Installation of log fires provided a boost to the number of building consents issued in Marlborough last month, despite summer usually being a quiet time for fireplace installers.
Heating Marlborough owner Peter Cairns said his business was usually quiet during the summer, however "for some reason this year it's been a bit crazy".
"We're usually looking for things to do, it's certainly an unusual time of year to be busy for us . . . possibly could put it down to the earthquakes, a few more fires going in and replacement ones.
"We're also coming out of the recession so people are starting to spend money again," he said.
Twenty-two solid fuel consents were issued by the Marlborough District Council in November, up from 13 for the same month in 2012 and seven for October this year.
There were a total of 90 building consents issued last month, with the total solid fuel consents only beaten in number by the 24 housing addition consents issued.
Despite 11 more consents issued in November than October, the value of consents dropped by nearly $8 million.
October was boosted by a $9.2m consent for the remainder of the ASB Theatre.
The value of the consents came to a total of $7,237,307.30, down from nearly $9m in November 2012 and $14.5m in November 2011.
Eight new houses, 18 outbuildings and six commercial consents were issued last month.
- The Marlborough Express