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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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!

Balustrades

What is a balustrade and do I need one?

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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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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home maintenance tasksChristmas is just around the corner. If you’ve been putting off getting home maintenance tasks done around your home over winter, you’ll be pleased to know that Builderscrack has qualified tradespeople available now to consult with you, or get a free online estimate.

Get ready for summer with 5 home maintenance tasks

 Tune up your air conditioning: Prevent emergencies and be safe by hiring a tradie to tune up your air conditioning. Not only will this keep it running and your summer electricity bills low, but a tradie will check that there are no fire hazards with faulty wiring.

Roof check: Now is a great time to inspect the roof for problems. The rain has subsided so there are more opportunities to hire a professional roofing contractor to find any small problems before they get bigger.

home maintenance tasksClean gutters: Regular cleaning will help prevent clogging and unnecessary leaks and is best done twice a year.

Remember that it can be dangerous to get up on the roof. So hiring a specialised gutter cleaning company is a great idea.

Window check: The key to successful window maintenance is to routinely check the sealants. It’s a good idea to inspect weather-stripping for any faults and replace it immediately if there is an issue.

Pressure wash: The best way to maintain your home’s exterior is to clean it with a safe pressure wash. This will remove dirt, stains and mildew. Before washing make sure you cover plants, electrical outlets and windows to avoid any mishaps.

That’s just a few home maintenance tasks you can get done now before Christmas madness descends upon us. If you’re not sure what needs doing around the house, our tradies can help. Experienced in a wide range of specialities, they can advise you what else may need doing to keep your home in tip top condition this summer.

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building a conservatoryIf you’ve been thinking about adding an extension to your home, building a conservatory is a clever way to add more living space without having to move to a larger home.

One of the benefits of building a conservatory is the potential to add a lot of value to your home.

Hiring an architect will help you to have an elegant, sophisticated and warm conservatory. (more…)

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winter weatherproofingThis week marks the official start of winter on the calendar. Looking at the temperatures around the country leaves us in no doubt that it’s well and truly time to get stuck into winter weatherproofing your for home.

The cold outside should make the warmth inside your home cozy and inviting, but is that outside chill seeping inside?

Over the next three weeks we’ll share some top tips on how you can winter weatherproof your home to cope with a kiwi winter. We’ve got a great mix of tips but don’t forget to share your own top tips in the comments section below. (more…)

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Your master bathroom


master bathroom

You can create your personal slice of paradise by transforming your master bathroom into a spa like environment. You won’t have to travel and can escape to tranquillity in your home as often as you are able to. Keep reading to find ideas from Builderscrack for turning your master bathroom into your own at home spa retreat. (more…)

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Irrigation InstallationIrrigation installation professionals offer a range of irrigation related services including repairs, maintenance, design and installation.

Irrigation installation professionals will design systems tailored to your individual garden requirements.

This includes the choice of fully automated systems, tap timers and manual systems.

Consult an irrigation installation professional when you’re planning a landscaping project or upgrading your garden. They’re also useful when you’re sick of spending hours watering your garden and want to install an irrigation system to save time.

A properly designed and installed irrigation system will not only wave water, but they’ll prevent your garden suffering from the effects of a lack of water by providing effective water coverage and accurate irrigation run duration.

Irrigation installation services include:

  • Installation of irrigation systems
  • Garden irrigation systems repairs and maintenance
  • Landscape irrigation design and installation
  • Installation of green walls and vertical gardens
  • Installation of green roofs

irrigation installationAn irrigation system will protect your investment in your garden and home, while buying you extra hours in the week. Regular watering is important for any garden and by maintaining the health and appearance of plants and grass.

Grass, plants and trees can be costly to establish and need ongoing watering.  Plants, shrubs and grass may die from lack of water, incorrect watering or over watering.

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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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