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After a step by step interior renovation of their 1980's Northpark home, Phillip and Marlene Kruis were faced with the last job of their list -- a brand new kitchen. With clear ideas of what she wanted Marlene set about finding a company that could deliver on her vision. "I had often wandered through the Jag showroom in Danske Mobler and liked what I saw so, when it came time for the kitchen, I went there first. However, I also wanted a couple of other quotes," Marlene says. "Impressively, Jag were on the mark straight from the start. One of the other companies I contacted never came back to me and the other one turned up a day after our appointment. It was disappointing but only emphasised how efficient the Jag Kitchens' team was." And from the first time Marlene and Angela talked they were on the same kitchen wavelength. "I told Angela what I had in mind not really expecting her to grasp my concept but she got in straight away. In no time, she had the rudiment of a design up on screen and I could see me kitchen in 3D." Several meetings later and Marlene knew absolutely Jag was the company for her, a decision that proved its worth several times over. "While I had a plan in mind, Angela was able to fine tune that and make suggestions I didn't think about. For example, the kitchen loosely followed the former U-shape but we couldn't avoid two blind corner cupboards. "I didn't want to delve deep to access items but Angela suggested a 'magic' solution; hardware which meant on opening the cupboard door turns on a right angle bringing forward internal shelving. This has eliminated bending low and removing dishes in order to access the cupboard's far reaches -- just brilliant." But before that stage, Angela faced the challenge of making the existing space airier and more space efficient. "Phillip and Marlene had dubbed their original kitchen the 'doctor's surgery' in reference to the chest-height, half wall separating kitchen and dining. It made the kitchen seem very compact. Removing this and installing a generous breakfast bar created a spacious, open effect." Several 'must haves' were also accommodated including wall oven, dishwasher, ceiling height cupboards for extra storage and a pantry, to compensate for losing a cupboard to the dishwasher. "We managed everything Marlene requested even losing the free-standing stove for a wall oven which requires no bending," Angela says. Adding to the sense of spaciousness is Marlene's choices of colours. She wanted a light, contemporary look, opting for soft beige over white in order to incorporate an element of warmth. Oyster melamine cabinetry is complemented by an Amaretto Stone laminate benchtop and toning caramel glass splashback by Decoglaze. "It is just so fresh after our 1980s timber kitchen," Marlene says. "Angela is a miracle lady. She gave me exactly what I wanted, made no false promises and was patience personified. The kitchen was the last interior project on our list and it was well-worth waiting for. "And amazingly everything was completed on time, which meant we had our kitchen for Christmas -- just wonderful." 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. Clever Jag kitchen design fulfls vision 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. An instant rapport between Jag Kitchens' designer Angela Purdy and her client Marlene Kruis was the catalyst to the successful completion of a kitchen project which went beyond all expectation. Jag Kitchens designer Angela Purdy, left, with Marlene Kruis. Times photo Wayne Martin 118249-v3 138J HARRIS RD, EAST TAMAKI Ph: 271 6262 • email: firstname.lastname@example.org Call us for a free quote 5 Year Warranty. 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However, some local authorities used a surprise Environment Court decision from Judge John Jackson in 2011, which granted temporary legal protection from January 1, 2012 for 1800 notable trees throughout the city, to maintain the status quo. Then, early last December the Government introduced the Resource Management Reform Bill, which would stop councils giving general protection to individual trees over a certain height or girth and groups of trees. As a result of the proposed amendments, Auckland Council agreed to axe the old tree protection rules in Rodney, North Shore and the old Auckland City Council area, except the CBD. Rules in the Auckland CBD, the Hauraki Gulf islands and former Waitakere, Manukau, Franklin and Papakura council areas were unchanged – which is why the Howick rimu was unprotected because it was not on the Manukau schedule of notable trees nor covered by other covenants. Mr and Mrs Swales, however, continue to argue that the tree was subject to a 1991 protection covenant. They took their concerns to this month’s Howick Local Board meeting saying a lot of trees were being wantonly removed without proper consideration. The board carried a resolution to request an urgent report about the status of tree protection in the Howick Ward and a progress report on previous resolutions passed by the board. Notable tree schedule Hearings were held throughout the city last year to update notable tree schedules. In the former Manukau City area, arborists assessed 742 individual and groups of trees before putting forward about 200 for adding to the schedule. The schedule is part of the proposed change to the former Manukau District Plan, which will be included in Auckland Council’s Unitary Plan. The plan change, however, does not review the existing schedule of notable trees which remain protected. However, the council still says “check before you chop”. Until it adopts the Unitary Plan, which will provide the rule book for the whole region, a number of different rules applying to tree cutting and pruning still exist under the former councils’ district plans. n More information about resource consents is online at aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or phone 301-0101 to talk to a council planner to fnd out whether a tree rule still applies to a tree or trees on a property. l ONLY 20 per cent of individual trees, along with sections of two small groups, protected on a schedule of notable trees and stands of trees in the south-east are natives. Dominating the list of more than 100 trees are 50 oaks followed by 22 Norfolk Island pines. Heading the natives list are 15 pohutukawa followed by one puriri, one rata and one titoki. No rimu are on the list. The schedule, based on visual appeal and historical value, includes — Pakuranga: Three Norfolk Island pine, two gum, fve oak, one Phoenix palm, two weeping willow, one swamp cypress, two pohutukawa. Eastern and Bucklands Beaches: Four Phoenix palm, two Norfolk Island pine. Half Moon Bay: One pohutukawa. Howick: One puriri, 12 pohutukawa, one rata, one fan palm, one titoki, seven cypress, 43 oak, 10 Norfolk Island pine, one pine (radiata), one Phoenix palm, various native and exotic trees (Hawthorn Dene, Botany Road), one Port Jackson fg, group of native and exotic trees Island View Terrace, one oriental plane. Beachlands: Five Norfolk Island pine. Whitford: Two Norfolk Island pine, two oak. Kawakawa Bay: Two Phoenix palm, one Norfolk Island pine.
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