Why You Need to Work with a Licensed Builder
February 14, 2020
Not every home builder in Auckland will deliver the same quality work. You may save money teaming with an unofficial builder, but do you know what licensed builders do to earn their distinction in the building trade? Below, we explain why it always pays to pursue a licensed building practitioner (or LBP) and what they offer that unlicensed builders can’t.
Licensed builders are confidence builders
The Licensed Building Practitioners (LBP) scheme was launched by the Government in November 2007,
How to Restore the Forgotten Majesty of your Villa
February 17, 2020
Auckland has many classic villas awaiting makeovers to bring them fully into the 21st century. If you’re planning to renovate one of these iconic timber masterpieces, seek expert advice to avoid costly mistakes and any potential budget blowout. Proceed with both care and a sense of responsibility.
Here, we look at villa renovations Auckland wide, and some of the issues unique to these old villas, offering a quick guide to restoring these precious character homes.
Your Definitive 2020 Home Renovation Style Guide
Whether you’re fixing plumbing issues, updating your walls with a fresh coat of paint, or improving your bathroom flooring, owning a home means there’s always something to be repaired, replaced, or upgraded! The world of renovation in Auckland is set to keep growing, especially now that homeowners, architects, and builders are all striving to create more sustainable, self-sufficient homes. Today, we look into projected renovation trends for 2020!
New Home Building Trends to Watch for in 2020
Jan 10, 2020
If you’re planning to build your dream home this year, make sure to work with quality builders—now that the new decade is upon us, so to are new home design trends that will inspire future builds. This is a great time to familiarise yourself with what’s set to take over the realm of home design in 2020. To help, we’ve rounded up some trends that may provide more material for your drawing board!
Recent years have seen a trend towards minimalism. Associated with that are many Japanese design traditions.
What to Watch for When Renovating Your Kitchen
Dec 28, 2019
Kitchens are a common target for home renovations, but before you bring in the top builders in Auckland to transform your cooking domain, it pays to do your homework! Keep reading to learn what to watch for when renovating your kitchen.
1. Design a kitchen your home and family need
We all want big kitchens with all the bells and whistles, but that may not work in your home, or meet the needs of your family.
House Building Plan Basics: What Are You & Your Builders Looking At?
Dec 19, 2019
You building plan is an early glimpse at your dream home, but do you know what you’re looking at? Unless you’re in the construction or architecture trades, building plans might seem incomprehensible. However, they are an important opportunity to stay involved with your building company and participate in the construction of your new home.
The truth is you don’t need to fully understand your new house building plans to use them to your benefit.
Five Common Problems Faced by House Builders
November 28, 2019
House builders in Auckland oftentimes require top notch problem-solving skills to help overcome issues that may arise. It’s not surprising that roadblocks can suddenly appear along the way; with so many critical decisions to make and design elements to stay on top of, there’s bound to be difficult situations throughout the process. That’s why it’s important to work with a reputable builder, who can guide you through these trials.
In this blog, we’re going through the top five most common issues builders face.
Building Vs Buying: Is a New Build Worth the Effort?
November 10, 2019
Owning a home is one of the biggest purchases you may make in your lifetime, so it’s only expected that you’ll carefully consider whether to build a home from scratch or buy an already existing one. If you opt for the former, choosing trusted home builders in Auckland will play a major role in the success of the project.
On the other hand, if you decide on an existing build, you don’t have to worry about major construction work. In both cases, there are advantages and disadvantages, and that’s what we’re looking at here. Read on to find out more.
Five Hidden Expenses While Renovating
October 28, 2019
As experts in home renovation Auckland-wide, we’ve seen renovations go off the rails more than once. Are you looking to renovate? Have you considered what to do if things start shifting from the original plan? Are you prepared for any unforeseen expenses?
Chances are there will be a few things that crop up unexpectedly, but it is possible to prepare for the most common surprises. Read on to see some hidden expenses that you should consider, in order to be financially prepared when you embark on your renovation project!
Budget Advice for Your New Building Plan
October 10, 2019
Budgeting well is a top concern when drafting house building plans. It’s one thing to draw up a budget—it’s another thing entirely to successfully stick to it. Often, people find that they need to stretch their budget a little to get a project over the finish line, and we’ve all heard worst case scenario stories, of leaving a build half-finished due to exhausted funds. Thankfully there are few things you can do to help you keep on track. Read on to find out more!
Four Reasons You May Want to Renovate Your Home
September 26, 2019
Have you considered renovating your home? Many New Zealand families consider renovation too costly or inconvenient to consider, but the reality is that renovations can benefit you significantly in the long run. What’s more, they can benefit you in numerous ways, and employing the right building company services can make the process cost-effective and convenient.
Because the benefits of home renovations are varied, the reasons that homeowners may decide to renovate are varied also.
How Home Builders Keep Your Costs as Low as Possible
September 14, 2019
Building a new home is expensive enough already. Unfortunately, it’s too easy for the costs of a new build to snowball and get away from you. Unexpected costs can push a new build from an affordable expense to an extravagant one. Projects that linger in financing purgatory could greatly disrupt your life and damage your finances for months or even years. If you’ve borrowed to make the project possible, this could present significant roadblocks for your future budgeting options. Ultimately, you need your house built on time and under budget. Is that unreasonable?
New Builds Vs Renovations: Which is Right for You?
August 21, 2019
It’s a question as old as homes themselves: Do you build a new house a fix the one you’re in?
Eventually, many homeowners will choose between a new build and a renovation. Perhaps a tiny new family member is on the way or professional success has made a more luxurious living situation possible. Or, like most of us, perhaps your home is just getting old and you’re overdue for a change. Whatever the reason, it isn’t an easy decision. You’ll have a lot to consider, from how you’ll pay for it to how you’ll maintain your routines through the transition,
How You Can Add Value to Your Home with a Renovation
August 12, 2019
Why are you making renovations to your home? Are you working your way closer to your dream home, perhaps, or just trying to add some value to the house before you put it up for sale? The reality is, renovations are a great way to boost your property value whether you plan on selling or not.
A home renovation can be a major expense, but what if it paid for itself? Given our current housing shortage, a tactful, savvy home renovation can leave you better off financially by adding precious value to your home.
How to Survive Your Home Renovation Project
24 July 2019
Once construction begins on your home renovation project, your renovation company will be doing most of the work. But that doesn’t mean you don’t still have a life to live. Adapting your life around the commotion in your own home during a renovation project can be a major challenge. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be.
Many households begin renovation projects with no plan to maintain their lifestyle through the weeks or months when their routines are disrupted.
Where Do You Start When Planning Your New Build?
10 July 2019
Where do you start when planning your new build? This might seem like a simple question, but it can prove a very difficult one to answer. The truth is, a lot goes into a new house before a single drop of concrete is poured.
In fact, “Where do you start when planning your new build?” is less one big question than a series of smaller ones, each vitally important to the outcome you’re hoping for. The more questions you have an answer for from the outset, the fewer questions will arise as the build progresses.
Top Tips for Planning Your Auckland Home Renovation
28 June 2019
Don’t let your home renovations overwhelm you! If you’re planning changes to your home, you might feel like there are too many spinning plates to manage. However, some savvy planning, a cool head, and the right home renovation company can empower you to master your remodelling project and produce a stylish new home makeover.
If you are considering a home renovation, consider the following top tips to stay in control of the process and avoid unwelcome setbacks.
Ten Qualities You Should Expect from a Building Company
11 June 2019
The success of your future home is resting on your building company’s shoulders. You need them to deliver, but how do you know you can trust them? These days, home builders must be good at more than just wielding a hammer.
To be the best building company Auckland wide requires a comprehensive skillset. Builders must see a project through from beginning to end, all the while keeping their clients satisfied and supported.
When is the Best Time to Renovate in New Zealand?
29 May 2019
If you decide to renovate your home, one of the first questions you’ll need to ask yourself is when you’ll start. Want to pay more and have your renovations done while you’re away on summer holiday? Or maybe you’d prefer to save some money, and have your work done during the cooler winter months?
Your answer will depend on your circumstances and your priorities, as well as the type of renovations you plan to undertake.
What Services Does a Good Building Company Provide?
13 May 2019
They’re building your house, but what can your Auckland building company provide along the way? Choosing a building company is a very important decision - after all, your future home is literally in their hands. You want a building company that offers services to keep you involved in the project from start to finish.