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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Posted In: Ashburton, Auckland, Banks Peninsula, Builders, Buller, Carpenters, Carterton, Central Otago, CHB, Choosing Tradespeople, Christchurch, Clutha, Coromandel, Dunedin, Far North, Fiordland, Franklin, Gisborne, Gore, Grey, Hamilton, Hammerhand & Labourer, Handymen, Hastings, Hauraki, Hauraki Islands, Horowhenua, Hurunui, Hutt Valley, Inspectors, Invercargill, Kaikoura, Kaipara, Kapiti Coast, Kawerau, Locations, Mackenzie, Manawatu, Manukau, Marlborough, Masterton, Matamata-Piako, Napier, Nelson, New Plymouth, North Shore, Opotiki, Otorohanga, Pacific Islands, Painters & Decorators, Palmerston North, Papakura, Paving Contractors, Piling & Foundations, Plasterboard Fixer, Plasterers, Plumbers, Porirua, Project Managers, Queenstown, Rangitikei, Rental Property, Resource Management, Rodney, Roofers, Rotorua, Ruapehu, Scaffolding, Selwyn, South Taranaki, South Waikato, South Wairarapa, Southland, Stratford, Surveyors, Tararua, Tasman, Taupo, Tauranga, Timaru, Waikato, Waimakariri, Waimate, Waipa, Wairoa, Waitakere City, Waitaki, Waitomo, Wellington, Western BOP, Westland, Whakatane, Whanganui, Whangarei

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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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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Posted In: Ashburton, Auckland, Builders, Central Otago, CHB, Hastings, Hauraki, Heating Professionals, Horowhenua, Matamata-Piako, Napier, Painters & Decorators, Piling & Foundations, Renovation Specialists, Resource Management, Rotorua, Ruapehu, Whanganui, Whangarei

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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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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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.

driveway ideas

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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Posted In: Bricklayers, Builders, Concrete Layers, Fiordland, Franklin, Matamata-Piako, Napier, Paving Contractors

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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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turfinstallerA lawn grass or turf installer is a tradesperson who can assess your tur and lawn needs, then provide and install prefabricated or artificial grass.

A lawn grass or turf installer will often visit the site to work out how much grass you require and then explain to you the pros and cons of each option.

Artificial grasses have a particular grain direction. Before rolling out the grass, the turf installer will make a note of the grain direction, then they will roll the turf onto the prepared sub-base. Once it’s laid out they’ll position it accurately and stretch out wrinkles, staking the turf before it’s stretched or pulled to keep it from shifting.

Once the turf is positioned, the edges will be trimmed with a razor knife or carpet cutter so they’re perfectly straight. Nails are used to secure the edges of the turf and should be spaced every 30cm, or as required.

A grass or turf installer services will often include:

  • Turf laying
  • Artificial turf laying
  • Turf repair

turfinstallerArtificial turf or grass is a low maintenance product but there’s a few things you can do to ensure it lasts for many years. Each day pick up any animal droppings and every month blow off the turf with a leaf blower to clear off leaves and dust.

This won’t take long and will keep your turf looking great.

Every few months brush your turf against the grain to get it to stand up and make clearing off leaves and dust easier.  You can brush the turf with a stiff outdoor broom, carpet rake or power broom. Each year check the infill and seams.  Hire a professional lawn grass or turf installer to install and maintain your turf.

Posted In: Masterton, Matamata-Piako, North Shore, Palmerston North, Turf & Grass

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flooringA flooring contractor installs, repairs and maintains floor coverings in residential homes and commercial properties.  They often specialize in a specific kind of floor material, such as tiles, or offer services for all floor types.  Other specialists  may focus on groups of materials, such as vinyl and lino or wooden flooring.

Floor coverings include different types of materials like hardwood, tile, laminate, stone, carpet, vinyl and linoleum. Homeowners hire flooring contractors to prep the floor before laying of the covering, or to repair or refinish existing floor coverings. A contractor is also used to restore historic floor materials including hardwood, tiles and stone.

Homeowners will usually contact several flooring contractors to request pricing and information for their home. A contractor will generally visit the home to discuss this before providing a quote or estimate.  A contractor may also organise cleaning up and disposal of existing floor products.

Their work involves carpet, polish, sanding, carpet strippers, strip cutters, vinyl tools, knee kickers, flooring clamps, moisture meters, laminate, hardwood, softwood, cork, tile, mosaic, floorboard.

The services of a flooring contractor include:

  • Laying carpet, hardwood, vinyl, tiles, laminate flooring & other flooring materials
  • Sanding and polishing hardwood
  • Carpet modification
  • Floor repair and replacement
  • Carpet repair
  • Carpet edging
  • Floorboard repair and replacement

Posted In: Carpetlayers, Flooring Contractors, Masterton, Matamata-Piako, Napier

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