Mulching Tips and Tricks – More Essential Gardening Ideas

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Mulching ideas

Protecting and maintaining healthy landscaped flowers, shrubs and plants can be completed in a lot of ways.  However, for many, nothing can do the trick as effectively as mulching can.  Organize your garden, grow attractive plans, keep weeds at bay and make your landscape more visually appealing by putting into practice the following mulching tricks and tips. (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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summer garden maintenance

It’s sad but true: a beautiful garden doesn’t stay looking fabulous without some summer garden maintenance. Thankfully most of the garden tasks are quickly and easily done, especially if you hire a tradie to do them for you! We’ve put together a list of five of the most common summer garden maintenance tasks for you to schedule these warmer months. (more…)

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Make the most of the remainder of the summer holidays by enjoying a backyard that’s clean and comfortable.  Over the next two weeks we’ll bring you 10 summer backyard and garden maintenance ideas to help you prevent weeds and mossies, and tips on keeping the garden watered while you put your feet up!  Hire tradespeople from Builderscrack to get these jobs done professionally while you relax with friends and family.

Garden Maintenance Ideas

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keep your home cool

One of your top priorities in summer is to keep your home cool. But on days with no breeze and a cloudless sky, this is a challenge. Thankfully there are some low cost ways of keeping the temperature down inside. Check out our hot tips on how to keep your home cool this summer.

How to keep your home cool in summer

With rising temperatures, it’s great to head to the pool or the beach to cool down. But when you’re at home, keeping cool can be a problem. Cool drinks, loose clothing and a hat will only work so far. That’s when it’s time to explore the ways you can cool down your home itself.

  • Another smart way to keep your home cool is to reduce the amount of late-afternoon sun that falls on your windows.  If you have large areas of glass facing the sun, shade these areas with awnings or deciduous trees. That way you can still get the sun into your home during winter.
  • If shading from the outside isn’t an option then installing thermal curtains or blinds will stop the sun getting in during the summer. They’ll also help keep your home warm in the cooler months.
  • Ceiling mounted or portable fans are an energy-efficient option to cool down your house. If you’re using a heat pump as an air conditioner, keep your windows and doors closed so it only cools the spaces you’re using.

What are your keep cool in summer tips? We’d love to know, so please share them below!

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renovation ideasWith the promise of sun, we often start collecting house renovation ideas. A new bathroom, replacing wooden window frames or adding on another storey, there are so many options.  Now is the right time to start considering what renovation could be done at your house. We’ve put together a list of four essential renovation ideas to help make your home your castle.

4 home renovation ideas to do before summer

This summer, your home will be ready and so will you. Get stuck into these jobs now because summer is too good to spend renovating.

  1. Home Insulation – Did you know that early summer is the perfect time to get home insulation installed? Insulating your home at the start of summer helps you achieve a cooler home. Furthermore, it also reduces air-conditioning bills and often can be installed cheaper at off-peak times.
  2. Air Conditioning – If you already have air-con installed, get it serviced now. Or you could get a unit installed now because the peak season is coming and installers will be fully booked.
  3. Indoor-Outdoor Flow – With daylight savings, we’re all loving being outside after work. Fold back your freshly painted french doors and open your home onto the deck. You deserve to enjoy a BBQ outdoors with a fine NZ wine in your hand. This summer, it’s your chance to embrace the dream, enjoy your yard and modern el fresco living.
  4. Get a Swimming Pool – Turn your home into a resort with your very own swimming pool. It provides a sparkling backdrop whilst you enjoy your BBQ dinner. Then you can chill off with a dip or two.

This summer it’s time to start enjoying your home and lifestyle. List your job today here on Builderscrack and enjoy the tradies chasing you for a change. With plenty of renovation ideas up their sleeves, you’ll have the home of your dreams within a flash.

Posted In: Fiordland, Franklin, Kaikoura, Kaipara, Newsletters, Renovation Specialists, Swimming Pools

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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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Swimming PoolA swimming pool specialist is a tradesperson skilled in the installation, maintenance, repair and removal of swimming pools.

Swimming pools come in many different shapes and sizes, and can often be tailored to a specific location and area.

A swimming pool contractor will have a great knowledge of the ins and outs of different types of pools.Some pools are built into the ground, whilst others are above ground.

A Swimming Pool specialist will initially consult with the homeowner to make sure that the swimming pools dimensions and locations meet with council regulations and your requirements.

They will then use a backhoe dig, contour and grade the walls of an in ground swimming pool. Next the wall panels are assembled and aligned using sections, nuts, bolts, transit and an electric air gun. The next step is for premixed concrete to be poured between the dirt wall and wall panels to enable the anchoring of the bottoms of wall panels and cross braces.

Gravel will then be spread into the hollow foundations to make a drain field and then trenches will be dug and drain tiles will be laid uphill of the pool site to divert ground water.  Pipes will then be laid out and connected for water inlets, filters and return valves.

Swimming PoolCement is then mixed and poured into the foundations, then the swimming pool contractor will spread and smooth it evenly throughout the foundations allowing it to set.  Heater parts are next to be assembled, connecting the gas, oil or electrical lines and the heater is started to check it is working. The liner is installed into the pool and the pump is started to fill the pool with water.

A concrete deck is then built around the pool and it is fenced off in accordance with local council regulations.  Then any parts of the above-ground pool are laid out and assembled and the pump is checked again and the pool is checked for leaks.

When hiring a Swimming pool specialist check if they also maintain and repair the pool and other related equipment, advise home owners and sell chemicals to prevent problems with pool water.

 A swimming pool specialist may offer services such as:

  • Pool installation
  • Pool maintenance
  • Swimming pool repair
  • Pool removal
  • Filter installation
  • Filter repair
  • Pool heating
  • Installing Spa pools and  Jacuzzis

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skylightA skylight is a window built into the roof of a house in order to allow natural light to come into the house directly. They may be installed for aesthetic purposes, or as part of a heating system. There are many different types, such as ventilating, fixed, tubular, flat, round, polygon, pyramid, dome, ridge and lean-to. Your specialist will advise you of the best suited type for your desires.

A skylight is essentially a window that’s built into the ceiling/roof of your home to let natural light directly in.

They may also be installed to be visually appealing or as part of a wider passive-heat strategy.  There are a range of skylights available all with different designs, materials and components. When hiring a skylight installer, ask them what options they recommend for your home.

skylightIt’s not common to select a skylight that’s too big for your house, when you’re trying to add as much natural light as you can.  The best ones have a poorer insulation value than the same space of roofing, so the bigger it is the more heat will escape in winter and enter in summer.

Therefore it’s recommended to consider how much sun your roof gets and the temperature variations between winter and summer before deciding on the sizing.

It’s a general guide that a skylight will let in 8x as much light as a similarly sized window.

There’s three types generally available in wide use.  A ventilating skylight, a fixed sky light and a tubular sky light.

The services offered by a skylight installer include:

  • Skylight installation, repair and modification
  • Consultation on the best skylight options for your home

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