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Your guide to Foundations in NZ

Cleaning Up After a Flood - A Homeowners Guide

Flooding is one of the many natural disasters New Zealand is prone to. Cleaning up and repairing your home 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 useful. How to… (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

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

it looks like some of the foundation piles may be rotting/sinking in a room that is an addition to the house. The room has a small crack in the wall that suggests the floor has sunk.


We are purchasing a house and from the builders report there are a lot of rotten piles under the house. Some have been replaced but done incorrectly. There is enough room to walk around underneath the house but very…


My house is small, about 80 square meters, one side of it needs repiling as the floors slope downwards. It seems to be proppped up on concrete slabs, the other side is on concrete piles.


1920s Marshlands property on pile foundations. We require relevelling of floors in two lounges, potentially need more bracings & packing as floors appear spongy in areas.


I need a quote to repile the house


Hi there I am looking for registered tradesmen who can obtain council sign off for either a full/partial repile on my property . I have a limited budget and happy to offer the work to the right company that has…


We need contractors who can do foundations for new houses. Conventional, and floating (rib Raft)


Have made an offer on a property in Taupo, the builder's inspection reported piles that need to be repaired or replaced. The house was built in the 70's, weatherboard over concrete block (just a single garage and…


House is on a hill and is sinking due to clay/soil skrinkage subsidence so house floor is unlevel with a few cracks in walls. The house is a beam and joist raised house with a crawl space under house. I want options…


We need 4 to 5 piles replaced in our house on Waiheke .. the stud is 3 mtrs high not including holes .. we require a qualified builder to undertake the work. Transport and accommodation provided.


House is 80m2 , built in 1922, timber clad ,rimu framing, corrugated metal roof. Hardwood piles (which are buggered). House needs to be repiled and lifted to 'code' height.


Our home is not level (noticing cracking in walls etc) and so the piles will need repair/replacement or similar. Home is timber single level and has good crawl space. Would love a quote. This is our first stage of…


the back of the house has sunk 150mm. Seems to be one or two piles are sinking. Need a quote to re level rooms.


we are building a new house, have had engineering firm (Silvester Clark) carry out testing and we need the piles driven. Please email/call me for the plans/drawings from Silvester Clark. We are ready to go when you are…


We have a 100yr old semi-detached villa that needs re-piling. The house is approx 110 square metres and is in Petone.