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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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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Posted In: Auckland, Builders, Christchurch, Fiordland, Franklin, Gisborne, Gore, Grey, Hamilton, Hastings, Hutt Valley, Interior Designers, Invercargill, Kaikoura, Kaipara, Kapiti Coast, Kawerau, Kitchen Designer, lighting, Mackenzie, North Shore, Opotiki, Otorohanga, Pacific Islands, Palmerston North, Queenstown, Rangitikei, Rodney, Rotorua, Ruapehu, Selwyn, South Taranaki, South Waikato, Tauranga

painting your home in winterIf you’re like many people, the idea of painting your home in winter sounds crazy. But did you know that winter is an excellent time to paint your home? Builders and property developers don’t wait for spring time to hire a painter and neither should you.

Today’s modern paints will dry quickly and adhere well. Here’s four great reasons to hire a professional decorator and start your painting project today. (more…)

Posted In: Newsletters, Painters & Decorators, South Taranaki, South Wairarapa, Stratford, Waitaki

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luxury bedroom lighting ideasWhether your luxury bedroom is a small cosy space or a grand suite, it’s probably used for more than just sleeping. While dark bedrooms are perfect for sleep, too little light can hinder other activities.  With plenty of luxury bedroom lighting ideas available, let us help you choose the right  professional tradespeople, lighting specialists and electricians to bring your ideas to life! (more…)

Posted In: Electricians, Interior Designers, lighting, Manukau, South Taranaki, Southland, Stratford, Waikato

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home remodelling trendsHere’s two great questions to ask yourself. How much better your home would be to live in with a few upgrades? Would seeing the latest home remodelling trends in your property make you feel great? There’s no time like the present to start on some home renovations and improve the quality of your life. Let’s get cracking!

Top 5 home remodelling trends you won’t want to miss

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Posted In: Builders, Door Professionals, Interior Designers, Landscapers, Rodney, Ruapehu, Selwyn, South Taranaki

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When you are renovating for profit, it can be difficult establishing what needs doing to maximise the return on your investment.

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Getting it right can reap considerable rewards, getting it wrong results in a waste of your time and money.

Investing a little in many areas of your home can make a real impact when it comes time to sell.How do you know which areas are worth investing time and money into and which ones aren’t?

Here are a few tips to get started. (more…)

Posted In: Auckland, Interior Designers, Project Managers, Ruapehu, Selwyn, South Taranaki

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A security service or alarm installers will be able to advise and install the best security system for your property or anything else you want protecting.

security serviceSome systems are composed of a simple alarm that sounds when an entry point is breached, while others include monitoring centres where employees will notify the authorities if someone tries to enter your home. Many companies make systems that include motion sensors that attach to your door and window frames.

Some of these systems include other monitoring features, such as smoke detectors, pressure mats that homeowners can place under rugs and windows, and closed-circuit television monitoring. When hiring a security service or alarm installer ask them which services and systems they offer and which are best for your circumstances.

Good home security brings peace of mind to your family and pets. In the case of an emergency, whether its fire, medical or burglary you and/or your security monitoring company will be the first to know. There’s many reasons why choosing to invest in a home security system is a good idea.  A security system can be useful if you travel a lot, or work long hours, you may have a pet or teenagers at home that need protecting.  A medical alarm is useful when you have a loved one who may live alone or be vulnerable and would benefit from that extra layer of protection.

The services offered by a security service or alarm installer include:

  • Alarm installation
  • Motion sensors
  • Perimeters monitoring
  • Alarm repair
  • Home security systems
  • Closed circuit television (CCTV)

Posted In: Auckland, Fire Services Professionals, Security/Alarm Service, South Taranaki, Timaru, Waikato, Whakatane

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insulationAn insulation installer often is one of the first people involved in new construction once the frame has been erected.

Before drywall and finish work can be completed, the entire frame of the building must undergo insulation installation to ensure the new structure is energy-efficient.

Many of the building codes have minimums requirements that must be met.

Look for an insulation installer who:

An understanding of installation principles dictate that new building installations pass blower door tests that make a house airtight for the best energy conservation. A knowledgeable installer will have the knowledge of all the gaps, cracks and possible culprits that can make a house drafty.

While residential air sealing technicians work closely with installers during new home construction, many insulation installers are training their own people to become proficient in this ever-growing energy conservation step. Most insulation installations resist heat flow, in or out of the building, offer sound control, and moisture control.

If you’re going to get your walls insulated, firstly:

  • Check local building consent requirements
  • Ensure your wall cavities are dry
  • Check the building paper in your walls
  • Get your electrical wiring checked

For more information visit EECA Energywise

Posted In: Insulation Installers, South Taranaki, South Waikato, South Wairarapa

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air conA heatpump and air con specialist is a tradesperson with the skills required to install heatpump and air con systems. They are able to assess your needs and provide you with a good solution for your home heating and cooling problems.

A good installer will be qualified and have all the knowledge and skills to provide an excellent product.

Selecting air conditioning for your home is a major decision.  It’s an important investment today which will play a key role in your energy bills for years to come.  When the summer heat is at its peak, you’ll want the best, most reliable cooling possible.

It’s not recommended to buy and install it yourself as you may void the manufacturer’s warranty. Hire a professional installer today.

The services of a heat pump and air con will be able to:

  • Advise on the correct size unit you’ll need
  • Advise whether there are environmental issues to think about like sea spray, or sulphur
  • Advise on where the indoor and outdoor units should be put
  • Install the air conditioning so that it’s compliant with any rules and regulations
  • Advise on what you need to do to maintain your air conditioning unit, and provide you with contact numbers to call for servicing or problems
  • Provide a written warranty for the heat pump and its installation
  • Provide a lesson in getting the best out of your heat pump. Read the operating manual, but also get a practical hands on lesson which includes basic heat pump operation, using the remote, thermostat and timers, what the different modes are and how to clean and remove air filters

Posted In: Heating Professionals, Ruapehu, Selwyn, South Taranaki

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