• Realise your Dream Home

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  • Five Factors for a Perfect Section.

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  • Consumer Protection Measures

    New consumer protection measures in the Building Act 2004 are now in place for residential building work or renovations started on or after 1 January 2015. Read more...

  • Bedroom Design Tips

    Bedrooms are your chance to get really creative and add personal touches of style. The biggest elements are the bed, bedroom furniture (like tallboys) and curtains. It’s therefore critical you choose these things carefully. Read more...

  • Top Five Renovation Tips to Improve the Value of Your Home.

    Renovations, whether big (adding a new room) or small (new light fittings) can be a great way to increase the value of your home. Often, significant value can be added to a property through relatively minor changes. Read more...

  • Rate the environmental performance of your home with Homestar

    Is your home a healthy home? A healthy home Is warm, comfortable, cost efficient to run and good for the environment too. Everyone benefits. Read more...

  • The bathroom – the most intimate of sanctuaries

    Bathrooms have outgrown their purely functional role. They are now an intimate space for retreat and self- indulgence where we connect with one of life’s most vital and essential elements — water. The role of bathroom design is to enhance this connection by creating a sanctuary for body and soul. Read more...

  • Swimming pools - planning and design

    Planning on building a swimming pool? Owning a pool is a wonderful addition to your home but comes with responsibility, below are some tips for adding a swimming pool to your home. Read more...

  • Bathrooms

    Another exciting part of the project is creating your bathroom. The kind of environment you want your bathroom to have is dictated by materials, space and finish. When it comes to plumbing, electrical and sanitary connections there... Read more...

  • Kitchens

    The options here, too, are many and varied. Different power supplies – gas and electricity – and different hob types – gas, electric-ceramic induction cooktops or electric – provide additional choices. Hobs can usually be seamlessly integrated with Stainless Steel benches ... Read more...

  • Planning and Designing

    Look for someone whose work you like or an area of expertise relevant to your particular job, and who you believe you can work with. Use recommendations from friends, or visit the New Zealand Institute of Architects and Architectural Designers New Zealand websites to find them in your locale. Read more...

  • Leaky Homes and Weathertightness

    Leaky Homes are a growing concern as more examples become exposed every day. The best time to deal with weathertightness is at the design stage where different options can be considered and changes are easily made to the plans. Read more...

  • Renovations, Alterations & Additions

    A renovation is an update to an existing building or a return to a new condition. An alteration is a change to an existing building. An addition is adding to an existing building. Most people consider any combination of the three to be a renovation, however Read more...

  • Budget Workpage

    For most people, borrowing against the current value of the house to do an extension, or borrowing against the final value of the finished house if building new, is the usual way of financing a building project. Read more...

  • Building Consent Checklist

    Each council may have different requirements for submissions for a building consent. The list below is an indication, only, of what may be required. To complicate matters, requirements are constantly being updated so you must check with your council. Read more...

  • Building Act Updates

    Building work in New Zealand is controlled by the Building Act 2004 and the various Building Regulations which includes the building code. The legislation is administered nationally by the Department of Building and Housing (DBH) and on a local basis by building consent authorities using a building consent process. Read more...