Why Build When You Can Upgrade a Property with Good Bones?

In the building trade, “good bones” means “good structure” and it’s a great thing to have if you’re looking to upgrade your property. Homes with good bones generally retain their value and are very cost-effective in terms of renovations and extensions.

Many older buildings are excellent for this purpose. They may be old, but their structures can support anything you want to add or any type of renovations. These buildings were designed to take heavy loads and they can handle just about all your modern building needs.

Good bones also mean very strong supports and that means no expensive structural issues to worry about. A house with good bones can literally save you a fortune in this respect.

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How to Navigate Building Difficulties

From Boundary Disputes to Second Story Building

The innocent-looking, understated phrase “building difficulties” hides a whole range of possible issues and frustrations for new home builders.

These are the problems that can sabotage a building project and it’s best to be prepared for them. Better still, you need to know how to fix them. We’re going to give you an overview of some of the most common problems and fixes when it comes to new builds, extensions or renovations.

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An Auckland Home That’s Perfect for Summer and Winter!

Auckland residents who are considering house renovations should look ahead on the calendar and consider their options for design. Designing a home for Auckland’s variable weather takes planning, and only a thoughtful design can ensure a great home design for all seasons.

To get started, we’re going to give you a few tips and show you what’s possible.

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Solar for Your Auckland Home – What You Need to Know!

When it comes to renewable energy for homes and businesses, solar power is the next big thing. This global trend is part of the big move towards sustainable living and eco-friendly lifestyles for the 21st century. It’s not just the environment that will benefit either – you’ll be astonished at the possibilities for your home.

If you’re looking at house renovations, you’ll be interested to know that solar power and sustainable living are the low-cost, best practice solutions. The new approach to sustainable living is an integrated suite of energy-saving options.

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Upgrading Your Property in Auckland for Year Round Outdoor Enjoyment

It’s fair to say that the weather in Auckland can be moody at the best of times. From harsh sunshine to strong rains, we deal with it all, making outdoor entertainment difficult to enjoy.

If you’re looking to renovate your outdoor area, you’ll be pleased to know that there are a lot of options for creating excellent all-year exterior renovations. In this article, we’re going to give you a few pointers, providing some ideas that will deliver year-round outdoor enjoyment.

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The Challenges of Renovating an Existing Property

Are you planning on renovating your existing property? The experience can be exciting, nerve-racking and daunting all at the same time. There are so many variables that have the potential to change your timeline, budget and final outcome. For such a big project, it’s important to think about the challenges and talk them through with your building team.

Keep reading below to find out how you should deal with some common renovation challenges. 

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How to Deal with Council Consent Processes

One of the hardest things about planning to build your new home or complete your renovations is navigating the confusing maze of council consent processes. In Auckland, there are certain steps that must be taken in order to legally commence any physical work. In many cases, your architect or builder will take care of this process for you. However, if you’re trying to cut costs, you can file a consent application yourself.

Keep reading below for some firsthand tips on how to deal with this time-consuming process. 

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Re-Cladding Your Leaky Plaster Home: A Thorough Guide

The leaky home crisis has flooded New Zealand in recent years, with many residents and builders losing time and money due to faulty construction work. As a result, monolithic plaster cladding gets a bad rap, with many poorly built houses struggling with leaks and water damage.

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