Timber has been the traditional choice for decking and decks for many years. But like in other areas of our lives, we are now spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing our decking materials. While remaining a popular choice, decks can also be made with concrete and composite timber. Today we’re going to walk you through your options for your decking materials and help you decide which one is right for your home.
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!
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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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.
Retaining walls play an important role in our landscaping efforts. Every wall is carefully planned and constructed to ensure it is able to withstand the required load. But all too often, the aesthetic aspect of it is not considered. This leaves many homeowners with unattractive landscaping features.
One of the best ways to prevent this, is to work with an experienced landscaper right from the start. They will help guide you through the entire process, showing you how it is possible to have your wall multi-task. (more…)
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Retaining walls are often perceived as uninspiring because they are seen as an eyesore. An occasional necessity, there is no reason why they should look ugly or out of place in your garden. Improving a retaining wall with the use of retaining wall aesthetics and landscaping is a simple matter with careful planning and planting.
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.
One of the benefits of building a conservatory is the potential to add a lot of value to your home.
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…)
While a range of different trends have evolved in New Zealand over the last few years, we’re focusing today on a few we’ve noticed coming through Builderscrack when homeowners are looking for gardeners or landscapers.
Outdoor living expands your homes ability to accommodate your lifestyle. This is accomplished by utilising the latest garden trends to create new or renovating existing out-of-doors areas. If done well, this can add significantly to the value of your home. It’s also a rewarding outlet for personal expression and enjoyment. (more…)
Street appeal makes a home feel welcoming when you return from a hard day at work, but is also important when you’re renting out or selling your home. Outdoor surfaces like paths, pool surrounds, decks, patios and courtyards should look great and be durable and practical to maintain.
Combine your outdoor surfaces with softscape elements like water features, shrubs and flowers to connect your garden with your indoor-outdoor living areas.
Untidy, weed-filled driveways, paths and patios have the potential to knock thousands off the sale of your home, so resurfacing your outdoor surfaces might just end up paying for itself! Get a free quote from Builderscrack today. If you’re making your house more appealing for your own pleasure rather than selling, then it’s worth having a look at materials for outdoor surfaces that will last long-term and be low maintenance. (more…)