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An award-winning building company’s display home connects indoors to lush wetland outdoors. A  tiled feature wall enclosing a double-sided Escea DX1000 is the focal feature. APS homes is known for its solid design, luxury fittings and clever features. The multi-award-winning, custom-built luxury home builders describe themselves as “collaborative; small and bespoke,” and pride themselves on their reputation for attention to detail and quality of tradespeople.

Black Stallion House

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May 12th, 2016
Living Room Makeover

From dark and dated to modern, warm and inviting…an inspiring living room transformation.

Nick and Rachel purchased their large, Arts and Crafts style manor as a ‘renovation project’ and top on their ‘to-do’ list was their large South facing living room.

They enlisted the help of Gaynor from Melanie Craig Design to give the space some warmth and “add a modern twist.”

renovation after photo 1

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AA Richard Miller

AA Richard Miller

Richard: It’s funny because this is probably the question we most often get asked!

Which is fair enough, considering a lot of people’s experience of a gas fire is of the open fronted variety.  These types of fires use room air to burn so they bring more cold air into the room via the “makeup air” vent.

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A seaside suburban house floats above its flow path site and is “packed with good design,” including an Escea DX1500 fireplace. new seaside suburb house with raised boardwalk

This striking home’s flow path site constraints were a challenge to award-winning Architecture Smith + Scully. The requirement of a higher above-ground floor level resulted in tighter Height to Boundary and maximum height constraints, but there was an ensuing benefit: straightforward installation of heating for the whole house via an Escea DX1500 Gas Multiroom fireplace.

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At the heart of a new family home balancing modernity with historic heritage is a ‘grunty’ Escea DL850 fireplace.

classic modern’ Architect Smith + Scully home

Family living space – it has to be perfect for now, and yet able to evolve. That’s what dictated the brief for this new five-bedroom house in a central city suburb. The clients’ desire for modernity needed to be balanced with ‘heritage and character’ zoning rules.  Award-winning Architecture Smith + Scully describe the resulting home as ‘sitting politely within the historic context.’

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With the ever increasing demand for quality housing in metro areas, apartment buildings are on the rise. But todays apartments aren’t the concrete blocks they used to be; apartment living has become much more people focused, with architects designing new apartments around space and light, with quality of life at front of mind.

Balcony of Balford Apartments with Escea Fireplace

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Are you a Cantabrian who has been looking forward to seeing our fireplaces in action? You’re in luck. We’re heading to the Christchurch Home Show being held 1-3 April at Horncastle Arena, Addington.

This year the entry is FREE OF CHARGE.  That’s right free. So get the friends and family together and check it out.

EF5000-CHCH-Home-Show

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Are you heading to the North Shore Home & Garden Show this weekend?

Escea AF960 gas fireplace

Escea’s gas fireplaces will be there on display, including our new release AF960. This fire is known for “less frame, more flame.”  Roaring flames so stunning you have to come and see it to believe.

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The Escea Marketing team and myself took a trip out to the Otago Peninsula for an on location shoot to interview Diane Barker about her experience with her beloved Escea fireplace.
Escea case study at Otago Peninsual

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Escea top 15 Interior Design Trends

2016 is well upon us and what’s a better topic to start with than 2016 design trends. There’s an abundance of new styles, colours and looks for the upcoming year, and we are so excited. Let’s get stuck into our 15 favourite interior design trends of 2016. We’re especially excited about one in particular; however we never lost faith in the rightful place of the fireplace as the main focal point in the living room.

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