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Summer is here and our skin is not the only thing we need to protect from the harsh NZ sun. Our decking areas also need protecting. Not only are our decks areas to relax or dine upon. They are also an entranceway into our homes, making it important they are kept in top condition. To keep your deck looking great year after year, we’ve put together this handy guide about the steps you need to take to summer proof your deck.

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Believe it or not, but 2017 is the Year of the Kitchen. Okay, well maybe we’ve exaggerated that a bit, though many homeowners will consider kitchen design trends before renovating their kitchen at some point through the year. However, 2017 does see the start of many new exciting kitchen trends, as well as the continuation of a few favourites. Whether you are installing a complete new kitchen or partially renovating an existing one, we’ve got you covered with these new kitchen design trends.

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Swimming during summer is a favourite pastime of New Zealanders, big and small. Keeping safe around the pool is therefore a top priority. Not only is drowning the most serious hazard around swimming pools, but it is also one of the most preventable ones too. Other hazards include drains, uneven surfaces, ladders, pool equipment, hand rails and fences. To help keep you and your family safe and having fun in the water this summer, we’ve got five top pool safety tips for you.

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Isn’t it always a case of the grass is greener on the other side of the fence? Townies are showing increasing interest in selling up and moving to a lifestyle block. Country living offers benefits including fresh air, more space and quiet living. What could be better? Yet what we don’t consider is the unwanted smells and noises rural locations welcome newcomers with.

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How to Enjoy a Lifestyle Block Without the Smells and Noises

Buses, sirens, car alarms and loud music. The solution to avoiding these noises has led many homeowners looking to purchase a lifestyle block in the country. Green grass, fewer neighbours, farm animals to look at – what could be better?

Farm animals make noises whenever it suits them. While this can be disturbing for newcomers, with time they often begin to blend into the background unnoticed. Farm machinery can go at all hours of the day and night too. Farmers are often in the fields when the weather is great or if they must get a job done immediately. Weekends are not normally days of rest. Milking sheds operate early in the morning, with their tanks often having noisy generators running. Heavy machinery is operated regularly and all manner of large vehicles visit farms regularly.

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Many new lifestyle block owners are discovering that the everyday noises and smells from their rural neighbours are more offensive than those in the city. Called reverse sensitivity, this has led to many complaints being made to local Councils, as well as harsh words between neighbours. Thankfully it is possible to have your patch of land smell and noise free with careful planning and implementation:

  • Due diligence – before purchasing a lifestyle block, check with your council. Are industrial or farming properties around you? Do they have any restrictions on how they operate? Have there been any complaints in the past about them?
  • Resource Management Act – what planning has been done to minimise noise and smell to neighbours? Things such as building placement, landscaping requirements, approved activities and zoning restrictions.
  • Home renovations – if you have an existing home on a rural block, undertaking a renovation is one way to reduce unwanted noise and smells. Soundproofing walls using insulation or double glazed windows works well. Installing ventilation systems to bring clean air into your home from unaffected areas around your home is another.
  • Landscaping – screening your property with natural or man-made landscaping features is also effective. Fencing can give you privacy and together with densely planted trees or hedges, noise is reduced too. White noise in the form of outdoor water features also works well.

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Our team of experienced tradespeople are used to solving all manners of problems for their clients. To give you a head start with yours, we’ve created a job cost estimation calculator. Use it to find out what jobs you can afford to have done. From there you’ll know the type of tradie you’ll need to hire to help you out.

Posted In: Auckland, Builders, Christchurch, Cladding Professionals, Curtains & Blinds, Door Professionals, Foundation Specialists, Hamilton

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Are you considering renovating your bathroom? Do you want to re-tile the floor or replace your bathtub? 2017 will see many new trends in bathroom design, with many others remaining in style. 2017 bathrooms will need to be functional, modern and stylish to be future proof. To avoid making costly mistakes when renovating your bathroom, you need to keep up to date. Here are some trends we will see during 2017 and beyond…

2017 Bathroom Trends and Designs

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