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...

South Waikato Kitchen Renovation

South Waikato Kitchen Renovation
The kitchen is the heart of the home, so it is no wonder it was the first choice for this Waikato homes renovation. People spend most of their day in the kitchen, so it must be functional as well as visually aesthetic. Our client Lisa had a kitchen that was getting outdated and was far too small to do any meaningful cooking. She decided to call Maintain To Profit Waikato South to help her with her kitchen renovation. It all had to go It was decided in the planning phase of this kitchen renovation that the entire kitchen would need to be pulled out and built again from scratch. One thing we identified was the wasted space taken up by the large pantry. We decided to remove the cabinets on the right side of the kitchen and install a new countertop. This effectively doubled the amount of the bench real estate. We were then able to install an integrated stove and oven. This keeps the countertop flat and flush, creating a easy to clean, and visually pleasing environment. The Floor was replaced with wood and the dull grey walls painted white. This significantly changed the atmosphere of the kitchen. Another successful south Waikato kitchen renovation Looking at the before and after they look like completely different homes. It’s so incredible that entire homes can be transformed into something so much greater. This renovation extended throughout the entire home and breathed new life into this home. The property value for this south Waikato home saw a great increase after this kitchen renovation. If you are in the South Waikato region...

Rental Refresher – Tauranga Bathroom Renovation

Rental Refresher – Tauranga Bathroom Renovation
A property manager contacted Maintain to Profit Tauranga for a complete bathroom renovation of their clients aging Tauranga property. The home needed a serious refresh of its dated stylings and designs. The owner decided it was time to overhaul the interior to make it more suitable for the rental market. The first step for this Tauranga home was a bathroom renovation. A Bathroom upgrade can make a serious difference to the feel and atmosphere of a rental and can increase the value of the property. The Shower Originally the bathroom featured a shower bath combo with a curtain. It was decided that the tub was too small and took up valuable real estate for a new toilet. This was all taken out and replaced with an extra-large square shower, adding a bit of luxury to the morning routine. The new shower was extra-large, but still left plenty of room for a new toilet to be added in. Now the rental contained two toilets. This increased the rentals value greatly.   The Walls and Floor Removing the vinyl walls and pulling up the carpet was a top priority. First, we painted the walls a clean shade of white, creating a space that felt hygienic and uplifting. Secondly, we replaced the flooring with hardwood vinyl. Hardwood vinyl is a great option thanks to its indistinguishable look and feel to real wood, but also it is more water-resistant, which is important in an environment with people dripping out of the shower. Also, Its low cost allowed us to create the space envisioned by the owner without compromise. The Sink The old sink...

Designing a West Auckland Kitchen Renovation

Designing a West Auckland Kitchen Renovation
This West Auckland reached out to us for a kitchen renovation. They had no idea what they wanted; they just knew they were sick of what they had. Even worse was they had a small kitchen space and a tight budget. No problem. Maintain To Profit is the expert at delivering top quality renovations at any price tag. Design The first step in any kitchen renovation process is the design. Considering the layout and size of the current kitchen is always the first step. First, A team member visits the West Auckland home to take measurements and photos. They also discuss renovation ideas the client may have. With this new information, a sketch is created and shown to the client for approval. Materials Kitchen benchtops can make or break kitchen renovations. Renovations on a tight budget run the risk of pricing themselves out of what they may want and end up stuck settling for something subpar. The West Auckland Renovations team is skilled when picking suitable materials for your kitchen. Common options: – Stone – Concrete – acrylic The above choices are good but can be expensive. Formica, a high-pressure laminate makes for an elegant yet cheap benchtop. Formica benchtops come in a variety of textures, patterns, finishes, and colours; suitable for any style of kitchen at any budget. The Build With the layout done and materials chosen, we create a computer generated 3d rendering of the new kitchen. This gives the client a chance to look at the kitchen renovation before we start building. By designing the kitchen in house, we can carefully craft a kitchen renovation at...

Almost a third of homeowners get the renovation bug

Almost a third of homeowners get the renovation bug
According to Stuff’s NowNext survey, Kiwis cooped up in lockdowns during 2020 has inspired more than 27 per cent of homeowners to want a renovation, while just 17 per cent said they were thinking of re-locating. The trend is borne out by the Fresh Real Estate Institute of New Zealand data that shows shrinking housing stock, down to 15,000 properties for sale in June compared to more than 20,000 at the same time last year. According to the survey, homeowners opting to renovate and hold on to their current property are playing a significant part in low stock levels. ANZ economist Sharon Zollner told TV news that renovations are up because the borders are closed, so people are channelling their travel money into their homes. “Interest rates are of course extremely low at the moment, so the debt servicing cost is quite reasonable so of course with a renovation, you don’t have to try to scrape together some ridiculously high deposit you do for a new home. So, it is a little bit more accessible for many.” Stuff’s NowNext survey reports that most of the 27 per cent of people who plan to renovate are after a better quality of living rather than wanting to enhance the capital values of their property. Thirteen per cent of those surveyed blamed the lack of availability of tradespeople as a barrier to renovating now. 35% of homeowners plan to do nothing 27% plan to renovate 21% of those surveyed don’t own property 10% said they would buy an investment property 6% want to downsize 6% intend to move to a larger house...

No compromises on quality for new West Auckland MTP franchise

No compromises on quality for new West Auckland MTP franchise
Having started SCUBA diving at the age of 14, new Maintain To Profit West Auckland franchise holder Grant Narbey went on to pursue a career as a commercial diver in the construction and maintenance industry where meticulous planning, attention to detail and quality of workmanship can literally be a life-or-death scenario – and he’s bringing those values to renovations and maintenance projects out West.   “We recently sub-divided and renovated our own home, and I was disappointed by the quality of some of the work and the number of call-backs for work not done or not done properly – it seems me there is an opportunity to bring the skills I learned in project management and getting the job right first time in the dive industry to the renovations business.”   Originally from Timaru, Grant haș lived in West Auckland since 2003 and took up the Maintain To Profit West Auckland region after calling it a day in the commercial diving industry due to all the travel. “Doing our renovations showed me there was an opportunity for strong project management skills, quality workmanship and doing what you say you’re going to do.”   Grant’s focus in West Auckland – which he sees as a region undergoing massive growth and change – is to develop strong relationships with Maintain To Profit’s clients such as property managers and homeowners, as well as the sub-contractors who will help him get the job done. Check out some of our recently completed projects here    “I’m dedicated to the job and dedicated to building relationships based on quality and service,” Grant says. “I value...

Mission Bay Home Renovation Transforms Old Home Into Modern Masterpiece

Mission Bay Home Renovation Transforms Old Home Into Modern Masterpiece
Mission bay is an interesting suburb to buy a home as many properties are in desperate need of renovation. The trendy suburb has always been a desirable place to build and live. Stylish homes dot the streets and with it comes a sense of culture and uniqueness. However, as the trends come and go, so does the appeal of the homes left behind. This client was eager to move into the suburb for its beaches and easy living, but the only affordable homes on the market were extremely dated. So, the client called Maintain To Profit City East. The team at Maintain To Profit is skilled at turning old unfashionable interiors into sleek modern spaces. The Bathroom The first room to get a major overhaul was the ensuite bathroom. Originally featuring a bath shower combo with an old mouldy curtain, ugly 70s tiling and an olive coloured toilet and sink. This all had to go, as time had rendered these out of fashion features faded and fallen apart. The shower bath combo was kept, by request of the client, but remodelled with marble and a glass door. The walls and floor were all replace with large clean white marble tiles also. No more dirty grout. We installed new lighting, illuminating the space is important for the bathroom. The bathroom was left with a clean look that was easy for the owner to keep that way. Your bathroom should always feel rejuvenating and not disgusting. The Living Area The original living area was obstructed with a wall separating the space in two. We had this removed the wall to open...

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