Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 2:30pm

A dream kitchen is something many of us already have stored away in our imaginations but, if you still need some inspiration, these trends will turn your preliminary plan into a full-blown kitchen crush.

Cool Concrete 

Concrete may seem cold and industrial but in fact it can be warm, soft and organic. This material is versatile and looks great in a benchtop, floor or wall tile, but it can also be brought into your kitchen in the form of furniture and serveware. Shades of concrete grey in cabinetry look chic and remarkably timeless and you can extend this colour scheme to curtains, lights and seating. Our Matangi showhome makes great use of concrete surfaces. 

1. Mayson concrete console, from Freedom Furniture 2. Concrete platter, from Superette 3. Concrete coasters, from Superette


French Country

Heritage details and pretty pastels are the key to this kitchen style. Tongue-and-groove walls, Shaker-style cabinets and traditional hardware will help create the look of a country kitchen. Finish with vintage cake stands, handmade pottery and lots of flowers.

1. Lustre tonal jug, from Early Settler 2. Luna hanging lamp, from French Country 3. Chest of 9 drawers, from Red Current


Beachy & Beautiful

Creating a relaxed, coastal vibe is all about connecting with nature. Match natural colours, textures and patterns with white surfaces and use black accents on hardware for a little bit of contrast. Bring picked flowers, leaves, driftwood, shells and other flotsam inside to complete the look. This Papamoa home has a coastal chic vibe going on. 

1. Bell basket pendant, from Freedom 2. Industrial stool, from Kmart 3. Amalia table runner, from Freedom

Black Out

Moody black kitchens are trending in a big way, and not just in cabinetry. Black cutlery, crockery and accessories look modern in any kitchen, and even black chairs, tables and bar stools are a great option. Take a walk on the dark side and try a few black objects first before going all-in on this look. Our Nelson Showhome proves you don't have to be in the dark, to go black in the kitchen.

1. Yamazaki dish rack, from Father Rabbit 2. Black cutlery set, from Kmart 3. Black mug, from Kmart

Now that you've nailed your kitchen style and design why not work on your exterior style or lighten up and see what's hot right now!

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 2:00pm

Do you love your neighbourhood? The schools are great, you’ve made friends and the community is everything you want and need. The only problem is your house is not your dream home. Maybe it’s too small. The layout is strange. You want better indoor/ outdoor flow. Or even worse it's a leaky home. A Knock Down & Rebuild may be the answer.  



It’s less than you might think to rebuild – and often comparable to what you may spend on major renovations. If you are curious, Signature Homes will organise to meet with you onsite and talk through your options, including finance plans, at no cost. With Signature Homes there are no surprises or budget blowouts. All pricing is inclusive and transparent, allowing you the ability to forward plan with total peace of mind.

No compromises

When you Knock Down & Rebuild, you start from scratch. It is a rare opportunity to truly create something bespoke for you and your family - your dream home. You will work with experts every step of the way, so the final result is perfection. Your home will be architecturally designed to meet all of your family’s needs and desires and our design team, including interior designers and colour consultants, will work with you to ensure all important details have been considered, including design, claddings, colours, fixtures and fittings.


With a Signature Homes Knock Down & Rebuild, everything is taken care of for you. The whole process is managed – from gaining the appropriate consents to meeting a guaranteed completion date. The goal is to make the process stress-free and easy for you. And if you are in Auckland, we have Unitary Plan experts who will ensure you make the very best decisions for your property and neighbourhood.


A Knock Down & Rebuild with Signature Homes removes all uncertainties. We understand the financial commitment you are making and in turn commit to you our very best service, guaranteeing we will finish your project on-time, on-budget and to the highest industry standards. 

We all know a picture paints a thousand words so check out Mey and Robert Brouwers recent Knock Down & Rebuild with Signature Homes in Te Atatu Peninsula, Auckland.

Mey and Robert faced an eye-watering $500,000 bill for renovation and recladding work when they discovered their home had potential water-tightness issues. Faced with this prospect they instead opted for Signature Homes’ Knockdown & Rebuild service – demolishing and removing the original home and replacing it with their dream Design & Build home.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 12:30pm


It’s the middle of winter and a cold southerly has hit.  You are heading home after a long day and pull into your driveway.  The gate automatically opens and at the same time, the lights in your garage turn on.  You unpack the car and step inside onto your (already) warm heated flooring.  That tune you programmed as a favourite last week starts playing.


Welcome to your smart home.


A technologically smart home can be the full experience, or a few simple devices working in sync to automate simple functions such as an automated lawn mower or voice control and smart security systems.


We had a chat with Amy Griffiths, Home Solutions Consultant at PDL by Schneider Electric, to find out what you should know before building.



The scope of Smart Home technology


“We are seeing more technology that can adapt to light, movement, temperature, power consumption, humidity, UV and vibration, helping a home to become more efficient.  Automation really comes alive when you’re not manipulating it, but instead, its manipulating itself by reacting to external triggers,” Amy says.


Simple ‘smart’ technology like motion sensors, are a practical inclusion in spaces like a scullery or walk-in wardrobe. When motion is detected, lights can come on automatically, which is handy when you have your hands full. Lights then switch off after a period when no motion is sensed. 


Geo-fencing technology, is another evolution in the smart home space. When connected with your smart phone it can tell if you are on your way home or near by, and be configured to perform different functions in your home. This could be as simple as having your outdoor and entrance lighting turn on so your path to the front door is well lit, and your heat pump turned on.  Or some people like to take it to the next level, and have their favourite song play when they walk in the door. That’s the beauty of smart home technology, it can be as practical or as fun as you like. 


For those with certain needs, such as physical or vision impairment, integration with tools such as voice control can make a real difference to daily lives, and this technology is becoming more affordable. 


Smart Home Tech Installation – Planning for the Future


Until recently, home automation products have been predominately wired systems.  This approach was often costly, particularly in existing homes, and was often focussed on sound systems and connectivity.  Wired technology still has a part to play, particularly when planning for your data use, and the installation data wiring to provide access to data in all areas of the home and in luxury or bespoke fit-outs. In saying that both industry and homeowners are realising the value of the more easily installed and affordable wireless and Bluetooth technology due to its ease of installation. The PDL Iconic range of switches that can change over time and can connect to your smart devices via Bluetooth are a great example of a low cost smart solution.


Amy’s advice to those building new is to consider your electrical, data and smart tech home requirements early in the building process, as it is always going to be more cost effective to install cable and power points that can change over time during the build than retro fitting at a later date.


Talk to your Signature Homes New Home Consultant or Electrician about your plans, especially in critical areas like kitchens and living areas. The right electrical plan and smart home design can make all the difference.  


Technology is moving fast and smart home options are becoming more affordable. The only real limit is your imagination. 


For more information about how you can incorporate smart technology into your new home, speak with one of our Signature Homes New Home Consultants or visit the PDL by Schneider Electric website.


Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 6:00pm


This article was originally Published on LinkedIn and written by Signature Homes Northland Home Consultant Steve Jaycock. Steve is a Masters qualified Architect and experienced consultant, designer and property investor, and won the Signature New Home Consultant of the Year award for 2018. If you are intersted in investing in a Signature showhome in Northland you can cantact Steve or elsewhere our Franchise Partners drectly or email


New home construction companies from time to time seek investors to finance their new showhomes. They can be a rarity as they are often 'picked up' in house due to their normally safe and profitable nature.

A building company, in order to maintain liquidity will often seek an investor in preference to tying up working capital, to finance a show home in order to show case their product. Typically these are turned over every two to four years (depending on the company) to keep a fresh look for for potential clients, and to showcase new products.

How does it work? Exact details vary from company to company but typically an investor will fund the project, either from cash funds or a mortgage, and own the property outright. The property will be leased back for an agreed annual sum, often with renewal options. The homes incur very little wear and tear without full time tenants and are often reinstated if need be, to new, prior to handing back to the owner.

Why is this desirable?

  • An investor will benefit from a secure guaranteed income over the period of the lease without fear of damages to the property.
  • The building company will usually cover all insurances and outgoings for the duration of the lease.
  • The lease-back fee could be a higher interest rate than a mortgage against the property giving an immediate net gain.
  • In a good location the capital gain will see profit over the period of the lease.

Could it work for you?

If you are considering relocating in the future ,a show home investment could see you purchase at this years prices, hedging against price increases and capital increases due to market pressures and knowing your home is secure for future occupation by yourself.

If you are looking for an investment over a one to three year period with potentially good returns and lease renewals, this could be worth considering.

Things to consider:

In all cases as with all investments your own due diligence is essential. The company you work with, the region, current and anticipated market trends, interest rates and levels of investment should all be considered carefully before committing to any investment opportunity.

How do I find out more?

Approaching a company of your choice, in the region of your choice and discussing the concept with either the franchise owner, company owner or a new home consultant would help you ascertain if any are currently available.

Friday, September 14, 2018 - 9:30am


TILE OPTIONS: More great reasons to consider Tile 


As trends change and flooring types fall in and out of favour, tile remain one of the most trusted flooring solutions over time. With the evolution of modern printing and manufacturing, tile will continue to stay in the forefront of technology to offer versatility and design.  And along with looking great there are other benefits that tile, and a tile finish can add to your new home.


Healthy Home

In recent years, we’ve become more conscious of our health and that of our family members, and at Signature homes we are often asked about the sustainability and health impacts of the products we use and incorporate into our homes. 


Environmentally friendly, ceramic tile is manufactured using natural materials and does not retain toxic chemicals, odours, allergens or bacteria. It is fire-retardant and in the case of a house fire, will not emit toxic fumes. Because of the base nature of the product, clay, tiles contain none of the chemicals that have been in the media associated with other flooring products and associated health issues.


Because tiles, by nature, are inorganic and have a hard-fired surface, they do not absorb dust mites and are completely inhospitable to bacteria, fungi and mould- a critical plus for those with allergies. 



Porcelain & Ceramic tile create a healthy living space 


Trending now from Tile Warehouse  

When it comes to tiles, the Tile Warehouse are at the cutting edge of trends and design.  According to their designers, the stand-out-trends for 2019 in tile and home design feature earthy, muted tones, geometric shapes and matt, powder-look surfaces.



Clear shapes and dynamic modern arrangement can be achieved by the use of tiles in different textures and shades. 

3D & Geometric graphic patterns and 3D expressions are becoming light, with delicate contours. The geometry of the shapes carved in alternating matt or glass surfaces gives a dynamic expression. 



Timber tile is also something you will see more of in 2019 and beyond, it is long lasting easy to clean, slip resistant and looks stunning in your home.



To get more great ideas from the Tile Warehouse you can download their latest collection brochure here, and if you like the look of the Timber Tiles their lookbook is available online here, and of course their website is full of tile inspiration and design tips.