Beach house renovation

Beach house renovation
Our client has recently acquired a house in a beautiful coastal location and assigned Maintain To Profit South East Auckland with the project of updating the interior of this three-bedroom brick house. The focus of this beach house renovation was creating a modern and easy care space for their family holidays and possibly full-time living once the owners decide to retire and leave the hustle and bustle of the city.   Kitchen renovation Our client has decided to keep the existing kitchen layout. U-shape kitchens offer a lot of workspace and space for cabinetry. The open-plan room allows one arm of the ‘U” to be made into a peninsula that can be accessed from both sides and used as a breakfast bar. It also offers a lot of storage volume, easily accessible from both sides. With high-quality, German-made hardware, quality stone benchtop, and dense MDF cabinets, this timeless kitchen will last well over 15 years.   Accommodating growing family needs As the family grew, it was essential to focus on making the house kid-friendly and easy to clean. The German-made laminate flooring works great for kitchen and living areas. It’s durable, easy to look after, and the underlay is sound absorbent. Commercial grade vinyl was installed in the bathroom and en-suite. A thick carpet with good quality underlay was the perfect choice in all the bedrooms and the corridor. We also installed industrial carpet in the garage as it might be providing additional accommodation options in times of big family gatherings.   With the new kitchen, new flooring, and newly painted walls, the house looks fresh and ready to...

How To Finance Your Renovation Project

How To Finance Your Renovation Project
Renovating your home not only increases the selling value but also improves the quality of your life by transforming the property into your dream home. According to the Westpac NZ Construction Lending Specialist Francis Reade the most popular reasons for renovation include: – Cosmetic tidy ups before selling – Sprucing up the garden – Upgrading the kitchen – Building an extension for a growing family – Building an outdoor living area for entertaining – Adding an extra room for a home business – Building a minor dwelling to rent it out There are several ways to finance your home or investment property renovation without breaking your bank account: A Home Equity Line of Credit If you have enough equity in your home (for example if you house is worth $1 million and your mortgage is $400,000) the bank would give you an overdraft-type of facility that has a mortgage interest rate and you spend it when you want to, providing there is no major structural alterations to the existing home.   A Home Equity or Home Improvement Loan If you don’t have a lot of equity the bank would let you know the pre-approval amount they are willing to lend. The bank would control the loan. The customer would send the bank a copy of the contract and invoices for the renovation and the bank would approve the loan and pay the invoice directly to the contractor when required. Banks usually allow the owner to borrow up to 70 per cent of the property value. Renovation loans can cover a wide range of home improvements including driveways, extensions, landscaping, basic spruce ups like painting and floor coverings, swimming pools and more.   Apply for a...

Renovating an older home without losing its character

Renovating an older home without losing its character
We had the opportunity to renovate the full interior of this home. The owners wanted to update their property to meet the new rental requirements and decided to get everything done at once. The idea is that the space would be more comfortable, attractive to tenants, and have low ongoing maintenance needs after. Removing internal walls We could see how a few changes to the internal layout would optimize the space and make the home more comfortable. We were able to open up the living area by taking out two walls, the walls were not load-bearing so we were able to make the choices without applying for consent. Preserving the home’s original character We fully removed the wallpaper from the interior of the house and plastered and painted the walls throughout. The house had some lovely character features with the molded coving in the living area and some rounded feature corners. We were able to maintain the character by leaving these in place and working around them. Double glazed windows keep winter outside We removed the flooring throughout the home and supplied new carpets and vinyl. The owners opted to remove the fireplace and replace it with a heat pump. Throughout the home, the glazing was replaced with Aluminum double glazing windows and doors for added insulation and a clean and modern look.   Full bathroom renovation We completely renovated the bathroom installing a new bath with a shower over it with a bath screen and replaced the toilet with a new back-to-wall toilet, we installed a single floor mount vanity and mirror with an extractor fan ducted out...

What is the best carpet for a rental property?

What is the best carpet for a rental property?
Having new flooring enhances the attractiveness of the rental property and increases the owner’s chances to find reliable and long-term tenants. There are three main categories of carpets – Polyester, Nylon, and Wool. Although each of them has its own qualities when it comes to a rental property renovation and flooring replacement our client’s preference is strongly for the nylon carpet.   The features that make nylon carpet work really well for rental properties are: – Low maintenance – Smart-looking without breaking the rental property owner’s budget – Durable: able to withstand a lot of wear and tear   Which rooms are best suited to carpet Bedrooms, lounge, and family rooms are the most common choices as carpet help with noise reduction and room insulation, creating a cozy feeling. What carpet thickness works best The most expensive part of replacing the existing flooring is the installation cost. We recommend spending a bit more money and getting a good quality underlay and carpet. More important than the thickness of the underlay is its density. Make sure you go with a high-density product to increase the longevity of your new carpet install. The same applies to the carpet itself. Investing more into a thicker carpet will save you money in the long term. High-density underlay with at least 40 ounces thick carpet should be able to last for up to 15 years.     Is your property in a need of a flooring replacement? Please get in touch to book a FREE, no-obligation...

Full House Renovation In South Auckland

Full House Renovation In South Auckland
Our clients at this property in the South Auckland suburb of  Mangere wanted a full house renovation of their rental property to bring it up to the latest healthy homes standards, increase their rental yields and attract better-qualified tenants. The goal was also turning this property into a worry-free investment: minimizing any future maintenance costs and stress from dealing with constant issues. Opening Up Space By cutting back the wall between the kitchen and living room we have created a smooth transition between the kitchen and living area and greatly enhanced the function and layout of this room. The high ceiling, now painted all white, makes the living area look taller and grander. Kitchen Renovation The existing kitchen was very outdated, with cabinets falling apart and was in desperate need of upgrading. We have installed new melamine cabinets with stainless steel handles and an engineered stone benchtop. The main reason we recommend using the engineered stone rather than the laminate is its durability and ease of maintenance. The stone also makes the kitchen look very attractive. Bathroom Remodel By replacing the existing vanity, bath, and mirror with new, modern units and installing large marble-pattern tiles around the bath we have added comfort and beauty to this room. By keeping the colors light and bright we have managed to make the bathroom feel bigger. Rental Property Flooring Recommendations For any areas exposed to water and dampness, we recommend installing vinyl – it’s waterproof, durable, and cost-effective. Our client has decided to follow our advice to install the heavy-duty vinyl flooring in the kitchen, dining room, and bathroom. The solution-dyed nylon...

Why You Should Consider Upgrading Your Switchboard

Why You Should Consider Upgrading Your Switchboard
It’s still very common for New Zealand houses to have an old type of switchboard installed. Switchboards with old wire fuses are now illegal in many countries around the world but unfortunately in New Zealand they are still allowed to be used. If you still have an old switchboard installed in your home or rental property we strongly recommend you get it checked by a Registered Electrician or preferably get it replaced with a new one. The main reason is your safety. The old types of fuses are protecting your appliances only.  They do not protect your body and can cause a fatal electric shock. They are a hazard. Based on the new New Zealand regulations you need to have MCB’s (Miniature Circuit Breaker) combined with RCDs (Residual Current Devices). The RCD’s prevent fatal electrical shocks by disconnecting the electric circuit as soon detects an imbalance between the energized conductor and the return neutral conductor. The norm is 10mA RCDs for hospitals and school and for residential property 30mA RCD’s. Replacing the switchboard is a quick and easy process, which can usually be done within 4 hours, costing around $1500 – $2000 (incl. GST) for a 2-3 bedroom house. It’s all worth it for the peace of mind for you and your family, knowing that your home is safe. Please contact us if you want us to pop around and give you an estimate for a switchboard upgrade.  All quotes are free with no obligation to buy from us....

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