Bathroom Renovations

What are the bathroom renovation essentials?

The commonly asked question for a bathroom renovation is “what are the bathroom renovation essentials?

When you sit down and start thinking about what is required, there are usually many unanswered questions:

  • Do I need a building consent?
  • How much work will need to be done on the existing bathroom?
  • How much will it cost?
  • Can I live in the house during the renovation?

Renovating is in no way a simple process. The team at Style Plus look at some of the design planning essentials for a bathroom renovation.

Bathroom Renovation Essentials

Will I require a building consent?

Commonly, there are three questions to be considered when planning a bathroom renovation:

• Will there be any structural changes? Typically, removing a wall between the toilet and connecting bathroom. The question to ask is, is the wall load bearing?

• Are there any changes to the plumbing? If you are re-positioning, or adding any plumbing to alter the layout of a bathroom, you will require a building consent. If you are replacing like for like, such as updated fixtures, in exactly the same positions, then a consent is not required.

• Do I need a building consent for a tiled wet area shower? In all cases, installing a tiled wet area shower will require a building consent.

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Bathroom Renovation Essentials

Which tiles to choose – ceramic or porcelain?

Porcelain or ceramic? Both are part of the larger category of tiles we can call ceramic. Both made from a mixture of clays and other materials, then kiln-fired to approximately 1400 degrees.

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Knock down rebuild

Knock Down Rebuild or Renovate?

A knock down rebuild will involve finding the right balance between your budget, the features you would like. It also allows you to stay in your current location meaning minimal family disruptions.

Knock Down Rebuild

Should I knock down my existing house and rebuild?

The knock down and rebuild option is fast becoming more popular due to a shortage of land in residential suburbs. Many older homes on valuable and sought after land do not offer modern integrated family spaces with good construction techniques and energy efficiencies.

Knock down and rebuild means that you do not have to work around existing structures and you do not have to compromise.

If the existing house is structurally in a bad way, there is a likelihood that knock down and rebuild will be a lot cheaper and easier than trying to renovate it.

Knock down and rebuild will enable you to stay in your current location. This provides minimal family disruptions and no need to change schools or re-establish your family in a new neighbourhood.

Tip: Deciding on whether to renovate or rebuild is a big decision and an expensive one. Whichever way you go, it is vital to do your homework or speak with a knowledgeable and experienced builder such as Style Plus, first.

Why choose to knock down rebuild?

A knock down rebuild suits homeowners who are not content with:

• A large renovation with quotes that are fast approaching what a new home build would cost.

• A design | floor plan that does not suit the family’s lifestyle.

• Earlier construction, materials, or techniques that do not incorporate items such as double glazing or underfloor heating. Additionally, future proofing your existing home may not be an option due to cost.

• A sited home that has no environmental benefits or poor natural light.

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How much does it cost to build a deck?

How much does it cost to build a deck?

How much does it cost to build a deck in Auckland? The team at Style Plus looks at decking options and costs to build your deck.

how much does it cost to build a deck

Whether used as a retreat or for entertaining, decks and patios are multi-functional outdoor living spaces.

With the current trend for outdoor entertaining and relaxation, building a new decking area is more popular than ever before.

Rules & Regulations

Before we can plan or build a deck, there are a few rules and regulations to consider.

• For outdoor structures like fences, decks and retaining walls, the main reason you may require a consent is if you are building over a certain height. You do not require a building consent for decks that are up to 1.5 metres above ground.

• Any deck where someone can fall 1 metre or more requires a barrier and you may require a resource consent.

• If the deck is attached to the house then you should allow a 12mm gap on the ribbon plate to stop moisture retention behind the plate which can lead to mould mildew and eventually rot.

• And most importantly, decks must still meet other building requirements, primarily the durability and structural requirements. Check with your designer or builder on those requirements.

Tip: Check out Auckland City Council webpage – Fences, Decks & Retaining Walls. Alternatively, contact Style Plus | Renovations and we will guide you through your building process.

How much will my deck cost?

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