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10 Tips for buying new dream house – sticky

If you are looking to shift to a new house or want to renovate your existing one, the first thing you will need to think about is the painting. While it may be tempting to hire a professional to do it if you have never painted before, it will cost you a lot of money. Painting your own house allows you to experiment with something new and will help you save thousands of dollars.

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Havwoods Trekker Range – Composite Decking

LAUNCHED TODAY – the Trekker Range by Havwoods is available exclusively in NZ by ATS Timber.

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Trekker Decking & Cladding Boards

The Trekker range comprises of both decking and cladding boards suitable for both external and internal use. Passionate as we are about wood we are not convinced of its suitability for use as a decking product. Exposed to the elements timber can rot, warp, splinter and become highly slippery in the wet due to the growth of algae, but this attractive wood grain textured composite is made from wood and recycled plastic and so is far less susceptible. It is easy to install using fixing clips and even easier to maintain, requiring nothing more than an occasional wash with plain water. It is covered by a 15-year warranty and, thanks to negotiation with the manufacturer, is now even more cost-effective.

Trekker is UV treated for fade resistance so, although it will mellow slightly once installed, the colour will stabilise after just two or three weeks. Scratches may be lightly sanded and the colour will rapidly blend into the remaining deck or cladding.

Trekker Range by Havwoods

The Timber Book – NEW


Our all new Timber Book has arrived! Please contact our sales team for your free copy. Ph: 0508 22 77 22 or email

This Approved Reseller version is fully priced with wholesale pricing in it. A non priced Trade Version will be launched in September. Watch this space.

The Timber Book incorporates all our publications into one A5 hand book, full of inspiration and handy tips. Some key features of this exciting new development are:

  • H1.2 70 & 90mm dry beam range
  • Band sawn face pricing on most of the range
  • Direct-to-site freight option
  • H6 pricing for the Weka SG8 and Weka No.1 ranges
  • New Kingfisher Spruce beams and panelling range

Please don’t hesitate to contact us for availability, and pricing for our full range. Ph 0508 22 77 22



PBT with a full load of ATS Timber

Direct-to-site Freight

Save time and hassle and minimise the chance of damage from multiple handling. An exciting new development from the team at ATS Timber. We now offer a direct-to-site freight options in all the main metro centres in New Zealand including:

  • Auckland
  • Hamilton
  • Tauranga
  • Palmerston North
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch

All other regions are also available and will be priced on application. Call our sales team to discuss this on your next order. Priced on a simple-to-follow schedule that offers fixed costs in relation to the size of the order. Details of this will be featured in The Timber Book which will be launched in July. Watch this space.


Now PEFC™ Certified

ATS Timber is a certified supplier of PEFC™ CoC sustainable timber. The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC™) is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) through independent third-party certification.

PEFC™ works throughout the entire forest supply chain to promote good practice in the forest and to ensure timber and non-timber forest products are produced with respect for the highest ecological, social and ethical standards

With 36 endorsed national certification systems and more than 260 million hectares of certified forests, PEFC™ is the words largest forest certification system

View more about our certification programs.

Clyde Quay Wharf Commercial Supreme Award Winner 2015

Kakapo Clears skirting were used throughout this stunning project on Wellington’s waterfront. A custom size was done to meet specification and was painted on site in a gloss white to achieve a smart solid timber skirting through this amazing apartment complex.

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Clyde Quay Wharf was built by LT McGuinness, which had to strengthen the 100-year old passenger wharf underneath before construction could go ahead.

Designed by Athfield Architects, and engineered by Dunning Thornton, the redevelopment beat 33 other premium projects.

Judges called it a “design, engineering and construction masterpiece”.

“The project team ventured into thoroughly uncharted territory, and by building strong partnerships with the regulatory authorities and a whole range of local and international experts, have delivered a superbly detailed landmark building that is more than deserving of this accolade.”

The judges made special note of the project’s under-wharf basement carpark – thought to be the first of its kind in Australasia –which involved 205 piles and 28 individual, 90-tonne slabs cast above the level of high tide.

They also liked the mix of old and new in the development, which included the reuse of a number of heritage items found in the original building such as mosaic artworks, a world clock and the original spire.

Awards spokesperson Greg Pritchard says the winners represented the very best in New Zealand’s commercial property sector.

ATS Timber on LinkedIn

Our team has recently started using LinkedIn’s professional networking platform to grow contacts and share our company’s progress on social media. View and follow our company page. Click here.


LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network with over 347 million members in over 200 countries offers great opportunities to grow our network’s in the industry.

Along with our company page, each of our key staff have pages. Please click the following links to connect with them.

We welcome any reviews and feedback.

Spruce Interesting Facts

We have compiled some very interesting facts and history behind Spruce timber. Enjoy!….

Spruce Beer

Spruce tips have been used in the brewing process for hundreds of years. In fact, they were one of the main additions in beer before people learned about brewing with hops! Spruce tips add a fresh, bright aroma. The fresh, tender tips have a mellow pine scent and a crisp flavor. A number of refreshing flavors are associated with spruce-flavored beverages, ranging from floral, citrusy, and fruityto cola-like flavors to resinous and piney. This diversity in flavor mainly comes from the choice of spruce species, the season in which the needles are harvested, and the manner of preparation. Lighter, more citrus-like flavors are produced by using mult981-Empire_Bottling_Works_Spruce_Beerthe bright green fresh spring growth before the new needles and twigs harden and become woody, which is right when we pick ‘em!

The fresh shoots of many spruces and pines are a natural source of vitamin C (which helps the stability of the finished beer). Captain Cook made alcoholic sugar-based spruce beer during his sea voyages in order to prevent scurvy in his crew. Recently spruce has been used as a flavoring ingredient in commercial beer such as Alba Scots Pine Ale and Alaskan Brewing Company’s Winter Ale and Wigram Brewing Company’s Spruce Beer, which is based on Captain Cooks first beer brewed in New Zealand in 1773.

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The ‘Spruce Goose’

The largest airplane ever constructed, and flown only one time, the Spruce Goose represents one of man’s greatest attempts to conquer the skies. It was born out of a need to move troops and material across the Atlantic Ocean, where in 1942, German submarines were sinking hundreds of Allied ships. Henry Kaiser, steel magnate and shipbuilder, conceived the idea of a massive flying transport and turned to Howard Hughes to design and build it. Hughes took on the task, made even more challenging by the government’s restrictions on materials critical to the war effort, such as steel and aluminum. Six times larger than any aircraft of its time, the Spruce Goose, also known as the Flying Boat, is made entirely of wood.

Originally designated HK-1 for the first aircraft built by Hughes-Kaiser, the giant was re-designated H-4 when Henry Kaiser withdrew from the project in 1944. Nevertheless, the press insisted on calling it the “Spruce Goose” despite the fact that the plane is made almost entirely of birch.

spruce-goose-imageThe winged giant made only one flight on November 2, 1947. The unannounced decision to fly was made by Hughes during a taxi test. With Hughes at the controls, David Grant as co-pilot, and several engineers, crewmen and journalists on board, the Spruce Goose flew just over one mile at an altitude of 70 feet for one minute. The short hop proved to skeptics that the gigantic machine could fly.

Perhaps always dreaming of a second flight, Hughes retained a full crew to maintain the mammoth plane in a climate-controlled hangar up until his death in 1976.

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Christmas Tree

Spruce is one of the most popular Christmas Tree options in the northern hemisphere.

Enorway_spruce_christmas_treevery year at Christmas time, a tree is placed in the Rockefeller Center in New York City.  They look for the largest, most beautiful tree they can find.  Year after year their favorite is the Norway Spruce.  Its strong branches are able to hold up the thousands of lights and ornaments, and being outside the needles stay on the tree for a long time. The tallest tree ever used was a 100-foot Norway Spruce from Killingworth, Conn. in 1948.  After X-mas the tree is cut into lumber and used to build a house.

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The Norway spruce tree is one of the fastest growing varieties of evergreens, and only takes about 3 years to grow to Christmas tree height. Under good conditions, these trees can grow up to 3 feet a year for the first 25 years. They’re also dense, making them a great choice for a privacy barrier or wind screen. The Norway spruce is hardy as well, and can withstand drought conditions.

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The Wright Brothers

A recently discovered letter from the Wright Cycling Co. reveals spruce grown in West Virginia was used to build frames for the Wright brothers’ first flying machines.

1903_Wright_Brothers_Flyer_FrontThe typewritten letter dated March 5, 1904, and hand-signed by Wilbur Wright as the “Wright Cycling Co.” in Dayton, indicates the brothers were searching for 500 feet of “the finest possible” spruce, free of knots with grain “free from twist.”

“We have found it impossible to obtain this lumber in our local yards,” the letter states. “Can you supply our need?”

Apparently the West Virginia Spruce Lumber Co. in Cass had what the Wrights needed.

Check stubs housed at Wright State University Libraries indicate the Wright brothers purchased $45 worth of lumber from West Virginia Spruce three weeks later, said Dawne Dewey, director of public history and head of special collections and archives.

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Old Tjikko

This ancient, 16-foot tall Norway spruce lives in the scrubby Fulufjället Mountains Old_Tjikko_imagein Sweden. At 9,550 years, Old Tjikko is the oldest single-stemmed clonal tree, and took root not long after the glaciers receded from Scandinavia after the last ice age. To figure out the hardy spruce’s age, scientists carbon-dated its roots. For thousands of years, the forbidding tundra-climate kept Old Tjikko in shrub form. But as weather warmed over the last century, the shrub has grown into a full-fledged tree. The spruce’s discoverer, geologist Leif Kullman, named the tree after his dead dog.

Image: Copyright Leif Kullman.

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Snowy Spruce and Pine Forest, looking up

The Real (Green) Deal

Dutch lead fresh sustainability push

The door is closing quickly against timber suppliers who don’t have certifiable proof that their products are from sustainably managed forests.

And even if they can reference a national certification scheme, it better be endorsed by PEFC™ or FSC® or it probably won’t have the necessary ‘cred’. That’s the clear picture emerging from big timber importing markets in Europe.

The fact that major tropical hardwood lumber suppliers to the EU such as Malaysia, Brazil and Ghana have seen their sales plunge to unprecedented lows over the past 18 months has as much to do with new sustainability and legality regulations as it has the depressed European economy.

Even a traditionally ‘safe’ source of hardwood such as the US may be in the firing line. Although that country’s vast natural forests of oak, walnut, maple, cherry and the like are undeniably managed on a sustainable basis, very few are third-party certified.

All of which makes the Dutch Government’s recently announced ‘Green Deal’ campaign of special significance. The Netherlands is a major EU entry point for hardwoods and the Green Deal signed in June with 26 of the country’s industry associations – plus support from trade unions, construction, furniture and retail companies – seems to shut the door on non-certified timber imports.

The Green Deal documents how signatories will promote timber from sustainably managed forests.

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‘Sociable Fire Station’ featuring Spruce, Austria

What better illustration of wood as a fire-resistant material than using it to build a fire station? Gsottbauer architects have built their modern take over two floors and clad the facade in silver spruce, giving a look that is typical of buildings in the rural parish of Gnadenwald in Austria.

The top floor of the fire station is a popular clubhouse built in cross laminated timber. The fire station proper and vehicle bays are made from reinforced concrete. The interiors on both the ground floor and upper floor have walls, ceilings and floors lined with silver spruce to give a spacious uniformity. The exterior is also clad in spruce panelling. Maintenance-free zinc has been fitted just to a few exposed sections of the roof.

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Global Home Design Website –

ATS Timber has become a Pro on the global home design website

A platform for home remodelling and design it is now a community of more than 25 million. This amazing website brings together architects, homeowners and home professionals in a uniquely visual community.

It is now used in over 197 countries worldwide and is the perfect tool to showcase the amazing projects we have supplied specialised timber products into. As well as that we have set up inspiration ‘ideabooks‘ that feature incredible timber projects from around the world to spark of great ideas on how you can incorporate timber into your next project.

With over 5 million images of home projects from around the world you are sure to find the ideas and inspiration you have been searching for.

Follow our Houzz Profile today to learn more about out projects and get inspired!