Builder vs. Architect: Who to Hire for a Major Renovation

Builder vs. Architect: Who to Hire for a Major Renovation
The home improvement market in New Zealand has grown quite massively in the last six months. That’s because people are investing their money into their homes. Instead of spending their saving on foreign travel, many Kiwis chose to upgrade their homes. House revamp, room extension, garage conversion, you name it. We have seen it all. Best of all, the growing popularity of home revamps projects in the country continues to pique the interest of many folks. In fact, we get a lot of questions from our readers and customers. One of the most common questions we encounter is who does a home renovation better, a builder, or an architect? To answer that question sufficiently, let’s take a closer look at each type of professional. Builders and Architects – Similarities and Differences Knowing who to choose between the two can make a lot of difference to your overall project costs and timeframe. A good point of comparison between the two would be their training and specialty. Architects are usually university-trained, and they mostly focus on the overall layout of a space. Their primary focus is to maximize the area by using customized designs or features. They also draft the blueprint that a builder uses as their guide during the project. Meanwhile, a home builder focuses on managing the project and carrying out the instructions on the blueprint. Many home builders started out as general contractors, but some opt to hone their skills further by completing training or apprenticeship. Another key difference between the two is their approach to doing a project. Typically, builders focus on practicality by finding ways they...

Ideas and Tips for Bathroom Renovations in Lower Hutt, Wellington

Ideas and Tips for Bathroom Renovations in Lower Hutt, Wellington
Thinking about renovating your bathroom in Lower Hutt Wellington, but not sure where and when you should start? You’re not alone. For a lot of homeowners, renovating one’s bathroom seems like a daunting project. There are always concerns about its practicality, benefits, and costs. You might be asking questions to yourself like ‘Is it worth it?’, ‘where do I even begin?’, or ‘how much will the project cost?’. Some also worry about how long a typical bathroom revamps lasts and how it would affect the household.     Good thing, bathroom renovations in Lower Hutt aren’t that hard to pull off. With a detailed plan and vision and the assistance of a bathroom renovation specialist, you’ll have a comfortable, functional, and posh space in no time. Below is a short list of tips and ideas to help you jumpstart your bathroom remodeling project.  Establish a concrete plan Before proceeding to any other task, it’s crucial for you to create a project plan first. Focus on the scope of the project. How much work do you need to be done to have your dream bathroom? What things do you need to replace? Do you want new fittings? Are you in dire need of hanging storage? Would you like to install a shower enclosure or bathtub? By having a tangible idea of how you want your bathroom to look like, you’ll know what to discuss with the renovators and they can provide you with a more accurate cost estimate. Learn everything you can about the space When devising your bathroom remodeling plan, it’s absolutely crucial to consider the room’s floor area and features....

Summer Renovation Projects To Add Value To Your Home

Summer Renovation Projects To Add Value To Your Home
Summer is on the way! Time to whip the cover off the BBQ, fish out your jandals, and prepare for some quality time outdoors. Now is the perfect time to embark on that renovation project you have been mulling over. Summer is perfect reno weather, and if you act now, you will be able to spend the next few months enjoying the new additions or changes to your place. Plus, renovations add value to your home, giving you more security for your future. So what are you waiting for? Let us inspire you with some fantastic summer renovation ideas.   Summer Renovation Projects To Add Value To Your Home Deck Out Your Home If you are looking to boost your indoor-outdoor flow without breaking the bank, a new, upgraded, or expanded deck (or patio or terrace)  provides enormous bang for your buck. They allow you to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine comfortably and stylishly, plus can transform a boring backyard into an entertainer’s heaven. The great thing about decking is that it’s an affordable option that can be finished quick-smart. You will see big progress fast, so will be firing up the barbecue and pulling up a chair in the sun in no time at all.   Get Fenced In Need a bit more privacy and security, or just want to make your place look tidier? Building a beautiful fence can add to your enjoyment of your home and boost the curbside appeal. If you have a pool, you will definitely need a fence (it’s the law). But even if you are pool-less, you may need specific consents...

10 Common Renovation Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

There is no denying that deciding to renovate your home is super exciting. Finally getting your home to a place you are happy with is incredibly satisfying. But, renovations can be costly, especially if they aren’t done right. There are lots of common mistakes that people make, regardless of whether they choose to renovate themselves or use the professionals. Let’s take a look at those mistakes now so that you can avoid making them too!   Mistake 1: Budget Every renovation project should have a budget. That means you don’t end up spending more than you intended. However, you need to ensure that you have a realistic budget in mind. Obviously, $5k is not going to get you a completely overhauled brand new kitchen, but it would definitely freshen the space and modernise it if you spend your funds wisely. Make sure your budget matches your expectations for the project. Mistake 2: Plans Renovating without a plan in mind is like driving to a destination for the first time without a map. You might get there in the end by following your nose, but it will take longer, probably cost more and cause a lot of unnecessary frustration. Having a plan that details exactly what the end outcome will be makes the renovation process a lot smoother.   Mistake 3: DIY While some jobs can totally be done yourself, there are times when you need to call in the experts. Unless you are a builder/plumber/electrician etc. then it is unlikely you will have the required skills (or legal requirements) for certain renovation projects. Don’t take on more than your...

Full Interior Home Renovation at Glen Eden

Full Interior Home Renovation at Glen Eden
We had the opportunity to renovate the full interior of this home. The owners wanted to create an open plan kitchen and living space. When we made our inspection, we could see how beneficial this would be to the space. Our inspection revealed that the wall in question was load bearing and therefore required council consent. Our architects drew up the drawings and applied for the consent and then our builders installed 4.5m Flitch beam to bare the   of the rafters so that the space could be opened. We fully removed the wallpaper from the interior of the house and plastered and painted the walls throughout. There were some areas  We removed the flooring throughout the home and supplied new carpets and vinyl. The owners opted to remove the fireplace and replace with a heat pump. The was an issue with dampness in the basement so we applied waterproofing to the floors and back walls to stop the damp coming in. By applying waterproofing to the basement it stops the issue of moisture ingress. It is fairly common to see homes with this issue when the basement has been dug into the ground. The waterproofing solution is the best way to protect the contents from damp. In some cases extra external drainage can also help. Throughout the home we installed PVC double glazing windows and doors for added insulation and a clean and modern look. We installed in wall insulation and ceiling insulation by pumping it in. For the ceiling we had to lift the roofing and pump it in underneath because of the type of ceilings in the...