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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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.

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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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Custom Home Builders

Custom Home Builders NZ

When you choose to build your new home with Style Plus, you choose to partner with a team of dedicated custom home builders and professionals to create your new home.

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Design & Build

All of our projects start by creating a comprehensive brief with our clients. When we design your new home, we consider how best to connect the spatial design with your lifestyle. For example we ensure that all your concerns, wants and wishes are noted so that the final design enables your new home and all its elements within to work together seamlessly.

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If you decide to embark on building a new home, the following are a few pointers:

As you plan your new home, one of the first questions to consider is whether working with a custom design & build company such as Style Plus or a higher volume home builder is the best choice for you.

A volume home building company simultaneously builds multiple homes based on a collection of home plans – cookie cutter approach. Buyers personalise their home by selecting product categories such as appliances, cabinets, countertops and flooring from a menu of options offered by the builder.

A custom design & build company such as Style Plus typically creates a one of a kind, unique home that offers an even greater range of design choices. Clients who wish to have a home purpose built for their needs and lifestyles often decide to work with a design & build company.

Custom Home Builders

The difference in approach between custom design & build and volume home builders will help determine what product and design choices you will make and also shape how you and your builder will work together.

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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.

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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

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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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Choosing Rattan Furniture

Choosing Rattan Furniture With Style

Choosing rattan furniture can be a time consuming exercise.

The outdoor furnishings which you select for your deck area need to be welcoming, relaxing, and to project an image of elegance and charm.

Choosing Rattan Furniture

Whether you are eating or relaxing on the deck or patio, rattan style of furniture looks great. However, how do you select the appropriate design that looks good in your setting and are made to last?

Synthetic or Natural Rattan Furniture

Synthetic or Natural Rattan Furniture

Rattan garden furniture can either be made from natural rattan, one of over 600 species of tropical palms or from synthetic fibres. As a result, many people have difficulties deciding between the two options.

The reason synthetic rattan is produced is that natural rattan furniture does not always stand up particularly well to the climate of New Zealand and can be affected by mould if it becomes wet too often.

Synthetic rattan is usually resistant to the elements and more suitable for outdoor use in New Zealand.

Synthetic rattan is lighter and stronger than natural rattan. It is also extremely flexible and can be woven into an infinite range of shapes.

Some types of polyethylene weave are also resistant to ultraviolet light so they will not fade. For New Zealand conditions this is the type weave you need.

It is generally agreed that natural materials reflect a special sense of warmth that simply is not there in man made materials no matter how much they resemble the original. However, when it comes to rattan, it is hard to tell the difference between natural and synthetic version. Additionally, there is no difference between natural and synthetic rattan when it comes to comfort.

If you do prefer natural rattan you can make it more weatherproof by applying a coat of water sealant or lacquer.

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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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Kitchen Renovations

Why Undertake Kitchen Renovations?

Kitchen renovations can be a major undertaking. So why undertake a kitchen renovation?

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When it comes to renovating your kitchen, the reasons to change your kitchen may seem endless.

Maybe you are trying to increase the value of your home ready for a sale, or maybe you are just ready to change your dated kitchen for one that better suits your family’s lifestyle.

WORN OUT & DATED KITCHEN

You may be in a position that your kitchen might simply be worn out and disfunctional. Peeling counter tops and doors, broken or missing cabinet doors and outdated appliances do not inspire gourmet cooking or family gatherings. The deteriorated kitchen has simply outlived its usefulness and needs more than a cosmetic upgrade, it needs a renovation!

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lifestyle

A key incentive for a kitchen renovation is to create a space to best suit your family’s needs and lifestyle. Looking at how the current kitchen space is utilised or in many cases underutilised by the family is a starting point.

INCREASE THE VALUE OF YOUR HOME

At Style Plus we believe that not all renovation projects are created equal. In general, people who are looking at purchasing a house will look at the kitchen and bathrooms first. While these spaces can be the most costly to renovate they are more likely to pay for themselves.

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Homeowners often renovate their kitchen space to increase the value or make the home more appealing before selling the property. A renovated kitchen, modern, on-trend and polished will appeal to prospective home buyers more than a worn and outdated one.

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Bathroom Renovation Planning

Bathroom Renovation Planning

The series of articles from the Style Plus design team look at key aspects of bathroom renovation planning. And what is undertaken during a typical renovation of a mid-sized bathroom.

Bathroom Renovation Planning

ELECTRICAL DESIGN FOR YOUR BATHROOM RENOVATION

When renovating your bathroom there are a number of key design points to consider. Four of the most common electrical design topics are:

• power point
• lighting
• heating
• ventilation

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WHAT ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES DO YOU USE IN THE BATHROOM?

Power point placement and how many you require are important considerations when renovating you bathroom. It is very easy to underestimate your needs.

Hand-powered grooming and cleaning tools are being replaced by high-tech, electrical devices. So try to take stock of bathroom appliances present and future while planning your bathroom renovation.

While planning your bathroom renovation consider whether electric powered devices will be run simultaneously. If this is the case, more circuits and power points can be added to accommodate the load.

For example;

  • Do you have two teens that are likely to be running hair dryers at the same time?
  • Do they also need a curling iron or hair straightener plugged-in and heating up while they are drying their hair?

Plan your power points accordingly.

If you like clean lines, you can improve the aesthetics of your bathroom by placing a number of power outlets in cupboards, cabinets or vanities.

For smaller bathrooms this may be a useful option where space is at a premium. Regular power outlets that are not installed inside cabinets are also useful when placed in optimal locations.

Plan with aesthetics in mind. Small details have a large impact in bathroom design. When planning power point placement there are three options to consider:

  • conceal
  • camouflage
  • complement

Sometimes all three options are taken.

The way power points need to be mounted and what protection is required is set out very specifically in AS/NZS 3000:2007. Your licensed electrical subcontractor should be completely familiar with all of rules and conventions.

If you do require an electrician, contact Style Plus and we will arrange for a qualified and experienced electrician to contact you and discuss your requirements.

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