Character Plus – Bungalow living areas renovation

Character Plus – Bungalow living areas renovation
  Transformations of old, character homes are some of our most favorite renovation projects. The combination of the old character features with new designs looks stunning, and the final result is exceptional.   The focus of this bungalow renovation was the main living areas and the flooring throughout the house. Living Areas Transformation The renovation of the living areas evolved around the heart of the house – the kitchen. The kitchen area was re-gibbed, we installed new lighting, tiled the splashback, and painted all the living areas. Placemakers supplied the kitchen cabinets as the owners had an established relationship with their kitchen designers. The new kitchen compliments the character of the house and looks very classy Hardwood Floors Restoration A huge difference was also made by sanding and polishing all the hardwood floors. The polyurethane coating will protect the floors against scratches. With regular maintenance cleaning, a floor finish can last up to 10 years. Switchboard Upgrade Part of the renovation was also installing a new switchboard. The house had the old type of switchboard with the wire fuses, which don’t work well to protect against fatal electrical shocks. Please check out Maintain South East Auckland  Facebook page or our blog to learn more about the switchboard hazard.       Please email Maintain To Profit South East Auckland or give us a call on 022 071 9540 to request a FREE, no-obligation quote for your renovation or maintenance project....

Kitchen Renovations Layout Ideas To Get You Started

Kitchen Renovations Layout Ideas To Get You Started
Here in the Waikato, kitchen and bathroom renovations make up the bulk of our work, and for good reason. Upgrading one of these rooms is the easiest way to bring some luxury into your life and boost the value of your home. However, with so many design choices it can be hard to make a start. So, we’ve decided to make a handy guide to start you off in the right direction for starting your kitchen renovations. Home Layout Probably the most important factor that will influence the design of your new kitchen is the size and shape of your house. Different homes have different layouts, meaning there is no single ‘best’ kitchen for everyone. Those living in an open-plan tend to have a lot more space to work with, and find themselves flowing from kitchen to living space fluidly. A large kitchen island would be a perfect design decision to compliment the living style encouraged by open-plan living. Those in a smaller home might want to have a think about how they use their kitchen. Do you need a large hob, or can you get away with something smaller in favour of more room on the counter-top? The golden triangle for kitchen renovations If you are totally stumped on planning the layout of your kitchen, a great starting point is the golden triangle. This simple design principle basically breaks your kitchen down into 3 key areas of interest: The stove, the sink, and the fridge. Using the golden triangle one would place these 3 things within a couple steps of each other in a triangular shape. Overall, there...

2 Home Renovations Tips for a Cosier Home

2 Home Renovations Tips for a Cosier Home
Home renovations are more than just upgrading the kitchens and bathrooms. Although popular and great for first time renovators, the real magic of home renovations is the ability to transform a living space into a cozy livable home. Too often are homes built cheaply with little consideration given to interior design. We’re going to share some secrets to achieving a cozy living space that are sure to make you happy or boost your properties value drastically. Lighting Lighting is one of the most important and overlooked aspects of home renovations. After all, it is easy to imagine what removing a wall might do to the space, but how will a well place light bring life to that space. We are a huge fan of installing pendant lights. A pendant light with a nice shade will give a soft even glow to a room. They also help to create spaces in larger environments. Placing the dining table under a pendant light can help separate the space in one’s mind from the lounge just a few paces away. Downlights with a dimmable switch are a must have in every room. The ability to control the mood of the room brings a unique level of adaptability. The ability to watch a movie with just a little bit of glow brings another level of warmth and coziness to the home. All Home Renovations Need Colour White walls are a popular design choice in many modern homes and for a good reason. White walls make a space feel clean and more spacious. However, the main reason for white walls is safety. It’s hard for...

Bathroom renovations: Space versus saleability

Bathroom renovations: Space versus saleability
Kiwis chasing the ultimate luxury in bathrooms are renovating in record numbers as New Zealand moves into summer. However, one renovations company is advising homeowners on how their bathroom renovations decisions may impact their ability to sell. Urging homeowners to consider that a successful future sale may well hinge on what they do with their bathroom now. Mark Trafford, managing director and founder of national renovations franchise Maintain To Profit, says it’s not unusual to have to remind homeowners to consider the needs of future buyers when renovating. “For example, a couple whose kids are all grown up and out of the home may ask us to remove the bath to free up space. The only trouble with that is that when the house is sold one day, you’re potentially ruling out young families who need a bath for the kids. “You can’t bathe a baby in the shower.” Trafford says the desire to make a bathroom bigger is understandable, particularly in a time when big bathrooms are fashionable, but there are other ways achieve a sense of space. “Bathrooms are by far our most popular renovation, so we have a lot of experience turning small pokey bathrooms into beautiful functional spaces. For example, nobody really wants a toilet in the bathroom but separating out the toilet and bathroom won’t necessarily make your bathroom look smaller if done properly.” Trafford says you could split the bathroom and toilet with a divider or separate the two entirely by perhaps sacrificing a cupboard. “You want enough functionality and space to move freely, but you also want to create the impression of...

Deck Renovation: Start Now For Summer

Deck Renovation: Start Now For Summer
With Summer approaching fast, it might be time to get a move on that much needed deck renovation. With building supply shortages and the potential for summer lockdowns it is the best time to renovate your deck so you can have a space to kick it back in the heat. West Auckland summers are best spent on the deck with a BBQ after all. Why start now? If you’ve seen any headlines over the past few months then you will have read about the building supply shortages plaguing the industry. Timber has been one of the hardest materials to source for building and renovators. This makes the job of building a deck rather hard, seeing as they’re typically made of wood. Getting a head start could be the difference between you getting your project completed in time for summer and not. Amendments to building consents have doubled since 2020. As many builders are forced to change plans to incorporate alternative materials that are more readily available. With materials taking weeks and sometimes months to arrive, early planning is your best bet. Many building companies are already beginning to enact waiting lists for clients. Our advice is to get in contact with a team like Maintain To Profit early and have your finances sorted now. That way extensive plans can be made and materials ordered. Decking timber in particular is still facing a three-to-six month lag. So even with early planning that dream summer deck renovation may still be out of reach. It is best to get in contact with a renovation specialist sooner rather than later if you have...

How Your Renovation Can Survive Building Supply Shortages

How Your Renovation Can Survive Building Supply Shortages
Long delays in sourcing building material could mean home renovators risk not even starting their project until 2022. Mark Trafford, the managing director and founder of the national renovations franchise Maintain To Profit, said that with New Zealand’s borders shut and serious shipping delays at the country’s largest ports, Kiwis are still facing a perhaps three-to-six-month lag to get even some of the simplest building materials like decking timber. “There is still a huge problem with supply. The entire building sector is struggling to source decking timber, framing timber, GIB Aqualine (for bathrooms and wet areas) and other key products. “And it’s not just imported versions of these materials. Timber and decking products manufactured in New Zealand are also clogged up,” Trafford said. Many construction materials have already experienced considerable jumps in price this year. The delays are having a serious impact on lead times too. For instance, a pallet of plywood used to take two days to receive, but now it can take two weeks. Trafford said appliances can also take dozens of weeks to arrive in the country. “It’s a juggling act to get this sorted out. This week the delays might be for framing, next week it will be for appliances, and the next week after will be something else. It just doesn’t stop,” he said. The supply problem is now so acute that building companies both large and small are beginning to enact waiting lists for clients. If a renovator hasn’t organised their finances, the builder will often move on to another client that has. “It is still tough out there. Depending on the materials,...

Bathroom Renovation – Design for Functionality

Bathroom Renovation – Design for Functionality
Bathroom renovations are the most common type of renovation for New Zealand homes and for good reason. There is nothing worse than an ugly or nonfunctional bathroom. So, this Waikato home decided to overhaul their bathroom design with a renovation from Maintain To Profit. Everything from the shower and vanity to the tiling and lights. Balance style and Functionality Interior design is one of the most important considerations for any renovation. Picking a style can make or break the success of your bathroom renovation. When it comes to the bathroom, a room of utility, finding a design that lies between style and functionality is key. For this reason, tiles are your friend. Tiles can give texture and colour, but are easy to clean and water resistant. Furthermore, they are very cost effective and last a lifetime with minimal wear. The vanity is another important design choice. The current trend in bathroom design is the floating vanity. These vanities are attached to the wall rather than resting on the floor. Besides the modern look, this design choice offers the advantage of making the space feel bigger. If you have a small bathroom this is a great choice. However, even if your bathroom is large, making the space feel even bigger is never a bad thing and is a smart choice for any bathroom renovation. Attention to detail An incredibly small detail is in the design of the shower. A small shelf was recessed into the wall to give space for soaps etc. Many showers lack this tiny detail but it makes for a world of difference. Maintain To Profit is...

Kiwi renovations: Three ways to party after 10

Kiwi renovations: Three ways to party after 10
The average Kiwi is dining out less in favour of socialising with friends and family at home, a trend reflected in the home renovations and maintenance market where spending is going the way of bigger kitchens and new entertainment areas – but noise is a problem. Homeowners have discovered the joys of home cooking and hanging out. Kitchen make-overs, bar areas, swimming pools and new entertainment rooms – complete with pool table – are the trend at the moment, along with home gyms. However, these improvements raise the challenge of finding ways to be less disruptive after 10pm. While Covid-19 may be turning most of us into homebodies, most seem to have decided to make the most of it by transforming our homes into places where we can live, work, play and exercise. Unfortunately, these kinds of activities generate noise, and if homeowners want to get the best out of their homes, they need to take into consideration the needs of their neighbours. 1. Soundproofing Increasingly, homeowners are looking to soundproof parts of the house, like the gym and entertainment areas. A practical idea would be to have a dedicated entertainment room lined with noise control plasterboard that is purpose made to dampen sound. The same goes for the home gym. Music and loud weights slamming down on the floor can be very disruptive. If you want a home gym, it has to be a place you want to go and train. Systems, climate control, lighting and music will make the difference between wanting to go into the home gym or avoiding it. 2. Weatherstripping for interior doors You may...

West Auckland Home Extension on a Tight Budget

West Auckland Home Extension on a Tight Budget
Adding an extension onto your West Auckland home can be a large and expensive undertaking. So, it’s important to consider a few factors to make the most of your money and avoid running over budget. Factors such as planning, size, materials and most importantly who you will work with. Finding a renovation expert might actually be the most important as they can properly inform you on the process. Size of Home Extension Interestingly, smaller builds tend to be more expensive per square metre than larger renovations as the overheads such as council permits stay the same. What this means is that it might be worth saving to go big because a lot of your costs are in simply setting up a renovation. Otherwise you might find the overheads determine the size of your extension for you. In the case of this West Auckland home, the owner only wanted to add a small bathroom, but found going a bit bigger allowed for more options without increasing their budget drastically. Concept Drawings Strong planning is always the backbone of any renovation, and in the case of concept drawings may actually be required depending on the size of your renovation. Not only do concept drawings show what the finished renovation will look like, but it acts as a guide for the budget of the renovation.  For the West Auckland home extension, the owner came to us with concept drawings completed with consent given. This allowed us to stick to the plan set out and quote a build for their tight budget. Materials The last step of a home extension renovation is building...

Bathroom Renovation – What Can I Get Done at My Budget?

Bathroom Renovation – What Can I Get Done at My Budget?
Tired of the same bathroom design? Do you have a dated bath? What about your bathroom walls and lighting fixtures? If you’re not happy with what you see, you need to plan your next bathroom renovation project. And what better way to start it than setting your budget so you know what sort of upgrades you can afford or how you can finance your project. As your home improvement partner, we want to help you conceptualize your bathroom improvements based on your budget. Hopefully, our quick budget guide below can help you figure out what to include in your plans. $10,000 – $20,000 Think a $10,000 to $20,000 budget is not enough for a bathroom renovation project? Think again! As long as you have a clear idea of what you should work on first, you can undoubtedly  maximize a tight bathroom reno budget. Walk around the bathroom and make a mental note of the main problems you want to address. Then prioritize them accordingly. With a $10,000 to $20,000 renovation budget, you can choose to upgrade one or two aspects of your bathroom. Some examples of these upgrades include the following: – A new standard size shower – New toilet  – Heated floor – Cosmetics upgrades (floor tiling, wallpaper, wall repaint, etc.) $20,000 – $50,000 On average, major bathroom upgrades cost somewhere around $20,000 to $50,000. So, if you have this amount of budget, you can add several things to your plan. You might want to consider changing the room’s layout to make room for a tub, for starters.  You can also work on the plumbing or install higher-spec...

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