Free Seminars

The Design Renovate Decorate seminar series, proudly sponsored by Resene, is your destination for all the latest home renovating, home building and home improvement trends, ideas, tips & advice. Come and listen to our expert speakers share their experience and know-how to give you the right advice, inspiration, ideas and knowledge to complete your next project.

 

DAILY SEMINAR TIMETABLE – Wednesday 6 – Sunday 10 September

10.30am

Kitchen Renovation – from inspiration to installation

This seminar has been developed to guide you through the key decisions that you will be asked to make at all stages of the project from ‘Inspiration to Installation’.

Paul Collins – Kitchen Studio

 

11.00am

Bringing together a Colour Scheme with Confidence

Learn how to use your favourite colours confidently and how to make the most of your space. Clever yet simple ideas along with tips and tricks that you can try out for yourself.

Sarah Gregory – Resene

 

11.30am

Stress Free Bathroom Renovations

Renovating your bathroom can be disruptive and stressful. Let Kevin walk you through the process to ensure you get the ideal result with minimal stress.

Kevin Cox – Bathroom Designer

 

12.00pm

Your Auckland Garden & Outdoor Space

Paul showcases the latest trends and options for outdoor spaces and takes you through the process from concept through to construction and aftercare, taking into account family space, longevity, budget and value.

Paul Gallagher – Landscape Architect at Mace Landscapes

 

12.30pm

Interior Design Trends – what’s hot in colour and design and how to make it work for you

Amanda shares the most recent trends on colour and design and gives you hot tips on how to pull together an interior design scheme for your project.

Amanda Neill – Designworx

 

1.00pm

The Do’s & Don’t’s of New Home Building & Renovations

With 30+ years building experience with you, Murray will point out a few important do’s and don’ts to help make your project more enjoyable and successful.

Murray Kee – Finesse

 

1.30pm

Renovating Your Kitchen – 9 things to watch out for

With John’s extensive experience he’ll tell you what to look out for when planning your kitchen renovation or new build to avoid costly mistakes.

John Van Doormaal – Innovative Kitchens

 

2.00pm

Transform your Outdoor Living Space

Learn how to ensure your outdoor living area makeover suits both your lifestyle and your budget. Options incl. decking, pergolas, balustrades, retaining walls and more.

John Weatherley – Sunvue

 

2.30pm

Redefining the Way We Live – An Intro to PassivHaus Design and Construction

Informative seminar about the key PassivHaus principles, an overview of construction along with the incredible comfort and health benefits these homes offer. If you are after a home that can save up to 90% in heating energy, and guaranteed to stay at an even temperature all year round – then come along to learn more

Jon Iliffe & Baden Brown – eHaus

 

3.00pm

The Secrets of Great Home Design

Explore secrets of the Great Masters of Design. Learn what makes some homes timeless while others slip past their ‘use by date’. Probe the enigma of colour and why some become liabilities while others remain an asset. Go beyond trendiness and soar above fashion to discover deep principles which will work magic for your project.

Chris Brauchli – Admira Design Group

 

3.30pm

Introduction to Universal Design for Bathrooms

Sean shares his insights to universal design principles for all bathrooms to ensure they have all the necessary functions required whilst still remaining highly aesthetic.

Sean Paterson – SA Plumbing

 

4.00pm

Property Investor Opportunities and What Makes a Successful Development?

Hear about the changing market, what this means for property investors; how to make the most of your investment; case studies of successful projects and why they worked; understanding council interplays and the complexities of development.

Bayard McKenzie – The Development Collective

 

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See our great panel of expert presenters:

Paul Collins

Kitchen Studio

Paul and wife Karen have owned Kitchen Studio North Shore for 8 years. They love meeting and working with their clients and helping them transform their kitchen space and with it, often their lifestyles. The kitchen renovation project is one of the most disruptive improvement projects you will undertake in your lifetime. This seminar has been developed to guide you through the key decisions that you will be asked to make at all stages of the project from “Inspiration to Installation”.

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Sarah Gregory

Resene

Sarah Gregory is a Resene Colour Consultant with extensive experience working with a wide range of clients to help them achieve their desired decorating results. In her work she has found that the best colour schemes are where the colours fit the client’s personality and lifestyle, not the other way around. Learn how you can take your favourite colours and confidently design colour schemes that suit you and your lifestyle. How to make the most of your space and use colour confidently and effectively to maximise the appeal of your home. Clever yet simple ideas along with tips and tricks that you can try out for yourself.

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Kevin Cox

Bathroom Direct

Kevin has worked for Bathroom Direct for over 7 years. He joined as a design consultant but has progressed to be the Sales Manager. He has designed and sold hundreds of bathroom renovations in that time ranging from a shower replacement to bathrooms costing $50k or more. Before that he owned a Kitchen Studio for 4 years. So he certainly knows how to renovate the most important rooms of the home.

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Paul Gallagher

Landscape Architect at Mace Landscapes

Paul Gallagher is a landscape architect who has a real passion for the design of outdoor space. Beginning his training in Ireland Paul then moved to England, becoming a Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute. In the pursuit of the challenges of design Paul moved to New Zealand in 2011. As the lead designer at Mace Landscapes, Paul works on both residential and commercial landscapes, which the firm then installs and maintains thereafter.

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Amanda Neill

Designworx

Award winning Devonport based Interior Designer, Amanda Neill, has extensive interior design training both internationally and locally. She has been designing residential and commercial interiors for many years, and her projects have been published on numerous occasions, showcasing her eclectic style. Having tutored at the Auckland School of Interior Design, she has run her own design and colour workshops, and is a regular seminar presenter at the Auckland Home Show. She is passionate about and has extensive knowledge on colour, and her involvement with Colour Ways, a forecasting group for the Australasian market, has spanned many years.

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Murray Kee

Finesse Residential

With 30 years in the building industry, the last 15 in management and sales, Murray and his business partner Geoff, who joined Finesse Residential in 2005, have expanded their business as a result of their experience and expertise within the building and renovating industry. As Registered Master Builders, winning multiple awards over the last 5-years, Finesse Residential specialize in major home renovations and design & build of quality new homes. Let Murray share his 30 years building experience with you, and point out a few important “do’s and don’ts” which may help to make your project more enjoyable and successful.

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John Van Doormaal

Innovative Kitchens

John immigrated from The Netherlands to New Zealand in 1979 as a certified builder. After working for a local builder for one year he became a self-employed builder, starting with small jobs and soon adding kitchen installation for three different kitchen companies. From there he expanded to bigger projects and into building architectural designed houses. If you are embarking on a kitchen project but don’t know where to start you may want to meet John and experience his knowledge and passion for kitchens; he will be only too happy to accompany you on your kitchen journey!

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John Weatherley

Sunvue

John is the co-owner of DECKHQ and enjoys the challenge of creating and building practical and exciting outdoor living spaces. His attention to detail and knowledge of alternative decking and building solutions has assisted his clients in creating some wonderful outdoor spaces. John particularly enjoys the consultation process whilst understanding the requirements of his clients. It is this process that guarantees a successful outcome for all. Remember, your outdoor living space is the most important room in your house!

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Jon Iliffe

eHaus

Jon, a HND Mech Prod Engineer from Rolls Royce motor cars in the UK and Baden a New Zealand Master Builder of 20+ years realised the opportunity the revolutionary way of building PassivHaus bought to the New Zealand building industry and the incredible benefits these spaces offered. eHaus is now recognised as award winning, and the leading player in the New Zealand PassivHaus market.

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Baden Brown

eHaus

Baden, a New Zealand Master Builder of 20+ years and Jon a HND Mech Prod Engineer from Rolls Royce motor cars in the UK, realised the opportunity the revolutionary way of building PassivHaus bought to the New Zealand building industry and the incredible benefits these spaces offered. eHaus is now recognised as award winning, and the leading player in the New Zealand PassivHaus market.

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Chris Brauchli

Admira Design Group

Although specialising in high quality residential design, Chris's work includes Super Yachts, Resorts, Restaurants and Disaster Resistant Tropical Island Homes. Born in Alaska and having worked in many countries Chris was among the first to use 3D Design and Animation to bring homeowners into the design experience and ensure an excellent result.

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Sean Paterson

SA Plumbing Supply

Sean is Owner/Director of SA Plumbing Supply, a 3rd generation family operated company, who imports and distributes bathroom products focusing on high end fixtures & fittings. Filling the void left by the big retail & wholesale plumbing merchants, SA Plumbing Supply concentrates on stainless steel tapware and aesthetically beautiful products for the Universal/Accessible market. Sean is hands on in the consultation process whilst understanding the requirements of his clients.

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Bayard McKenzie

The Development Collective

In March 2016 Bayard formally started The Development Collective, with his business partner, Chris Walsh. Bayard has over fifteen years’ planning and development experience, having worked in Local Government for 7 years and private consultancies throughout Auckland and Queenstown for over 8 years. Bayard is passionate about good design outcomes and having recently completed his own architecturally designed house, sees value in building solid foundations of good urban design and delivering strong architecture.

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