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Your guide to Foundations in NZ

Lifestyle Block Living Without Smells and Noises

Isn’t it always a case of the grass is greener on the other side of the fence? Townies are showing increasing interest in selling up and moving to a lifestyle block. Country living offers benefits including fresh air, more space and quiet living. What could be better? Yet what we don’t consider is the unwanted smells and noises rural locations welcome newcomers with. How to Enjoy a Lifestyle Block Without the Smells and Noises Buses, sirens, car alarms and loud music. The solution to… (view full article)

Retaining Walls 101 For Busy Homeowners and Future Developers

Retaining walls are often given a bad rap. Yet they are both functional assets and decorative features within our gardens. Designed to be strong enough to hold a load of soil, as well as look attractive, they increase our outdoor usable space. As structural engineering plays a part in their construction, they are best left to expert tradespeople. What are Retaining Walls? The main purpose of a retaining wall is to hold back a load of soil or earth. This happens when there is a change in… (view full article)

3 Questions To Ask Before Buying An Old House

Old villas and bungalows can be charming, but with age, often comes problems. While we’re drawn to older homes which are often oozing with character, they can quickly become money pits and the source of endless frustration for homeowners. So, if you are unsure if an older home is right for you, here’s three questions to ask before you sign on the dotted line. Here are 3 questions you need to ask before buying an old house. Are the foundations solid? It’s common for older homes to have… (view full article)

Piling and Foundation Contractors - what do they do?

A foundation or piling contractor is a tradesperson skilled in the development of  foundations of a building. The house foundations are the system on which the home sits. Sometimes the house foundation rests upon the footings and supports the floor system - as with conventional foundation walls. There are many different types of foundation, such as masonry, concrete, wooden and piles. Piles are typically used where the available soils are unable to support the necessary loads with the use of… (view full article)

Recent jobs posted by Foundation Specialists Nationwide

130 sq meter house, built around 1914 with lean to extension. Some of the floor not level. Looks to have some concrete piles but some wooden (I think I spotted what looks like a fence post on one! Reasonable access to…

Floor not level, re pack etc

Re piling 1930's bungalow. 90 sq m (plus lean to) 2/3 of house good crawl access.

Jacking and packing and several new piles

I am looking for contractors to pile (driven) for two single storey town houses in Boulcott, Lower Hutt. Please express your interest.

Repiling a 1936 Bungalow - 75m2. The floor is visibly uneven, with doors and windows affected, plus cracks here and there. We intend to renovate to live in this property (needs a lot of work) so need to get the…

Earthquake damaged home that needs re-leveling. Possible some piles may need replacing.

Need a fit labourer for a week to dig foundation lift holes, flat easy access site

There is a large hole that has developed under the house close to the piles and I need someone to assess what steps I need to take to rectify please. Will not know cost until we talk to someone

I would like to get the piles of my house checked by a qualified builder to ensure everything is still ok. The house is a 1960's weatherboard which was relocated in the 1980's. There is good access to under the house.…

We have piling foundations that were not assessed by EQC post EQ as our floors weren't considered 'bad' at the time the floor simply bounced in places. It has got more noticeable over time. We were told we could go…

We would like a house picked up off the existing foundations, moved approximately 9 metres and then put back down on new piles.

Sub floor work. Work to be corrected after eqc repair.tie the piles to joists.

I'm looking to get a quote for some of the piles in my property to be replaced. I'm not sure of exactly how many need doing as some have been replaced by EQC. Would like it done as soon as possible.

Corner foundation crumbling