Optimising the property value – Cockle Bay unit renovation

March 22, 2021

Optimising the property value – Cockle Bay unit renovation

by | Mar 22, 2021 | Bathroom Renovations, Home Renovations, Kitchen Renovations, South East Auckland

Maximizing The Space

Our clients at this address wanted to update the style and feel of their Cockle Bay unit. With a growing family, they wanted to maximize the space that they had and optimize the value of the property as they would be likely to sell in the future to accommodate their need for more space. With that in mind, we were able to discuss their needs and prioritize their renovations, respecting their budget and the value of their property in the area they lived in. We at Maintain To Profit southeast Auckland take a whole picture approach to renovating a home and we understand that every project has its own unique set of criteria.
Scope of Work: Our clients decided to renovate the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry while updating the full interior of this home.


kitchen before renovation - Cockle Bay, east Auckland
kitchen before full house renovation- Cockle Bay, east Auckland

The existing kitchen had a breakfast bar which limited the flow of the open-plan area. In the kitchen, we closed off what was the fridge space and laundry. We removed all fixtures and designed an “L” shape layout. When we took the breakfast bar away we were able to carry the cabinetry along the back wall of the kitchen living and we made use of the wall height so we could actually have more storage though we took up less room. The space where the breakfast bar had been could now be used for a dining table.

open space after full house renovation in Cockle Bay, east Auckland
renovated kitchen - Cockle Bay, east Auckland

We completely replaced the original kitchen with:

  • – standard white melamine cabinets
  • – German-made hardware
  • – soft close hinges and drawers with recessed handles
  • – custom made composite stone benchtop
  • – modern look white mosaic tile for the splashback

The overall look is clean and fresh and completely rejuvenates the space.


There had been some unusual changes made to the interior in the bathroom laundry area, with a home of this vintage it is often the case that changes are made over the years, sometimes for better, but in this case, they didn’t suit the current lifestyle of the owners. The laundry had been moved into the kitchen with a partition in the bathroom. The refrigerator had also been cut into the bathroom area so the bathroom felt cramped and the toilet was in a small niche.

We decided to restore the laundry into the bathroom and made space for a machine under the bench with cabinetry for storage. The simple white look would match in with the clean bathroom feel. For the electrical work, we replaced the light fittings with LED downlights, upgraded the switchboard, and installed extra sockets in the home.

We renovated the bathroom installing a new shower and toilet. We installed a double wall mount vanity where the old shower had been and installed a similar-looking mosaic tile on the wall with the vanity. Then laundry cabinetry was custom made to match the kitchen. By removing the nib wall and bringing the cabinetry in we also opened up access to the full window which had been cut off before. The result was a lighter and more open space.

before and after - bathroom renovation in Cockle bay, east Auckland

Rimu Floors Restoration

We fully removed the wallpaper from the interior of the house and plastered the walls where required throughout the home, the owners preferred to complete their own painting. Under the existing carpet was beautiful rimu flooring, we were able to restore the beautiful character by sanding back and polishing the floors in the kitchen-living and bathroom areas. We replaced the carpet in the bedrooms.

living room after full house renovation, Cockle bay, Auckland

Feedback From Our Client

“From the first consultation, we knew that Ramin & Ruth had the knowledge and experience to carry out the renovation on our 1960s house and we are very glad to have worked with them. Their project management was exceptional, our project was completed within the 4weeks as advised. Ramin worked with us to meet our budget, there was minimal variation from the initial quote, and was very accommodating to the minor changes we made along the way. Our renovations turned out better than we had anticipated and we are absolutely thrilled. Thank you, Ramin and Ruth, look forward to working with you again on our next house.”

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before renovation and after renovation image - east Auckland, Cockle Bay. Another great renovation by Maintain to profit, south east Auckland

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