“Design should never say, ‘Look at me!’
It should always say, ‘Look at this!’
– David Craib –
Window styles help to define the style of your house whether it is a traditional villa or modern.
When you a planning your renovation or new build, there is a good range of residential window styles available to suit any functional and personal design style choice.
In addition to hinged, sliding or louvre styles, you can choose to install a skylight to increase natural light into your home.
When you start planning for your windows, you will notice that there are many different types of windows to choose from.
One of the most essential purposes of a window is to let ventilation and movement of fresh air in and out of your rooms. Windows are also one of the best ways to bring the outdoors in, flood the space with natural light and they help you connect with your exterior home for safety and security.
Deciding which type of window suits your needs will help determine the type of window to be installed.
When you call Style Plus | Renovations, you will talk to the people who run the family owned and operated company. We usually suggest a free design consult, in which we will talk to you about your requirements.
Style Plus | Renovations North Shore, Auckland can help you plan and select the best window styles options for your home renovation or new build – – Jan Antoni Glinkowski (Project Manager – Style Plus | Renovations North Shore Auckland)
When the time comes to consider which rangehood to install for your renovation kitchen design, there are a couple to choose from:
Canopy rangehoods have an appearance of a freestanding flue. These types are typically installed above an island cooking area in the centre of the kitchen. Wall canopy types are installed against a wall.
When planning your kitchen design, canopy rangehoods can be on the expensive side compared with the other systems.
An undermount rangehood or “powerpack” is integrated into the kitchen cabinetry. They are an increasingly popular choice for any renovation or new build kitchen design; unobtrusive and hidden away above your hob.
However, because they aren’t necessarily covering the entire area of the hob, they may not work as well as a canopy rangehood. For example, when extracting steam, depending on where your saucepan is located on the hob, extracting steam may not be great.
Retractable or slideout rangehoods have a fan and light that turn on as you slide them out manually.
Due to their smaller steam collection area they are generally less efficient at venting steam. This is especially the case in recirculating mode. On the plus side, once you finish cooking you can push them out of sight and out of the way.
A tilt rangehood has an appearance of a cupboard. However, it is an extractor unit. Typically it is installed into the area above your hob. When the tilt door is pulled open, lights and the extractor motor operate automatically. For kitchens where exterior ducting is not possible, some tilt rangehoods provide a recirculation option.
These types of rangehoods are more effective than fixed ones at removing large quantities of steam. For example, if you frequently cook with all hob elements at once, a good tilt hood may be the best option.
On the down side, the controls for these types of rangehoods are usually typically behind the tilting front and are a little harder to use than the front controls of fixed or canopy types.
When it comes to your renovation bathroom design, deciding on the materials for the shower walls is one of the most critical decisions you will have to make.
Deciding between acrylic or a tiled shower is one of the key decisions during your planning and design stage of your bathroom renovation or new build design. It is quite common that the final decision will come down to your personal preference, the available space and your renovation budget allocation.
However, before making your final decision, it is wise to understand the difference between these options.
Installing an acrylic liner for a shower is one of the most common options for a bathroom renovation or new build.
The acrylic liner is strong, flexible, water proof, typically white, shiny and easy to clean. They are glued to the walls and sealed with an overlap down to the shower tray. It is a very reliable system and very rarely gives trouble.
Tiled walls can look stunning. The tiled walls rely on the waterproofing behind the tiles to ensure there are no leaks.
Tile showers do come with a risk of leaks. If the shower pan is not sloped properly and if the tile grout is not sealed correctly, the shower can leak. There is also the risk of cracked tiles that could lead to leaks. Leaking can cause mould, mildew and rot underneath and behind your shower. However, with proper care a tiled shower wall can last for the life of your shower.
The cost of a tiled show does vary due to the selected format/quality of the tiles, fittings and area of the shower. In general tiled showers are normally designed as part of a fully tiled bathroom i.e. tiled to the ceiling.
Style Plus | Renovations Auckland | Bathroom Renovation Specialists can bring your dream bathroom to life:
A bathroom renovation can turn your dark and tired outdated bathroom space into a beautiful stunning space and bring real pleasure for a busy family. Additionally, good bathroom design and renovations do add significant appeal to your home if you are planning to sell.
Bathroom renovations are complex projects, so it pays to use a company that will project manage the whole process and deliver your dream bathroom within your timeframe and budget. As the saying goes “Time is of the essence” and generally who wants to be living without a bathroom for too long?
One of the main benefits of using Style Plus | bathroom renovation specialists, is that we design to your requirements and available space.
Generally, bathrooms are small spaces so a little bit of creative thinking in the planning process can go a long way to achieving your bathroom that has style, value and comfort that your family will enjoy.
At Style Plus | Renovations we project manage the entire project from design to removal of the old bathroom to the installation of the new; including everything from carpentry, electrical and tiling to painters, stoppers and under floor heating installers. We can also help with interior design and selection of fittings!
“Whether you are planning your new build bathroom or looking at a full bathroom renovation we have the knowledge and expertise to make it happen.” – Jan Antoni Glinkowski (Project Manager – Style Plus | Renovations North Shore Auckland)
Tip: All changes and improvements to your home must comply with the Building Code regardless of whether a Building Consent is required. At the end of the day, you do need to ensure that you have contracted a company that is fully aware of the building code and consent process. At Style Plus | Renovations Auckland we can guide you through the process and provide you with the plans and building consent as part of the costs – to make it as hassle free as possible.
The team at Style Plus take a look at basement conversion costs in Auckland.
“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.
This month the team at Style Plus looks at the cost of joinery, the renovation design process and the Stamford 10 year building warranty. Take the time to check them out, and don’t forget to Like our Facebook page to be in to win and let your friends all know too! – Jan Antoni Glinkowski (Director) & Style Plus Team.
ARTICLE FOR OCTOBER
• Design process for renovations
• Costs of joinery
• 10 Year Building warranty
Spring has finally arrived! It’s time to put away the hats and scarves and look at freshening up your home, clean down the outdoor furniture, clean up the deck and get ready for those BBQ days! – Jan Antoni Glinkowski (Director) & Style Plus Team.
ARTICLE FOR SEPTEMBER
• Arranging Living Room furniture
• Bathroom renovation costs
• Legrand’s home automation
August 2015 Style Plus Newsletter – The team here are looking forward to Spring. Not least to say that it is traditionally a time when home owners turn their thoughts to building projects for during the summer months. If you know of any friends or family who are thinking of a project, please direct them to our website. We hope you enjoy the newsletter – Jan Antoni Glinkowski (Director) & Style Plus Team.
ARTICLE FOR AUGUST
• Interior Design Part 3
• Bathroom Design Part 3
• Kitchen Design Part 2