Stage 3 Life Stages Home Ownership – Home DIY When You’re Thirty-ish

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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There’s no use denying it. Kitchen tiling is back and better than ever before. Interior designers are going crazy about the wide range of patterns, styles, colours and sizes available. Homeowners are loving the clean, minimalist and upmarket feel tiles bring into their kitchens. Though there is one problem – how do you know which kitchen tiles to use and where should they go?

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Kitchen tiling 101

Tiles have been traditionally used for kitchen floors and walls. While we can certainly see this trend remaining, there is another even more popular one. The clever use of kitchen tiling on the walls has taken the average ho hum kiwi kitchen and turned it into a designer masterpiece. But how do they do it? That’s the secret…

  • Use a professional tiler – kitchen tiles are not like paint. They require careful surface preparation, use of the correct tools and materials and experience in tile placement. While it may look simple on You Tube, tiling is a technical skill which tiling tradespeople have spent many hours learning. Smart home-owners realise that for kitchen tiling to look great they need to invest in both a quality product and service. We’ve got plenty of kitchen tilers ready to quote for your job right now too!
  • Tile repetition – nothing screams inconsistency and low-budget more than mismatched tiles. Stick to one type of tile and use it throughout your kitchen.
  • Tiled kitchen splash-backs – kitchen tile splashbacks standalone no more. Nowadays the entire wall which contains the splashback is tiled, giving more continuity and flow to our kitchens. Kitchen subway tiles are proving incredibly popular. Older historical homes suit these particularly well, helping them blend seamlessly with more modern home design ideas.
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  • Tile choice – use the right tiles in the right places. Floor tiles are sturdier, withstand heavy foot traffic and are less slippery. Wall tiles are designed for visual appeal rather than wear and tear, but are splash proof. Due to their fragile nature, glass tiles are mostly used on walls, particularly as splashback tiles.
  • Kitchen tile placement – choosing the best places to install tiles depends on a few factors. What size tiles do you prefer? Do you want to use any other building or design products in the room? Do you want a feature area or tiles throughout the room? Tiles are a resilient product, but they can chip and crack. Will your family’s lifestyle suit where you would like to have tiles installed, such as bench-tops, floors or walls?

Hiring your professional tiler

If you are still struggling with what tiles to choose and where to use them within your kitchen, don’t worry. We’ve got a large team of professional tilers ready to help you from tile design and colours through to installation and maintenance.

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Post your job today and your inbox will soon be filling up with quotes from our team of tiling tradies! Or if you want to have a look at what a tiling job might cost you, try our free online cost estimator before posting a job.


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laundry in the kitchenHaving your washing machine and dryer or laundry in the kitchen isn’t that common here in New Zealand, yet.  It’s a trend that is seen in European cities and is catching on in the USA in big cities and smaller apartments where space is at a premium.

Does having the extra counter space over under counter appliances make up for the inconveniences of having your laundry in the kitchen or do you still prefer it to be in the garage or separate room? (more…)

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kitchen layout

Welcome to Part Two of our kitchen layout guide. Now that you’ve settled upon the floor plan that will work best for your family, space and needs, it’s time to consider what luxuries you can include to transform even the most basic of kitchen layouts into your dream design.

Consider features in your kitchen layout such as an eat-in area, small computer nook/home office, entertainment center, walk in pantry or other specialised meal preparation areas.

Whether its a builder, designer or handyman, a tradesperson from Builderscrack can help you realise your kitchen layout dreams. (more…)

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Warmer weather sees many of us hunting for home renovation ideas. Should you update your kitchen? Consider installing a new bathroom? Or will you add an extension on to your home? Because of daylight savings, contractors work longer hours. If you get started now you can avoid the headache of trying to schedule renovations during school holidays. Because there is nothing worse than kids under your feet when a renovation is happening!

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home remodelling trendsHere’s two great questions to ask yourself. How much better your home would be to live in with a few upgrades? Would seeing the latest home remodelling trends in your property make you feel great? There’s no time like the present to start on some home renovations and improve the quality of your life. Let’s get cracking!

Top 5 home remodelling trends you won’t want to miss


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Finding a skilled tradesperson can be a challenge.  You need to be confident that the person you are letting into your home is an honest professional, well equipped to complete the job.  So what is the best approach to finding a skilled tradesperson at a competitive price? Builderscrack has some useful advice to help you.

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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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Kitchen trends: small details can make or break!

Kitchen trends revolve around a mix of beauty and function. Having a great kitchen designed for easy of use has dictated the kitchen trends we see today. Like all home decor, trends do change.

This makes it important to ensure your kitchen styles can be easily changed. An open plan kitchen is popular nowadays. With large open spaces, it gives homeowners plenty of entertaining options. But there are many small aspects of your kitchen style which need to be considered too.

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