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Our favourite NZ design and architecture instagram accounts

April 23rd, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Our favourite NZ design and architecture instagram accounts”

Gezellig interiors. @gezellig_interiors

One of our favourite Waikato designers to follow is Annique Davey, the creative behind ‘Gezellig Interiors’. She posts photos of beautiful, comfortable spaces designed for her clients. Simple, yet timeless style with hints of natural elements that quite frankly, we love and is well suited to the Raglan lifestyle. We love following her style on instagram and frequently find design inspiration from her projects. @gezellig_interiors.


Erena Te Paa. @erenatepaa

Another local stylist, Erena Te Paa is based in Hamilton and has the dreamiest abode! Much of her instagram consists of her clever DIY projects at home, where she transforms somewhat ordinary vintage and op shop finds into beautiful furniture and home treasures. This, along with images of her beautiful home and impeccable style is enough to keep us inspired! Check it out for yourself @erenatepaa. She also has an Airbnb called Akito studio that you bet is just as dreamy!


Homestyle magazine. @homestylemag

As you’d expect, the modern NZ design magazine we know and love has an equally inspiring instagram page. Showcasing NZ’s best creatives, designers & homes, their account seems to have the perfect balance that encourages a modern & inspiring lifestyle. Give them a follow @homestylemag.


The New – NZ Design Journal.

Another design account we’re following is online magazine the NZ Design Journal, an inspiring collective of contemporary NZ design and designers. They showcase everything from homewares to contemporary craft to interior spaces. Have a look for yourself and be continually inspired.

If you like NZ Architecture, then this page is for you. Archipro showcase all of NZ’s best and most stunning architectural homes that will no doubt blow you away. What we love about their account is you get taken on a virtual tour of some of NZ’s most beautiful homes, and learn about all the important details of the designs and professionals involved in the projects from the descriptive captions. Do yourself a favour and follow them!

Nest Homes: Architectural, affordable, simple.

April 16th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Nest Homes: Architectural, affordable, simple.”

We were lucky enough to chat with Nest Homes founder Jock Davey about his unique, healthy home building business. Nest Homes came about from a conversation with his children about their frustrations as first home buyers struggling to get on the property ladder. Jock wanted to provide architectural, simple, affordable and healthy homes for first home buyers like his kids. His business hopes to create a lifestyle for like minded, bright, young individuals through building beautiful, long lasting & healthy homes that are an investment in the future of our children, and the planet. And with a few clients on Rangitahi, we were keen to get to know Nest and their ethos a little better.

Jock and his family have built an amazing business, this is probably one of our favourite interviews to date!

What is a Nest Home?

A Nest Home is the result of 35 years of frustration with building materials and systems, forcing the use of better simpler systems and materials, it’s design focused with a desire to provide something architectural (cool) yet still being affordable. A Nest Home is the combination of all of the above to create a healthy toxin free high performance home that is architectural, affordable and simple.

What distinguishes you from other design and build companies?

We have a desire to provide some cool & different design ideas. Our main difference is all of our homes are totally health based. We are probably on our own in the area of total toxin free house health and overall house performance. At Nest Homes we ask the house to perform. Nest Homes is a family company, talking to us you’re talking to the designers, builders, sales and admin all in house and if we employ a contract builder you can bet they need to be as passionate as we are with what and how we build.

How important do you think it is to live in a healthy sustainable home?

We owe it to ourselves and our families to provide the healthiest living environment we possibly can. After 35 years in the building industry it is no accident we now only build with this select material pallet and system. We will not be going back to how we used to do things. 

Can you tell us a bit more about the sustainable & eco friendly features of your homes?

Where practical we only use sustainable materials that contain no nasty chemicals, no arsenics, no chromiums, no silicas and almost zero formaldehyde’s. Almost all of the materials we do use are biodegradable, toxin free and natural. Our sites do not have big skip bins for construction waste to landfill. We recycle and reuse as much as we can. We average around $150 in land fill fees and are always working to get this lower. Most of this waste is packaging from others. Almost all of our materials can be ground up and spread on your garden. We don’t want you to have a clothes dryer in the home because of moisture and we discourage you from having waste disposals in the kitchen, rather a scrap-bin for the compost. The homes can all be solar aided and grey water can feed your gardens.

What is the average size and cost of a Nest Home, are they customisable?

Our most popular Nest is 111m2 but we go down to 10m2 (no consent required) to 21m2 pods, 65m2 minor dwellings and on upwards to 300m2. We work within Nest parameters using pre engineering that allows cost and wastage of materials to be kept to a minimum. Average m2 costs start at $2400m2. All the homes are customisable to a point.

We understand you have a couple of clients building on Rangitahi, can you tell us anything about these homes you’re designing and building? Are you excited to get these underway?

Yes we are lucky enough to be working with some very cool clients on their Nests in Rangitahi. Each Nest is very cool and different and personal to them and their families. The design work has been done on all three and all of them are with the Draughting team in various stages. The first one is ready to go to council as soon as able and the other two are ready for the Rangitahi design committee to view. I can’t really show you plans or pictures yet as things are still personal with the different clients but I can say this: one is two level and the upper level cantilevers out towards the sea, the second flows down its sloping site like seperate tumbling blocks and the third sits back on its site and gives passers by no view or idea of what lays behind. The garage and house and its connection all blend into one. We are super excited to bring these plans and houses to life, each one has its own stunning views.

What is it you like about the Rangitahi Project and what do you like about the sites you’re designing for? Are they sloped or flat and with views?

We have really enjoyed working with Sam and Sophie right from the start. It has been super easy, they are both so helpful and passionate about the Rangitahi Project, it’s infectious. We are totally behind the ethos, principles and ideas around the project. All the Rangitahi sites are a bit different so house design needs to respect that. We love how it gives each place its own identity. All the sites we are working with are sloping to reasonably steep but all have great views.

What advice would you give anyone considering a sustainable or eco friendly home?

Simple, do it. Make sure it is actually a healthy and sustainable home (not just featuring a five star fridge). Ask the questions: waste to landfill policy? How do they treat material off-cuts? Evidence of air quality (remember you’ll breath this all day every day). Ask the company how many air changes take place in the home per hour? Is the house capable of featuring the asthma foundations blue butterfly sensitive choice tick for clean air? List all the natural sustainable and biodegradable products the home features and why, then compare them to all others. Ask if the house itself can take care of naturally occurring moisture in the home (not the bathrooms/laundry’s) without the need for mechanical intervention and never ending power consumption.

Lastly ask yourselves if it can achieve all of this and is affordable then why not be healthy, sustainable and environmentally friendly. This life is no dress rehearsal, we need to give ourselves, our families and the planet the best that we can.

~ Don’t hesitate to get in touch with Jock if you like the sound of having a Nest Home, we can’t wait to see them in the flesh on Rangitahi! You can get in touch here, or send him an email – 

Keep up to date with their projects and find them on instagram here.


Inspiring home spaces to enjoy year round

April 9th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Inspiring home spaces to enjoy year round”

Creating spaces in your home that keep you inspired and calm are more essential than ever right now, and frankly should be year round! So we’ve put together a short guide on creating these spaces in your home to keep you inspired while planning for a future build or just to have a bit of fun while you’re stuck at home this month! We’ve tried our best to keep the ideas relatively achievable whilst we are all in isolation, but they may require a bit of creative thinking!

In today’s world, we’re used to instant gratification, especially when this can be achieved at the click of a mouse. But a truly beautiful and inspiring home takes time, and beauty can sometimes be found in less. It’s important to layer slowly, live with things before adding more, and allow your personal style to evolve naturally. Because after all, good things take time. You might come to realise you can live without that flat screen TV or a new high tech microwave or even that beautiful lamp you saw… Creating more space for a yoga corner you’ve been wanting to set up, or a tee pee your kids wanted to make out of dried branches and an old sheet.

Here are some other ideas…

1. Zen space/Yoga/Creative corner


Mindfulness in our interiors makes the case for creating our homes as a refuge from the stresses of the outside world. And what better time to do this then now! Setting up a zen space/yoga/creative corner in your home is really quite simple – fill it with all the things that make you happy and calm, and keep it minimal. The less there is, the more space you’ll have in your mind to think. Use it as your space to start that creative project you’ve been wanting to do, or simply to practice yoga or meditation. Just make sure it’s away from any distractions! Set the ambience with candles, light some incense and fill it with plants and a comfy cushion, bliss!


2. Inspired by nature


Keeping a strong connection with the natural world is also an essential right now. Time to make that plant corner you’ve always wanted, or bring some plant life into every room. Cut a few trimmings off your hanging plant, put it in water and multiply it! Find some old pots in the garden or get creative and use some recycled glass jars you’ve got in the cupboard. Succulents are a really easy one to re-pot and they look cute basically anywhere! We also love this old ladder turned plant hanging sculpture in the bathroom.

3. Easy but stylish DIY


Keep yourself busy at home by starting a DIY project. Reusing simple items that might otherwise be left in the garage or backyard to create simple storage solutions to reorganise and display homewares. We love the various ways you can reuse cement bricks, like these DIY shelves and bedside table above. The grey brick gives a bit of an industrial feel! You could also use an old magazine stack as a side table, either on its own or with some rope around it to keep it together. There really is so many ways you can get creative with your interiors without having to think or do too much, so go see what’s in the garage or the garden that you could potentially turn into your latest invention.


5. A simple yet productive work space or home office


A stylish, functional home office is easier to achieve than you think. It’s important to have all the essentials, but also to keep it simple. You don’t want a cluttered space as it will only inhibit your focus and productivity. And it doesn’t need to be it’s own room, you can still create a separate work space in an unused corner or under a staircase, you just want to make sure it serves it’s purpose. The right sized desk is a good place to start, make sure you have enough room for everything you need and so you can work to the best of your ability. The right chair is also important, as you’ll likely be sitting here every day for long periods of time. Having it by a window is also a great way to get all the natural light with a view of the outdoors to enjoy while you work. Personal touches are a good way to keep it inspiring, welcoming and comfortable, and don’t forget to have fun with it!


6. Take the inside outside


Lastly, give yourself even more living space by taking the inside outside! Set up an outdoor room or seated area that extends your home and adds another element to your home life. It could simply be in the form of a table and chairs, or a beanbag or two, but try and make it a cosy, enjoyable space for you to unwind at the end of the day somewhere separate to your office, kitchen or living room. And don’t forget to make it you!

Stay well!

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