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Your guide to Renovating in NZ

Home renovation and repair – it’s all in the prep

Renovating or doing work on your home can be a big investment – yet most of us put more effort into choosing a pair of shoes or a new camera. Repairs might not be as exciting as new clothes and gadgets but if you want a good result, value for money, and minimum hassle, the more you think about upfront the better. The best advice is to get informed and make sure you communicate really well with everyone involved. Remember, with most services in New Zealand you have rights under the… (view full article)

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)

Decking - Choosing the Right Material for Your Home

Timber has been the traditional choice for decking and decks for many years. But like in other areas of our lives, we are now spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing our decking materials. While remaining a popular choice, decks can also be made with concrete and composite timber. Today we’re going to walk you through your options for your decking materials and help you decide which one is right for your home. Types of decking materials in New Zealand In New Zealand, you will… (view full article)

Renovating Your Home – What are the Risks?

Written by Ben Rickard from Builtin New Zealand Limited. There’s a lot to think about when you’re renovating your home. It’s an exciting time, but there are risks to be considered and also insurance essentials to get right. A building project that goes pear-shaped can be one of the most stressful and costly experiences of your life. Health and safety when renovating your home In some cases homeowners may have a responsibility for ensuring a safe working environment. Failure to do so… (view full article)

Comprehensive Guide to Bathroom Tiling

Tiling your bathroom is not such the large or forbidding job as many seem to believe it is. Utilising tradespeople is the quickest and simplest way to achieve great results.  An expert tiler will ensure they are installed professionally. An interior designer can help you to choose the most suitable colours and designs for your room. The creative inspirations seen on websites like Pinterest and Instagram can give you plenty ideas on tile design too. Reinvent your bathroom through… (view full article)

The Tiny Home Movement in New Zealand

The tiny home movement has definitely come to New Zealand, especially since the Christchurch earthquakes which have seen kiwis both living out of and doing business out of remodelled containers. But why has the tiny house movement gained so much traction and caused excitement lately? Is it a genuine trend that’s both socially and economically advantageous? Or is it just the next not-so-big thing in house design? Exploring NZ's tiny home movement Since the mid 1940s we've seen the average… (view full article)

Recent jobs posted by Renovation Specialists Nationwide

Current shower is leaking and has caused some damage to door jamb. Existing shower removal and installation of new shower (supplied). May require some renovation work where the shower has leaked which may have caused…


We would like to remove the old chimney place in our 1970s house. The work involves: 1) Removing the stack from the ground floor to the roof 2) Making good the roof tiles (I have spare concrete tiles) 3) Removing the…


We are intending on renovating a lockwood style house early next year, we want to open up the living and dining area and think we need a person with structural experience to guide our decision making in terms of…


At the back of my property, down a long driveway, there’s a 65m2 15-year old family flat constructed along two boundaries. The eaves of this building were built slightly too large, and consequently they overhang the two…


Hi there, I'm interested in considering how to renovate the ground flat of my two-storey, two-flat 1900s home. I'd like to create a long-term plan that I work towards so that any changes I make in the short-term…


Am looking for someone handy to help in a bathroom renovation. Looking at taking the wall out between the toilet and bathroom, new toilet, vanity, bath, door and shower, walls relined, skirtings/arcs done. Possible…


I've a bathroom that functionally work but decor is looking old. Essentially wish to keep everything in the same place but remove the terracotta for something more modern and replace all amenities for new items. Max…


My existing vanity cabinet has gotten mouldy and is rotting from some recent water damage and will need replacing. The current vanity is 650mm, possibly a Perla Freestanding model from Mitre 10. Happy to replace with…


Hey guys, Needing some kitchen cabinets put together, and screwed in place. Poss secure bench top as well and demo work


I am needing a whole new kitchen. Cabinetry, splashbacks and flooring. Cabinetry is pretty much like for like except the addition of a dishwasher and extracted fan. I already have a plumber that I use so just needing…


The floor is rotten and the whole bathroom needs renovating.


In our bathroom we have a box window, which is rotting and the wood is chipping away. I want the box part removed, and a flush window frame and window put in its place


We urgently need someone to install a bamboo kaboodle kitchen bench by Wednesday or Thursday morning at latest. We have plumber gas fitter coming Thurs to install gas connectors for hobb. The Kit set kaboodle cabinetry…


I need a tiler to install replacement tiles in kitchen (splashback) and bathroom (vanity splashback). I have a new kitchen benchtop installation 19th dec where they will remove existing ceramic tile splashback in…


We have an 18yr old tile shower, which we suspect may be leaking. No visible signs, but there an awful smell, which we suspect may be the wood or gib or whatever is behind the tiles. rotting. However, we aren't 100%…