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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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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The autumn months of March, April and May are the best bulb planting months. The more effort you can put into planting bulbs for spring, the better the rewards during winter and spring.

Planting bulbs for spring

If you’re planning to planting bulbs for spring, look out for bulbs arriving from March. This helps you get your favourite varieties from the best new stock. Did you know that Tulips flower magnificently if kept in the fridge for 8 weeks before planting?

Planting bulbs for Spring

Even if you only want to plant a few bulbs for spring , they make more of a statement when planted in close groups rather than scattered about. Daffodils create an amazing pop of yellow colour in your garden. (more…)

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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.

Bedroom renovation ideas

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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kitchen contractorWhether you are remodeling your kitchen or ripping it out, you need to speak with a kitchen contractor. You also need to have some ideas about what you’d like your new kitchen to look like. Pinterest is a great tool to create a pinboard of your favourite kitchen ideas. It also helps a kitchen contractor understand what you want the finished result to look like. (more…)

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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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kitchen designerA kitchen designer is a professional who will work with you to plan the layout of a new or existing kitchen. They may also supervise construction and installation or assist with decoration.

They are skilled in technical drawing and CAD and will have an understanding of the principles of interior design and architecture as a kitchen remodel will require an in-depth knowledge of these.

Kitchen designers will know about local building requirements and codes and often will have worked on the construction side of design, therefore being knowledgeable in building practices, techniques and laws.

Kitchen DesignerA good kitchen designer will be able to work well with the homeowner to understand their needs and wants.  They’ll help you to choose flooring, appliances, cabinetry, countertops and colours to fit your home, budget and lifestyle. The first consultation often takes place in a showroom, your home or a home improvement centre.

Once they have seen the kitchen space, they’ll offer some ideas around the type of appliances, cabinets, materials and products.

The next step is then to prepare a few design concepts to the homeowner, or else working on a single design while making changes through the process in consultation with the homeowner. Hire a kitchen designer today.

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