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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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!
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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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The pressures of modern life have contributed towards us having hectic lifestyles, while we constantly rush around without time to relax and enjoy ourselves. Add to this the need to save money on heating and water, you’ve got one of the biggest contributing reasons to the increased popularity of a walk in shower compared to a bath tub.
A 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.
It’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.
Plasterers are building professionals who apply plaster to walls and ceilings to create a finished look to an interior space. A plasterer may work with new construction, or manage repairs to existing buildings.
In addition to the creation of basic coverings on walls and ceilings, plastering may also involve the creation of architectural details that enhance the overall look of the space.
For basic plastering jobs, when hiring a plasterer they will begin with either a solid surface or wire lathing that is attached to the surface.
For many projects, an even coat of gypsum is applied to the facing of the wall or ceiling. This creates a surface that the plaster will adhere to with no problems. The use of gypsum is particularly helpful when the plaster professional is working with a concrete wall.
With the gypsum in place, the plasterer will apply what is typically known as the finish coat. This coast is usually plaster that is formulated with a lime base. For jobs where some sort of lathing was employed, the plasterer will also use a tool known as a hawk. The hawk is used to create a smooth texture to the plaster.
Along with creating basic surfaces for walls and ceilings, a plasterer can also create design elements that can enhance the overall look of the space. In some cases, the design may involve using sculpting tools to create recessed designs in the surface of the plaster wall or ceiling.
Other enhancements, such as chair railing or cornice pieces, can be constructed off site and then installed once the plaster walls are dry.
A plasterer may work with different types of plaster, such as stucco or various types of drywall. As with any building professional, the work of this type of craftsman must comply with local building codes and standards.
A concrete layer is a tradesperson who makes many different types of structures out of cement. They’ll pour, smooth, finish and colour concrete with special tools and techniques. Some concrete layers will supervise at job sites to make sure that a quality job is done.
The first thing a concrete layer will do when they start a job, is to build a shape out of wood or metal to hold the wet concrete. Then they’ll pour the concrete into the form, making sure the area is filled properly and there are no air pockets. Then the concrete layer will make sure the concrete is level and clear away any excess with a trowel. Chisels and edging devices may be used to add decoration.
A concrete layer might specialise in a certain type of construction work – for example laying foundations for a new home, driveways, patios, repairs and maintenance on old and damaged structures, or public works like roads and footpaths.
Some concrete layers will work as contractors with their own equipment and may work alone, or hire other tradespeople to help on a project. A concrete layer will meet with the homeowner to plan the job and negotiate a quote. Construction is a labour intensive business that requires being able to work outside in all kinds of weather, so a concrete layer needs to be fit enough to carry out the physical requirements of the job, as well as have good communication and reasoning skills.
Their work involves the use of spreaders, straight edges, tampers, bull floats and darbies, edgers, groovers, hand floats and trowels.
A concrete layer may use concrete mix, fly ash, sealer and corrosion protection.