Get your al­ter­ations un­der way

We all have dreams of our ideal home, and nig­gles re­lat­ing to el­e­ments of our ex­ist­ing prop­erty.

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR OWN HOME -

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.evo­lu­tion­ .

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.

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