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Renovating your bathroom is an ideal opportunity to maximise your space in this important part of the house, while also increasing functionality and flow. To make your ideal bathroom a reality, a little forethought and some expert planning are required.

Alongside planning the overall look and feel of your bathroom consider your morning routines and the items you want to have at hand and store. Also consider lighting options such as mood lighting when relaxing in the bath or low-level LED lighting under vanities to avoid glare of bright lights in the middle of the night.  

Below is a list to help with planning taking into consideration your budget and the people who will be using the bathroom.

1. Planning stage

This is one of the most important parts to get right. Start with a high level plan of your bathroom  and have full measurements at hand. Talk with us if you would like your bathroom concepts created by our design experts to further maximise your space. It’s at this stage where we consider things like the doorways. For example, if this is an en-suite bathroom and the doorway isn’t already a cavity slider,  converting to one could be a great opportunity to create more space. 

This is also a good time to make decisions about functional changes such as installing underfloor heating.

2. Consider your ideal storage

When planning a bathroom that will absolutely work for you, it’s good to go with your ideal from the outset. In the case of bathroom storage, this can be maximised by vanities, custom or standard storage units, mirror cabinets, or built in recesses in your shower or beside your bath. Now is the time to think about what you will want to store and how conveniently placed they need to be, such as spaces for soaps and shampoos, hairdryers, makeup and extra supplies

3. Vanity

Your vanity will be a focal point for your bathroom and can add a feeling of luxury to your room.There are a number or excellent vanity options which can be purchased as standard sizes or talk with us to discuss a custom unit. 

Initially, it’s a good idea to decide whether you have space for a double or single basin vanity? Wall hung basins create the illusion of more space and give a more modern line, whereas floor mounted versions will provide more storage.  Many vanities offer special storage for make-up and smaller items. 

Choose a style with inbuilt basins or select your basins to be top mounted.

For vanities with top mounted Basins :

It’s important to select basin and tapware that work with each other. For tapware consider if you would like wall mounted or vanity top mounted taps. If you are planning a mirror cabinet the height of the cabinet will need to work in with the full height of the tap. 

The selection of the vanity top is an opportunity to elevate the style of your bathroom whether it be creating a feeling of luxury, warmth or contemporary streamlined minimalism. There are a number of products available at different price points from stone, wood veneer in the same material as the vanity or acrylic composite.

4. Underfloor heating

Heated flooring in your bathroom is luxurious and a popular trend in modern homes. Not only does it feel amazing on your feet and you don’t have to stand on any cold spots, it can be effortless to run and energy efficient. Underfloor heating systems can be used under a variety of floor surfaces including timber and concrete. There are several options you can choose from depending on budgets and your lifestyle.

5. Mirrors / Mirror cabinets

There are a number of options to select from fogless, wall mounted, LED illuminated or mirror cabinets. For a sleek look mirror cabinets can be recessed to be flush with your tiles. It’s also worthwhile wiring in power points for charging electronic toothbrushes etc.

6. Taps and bathroom hardware

Decide on the style and colour of your hardware throughout the house. There are many options from chrome, polished nickel, matt black, gold and matt white, to brushed brass, brushed gunmetal and more. We recommended you keep the finish uniform throughout the bathrooms and kitchen. Some finishes can be applied to door hardware and other fixtures throughout your home to tie everything in.

For showers consider rain heads or shower columns and components to suit the user. For example, if you have young children it can be convenient to have a shower head with a detachable hand-held head.

7. Places to hang and dry towels

Consider how many towels you need to hang and if space allows for double rails for each person. Little additions like hooks for robes can mean the difference between a bathroom that actually works for you and one that is a source of frustration.

8. Bathroom wall finishes 

We offer a full service to help select tiles and organise quotes from tilers. It’s worth spending time to plan and discuss tiling options for the layout covering details such as whether you prefer mitred corners or alu-trims and selecting a grout colour. Grout selection has a large impact on the overall appearance of the bathroom from choosing to enhance feature tiles or creating a wall which blends into the room allowing other features such as vanity tops to stand out. 

9. Shower and bath?

Plan your shower area to the size and the shape of your room, and decide early whether you’d like space for one or two showers. Choices for showers cover whether you’d like a glass door or walk through shower, handle finishes and options to have handles standard vertical or horizontal to hang shower mats.

You’ll also need to consider whether you’d like a framed custom hebel upstand or level entry shower. (Level entry may need to be allowed for during design and consent stage )

Further shower choices will include deciding on a channel drain or a shower waste which can be square or round. Also, whether to go with a grate finish or an invisi drain where the tiler will insert tiles into to minimise its appearance. ( The drains can be colour matched to your tapware selection to keep them uniform and blending in with the bathroom and not standing out).

If you have space to add the luxury of a bath to your bathroom or en-suite there are a number of options from inbuilt to freestanding acrylic and stone composite. There are also choices to be made around tap ware, whether you’d like floor-mounted taps or wall-mounted taps and the option of a hand shower as well as a tap, many fittings have both options.

For a luxurious bath it’s lovely to have a shelf or recess built in for candles, soaps and plants.

10. Lighting

There are a number of options for lighting depending on your budget and requirements. These include standard down lights, LED ceiling mood lighting which can be recessed, hidden LED lighting strips under vanities for night time and low lighting. You can also include LED strips in recesses and feature ceiling or wall lighting.

With expert planning and advice along the way all of these options and choices will work together to give you a bathroom that is both functional and beautiful for years to come.

If you’re ready to start planning your new bathroom or ensuite, give us a call today on 0800 777 977

Reliable Recladding Specialists in Auckland

Clients often ask us whether it is better to reclad the whole house or just to fix an isolated problem. A full reclad is the best approach for complete weather tightness as it exposes all issues and allows us to completely resolve any moisture issues. This restores market confidence in the building’s ability to perform to the building code requirements.

A full recladding also offers you the opportunity to upgrade the exterior to current trends and complete any additions or changes that you need. Clients often go for a total facelift to modernise their Auckland home and to restore confidence in it once more. This is often the perfect opportunity to do those little things you have always wanted to do, while you have a team of builders on site.

How Much Does Recladding Cost?

There are a few things we need to establish when trying to determine the correct price for your project. One of our recladding specialists will visit you at your home to discuss your property in detail and provide an estimate for the project.

Some of the things we will look for when determining recladding costs include:

  • – The complexity of the project (size, level of difficulty, site access)
  • – How much damage requires repairs and the extent of these repairs
  • – Any alterations that have been requested (renovations to be made during the project)
  • – Any redecoration work that must be completed
  • – How much joinery needs to be installed

You can find rough price estimates for recladding costs in our FAQs page. To find out a more detailed quote for your Auckland home, contact us directly on 0800 777 977.

The Recladding Process

There are four standard steps which our specialists follow when completing each project. Although no two jobs are the same, the general steps involved are as follows:

  • 1. PROTECT YOUR HOME: We ensure your home is protected from the elements by wrapping it to keep the interior dry.
  • 2. REMOVE EXISTING CLADDING: We remove the old cladding and dispose of it off-site.
  • 3. INSPECT TIMBER FRAMING: Independent building consultants inspect for any damage/rot that has occurred to your structure.
  • 4. REPAIR & RECLADDING: Any rotten or damaged timber is removed and rebuilt. If there are any renovation or addition requests these will also be completed. Once the build is complete, our team will reclad the area.

To find out more about our processes or how much your project will cost, contact us on 0800 777 977.

Auckland’s Home Renovation Specialists

Are you sick of the same tired old layout you’ve been living in for the last 10+ years? Want a fresh look but don’t want to have to go through the headache of searching for a brand new property? Well this is where our premium building renovations and innovative designs can add a completely rejuvenated look to your Auckland home, whether you’re on the North Shore or beyond. Our home renovation builders work closely with each and every one of our clients to offer a tailored end-to-end service that meets their specific requirements to the letter.

We believe that it’s not just about re-cladding the exterior of your home, but a complete facelift. Our clients can choose from many different design options to modernise their home.

Our North Shore house renovation designs include:

Options can include: Transforming a plaster home to be in keeping with a traditional weatherboard bungalow or villa which are often sought after in central Auckland. For a more contemporary avenue, our in-house architect can help you to choose the latest design elements and materials to make your home on trend. With an in-house team of home renovation builders and designers, we can completely customise your design to ensure a seamless alignment with your personal sense of style.

For an obligation free quote on our home renovations and designs or, call us today

If you’re still unsure as to the scope of our services, or you’re confused as to what design will suit your home best, allow our house renovation specialists to offer their knowledge and expertise. With many years assisting home owners in the design and renovation of their properties, we are in the best position to aid in the creative process. We can evaluate your home in person and, from there, make an informed suggestion as to the best course of action.

The options are endless, so give us a call today and start making your dream a reality! You can reach us on 0800 777 977, where one of our friendly staff will happily answer any questions you might have. We can even offer a free quote on any of our quality building renovations and designs available in Auckland, the North Shore and the surrounds should you require.

 

Plaster clad homes need very specific maintenance to avoid leaks and moisture issues as well as to keep them looking good.

To help prevent water penetrating the surface, plaster cladding systems need quality paint systems and should be repainted every 7 to 10 years. As paint is one of the main waterproofing components on a plaster-clad home, it is very important to keep it in good condition with regular maintenance by a qualified tradesman.

We are specialists in plaster homes. We are experts in plaster cladding maintenance and painting in Auckland, helping plaster home owners avoid future issues by maintaining claddings to a high standard. We use a proven method for crack repairs, re-sealing, corrective work and painting. Regular maintenance will extend the life of your paint and keep your plaster home looking great.

We can also add you to our annual maintenance programme to help you protect your investment and keep your plaster home looking great!