Mitchell Stewart

Mitchell Stewart
A motivated individual deeply passionate about making houses look good. We design, manufacture and install aluminium louvres and facades. If you are an architect, builder or home owner seeking inspiration, then lets talk. We're working day and night to make houses look good right across New Zealand.
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Creating an outdoor room with louvres

Posted by Mitchell Stewart on 6/27/22 9:16 AM

Outdoor living is a central part of New Zealand life and what was once restricted to the summer months is now attainable all-year-round, with the right outdoor living space. Creating an outdoor room is one good way to make the most of your backyard, all while extending your living area. And if done well, it will add to the aesthetics of a home and provide a real design statement.

This blog will give you the tips you need to get started with an outdoor room so that you can design an outdoor living space you'll love. We’ll also showcase how louvres and louvre roof systems can enhance an outdoor room, and provide you with a practical space that can be used in any season.

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Topics: Outdoor living, Opening louvre roofs

What influences the cost of aluminium louvres?

Posted by Mitchell Stewart on 5/30/22 2:37 PM

An outdoor shade structure is frequently found in the garden or patio of many a Kiwi home and it’s not hard to see why. With long hot summers and unpredictable weather in the cooler months, a shading solution like a louvre roof enables us to make the most of our backyards, and enjoy the best that nature has to offer.

We are commonly asked about the price of our louvre products, and in particular, the cost of an opening louvre roof. This can be hard to answer as no two opening louvre roofs are the same!

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Topics: Residential louvres, Opening louvre roofs

What is a loggia and why are they perfect for louvres?

Posted by Mitchell Stewart on 2/28/22 8:47 AM

There are many different terms commonly used in modern architecture to describe outdoor shading solutions. You will no doubt already be aware of a pergola structure and the various benefits that this can provide but what about a loggia?

While a loggia is not as widely known or referred to as a pergola, the benefits it can provide are strikingly similar. Here we outline the definition of a loggia and how it differs from other shade structures like a pergola or a veranda. We’ll also delve into the loggia’s place in modern residential design, and the louvre products that can be used to make a loggia come to life.

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Topics: Residential louvres, Opening louvre roofs

Aluminium vs glass, wood & plastic: which is best for louvres?

Posted by Mitchell Stewart on 2/8/22 9:01 AM

Louvres are continuing to grow in popularity across New Zealand. They provide a multitude of practical benefits like weather and rain protection as well as privacy and sun shading. They’re also commonly used by architects and designers for aesthetics, and to increase the street appeal and character of a home. Louvre blades were traditionally constructed from something like wood, however, as technology has evolved and residential houses have developed into even more elaborate designs, we are seeing many louvre manufacturers move to aluminium.

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Topics: Residential louvres, Louvre

How to reduce the risk of wind noise

Posted by Mitchell Stewart on 12/16/21 9:09 AM

With the ever-changing nature of the weather here in New Zealand we’ve all grown accustomed to four seasons in one day, and weather that can change in an instant. Weather conditions like strong winds can have a negative impact on our daily lives – ever tried walking along the waterfront on a windy day in Wellington? It’s by all means difficult, and incredibly noisy!

The noise that strong winds make has the ability to reverberate around us causing discomfort on a number of levels. Some residential buildings in fact are known to produce a noise similar to a whistle on windy days that if not fixed, can lead to severe occupant discomfort. And with many more people now working from home, the level of discomfort that can be caused by something like a whistling balcony will prove all too distracting during a work-from-home day.

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Topics: Outdoor living

Louvre PS1s: The Aurae process explained

Posted by Mitchell Stewart on 9/27/21 12:06 PM

As manufacturers of architectural louvre solutions, we know how important it is for architects to have access to the right documentation to be able to proceed with housing projects and new builds. From technical design files to documents to support building consent applications, there’s a lot that can be required to get a project underway.

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Topics: Residential louvres, Louvre

5 places to use louvres on a home

Posted by Mitchell Stewart on 8/2/21 11:21 AM

Whether you need street appeal or practicality for a home, louvres can be used in many versatile ways. With new builds in particular, the options are almost endless for the different ways that louvres can be used – from aesthetically pleasing designs to sun shading and privacy.

We’ve covered five common yet effective places that louvres can be used on the exterior of a home. Get inspired and see how you could use louvre blades for your next project below!

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Topics: Residential louvres, Louvre

Louvre or louver – what's in a name?

Posted by Mitchell Stewart on 5/19/21 2:01 PM

If you’ve been searching for a louvre shading system for a home or future project then you may have come across some different spellings of the word, throughout your searches. Common misspellings and different English spellings mean that louvres can be hard to find when doing a simple web search. While we refer to the popular shading system as a ‘louvre’ or ‘louvres’, we do see the spelling ‘louver’ appear from time to time. But is a louver the same as a louvre? What exactly is the difference between the two?

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Topics: Louvre

Launching the new dapple range of perforated screens

Posted by Mitchell Stewart on 3/22/21 7:57 AM

We’ve been working on something pretty exciting, and it’s finally time to share our latest innovation! As architectural louvre and facade specialists, we saw a gap in the market for rigorously wind tested decorative screens that could be used on residential homes and properties. Our new range of perforated screens ‘dapple’ have been designed to enhance the exterior of a home, all while showcasing a choreography of light.

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Topics: perforated screens

House design trends we expect to see in 2021

Posted by Mitchell Stewart on 2/15/21 12:15 PM

Trends come and go and every year we see an array of bold new house design trends emerge. 2020 saw some big changes in the way we live with many people spending more time at home than ever before. Some people are still working from home so their haven has also become their make-shift office. This newfound affinity with our homes has had many of us re-evaluating how we’re using our homes, how functional the spaces are, and even the design and colour choices that have been used.

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Topics: design inspiration

 

 

 

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