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9 July 2018

Lakeview show home now open to view in Rotorua

Mountain view, sea view, garden view… this spacious 70m2 home exudes warmth and is a delightful surprise – no matter the view! Our Lakeview is modern and inviting, with spaces made airy and restful by incorporating high sarked ceilings with extra height joinery. This Rotorua show home enjoys a splendid view of Mount Ngongotaha. Right […]

29 March 2018

Lockwood additions and alterations, how easy are they to do?

Like all additions or alterations to any existing structure they can be easy or complex. What might be conceived as an easy change like removing a wall or replacing a window may in fact require building consent. Is the wall affected loadbearing? Is the window being replaced going to be wider than what was there […]

27 November 2017

Is sub-dividing right for your property?

A feasibility report can help you make an informed decision If you are keen to explore the opportunities presented with sub-dividing your land, a feasibility study can help you gauge the risk and reward potential. It is always a good idea to have done some due diligence before spending large sums of money ensuring that […]

30 October 2017

From a cosy 51m2 to 127m2 family sized home, we have some big ideas for you

Our small homes are always a popular search on our website and we are often requested to provide more information on these. Many people are looking to downsize or create value from existing land by building a second dwelling for the rental or the tourist markets. Another reason they are looking for a small home […]

30 August 2017

Celebrate the Art of Lockwood

Download our stunning album of Lockwood homes from around the country. This booklet should come with a warning, you might end up with a little house envy! We have a huge range of plans or design and build options, so no matter your taste or budget we can help you achieve your Lockwood dream. Choose […]

27 April 2017

Future proof your investment by incorporating Lifemark Design Standards

Lifemark™ rated homes are designed to be usable and safe for people of all ages and stages. They are easy to live in – for a lifetime. Lockwood are proud to be Lifemark™ accredited partners and when you work with us to design your home we are able to apply these design standards to ensure […]

27 April 2017

How much CO2 has your home absorbed from the atmosphere?

NZ Wood has this great little calculator which helps to understand how your choice of building materials impacts on your home’s carbon footprint. One tonne of CO2 is around 500m3, or approximately the volume of an average house. So one tonne of CO2 is about the same as that emitted by an average car travelling […]

30 March 2017

Sculleries – a popular choice

In todays open plan living environments, where social spaces are celebrated, the scullery is becoming a very popular choice where the hard work can take place and messes are made out of eyesight. If you are considering including a scullery in your design, which is in essence a second kitchen space, here are some elements […]

27 January 2017

Five great reasons to build new

There are a number of reasons to consider building new, here are some of biggest benefits for new home owners: Your new home comes with a guarantee which covers construction and warranties on individual componentry. You don’t have to deal with any historical issues which might arise in much older homes. Stringent Building Codes will […]

27 January 2017

Good Looking Splashbacks

Splashbacks are a great way to bring a statement piece into your kitchen. There are many ways to approach the look you want to achieve, but some creative ideas you might want to consider for either new builds or renovations are; Printed themes on glass; Dramatic skyline in black and white monochrome, or crystal clear […]

27 October 2016

Thinking of Downsizing?

Choosing to live simpler doesn’t mean you need to downsize your life. If you have been living in a larger home, it is a daunting task to think about how to get from where you are now to living comfortably in a much smaller space. Smaller homes which have been intelligently designed offer the benefit […]

27 October 2016

Not all double glazing is created equal

Low E – Glass, has a thin silver coating applied during the glass manufacturing process, which allows the microscopic coating to fuse onto the hot glass. The Low-E coated glass is placed on the inside facing pane within the insulated double glazed window unit. With this coating, U Values, like an R value, which is […]

23 March 2016

Choosing the best carpet for your home

Did you know that a sample piece of carpet from a store is likely to be 20% lighter in colour when the final product is layed? Ursula Vasic from Yellowfox Interior Design shares this insight and some neat advice on the Cavalier Bremworth website, to help you choose wisely for your design style and way […]