Smart Home Innovations We Absolutely Love

Smart homes are the way of the future and we’ll see more use of these automated features within our homes. Created to make life simpler for homeowners, intelligent homes are still seen as a luxury rather than a necessity by many. However, we’re 100% certain in that you’ll want these must see smart home features as much as we do!

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Believe it or not, but this year 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, this year 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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led lightingLED lighting has long been the next-best thing in retail and commercial lighting by designers, but now, they’re catching on with homeowner’s thanks to their energy efficiency.  LED lighting can incur higher upfront costs. However, you don’t need to wait a long time to recover your investment in energy savings.

LED lighting

Light-Emitting Diodes (LED’s) provide many benefits as they burn cool and emit clean, colourless light similar to natural daylight. They also provide significant energy savings as they will last from 35,000 to 200,000 hours. This compares to 1,000 hours for incandescent or 8,000 for compact fluorescents. (more…)

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Home renovation trends are always changing because new ideas are born every day! With the staggering success of The Block NZ and other successful home renovation programs on TV, kiwis are more in love with doing up their homes than ever. Here are five upcoming home renovation trends.

State of the art kitchen home renovation trends

home renovation trendsOver 61% of home renovators are planning on completing a kitchen revamp in the near future, more than bathrooms, bedrooms or living areas.

These kitchen revamps are expected to follow a new home renovation trend where rustic kitchens are out and state of the art is in. (more…)

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Ideas for home improvement projects

Your home is your castle, but now it’s the middle of winter, you’re probably tired of being stuck inside so much, especially if there’s home improvement projects you’re eager to get started on.  While some renovations just have to wait until spring or summer, there are plenty of home improvement projects you can hire a tradesperson to tackle right now!

Replace interior doors

home improvement projectsNew doors are a great way to improve your home’s interior and can really add to its style.

Replacement doors featuring raised panels, carved embellishments or frosted glass inserts all add architectural interest and depth. Or you could use glass panels to allow more light through. (more…)

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home movie theatreSaturday night at home in the middle of winter, the fire is blazing and the curtains are closed to the outside world. You’re snuggled up on the couch ready to watch the latest Netflix release but something’s missing – your own home movie theatre!

So what’s stopping you? Start finding qualified tradespeople in your area to design and build your home movie theatre! Like all home renovation projects, time spent researching and planning your home movie theatre and finding the right tradesperson, pays off when you’re relaxing in your comfy leather movie chair, popcorn and remote control in hand. (more…)

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luxury bedroom lighting ideasWhether your luxury bedroom is a small cosy space or a grand suite, it’s probably used for more than just sleeping. While dark bedrooms are perfect for sleep, too little light can hinder other activities.  With plenty of luxury bedroom lighting ideas available, let us help you choose the right  professional tradespeople, lighting specialists and electricians to bring your ideas to life! (more…)

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Kitchen trends: small details can make or break!

Kitchen trends revolve around a mix of beauty and function. Having a great kitchen designed for easy of use has dictated the kitchen trends we see today. Like all home decor, trends do change.

This makes it important to ensure your kitchen styles can be easily changed. An open plan kitchen is popular nowadays. With large open spaces, it gives homeowners plenty of entertaining options. But there are many small aspects of your kitchen style which need to be considered too.

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electricianAn electrician is a tradesperson who has expertise in electrical wiring of buildings and stationary machines.

The responsibilities of electricians include bringing electricity into homes, factories and businesses.  They are able to install and maintain fuses, wiring and all other mechanisms that electricity might flow through.

They may also be qualified to set up and manage electrical equipment in factories, and be able to read blue prints to work out where outlets, circuits, load centres, panel boards and other electrical equipment is to be installed or maintained from.

The Electrical Workers Registration Board was set up in 1992 to promote safety for New Zealanders by ensuring the registration and competency of electrical and electronic workers.  If you are thinking of hiring an electrician please remember to check their registration status.

An electricians work involves the use of:

  • Pliers, cable cutters, wire benders and voltage indicators
  •  Cables, lighting, switches, sockets, transformers and meters

A qualified electrician is trained to work safely with live currents, and to minimize danger of accidents.

An electrician working on residential property will be capable of a range of tasks from completely rewiring a home to minor repairs or installation of electrical household items such as an oven, heatpump or ducted vacuum system.   The services of an electrician include wiring, rewiring, electrical refurbishments, installation of lights and lighting and renovation.

Hire professional residential or commercial electricians

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