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Hints & Tips

GETTING STARTED….

When you’ve decided to build a new home or renovate an existing, there’s a lot to think about and do, and it helps if you can understand the building process first, know what you’re in for, how long it will take, how much it will cost – and have a good plan, time plan and budget in place.

Start by making a folder to keep all your building ideas, information, contracts and receipts in. Divide this folder into:

• My ideas (if you see something you like take a photo)
• Information
• Designs
• Site information
• Contracts
• Receipts and warranties
• Structural products
• Fixtures and fittings
• Budget
• Time plan

Take before photos of your site to remind you of how far you’ve come once project is in full swing

RENOVATIONS, ADDITIONS & ALTERATIONS….

A renovation is an update to an existing building or return to a new condition. An alteration is a change to an existing building. An addition is adding to an existing building. Most people categorize the three under “renovation”. When the project is a renovation, things to consider include:

• Matching the style and materials already used in the property or adding something that is different (but still, ideally, complimentary)
• Is it time to change elements in the old house, for instance wooden to aluminium joinery; updating bathroom fittings, new tiles
• Adding new technologies, such as under floor heating if replacing tiles (highly recommended)
• Moving walls
• Adding storage (highly recommended)

And remember, with renovations, there are often hidden problems that only come to light when the wall boards come off. Be aware that there may be surprises so make sure you have a contingency in your budget.
Keep that warning in mind; renovating or adding to your house can be an exciting and very rewarding exercise. You already know the good and bad points to your home. If you like where you live, then improving the house you already know so well can dramatically improve your quality of life, and improve its capital value.

BUILDING A NEW HOME….

Have a think about how your home will layout over your property. You’ll probably want your home to have good appeal from the street or access way, be north facing for warmth and sun and make the most of views available. You may need to position your home to get privacy from your neighbours or shelter from strong winds. It’s a good idea to put living areas to the north of your property and service areas (laundry & garage) to the south, where warmth and sun aren’t important.

Consider what parts of your home will benefit from the sun during what times of the day – you may want your kitchen to the east and your lounge to the west. Also take a note of the impact of noise, privacy and other factors where this is important, such as bedrooms.

Get some general ideas about what you want your home to look like and how it will be constructed. For inspiration, visit open homes, expos, home shows, talk to friends and family, watch home related TV shows, flip through magazines…..add all your ideas to your building folder.

BUILDING CONSENTS….

Some building projects are exempt from requiring a building consent; however, any work must still be carried out within the building code. It is a proven fact that by having professionals help will make a huge difference to the quality and success of the final product, whilst ensuring the building code is adhered to throughout. Some examples of work which will require a building consent include:

• New buildings, additions, alterations, accessory buildings (sheds), and re-piling
• Plumbing & drainage
• Demolition or relocation of existing structures
• Heating (solid fuel fireplaces), ventilation and air conditioning systems
• Retaining walls higher than 1.5m, or retaining walls with a building or driveway near the top
• Fences higher than 1.8m and any swimming pool fence
• Swimming pools and large tanks
• Decks more than 1m from ground level

 
 
 
 

Testimonials

 
Mr & Mrs Matthews – Bureta Road, Tauranga

“We were very satisfied with the whole job of repairing our leaky home”

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