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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)

House Foundations - The Pros & Cons of 3 Different Types

When you’re building a house you start from the ground up, with the foundations. There are 3 types of foundations to choose from. You choices depend on the type of home you are building and where you’re building it. A proper foundation does more than just hold a house up. It keeps out moisture, insulates against cold weather and resists movement of the earth around it. One more thing: It should last forever. House foundations When you’re building a new home, consult with your builder and… (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)

Recent jobs posted by Foundation Specialists Nationwide

A couple of piles need fixing under our house. Looking for experienced and approved builder who is qualified to complete this type of work

Hi engineer tells us we need 80 driven piles under a rib raft foundation, on a gentle slope with a flat section cut into a clay base, average pile depth around a meter, just a estimate on the cost per driven meter would…

Hi I need to replace about three supporting posts in the basement together with part of bottom plate which has rotted in one place.

looking for foundation layer to do foundation for a new build, approximate 126sm of concrete slab and masonry retaining with a fire rated block wall, happy to email the plan or meet on site,

NOTE: Not actually any relevelling required (levels checked and apparently within 50mm). Just couldn't find an appropriate category. We have a few cracks in the foundation missed when the Fletcher EQR lot did our EQC…

Excavate and re do 6 piles to create access to basement garage of brick and tile home for further development.

Discovered that the floor joist under the laundry tub in my ex-state house is sagging. Might need a plate or an extra pile to level it again. The subfloor space is dry and relatively clean as there is thick polythene…

My timber-framed house has had a small extension done in the past where the bearers have been laid on top of a horizontal length of timber placed in the soil! The bearers are now rotten at their edge corners. The rest…

One corner of upper story dining room has been sunken gradually from 'L' (wall) on attached photo up to few centimeters at the circle on the attached photo. Rain water is stuck at near by gutter (at circle). I think it…

140 yr old house needing some leveling work on foundations.

We recently removed a swingset and slide from a barked area we had put up when our kids were young. We measured the area and it's about 4.02 m each way. Recently we brought a 12 ft Bestaway Steel Framed above ground…

Need my house repiled or releveled, house is approximately 113 sq metres & has 3 bedrooms. The house is an old villa & was built in the 1920's, the house is on old volcanic rock

Piling contractor wanted for multi-level apartment building. Usually 5-6 stories. This first one is 5 levels. We are a development and construction company wanting to work with a skilled solution-based operator for all…

We are getting a small office being built of site and transported here . It measures approx 8m x 2.8m . We need the piles set up for the building to be sited on

1910's Villa needing relevelling / piles replaced / on front left hand corner of the house. Will need to replace the floor and other potential components such as joist's where necessary. Access is available under the…