Stage 3 Life Stages Home Ownership – Home DIY When You’re Thirty-ish

You’ve achieved the Kiwi dream and now own you first home! It’s time to start thinking about home DIY, but where should you start and what can you do? In this third article of our Life Stages of Home Ownership series, we’ll walk you through the tasks you can do and those you should call on a tradie to do for you.

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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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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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spring home renovationsIsn’t the growth appearing outside with new buds on trees and plants simply beautiful? It’s lovely to feel the ground getting warmer with spring arriving and summer just around the corner.

Spring home renovations

Coming out of a cold winter, spring home renovations may seem like a daunting prospect.  Yes, you’ve been thinking about it for months, years even. In your mind’s eye, you can see the fixtures, fittings and flooring coming together beautifully.  You know you want to get cracking on the task, but you’re not sure where to begin.

We’ve talked to industry insiders and experts, putting together a list of 5 tips for starting your spring home renovations. (more…)

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Bathroom Renovation CostsThis is part three in a four part series where we’ll discuss what features to expect for $3,000 to $100,000-plus when undertaking bathroom renovations and what you need to help you plan your bathroom renovation.

This week we’re looking at bathroom renovation costs for:

Mid range bathroom renovation costs ($12,000 to $30,000)

Location, cost of labour and materials all play a part in the costing of a bathroom renovation.  The average bathroom renovation job in Auckland will definitely cost more than the a similar job carried out in Greymouth. (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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Home renovation trends are always changing because new ideas are born every day! With the staggering success of The Block NZ and other successful home renovation programs on TV, kiwis are more in love with doing up their homes than ever. Here are five upcoming home renovation trends.

State of the art kitchen home renovation trends

home renovation trendsOver 61% of home renovators are planning on completing a kitchen revamp in the near future, more than bathrooms, bedrooms or living areas.

These kitchen revamps are expected to follow a new home renovation trend where rustic kitchens are out and state of the art is in. (more…)

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preparing your rental propertyWhen preparing your rental property for tenants, it’s handy to have a pragmatic approach to home design and decorating.  Of equal importance is having knowledge of the practical and legal requirements of being a landlord. This includes understanding about a tenancy agreement and the  residential tenancies act.

If you’re converting your own home to a rental property, remember your tenants may not have the same taste as you.  You may love your brown carpet and cream floral wallpaper, but others may not!

If you have bought a property specifically to rent it out, then its best to decorate it with neutral colours. Creating a bright blank canvas is preferable. This will appeal to a wide range of tenants. It also lets them personalise the rental property  without clashing with the decor.

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staircase installation Building a staircase incorrectly can seriously hurt you or another person so it’s important  to hire a staircase installation professional.

A stairway, staircase, stairwell, flight of stairs, or simply stairs is a construction designed to bridge a large vertical distance by dividing it into smaller vertical distances, called steps. Stairs may be straight, round, or may consist of two or more straight pieces connected at angles. (more…)

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