Brick or Weatherboard – Choosing the Right Cladding for Your New Home

Brick or weatherboard? Choosing the cladding for your new home needs more than deciding what looks best. It’s about the type of home you are building, the cost of the different types of cladding and the location of the house. Let us help you solve the battle of the cladding and choose the right type for you.

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With so many tradespeople belonging to different accreditation organisations, how do you know which one to use and what tradesmen accreditations are right for the job you want doing? Is an industry based accreditation offer the same as one from the government? We’re here to dive into the mysteries of what the most common tradespeople accreditation are. Let’s jump on in!

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At some point in your life, your home may become too small for your family. Undertaking a major renovation such as adding a house extension will give you extra space. But are you better off building a second floor instead? Let’s look at the advantages and disadvantages between adding a storey verses building a new addition.

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How to choose between another storey or a house extension

Depending on the size of your backyard, you can choose to build up or build out. (more…)

Posted In: Bricklayers, Builders, Carpenters, Carpetlayers, Painters & Decorators, Piling & Foundations, Plasterboard Fixer, Plasterers, Plumbers, Roofers, Scaffolding, Staircase Specialists, Surveyors

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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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. New 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 the year and beyond…

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Starting home renovations or new home build is a major task.  Knowing whether you need to choose a Project Manager or a Building Contractor  is one of the first questions you’ll ask yourself.  You may not even know the differences between them.

To confuse things even more, it’s not unusual for their roles to overlap.

Building Contractors employ a number of skilled workers, and the majority of core trades are often done in-house or sub-contracted to companies they have built up a good working relationship with. They own (rather than hire) most of their own equipment, are able to take on larger projects and may be members of the Master Builders’ Association.

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You may save time by choosing a Building Contractor due to them having in-house back-up and not being so reliant on sub-contractors. When choosing a Building Contractor over a Project Manager be aware you may have to organise and supervise other contractors. (more…)

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BuildersA builders tasks vary widely, but generally builders will coordinate the different types of construction involved in building a house, office or other building.  An architect will usually design the structure and create blueprints and the builder will oversee the construction process.

A builder will often be involved in getting any necessary building permits and consents, and having land surveyed so they know what they’ll need in the way of drainage etc.  Once a builder has the land ready, they’ll begin building. Builders will remain on-site throughout the construction process to ensure that the structure is built correctly and according to plan.

As an example, during a new house build, a builder will initially oversee the foundations being laid, then the frame of the house being erected and then the roof.  Builders will then work with plumbers and electricians to get power and water to the house.  Other tradespeople may be employed to do different tasks. A carpenter may be required to put in flooring, landscapers to do the front yard and painters to paint the house inside and out.  As a builder will need to organise all these other tradespeople, they’ll need to know a lot about these different fields so they know that a job is being done correctly.  A builder will coordinate all the other tradespeople to ensure things are done in the correct order.

A Builders toolbox will often include:

  • Hammer and nails
  • Screws
  • Saws
  • Levels
  • Screwdrivers
  • Electrical tools

Builders may begin their job by helping the client to obtain building permits, and by surveying land in order to get a scope for how to go about building on it. Drainage and natural vegetation are usually assessed and acknowledged. Builders are on-site during construction checking that all aspects of the structure are built according to plan.

The services offered by a residential builder can vary widely. Many choose to specialize in particular types of projects, such as green homes, housing developments, custom homes, or homes of a particular style. When hiring a residential builder, a homeowner should plan to meet with multiple builders.

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