A renovation should add value to your property; not only in financial terms but in respect to improvement in ‘fit for your purpose’ as well.

Kitchen Renovation

Here are some points to consider when planning your kitchen renovation:

Your lifestyle

♦  Who will be living in the property?

  Big families require a different kitchen layout than a single occupant.

♦  Do you love cooking and want a gourmet kitchen?

  Do you entertain at home often?

♦  Do you prefer an open plan kitchen or a closed in room?

  Do you like to have certain appliances in easy reach at all times?

Kitchen layout and specification

  Choose your appliances early so the kitchen can be planned around them

High-end kitchen finishes and accessories generally last longer while you might have to replace more basic products after a few years.

  Look at all the details. They have to work for you.

 

The style of your new kitchen

♦  What style is the rest of the house?

  Create a mood board with materials, patterns and colours

♦  Get ideas from the internet, magazine or home shows

  Trendy is good, but keep in mind that you still want to like your kitchen in years to come

Will you be living in the house during the kitchen renovation?

To keep this challenging time as short as possible, the renovation needs to be fully planned in advanced and managed well during the work.

These are only a few of the points which need to be considered when designing your kitchen renovation.

Contact us if you want to discuss your project in detail.

Bathroom Renovation

Bathroom Renovation

Here are some points to consider when planning your bathroom renovation:

Your lifestyle

♦  How many bathrooms do you have? Do you need more?

  How many people will be using the bathroom?

  From a certain age onward an ensuite bathroom proves very handy.

  Do you need a bathtub or a bidet?

   Level entry showers look smart and you can’t stumble over a threshold. However the fall and drainage has to be right

Bathroom layout and specification

  The layout, style and details need to function for you. 

♦  How much storage do you need in the bathroom?

  Don’t forget details like lighting, ventilation and waterproofing

♦  You need a building consent if you add sanitary fixtures.

The style of your bathroom

  What style is the rest of the house?

  Create a mood board with materials, patterns and colours

  Get ideas from the internet, magazine or home shows

  Trendy is good but keep in mind that you still want to like your bathroom in years to come

Will you be living in the house during the bathroom renovation

Do you have a second bathroom you can use? To keep this challenging time as short as possible, the renovation needs to be fully planned in advanced and managed well during the work.

These are only a few of the points which need to be considered when designing your bathroom renovation.

Contact us if you want to discuss your project in detail.

Interior Renovation

Interior Renovation

Here are some points to consider when planning your interior renovation:

Your lifestyle

♦  What rooms to you need?

  Do you need to extend the house?

  Are the rooms in the right location?

  Do you have special requirements?

♦  Do you want more or better outdoor access and areas?

  Is there enough storage space? What do you need?

Floor plan and specification

♦  The floor plan, style and details need to function for you.

  You need a building consent if you amend or add structural elements.

The style of your house

♦  What style is the house and how old is it?

  Create a mood board with materials, patterns and colours

  Get ideas from the internet, magazine or home shows

  Trendy is good but keep in mind that you still want to like your house in years to come

Will you be living in the house during the renovation?

To keep this challenging time as short as possible, the renovation needs to be fully planned in advanced and managed well during the work.

These are only a few of the points which need to be considered when designing your interior renovation.

Contact us if you want to discuss your project in detail.

External Renovation

External Renovation

Here are some points to consider when planning your external renovation:

Your lifestyle

  Who lives in your house?

  Do you need a safe kid's play area?

♦  Do you entertain a lot?

  Do you have or want a pool?

♦  Do you like gardening?

Layout and specification

  The layout, style and details need to function for you.

  You might need a building consent if you add a deck or a pool, etc.

  Do you want to add outbuildings like a carport or a man cave?

The style of your outside area

  How much space have you got in relation to your rooms and doors?

  Do you have a nice view which you want to keep open?

  Do you want more privacy?

  Where is the weather side?

♦  Where is North in relation to your sitting area?

  Would a covered area be a good idea?

  Get ideas from the internet, magazine or home shows

  Trendy is good but keep in mind that you will need to maintain the area.

Will you be living in the house during the renovation?

Renovating the outside still impacts your comfort when you live in the house during the renovation. It depends on the scope of works.

These are only a few of the points which need to be considered when designing your external renovation.

Contact us if you want to discuss your project in detail.

Building Consents

How to deal with Council

If you just replace 'like for like' during your renovation, a building consent is not required. You can even make some small changes without needing a permit.
The Auckland City Council has kindly produced a brochure 'Building Work that does not require a building consent'
If possible it pays to twig your renovation scope to be acceptable without a building consent. That saves a lot of time and some money.

Should you need to make changes to structural parts, add plumbing fittings or have substantial extensions to your house then you will need to apply for a building consent. You need drawings and you need to fill out an application form. The cost of the consent depends on your building cost. There is a fee scale on the Council website.

Contact us to discuss how we can help.

Retirement Village Unit Refurbishment

With more and more new retirement villages being built in Auckland, the units in the older villages have to be refurbished to a good competitive standard to achieve a decent resale prices.

 

Do you as the person in charge have enough time to ensure that your refurbishments are achieving the best result possible? Are they completed in time, within budget and in good quality?

We have plenty of experience upgrading retirement village units and can help you with:


♦  Deciding on a scope of works and specifications after viewing the unit
  Source suitable material and design appropriate kitchens and bathrooms
♦  Get quotes from either main contractors or from various trades
  Check contractor credentials and evaluate the quotes / tenders
  Prepare contracts and approve invoices
  Supervise the construction
♦  Ensure Health & Safety documentation is in place and adhered to
  Handover the completed unit together with warranties and guarantees

 

Contact us to discuss