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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Aluminium or wooden windows – which is best for me?

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.

Wooden Windows

 

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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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asbestos removalIf you’re looking at buying or renovating a property built between the 1940’sand 1980’s then there’s a good chance that it contains some Asbestos.

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.

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moving houseMoving house is a hellish experience and there is no short cut to it. There are some tricks, though, that will save you a lot of drama. Whether you’re hiring a professional removalist or moving with the help of friends or family these tricks will make your life much easier.

15 tips to make moving house easier (more…)

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building a conservatoryIf you’ve been thinking about adding an extension to your home, building a conservatory is a clever way to add more living space without having to move to a larger home.

One of the benefits of building a conservatory is the potential to add a lot of value to your home.

Hiring an architect will help you to have an elegant, sophisticated and warm conservatory. (more…)

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Bathroom Renovation CostsThis 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:

Mid range bathroom renovation costs ($12,000 to $30,000)

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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Restricted Building WorkIf you’re thinking it’s time to get building or renovation work done on your home, you’ll need to check if it’s Restricted Building Work (RBW). If so, make sure you’re employing a licensed building practitioner (LBP) to do the job.

LBP’s may include designers, carpenters, brick and blocklayers, roofers, external plasterers, site and foundations specialists. They have been assessed as competent to complete work essential to a residential building’s structure, weather tightness and design of fire safety systems.
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hire a roofing contractorIf 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.

Hire a roofing contractor

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…)

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