Renovations Best Done During Summer

Renovations Best Done During Summer
Summer is finally here and there isn’t a better time to start renovating than in summer. The sun is out, the weather’s great, there’s no rain to interfere with the building works. And we are ready and waiting to start on your project! Always wanted to be chilling on your deck in summer? Wished you had some more privacy to do so with a new fence? We at Renovations NZ are here to make these renovation dreams come true along with any other building project you have in mind. Building your new summer deck Whether the have an existing deck or not, we can help you to design, plan and build the new deck you have in mind so that you can enjoy the summer outdoors with your friends and family. Adding a deck is almost always a top priority for kiwis who are renovating, and whether you are rebuilding your current deck, extending it, or need a whole new design altogether, we can provide the solution you are looking for. You tell us your ideas and we will turn it into reality. Things to consider when building a new deck There are many variables to consider when deciding which direction to go with your deck. Things like materials, size, budget all come into question. Keep these following points in mind when planning yours. Material – Historically, the original and most popular choice to build a deck out of is wood. However, these days it’s not the only decking material available. Some materials include: Weather-Resistant Woods such as cedar, cypress and ipe. Pressure-Treated Woods such as treated lumber. Hardwoods like teak, ipe and Brazilian...

Fence me some privacy

Fence me some privacy
Fences add value and security to a home or business, so let’s look at fences as there are many types, each with their own unique advantages and style.   Type of Fence Average Cost Benefits Rock/stone $90 M Water resistant Easy to build Looks good Simple Hard to graffiti Metal – Wrought iron $80 M Durable Can have numerous shapes and patterns Stylish (will rust so needs regular maintenance) Metal – Stainless Steel $105 M Rust resistant Strong Wont warp like wood can Durable Metal – Aluminium $110 M Low Maintenance Strong Versatile Wide range of colours and styles Cement/Concrete $300 M Low maintenance Good sound barrier Easily repaired Fire resistant Wood $275 M Can be any length, style and colour Affordable Durable Glass (balustrade) $240 M Easy to maintain Can see through, eg see the pool Creates an illusion of bigger space Looks good Chain-link $165 (1x10M) Great for animals Versatile Durable Can be temporary Easy to repair   Other things to remember are: You can build up to 2 meters in height without getting planning consent from the council, but always check to make sure. In building a fence between you and your neighbor The Fencing Act sets out your rights and obligations.  It is a good idea to check property boundary lines to make sure the fence is in the right place.  If you have a pool a fence is required by law. Applications Stone – Stone fencing is very stable and durable and looks great.  It can handle all weather and wont rot or be damaged by insects.  It can even withstand fire.  It’s also...

Improve your lifestyle with a timber deck

Kiwis, we are known for our backyard BBQs on the deck. Having a few beers out on the deck after a day’s fishing, having a coffee while relaxing on the deck watching the kids play in the backyard. Sitting out on the deck watching the stars come out with a glass of wine after the kids are in bed. Relaxing in the spa pool on the deck, cool drink in hand. The deck has become the favourite room in the house for us kiwis. If you don’t have one, it’s time to get one and join the rest of New Zealand enjoying the outdoors. How much do decks cost on average? (Pricing is indicative only) Deck Price per square metre 300mm High $100 1 metre off the ground $120 – $200 3 metre off the ground $200 Renovations and repairs of existing deck When you repair a deck a good trick is to keep it as much as possible to the previous deck, using the same type of wood and if the treads are composite, make all horizontal surfaces composite. The existing deck in essence becomes the blueprint for the rebuild. This makes for less time and money involved.  Planning is key to renovating or revamping your existing deck. Inspect the substructure of the deck and look for splits, sagging or leaning which shows insufficient engineering and support in the original construction.  Then remove both the deck boards and the substructure and start over, otherwise if the substructure is sound keep it in place and you can add new sections to it. High value decks for those multi-million dollar...

Home Looking A Bit Exposed? We Can Build You A Fence!

Do you like a bit of privacy from the outside world? Want your kids or pets to be safe and not be able to run out onto the street? What you need is a fence! Fences are excellent devices because they provide both protection and privacy for your home and family. Fences can stop unwanted characters from wandering onto your property, they can prevent pets and kids running out onto the road in front of cars and they can prevent nosy neighbors from seeing what you are doing all day long. We believe that every house should have a fence, and if you believe the same, we can work together to make a fence from your home. We have built many designs from simple picket fences to elaborate designs and we can work with you to create a fence that perfectly suits your design and needs. Talk to us, your professional fence installer, today about building a fence around your home and keep your property safe and...