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 Peeling counter tops and doors, broken or missing cabinet doors and outdated appliances do not inspire gourmet cooking or family gatherings.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 A renovated kitchen, modern, on-trend and polished will appeal to prospective home buyers more than a worn and outdated one.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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Window Styles For Your Renovation

Window Styles For Your Renovation | New Build

Window styles help to define the style of your house whether it is a traditional villa or modern.

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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.

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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.

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Deciding which type of window suits your needs will help determine the type of window to be installed.

  • Review different window styles – Window and door suppliers offer a wide variety of options. Make the time to visit at least two showrooms and review the window styles on offer.
  • Choose windows that complement your interior as well as your exterior design.
  • Determine the orientation of the sun.
  • Selecting the right window for the amount of ventilation needed.
  • Choose windows that reflect your home’s architectural style
  • Decide what purpose your windows will serve?

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)

 

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Kitchen Design | Rangehoods

Rangehoods For Your Renovation – Kitchen Design

When the time comes to consider which rangehood to install for your renovation kitchen design, there are a couple to choose from:

  • canopy hoods
  • undermount or integrated hoods
  • retractable or slide-out hoods
  • tilt hoods
  • fixed hoods
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Miele Rangehoods

canopy rangehoods

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.

Undermount rangehoods

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.

 

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Bosch Integrated Hood

retractable or slide-out hoods

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.

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Delonghi Slideout Rangehood

Tilt Rangehoods

 

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Tilted Rangehood

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.

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Bathroom Design Acrylic or Tile?

Acrylic Shower or Tiled Shower | Bathroom Design

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.

Athena Soul Shower Bathroom Design
Athena Soul Shower

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.

ACRYLIC SHOWERS

Installing an acrylic liner for a shower is one of the most common options for a bathroom renovation or new build.

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Athena Allora Moulded Shower

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 SHOWER

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.

costs

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.

 

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Bathroom Renovation Specialists

Bathroom Renovation Specialists | Auckland

Style Plus | Renovations Auckland | Bathroom Renovation Specialists can bring your dream bathroom to life:

Bathroom Renovation Specialists

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.

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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)

For inspiration on your new bathroom, view Our Bathroom Design articles. Alternatively,  if you would like to book a consultation and kick start your project,  get in touch with us today!

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.

 

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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Solar Power Systems Costs

What Are The Solar Power Systems Costs?

The team at Style Plus look at solar power systems costs and options.

solar power systems costs

TYPES OF SOLAR POWER SYSTEMS

Today there are two main types of solar power systems. The first is a solar power system that generates power and the other is a solar hot water system that generates hot water. In this post/article the Style Plus team looks at solar power system options:

• How Does A Solar Power System Work?
• Solar Power System Quality?
• Off-Grid Connection & Solar Power Battery Storage
• Grid-Tied
• Cost & Size of a Solar Power System

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