Sunnynook home and bathroom renovation

Sunnynook home and bathroom renovation
The Sunnynook Road complete home and bathroom renovation is a great example of how “doing up” your existing home can reap fantastic rewards! Often people think about renovating and decide it is just too hard and there’s too much work to be done and give up. This is where having a chat with us at Maintain to Profit can really pay off. Bathroom before renovation Bathroom after renovation Have a look at the before and after photos for our project at Sunnynook Road. This property had seen a lot of life lived between its’ four walls. In fact, so much life had been lived in it, the interior hadn’t been touched since it was built. It has been some time since bright pumpkin orange has been seen as the height of interior design and yet this gorgeous colour was found everywhere throughout this house! Typical for the age of house there were lots of dividing walls to separate spaces, however all this really serves to do is close in the light and provides no real sight lines or a feeling of space in an otherwise large home. The paint on the walls had thinned with age – or perhaps only one coat was ever applied and the walls looked dark and unclean because of it. The carpets had worn over time and were threadbare in places. There were various stains throughout the house that no amount of carpet cleaning was ever going to remove. The rooms that had wallpaper, had wallpaper that had sustained damage with parts torn off and others lifting away from the walls where the glue...

Bathrooms from design to renovation

Bathrooms from design to renovation
No other space in your house will reflect your personality more than your bathroom. It is important that your bathroom reflects the best quality, workmanship and style that your budget can afford. Your bathroom is the one space in your home that can truly set your mood for the rest of the day. With this in mind, when it comes to home improvements there are a few more satisfying than renovating your bathroom. Many people believe they can take on home renovations by themselves however, spending the time and choosing an experienced designer and then contractors will repay you by making a tough project a truly positive experience. Legalities New Zealand has a strict building code and most renovations will need a building consent. Your designer will guide you and in most cases make the applications on your behalf, if they are required. Even if you don’t need building consent, the building work will still need to comply with the Building Code. Under the Building Act 2004, building work (relevant to alterations and renovations) which requires consent includes: Alterations, additions and structural repairs to existing buildings, for example, removing or changing structural load-bearing walls. In some cases, you will need consent to replace all wall linings at once as they may serve a structural purpose. Repairs to leaking buildings also require a consent as does the installation of insulation to existing external walls. The demolition of existing buildings and structures. The removal or relocation of existing buildings. Sitework, for example, earthworks for a new extension. The construction of decks where a person can fall more than 1.5 metres or...

Planning your bathroom renovations?

Planning your bathroom renovations?
Planning Planning is extremely important.  A good idea is to look at other bathrooms, what do you like and don’t like? Look at websites and magazines for ideas.  A bathroom should be a sanctuary, a place to relax and distress, so look at lighting, dimmers and design.  To keep cost down, leave major elements where they are.  It’s a good idea to get a plumber in while renovating to check all those hidden pipes and fitting and also ensure you waterproof your bathroom too, this will prevent major damage, that could go unnoticed and end up costing thousands.  If you are on a budget simple changes can really make a difference. New tiles or a paint job can give the bathroom a whole new look without costing a lot for example.  Also tradespeople, such as plumber and electricians, they need to be on site when they are needed so make sure you discus thoroughly when you need them with your contractor, or will the company you hire do all that for you? Also the fixtures and fitting should be ordered well in advance so they will be ready to be installed at the appropriate time, allow for delays when ordering.  However, discus with your contractor if what your ordering will fit or work in your bathroom. Selecting your contractors Are the fully insured and licenced? Do they have a good reputation, check references thoroughly? Ask around, talk to people, who do they recommend, who do they warn about? Ask questions Be involved Don’t be intimidated, it’s your home and your money. Talk to at least three contractors, and go...

Kitchen makers are in demand!

Kitchen makers are in demand!
The kitchen has always been the heart of the home, but now thanks to reality cooking shows, building shows and the like, a huge spotlight has been shone on the family kitchen.  Cooking is back in fashion thanks to the likes of “my kitchen rules”.  In response to this new age, kitchen makers are now in hot demand.  Kitchen renovations have also increased because the cost of housing has increased so home owners are deciding rather than sell and buy again, to renovate. To quote the NZ Herald “Home renovating has become a $1.5 billion boom industry as a growing number of house owners turn their backs on trading up in a rampant property market” the article also goes on to state, “It is proving to be big business. The Certified Builders Association has reported a leap in renovation work, particularly in the past 18 months” TV3 printed a great article in relation to “the block” TV show that is one of the most popular shows at the moment, in part it says “Beautifying and modernising your kitchen with brand new appliances is really exciting! But before you get carried away with inspiring ideas and photos, make sure you follow these kitchen must-dos, recommended by The Block NZ. Co-ordinate your appliances together They say the kitchen sells the home. A stylish, coordinated look will add value to your home; so select an oven, cooktop, rangehood, refrigerator, and dishwasher from the same family of products. Plan your design with specific appliances in mind A kitchen where the appliances slot perfectly into their designated areas looks polished and professional. Decide on...

Bathroom renovations before and after

Bathroom renovations before and after
How do you choose a bathroom renovation specialist, what should you do before and after employing someone? These are a couple of great questions to consider. Bathroom renovations before and after The very first thing you need to do is decide on what you want, get a good plan in your head, or better yet on paper on what you want and need in your bathroom. This can take weeks or months and shouldn’t be hurried. You can get many ideas off the internet so spend time researching and figuring out exactly what you want your bathroom to be. Think of all the bathrooms you have used, especially if you have travelled, what did you like? What did you not like? What did you see that was practical and useful? What looked really good and what didn’t. Enjoy this time and don’t rush it. A great start is to keep major elements where they are. Once you have what you want, you need to look at who can provide it for you. Talk to people who have had their bathroom renovated or newly built and ask questions. Who did they use? Who do they recommend? What would they do differently next time etc. The last thing you want to do is end up on a programme like Cowboy Builders. Next research yourself, so you know what’s what and who’s who. Shop around and talk to people in the shops. If you know what your specialist is talking about you are more likely to get what you want and less likely to be caught out or ripped off. This way...

Looking at bathroom or kitchen renovations?

If you looking at renovating your kitchen or bathroom, always remember that while you are renovating it is a good idea to get all plumbing and electrical systems checked. This is a good opportunity, especially if you are pulling up floors or knocking down walls, to get it all inspected and checked. Plumbing pipes and drainage can deteriorate with use and time and as leaks can go unnoticed for quite a while before surface problems start it can cause serious damage and can also cause health problems. Unfortunately, out of sight is out of mind and you can’t just lift up the floor boards every six months to check all is ok. So when you are renovating it is important to get properly installed and detailed waterproofing for all bathrooms, kitchens and laundry’s. Special waterproofed Gib is required for the walls and a waterproof membrane is vital behind tiled surfaces with cement based grouts and in the shower areas to prevent damage from leaks. All plumbing and drainage work that involves installing new pipes requires a building consent. Some quick tips before committing to a quote: Make sure you get three quotes and make sure sure everyone is quoting apples for apples. Make sure your expectations are fully understood. Only use licensed trades people with insurance. Get at least three references before commitment. It must be carried out by a Licensed or Certifying Plumber or Drainlayer. This is important because and incorrect plumbing connection could allow a back-flow of polluted water into your drinking water. So it is vitally important to make sure all drains, plumbing and the like...