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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New Zealanders typically live in a home with either wooden or aluminium windows. These two types of joinery are well respected by both builders and homeowners alike. However, people have their favourites and with good reasons. That’s because there are pros and cons for both aluminium and wooden joinery. Ultimately the decision rests with you in choosing the joinery type best for your home.
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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…)
Like all home renovation projects, there’s 3 levels of renovating: good, better and absolute best. We’ve already discussed getting started with bathroom renovation costs. Today we’re going to talk about a basic budget bathroom renovation.
If you’re the average homeowner, you mightn’t be paying a lot of attention to the state of your roof over the winter months. It’s raining and dangerous to get up there at this time of the year if it’s wet and slippery.
So it can be hard to know whether you need to hire a roofing contractor until it’s too late and there’s already significant water damage.
Deciding whether roof repairs are necessary can be done in a number of ways. We recommend you hire a roofing contractor to inspect your roof and undertake repairs and maintenance for safety and ease of mind, but if you’re keen to at least take a look yourself, here are a few things you can look out for: (more…)
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.
Dog is mans best friend, a relationship that spans back to the beginning of time. Today, our relationship with dogs has evolved to where the dog is as much a part of our home and family as our children or parents. Simply put, your home belongs to your dog as much as it does to you. By making a few changes to the house with these dog friendly home ideas, your life will be much easier and you’ll give pleasure not only to your dog but to the rest of your family.
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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If you love cooking and are always in the kitchen, then you’ll surely agree you deserve your dream kitchen, including a great layout to help you create delicious masterpieces.
Whether you’re starting with the floor plan or other features in your dream kitchen, there’s a number ways to include comfort, luxury and practicality into this room.
When you’re looking through different design options, think about the different ways you can make a beautiful yet functional room. Use the Builderscrack dream kitchen layout guide to help you whip up the kitchen of your dreams, then hire professional tradespeople to help you make your dreams come true. Read more about hiring kitchen professionals and trends in kitchen design. (more…)
Ventilation is the process of changing or replacing air in a space in order to control temperature and remove moisture, smoke, odours, heat and dust while replenishing oxygen. A ventilation installer will work with the exchange of air inside and outside, as well as air circulating within a building. It’s a very important factor in controlling air quality indoors. Ventilation is either natural or mechanical/forced.
Ventilation installers specialise in many different areas. Ventilation installers will fit heating equipment and pipework systems, while ductwork installers install ductwork and ventilation systems. Domestic installers can fit central heating systems and will ensure they are functioning correctly. A service engineer will plan and carry out repairs and maintenance on all kinds of systems to make sure they’re working efficiently and safely. A commissioning engineer makes sure systems meet their original design specification, and test and check to ensure they do what the homeowner needs them to. A control engineer designs and install the control panels that operate and adjust heating systems.
Energy efficiency is an important and part of a heating and ventilation installers job as they are responsible for ensuring systems work efficiently to reduce fossil fuel consumption, carbon emissions and save energy. Heating and ventilation professionals also work with renewable energy heating systems like ground source heat pumps, which take the heat from underground and pump it to the surface into buildings to supply warm air.
When hiring a ventilation installer ensure they are knowledgeable on ventilation, heating and air conditioning as they often all work together. They should also be able to repair, service and maintain ventilation systems.