Guide to Installing Balustrades Which Meet NZ Building Code

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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Decorating your child’s bedroom is an enjoyable yet challenging task. Remember to consider your child’s special interests and personality when planning the bedroom decor. Attention to detail helps make the bedroom uniquely suited to your child.

A child who likes rugby, sea creatures or Batman, would love design elements that reflect these interests.

Involve your son or daughter in the design and planning process as much as possible and appropriate for his age. This makes for a great bonding experience!

Builderscrack have some tips for success when decorating your child’s bedroom, but if you are unsure where to start hire a decorator or colour consultant to help!

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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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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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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…)

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Your bedroom is your private space and sanctuary to retreat to away from the world at the end of each day.  But is your bedroom all it can be?  Maybe you’re thinking of hiring a tradie to renovate your bedroom with new carpet, wallpaper and curtains? Or are you wanting to give your existing decor a makeover with some new soft furnishings?  No matter what your aspirations are, we’ve got 6 inspiring and romantic Valentines Day bedroom renovation and decoration ideas for you.

Bedroom renovation ideas

Renovate with red

Red is synonymous with Valentine’s Day. Whether it’s a dozen red roses or the wrapper on your favourite chocolates, we all love something in red on this special day. Using red paint strategically in the bedroom can give your love life some vavoom!

bedroom renovationSexy red walls with a tall window, striped bedding, roman shades and an elegant sofa

Shelving is sexy

If you’re sitting there thinking ‘yeah, nah its not’ then take a look at this!  Not only is this shelving practical for storing everything thats scattered over the floor and bed, it looks hot…  A handyman, cabinet maker or builder can help you create shelving that’s perfect for your love nest.

bedroom renovationBe inspired by this sexy shelving with a convex curve  

The red carpet treatment

Red carpet is not only elegant and classy but the right shade of red may hide a multitude of sins!  Teamed with some contrasting bedding and soft furnishings the right red carpet or rug will add the finishing touches to your love den.

bedroom renovationContemporary red carpet with white bedroom decor

Our wonderful office mates over at felt.co.nz inspire us every day, so we’ve asked them to come up with a few valentines day gift ideas that you can buy now to start of complete your bedroom makeover.

Rustic regal chairs

These two classic chairs add luxury to any room with patterned fabric and red velvet.   Finished with quality upholstery material, they’re also very robust.

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Aroha print

These A4 digital prints are hand coloured with powdered dye to make each one completely unique.

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Love wins every time

These screen printed pillow cases will bring a bit of fun to your bedroom.  Furthermore, each screen is individually cut by hand and printed onto 100% cotton pillowslips.

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Whether you’re hiring a tradie to get cracking on your romantic bedroom makeover or checking out the felt.co.nz Valentines Day gift guide for inspiration we hope you have a wonderful day celebrating love in all its forms.

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budget landscaping ideasToday we’re pleased to share with you a guest blog post by Andy Ellis.  Andy is a former All Black. He is also a part of an illustrious group, being the 11th Crusader to reach 100 caps.

Andy is involved with KamoMarsh, an award-winning Garden Design and Landscape Architecture firm based in Christchurch, New Zealand.

For almost 40 years, KamoMarsh have worked on a diverse range of projects, creating beautiful landscape garden designs that both inspire and invigorate those who use the spaces.

Andy is  a natural on the field playing for the #allblacks. He’s also a natural when bringing together a range of landscape design elements to complement the environment and make the best use of natural resources and existing landscape features.  Read on and discover Andy’s top budget landscaping ideas put together especially for you! (more…)

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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…)

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This is part two in our three-part series “weatherproofing your home for winter”. Last week we covered inspecting fireplaces, wood stoves and chimneys. We also discussed cleaning your gutters and roofs. Read last weeks blog post. This week we cover winterizing your house exterior, doors and windows.

Winterizing your house exterior

Winterizing your House Exterior
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