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www.times.co.nz Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, December 17, 2014 — 33 A combination of bright white and fresh lime, it sings summer all year round, a testament to Cathy’s vision and the design skills of Angela Purdy from Jag Kitchens. Sunny, light and airy, it’s the kind of kitchen that generates a sense of joyful calm and has completely transformed Paul and Cathy’s Botany Downs home. “It all started when we needed to replace two toilets,” Cathy explains. “The plumber then persuaded us to completely re-do the bathrooms. From there we felt we should paint the interior and, ultimately, it seemed we just had to do the kitchen too.” Cathy had no hesitation of going straight to Jag Kitchens at Botany Town Centre. “Jag remodelled my mother’s kitchen a year ago and then my sister’s earlier this year. I had absolute confidence in the company and appreciated that it was handily placed for appointments and, should there be any problems, our consultant was close at hand.” But the only problem encountered was ensuring a load-bearing pole, which had to stay, didn’t become an eyesore. Angela quickly had that in hand. The old, round laminated pole was repaired and re-gibbed to form a square column which better fitted with the bulkhead and the kitchen’s natural angles while a new, wider, grey-flecked white engineered stone breakfast bar now fits seamlessly around it, hiding the base altogether. “Our former kitchen was cream with a brown speckled, laminated benchtop, split level breakfast bar and cupboards above the elements,” Cathy says. “There was no rangehood and the splashback area was tiled. Above the main band of cupboards was a huge wine rack system that tended to collect dust and the floors were an ugly brown laminate laid over tiles.” While the new design has followed the original layout, the kitchen style is a total transformation. “Angela has given us ceiling height cupboards, loads of drawers, a hidden cupboard under the breakfast bar, a fabulous spice drawer, and gorgeous integrated stainless steel appliances. Our old appliances were white.” The white Dezignatek satin finish is further complemented by contemporary stainless hardware while the flooring is ash vinyl, its timber styling almost undetectable from the real thing – “we love it, it’s warm underfoot, forgiving of droppages and so easy to clean.” But the piece de resistance has to be the vibrant lime splashback accentuated by stunning lime accessories including lime upholstery on the chromium barstools. What’s more that lively, summer-fresh result came about by way of a funky artwork on the adjacent family room wall. “I wanted to pick up on one of the dominant colours in the painting; the choices were red, turquoise, lime and mustard,” Cathy explains. “I didn’t want red because everyone goes red and the other two colours didn’t appeal. I decided on lime but I had to do some talking to persuade Paul it would look fantastic!” And fantastic is something of an understatement. The colour scheme has come together beautifully and the whole kitchen works well for families. Angela says she’s also really happy to have given the Hurley’s kitchen some really big drawers – “so much more practical than cupboards where items are often lost at the back,” she says. “Those ceiling height cabinets also make use of the wasted space that previously went into wine-racking. I can’t help but feel delighted that this spacious kitchen is everything they wanted.” And indeed, Cathy says there’s nothing she would change – “I just love it and Paul has definitely come around to the colour scheme; he can’t believe how good it looks.” Specialising in custom-sized kitchens designed to exactly fit the room without resorting to filler panels, Jag Kitchens has its own manufacturing plant and also uses a sophisticated 3D computer design programme to show clients beforehand exactly how their new kitchen will look. And remember, Jag Kitchens designs and builds to all budgets. Their advice and design service is FREE OF CHARGE. Visit www.jagkitchens.co.nz for more information on a wide range of materials and design options or to see more kitchen examples. Whether you are thinking of a major renovation or simply planning to replace an existing kitchen do contact Jag Kitchens. All designers have years of experience and are happy to discuss your kitchen project free of cost and obligation. If ever there was a kitchen in the limelight it’s that of Paul and Cathy Hurley. 123240-V12 Jag designer Angela Purdy (right) with Cathy Hurley who feels delighted that this spacious kitchen is everything she wanted. Times photos Wayne Martin 103847-V6 Botany Carpets 2 Torrens Rd, East Tamaki. Ph 273-2969. www.botanycarpets.co.nz The Howick and Botany Times will be published on a Thursday commencing January 8, 2015. Spring prices bounce back Eastern Beaches Dwelling median price 2010 $550,000 2011 $575,000 2012 $641,000 2013 $730,500 2014 $801,500 Percentage change 2013 to 2014 +10% Dwelling numbers sold 2010 147 2011 214 2012 239 2013 198 2014 204 Percentage change 2013 to 2014 +3% Median days to sell 2010 36 2011 34 2012 31 2013 31 2014 34 Percentage change 2013 to 2014 +10% Auckland Region Dwelling median price 2005 $390,000 2013 $620,000 2014 $670,000 Percentage change 2013 to 2014 +8% Dwelling sales volumes 2005 3107 2008 1411 2013 2794 2014 2947 Percentage change 2013 to 2014 +5% National sales distribution-price band Under $400,000 2012 3920 2013 3135 2014 3034 Percentage change 2013 to 2014 -3% $400,000-$599,000 2012 1893 2013 1832 2014 2017 Percentage change 2013 to 2014 +10% $600,000-$999,999 2012 1251 2013 1435 2014 1677 Percentage change 2013 to 2014 +17% $1 million and over 2012 390 2013 541 2014 688 Percentage change 2013 to 2014 +27% Regional housing market WHO’S INCLUDED: The Eastern Beaches area includes Beachlands, Botany Downs, Bucklands Beach, Cockle Bay, Dannemora, East Tamaki Heights, Eastern Beach, Edgewater, Farm Cove, Half Moon Bay, Highland Park, Howick, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Maraetai Beach, Mellons Bay, Northpark, Pakuranga, Shelly Park, Sunnyhills and Whitford. Source: Real Estate Institute of New Zealand THE past five years’ Auckland regional housing market at a glance as at November’s figures. HOUSE prices in the super- city continue to rise at ‘eye-watering’ rates,” says Bruce Wiggins, QV Auckland registered valuer. “We are seeing examples of well presented, but not high end properties, selling for much more than their original purchase price within a short space of time. While these have often been upgraded in the intervening period, the rise in sale price far exceeds the money spent,” he says, The Eastern Beaches median residential price continues to rise, up 10 per cent to $801,500 in November compared with $730,500 the same time last year, according to Real Estate Institute of New Zealand figures. Volume sales are also up 3% at 201 compared with 198. But the median number of days to sell rose again to 34 compared with 31 in November last year. Helen O’Sullivan, REINZ chief executive says the lift in Auckland sales compared with October reflects in part a post-election ‘catch up’ across the region. “The significant lift in the median price since October has a seasonal element to it as more higher-priced properties tend to come on the market at this time of the year,” she says. “The overall trend for the region is steady.” Peter Thompson, Barfoot & Thompson managing director says the Auckland housing market over the past six months was its most active in November. “For the previous three months the uncertainty that always exists around general election time was influencing sales, but the market put that behind itself by November,” he says. “November is normally one of the strongest sales months of the year, and has proved to be again this year However, he says sales of homes in the under $500,000 price category were the lowest in the price category of any month this year, reflecting the challenge those not already in the market face when trying to meet the LVR ratio.
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