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!
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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Whether you are building or renovating, at some stage you will need to consider your downpipes and spouting options. We’re lucky in New Zealand that we have many options when it comes to rainwater collection systems. With downpipe and guttering manufacturers all praising their own products, it makes finding a non-biased opinion about choosing the best type and material challenging.
That’s why we’ve put together this comprehensive guide on how to choose the right material and type of spouting and downpipes for your home. (more…)
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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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.
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?
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…)
Autumn is the perfect time to plant almost anything you can imagine, but it is the absolute best time to put down fresh new lawn and trees and the only time that you can plant spring bulbs such as daffodils.
As you will agree, a garden without any trees and shrubs feels pretty desolate and lonely when winter arrives. With a bit of forward planning you can have a great looking garden in winter. You’ll find then that Spring will take care of itself. Trees and shrubs give a garden structure, and a backdrop to highlight the beautiful flowers that come up in spring and summer.
Trees and shrubs provide order and accent whether they’re planted as hedges or clipped as fancy topiary. They are also useful to create privacy, tidy garden borders and provide a strong foundation for your garden. As a guide, half to two thirds of your garden planting area should be trees and shrubs.
When you’re building a house you start from the ground up, with the foundations. There are 3 types of foundations to choose from. You choices depend on the type of home you are building and where you’re building it. A proper foundation does more than just hold a house up. It keeps out moisture, insulates against cold weather and resists movement of the earth around it. One more thing: It should last forever.
When you’re building a new home, consult with your builder and other design professionals to see what kind of foundations for a house are suitable for your particular needs. A mix of slabs, basements and crawlspaces are common in New Zealand. But slabs becoming more and more popular over recent years. In wet and coastal areas such as the Waitakere Ranges, it’s not uncommon to build houses up on posts. (more…)
Double glazing windows has become a good deal more popular in New Zealand since building laws changed for new buildings. This has also meant that homeowners of existing properties are now more interested in retro fitting double glazing to their homes.
This is something that can be done quite cost effectively regardless of whether you have aluminium or timber window frames.
Retrofitting double glazing means that you’ll replace your single glaze windows with double glazed ones. The actual process is both fast and unobtrusive. The only real difference you’ll notice is a more comfortable home environment all year around. (more…)
A fibrous mineral that’s found in metamorphic soils and rocks, it was a popular and widely used material in the building industry due to its strength, fire-proof and insulating properties.
Sounds good so far? Well it’s not. The fibrous nature of Asbestos is a serious health risk when undertaking asbestos removal. There is NO safe minimum level of exposure to Asbestos, so we recommend that you hire a professional Asbestos Remover.
One of the benefits of building a conservatory is the potential to add a lot of value to your home.
This 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:
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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