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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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?

This is a common question that we are asked. The answer can be complex based on the design. However, for a basic guideline and does not include stairs, seating, base cladding, demolition or any allowances for specific design, plans or permit fees…

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Bathroom vanities with Style

Bathroom vanities with Style

With so many available gorgeous bathroom styles and ideas, it is hard to make a decision on which bathroom vanities and sink to select for your new or renovated bathroom. The team at Style Plus look at bringing style to the bathroom space.

Bathroom vanities

Types of vanities & sinks for your renovation | new build

It’s not easy to pick out a sink for your bathroom bathroom renovation or new build when there is a good selection to choose from. There are a couple things to consider when selecting a bathroom sink:

• What is the design style that you want to achieve?

• Is your chosen bathroom design clean lines and modern, traditional or mid-century modern?

Think also about the space you have to work with. From wall hung sinks that attach directly to the wall and do not use any floor space to bathroom sinks that are mounted in a vanity or sit above a countertop, there are many options to choose from.

bathroom vanities

Stylish Bathroom Vanities

Bathroom vanities come in all shapes and sizes. You will want to make sure you have the right one for your design style. Keep in mind that the bathroom vanity is pretty much the centrepiece of the bathroom.

There are three main styles of bathroom vanities:

• Shelf Vanities

• Wall mounted vanities

• Cabinet style vanities

Shelf vanities

A shelf type vanity is a minimalist type vanity. This type of vanity can be designed in a variety of ways such as wall hung or as part of a free standing unit…

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Fireplace Options For Your Renovation

Fireplace Options For Your Renovation

Whether you prefer a gas or wood burning fire, you will find a wide range of opinions regarding the look and feel, cost, maintenance, convenience, and environmental responsibility for both fireplace options. The team at Style Plus take a quick look at wood burning and gas fires.

Fireplace Options

Woodburners

Modern woodburners are highly energy efficient, produce limited air pollution and use a form of renewable energy.

Burning wood is carbon-neutral because it is a renewable resource. However, burning wood cleanly is the key to making it enviro-friendly.

The large amount of radiant heat produced by woodburners suits many of our New Zealand houses. This is especially the case for the older, poorly insulated and draughty homes with high ceilings. A properly sized and installed woodburner can heat the whole home.

Fireplace Options

Gas Fires

The advantage of a gas fire is that it provides instant heat and has the look of an open fire, without the danger of the open flame or the need for firewood. Additionally, gas is more energy efficient than electricity (emitting less greenhouse gas emissions than burning it to make electricity in power stations).

A gas fire provides both radiant and convection heating, with the radiant heat warming objects in a room and the convection heat circulating the warmed air…

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Spa Room Design With Style

Spa Room Design With Style

Spa room design often starts with a desire to relax in your own environment. Your bathroom offers you a private space where you can take a relaxing shower or warm bath. So, why not turn your bathroom into an at home spa room with style?

spa room design with style

A while ago the health Spas were the only place where we can find a special relaxation environment. However, with the ongoing developing technologies, the ability to create a home spa space is simply a matter of a budget and planning.

SPA ROOM SPACE

Today the possibilities for a home spa design are endless. It basically depends on your style, life style and design inspiration.

spa room design with style

Considering how much time we spend in the bathroom over the course of our lives, it is in our own interest that we transform that room into a personal sanctuary – a spa room. After all, if the one room where you cleanse does not make you feel completely rejuvenated inside and out, then is it really worth wasting a part of your life in there?

The spa room would be a retreat where we can unwind, release those relaxing scents, and relax in peace.

SPA ROOM INTERIOR DESIGN

spa room design with style

The interior design planning phase of your spa room project is the most important part of the entire project. For example the interior design phase of the project would include some or all of the following elements;

• Conceptualisation – Concept Design

• Theme and Colour Schemes

• Hard & Soft Finishes

• Spa Bath | Sauna additions

• Furniture Design

• Lighting

Spa Bath

spa room design with style

Spa baths have always been a great way to unwind and relax. Whether it be a spa bath for one or a corner spa bath for two.

For a master bathroom with space to spare you could make it an intimate transition to another space area with a spa bath.

There are a variety of spa sizes to choose from, from small two person spa’s to the larger spa. It is important to think about who will be using your spa and plan accordingly.

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Interior Design Black Appliances

Interior Design Black Appliances

Interior Design Black Appliances add an element of sophistication and style to kitchen design.

Interior Design Black Appliances

When it comes to black, it is definitely a colour that is often considered for a kitchen renovation space design or new build kitchen space design.

At the planning stage of your kitchen design choosing a colour for your kitchen appliances is a big decision and you want to get it right because you are going to be living with it for a while.

Two colours and one material dominate choices today. They are white, black and stainless steel. At Style Plus we consider sleek black appliances as a good alternative to high end stainless steel and white coloured appliances.

While stainless steel can attract fingerprints, black appliances tend to hold up better against the assault of sticky little hands and fingers.

The team at Style Plus review 6 black kitchen appliances to add that element of sophistication and style to your kitchen design:

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Basement Conversion Costs

What are the excavation basement conversion costs in Auckland?

The team at Style Plus take a look at basement conversion costs in Auckland.

Basement Conversion Costs

“Transforming a basement area can take a basement from a lifeless, cold, damp space into a great space suitable for a number of uses.” – Jan Antoni Glinkowski (Project Manager – Style Plus | Renovations North Shore Auckland)

PLANNING YOUR EXCAVATION RENOVATION PROJECT OR BASEMENT CONVERSION

Developing a basement area is a major renovation and logistically quite challenging. However, it could potentially, double the size of your home and add value to your property.

Creating this additional space will allow you to make endless options on it’s usage.

The Style Plus team shed some light on the process and costs of a basement conversion:

• Planning Your Excavation Renovation Project.
• Concepts & Design.
• Earthworks & Foundations.
• Heating & ventilation.

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