices should also start to become more competitive before long. In short, it’s time to dust off your ambitions, dig out those plans, and get on the phone. That way, come wintertime, you might just find you don’t want to leave your summer hideaway after all.