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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

A corner of an extension require reveling

Looking to have a recocable house put on my land and need designs for piles and house location. Will be needing Services put on also.

One concrete pile in need of repairs or replacement?

I would like an assessment on the house foundations, I can visibly see shift and lift with the house but IAG have requested a professional report in order to reconsider my claim.

I have an earthquake damaged 80m2 property (Lockwood Home, Initial Series) that requires lifting, complete ring foundation rebuild & piling. Plans are available. The site is on rear section with 3m width drive access…

We are in the process of purchasing our home in Wanganui and have just received the builders report back. It indicates that some floors are out between 23mm - 40mm. The house is approx 163 sqm and built in the 1920s.…

Need to find out if my building foundation needs strengthening

House is built on stilts, but shakes when people walk around. Want this shaking to be reduced/fixed. May just be a case of tightening the supporting beams

Specialist piling work to complete under house. An unsupported joist join, connection fixings to bearers-piles-joists and bracing required. Approx area 150m2.

Villa (1900)with basement needs repiling and leveling. Floor area is ~110m

Piles .Add more piles and fix old ones

Hello all . I'm running Carpentry labour only on a massive new build in takapuna. (I'm on the Tools with a crew ) Any way i have just quoted and won the job to remove a massive boundary wall . I have the…

1910 cottage ...would like assessment of existing piles and quote to relevel and/ or repile prior to further work being done.

160 square meter house on flat easy access section needs re-piling. The house has had a few additions over the years but was originally 1941. There is currently no access under the house. I have had a penetrometer test…

1950’s house built on top of a sandy hill is now 60-70mm out of level. Access is via walkway up a hill (no driveway access). It appears that the property may need relevelling or repiling. Photos available