Do You Trust Your Renovations Contractor?

Do You Trust Your Renovations Contractor?
When it comes to renovation project, we believe the most important step is finding a trustworthy renovations contractor. We’ve all heard the horror stories of a nightmare contractors who cause delays and generally complete work of poor quality. However, what you might not consider is the sneaky contractor. ‘Sneaky’ Renovations Contractor When we talk about a ‘sneaky’ contractor what do we mean? Simply put, a sneaky contractor goes out of their way to bring down costs without the full knowledge of the homeowner. Typically, this is done by using cheap alternative building materials. While in theory this isn’t sneaky behaviour. It soon becomes malicious when the contractors’ prices don’t reflect the quality. But what if the prices are reflective of the true material costs? We may still define a contractor as ‘sneaky’. Especially if the homeowner is not made fully aware of the implications of cutting costs. Stuff.co.nz recently published a story of an Auckland home using non-compliant wiring. During a major renovation, the electrician found dodgy wiring inside the walls. The cable used was not rated to New Zealand standards, and had they caused a fire, the homes insurance may not have covered the damages. Luckily, these homeowners had an honest electrician who found the issue and explained the significance of the problem. However, it isn’t uncommon for contractors to slip thing by the owners, either to bring their price down, or to increase their margins. What does an honest renovation contractor look like? Not to paint a grim picture of all contractors, but it is important to stay vigilant when working with home renovators. As tempting as...

3 Things to consider for old home Renovations

3 Things to consider for old home Renovations
Old House Devoport / GPS 56 As we enter a new year old homes only get older and in more need for a renovation spruce up. The most common old home we come across is the highly sought Victorian Villa. Those living in the central Auckland suburbs such as Parnell, Ponsonby or Herne Bay will be very familiar with the charm these old homes bring to the neighbourhood. So, if you are looking to buy into a piece of New Zealand history then one must be prepared to make a few modifications. There are over 85,000 villas that have yet to be upgraded or renovated so there is a good chance of buying something that needs a little extra love. Here are 3 renovation tips for renovating old homes 1. Respect the Street Facade The real reason people fall in love with old homes is the look. That’s to say, people like how the home looks from the street. Therefore when renovating an older home such as a villa it is important to take a restoration approach when working on the exterior.  Respecting the design of the old home when approaching a renovation can add some challenge, but in the end you’ll be left with a piece of living history. That is why it is work home exterior restoration and upgrades. 2. Old Home Interior Renovation – Gut it all It’s important to remember that old homes tend to not be up to modern standards. Typically, old homes are cold, have terrible draughts, and do not account for sunlight correctly. Furthermore, the layout of bedrooms and bathrooms leave much...

Kitchen Renovations Layout Ideas To Get You Started

Kitchen Renovations Layout Ideas To Get You Started
Here in the Waikato, kitchen and bathroom renovations make up the bulk of our work, and for good reason. Upgrading one of these rooms is the easiest way to bring some luxury into your life and boost the value of your home. However, with so many design choices it can be hard to make a start. So, we’ve decided to make a handy guide to start you off in the right direction for starting your kitchen renovations. Home Layout Probably the most important factor that will influence the design of your new kitchen is the size and shape of your house. Different homes have different layouts, meaning there is no single ‘best’ kitchen for everyone. Those living in an open-plan tend to have a lot more space to work with, and find themselves flowing from kitchen to living space fluidly. A large kitchen island would be a perfect design decision to compliment the living style encouraged by open-plan living. Those in a smaller home might want to have a think about how they use their kitchen. Do you need a large hob, or can you get away with something smaller in favour of more room on the counter-top? The golden triangle for kitchen renovations If you are totally stumped on planning the layout of your kitchen, a great starting point is the golden triangle. This simple design principle basically breaks your kitchen down into 3 key areas of interest: The stove, the sink, and the fridge. Using the golden triangle one would place these 3 things within a couple steps of each other in a triangular shape. Overall, there...

Kiwi renovations: Three ways to party after 10

Kiwi renovations: Three ways to party after 10
The average Kiwi is dining out less in favour of socialising with friends and family at home, a trend reflected in the home renovations and maintenance market where spending is going the way of bigger kitchens and new entertainment areas – but noise is a problem. Homeowners have discovered the joys of home cooking and hanging out. Kitchen make-overs, bar areas, swimming pools and new entertainment rooms – complete with pool table – are the trend at the moment, along with home gyms. However, these improvements raise the challenge of finding ways to be less disruptive after 10pm. While Covid-19 may be turning most of us into homebodies, most seem to have decided to make the most of it by transforming our homes into places where we can live, work, play and exercise. Unfortunately, these kinds of activities generate noise, and if homeowners want to get the best out of their homes, they need to take into consideration the needs of their neighbours. 1. Soundproofing Increasingly, homeowners are looking to soundproof parts of the house, like the gym and entertainment areas. A practical idea would be to have a dedicated entertainment room lined with noise control plasterboard that is purpose made to dampen sound. The same goes for the home gym. Music and loud weights slamming down on the floor can be very disruptive. If you want a home gym, it has to be a place you want to go and train. Systems, climate control, lighting and music will make the difference between wanting to go into the home gym or avoiding it. 2. Weatherstripping for interior doors You may...

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....

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