South East Auckland Renovation Before and After

Walking into your home and sighing because you just wish it was more modern, you wish there wasn’t so much that needed repairing or you wish it was no longer a dated shade of orange is never a good sign. Although you can choose whatever design or colour you like for your home, when you choose bold colours and designs you are usually left wanting to change them after a few years. Change = money. If you stick with the tried and true method of functionality, practicality and neutral tones you will find that you get much better value for money. Our client came to Renovations NZ wanting to update their house. Although there was a neutral palate with white walls and wooden detailing, the kitchen was tired, the carpet had lost its tension and had started to ripple and overall the house looked worn. Ramin and his team got to work. Whilst the floor design worked when the house was built, our client found that each room in the living area was quite cut off from the next. This left the living areas feeling disjointed. If you were in the Kitchen it was difficult to talk to people in the Lounge and if you were cooking in the Kitchen there was no way to keep an eye on what the kids were doing in the Lounge.   After checking that the walls were not load bearing, Ramin opened up the wall that separated the Lounge from the Dining Room. This gave a much better sense of space and a lot more actual room for people to enjoy. When...

Looking At Renovating In South East Auckland?

Looking At Renovating In South East Auckland?
If you live in the South East in Auckland and are considering your home, you are in the right place. Renovations NZ are specialists in home renovations and rebuilding in the whole South East Auckland area. From Dury to Botany, Papakura, Takanini and everything in between, we can help you begin your home renovation. So no matter whether you live in Otara, East Tamaki or even Whitford, you can be sure that we will be answering your call and will be ready to help you begin your home build. In the past we have helped many people from areas such as Clevedon, Ardmore, Maraetai and Beachlands build their dream homes and complete their renovations with efficiency, to budget and within timeframe. From single room renovations such as bathrooms and kitchens, being the most popular ones, to extensions and complete home rebuilds. Nothing is beyond the reach of our building team! South Auckland is becoming quite a popular building area with many new homes building built around areas such as Bombay, Flatbush and Pukekohe. Many people are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Auckland City and are moving to the outer regions like Clover Park, Goodwood Heights and Alfriston for a more quiet life at a lower cost. With all this building taking place, why not get started on your own? Our renovations service covers all of these areas: East Tamaki Botany Flatbush Otara Takanini Papakura Drury Whitford Clevedon Hunua Pukekohe What can we help you with? From design to the handing over the key, we are able to manage the entire project for you. So if you...

Who Is Considered A “Renovation Specialist”?

Who Is Considered A “Renovation Specialist”?
Often when we want someone who really knows their “stuff” we turn to a specialist. A specialist is generally a person held in high regard for their workmanship or knowledge in a certain area. Our expectations of a specialist are high and the outcomes a specialist achieves are better than a person with a general overall knowledge of a topic. So, with this in mind, who is considered a “renovation specialist”? To answer this, we should look at the definitions of both words, “renovation” and “specialist”. An online dictionary defines “renovate” as to restore to good condition, make new or as if new again, or repair. It can also mean to reinvigorate, refresh, or revive. It is used in the context of an object. The same dictionary describes a “specialist” as a person who concentrates primarily on a particular subject or activity, a person highly skilled in a specific and restricted field. So it fits to define a Renovation Specialist as a person, team or company who are highly skilled in reinvigorating an object. Renovations NZ have teams throughout New Zealand from Northland to Southland and everywhere in between of renovation specialists. Our people work day in and day out specifically on renovation projects. This constant exposure to renovations provides constant on the job training and helps us to create very strong teams of highly skilled renovators in the building field. It doesn’t matter whether you are looking to do just a bathroom renovation or a complete home renovation, we are the team for the job! If your renovation uncovers an unknown hazard, a tricky situation, a migraine sized problem, you can rest assured that Renovations NZ will...

Renovation At Fairlane Ave

Updating an older style home need not be a major mission. With some good choices and a great team behind your renovation you can achieve fantastic results. Over time homes become tired and dated looking. Day to Day living with people give them a rather worn-in feel – which can be homely or depressing. The line is rather fine. Our customers at Fairlands Avenue, Waterview asked Renovations NZ to rescue their house and make it a 2016 worthy home again. Check out the results! Seeing as the home had original hardwood flooring, it was a great choice to strip this back and re-polyurethane the wood to bring it back to its former glory. Often re-polyurethaning hardwood – if it is still in good condition – is a great investment. It is also a preferred choice if people in your home suffer from allergies. It does not harbour mites or collect dust like carpet does so is a healthier choice. We kept the colour palette for the walls a simple, modern, light grey. This reflects the sunlight that comes into the room and helps keep it bright and spacious feeling. Instead of pendant style lighting fixtures we went with modern downlights which work well with the contemporary feel of the home. The kitchen just screams WOW. It is contemporary, modern, with sleek lines and great usability. Choosing drawers for storage instead of cupboards is a great way of utilising space better – especially for those inconvenient kitchen items like pots and pans. Many home cooks complain of not having enough bench space – this is one thing you can’t complain...

Renovations NZ Opens Up In The Waikato Operating With Its HQ Out Of Hamilton

Renovations NZ Opens Up In The Waikato Operating With Its HQ Out Of Hamilton
Renovations NZ is always striving ahead to meet the demands of New Zealand’s people when it comes to building renovations and design. One of the fastest growing regions in New Zealand is the Waikato. Within the Waikato region, Hamilton is growing at an exponential rate. Back in 2014 it was suggested that 26 families a week were moving into the area with the North East being developed and gaining popularity. Currently, Hamilton has New Zealand’s fourth largest urban area, and is one of our fastest growing cities. Both urban and northern migration are key factors in Hamilton’s growth as people are drawn to the city for employment and education. Hamilton is located in the heart of the Waikato, one of New Zealand’s richest Agricultural regions. The Waikato is New Zealand’s highest export region and accounts for around 20% of the country’s total exports. Agriculture, biotechnology, light innovation, transport logistics, science research and education dominate most of Hamilton’s economy but other industrial sectors such as manufacturing and retail are emerging and provide a diverse employment environment in the city. Many “greenfield” areas have been opened up for development. The middle of 2016 saw 3400 plots available for building with more in the pipeline to allow for further city development. This expansion and the movement of people from places like Auckland to the perceived more economically friendly Waikato area has increased demands for building companies and their labourers. When expansion in an area takes off, it is always good to be in the middle of it all. Because of the stability of the area, and the likely ongoing expansion, Renovations NZ...

Before and After – Renovation Ellen Avenue Hillcrest

Before and After – Renovation Ellen Avenue Hillcrest
When stepping into Ellen Avenue Hillcrest, you could be forgiven for thinking that you had fallen through a time warp. Tones of peach, orange, yellow and brown set the scene throughout this house. It had been some time since any updates had been made and time had not been kind to this solid little building. Maintain to Profit were brought on board to see what could be done to make this house back into a welcoming, enjoyable home. We think the before and after shots showcase the transformation perfectly. The Lounge Orange. The lounge was orange. From the wallpaper to the carpet and the time worn ceilings – this room needed a makeover! Maintain to Profit stripped the wallpaper off the walls and prepped them for painting, filling any dents and sanding before painting the walls and ceiling white. Because this room was not a large space, having white walls and ceiling instead of contrasting walls and ceiling invites light into the room. The orange carpet you see in the lounge was throughout the house. It was dated, worn and quite unsightly. This carpet (and colour!) was removed and a new soft, hard wearing carpet was re-laid in a very muted grey tone.  By keeping muted colours in a home, this allows your colour scheme to last almost forever and you can give your home it’s own personalised touch by using pops of color in your furniture and décor. In the long run it is a much cheaper way of staying close to the current trends than having to completely redecorate. The Master Bedroom   The master bedroom is...

Erson Avenue Royal Oak, Auckland Renovation

Erson Avenue  Royal Oak, Auckland Renovation
What can you do when your budget simply can’t stretch to update your bathroom or kitchen but you want to renovate your home? The answer is simple – do the rest! But how do you incorporate older looking elements in your home to a fresh new interior scheme? Our project at Erson Avenue is a great example of this. Our clients at Erson Avenue did not want to change the existing kitchen or bathroom features but wanted to modernise everything else. As you look through the pictures from our renovation you’ll see that each room looks crisp, modern and bright. This can easily be achieved at your property with the right colour choices and finishes. The kitchen at Erson Avenue was not worn and was in good shape. As the kitchen was not a large space, and the clients finances did not allow for a new kitchen design or installation, we replaced the flooring with modern wood look vinyl and painted the walls, ceiling and window frames. A new tiled backsplash was installed behind the oven and bench to provide a more serviceable and easy to clean surface. A new air extractor was installed above the oven to reduce the amount of moisture in the air whilst cooking and to remove any food smells from lingering in the kitchen. The bathroom kept the original shower, vanity and toilet. But by replacing the flooring with new vinyl that had tan, black and grey undertones it helps to tie in the older looking features and make them look not so out of place. The fireplace was replaced with an air conditioning...

Sunnynook home and bathroom renovation

Sunnynook home and bathroom renovation
The Sunnynook Road complete home and bathroom renovation is a great example of how “doing up” your existing home can reap fantastic rewards! Often people think about renovating and decide it is just too hard and there’s too much work to be done and give up. This is where having a chat with us at Maintain to Profit can really pay off. Bathroom before renovation Bathroom after renovation Have a look at the before and after photos for our project at Sunnynook Road. This property had seen a lot of life lived between its’ four walls. In fact, so much life had been lived in it, the interior hadn’t been touched since it was built. It has been some time since bright pumpkin orange has been seen as the height of interior design and yet this gorgeous colour was found everywhere throughout this house! Typical for the age of house there were lots of dividing walls to separate spaces, however all this really serves to do is close in the light and provides no real sight lines or a feeling of space in an otherwise large home. The paint on the walls had thinned with age – or perhaps only one coat was ever applied and the walls looked dark and unclean because of it. The carpets had worn over time and were threadbare in places. There were various stains throughout the house that no amount of carpet cleaning was ever going to remove. The rooms that had wallpaper, had wallpaper that had sustained damage with parts torn off and others lifting away from the walls where the glue...

Recent Wordsworth Road Renovation

Recent Wordsworth Road Renovation
Renovations NZ and the team were contacted by a homeowner, whose property in Wordsworth Road was in need of repair and renovation. Ramin met with the homeowner and they discussed what the needs were in the home and what the homeowner wanted to accomplish by the end of the project. Some before and after photos from the Wordsworth Road project are below. Take a look through and see the transformation for yourself. The Kitchen Although not in terrible disrepair, the kitchen of this property was looking tired. The cabinets had ingrained grime and the tiled back-splash certainly was in need of an update. Some of the cabinet doors had long fallen off and were nowhere to be found.                           There was a doorway that lead directly into the kitchen. This was blocked off and the kitchen gained well needed space. This allowed for extra storage and new cabinetry. The colour scheme was kept neutral so that the scheme would not age so well as colour trends change in the future and new hardwood laminate flooring was installed. This instantly freshened the area and is a practical solution to a high traffic area like a kitchen. The Dining Room The dining room was stuck in an 80s time warp. The yellow stained glass and brown joinery made a tired, cramped space look and feel much smaller than it truly was. What a transformation! Ramin and his team extended the hardwood laminate flooring from the kitchen all the way through to the Dining Room. This elongates both spaces and gives...

Bathrooms from design to renovation

Bathrooms from design to renovation
No other space in your house will reflect your personality more than your bathroom. It is important that your bathroom reflects the best quality, workmanship and style that your budget can afford. Your bathroom is the one space in your home that can truly set your mood for the rest of the day. With this in mind, when it comes to home improvements there are a few more satisfying than renovating your bathroom. Many people believe they can take on home renovations by themselves however, spending the time and choosing an experienced designer and then contractors will repay you by making a tough project a truly positive experience. Legalities New Zealand has a strict building code and most renovations will need a building consent. Your designer will guide you and in most cases make the applications on your behalf, if they are required. Even if you don’t need building consent, the building work will still need to comply with the Building Code. Under the Building Act 2004, building work (relevant to alterations and renovations) which requires consent includes: Alterations, additions and structural repairs to existing buildings, for example, removing or changing structural load-bearing walls. In some cases, you will need consent to replace all wall linings at once as they may serve a structural purpose. Repairs to leaking buildings also require a consent as does the installation of insulation to existing external walls. The demolition of existing buildings and structures. The removal or relocation of existing buildings. Sitework, for example, earthworks for a new extension. The construction of decks where a person can fall more than 1.5 metres or...