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Wolfkamp's Villa Reno

Builder Peter Wolfkamp is best known for dispensing DIY wisdom on popular tv show The Block NZ – but when it came to his own renovation he was only too happy to take some advice on how best to protect his new investment, and those living in it, from electrical fires.

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Design Award Winner Carmen He Joins Pacific Design Lab

Schneider Electric is proud to announce award winning designer Carmen He as the newest Industrial Designer in the Pacific Design lab based in Adelaide, Australia.

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Stylish container transformation in Marlborough

A Marlborough vineyard shipping container venue needed switches to complement its modern industrial look – an ideal job for Saturn Horizon. Corban Walls, director, engineer (& winner of The Block NZ), created the Pavilion using a container. He says the brushed black metal finish of Saturn Horizon is the perfect complement to the raw black steel of the container & its interior elements of wood, glass & ceramic.

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Creative home meets automated submarine

The sky’s the limit when it comes to home automation for Christchurch couple Wayne and Aimee. They installed C-Bus by Schneider Electric a decade ago and after starting small they have expanded their install and now use it to control nearly everything around the house, as well as their incredible submarine-themed theatre, and classic car showroom and workshop.

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Ben and Quinn’s Iconic Christchurch home

The transformation of a tired 1940s bungalow into a modern family home by former The Block NZ contestants Ben and Quinn Alexandre got the perfect finishing touch with the award-winning future-ready PDL Iconic switch range. The couple chose the switchgear after visiting Schneider Electric’s Vision Studio in Christchurch and falling in love with its sleek design, changeable faceplates and additional home automation features.

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PDL Iconic Switches

St Heliers home refresh

When Jim Gleeson of Refresh Renovations started work on the electrical renovation of the St Heliers house, he found it had old switches that were yellowed and damaged and in three different styles, which detracted from the overall presentation of the property. He suggested that the owners update the switch gear to a single style for a more streamlined look and to complement the light, bright interior.

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Inside a designers home

Auckland interior designer Donna Jones of The Design Option wanted to make strong statements when renovating her beautiful Kohimarama home, which features grand spaces and expansive views. As someone who loves to constantly update her surroundings, Donna was drawn to the PDL Iconic range with its changeable faceplates and the fact she could incorporate dimmers and USB chargers for added ambience and functionality.

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Switch up your Style

Your intrinsic sense of style is evident as soon as someone walks into your home. If it's expertly styled, all elements of a design will come together to give your home an inviting and comfortable feel.

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Quake rebuild to ultimate smart home

A trip to choose light switches for their modern, energy efficient new build turned into a plan for a full smart home for Christchurch couple Paul Williams and Alex Hazard, after a visit to PDL Vision Studio showed them what home automation could add to the project. See how the couple controls everything from lights through to sprinklers, from their smartphones or tablets. Smart and simple.

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Inspired? Here's what's next...

As with anything in your renovation, the earlier you start and the more you plan to your needs and budget the better! Explore important product and electrical considerations below.

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