Welcome to your Waikato renovator!

Welcome to your Waikato renovator!
Time to freshen up your Bathroom? Build a deck for summer? Or extend out to create a 3rd Bedroom? Our Hamilton reno team specialise in all areas of building. We have variety of skilled builders and handymen that can tackle all your renovation needs – whether they be small or large. Originally MH Builders, we have been operating as renovation specialists in the Waikato for over 20 years and have decided to expand our reach with the franchise for Maintain to Profit. We also have connections with all the subtrades (plumbers, electricians, gib-stoppers, flooring contractors) required for your complete renovation, and we take away all the hassle of managing the project as well. We provide a thorough project timeline and tackle all the booking liaison & comms between builder, subtrades and customer. We the cover the South Waikato area including: Hamilton Central/South Te Awamutu Cambridge Otorohanga Raglan Matangi/Tamahere We pride ourselves on providing a renovation service which runs smoothly, on time and budget and to the highest standard. Renovations can be complicated and sometimes daunting, but we are here to answer all your of queries along the...

A recent kitchen reno – FULL KITCHEN RENO

A recent kitchen reno – FULL KITCHEN RENO
Our customer wanted to create a new open plan kitchen with a centre island that ran into the lounge area, for their growing family. The old kitchen was tucked in the darker end of the house and the wooden finish kitchen made the area feel darker. We worked with the customer to design and move the kitchen into the main living are where there was more natural light. The customer also wanted the kitchen to be finished mainly in white, with a black mirror glass splashback for contrast. It was also important to the customer that the kitchen was modernised, but also fit with the rest of their home. We ran the kitchen cabinetry to the ceiling to create the feel of more space and finished the coving with a detailed traditional trim. A large deep sink and new tapware to suit was installed in the centre island. The area was finished off by sanding and polishing the wooden floors throughout to match the rest of the home. The kitchen is the heart of the family home – and we were excited to be able to create a open plan, family area for our...

A Recent Renovation Job – FULL RENO CHARTWELL

A Recent Renovation Job – FULL RENO CHARTWELL
<!– –> This is a recently completed full house renovation in Chartwell, Hamilton. During the demolition phase one wall left standing after stripping the house back to the bones. From here the customer designed an all new floorplan opening up the main living area and creating a master suite down one end house. The sleek black exterior was finished with Obodo cladding system, shadowclad ply and hardies with obodo battens which modernised the whole aesthetics of the house. A main feature of the kitchen/dining area were the 3 large skylights our builders installed, which flood the open plan area with light. Both bathrooms were also stripped back to framing, relined and then fully tiled (floors and walls) A hero feature for the renovation is the front entrance obodo wooden feature wall – which mimics the cladding on the front entrance. The project involved the management of over 20 subcontractors by our project managers and builders. The final product was a huge difference from what our customer began with and is evidence of how you can change a dated design into a modern open plan home! We are so proud of the project and happy we could help our customer with their properties...

Step By Step Guide To Renovations

Step By Step Guide To Renovations
“We have completed over 600 renovations, averaging around 120 jobs per year,” says Mark. “With a small budget, you’ll need to prioritise carefully, expect to do some of the work yourself, or undertake a plan. If you only have $20,000 perhaps it means you do the kitchen this year, but make an agreement with the tenants that if they are still there in 12 months, you’ll tackle the bathroom then.” How to Guide Step 1: Setting Goals – why are we doing this renovation? A renovation for a buy and hold rental will have different goals from a property you intend to renovate and trade, or one day live in yourself. “Tenants can actually be put off by high end fixtures and fittings,” Mark says. “They are concerned that if these things should get damaged they will be expensive to replace. Go for tried and trusted brands on things such as tapware and appliances, so you can easily source replacement parts.” For a buy and hold property, are you trying to increase return, in which case can you add another bedroom by turning a large laundry or sunroom into a bedroom, or can you extend? Is it generally tired, in which case you may be after ‘redecoration’ which is a cosmetic refresh using existing cabinetry, and adding touches such as a new coat of paint, as opposed to ‘renovation’ where you are removing walls and putting in whole new kitchen cabinets or shower units. At the very least, renovations should safeguard you from tenancy vacancies and allow you to keep up your rent at a good market rate. Barry...

Clearing the air on home ventilation

Clearing the air on home ventilation
Not only do we live in a cold climate for half the year but many of our homes are damp.  Managing the eight litres of moisture created by the average New Zealand family daily is about having the right balance of insulation, heating and ventilation in place. Damp homes are unhealthy homes.  Ventilation, whether by a system or by doors and windows, is necessary to remove the moisture created in our everyday activities like cooking, cleaning and washing and to maintain a healthy air quality.  The problem escalates in winter when we spend more time indoors and open windows less – we actually make it worse by doing our best to trap heat in. Ventilation is as much about protecting the property as it is its occupants.  Water damage from leaks, cold, dampness and musty smells can be horrific – it can devalue property and cause good tenants to move out. Renovation and maintenance expert Mark Trafford of Maintain To Profit is also a property investor and advocates for providing healthy homes for tenants, but the key he says it to do it smartly to keep a fair market return. “Condensation is a huge killer of properties internally – it starts with the walls and ceilings, particularly if they’re poorly insulated and then it rots the carpet eventually, it just smells awful,” Mark says. Small things can help a lot, like security latches to encourage tenants to keep windows open. “It’s really not an expensive thing to put a window latch on and if it keeps tenants happy and safe, then great.” Mark sees a lot of damp properties...

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