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Summer weather just makes us want to head outdoors. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done for many homeowners with older homes.

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Older properties were built in a time when indoor outdoor flow was not considered and the two areas were not supposed to mix. This causes plenty of problems today when:

  • great indoor outdoor flow is highly prized
  • older homes are more likely to have small windows
  • older properties have limited decking areas and small entry doors

However, there are some easy ways in which owners of older houses can improve their indoor-outdoor flow.

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On January 1st 2017, the new swimming pool fencing regulations come into play. The Building (Pools) Amendment Bill 2016 replaces the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987 and the new pool safety provisions from the Building Act 2004. There are a few key changes homeowners need to be aware of when it comes to swimming pool fencing changes.

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There’s nothing like taking a dip in your own swimming pool. Kiwi summers and the backyard swimming pool go hand in hand. But do you know what essential swimming pool maintenance your it will require? Never fear, Builderscrack are here!

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Thinking about getting your teenager out of your hair by sending them to boarding school? Well there is actually another option and that’s converting your garage into their bedroom instead. The pros are that you’ll still be able to keep an eye on them and they’ll have their own space. Cons would be that they still have the potential to be surly and irritate you.

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But all in all, a garage conversion is a great idea for increasing the liveable space in your home and raising your home’s value. It’s also a great if you don’t have the land space to add another room extension. (more…)

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Should I build another room for my ensuite or should I alter my existing master bedroom to fit one in? It might not seem like an important question, but there are pros and cons to consider for whichever choice you make.

Adding an Ensuite – Should You Extend or Convert Your Master Bedroom?

Installing an ensuite can vary in cost enormously depending on the choices you make. Deciding upon a budget for your renovation is therefore your first priority. Once you’ve done that, there is one other major decision you need to make…

Do you want to sacrifice space by converting your existing master bedroom? Or would you prefer to build an extension specifically for your ensuite?

Of course your budget is going to play a major role in making this decision too. But it really pays to seek the advice of an architect and/or interior designer to help you too. Identifying the pros and cons of both choices also can guide your decision making process too.Bathroom in luxury home with white cabinetry (more…)

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