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!

Tradesmen Accreditations

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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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Posted In: Auckland, Builders, Christchurch, Fiordland, Franklin, Gisborne, Gore, Grey, Hamilton, Hastings, Hutt Valley, Interior Designers, Invercargill, Kaikoura, Kaipara, Kapiti Coast, Kawerau, Kitchen Designer, lighting, Mackenzie, North Shore, Opotiki, Otorohanga, Pacific Islands, Palmerston North, Queenstown, Rangitikei, Rodney, Rotorua, Ruapehu, Selwyn, South Taranaki, South Waikato, Tauranga

double glazingDouble glazing windows has become a good deal more popular in New Zealand since building laws changed for new buildings. This has also meant that homeowners of existing properties are now more interested in retro fitting double glazing to their homes.

This is something that can be done quite cost effectively regardless of whether you have aluminium or timber window frames.

Retrofitting double glazing means that you’ll replace your single glaze windows with double glazed ones. The actual process is both fast and unobtrusive. The only real difference you’ll notice is a more comfortable home environment all year around. (more…)

Posted In: Auckland, Coromandel, Fiordland, Glaziers & Windows, Otorohanga, Queenstown, Tauranga, Waikato, Waitakere City

green plumbingHaving an eco-friendly or ‘green’ home is becoming more and more popular in New Zealand. Sometimes it’s hard to know what aspects of home improvements will reap the biggest rewards both environmentally and financially when going green. Let me let you in on a little secret, not many areas of your home will have more potential than your plumbing when it comes to going green.

When you green your plumbing you’ll save on energy costs, improve your health and benefit the environment. Do these improvements sound like something you’re interested in? Then read on… (more…)

Posted In: Christchurch, Fiordland, Hauraki Islands, Kaikoura, Plumbers

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renovation ideasWith the promise of sun, we often start collecting house renovation ideas. A new bathroom, replacing wooden window frames or adding on another storey, there are so many options.  Now is the right time to start considering what renovation could be done at your house. We’ve put together a list of four essential renovation ideas to help make your home your castle.

4 home renovation ideas to do before summer

This summer, your home will be ready and so will you. Get stuck into these jobs now because summer is too good to spend renovating.

  1. Home Insulation – Did you know that early summer is the perfect time to get home insulation installed? Insulating your home at the start of summer helps you achieve a cooler home. Furthermore, it also reduces air-conditioning bills and often can be installed cheaper at off-peak times.
  2. Air Conditioning – If you already have air-con installed, get it serviced now. Or you could get a unit installed now because the peak season is coming and installers will be fully booked.
  3. Indoor-Outdoor Flow – With daylight savings, we’re all loving being outside after work. Fold back your freshly painted french doors and open your home onto the deck. You deserve to enjoy a BBQ outdoors with a fine NZ wine in your hand. This summer, it’s your chance to embrace the dream, enjoy your yard and modern el fresco living.
  4. Get a Swimming Pool – Turn your home into a resort with your very own swimming pool. It provides a sparkling backdrop whilst you enjoy your BBQ dinner. Then you can chill off with a dip or two.

This summer it’s time to start enjoying your home and lifestyle. List your job today here on Builderscrack and enjoy the tradies chasing you for a change. With plenty of renovation ideas up their sleeves, you’ll have the home of your dreams within a flash.

Posted In: Fiordland, Franklin, Kaikoura, Kaipara, Newsletters, Renovation Specialists, Swimming Pools

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If you’ve not made a list of driveway ideas, relax. The driveway is often overlooked as a functional slab of concrete or asphalt tasked with transporting your car from the street to the garage. But first impressions count and the exterior of your home is what people initially notice when visiting.

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With imagination and the use of the right materials, you could have an interesting driveway for a great price. Pinterest is a great place to start when making a list of driveway ideas. Pinning your favourite shapes, colours and materials to a board keeps everything in one place.

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Winter gardening tips for March and April in New Zealandwinter gardening tips

A successful garden provides a visually interesting variety of colour year-round.  Builderscrack has some winter gardening tips for you! Start by incorporating a blend of trees both evergreen and deciduous, mixed up with flowering shrubs, spring bulbs, perennials and annuals.

In climates with mild winters, cooler months are a good time for flower colour and fragrance.

For climate control, choose evergreen plants for protection from cold winds and deciduous plants around the house to let the winter sunshine stream in. Here are some top gardening tips for the next couple of months. (more…)

Posted In: Arborists, Dunedin, Far North, Fiordland, Gardeners & Lawn Mowing, Landscapers

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Swimming PoolA swimming pool specialist is a tradesperson skilled in the installation, maintenance, repair and removal of swimming pools.

Swimming pools come in many different shapes and sizes, and can often be tailored to a specific location and area.

A swimming pool contractor will have a great knowledge of the ins and outs of different types of pools.Some pools are built into the ground, whilst others are above ground.

A Swimming Pool specialist will initially consult with the homeowner to make sure that the swimming pools dimensions and locations meet with council regulations and your requirements.

They will then use a backhoe dig, contour and grade the walls of an in ground swimming pool. Next the wall panels are assembled and aligned using sections, nuts, bolts, transit and an electric air gun. The next step is for premixed concrete to be poured between the dirt wall and wall panels to enable the anchoring of the bottoms of wall panels and cross braces.

Gravel will then be spread into the hollow foundations to make a drain field and then trenches will be dug and drain tiles will be laid uphill of the pool site to divert ground water.  Pipes will then be laid out and connected for water inlets, filters and return valves.

Swimming PoolCement is then mixed and poured into the foundations, then the swimming pool contractor will spread and smooth it evenly throughout the foundations allowing it to set.  Heater parts are next to be assembled, connecting the gas, oil or electrical lines and the heater is started to check it is working. The liner is installed into the pool and the pump is started to fill the pool with water.

A concrete deck is then built around the pool and it is fenced off in accordance with local council regulations.  Then any parts of the above-ground pool are laid out and assembled and the pump is checked again and the pool is checked for leaks.

When hiring a Swimming pool specialist check if they also maintain and repair the pool and other related equipment, advise home owners and sell chemicals to prevent problems with pool water.

 A swimming pool specialist may offer services such as:

  • Pool installation
  • Pool maintenance
  • Swimming pool repair
  • Pool removal
  • Filter installation
  • Filter repair
  • Pool heating
  • Installing Spa pools and  Jacuzzis

Posted In: Far North, Fiordland, Hastings, Hauraki, Swimming Pools

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skylightA skylight is a window built into the roof of a house in order to allow natural light to come into the house directly. They may be installed for aesthetic purposes, or as part of a heating system. There are many different types, such as ventilating, fixed, tubular, flat, round, polygon, pyramid, dome, ridge and lean-to. Your specialist will advise you of the best suited type for your desires.

A skylight is essentially a window that’s built into the ceiling/roof of your home to let natural light directly in.

They may also be installed to be visually appealing or as part of a wider passive-heat strategy.  There are a range of skylights available all with different designs, materials and components. When hiring a skylight installer, ask them what options they recommend for your home.

skylightIt’s not common to select a skylight that’s too big for your house, when you’re trying to add as much natural light as you can.  The best ones have a poorer insulation value than the same space of roofing, so the bigger it is the more heat will escape in winter and enter in summer.

Therefore it’s recommended to consider how much sun your roof gets and the temperature variations between winter and summer before deciding on the sizing.

It’s a general guide that a skylight will let in 8x as much light as a similarly sized window.

There’s three types generally available in wide use.  A ventilating skylight, a fixed sky light and a tubular sky light.

The services offered by a skylight installer include:

  • Skylight installation, repair and modification
  • Consultation on the best skylight options for your home

Posted In: Fiordland, Franklin, Gisborne, Grey, Hamilton, Skylights

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