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The home of a home solutions consultant

How did a home solutions consultant build her very own home?

Amy Griffiths and Nigel Green have a big, busy, bustling, blended family with four growing teenagers and two pugs. In July 2017, they brought the clan to Rolleston, Canterbury - one of the fastest growing regions in the South Island.

When it comes to building her own home, Amy knows exactly what she wants.

They needed a space big enough to accommodate the whole family while giving the kids their own space. Working with GJ Gardner, they modified the standard plan to build a single-level home with five bedrooms and an open plan kitchen.


Having fallen in love with the old villa look, Amy and Nigel incorporated the style into a design that could fit their budget. They decided to create feature décor with large ornate skirtings and architraves, as well as used a mixture of modern, worldly and natural timber throughout the house. A hardy groove board was put on two living room walls to create a wood panel look and give the space some texture.


The couple chose a dark colour scheme to pair with the décor, so they used Grey Friars by Resene on all the skirtings, doors, bathroom walls & master bedroom feature wall.

Being a home solutions consultant at PDL by Schneider Electric, Amy has consulted many homeowners and future homeowners about switchgear. She knew straight away the style of switchgear she wanted to use for the style of her home interior. Amy picked Saturn Horizon to match with the overall dark colour scheme which can still pop on lighter coloured walls, as well as the Saturn 250V with a glass look finish. The same profile and button shape of the switches allows for flexible mix-and-match throughout the same home. The words on the switches which indicate what each switch is for are a favourite feature for the family, as well as for visitors.


To keep up with the always-on need to charge a multitude of devices for six people, Amy and Nigel made use of the USB chargers offered by Saturn Horizon switchgear to increase efficient and convenient charging. The chargers are installed in all bedrooms, in the living and kitchen areas so the family never run out of places to charge.

“The switches and sockets have added such a sophisticated look to the house,” Amy said, “and we are constantly getting comments on how amazing they are, especially with the shinning LED lights.”

When asked about the future, Amy said their style is forever changing. They would love to design and build their next house themselves and take the best of this Rolleston home to the next one.

Looking for ideas, trends, or advice for your next home?

Visit PDL Vision Studios in Auckland and Christchurch pdl.co.nz/showroom

Auckland: Level 2, Building 6, 60 Highbrook Drive, East Tamaki, Auckland 2013
Christchurch: Level 2, 4 Hazeldean Road, Addington, Christchurch 8024

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