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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installing a new fenceYou’re considering installing a new fence in your backyard and think you’re ready to do it yourself.  But are you? Do you have every single thing you need? Are you positive that what you’ve planned will deliver exactly what you want, in terms of privacy and use-ability?

There’s nothing more frustrating than making it half way through a fencing job, only to discover that you’ve forgotten something crucial. (more…)

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installing solar panels

If you’ve ever considered installing solar panels, you are not alone. Kiwi homes are generally exposed to 20-30 times more energy from the sun than they use in power or gas and most of its going to waste. By making use of it, we can reduce emissions, create jobs and contribute towards energy independence.

The cost of solar panels continues to fall rapidly and it’s become competitive with other power generation options. So it’s not surprising to discover that the installation of solar power in NZ has increased by 370% in the last two years.
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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…)

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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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