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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

I have a basement area currently with about 1.8m headroom but it has several piles supporting floor joists above. I want to remove some of those to create a clearer floor plan by installing 3 new piles to support 2…

We are selling our house and have found through a builders report that there is some water pooling around the foundations. We know how the water have got there, just need to understand the integrity of the foundations.

Hi We are a car yard based in Otahuhu and looking for a contractor who could place a spray booth in our back yard and put a roof on it. We have purchased a spray booth and whats left is the construction related work to…

attach concrete piles to under wooden house. The piles are already in place but have no holes or wire with them.

We need our piles re leveled. House (1950s-ish weatherboard) is Above ground and 1 section you will need to get under the deck. Sorry not much information as we need someone to come assess how bad they actually are.

One corner of the lounge in a rental property drops away. I would like a quote to get it fixed

there is a ground level unit within two-level block. The wood floor is uneven. I went underneath through manhole and could see the joists are bent. I would like to get this issue sorted and the floor can be back to even…

Hi, We are building a new dwelling at 144 Opanuku Road, Henderson Valley. We're soon to have consents issued and want to progress to undertaking the foundations straight away after sign off with Council. The site has…

I have a wooden bungalow in Tainui with certain parts in 3 rooms that need re-piling and re-leveling. There is crawl space under the house (insulation and polythene ground sheets have been installed previously), but…

Before minor alterations and re-gib to interior space, we need several piles at one side of house packed to bring floor up 1-2". Classic 1950 state house, concrete piles.

We'd like to lift the foundations of our house further. Currently it is below 600mm. At the same time, we'd be looking to put some underfloor insulation and tarp for water proofing the house. This is a 1900s bungalow…

We are needing a builder or suitable tradesperson to secure brackets to three new wooden piles in the crawl space under our home. The three piles are sitting on areas of concrete and as such the tradesperson would need…

I have a 1920 villa in Kensington WHANGAREI and some of the pilings need repairing

Looking at getting a new kitchen and I need some piles looked at to help level the kitchen floor. The area would be about 3-4m long.

My house needs moving and resiting about a meter as it is over the boundary, it is 2 story, light wood frame and 75sqm footprint approx.