Should You Engage A Builder Or An Architect When Renovating?

Should You Engage A Builder Or An Architect When Renovating?
With international travel of the cards, thousands of kiwis have decided to invest their travel savings elsewhere. Naturally, as we have spent more time at home, there’s the desire for home improvements and renovations, with updated bathrooms and kitchens, improved outdoor areas, or some extra room to move. Now is the perfect time to put that extra cash to good use and improve the value of your home. But before you commit, you need to know whether you should engage a builder or an architect. Let’s dive into the answer and find out what’s best for your renovation project.   Should You Engage A Builder Or An Architect When Renovating? What Do Architects Do? To help answer the question, it’s helpful to know exactly what an architect does. Architects have a considerable amount of education behind their degree, with at least five years of university study, and several years of practical work experience. To practice in NZ, they must be registered with the New Zealand Registered Architects Board (NZRAB) and meet the requirements of continuing professional development. Architects know their way around the Building Code and are experienced in a wide range of areas – from landscape design to structural engineering. There is a range of ways for an architect to be involved in a home renovation project. They can create a design that works for you and your family within the constraints of an existing house – and help you navigate building regulations. Beyond providing the blueprints, they can also help oversee the construction process to ensure the building is functional and aesthetically pleasing. Some architects may offer...

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...

Ideas and Tips for Bathroom Renovations in Lower Hutt, Wellington

Ideas and Tips for Bathroom Renovations in Lower Hutt, Wellington
Thinking about renovating your bathroom in Lower Hutt Wellington, but not sure where and when you should start? You’re not alone. For a lot of homeowners, renovating one’s bathroom seems like a daunting project. There are always concerns about its practicality, benefits, and costs. You might be asking questions to yourself like ‘Is it worth it?’, ‘where do I even begin?’, or ‘how much will the project cost?’. Some also worry about how long a typical bathroom revamps lasts and how it would affect the household.     Good thing, bathroom renovations in Lower Hutt aren’t that hard to pull off. With a detailed plan and vision and the assistance of a bathroom renovation specialist, you’ll have a comfortable, functional, and posh space in no time. Below is a short list of tips and ideas to help you jumpstart your bathroom remodeling project.  Establish a concrete plan Before proceeding to any other task, it’s crucial for you to create a project plan first. Focus on the scope of the project. How much work do you need to be done to have your dream bathroom? What things do you need to replace? Do you want new fittings? Are you in dire need of hanging storage? Would you like to install a shower enclosure or bathtub? By having a tangible idea of how you want your bathroom to look like, you’ll know what to discuss with the renovators and they can provide you with a more accurate cost estimate. Learn everything you can about the space When devising your bathroom remodeling plan, it’s absolutely crucial to consider the room’s floor area and features....

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...

Successful Renovation at Archmillen Ave Pakuranga Heights

Successful Renovation at Archmillen Ave Pakuranga Heights
Before Photos, not great as the house was full. Full interior and exterior cosmetic renovation of 3 bedroom house in Pakuranga, completed by the Rodney team for one of our first ever renovation clients who only wanted to work with Mike and the team. The property has been inherited and retained as a rental and required a major over hall to bring it up to standard whilst keeping the costs as close to 10% of the properties value as possible. In the kitchen we removed the doors into the laundry and reinstated the opening to the hallway to open up the space and improve the flow from the front door to the rest of the property. All new quality cabinets with soft close runners & hinges, composite stone benchtops and tiles splashbacks to give a durable and modern finish. BEFORE AFTER The bathroom has been increased in size by moving the HWC outside and the layout improved by installing a large 1200 x 900 shower and moving the vanity away from below the window. BEFORE AFTER The rest of the interior has been fully repainted in a light neutral colour scheme and a durable plush cut pile carpet installed to complete the look. Outside we have washed and painted the exterior using a fresh white on the cladding and a contrasting dark grey on base boards and trims. A new and slightly larger deck has been added to give a functional outdoor entertaining space. We have the latest after photos on our video below.  ...

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...

Full Interior Home Renovation at Glen Eden

Full Interior Home Renovation at Glen Eden
We had the opportunity to renovate the full interior of this home. The owners wanted to create an open plan kitchen and living space. When we made our inspection, we could see how beneficial this would be to the space. Our inspection revealed that the wall in question was load bearing and therefore required council consent. Our architects drew up the drawings and applied for the consent and then our builders installed 4.5m Flitch beam to bare the   of the rafters so that the space could be opened. We fully removed the wallpaper from the interior of the house and plastered and painted the walls throughout. There were some areas  We removed the flooring throughout the home and supplied new carpets and vinyl. The owners opted to remove the fireplace and replace with a heat pump. The was an issue with dampness in the basement so we applied waterproofing to the floors and back walls to stop the damp coming in. By applying waterproofing to the basement it stops the issue of moisture ingress. It is fairly common to see homes with this issue when the basement has been dug into the ground. The waterproofing solution is the best way to protect the contents from damp. In some cases extra external drainage can also help. Throughout the home we installed PVC double glazing windows and doors for added insulation and a clean and modern look. We installed in wall insulation and ceiling insulation by pumping it in. For the ceiling we had to lift the roofing and pump it in underneath because of the type of ceilings in the...

Your Complete Guide to Renovations Costs in New Zealand

Your Complete Guide to Renovations Costs in New Zealand
Plenty of folks in New Zealand love to renovate their homes. Some do it to increase their property’s market value while others simply want to have a better, comfier, and more functional home. This 2020, the country has seen a massive increase in home renovation projects. The upward trend is believed to be caused by several factors. The first one is the low-interest rates on financing options. Then, there’s also the lack of things to do because of the pandemic. Home renovations also rose to popularity because many people want to bump up their property’s value while the market remains stagnated. Also, a lot of homeowners look into renovating their property so they can accommodate their growing family and save money on relocating. Lastly, there are a lot of citizens who recently moved back to the country. Most of them had their fixer-uppers remodelled to become their home. If you’re also keen on doing your remodelling work for your property, there are some key things you need to look into. For starters, you should know the general renovations costs in New Zealand. This would allow you to set your expectations and plan for the project. To understand the finances involved in renovating a residential property, check out the guide below. Factors that affect home renovation costs in NZ It’s quite impossible to provide a ballpark figure for the cost of renovating a property in New Zealand. According to Westpac, Kiwis spend around NZD 2,000 plus or minus 10 percent per square metre. The prices can significantly vary because of certain factors. Knowing and understanding them will help you come...

Majestic Home Interior Renovation In Auckland

Majestic Home Interior Renovation In Auckland
Are you looking into having work done on your property? Do you want to renovate parts of your home interior and update the current look and feel? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We do renovations right and we’ve just finished an interior home renovation on Hobson Street in Auckland City. Check out our before and after photos – they speak for themselves!     As you can see, the house isn’t falling apart or in disrepair – it just needed a new look to bring it back to life. The whole house was in need of a major makeover as it was outdated and needed some new paint. When we started working on the house, it was looking quite plain with the original interior dating back to when the house was first built. The bathroom tiles were definitely discolored, and the carpet was dirty. It was obvious that the house needed a total makeover. The good news is we were ready to get to work! We started with the bathroom and used marble look walls in the bathroom and kitchen. We installed dark wood floors to add color and life to the home. Using a few colors, we created a nice modern palette instead of painting everything a boring white. We brought in new furniture as a finishing touch. Are you looking to renovate your home interior? We can help you with that! Maintain to Profit is here to guide you and hold your hands from start to finish. We help you plan everything right from the beginning and we make sure your vision comes to...

Full Renovation in Massey

Full Renovation in Massey
We completed a full transformation of this beautiful 1950’s character home in Massey west Auckland. Having just completed another full renovation we were delighted to hear from the owners at this address. The owners were related to our customers we had just finished working with and impressed with the renovation we completed for their family. The house was due for a facelift and it was having a few issues such as damp in the basement and leaking from the join in the conservatory roof. We made our inspection of the home and the issues they were facing with the building. We discussed design options and we put together a quote which included solutions for the issue of the damp basement and the leaking roof.     The Kitchen To redesign the kitchen space we removed a wall completely to create an open plan kitchen, living and dining room. The fireplace was taken out and replaced with a modern heatpump. The client selected a white kitchen cabinet with embossed and recessed handles. The kitchen contains soft close hinges and drawers with pull out storage baskets. The bench is made from engineered stone in sparkly white with an undermount single sink. Parmco appliances were opted for and a feature textured tile selected.       The Bathroom For the bathroom the client opted for an acrylic shower tray with frameless glass shower cubical and black fittings. The client chose the vanity, mixer, shower slider, towel rail all in black. The character of the wood floor was accented by the sleek wall mounted vanity, designer fittings and embossed tile. The toilet remained...