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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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…
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.
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.
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…