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www.times.co.nz Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, October 30, 2013 --- 17 Overdue would have been an understatement for Sharron and Alistair Davidson's kitchen renovation. A few months ago, the Beachlands couple's kitchen of 30 years was a dark alley consisting of a mishmash of cream-coloured secondhand cabinets with mismatched handles and a Formica benchtop. Garage storage units made up for the lack of pantry. "And we've never had a dishwasher or a range hood!" exclaims Sharron. Cooking was done on an old, free-standing electric cooker, and space was tight. Unfortunately, being the wife of Times motoring journalist Alistair meant that a decent kitchen was a dream deferred for Sharron. Her chance to remodel came 20 years ago only to be ruined by a desirable object on wheels. "We'd saved up enough to do our kitchen," says Alistair. "But a car I'd always wanted came up for sale, so, being the perfect wife, Sharron said 'go ahead use the kitchen money to buy the car, seeing as you want it so bad'. Being the less than perfect husband, I said, 'Okay then, I will'." Fast forward to today, the couple's three young boys have grown into young adults, with just two living at home, and change was inevitable. They looked at moving to a house with a bigger garage and modern kitchen, but due to skyrocketing house prices, they decided it was more reasonable to stay put and improve on the existing. Seeking the help and advice of fellow car enthusiast and builder Shane Beckham, the Davidsons heard all about his new Jag kitchen, and were intrigued. "He highly recommended Jag so we took his advice. We sought a couple of other quotes, but for quality, options and service -- at a good price -- Jag was the obvious choice." And on visiting the Jag Kitchens showroom in the Danske Mobler Home Centre in Botany, Sharron hit it off with Jag Kitchens designer, Angela Purdy. "She was really good with making suggestions," says Sharron. "She changed my mind about the drainboard kitchen sink which I'd always wanted and I'm so pleased she talked me out of it." The sink Sharron wanted would have disrupted the fow to the living area, Angela explains. "It would have been too wide and be visible from the living room, and these days, it's considered a little old-fashioned." The design process was fairly straightforward. "We decided on one of the display kitchens -- it was the open shelving on either side of the rangehood that caught Sharron's eye -- and we went from there. "It was a good thing Alistair and Sharron had a galley kitchen -- it just works really well and is great to design," says Angela. Now, a bright, chirpy, and contemporary centrepiece, the kitchen dazzles with snazzy red accessories and splashback complemented with smooth woodgrain cabinetry, an engineered stone benchtop, and stainless steel appliances. Part of a wall has been removed, creating more room for the kitchen to breathe and a breakfast bar opens up into the living room. Importantly, all the mod-cons Sharron has missed for so many years are now available. "I can't stop using my dishwasher," says Sharron. "The oven is a self-cleaning one, and the kitchen sink is so big it's almost as if it's a laundry tub!" The whole process was fantastic and effortless, says Alistair. "Each step of the kitchen happened exactly when promised and Jag even organised a fnal groom once the kitchen was fnished.” It's taken 30 years, he says, but Sharron fnally has the kitchen she’s wanted. "I rang her the other day and asked her what she was doing: "I'm just sitting here gazing at my new kitchen; I love it." Specialising in custom-sized kitchens designed to exactly ft the room without resorting to fller 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. Wait pays off for Beachlands couple Inside Danske Mobler, 501 Ti Rakau Dr, Botany Town Centre. Open 7 Days. Ph 271 3131. www.jagkitchens.co.nz 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. In a family home where expensive hobbies such as cars, music and art reign supreme, the kitchen has often been shunted to make way for other priorities. But after decades of waiting, it's fnally arrived – in style – thanks to Jag Kitchens. 118249A-V7 Jag Kitchens designer Angela Purdy, left, and Sharron Davidson. Times photo Wayne Martin BEFORE Strong house market SPRING residential real estate sales have started on a strong note with the median price in Eastern Beaches rising by 15 per cent to $730,500 from $635,000 the same time last year, according to Real Estate Institute of New Zealand ﬁgures. Volumes are also up by 11 per cent to 182 in September compared with 165 in September last year. But it took slightly longer to sell a dwelling, with days to sell up three per cent to 31 from 30 in September last year. Noticeable strength has been recorded in Manukau City, says Helen O’Sullivan, REINZ chief executive. “There is some evidence of the impact of Reserve Bank LVR restrictions on ﬁrst home buyers in Auckland, but the effect is not uniform,” she says. “Investors are still active, but rising prices are making some more cautious. Vendor expectations are certainly rising across the region and auction activity is robust.” Overall, she says, the Auckland housing market still remains the strongest in the country. Peter Thompson, managing director of real estate company, Barfoot & Thompson says Reserve Bank restrictions on home mortgage lending had no measurable impact on Auckland house values in September. The Government’s announcement of the ﬁrst batch of Special Housing Areas that will bring 6000 new homes to the market across the city will have no effect in central parts of Auckland, says Hayden Duncan, chief executive of real estate company, Harcourts. “To alleviate Auckland’s gridlock and the time people spend commuting, the Government should focus on easing the process for the development of family-friendly homes in multi-level buildings in our inner suburbs. We need to follow the path European cities have already set down for us,” Mr Duncan says. Eastern Beaches Dwelling median price 2009 $553,000 2010 $540,000 2011 $561,000 2012 $635,000 2013 $730,500 Percentage change 2012 to 2013 +15% Dwelling numbers sold 2009 237 2010 154 2011 183 2012 165 2013 182 Percentage change 2012 to 2013 +11% Median days to sell 2009 27 2010 38 2011 28 2012 30 2013 31 Percentage change 2012 to 2013 +3% Auckland Region Dwelling median price 2004 $336,000 2012 $515,000 2013 $570,000 Percentage change 2012 to 2013 +11% Dwelling sales volumes 2004 2689 2008 1425 2012 2257 2013 2764 Percentage change 2012 to 2013 +22% National sales distribution-price band Under $400,000 2011 3158 2012 3110 2013 3350 Percentage change 2012 to 2013 +8% $400,000-$599,000 2011 1276 2012 1421 2013 1743 Percentage change 2012 to 2013 +23% $600,000-$999,999 2011 617 2012 877 2013 1245 Percentage change 2012 to 2013 +42% $1 million and over 2011 184 2012 365 2013 382 Percentage change 2012 to 2013 +5% Regional housing market THE past ﬁve years’ Auckland regional housing market at a glance, as at September’s ﬁgures. 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