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 hardwoods.
- Composite Decking which consists of recycled plastic and wood fiber.
- Other alternatives such as plastic and aluminum.
Design – Size will typically be dictated by the deck’s location and your budget. If you have a small space, you’ll have a small deck. Same goes for small budget. With more space and bigger budget, your sizing and design options increase. The shape and look of your deck should be based on the design of your house. A deck which doesn’t match the design of the house will look forced and out of place. Follow the lines, proportions and architecture of your house, so that the deck is a natural extension.
Building a new fence
A fence is an excellent feature for your home if you value privacy and security. Most freestanding or terraced homes in New Zealand require fencing for security purposes and as a screen for privacy. If you have a swimming pool in your yard, then a fence is actually required by law, so bear this in mind. A well constructed fence will add both visual appeal and value to a property so it pays to employ a good designer and tradesperson to build your new fence from quality materials. We specialise in fences and are able to help you meet council requirements, organise permits as necessary and ensure everything is done by the book.
Things to consider when building a new fence
There is a lot to consider when building a fence, despite how simple the task may seem. Heights, layout, material and gates are just some of things you need to take into consideration.
Layout – Layout of your section is a major factor to consider when planning your fence. Any areas that rise and fall will require adjustment to the fence line by either adjusting the fence posts or the height of the fence. This needs to be taken into account when doing an initial design. Even and slight incline can be a big deal and needs to be accounted for.
Material – Fences can be made of various materials and it’s important to consider the positives, negatives and maintenance needs of each material. Wooden fences tend to require more maintenance than other fences, but they also tend to be the cheapest option. Other materials can include:
- Metal (chain link for example)
- Vinyl or synthetic
Entrance – Plan ahead where you will have your entry/exit or gate in the fence, and build accordingly. Selection of gates can add another layer to the project, and are a subject of their own, so do your research before selecting the gate for your fence.
Summer is also the idea time for other areas of renovation such as drainage, where water flow will not interfere with the works being done, as it would when it rains, painting, extensions and renovations where part of your house will be open during building, and of course roofing.
Would you like to get started on your renovation? Call us today! Our team of experts will work with you to work out our project and get your home ready for summer!