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July 26th, 2016
Hidden Hill-Top Sanctuary

A modern home with breath-taking city and harbour views and three Escea gas fireplaces is a zen-like retreat for a young Dunedin family.

Panoramic views of Dunedin city and harbour make for breath-taking views.

Panoramic views of Dunedin city and harbour make for breath-taking views.

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July 18th, 2016
Fireplace Fuels Community

We all know the pleasure of curling up in front of a fire with a good book. In this fast-paced world, a fireplace symbolizes a moment of solace. And what better place to sit back and read than a library? Jasmax Architects teamed up with Nelson artist Nic Moon to design a library that reflected both the values of the community – sustainability and a flexible space – as well as providing a centre for Ranui, an outlying suburb of Auckland, bordered by the Waitakere Ranges with lots of young people and low income families.

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When asked how to choose the best fireplace for your new house build, Escea Architectural Advisor Richard Miller says “think of nesting, think of comfort, think of relaxation”.  Much as this is the effect a fireplace has on us, when it comes to choosing a new fireplace, you can relax – it’s easier than you think.

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When we decided to write a post on colour we knew exactly who to call in for help…

Interior designer and ‘rebel with a colour wheel,’ Alex Fulton, answers our quick-fire questions about how to use colour in interiors and “design like no-one is watching.”

Alex Fulton. Photo: Wendy Fenwick | Flash Studios

Alex Fulton. Photo: Wendy Fenwick | Flash Studios

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Escea takes a client-focused, collaborative approach to working with architects.  It’s why we have a dedicated Architectural Advisory (AA) team.   Our advisors are on hand to discuss how architects and builders can advance their client’s goals, and ultimately come up with a solution that truly fits their client’s lives. Richard 2 hi res

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Julia Mellor is the newest addition to our Architectural Advisory team.

English-born but now proud Perth local, Julia has extensive experience working on residential, commercial and retail design projects across Australia.  We caught up with Julia to find out more about her background and the path that led her to Escea.

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DX1500

Think replacing your wood fireplace with a modern gas fireplace means losing character? Think again!

We give you eight examples of how you can work a modern gas fireplace into your character home and still make it work. I believe that’s called having your cake and eating it too…

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Peter Wolfkamp

Our CEO Nigel Bamford recently caught up with everyone’s favourite ‘resident builder’ Peter Wolfkamp on his Newstalk ZB radio show. They discussed the technology and innovation in gas fireplace design that has been a game changer for architecture.

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Direct Vent Flue technology, Zero Clearance rating, Multiroom Heat Ducting…it all sounds great but what on earth does it actually mean?

Read on to find out what these technical terms mean (spelt out in layman’s terms). More importantly, find out what the advantages are for you and your home.

Escea DL1100 gas fireplace

 

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AA Richard Miller

Architectural Advisor (AA) Richard Miller

Q.) Do you need a council consent for a new gas fireplace?

Richard:That’s a question I’ve had to deal with myself! When we were doing up our house, we already had a consent in for a wood burner, but changed our mind and put in a gas fire instead.

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