Having left our teenage years behind, we enter our twenties stage of looking towards home ownership and possibly moving away from property renting. While this used to be the time we’d consider buying our first home, rising house prices have mostly put a stop to this dream. However, in some part of the country, buying your first home in your twenties can still be a reality with some clever planning.
When it comes to knowing what to look for when buying a new home, we’ve got your back! Let’s dive into the world of first home ownership … (more…)
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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.
Coming out of a cold winter, spring home renovations may seem like a daunting prospect. Yes, you’ve been thinking about it for months, years even. In your mind’s eye, you can see the fixtures, fittings and flooring coming together beautifully. You know you want to get cracking on the task, but you’re not sure where to begin.
We’ve talked to industry insiders and experts, putting together a list of 5 tips for starting your spring home renovations. (more…)
A total bathroom makeover potentially costs tens of thousands of dollars, which may not be realised at sale time if you’re planning on selling your home. Or, if you’re renovating a bathroom in a rental property, updating smaller parts of the bathroom can still have a serious impact.
Whether its lighting or plumbing fixtures, cabinetry or new tiles, you can give the bathroom a whole new look with a budget bathroom makeover. A fresh coat of paint or using drywall to provide texture are two great ways to update the walls. (more…)
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.
Home renovation trends are always changing because new ideas are born every day! With the staggering success of The Block NZ and other successful home renovation programs on TV, kiwis are more in love with doing up their homes than ever. Here are five upcoming home renovation trends.
These kitchen revamps are expected to follow a new home renovation trend where rustic kitchens are out and state of the art is in. (more…)
Great design and installation are both important to the performance of your air conditioning or heat pump. So is having it installed by an experienced installer. If you install it yourself, you may void the manufacturer’s warranty.
Ask any potential installer about their qualifications and experience. Learn if they follow EECA’s Good practice guide to heat pump installation publication.
Your installer must have the appropriate licence to carry out any electrical work, and issue a Certificate Of Compliance if required.
A professional heat pump or air conditioning installer will have the knowledge to: (more…)
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.
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…)