Guide to Installing Balustrades Which Meet NZ Building Code

If you’re planning on installing balustrades or wondering if you need to, then you’re in the right place. We’ll walk you through the process of identifying if you need a balustrade, the options you have and how to make sure it will meet the current NZ Building Code. Let’s jump to it!

Balustrades

What is a balustrade and do I need one?

A balustrade is basically a safety barrier. It can vary in appearance from simply a rail with supporting balusters, all the way to a full fence. It’s often confused with a bannister, which is a type of handrail. Both have the same purpose though: to keep you safe.

A balustrade is needed wherever there is a drop of more than a metre, such as on a deck, staircase or balcony. The NZ Building Code clause F4 says that “a barrier is needed when someone could fall vertically one metre or more.” (more…)

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Hiring a Gardener

Hiring a gardener may seem like the pinnacle of luxury for some, yet the majority of homeowners disagree. They know that by hiring a gardener, they get their weekends and spare time back. A professional gardener makes life much easier, letting you enjoy your garden and save money too. (more…)

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Spring is the perfect season for undertaking landscaping projects in your garden. The soil is still soft and is beginning to dry out. Weeds are easily treated before they multiply. When you’re doing some spring landscaping it’s also a great time to transplant trees and shrubs. Most importantly, it is a fabulous time to start a landscape design project for your outdoor entertainment area.

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One of the most popular selling points of a kiwi home is the indoor outdoor flow. Whether you’re thinking of selling or just want to realise the potential of your home and the plot it stands on, considering indoor outdoor flow is important.

Indoor Outdoor Flow

Indoor outdoor flow

The secret to unlocking the potential of both spaces is blurring the boundaries between inside and outside. This works regardless of the size of your garden compared to the size of your home. Select from our great ideas below to improve indoor outdoor flow and make the most of your property. (more…)

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The autumn months of March, April and May are the best bulb planting months. The more effort you can put into planting bulbs for spring, the better the rewards during winter and spring.

Planting bulbs for spring

If you’re planning to planting bulbs for spring, look out for bulbs arriving from March. This helps you get your favourite varieties from the best new stock. Did you know that Tulips flower magnificently if kept in the fridge for 8 weeks before planting?

Planting bulbs for Spring

Even if you only want to plant a few bulbs for spring , they make more of a statement when planted in close groups rather than scattered about. Daffodils create an amazing pop of yellow colour in your garden. (more…)

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Autumn is the perfect time to plant almost anything you can imagine, but it is the absolute best time to put down fresh new lawn and trees and the only time that you can plant spring bulbs such as daffodils.

Autumn Planting Tips

As you will agree, a garden without any trees and shrubs feels pretty desolate and lonely when winter arrives. With a bit of forward planning you can have a great looking garden in winter. You’ll find then that Spring will take care of itself. Trees and shrubs give a garden structure, and a backdrop to highlight the beautiful flowers that come up in spring and summer.

Trees and shrubs provide order and accent whether they’re planted as hedges or clipped as fancy topiary. They are also useful to create privacy, tidy garden borders and provide a strong foundation for your garden. As a guide, half to two thirds of your garden planting area should be trees and shrubs.

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Mulching ideas

Protecting and maintaining healthy landscaped flowers, shrubs and plants can be completed in a lot of ways.  However, for many, nothing can do the trick as effectively as mulching can.  Organize your garden, grow attractive plans, keep weeds at bay and make your landscape more visually appealing by putting into practice the following mulching tricks and tips. (more…)

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spring home renovationsIsn’t the growth appearing outside with new buds on trees and plants simply beautiful? It’s lovely to feel the ground getting warmer with spring arriving and summer just around the corner.

Spring home renovations

Coming out of a cold winter, spring home renovations may seem like a daunting prospect.  Yes, you’ve been thinking about it for months, years even. In your mind’s eye, you can see the fixtures, fittings and flooring coming together beautifully.  You know you want to get cracking on the task, but you’re not sure where to begin.

We’ve talked to industry insiders and experts, putting together a list of 5 tips for starting your spring home renovations. (more…)

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spring garden cleaningThere is very little point in pretending you won’t be out in the garden now that spring has arrived in your area, tending to your plants and enjoying the new growth and life after a long winter.

There is really no harm in cleaning up your fallen branches and other debris around the garden. But you would do well to wait a bit longer until the soil can make a ball in your hand when you squeeze it. This will help with things in the long run. But you also don’t want to wait far too long to do your  spring garden cleaning. (more…)

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budget landscaping ideasToday we’re pleased to share with you a guest blog post by Andy Ellis.  Andy is a former All Black. He is also a part of an illustrious group, being the 11th Crusader to reach 100 caps.

Andy is involved with KamoMarsh, an award-winning Garden Design and Landscape Architecture firm based in Christchurch, New Zealand.

For almost 40 years, KamoMarsh have worked on a diverse range of projects, creating beautiful landscape garden designs that both inspire and invigorate those who use the spaces.

Andy is  a natural on the field playing for the #allblacks. He’s also a natural when bringing together a range of landscape design elements to complement the environment and make the best use of natural resources and existing landscape features.  Read on and discover Andy’s top budget landscaping ideas put together especially for you! (more…)

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