Builder vs. Architect: Who to Hire for a Major Renovation

Builder vs. Architect: Who to Hire for a Major Renovation
The home improvement market in New Zealand has grown quite massively in the last six months. That’s because people are investing their money into their homes. Instead of spending their saving on foreign travel, many Kiwis chose to upgrade their homes. House revamp, room extension, garage conversion, you name it. We have seen it all. Best of all, the growing popularity of home revamps projects in the country continues to pique the interest of many folks. In fact, we get a lot of questions from our readers and customers. One of the most common questions we encounter is who does a home renovation better, a builder, or an architect? To answer that question sufficiently, let’s take a closer look at each type of professional. Builders and Architects – Similarities and Differences Knowing who to choose between the two can make a lot of difference to your overall project costs and timeframe. A good point of comparison between the two would be their training and specialty. Architects are usually university-trained, and they mostly focus on the overall layout of a space. Their primary focus is to maximize the area by using customized designs or features. They also draft the blueprint that a builder uses as their guide during the project. Meanwhile, a home builder focuses on managing the project and carrying out the instructions on the blueprint. Many home builders started out as general contractors, but some opt to hone their skills further by completing training or apprenticeship. Another key difference between the two is their approach to doing a project. Typically, builders focus on practicality by finding ways they...

Summer Renovation Projects To Add Value To Your Home

Summer Renovation Projects To Add Value To Your Home
Summer is on the way! Time to whip the cover off the BBQ, fish out your jandals, and prepare for some quality time outdoors. Now is the perfect time to embark on that renovation project you have been mulling over. Summer is perfect reno weather, and if you act now, you will be able to spend the next few months enjoying the new additions or changes to your place. Plus, renovations add value to your home, giving you more security for your future. So what are you waiting for? Let us inspire you with some fantastic summer renovation ideas.   Summer Renovation Projects To Add Value To Your Home Deck Out Your Home If you are looking to boost your indoor-outdoor flow without breaking the bank, a new, upgraded, or expanded deck (or patio or terrace)  provides enormous bang for your buck. They allow you to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine comfortably and stylishly, plus can transform a boring backyard into an entertainer’s heaven. The great thing about decking is that it’s an affordable option that can be finished quick-smart. You will see big progress fast, so will be firing up the barbecue and pulling up a chair in the sun in no time at all.   Get Fenced In Need a bit more privacy and security, or just want to make your place look tidier? Building a beautiful fence can add to your enjoyment of your home and boost the curbside appeal. If you have a pool, you will definitely need a fence (it’s the law). But even if you are pool-less, you may need specific consents...

10 Common Renovation Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

There is no denying that deciding to renovate your home is super exciting. Finally getting your home to a place you are happy with is incredibly satisfying. But, renovations can be costly, especially if they aren’t done right. There are lots of common mistakes that people make, regardless of whether they choose to renovate themselves or use the professionals. Let’s take a look at those mistakes now so that you can avoid making them too!   Mistake 1: Budget Every renovation project should have a budget. That means you don’t end up spending more than you intended. However, you need to ensure that you have a realistic budget in mind. Obviously, $5k is not going to get you a completely overhauled brand new kitchen, but it would definitely freshen the space and modernise it if you spend your funds wisely. Make sure your budget matches your expectations for the project. Mistake 2: Plans Renovating without a plan in mind is like driving to a destination for the first time without a map. You might get there in the end by following your nose, but it will take longer, probably cost more and cause a lot of unnecessary frustration. Having a plan that details exactly what the end outcome will be makes the renovation process a lot smoother.   Mistake 3: DIY While some jobs can totally be done yourself, there are times when you need to call in the experts. Unless you are a builder/plumber/electrician etc. then it is unlikely you will have the required skills (or legal requirements) for certain renovation projects. Don’t take on more than your...

Why Now Is The Perfect Time To Renovate?

Why Now Is The Perfect Time To Renovate?
No house is perfect. After living in it for a while, there will always be things that you would like to alter. It might be as simple as hanging new wallpaper or as major as an extension. Whether it is a change in circumstances, a growing family, or simply the need for a change, renovations are always on the cards. But, when is the right time to do those renovations? Funnily enough, right now could be the perfect time to get them underway. After all, we are all spending a lot more time at home, there might be some holiday savings that you have squirrelled away, and you could be enjoying a newly renovated home in time for summer! Sound good? Then, read on to find out more about why now is the perfect time to renovate your home.       Spending More Time At Home During April and May, New Zealanders spent a LOT more time at home than ever before. During those 8 weeks of social restrictions, you might have noticed some things about your home that you wanted to change. Now that lockdown is over, many people are embracing a new way of living. You could potentially be working some (or all) days from a home office or simply continuing habits that keep you closer to home. If you are working from home or spending more leisure time there, you might find that certain spaces need some modification. You may need to introduce a home office or a great entertaining area for all those home-based gatherings. Renovating is the perfect solution, allowing you to enjoy...

Has Lockdown Highlighted The Need For Renovations?

Has Lockdown Highlighted The Need For Renovations?
The response to the COVID-19 virus has meant we New Zealanders have spent a lot of time in our homes lately. Almost overnight, we went from going about our usual routines to being at home 24/7. That change would have looked different for every family. Some would have needed space to work from home, an area to homeschool the kids, a space to relax, or even room to accommodate extra family members in your bubble. When you spend a lot of time in the same space, you really start to see things you wouldn’t have noticed before. Suddenly, your home can seem too small, too big, or not quite right for your needs any more. Instead of selling up in search of the perfect property, it could be time for some renovations. That way, you can create the exact home you need for your lifestyle – whatever it might look like. Has lockdown highlighted the need for renovations at your place? Then here’s what you need to consider… Making Your Home Work For You Your home is your castle and at any time it should function in a way that supports your lifestyle. However, your lifestyle might have changed a little bit lately! To match that new lifestyle of working from home, having family members working from home, or finally fixing that aspect that hasn’t been functioning well, you might be eyeing up some renos. The thing about renovations is that it is not a “one size fits all” situation. You want to ensure you are making the right kind of changes for yourself, your family and the way...

Auckland Builders Are Busy!

As pretty much everyone in New Zealand knows, houses in Auckland have been popping up left, right and center. Everywhere you turn, you will see construction, builds and new homes all around. Every building and renovation company is swamped with work and struggling to keep up. The housing crisis can be attributed to a number of factors, including very large numbers of immigrants coming to New Zealand in recent years. Builders have been doing everything they can to keep up with demand, but the demand keeps increasing. The government has announced plans to build 34,000 more homes in Auckland over the next 10 years to try to keep up with demand. What are some risks and issues this causes? This kind of demand and shortage creates a lot of surrounding issues such as very high pricing, both for houses and services such as building, lower quality of the work, due to them rushing to meet more demand and underqualified and unqualified workers being hired as there are just not enough qualified workers to do all the work. Many people are cross qualifying to make more money. Where there is a market there is business and as per the numbers above you can see that the building industry offers a lot of opportunity to many that want to earn more money. However, the negative side of this is that some individuals are less qualified and experienced and tend to charge the same amount as the experienced and qualified ones, while providing work that is not to the same level. What can you do to avoid these risks? There are several...

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