Stage 4 Lifestyle Series – Trading up Your Home When You’re 40-ish

You’ve hit your 40’s and have started thinking about trading up your home. Should you find something bigger to accommodate your teenagers? Will you do the DIY route or call in the tradies? Where can you go to learn home DIY skills? There’s a lot to consider and we’re going to talk about it all!

trading up your home

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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!

Tradesmen Accreditations

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tiny home movement

The tiny home movement has definitely come to New Zealand, especially since the Christchurch earthquakes which have seen kiwis both living out of and doing business out of remodelled containers. But why has the tiny house movement gained so much traction and caused excitement lately? Is it a genuine trend that’s both socially and economically advantageous? Or is it just the next not-so-big thing in house design?

Exploring NZ’s tiny home movement

Since the mid 1940s we’ve seen the average size of a kiwi home almost double to approx 200m2. But at the same time the number of people per household has shrunk to 2.5 and is still shrinking. So we’ve often now got half as many people living in twice as much space as our parents or grandparents did.

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furniture repairFurniture is perhaps the most important part of any interior design.  It is also the part that gets damaged. It’s best if any furniture repair is handled by a professional restorer, because they will take the piece and work his magic on it to make it as good as new.

It’s true that the process doesn’t always involve complex skills and some of us can manage furniture repair at home just by investing a little time and effort in the job. (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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Over the last few weeks we’ve run a series of articles on bathroom renovations and what you can expect to be able to do within various price ranges. This week is our last part in the series where we’re looking at :

The deluxe bathroom renovation $30,000 to $100,000+

deluxe bathroom renovationThe deluxe bathroom renovation may also be known as a full gut job. There’s the budget for getting rid of everything and starting from scratch by having all new fixtures and fittings exactly where you want them. (more…)

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bathroom renovationIf you’re thinking about undertaking a bathroom renovation, then you’ll no doubt be considering what you want to achieve by doing so.  Whether it’s updating the look, increasing resale value or adding functionality, amenities and storage, the scope of your bathroom renovation project will depend on many factors but primarily your budget.

Other factors include how long you’ve been living in your home and how much longer you plan on remaining there.  We’ll also be sharing our knowledge on what features to expect for $3,000 to $100,000-plus, to help you plan your bathroom renovation.

Like all home renovation projects, there’s generally 3 levels of renovating: good, better and absolute best.  In this series of #bathroom #renovation articles we’ll walk you through the basics regardless of your budget. All price ranges are indicative only to give a general guideline. Hire a professional bathroom renovator or designer to get an exact free quote or use our online estimator. (more…)

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hiring a roofing contractorHiring a roofing contractor is a big decision. As building professionals, they can help you with repairs and re-roofing. Installing a new roof is often one of the most expensive and important home renovation projects you’ll do as a homeowner.

Your roof is the first line of defense against all-weather extremes from gale force winds to heatwaves. So it’s important that you select both the best roofing company and materials.

Durable products, quality installation and competent workmanship are critical to protecting your investment.  Here’s what to consider when you hire a roofing contractor. (more…)

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Shade sail installers are skilled in the manufacture, repair and installation of shade sails near homes and buildings.  Like sails for boats, the shade sail uses a piece of cloth, affixed tightly to at least three points. Instead of providing the wind for a boat, it provides shade on land in a variety of shapes and sizes.

shade sail installersA shade sail is used for creating shaded areas in homes, or near buildings which they can be affixed to. With shade sail fabric, which is typically the most inexpensive, the knit fabric has a slight curve inside which keeps it tight and secure.

Wind makes it whip about, but generally it won’t sag. Homeowners can hire a shade sail installer or buy canvas or polyvinyl chloride (PVC) sails and install them themselves.  Provided these are well secured, they’ll not moved much with wind.

Typically shade sails are a triangular shape, but they also come in squares and rectangles. Modern sail designs take into account that people need protection from both the heat and the sun’s harmful rays. A shade sail installer will know how to treat shade sail fabric so that it blocks out UV rays, which also helps the fabric withstand constant sun exposure.

shade sail installers2A shade sail creates outdoor shade based on the basic technology of a ship’s sail, using a flexible membrane tensioned between several anchor points. Modern shade sails can vary in shape, size and colour with a trend towards installing multiple overlapping sails, adding form and style to function. Shade sails are tensioned by either a stainless steel turnbuckle or a pulley system.

Shade Sail Installers services include:

  • Design and manufacture of shade sails
  • Installation of shade sails
  • Design and manufacture of awnings
  • Installation of window, aluminium, shop front or caravan awnings
  • Repair of shade sails
  • Repair of awnings

For domestic applications of shade sails it is recommended to hire a professional shade sail installer who will install them with a quick release “snap hook” at each corner. This means the sail shade can be taken down quickly in high wind conditions or during the winter season. A skilled shade sail professional will know that installation requires that adequate and quite considerable tension be applied to the sail to allow it to adopt its correct shape and prevent flapping in the wind. It’s also important to ensure that mounting points are substantial and secure to be able to accept the required initial tension and absorb the loads created by wind gusts hitting the sail.

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antenna installerAn antenna installer is a tradesperson who specializes in antenna installation. The installation procedure is often based on a number of factors; reception quality for the area, house construction, type of antenna and mounting and number of outlets required.

Antennae are generally mounted as high as possible in primary reception areas with few obstructions.

In New Zealand, it may be necessary for an antenna installer to point two or three antennas in different directions in order to receive signals for all channels.

A channel is the frequency on which a program is transmitted. There are high and low bands each for a different VHF channels. The same program is transmitted on differing channels nationwide to avoid any interference.

Key terminology used by an antenna installer includes:

  • Diplexer – Combines the signals from both VHF and UHF antennas into one cable to connect to the wall plate or television.
  • Amplifiers – Used to boost the signal to ensure that an adequate signal is fed to each TV.
  • Dipole – The fundamental form of aerial.
  • Matching – An antenna must be matched into the load.
  • Gain – The improvement in signal level in decibels given by a particular antenna, compared to a standard reference antenna.
  • Front to back ratio – The ratio of signal strength picked up by the front of the antenna compared to the signal picked up by the rear.
  • Reflector – An element slightly longer than half a wavelength spaced at a small distance behind the dipole to improve front-to-back ratio.
  • Ghosts – When a signal is reflected from an obstruction such as a building and arrives later than the direct signal causing multiple images or ghosts to appear on the TV screen.
  • Splitter – A device for feeding two or more receivers from one antenna cable.

Tools commonly used in antenna installation include; Coaxial cable strippers, Coax cable, crimpers, Coax cable insertion tools, Site survey tools, Satellite Dish Alignment Tools.

With the switch from analog to Digital TV, you may need to get a Freeview antenna installed, so hire an antenna installer today.

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