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Your guide to Foundations in NZ

Stage 2 of Home Ownership or Renting Life Stage – Your Twenties

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… (view full article)

Cleaning up After a Flood - A Homeowner's Guide

Flooding is one of the many natural disasters New Zealand is prone to. Repairing your home and cleaning up after a flood is not something any of us enjoy. Quite often the damage is severe and requires professional tradespeople, as well as council permits and inspections. Then of course there is the myriad of insurance assessments to deal with as well. Often with such a big job, it’s hard to know where to start first. That’s where our homeowners guide to flood clean-up is… (view full article)

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

Are you considering 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. Buying an old house? Ask these questions first! You don't want to buy a lemon! Here are… (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

We would like to level out our back yard. Total area would be approx 25-30sqm.

We need to finalise repairs to our Christchurch house. We need the concrete piles replaced under the house. There are <6 that need replacing.

Releveling of floor. Floors sloping in all directions from old fire place which is the highest point of house.

The house is a 1910 villa that was re-plied in 1975 with concrete piles, one side of the house has settled over time. I am not really after a re-pile I would prefer a relevel using the existing piles.

We want to put in two additional support posts under our timber floor and improve the level on the floor. Also need to replace around 5 existing posts that are currently sitting on concrete blocks (1920s style).

Have carried out EQC repairs as per scope of work but floor levels found to be out of tolerance. Looking to get repairs carried out at my own cost so I can sell the house. Will chase up eqc for reimbursement afterwards…

Mainly Re-levelling the old relocated house and repair work accordingly.

Two piles have dropped over 50 years need repairing ground dry.Need instant price

hi, i need to releveling subfloor , my home is about 100sq, if you like it , can you call me ...

Part of five bedroom house and also a 3 flat property

The house needs re-piling down to 2M currently not down deep enough as fill on site and top end not into ground. Have geotech report to refer to. House is on slope so good access under mid calf at lowest to Garage…

A small home (80m2) in Paraparaumu (on sand?) has some slight subsidence to the central piles on one side of the house. It's likely a couple of the piles will need packing. Is this worthwhile (knowing the lay of the…

Prop and slowly jack (approx. 5mm) the two main beams supporting the front extension of the house at the junction end only. Pack the beam between the existing ribbon plate and re-secure. Install a new 150 x 50 ribbon…

LBP required to relevel (jack and pack) 2 bedroom unit and reinstate two new supporting posts at front of unit. Kitchen units will also need to be relevelled afterwards and any resultant remedial work (e.g.…

I have recently purchased a large house that needs repiling. I need piles done to current building regs and leveled with correct bearers and joists put in. Some exsisting wood is reusable but some will need replacing.