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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Whether you are building or renovating, at some stage you will need to consider your downpipes and spouting options. We’re lucky in New Zealand that we have many options when it comes to rainwater collection systems. With downpipe and guttering manufacturers all praising their own products, it makes finding a non-biased opinion about choosing the best type and material challenging.  

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That’s why we’ve put together this comprehensive guide on how to choose the right material and type of spouting and downpipes for your home. (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!

Tradesmen Accreditations

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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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Many homeowners are under the false impression that the vast majority of winter damage comes as a result of unusually cold temperatures. What causes most damage is the drying due to cold air and the up and down fluctuation of temperatures that comes during winter. Add to that the general lack of rain, those causes a lot of stress on plants and can make them much more susceptible to winter damage. This is especially true if the plants are not native to the climate and suitable for the environment. Some plants just need a little extra help to get through the winter unscathed. A few preventive steps and a little bit of your time are all it takes to protect your plants against the most common plant problems during winter. Here are some other things to keep in mind as you work to protect your trees and to help guard against winter damage.
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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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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.

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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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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…)

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hiring a gasfitterIf you’re looking to hire a plumber, gasfitter or drainlayer, then there’s a few things you need to know first.

We’ve spoken to Colleen from Hutt Gas & Plumbing and she’s been kind enough to put together a few words of advice for all you homeowners looking at getting gas, plumbing or drain laying work done. (more…)

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