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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Aluminium or wooden windows – which is best for me?

New Zealanders typically live in a home with either wooden or aluminium windows. These two types of joinery are well respected by both builders and homeowners alike. However, people have their favourites and with good reasons. That’s because there are pros and cons for both aluminium and wooden joinery. Ultimately the decision rests with you in choosing the joinery type best for your home.

Wooden Windows

 

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Posted In: Carterton, Central Otago, CHB, Dunedin, Hammerhand & Labourer, Handymen, Hastings, Hauraki, Hauraki Islands, Heating Professionals, Insulation Installers, Interior Designers, Invercargill, Kaikoura, Mackenzie, Manawatu, Masterton, Matamata-Piako, New Plymouth, Plumbers, Project Managers, Roofers, Waitakere City, Waterproofing, Wellington, Whanganui

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One of the most popular selling points of a kiwi home is the indoor outdoor flow. Whether you’re thinking of selling or just want to realise the potential of your home and the plot it stands on, considering indoor outdoor flow is important.

Indoor Outdoor Flow

Indoor outdoor flow

The secret to unlocking the potential of both spaces is blurring the boundaries between inside and outside. This works regardless of the size of your garden compared to the size of your home. Select from our great ideas below to improve indoor outdoor flow and make the most of your property. (more…)

Posted In: Builders, Flooring Contractors, Gardeners & Lawn Mowing, Glaziers & Windows, Kawerau, Manukau, Masterton, Turf & Grass, Waimakariri, Wairoa, Waitaki, Whangarei

Autumn is the perfect time to plant almost anything you can imagine, but it is the absolute best time to put down fresh new lawn and trees and the only time that you can plant spring bulbs such as daffodils.

Autumn Planting Tips

As you will agree, a garden without any trees and shrubs feels pretty desolate and lonely when winter arrives. With a bit of forward planning you can have a great looking garden in winter. You’ll find then that Spring will take care of itself. Trees and shrubs give a garden structure, and a backdrop to highlight the beautiful flowers that come up in spring and summer.

Trees and shrubs provide order and accent whether they’re planted as hedges or clipped as fancy topiary. They are also useful to create privacy, tidy garden borders and provide a strong foundation for your garden. As a guide, half to two thirds of your garden planting area should be trees and shrubs.

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Posted In: Banks Peninsula, CHB, Clutha, Gardeners & Lawn Mowing, Hauraki Islands, Hurunui, Irrigation Specialists, Masterton, Napier, Queenstown, Rodney, Tauranga, Turf & Grass, Waikato

Cleaning for ChristmasHolidays are coming and along with them a fun time. There are presents to be had, meals to be cooked, decorations to be made, guests and family to invite over and pretty much a whole lot of pleasant stuff to do.

Do not let the joy of it all get you too carried away just yet!

There are some chores inside the house that await your attention and should never be ignored for long. One such is cleaning for Christmas. That is right, cleaning should be done before, during and after holiday season to ensure your house is ready for it. The cleaner and more prepared your home is, the better overall impression your home will leave in your guests and better time you will all have.

It is likely that this is the last thing on your mind. You probably have a lot of shopping, cooking and decorating to do, so finding the time to do a proper cleaning for Christmas can be tough. This is why you should give yourself enough time and do the more demanding tasks before the guests come.

If you are not so much into doing all this additional work, consider hiring a professional cleaning company for a one-off cleaning of your home. (more…)

Posted In: Cleaners (Carpet), Cleaners (Interior), Hamilton, Hastings, Masterton, Matamata-Piako, Napier, Rodney, Rotorua, Ruapehu

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weatherproofing your home with insulation

Weatherproofing your home with insulation

Generally speaking new houses will have adequate insulation to cope with New Zealand winters. Older homes may have insulation installed ‘here and there’ if at all, and you’ll pay for this with increased power bills.

Hiring an insulation installer may be the most expensive step of weatherproofing your home for winter, but the good news is you won’t have to do it again for a very long time. (more…)

Posted In: Auckland, Hastings, Insulation Installers, Masterton, Queenstown, Rangitikei, South Waikato, Southland, Ventilation Specialists, Waikato, Waitakere City, Wellington, Whangarei

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…)

Posted In: Auckland, Builders, Christchurch, Interior Designers, Kaipara, Kitchen Designer, lighting, Masterton, Nelson, Papakura, Rangitikei, Renovation Specialists, South Waikato, Wellington

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draughtsmanYou want to renovate your home. Which tradesperson is the best person to help you with this: a Draughtsman, Architect or Builder? Whether you are building a brand new home or adding an extension, who should you contact first?

Let’s look into what each professional does and how they can help you. (more…)

Posted In: Architects, Builders, Inspectors & Valuers, Mackenzie, Marlborough, Masterton, Matamata-Piako, Project Managers

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Starting home renovations or new home build is a major task.  Knowing whether you need to choose a Project Manager or a Building Contractor  is one of the first questions you’ll ask yourself.  You may not even know the differences between them.

To confuse things even more, it’s not unusual for their roles to overlap.

Building Contractors employ a number of skilled workers, and the majority of core trades are often done in-house or sub-contracted to companies they have built up a good working relationship with. They own (rather than hire) most of their own equipment, are able to take on larger projects and may be members of the Master Builders’ Association.

choose a project manager

You may save time by choosing a Building Contractor due to them having in-house back-up and not being so reliant on sub-contractors. When choosing a Building Contractor over a Project Manager be aware you may have to organise and supervise other contractors. (more…)

Posted In: Carpenters, Choosing Tradespeople, Masterton, Matamata-Piako, Napier, Project Managers, Rental Property

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