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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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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At some point in your life, your home may become too small for your family. Undertaking a major renovation such as adding a house extension will give you extra space. But are you better off building a second floor instead? Let’s look at the advantages and disadvantages between adding a storey verses building a new addition.
Depending on the size of your backyard, you can choose to build up or build out. (more…)
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Thinking about getting your teenager out of your hair by sending them to boarding school? Well there is actually another option and that’s converting your garage into a teenagers bedroom instead. The pros are that you’ll still be able to keep an eye on them and they’ll have their own space. Cons would be that they still have the potential to be surly and irritate you.
But all in all, a garage conversion is a great idea for increasing the liveable space in your home and raising your home’s value. It’s also a great if you don’t have the land space to add another room extension. (more…)
Tiling your bathroom is not such the large or forbidding job as many seem to believe it is. Utilising tradespeople is the quickest and simplest way to achieve great results. An expert tiler will ensure they are installed professionally. An interior designer can help you to choose the most suitable colours and designs for your room. The creative inspirations seen on websites like Pinterest and Instagram can give you plenty ideas on tile design too.
Plasterers are building professionals who apply plaster to walls and ceilings to create a finished look to an interior space. A plasterer may work with new construction, or manage repairs to existing buildings.
In addition to the creation of basic coverings on walls and ceilings, plastering may also involve the creation of architectural details that enhance the overall look of the space.
For basic plastering jobs, when hiring a plasterer they will begin with either a solid surface or wire lathing that is attached to the surface.
For many projects, an even coat of gypsum is applied to the facing of the wall or ceiling. This creates a surface that the plaster will adhere to with no problems. The use of gypsum is particularly helpful when the plaster professional is working with a concrete wall.
With the gypsum in place, the plasterer will apply what is typically known as the finish coat. This coast is usually plaster that is formulated with a lime base. For jobs where some sort of lathing was employed, the plasterer will also use a tool known as a hawk. The hawk is used to create a smooth texture to the plaster.
Along with creating basic surfaces for walls and ceilings, a plasterer can also create design elements that can enhance the overall look of the space. In some cases, the design may involve using sculpting tools to create recessed designs in the surface of the plaster wall or ceiling.
Other enhancements, such as chair railing or cornice pieces, can be constructed off site and then installed once the plaster walls are dry.
A plasterer may work with different types of plaster, such as stucco or various types of drywall. As with any building professional, the work of this type of craftsman must comply with local building codes and standards.