Remuera Home Renovations

Posted on: June 13, 2017 by in Home renovations
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Why It’s Worth Hiring A Builder For Major Remuera Home Renovations

Do you have a big home renovation project in store? This might prove to be a very exciting time for you. You probably couldn’t wait to start on your project that will add value, style, and functionality to your home. Many Kiwis love the DIY option however, it’s not always the best decision to take the DIY route. Even if you have a lot of experience in home improvement projects, there are certain tasks that may be too difficult to accomplish by yourself. In these cases, you are better off hiring a professional Remuera home renovations builder. If you haven’t considered to this option before, then keep reading to learn why you need a builder for major home renovations.

Home renovations RemueraThe most obvious benefit of working with a builder is that you can rely on his expertise and experience. If you make the right choice, you can ensure that the builder has adequate experience in the specific renovation project you have. The more experience the builder has, the greater the chance of getting exactly the kind of service you expect. It’s also reasonable to assume that given the vast experience of the builder, he has expert knowledge you may not have. This can result to the use of a better processes that make the overall project more efficient.

Of course, there is also the benefit of accessing the proper tools and equipment. A builder has the requisite tools to accomplish the task at hand. On the other hand, you may only be equipped with the most basic tools, not allowing you to perform certain things. You may find yourself thinking about buying additional equipment just to do the home renovation project. This means higher expenses on your end. But by hiring a builder, the amount you pay already includes the use of special equipment for the job.

Working with a professional also enables you to save a whole lot of time. You might be thinking about taking time off your work just to get the chance to finish the project. This wouldn’t be necessary if you decide to hire a professional. You can focus on other important aspects of your life such as doing well in your job or taking good care of your family.

It’s also worth noting just how much you can save by working with a builder. This might seem counterintuitive at first, especially because you need to shell out money upfront to hire a professional. However, what you should consider is the long-term benefits. For instance, it’s possible that you commit costly mistakes when you do everything by yourself. This means more time spent on the project and possibly more money spent on replacement parts. A professional, meanwhile, can ensure that everything is done right the first time.

Even if you enjoy taking on home improvement projects on your own, it’s worth considering the option of hiring a professional home renovations builder. This is particularly true if you plan on dealing with a major home renovation. You may not have the proper skill-set and equipment to take on the task without professional assistance. In such a case, it’s worth hiring a builder who can get the job done in the most efficient way possible.

At Repair and Restore, we have years of experience on major Remuera home renovations so please give me a call on 09-236 0080. I will be happy to come and discuss your project with you.

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How we make great Auckland villa renovations

Posted on: January 13, 2017 by in Villa renovations
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The process for villa renovations in Auckland

At Repair and Restore we are very proud of our record of top-quality villa renovations in Auckland. We have carried out villa renovations in many suburbs ranging from St Heliers in the east through Parnell to Grey Lynn and south to Mt Eden.  One of the reasons we have generated such a good reputation is the way we work with our customers on various Auckland villa renovation projects.

Below I outline our villa renovation process so you can get some idea of the attention to detail we follow to ensure that you get the best outcome from your renovation or villa restoration project.

Initial contact

Parnell home renovations

Bathroom in a villa renovation

We receive enquiries from a range of different methods including word-of-mouth referral, website enquiries, and a range of other sources. Our initial contact with you will be a phone call from me in response to your enquiry.

During this call I will ask you a few questions so I can get an idea of the type of renovation you are looking at, how big the project is, for example: –

  • are you looking to add a bedroom?
  • do you want to create more open-plan living space?
  • is it just a bathroom or kitchen renovation?

From this brief chat, I can then give you a quick response if it is the type of renovation job that we are best suited to carry out for you.

As a broad guide, we carry out small-scale villa restorations tasks like character window or weatherboard replacement right up to major villa renovation projects to add modern appliances and add large-scale home extensions to your villa.

Specialist villa restoration projects

We are one of the few villa renovations building companies in Auckland that can carry out manufacturing of one-off and replica fret work and finishing details. These help to retain the authentic villa character rather than compromise with modern material which lack the authenticity that many Auckland bungalow and villa owners are looking for.

Getting to know you and me

renovation builders AucklandAssuming we think there is a good fit, we will make an appointment to come to see you so that we can look in detail at your planned villa renovations. The aim of this meeting is to get a deeper understanding of what you want to get from your renovation job so I recommend that you bring a wish-list of the work you want, some examples you have seen from magazines, a few photos of the villa, and anything else you think might be relevant.

Each family has different desired results which sometimes are not going to be feasible within the budget set aside.  From my years of building, and villa renovation experience, I can guide you through your wish-list and suggest ball-park costs or which items are not going to fit.  I can also make suggestions based on my experience as a villa renovations specialist from other projects I have worked on.

Another benefit of meeting like this is so that we can begin to get to know each other. A major villa renovation job will take weeks of work and during that period, we will spend a lot time together so it is important that we can see from an early stage if we will get on. A big renovation is a stressful time so I have found it useful for both parties if we can communicate clearly and openly.

Meeting at the villa renovation site

The only way to get a real feel for your renovation project is for me to come out to your site. Here I can see the lay of the land in terms of both the planning requirements, and more importantly, any potential problems we might have during the actual construction phase. For example, are there access issues to consider?

Many people don’t have a hard-and-fast design at this stage, but by visiting the site, I can see what you could achieve. This enables me to suggest designers or architects who would be perfect to work on your particular project. As in all walks in life, designers and architects have their own areas of specialism and I have worked with many over the years and come to recognise who is suited to different styles, locations, and client preferences. This means that you don’t have to waste lots of time looking for a villa designer but I can suggest the one best suited to your renovation project.

Establishing the base line

We strongly recommend that the next stage is to bring in a Building Surveyor. They will give you independent advice on the current state of your villa. This will highlight any major issues such as foundations, that will require special attention. It also gives you peace of mind knowing that we are not going to ramp up the job for our benefit.

Initial design concept

While you may have some broad ideas in your mind, it is only when both you and I can see them on paper that we can really begin to get a strong feel for your dream home.  It is far easier and will cost you far less to make changes at this stage than after we have started the building and renovation process. We have all heard stories of renovation projects going way over budget, and taking much longer than expected. The usual cause for this is that the client changed their mind part way through the build.

At this stage I can also give you an estimate of the villa renovation building costs based on the current average rebuild costs. You can then get a better idea of what you can afford, what is a must-have, and what parts of the initial scope can be excluded. Again, this makes for a much happier outcome at the end of the whole project.

Finished drawings and quotation for the villa renovations

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Villa after renovations

The architect or designer will now go away and make the actual blue-print drawings. These will include all the aspects we agreed during the design concept discussion process.

The drawings will be given to you to sign off or to make any final amendments. At this stage, the drawings will also be sent to Auckland Council for Building Consent or Resource Consent if it is necessary. Some villa renovation projects don’t need consent but most do have to go through the consent process.

While the Council is reviewing your project, I will be preparing the final quotation for the building works. The quotation will not only show the costs involved but will also include a time schedule for the various stages of the whole project.

We endeavour to finish renovation projects within our estimated time and usually achieve this unless something significant happens along the way. Most often, this is the client making changes to the plans after we have started the renovation construction work.

Finally, the villa renovation works begin

Once we get Council’s Consents, you can sign-off the quotation, and the finished drawings. Now my team of villa renovation specialist builders can begin the construction works. We will give you a confirmed start date well in advance so you can make any necessary arrangements about your accommodation.

Some families can live through the renovation works while others prefer to move to temporary accommodation.

Progress reports

I said earlier that good communication is vital to a successful and happy villa renovation project and a major part of that is for me to give you regular progress reports.

We will have regular meetings on site so you can see what has been accomplished to-date, and we can discuss the next stages of the project. We can also go over any issues that have occurred and their impact on the overall renovation project.

If you are not able to make a site visit, we can provide you with photo updates plus copies of the progress building inspections carried out by the Council.

Completion of your villa renovation

Auckland villa renovation builder

Justin and Hayley Mowday

The part we all want to see – a successful completion of your villa renovation.

We will walk round the home together so you can see that all the work has been carried out to the specifications we agreed. The final payments will be completed and we will also give your home a professional final clean so you can move into a pristine new home.

The next step

At Repair and Restore, we are villa renovations builders at heart and love working on villa renovations as they give us a challenge to incorporate modern styles and construction techniques while retaining the elegance and feel of the old villa or bungalow. Over the years, we have built a great reputation – see the video testimonial below – for these restoration projects so if you have an Auckland villa renovation in mind, please call me on 021 285 1445 for a chat about your project.


Mat Staples

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Grey Lynn home renovation

Posted on: December 11, 2016 by in Home renovations
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Five Points To Consider Before Having A Home Extension Built

Do you wish that your home had a little bit more space? If you are unhappy with the size of your home, then it makes perfect sense for you to look into adding a home extension. Plenty of home owners are looking at Grey Lynn home renovations – should you?

With that said, there are a few things that you should consider before you have an extension built. Make sure you keep these five key points in mind.

1. How Long Will The Extension Take?

A home extension project can’t be completed overnight. It will take time before everything is finished.

You should know how long the builders are going to be working on your home. That way, you will be fully prepared for it. You can schedule things accordingly.

2. Will You See A Return On Your Investment?

Home extensions can be expensive, but in the majority of cases, that money isn’t being thrown away. Instead, the money that you spend on an expansion is going to increase the value of your home.

With that said, not every extension is going to improve your home equity. It is a smart idea to research the return on expansions like yours. If you are satisfied with what you see, you can move forward with the expansion.

3. What Are Going Going To Do With The Extra Space?

An expansion will give you a lot of extra room! Think about what you would like to do with that room. Make sure that the space you are adding is space that you will actually be able to use and enjoy.

4. Is A Home Extension In My Budget?

Obviously, you want to make sure that you can afford the cost of your home expansion. Crunch the numbers and check to see if this is something that you can afford.

If you are worried about high costs, you should know that there are plenty of ways to keep expenses down. You can definitely expand your home while spending a lot less.

5. Have I Found The Right Home Renovation Builder For The Job?

It is vitally important that you hire the right contractors for your home extension project. Whether you are making a small expansion or a massive one, you need to make sure that you hire people that can handle the work that you need them to do.

The right home renovation builders will handle everything properly, which means that they will save you a lot of headaches. They will secure all essential planning permissions, and they will complete all of the work that needs to be done.

Don’t call and hire the first building contractors that you see. Instead, take the time to hire builders that you can truly trust.

It is clear that there are a lot of different things you are going to want to consider before you have your home extension built. Make sure you look over all of your options before you commit to something. As long as you are prepared, you should be very pleased with the results of your home extension.

For more information on Grey Lynn home renovations, call me on 021 285 1445 for a chat about your project.

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Grey Lynn villa renovation – DIY or call in the professionals?

Posted on: November 6, 2016 by in Villa renovations
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Grey Lynn Villa Renovation

If you look online or on TV, you’ll find many people doing their own home restorations. They may hire some subcontractors to do electrical or plumbing work and get help from their family and friends, but it’s their project. While it is possible for a person to restore an old house, there are some things you should consider before taking on this type of project.

Are You Handy?

Grey Lynn villa renovations

Villa after renovations

If you want to restore your own home, you need to be handy. You don’t have to be a near pro-level DIYer. However, you should be able to tell a nail from a screw. You should have some basic DIY knowledge since this is a major project.

If you’re not very handy, you should be willing to take some time to learn the skills necessary to restore your property. You can do this by taking workshops offered at your local home improvement stores, reading books, and watching videos.

How Much Time Do You Have?

While there are many projects you can get done in a weekend, how many of those weekends will you have to give up to restore a home? If you want your project completed within a certain amount of time you need to make sure you have the time to work on the project full-time.

If you have a full-time job and other obligations, it will be difficult to complete the whole restoration quickly. However, if you are willing to work on the restoration, one room at a time, you can get the work done yourself, but you have to be willing to wait a longer time for the project to be complete.

Do You Have a Renovation Plan?

While you may want to do the work yourself, you may consider getting help in making your plans. You can hire a builder as a consultant, they can help you determine the best way to proceed. You may even decide to use the builder for certain parts of the project, in order to get things done faster.

After you have a plan you can create a step-by-step list. Then you can draw up a timeline. Make sure to create a buffer around your timeline so that you can have a little wiggle room. You never know when you’ll need extra time while you wait for a fixture to be delivered, wait for an inspection, or get help from a contractor.

Can You Get Help Renovating a Villa When You Need It?

If you decide you have what it takes to do a home restoration, then you should keep one thing in mind. You may not be able to do everything. In fact, there are some things that you should call in a professional for help. These include plumbing, HVAC work, electrical work, and anything having to do with the structural elements of your home.

When you create your plan, you should determine which parts would be better completed by a professional villa renovation company. You can still try to do the work yourself, but if you get overwhelmed you can call someone and get help.

To get some idea of how we have worked with some clients, please look at our video testimonials here.

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Herne Bay Home Renovation Builder

Posted on: October 23, 2016 by in Home renovations
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How To Find The Right Herne Bay Home Renovation Builder

herne bayWhen people want additional space to live in, they have two choices. The first is to move to a larger house and the second is to add extra living space by way of major house renovations.  This article will look at the pros and cons of both options in case you are looking for a Herne Bay home renovation builder.

Renovating a Herne Bay property

There are several advantages to renovating a house that you already own compared to moving to a new home. Below are a few of the main benefits from undertaking a renovation rather than moving to a different home.

You know the home already

If you have lived in a house for a few years, you have probably developed an attachment to it. Perhaps you like the “presence” of the house, maybe the garden suits you and your family, or maybe it has been in your family for a long time. For many families, the familiarity with a house is an important issue.

You can see undeveloped potential in your home

Many people can live I a house for a few years and then suddenly, they might visit another property or see a magazine and think, “Wow, we could do that with our house.” Then you begin to open your eyes to the new possibilities that you could have from renovating a home in Herne Bay.

If you move to another home, you cannot add significant value to that without undertaking a renovation there so you might as well stay where you are and enjoy that increased value in your home.

Create what you want

Once you have realised that your current home could be so much more, then you can start imagine the myriad of renovations to make the house of your dreams. But then, when you bring in a designer or an experienced home renovation builder, they can give you some tips or advice on other renovation ideas you might not have considered.

They will have worked on other houses like yours and can suggest how those ideas would work for you. Alternatively, they will have thoughts on different materials you could use. There are huge advances in new materials, finishes, appliances and many other components that the general public doesn’t usually consider.

If you move, the new house will almost certainly involve compromises of some sort since you will be fitting into an existing shape and space. There is far smaller chance of getting what you actually want with a move than a renovation.

You know the Herne Bay area

This factor can be very important for some families. For example, you might be in a school zone that you want to remain in. The house may be convenient for your commute to work, or you may have close family ties or a strong network of friends that you want to stay near to.

When you move, you will have to try to find new friends which is not an easy task. It can take a long time to find real friends.

Easier to find builder

It is easier to find a builder who can create what you want in a house than it is to go to hundreds of open homes looking at properties that have some of the features you are looking for but lack other key facets of your wish list.

If you have lived in your home for a few years, you may have forgotten the tiring, frustration of trudging around dozens of open homes only to see places that you could never imagine living in for whatever reason. In the current property market, there is also a very strong probability that you will be out-bid by another interested party or you will have to escalate your purchase price.

Cost of renovating versus moving

A major house renovation is not cheap. Fully upgrading an old villa in Herne Bay, installing a new kitchen and bathroom, changing the internal layout, adding a new room, maybe replacing the roof too, this can easily cost a few hundred thousand dollars. However, you can usually add this to your mortgage, and having lived in your home for a few years, you will probably be below the LVR ratio so it should not be a major problem with the bank. Plus, a good renovation, will add a considerable amount to the market value of your house.

However, moving to a different house is very expensive but for different reasons, especially the real estate agent fees if you are selling a house. You might also have some mortgage break fees to pay if you have a fixed-rate mortgage and this can amount to many thousands of dollars. And of course, there will be legal fees. All of those are dead costs which do not produce a return on your expenditure whereas, a major house renovation, while being a big expense, should provide a positive return on investment in the form of a higher valuation for your home.

Remember, the average price of a house in Auckland now is over $1m. While that is nice if you own it, when it comes to buying one, that is a huge expense.

It looks better to renovate than move

From the points above, it looks overall, that it is a better option to renovate a home in Herne Bay rather than move to a completely different place so the next decision is, what building company do you choose?

Finding a Herne Bay renovation builder

Look for a specialist renovation builder

herne bay home renovationThere are plenty of builders around each of which will make a claim as to why they should do the renovation project for you. However, building a brand-new house is a very different task from renovating an older home. Renovations require different skills working within the existing house boundaries.

Another point to consider, especially with the expensive, high standard homes in the Herne Bay area, is that you want the building work to maintain the integrity and elegance of the older home. Most building companies cannot do this adequately. You don’t want a sub-standard job or a finish which is totally out of character with the rest of the suburb.

Make sure the builder has experience or specialises in the type of home you want to renovate. Building types vary greatly and it makes no sense to use a builder specialising in working on ultra-modern homes when you have a timeless villa to renovate.

Get a list of past projects so you can look at what they have done for previous clients. Equally important is experience in the area where you want to renovate. If a builder is familiar with building in your area, they will understand the local requirements and what is acceptable in that area.

Herne Bay home renovations builder video

Check the references of the potential renovation builder. Past customers are an ideal way to determine if they do a good job. Ask if the home was renovated to their specifications and everything is in proper working order. Of course, you also need to see if they completed the job within budget, both time and money.

Ensure that the home builder has been in business for a while with a solid reputation. Also, make sure they are financially sound. You don’t want your home builder going bankrupt mid-project, leaving you with having to find someone to complete the project at a much greater price.

Find out when they will be able to start the project and the estimated time of completion. Renovation jobs can take a long time to complete, especially if the property has been neglected for a while. There is a good chance that there will be hidden issues which an experienced builder can warn you about before you begin the project and finalise the budget.

Get everything in writing including the warranty. Ensure the warranty is comprehensive and will cover all aspects of faulty construction for a period of time. It is rare to see potential issues in a new home within the first few days, so be sure the warranty will cover you for a significant time. If you hire a member of the Master Builders Association, they have a guarantee that protects you and also means that you are hiring a professionally qualified builder.

You will spend a lot of time with the renovation builder you choose, so be sure you are comfortable interacting with them. Does the builder have a good personality? Are they polite?

Building a home can be highly rewarding and a lucrative investment. Taking time to choose the right home renovation builder for your needs will save time and frustration; allowing you to more fully enjoy your new home.

If you are considering a major house renovation, please call me on 021 285 1445 and I will gladly come along and give you some advice on your project.

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Mt Eden Home Renovations

Posted on: September 6, 2016 by in Home renovations
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Mt Eden Home Renovations – When To Bring In A Specialist Builder

Mt Eden home renovationsIf you are considering renovating your Mt Eden home in anyway, there are two main options; DIY or hire a specialist Mt Eden home renovation builder. Which route you take will depend on three key points:

• the size of the project
• the time you have available and
• your own DIY skills.

For simple jobs like decorating, you might want to bring out your Kiwi DNA and get out the paintbrushes yourself. One the other hand, if you want to create an open-plan area, add a house extension or upgrade your kitchen or bathroom, then you will probably want to hire a professional renovations building company in Mt Eden.

Below are some good reasons to hire a home renovations contractor.

1. Buying Good Value Materials for Home Renovations.

When it comes to renovating your home, the materials, fixtures and fittings are going to be one of the biggest expenses, especially in the Auckland area. The average home-owner might be able to find a few items on sale but it will take a lot of time to find bargain prices for all of the materials you will need for a big home renovations project.

However, an established specialist builder will be able to source the materials at a better price than the average person. The fact is, they have the economies of scale and relationships with a wide range of suppliers in different sectors that will allow them to get the materials for a much cheaper price than you would ever be able to. Thus, you will end up saving a lot of money by hiring a specialist builder. With that being said, if you are buying the materials on your own, you can end up saving some money on labour. However, the difference is generally going to make it a much better idea to simply hire an expert to handle the renovations for you due to the amount of money and time you can save by doing so.

2. Mt Eden Home Renovations – Prepare The The Right Way.

If you are planning on doing any kind of home renovations, it is really important to be sure that you are preparing everything correctly. Skipping prep work is only going to cost you in the long run. You want to take the time in order to do it the right way the first time. While it is a tedious process that no one enjoys doing, it is going to end up saving you a good amount of time and money in the long run.

But preparation is not just about the actual works. If you have a big home renovation project such as an extension, or even a larger deck, you will more than likely need Building Consent from Auckland Council. This can take months to complete so you have to prepare for this from an early stage. You will need a range of plans drawn up so you must have a designer or an architect involved. Finding an architect can be tricky but a good builder will have connections they can make for you. Together, the builder and house designer can work with you to design the renovations within your renovation budget.

The Council will need some time, often months to agree to your renovation plans so be prepared for this.

Another aspect that you need to prepare for is the weather. If your schedule is likely to start in the autumn, you can expect delays with external work due to the weather conditions at that time of year. One option to get around this, although it does add a considerable cost, is to employ plastic weather cover wrap around systems which are attached to the scaffolding.

3. Use The Right Tools.

If you are planning on doing any of the work yourself, it is important to equip yourself with the right tools and equipment. There are a lot of different problems that can result from using the wrong tool for various processes. First, you can ruin your tool if it is not up to high level work. A basic home use power tool is not likely to have sufficient power output to handle long-term heavy-duty workloads. You can easily run up significant costs in purchasing new or replacement power tools.

Second, you can actually ruin the project you are working on. An under-powered tool could easily damage expensive materials like granite or floorings.

Third. Do you have all the tools you need? A big home renovation will need more than an electric drill and circular saw. You will be surprised at the range of different power tools that will be used on the entire job renovating your home.

And lastly, you can end up getting yourself injured. If an electric saw for example is not powerful enough to cut through a hard material, it can twist and potentially cause serious injury to the user.

Summing up

Mt Eden home renovation builderAs you can see, there is a lot that you are going to want to consider when it comes to renovating your home. If you are planning on doing any kind of renovating project, you will want to be sure that you have everything thoroughly planned out. That will help to ensure that you are doing everything that you need to be doing in order to successfully renovate your home. Because this can be a tedious, long, and drawn out process, you are likely going to end up saving yourself a lot of time, money, and grief by hiring a professional builder to handle the job. They will have the access, experience, and connections to save you money on building materials and they will be able to complete the renovation much more efficiently and effectively than you.

Mt Eden home renovations builder

If you have or are thinking about renovating your home in the Mt Eden area, please do call on 021 285 1445 and I will be more than happy to chat to you about your ideas. I can give you a ball park idea of the cost and likely time it will take to be completed.

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Mt Eden House Renovations

Posted on: July 13, 2016 by in House renovations
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Major Mt Eden House Renovations Are Better Entrusted To Specialist Building Companies

You may feel that your home has outlived its usefulness in its current format and that you need to make some changes. These changes may be forced on you because you have an expanding family, maybe teenagers who want their own rooms, elderly parents who have moved in with you, or just because you feel you need some more space to live and entertain in. All of these are significant refurbishment projects which, to get the best standard, will need the services of a specialist Mt Eden house renovations company.

Major renovations mean adding rooms, either horizontally or vertically. Other major changes that are quite often considered after your home has been lived in for some time, is a more modern kitchen, better facilities in bathrooms, loft conversions to add space, building extra garages, converting the basement in to a home theatre or games room, adding a conservatory or deck, or any other changes that the family desires.

In the first place, you will have to decide whether you can afford to make these changes, by dipping into savings, taking a second mortgage, or other means of financing the project. You will then have to find and interview respected house renovations companies who can undertake such a large job.

You will also need to ensure that you have the right building consents or permits to carry out any work. This link is for the Auckland Council building consent page.  A qualified Master Builder can be of enormous help, as they will be conversant with all the regulations and be able to guide you on what you have to do.  Even after consent has been granted, we can advise you if any changes you want will be acceptable under your current permit or whether it will be a breach of that consent which will delay the project and cost you a lot more money.

A great advantage with asking a house renovation building company to do all your major renovation work is that you can then just sit back and allow them to do all the work. You do not have to worry about buying materials, ensuring the different trades arrive when they are supposed to, that people are not standing round idle, cleaning up debris, and of course your DIY skills will not be tested to the extreme.

If you decide to try to manage the project yourself by hiring the various tradesmen to carry out each part of the work, you have to interview two or three companies in each category and this alone will take you many hours. Plus of course, you don’t really know how good they are at carrying out their job. You will have to constantly supervise and coordinate between each of them which can be very onerous and time-consuming. Most tradesmen will also ask you to buy materials and this can be an additional headache.

However, if you hire a single building company to do the complete job, none of these problems will directly affect you. The builder will have their own preferred tradespeople that they know and trust, they will handle the scheduling of workers, and they will source the materials as they are needed. This leaves you with just a single point of contact making your life a lot easier.

Before you decide on a house renovation do make a complete list of everything that you want done. This will allow the builder to give you much better quotes for both time and money. If you change your mind part way through the project, this will delay the schedule and usually costs more money too.

We have worked on many large scale house renovations in Auckland including the Mt Eden area. So please feel free to give me a call on 021 285 1445 for a no obligation chat about your renovation project.

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Mt Eden villa renovation

Posted on: June 11, 2016 by in Villa renovations
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Getting Best Value From a Mt Eden Villa Renovation

Mt Eden villa renovation

A completed villa renovation

When it comes to Mt Eden villa renovation, or anywhere else for that matter, you need to be clear about your goals with the project otherwise you can end-up spending more than you intended, or you may not be satisfied with the result. We have seen many people trying to change the project part-way through which simply adds more cost and usually takes more time. Both of these factors cause far more stress for clients during the project renovation. Therefore we strongly encourage people to come up with a sound and relatively fixed project plan.

What do you want from a Mt Eden villa renovation?

The answer to that question depends on the amount of work and expense you want to go to.

Simply painting a villa whether internally or externally, can do wonders. It can light up a room or give the villa a completely new look from the outside. However, if you want to create more space, upgrade your old kitchen or achieve the indoor-outdoor flow that many people want these days, then you are looking at a much bigger project.

In our experience, the villas in Mt Eden that have the best capital growth, are the ones that undertake a full-on renovation to bring the home up-to-date and take advantage of new heating technologies, have the latest kitchen appliances and the most luxurious bathrooms.

What projects to include in a villa renovation?

The best approach is to look at the villa renovation as a whole integrated project rather than a number of separate smaller projects. Typically though, people will want to upgrade the bathroom, kitchen, and living areas. Modern designs tend to go for open-plan kitchen and living areas as this gives a feeling of more space.

That open-plan room, then often leads to incorporating outdoor decks spaces or even out-door living areas to create a seem-less flow from the kitchen, living-room and the outdoor entertainment area.

Some people will want to create a great foot-print by extending part of the house but this does require a considerable amount of additional work. You will have to get detailed architects drawing s and planning consent from Auckland Council. This in itself adds a significant extra cost and time to the overall project.

Another facet in a top-class villa renovation is the treatment of the floors. Whether you want polished wood, comfy carpet or ultra-modern polished concrete finishes, flooring can make a huge difference to the finished renovation.

Which renovation jobs add the most value?

The answer to this depends on the current state of the villa and also the precise area that you house is in. However, in general terms, a new kitchen will add the most value followed by bathroom upgrades. However, often good landscaping will add quite a lot of value. We usually suggest including a modern landscaping element as part of the whole renovation project. That way you can match the look and feel of both the villa and its surroundings.

Another key factor in increasing the value of your villa is the quality of the work. There are many other builders in Auckland but we do pride ourselves on the standard of our finished workmanship. This video testimonial from the renowned chef, Tony Astle, is typical of the kind words our clients give us.

Managing the villa renovation project

Many people fancy the idea of renovating their villa. That gold old Kiwi DIY approach but it is a huge task to undertake especially if you have a family and are also working. Finding the time is really difficult.

Other people decide to hire trades people and to manage the project themselves. This seems like a good idea but again, managing up to 20 different trades can be a huge and highly stressful task. It’s hard enough for us professionals, but for the average person, it can become a logistical nightmare. Imagine if you have arranged for one person to come but the previous trade is still working on their part of the job.

And of course, this assumes you have the time and knowledge to find and then select the most suitable trades companies. If you have 20 trades, interviewing three potentials contractors, assessing their quotes and then handling all of the separate contracts, schedules and costs. It soon becomes a massive task. You also have to find and select the building supplies, the appliances and all of the decorating materials.

Summary – villa renovation in Mt Eden

These days, villa renovation is a type of investment if it is done well. But bearing in mind that good renovation can cost a lot of money, it is all too easy to over-capitalise and not enjoy the financial returns you were expecting.

At Repair and Restore, we don’t want you to go over budget or have to wait to get back into your new Mt Eden villa renovation as soon possible. So if you ask for changes along the way, we will point out the effect these will have on your costs and time schedule.

For more info about your villa renovation, call me 021 285 1445.

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Posted on: May 27, 2016 by in Home renovations
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Major Ponsonby Home Renovations Projects

Unless you are qualified you should never tackle a major home renovation on your own. You may think that it will save you a lot of money but in the long run it could be disastrous in both time and money. There are many homeowners who watch a few videos on the Internet or a TV series and consider themselves to be experts at whatever tasks they are about to start. While it is true that you can learn a lot about watching online videos when it comes to simple home repairs but it is another thing to undertake major home renovations without having the proper qualifications.

For any homeowner who is considering major home renovations in Ponsonby or surrounding areas of Auckland they should hire a local building contractor can actually do the work or oversee it. A local renovation builder who has been in the area for a long period of time will have a good reputation. You should be able to talk to some of his previous clients to assure yourself of his quality of work. Make sure that you always check out his qualifications before you commit to any contract.

Ponsonby home renovationsFor example, let’s say that you are about to do a complete kitchen renovations on your home. Your kitchen is old and tired and requires a complete overhaul. To do this type of major renovation would require plumbing, electrical, cabinetry, flooring, counter  top, tile work, interior design, and other specific types of knowledge. How many homeowners would be able to understand all of these different types of trades without previous knowledge.

Home Renovations and the Building Trades

Many of the trades such as electrical and plumbing require that the trades-person goes to an approved technical school for years before they understand even the basics. As a homeowner it would be impossible for you to understand all of these different trades on your own and therefore it is sound advice to consider hiring a reputable building contractor to take care of the complete project.

Of course, there are a few things that you can do to help the building contractor with the kitchen renovation or any other major renovation. The first thing that you can do is to become as knowledgeable as you can in regards to the various products that you are about to purchase. Some of these products include appliances, flooring, paint, lighting, tiles, fixtures, and so forth.

Easier Decision to Hire a Ponsonby Home Renovations Builder

By educating yourself as best you can about the various products and materials you will be able to help the builder make easy decisions that will be both appealing and economical. You can begin your education by visiting some of the various retail building outlets that are located throughout your area. You can also go online and acquire a lot of beneficial knowledge that will help your project to be a success.

When you hire a home renovation builder simply make sure that he has a good reputation in your community and that you sign a contract that spells out every little detail that you expect. After that, simply enjoy your newly renovated home.

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Posted on: May 18, 2016 by in Home renovations
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Why You Can Get A Better Renovation By Hiring A Specialist Parnell Home Renovations Builder

While home renovations can be very exciting, they can also be a big source of stress. They often take longer than homeowners expect them to. To make matters worse, they can easily go over budget. A simple project can turn into a nightmare in the wrong hands.

That’s why any homeowner should make sure that they put their house renovations in the right hands. A specialist home renovation builder will be able to do a much better job than general builders or handymen contractors. They can help property owners to avoid a lot of renovation pitfalls and get what they really want.

Here are a few of the many reasons you should leave home renovations to specialists.

1. Doing It Yourself Isn’t Always Cheaper

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Bathroom in a home renovation

In theory, taking on a home renovation project yourself should save you a lot of money. After all, you’ll be getting free labour.

In practice, however, trying to do things yourself doesn’t always save much money. Homeowners don’t know where they can safely cut costs; experts do. People who aren’t home renovations specialists could wind up making costly mistakes, or could cause damage to the home or the appliances they buy for the renovation.

Some jobs need to be done by trained professionals. Home renovations are one of them.

2. Home Renovation Specialists Are Genuine Experts

While you can get renovation help from all kinds of contractors and labourers, only specialists will truly have expertise to draw upon. They’ll know all of the common problems that arise during renovation projects, and will be able to take steps to help you avoid them.

In addition, specialists tend to have a lot of connections with vendors who deal in this sort of work. They’ll be able to get you the supplies you need for your renovation project at a much lower cost.

3. They’ll Be Able To Give You An Accurate Price Quote

If a building company doesn’t have much experience with home renovation projects, they can only estimate costs. If a company has done all kinds of renovation projects, they’ll be able to get that estimate down to a science. We have all heard of nasty surprise bills people are given at the end of a renovation project simply because the builder didn’t have the relevant experience or knowledge.

Even if a non-specialty contractor gives you a lower quote, you may wind up paying more in the end. You can’t trust a quote from someone who doesn’t have a lot of renovation experience, but you can trust a quote from a home renovation expert.

Don’t let yourself be surprised by the cost of your renovation project. Work with someone that can give you an accurate price quote.

Why You Should Choose a Specialist Parnell Home Renovations Builder

When an untrained person jumps into a renovation project, they can wind up making a lot of big mistakes. It’s always best to hire someone that really knows what they’re doing.

You wouldn’t hire an ear doctor if you needed heart surgery. Why should you hire anyone but an expert for your home renovation project. Make sure you hire a specialist home renovations building company. They’ll be able to save you money and get the job done right. It’s always better to work with experts when you can.

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