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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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!

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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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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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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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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…)

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interior designerAn Interior designer will draw upon many disciplines to enhance the function, safety, and aesthetics of interior spaces.

Their main concerns are with how different colours, textures, furniture, lighting, and space work together to meet the needs of a building’s occupants.

Traditionally, an interior designer focused on decorating, choosing a style and colour palette and then selecting appropriate furniture, floor and window coverings, artwork, and lighting. However, an increasing number of designers are becoming involved in architectural detailing.

Designers frequently collaborate with architects, electricians, and building contractors to ensure that designs are safe and meet construction requirements. Whatever space they are working on, almost all designers follow the same process.

The designer usually meets face-to-face with the client to find out how the space will be used and to get an idea of the client’s preferences and budget.  The designer also will visit the space to take inventory of existing furniture and equipment and identify positive attributes of the space and potential problems.

interior designThen, the designer formulates a design plan and estimates costs. When the design concept is decided upon, the designer will begin specifying the materials, finishes, and furnishings required, such as furniture, lighting, flooring, wall covering, and artwork.

If a project requires structural work, the designer works with an architect or engineer for that part of the project.

Most designs also require the hiring of contractors to do technical work, such as lighting, plumbing, or electrical wiring. Often designers choose contractors and write work contracts.

Finally, the designer develops a timeline for the project, coordinates contractor work schedules, and makes sure work is completed on time. The designer oversees the installation of the design elements, and after the project is complete, the designer, together with the client, pay follow-up visits to the building site to ensure that the client is satisfied. If the client is not satisfied, the designer makes corrections.

What do in-store Interior Designers do?

Designers who work for furniture or home and garden stores sell merchandise in addition to offering design services. In-store designers provide services, such as selecting a style and colour scheme that fits the client’s needs or finding suitable accessories and lighting, similar to those offered by other interior designers.

interior designerHowever, in-store designers rarely visit clients’ spaces and use only a particular store’s products or catalogues. Interior designers sometimes supervise assistants who carry out their plans and perform administrative tasks, such as reviewing catalogues and ordering samples.

Designers who run their own businesses also may devote considerable time to developing new business contacts, examining equipment and space needs, and attending to business matters.

Although most interior designers do many kinds of projects, some specialize in one area of interior design.  Some interior designers do many projects, whilst others specialize in specific areas – residential, commercial, lighting, bathrooms, as well as acoustics and home theatres.

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