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House Extension Cost Calculator (NZ) Updated for 2020

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The Average Cost of a House Extension in New Zealand

Why consider a house extension when you could sell your house and move to a larger home? Before you use the house extension cost calculator, here are four good reasons to consider adding a house extension:

 

  • If you like the area you’re living in, you don’t have to move
  • Make the changes you want to make and not settle for something that’s just okay
  • A home extension may be more affordable than moving to a larger home
  • You may be attached to your current home or location and not want to leave

 

As a general rule of thumb, the average cost of a house extension in New Zealand – a 50SQM ground floor house extension costs $125,000 – $175,000. That works out to $2,500m2 – $3,500m2 (Single storey extension). Doesn’t include adding bathrooms, kitchens, architectural fees, consent fees, GST or structural engineer fees.

We’ve put together this house extension cost calculator to give you an idea of cost (ball park) for those who are just doing a bit of research, please keep in mind that this calculator generates “rough” estimates and should not be used as a quote – for an accurate estimate, please contact one of our project managers.

 

House Extension Cost Calculator NZ

Note: Caculator has been updated to reflects prices in the year 2020, estimates generated by the calculator is subject to change.

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Note: Estimate does not include cost of ground work (due to a wide range of variables), additional site visits by Architect or Engineer and doesn’t include council fees (which is dependant on value of project) – see link for more information on council fees.

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To sum up

Is the house extension cost calculator (NZ) free to use?

Yes it is free to use, no obligations, it is developed by Superior Renovations to provide costing advice about house extensions, and also in response to popular requests.

How much does it cost to extend a house per square metre?

Square metre rate to extend a house is normally between $3,000 - $4,500 dependant on the complexity and scope of works.

Cost of adding a second storey to a house?

The cost to add a second storey to a house can be 40% - 60% more compared to a standard one storey extension.

Does a house extension require building consent?

Doing a house extension does require building consent because structural alterations will be done, plus change in foot print. Consulting with an architect and structural engineer is expected in house extensions.

 

Please note: For every project there can be so many cost factors which will affect the accuracy of this calculator. Always seek professional advice and quotations from contractors. Never use this calculator as a foundation for your allowances or finances. Rates & material costs vary from region to region, we have provided an estimate on state cost variables at the bottom of the calculator. Whilst all information is considered to be true and correct at the date of publication, changes in circumstances after the time of publication may impact on the accuracy of the information generated from the calculator. The information may change without notice and Superior Renovations is not in any way liable for the accuracy of any information printed and stored or in any way interpreted and used by a user.

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Guide to Renovating Rental/Investment Properties in New Zealand

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Are you trying to make up your mind about renovating your property or make improvements in advance before a new tenant moves in? or perhaps your renovating to increase the equity in preparation for selling?

When it comes to property investment, it is recommended you review your finances from time to time. Refinancing, at a better mortgage rate could help achieve a higher return. You may also want to contact your accountant or tax specialist to see if you qualify for any or further tax benefits.

Should I be spending money to renovate my rental properties, is it worth it?

In this article, I help you understand the maths behind improving your property and why undertaking renovations on your rental property could be financially beneficial, but also why you shouldn’t be renovating as well.

Some rental owners think that renovating their property isn’t financially worthwhile.

Common views from rental/investment property owners:

  • It is just a rental property. Even if I put in new fixtures and chattels in it, they will wear out anyway. Why bother?
  • I don’t understand much about the renovation. I’m not certain about where to begin or whom to talk to so it’s a bit of a risky investment.
  • If I make improvements in my rental property, it will be even better than our own home!

These are all valid points and not wrong to some extent, however we’re going to dig deeper to see what the data says. We will also address some of these questions in this article and hopefully provide you with enough information to make an informed/data driven decision that ultimately puts you financially better off.

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Calculating the potential ROI of your rental property after the renovations

A simple and quick way to do so is to approximate the annual rent increase after renovations are done. Then divide that into the renovation cost.

For instance, imagine you spend $7,000 on making improvements to your kitchen between tenancies. We don’t mean setting up a brand new kitchen, but renovations such as repainting walls and cupboards, new floors, replacing bench top or acquiring a new stove.

Consequently, you can obtain a higher rent, probably about $30 every week.

  • By attracting higher income earning tenants
  • To retain existing tenants with the upgrade (after the increase in rent)

You can determine your return by calculating your yearly rent increase (52 weeks x $30). Then divide your answer into the renovation cost ($7,000). You should get 0.22, and you can multiply this by 100 to get a percentage (22.28%) – and that is your return on investment, which will pay for itself after 3-4 years (assuming you’re not increasing rent further, and you’re not selling).

Real estate investors are always looking for a high return on investment (ROI) when buying rental properties. Higher returns can be achieved and influenced in many ways. Real estate renovation is one of those ways.

Renovated rental units justify a higher rental rate – but it’s important you’re spending on the “right” renovations. There are a couple of other factors behind real estate renovation:

  • To maintain or improve the value of the investment property through necessary repairs or replacements
  • To increase equity
  • Rental property improvements to attract better-qualified tenants
  • Tax advantages
  • Reduced maintenance
  • Lower vacancy rates

 

Five things you need to know before you consider renovating your rental

  1. When undertaking renovations on your investment property, avoid looking at it like it’s your own home, it should be a data-driven decision. What you want for your home is not necessarily what your investment needs to ensure best return.
  2. Create a strict budget and research thoroughly and ensure to create room for contingency for unexpected costs – it is common with renovations – for example, if you’re renovating the bathroom, you may find that there is water damage in the subfloor which is common with the older properties.
  3. Choosing the right renovations should not only increase the property value but also the rent.
  4. Good renovations are “bulletproof” In the long term, a durable renovation will outdo a fancy renovation.
  5. Don’t forget to consult your accountant, finance specialists and local renovation company (project manager) – get all your ducks lined up and make an informed decision based on data.

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Renovations that add value in the property

I want to make improvements to my property to add value. To achieve this, I plan to spend $15,000 to paint the interior and replace damaged carpets to increase my property value by $30,000 and similarly raise weekly rent by $30.

Sounds good in theory! But it doesn’t always plan out that way. We can definitely speculate the return on investment, and the increase in rent (but is that what the tenant wants?).

If you are looking to renovate to add value, instead of looking at the “end result” first – begin with focusing on what you are in control of which is choosing what to renovate. By choosing the right renovations to begin with (within your planned budget) backed by data – the end result of the renovations is a given. Rental property owners tend to make the mistake of assuming what they think should justify increase the value or rent, but this subjective thinking leads to making the wrong decisions.  Be careful where you get your advice from as well, everyone seems to have an opinion on what they think you should do to your property.

So we’ve put together a list of renovations that proven to add value and justify increasing rent.

  1. Kitchen renovations

According to Realtor.com, kitchen and bath remodels offer nearly an 85% ROI, making them sound investments whether renting or selling. In lower income locations, renovating the kitchen can be extremely expensive and not worthwhile. However, there are simple kitchen cheats that you can use to ensure kitchen makeovers are cost-effective and still create an appeal. One of these is purchasing second-hand cabinetry online and using stain-block on your old cabinetwork. Perhaps even consider replacing the kitchen cupboards and draws assuming the carcass of the kitchen is still in good condition. For mid to high income locations, a full kitchen renovation is definitely worth considering because it would appeal more to the target audience. But with both options, consider the value of your property and make sure not to overcapitalise.

  1. Street appeal

Although this appears overly simple, re-staining your fence, painting the roof and installing a new letterbox can give your home a new look that appeals to buyers and renters alike. This kind of renovation is best suited during spring when the weather allows you to paint outside, and your paint will dry quickly because of the warm weather. If you’re looking at selling the property, painting the home is the most cost-effective way to give the home a spruce up.

  1. Bathroom renovations

A bathroom renovation is widely considered to increase the value of home significantly and it’s been stated by Business Insider that it can be up to a 70% return on investment. Whether a renovation is structural or simply cosmetic, an attractive bathroom will always appeal to the savvy buyer. But again, the decision to make minor alterations to the bathroom or to fully renovate the bathroom comes down to the location of your property (it would resonate with the target audience, eg Location with mostly growing families would prefer to have a bath), and to ensure you’re not over capitalising. Get the right lighting – Plenty of light is essential for a bathroom, but so is a warm and cosy glow. Check your lighting and see what you can change to make your bathroom appeal to your type of buyer.

  1. Gardening & Landscaping

A smart garden appeals to everyone, and it all narrows down to your audience in the location (families, working professionals, or flatting situations). One thing to note is always go for plants that don’t need much gardening time or maintenance – don’t expect tenants to look after it (if they do, great!). These may be natives that are endemic to your area. Always ensure that your garden’s front lawn is tidy and trimmed. Also, berms ought to follow suit.

  1. Floor Renovations

Carpets in old rentals act as hind outs for various crawling insects, including such as ants. While a carpet can be costly, there are cost-effective options to acquire one.  One of these is purchasing in bulk. You will buy them at a reduced price, and you can use the extra carpets across your multiple rentals.

The most common floor renovation for rentals is converting from Carpets to Laminate flooring for multiple reasons such as:

  • Laminate flooring is much more durable, which means it will last longer then carpets (which leaves marks). After a while, carpet will start to fray and show obvious signs of wear. Although landlords can request for the carpets to be cleaned, it’s not going to stop it from general wear and tear. It’s important to note, landlords cannot get compensation for fair wear and tear, and distressed carpets usually fall into that category.
  • Tenants are becoming more health conscious and carpets are much more prone to attracting and clinging onto dirt, which means they get dirty quickly and need to be cleaned regularly. So it’s preferable to both buyers and tenants that if they’re choosing a property, laminate flooring would be ideal.
  • Laminate flooring is easy to clean and maintain, the process only requires a very moderately damp cloth and a sweep. For a thorough carpet clean, a specialist vacuum and shampoo is required, and it becomes more of a problem when there is spills/stains (which in some cases don’t come out)
  1. Painting

Always seek professional painters to do the job – it seems like something that can be done by yourself but if not done properly, it’s very obvious and visible. Here’s an article that outlines whether you should DIY or Choose a Professional Painter. The most common painting project clients undertake is interior and exterior painting (not so much roof, normally a roof wash is sufficient), or replacing wallpaper to painted walls.  Painting the property is one of the easiest and most cost-effective way to improve the perceived value of the property especially if surfaces look tired – it is also value added to potential buyers and renters. Check out blogs from Superior Painters (North Shore) for more information on painting your rental property.

  1. New curtains and Blinds

Normally something easily forgotten – but it does make a difference. To give your property a refreshing impression before selling or renting it. Installing/purchasing new blinds and curtains can be as low as $2,500 for standard 3 bed home (8 windows).

  1. Call in your mates

While you can have someone to provide their services in your house within a day, you can accomplish the same tasks or even more in much less time with your mates. Besides, you will have more fun doing it together.

  1. Let there be light

Light shades offer decent and stunning looks in your rooms, but they can get pretty dingy after some years. Although it is relatively simple to get a replacement, you can restore their new and fresh look by performing an effective scrub. A common choice we get from home owners and rental property owners is replacing all the lights in the home to LEDs, for the following reasons:

  • LED lighting uses less energy (90% less energy)
  • LED bulbs last much much longer (landlords are responsible for replacing)
  • No need to change the fitting
  • LED bulbs are coming down in price every day!
  • And lastly, LED lighting is the preferred choice for all new builds now

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What is the cost of renovating a rental property?

We need to be certain that the costs of carry out a renovation will be recovered in the long run through increased capital and rental appreciation.

The cost of renovating a rental is different (due to requirements) compared to if you were renovating your own home because:

  • Choice in materials – you’ll lean towards durability and what is cost effective
  • Features and extra amenities will be limited, functionality will be more important
  • Design will not be on top of the list, for example, you would rather choose to go with an acrylic shower base than a full tiled shower/bathroom.
  • Choice in fitting/product supplier will be on the lower end (but still good enough quality to be durable and long term) – although in saying this, taps, shower heads/fittings and mixers, always choose the better quality option over the cheapest.

Here is a break down of costs you can expect to pay for different renovations:

Note: Copied from our article on: How much does it cost to renovation in Auckland for 2019

TYPE OF HOUSE RENOVATION COSTS COST RANGE
Heat pump $1,500 – $3,500
Renovation Management $1,200 – $3,000
Electrical $2,200 – $4,400
Plumbing $2,700 – $4,200
Builder $15,000 – $25,000
Joinery (windows) $4,000 – $7,000
Insulation $1,000 – $3,600
Roof $4,400 – $9,600
Interior Renovation costs $40,000 to well over $100,000 (dependant on size of home and specs)
Renovation Costs Bathroom Starting at only $8,500 for a basic alterations to an average spend of $18,000 – $22,000 for a full bathroom renovation.
Renovations Costs for Kitchen Ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 for minor alterations (changing cupboards and draws) to an average spend of $22,000 – $28,000 for a full kitchen renovation.
House Extension cost $100,000 +
Recladding cost $150,000 +

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Common mistakes made when renovating an investment property

In most cases, the renovation of investment properties is regarded as an unfailing plan that guarantees an increase in rental returns.

While this seems straightforward, the truth is it’s not always the case because when operating in an unstable market, the monetary gains of improving a property may be outweighed by equity loss.

Here some mistakes that are made by renovators of investment property.

  1. Ignoring market trends and audience in the location

Some people who have owned investment properties for over a decade tend to think that they are in an advantageous position to carry out renovations. But what they might not know is the market keeps on changing. Such changes range from interior designs, property value, to tenants’ tastes. Thus, you are likely to miss out on your projected returns by ignoring current market trends. So before renovating your property, undertake research on recent sales of property, analyze current trends in the market, and consult those in the property industry business. A good example is like people leaning more towards properties with LED lighting (as mentioned above).

  1. Failing to monitor the rental market

Monitoring rental markets are often not in the priority list of most property renovators. But property prices keep of changing, and if you don’t monitor their trend, you might be left with vacant properties to fill after prices fall. If you have old properties, you need to keep monitoring the rental market to ensure they remain competitive.

In saying that, if the market is flat lining and not appreciating in value – it might be a good time to renovate to increase it’s value if you are intending to sell/ or increase rent.

  1. Tenants living in the property

If there are tenants residing in the property you are renovating, it will cause rental income loss if they need to move out while renovation works takes place. You may also be responsible for their belongings (storage cost), electrical bill, and water bill.

To avoid all these issues associated with tenants living in the property, make renovations plans in advance and plan out the renovation in stages to minimise loss rent – try to avoid having the tenants move out or do it when they are away on holiday. For example, if you’re renovating the bathroom, hire a porta-loo for them to use for the time being (negotiate a reduction in rent as a compromise as it’s not exactly ideal). Make appropriate scheduling for delivery of renovation tools and materials to minimise issues with the tenants.

  1. Overcapitalising

There are cheap alternatives that smart renovators use to minimize costs while providing added value to their clients. But cheap renovations doesn’t always mean the best return on investment, it may even be detrimental (dependant on the location of the property and the target audience).

You need to recognize the amenities and services that drive tenants’ demands. Some alternatives will drastically minimize cost and end up with a finish that delivers projected value and results.

  1. Refinancing to renovate

You are likely to get into arrangements that don’t pay off, for instance, by extending your home loan to cater for your property improvement. This is because a huge portion of your returns will go into loan payment.

If you must borrow to carry out renovations, you need to be confident that your improvements will bring about higher rental returns. This will help you to evade risky situations of making zero returns, considering the unstableness of the market. We’ve put together an article exactly for this, on how to finance your renovation via loan – courtesy of Linda from Loan Market.

 

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7 questions to ask before starting renovations on your rental property

  1. How will renovation influence my rental returns?

This should be the first question you need to consider before considering any renovation. Understand your reasons for conducting a renovation and what you’re expecting in return financially.

For example, renovating a devastated three-by-two house can increase the weakly rental rate by $50. (at a minimum, always use minimums to determine affordability – not what you think it’s worth) –  Your weekly rental rates might shoot from $320 to $380. In a year, you will realize an extra $2,600.

Remember to be realistic with your estimations and projections. Don’t invest less and expect huge returns.

  1. Repair or replace?

Never replace things that can otherwise be repaired or fixed. Since renovation is an expensive undertaking, you need to save it for those areas that require it.

In case you are working with a limited budget, and you still want to increase your returns, try these:

You can give your kitchen a new look by replacing countertops and handles, and replacing the cabinets/draws. Replace carpets and repaint walls to give the home a new freshness to it and give the impression of it feeling new.

Instead of thinking about replacing your kitchen sink or bathroom vanity, just cut costs by replacing the tapware (makes a bigger impression, if the cabinet is still in good condition)

  1. What you should renovate (important)

Focus on vital and functional areas like the bathroom and kitchen, where tenants are likely to spend much time. Restoring these areas will have a huge impact on the daily living of tenants and rental returns as well. Is renovation vital to tenants?

Not every renovation work is important to your tenants. Some restoration will only enhance the resale value and not the rental value. For instance, a new toilet may appear good in the house; a tenant may regard it as just a toilet.

For your rental property to appeal to tenants, focus on aspects that are regarded highly by tenants. This includes having additional space or room and installing a heating pump for cold seasons.

  1. Which material do you plan to use, and are they practical?

Although maximizing your property’s ROI is vital, you need not compromise on quality. Cheap fixtures and repair materials are prone to wear and tear fast, and you will be called to replace them sooner than you expected (focus on long term return/cost)

Besides, analyze the prices for different materials as they are likely to vary from one hardware store to another. Ensure that the materials you have chosen are suitable for your rental. About renovation materials, think more about their durability and not just costs. You will maximize your ROI by using long-lasting materials and it’s not an area to cut costs.

  1. Is it too little or too much?

You shouldn’t overcapitalize the upgrades. In other words, keep it simple. The majority of the tenant will not bother to know how much that you invested in the renovation. They just want to have it functional so that it can fulfil their needs.

Be flexible in terms of considering cheaper but quality accessories. Also, think about the locality of your rental property and determine whether your upgrades would warrant an increase in rent (is it important to your target audience).

  1. Is it a legal obligation to your tenants?

In New Zealand, rental laws are continually changing. From installing smoke alarms to making sure your property is healthy and safe, you should comply with all the legal obligations about rental properties and focus on these first before any other renovations/alternations.

It is worth noting that all forms of renovations should reflect and conform to the set laws as well – so make sure you’re using companies that are able to provide certificates/warranties. Rent increase also needs to conform to established stipulations. This includes giving advance notice prior to the increase.

We hope this guide has been helpful, and it gives you enough information to make an informed decision about renovating. Do let us know if you have any questions, and we would try our best to answer every question posted. Lastly, don’t forget to share your experience and tips that’s not mentioned here that you think will be valuable to those interested in renovating your rental property.

 

Please note: Whilst all information is considered to be true and correct at the date of publication, changes in circumstances after the time of publication may impact on the accuracy of the information. The information may change without notice and Superior Renovations is not in any way liable for the accuracy of any information printed and stored or in any way interpreted and used by a user.

 

To wrap up

Should I renovate my rental property?

Depends on what you’re trying to achieve and what you’re renovating, not all renovations are equal and all delivers different returns on investment – including a number of variables to take in consideration such as location, target audience, financial circumstances, current market trends etc

What renovations can add value to my rental property?

Kitchen renovations, renovations to increase street appeal, bathroom renovations, New Curtains and Blinds, and Lighting are amongst the most common renovations.

What are common renovation mistakes made with rental properties?

Ignoring market trends and audience in the location, Failing to monitor the rental market, Tenants living in the property, Tenants living in the property, and Refinancing to renovate if they can’t afford to.

How will renovation influence my rental returns?

Understand your reasons for conducting a renovation and what you’re expecting in return financially. For example, renovating a devastated three-by-two house can increase the weakly rental rate by $50. (at a minimum, always use minimums to determine affordability – not what you think it’s worth) – Your weekly rental rates might shoot from $320 to $380. In a year, you will realize an extra $2,600.

 


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Superior Renovations is quickly becoming one of the most recommended Kitchen Renovation & Bathroom Renovation company in Auckland and it all comes down to our friendly approach, straightforward pricing, and transparency. When your Auckland home needs renovation/ remodeling services – Superior Renovation is the team you can count on for high-quality workmanship, efficient progress, and cost-effective solutions.

Get started now by booking a free in-home consultation.

Request Your In-home Consultation 

Or call us on   0800 199 888

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Superior Renovations Awarded Best Of Houzz 2020 in New Zealand

The Annual People’s Choice Award from the Houzz Community Highlights Home Renovation and Design Professionals with Most Popular Designs and Top Ratings.

Auckland, New Zealand February 18th, 2020 – Superior Renovations has won a “Best Of Houzz” award for Service on Houzz®, the leading platform for home renovation and design. The fast-growing renovation company in Auckland was chosen by the millions of homeowners that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 2.5 million active home building, renovation and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz badge is awarded annually, in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design awards honour professionals whose work was the most popular among the Houzz community. Customer Service honours are based on several factors, including a pro’s overall rating on Houzz and client reviews submitted in 2019. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognised with the Photography award.

This is a HUGE accomplishment as this award is only achieved by the top 3% of professionals with the most 5 star reviews in each market from the previous calendar year. Congratulations!

A “Best Of Houzz 2020” badge will appear on winners’ profiles as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

 

“The team here at Superior Renovations is stoked to have received this award, it is a great encouragement to the team, also a testament to the experience clients are receiving from us” from Steven Ngov, General Manager of Superior Renovations

 

“This year’s Best Of Houzz awards go to an incredibly talented and service-oriented group of home renovation and design professionals, and we’re proud to highlight the winners on the Houzz website and app,” said Tony Been, ANZ Managing Director at Houzz.

 

“This award is particularly meaningful as it reflects the sentiment of the millions of homeowners in the Houzz community who are hiring home professionals for their projects across New Zealand and around the world.”

 

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About Superior Renovations

Superior Renovations is an established and highly recommended house renovation company based in Auckland, New Zealand, offering full house renovation, bathroom renovation and kitchen renovation services. Our renovation projects are all designed in-house by our design team and every project is unique, each individually crafted for the client and their home.

Superior Renovations unique project management system and process allows us to tailor each renovation project personally to you and your budget.

We will go above and beyond every step of the way to help you decide on a renovation plan that is truly for you and your family’s needs. We are here to make your house feel more like home ever before.

Superior Renovations is a mixture of passion, effective results and personalisation, engaging with the best in the construction industry to create an amazing client-focused renovation process. In an ever-changing industry, we’re all about challenging the status quo in providing the best possible service and options to our clients without compromising on quality.

 

Want to know more about Superior Renovations? Simply Google us Superior Renovations and you can see why we’ve been awarded the service award.

 

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home renovation and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, discover products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow, Tel Aviv and Tokyo. Houzz is a registered trademark of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.co.nz.


 

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Superior Renovations is quickly becoming one of the most recommended Kitchen Renovation & Bathroom Renovation company in Auckland and it all comes down to our friendly approach, straightforward pricing, and transparency. When your Auckland home needs renovation/ remodeling services – Superior Renovation is the team you can count on for high-quality workmanship, efficient progress, and cost-effective solutions.

Get started now by booking a free in-home consultation.

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Guide to Financing Your Home Renovation in NZ by Superior Renovations

Are you thinking of renovating your home?

With rampant house price growth in Auckland, more and more homeowners are not trading up but are renovating their current houses. The challenge with renovations is knowing the different finance options while maintaining a budget. A right home loan for your renovation project will make your home more liveable and also increase the home’s value when the project is completed.

The idea of renovating a property is always exciting because it promises a new aura and an upgrade to a new and modern space. However, the main obstacle standing in between people and their desired goal is the finance for the renovation.

Most people aim to get an excellent renovation deal at an affordable rate. The financing provides a great way for your ideal renovation, without sacrificing the quality.  We have provided you a guide below on everything you need to know about financing your renovation.


What must I do before starting my renovation?

Before you renovate your home, you must know the cost beforehand. The cost, however, would depend on your budget, the extent of the renovation, architectural fees, and any legal/ consent process involved.

The table below summarizes some common renovation types and the range of their prices.

Renovation type Price Range
Kitchen Renovation $21,000 – $50,000+
Bathroom Renovation $18,500 – $30,000+
Bedroom/s Renovation $2,000 – $80,000+
Walk-in-wardrobe $3,000 – $10,000+
House Extension $60,000 – $200,000+
Loft conversion/second storey addition $200,000 – $450,000+
Re-cladding $100,000 – $400,000+
Re-roofing $15,000 – $30,000+
Full house renovation $80,000 – $300,000+

 

Now, you have an idea of what to expect when working on your project. However, the best way remains consulting with a renovation specialist. After the consultation, the next step is to decide on whether their plan of action works for you. Also, it is at this point that you mount up your budget against the specifications.


The renovation comes with added value

It is not surprising that renovating your home would see its value increase. The mortgage brokerage Loan Market, New Zealand (1) has documented similar findings, stating in its report that house value do increase with the right renovations carried out.

There are specific ways of adding value to your property to get the best results. For example, an additional bedroom would most likely carry more weight than just a bathroom renovation. The installation of home security gives a massive boost as well. If on a very tight budget, you may just opt for repainting with more neutral colors. This also adds some value to your property as it will cater to a wider audience.

A multidisciplinary approach should be taken when running your renovation project so make sure you contact the right set of people. This mainly includes a real estate agent, finance specialists, architect and a project manager.

Most common renovations that adds the most value to a home

  1. A fresh lick of paint
  2. Update your kitchen
  3. Upgrade the bathroom
  4. Create more space
  5. Create an outdoor entertaining space

Reference: https://www.loanmarket.co.nz/news/top-renovation-tips-to-add-value-to-your-property


What finance options do I have for my renovation project?

Getting finance for renovation may not be as easy as you think unless you have the right person representing you.

The most common home renovations loans in NZ, include:

Bank loans: After securing your collateral, banks would give you loans with varying interests. You can navigate banks for the best loan deals or normally a broker does this for you.

Finance company loans: They are similar to bank loans in many aspects, but they have a higher chance of acceptance, non-bank lenders offer a range of other advantages over the banks; They are in a position to be more competitive and tend to offer more competitive interest rates.

Home loan: Superior Renovations collaborates with Linda Eagleton from Loan Market, and she will assess your affordability, and financial situation to decide what the plan is to borrow against your asset. At this point, you would be at an advantage if you have an existing loan, or the home has equity because you would access more funds for your borrowing for your renovation, and you would get reduced interest rates accordingly.


Where do I begin to find out more about financing my home renovation?

First, begin with booking a time with our finance specialist Linda Eagleton from Loan Market, just fill in the form below and we’ll forward your contact details on – no obligation to proceed, just free advice.


How do I track my renovation costs via financing it through my home loan?

Superior Renovations project manager will be working closely with Linda (finance specialists) at every step of the project to ensure everything is running smoothly – you will also be kept up to date at each stage.

Before kicking off with your project, check out the features on a home loan. Choosing among the various financial home loan options puts you in the driving seat for your property renovation.

These options include:

  • Redraw facility

On a few occasions, you may need more money than what you have secured from your renovation loan. This is where the redraw facility comes in. It gives you access to more funds, and they are added to your home loan.

In essence, a redraw facility provides funds at the point where they are needed the most, and it does so in style. Smaller projects usually benefit more from it.

  • Equity loans

With equity loans, you can know the extent of the equity that your property carries, and in turn, this helps you to fund your renovation project.

Accordingly, the finance for a renovation that you can get depends on how much equity your property has alongside the serviceability criteria. However, as a rule of thumb, you can’t get more than an 80% borrowing amount even with full ownership of your property.

  • Loan top-ups

As the name implies, you can top up the credit on your current home loan. This leaves you more finance for renovation. Basically, it hinges on the standing equity that you have on your property and then gives some of it back to you.

This option evades the expenses concomitant with getting a renovation loan from external sources. However, you cannot keep drawing your interest to the initial level that you’ve agreed upon, like in equity loans. Thus, if you need more funds, then consider applying for another top-up loan. Depending on the availability, you may be restricted from borrowing a minimum amount in the range of $10,000.

  • Renovation/construction loans

For bigger projects, your borrowing for renovation may hit six figures, like if you want to add a larger ground floor. Projects like this require a different financial type like in a renovation or construction loan.

Construction loans take care of your renovation in stages. This is different from customary residential home renovation loans in NZ, where a one-time amount is given.


Linda-Eagleton-Loan-Market-circke, Kitchen Renovation, Bathroom Renovation, House Renovation AucklandA bit about Linda Eagleton

Superior Renovations Finance Specialists from Loan Market

Linda prides herself on high levels of customer service and communication. It is important that you fully understand the process and feel comfortable at all times. She will work beside you and represent to the bank, on your behalf to achieve the best possible outcome for you.

 

How Linda will work for you:

  • Quickly assess how much you can potentially borrow, estimate your what your repayments will be and convey the best lender to suit your individual needs.
  • Negotiate with the banks (or lender) on your behalf to secure an approval and a competitive market offer for interest rates. (Linda works with over 25 banks and lenders.)
  • Advise you on the best loan structure to suit your individual circumstances, so your mortgage is meeting your requirements now and also in the future.
  • Provide ongoing expert financial advice for the life of your loan.
  • Linda’s service is at no cost to you.


Interested in having a chat with Linda?

Fill in the form below to get in touch, and she will organise a time/day that suits you to have a sit down and chat.


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Get started now by booking a free in-home consultation.

Request Your In-home Consultation 

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What must I do before starting my renovation?

Before you renovate your home, you must know the cost beforehand. The cost, however, would depend on your budget, the extent of the renovation, architectural fees, and any legal/ consent process involved.

What renovations adds the most value to a home?

A fresh lick of paint, Updating your kitchen, Upgrading the bathroom, Create more space and Creating an outdoor entertaining space.

What finance options do I have for my renovation project?

You can choose between Bank loans, Home Loans, Finance Company Loans, or Construction/Renovation Loans.

What are finance options with a home loan?

There are 4 options via financing with a home loan, redraw facility, equity loans, loan top-ups, and renovation/construction loans.

House Renovation

How Much Do Kitchen Splashbacks Cost In NZ?

Are you looking for a new kitchen splashback in NZ? You could be looking to replace the old one. Or, are you considering a new splashback as part of a kitchen remodel?

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A kitchen splashback adds value and functionality to your home. Therefore, it is vital to know all the options you can choose. Besides, we spend a significant amount of time in the kitchen. Therefore, why not bring in the wow factor to your kitchen with a stylish splashback.

The most important factor when choosing a kitchen splashback is the material. And, there are several options to choose. When choosing the material, you will have to consider the look and style you are targeting. More importantly, you will have to consider the cost.

While considering cost, keep in mind that a kitchen splashback is a simple way to update the design of your kitchen.

Why Do You Need A Splashback?

In the kitchen, there is a lot of heat, moisture, grease, and cooking residue, which lands on your walls and cabinetry. Gradually, all the heat, moisture, and dirt degrade your walls and cabinetry. That’s where splashbacks come in.

Splashbacks are particularly crucial behind sinks and cooktops. Besides, they are a great way of adding style, colour, and overall life to the design of your kitchen.

What Are Your Options For Kitchen Splashbacks?

  • Glass – modern and sleek
  • Mirrored glass – reflective, contemporary, and gives the illusion of more space
  • Acrylic – resembles glass and is budget-friendly
  • Tile – easy to clean and versatile
  • Stone – vintage and elegant
  • Stainless steel – durable and modern
  • Pressed metal – very modern and stylish

The Cost Of A Glass Splashback

Glass Splashback From $300 per square metre

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Glass kitchen splashbacks in New Zealand are very common.

Remember, you want a splashback that will complement your kitchen’s colour scheme. Therefore, you should go for the back-painted glass kitchen splashbacks.

Note that the paint is on the backside of the glass. The backside does not come in contact with water. So, you need not worry that the paint will come off. The exposed, unpainted glass surface is easy to clean. Additionally, this exposed surface does not have grooves or cracks that can trap grease.

Furthermore, if the colour bores you at some point in the future, you can simply remove the glass and apply new paint or replace the splashback with a new one.

The prices of these splashbacks vary depending on the type of glass treatment. For ordinary glass, the prices range from $300 per square metre. The cost of low iron glass starts from $400 per square metre.

When it comes to glass splashbacks, the best option is toughened glass. Why? Toughened glass is easy to clean and affords you a wide range of colour and print options.

More importantly, toughened glass is functional in the kitchen. For starters, it can withstand the heat in the kitchen. Plus, in the rare event it breaks, it crumbles into small granular pieces – not large and sharp shards, as is the case with ordinary glass.

Who Can Install Glass Kitchen Splashbacks?

Glass splashback installation is quite involving and requires the help of a professional.

Installers with glazing experience or professionals with a trade work license in splashback installation do Glass kitchen splashbacks in Auckland.

So, before you even consider a quote from an installer, check their licensing status with the local licensing authority.

After all, licensing is one way of making sure an installer has the necessary training, qualifications, and experience to handle your splashback project.

The Cost Of Mirrored Glass Splashbacks

Mirrored Glass From $450 per square metre

 

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Mirrored glass splashbacks are fast claiming their place in New Zealand kitchens. Their reflective nature adds more light to the kitchen. The reflectiveness also makes your kitchen appear to have more space.

The difference between a regular mirror and a mirrored glass is colour. Ordinary mirrors, like the ones in your bathroom, are clear. But, mirrored glass splashbacks have a smoky tint – which can either be slivery or bronze-like. The smoky hue of these splashbacks is very appealing in the kitchen.

Like toughened glass, mirrored glass is a safety glass. You can safely install it behind your cooktops without risking cracking or breaking.

The Cost Of Acrylic Splashbacks

Acrylic Splashbacks From $430 per square metre

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Acrylic resembles glass. However, acrylic splashbacks are a cheaper alternative and are easy to install.

However, unlike glass options, you cannot install acrylic splashbacks behind or near hot areas such as cooktops. If you have to install them behind cooktops, you should use protective measures such as a stainless-steel plate behind your cooktops or toughened glass.

While installing protective plates behind your cooktops, you should adhere to Australian safety guidelines. The plate should be the same width as your cooktop. Also, it should be at least 20 centimetres above the burners.

The Cost Of Tile Splashbacks

Tile Spashbacks From $27 per square metre

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Traditionally, tile is the most common material in kitchen splashbacks. Tiles are relatively cheap and versatile. All thanks to a wide range of colours, materials, styles, and patterns, tile splashbacks are slowly regaining their place in the modern kitchen.

However, the price of tile splashbacks varies significantly due to the wide range of tile options.

The Cost Of Stainless-Steel Splashbacks

Stainless Steel Splashbacks From $270 per square metre

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Stainless-steel adds the much contemporary industrial style to your kitchen. Stainless steel is durable and hygienic (easy to clean), which explains why it is the most common choice in commercial kitchens.

Stainless-steel splashbacks are an excellent option for DIYers as they are easy to install. Stainless-steel sheets are readily available at your local hardware store. These sheets are easy to cut to size, and you will not need specialized equipment to stick them to the wall of your kitchen.

Aside from durability, stainless steel is an excellent option as it is entirely safe for use behind cooktops.

Furthermore, you can use stainless-steel splashbacks behind your cooktops then use another material such as acrylic in the remaining splashback areas.

 

Types Of Tiles You Should Avoid In Kitchen Splashbacks

As mentioned above, there is a wide range of tile materials and styles to choose from. But, not all are convenient for use in kitchen splashbacks. You want a tiled splashback that is easy to clean. So, avoid slate and other textured materials. Also, avoid matte tile surface.

What Are The Installation Costs Of Kitchen Splashbacks?

The installation cost of kitchen splashbacks ranges between $300 and $1,300. The installation cost depends on the type of splashback, the size, and whether or not you hire a professional splashback installer.

While DIY kitchen splashback installation is a cheap option, you should make sure you have the necessary skill to install the type of tile you choose. Tile and stone splashbacks, for instance, can be challenging to install. On the other hand, stainless-steel splashbacks require little skill.

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Custom Kitchen Design and Build for a New Build in Greenhithe, Auckland

 

6 Tips For Choosing The Right Kitchen Splashback

So, how do you choose the right kitchen splashback:

  • Identify your budget

Kitchen splashback costs are a significant concern. Factors that determine the final price include the material, size, and layout.

When going through your options, you should keep your budget in mind. You do not want to make choices only to realize later you are way above your budget limit.

  • Consider your kitchen’s design

What’s the style of your kitchen? Or, what design are you going for in your kitchen remodel?

Style does not necessarily mean going for a kitchen splashback of the same colour as your walls or countertops. However, the splashback should match or complement the design of your kitchen.

  • Choose the right colour

Colour is closely related to design and style. The colour of your kitchen splashback helps a lot with the look and feel of your kitchen.

Going for a tone similar to your walls, cabinetry, and countertops provides a uniform look. However, you could go for contrast and make your splashback a decorative fixture.

Generally, you have two choices – light colours such as sky blue and dark colours such as grey. Dark colours conceal dirt and food splatter. On the other hand, bright colours open up and brighten your kitchen.

  • The right material

The material determines the look. Stone gives a rustic-look, stainless-steel provides the contemporary industrial look, mirrored-glass is sleek, and so on.

Additionally, some materials are less durable, especially behind cooktops. Acrylic and ordinary glass, for instance, will not last long behind heating areas. Such materials require special treatment when placed behind cooktops, which translates to extra costs.

  • Ease-of-clean

Some splashback materials are challenging to clean. You might even need specialized cleaning products.

So, if you have a busy kitchen that sees a lot of food splatter and spills, consider easy to clean materials. For example, you could go for large-sized ceramic tiles with few grout lines.

Glass, though stylish, is not easy to clean. Yes, it is easy to wipe. However, you will find it challenging to achieve that flawless clean without special cleaning products.

Tiles, especially ceramic tiles, are easy to clean. However, over time, the grout lines will stain and give your splashback a dull look. Probably the most comfortable material to clean is stainless-steel.

  • Factor in the size of your kitchen

As mentioned earlier, the size and layout of your kitchen determine the price of your new kitchen splashback. So, with a considerable budget and a small kitchen, you can go for extravagant choices such as glass.

Besides, you can use a splashback to make your kitchen appear to have more space. To do that, go for reflective materials such as back-painted glass or mirrored glass.

Mirrored glass, particularly, helps open up a small kitchen. Also, the mirror attribute adds more light.

Mirrored glass is an excellent choice when you have a beautiful open home view to reflect.

However, tiny spaces with little natural light undermine the advantages of reflective kitchen splashbacks.

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Modern Kitchen Design and Build

 

Kitchen Splashback Trends For 2020

You want a kitchen splashback that is modern, stylish, and functional. To check all those boxes, consider the following kitchen splashback trends:

  • Glass

Tile is a versatile kitchen splashback material. But glass is the latest more popular trend in the kitchen splashback market. With glass, you can pick any colour, and there are many options to complement your kitchen design. More importantly, you don’t have to deal with grout lines.

  • Bold and bright

Lately, interior design is leaning towards popping colours. Neutral spaces are quite dull. So, consider using a splashback to add colour. Imagine the excellent contrast a fire-engine-red splashback would provide against an all-cream kitchen.

  • Clash of texture

Mixed textures are a thing nowadays. Think a mirrored glass splashback thrown amid stone countertops and timber cabinetry.

Forget matching textures. Go for smooth and rough, or natural and artificial.

  • Chrome

Colour is more than just rainbow hues. Add distinct colours with polished chrome. The colour polished chrome provides a lovely contrast to neutral spaces. Furthermore, it solidifies the classic and luxurious kitchen styles.

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New Kitchen Renovation in Hillcrest, Auckland

 

Summary of Splashback Costs

Type of Splashbacks Estimate costs
Cost Of A Glass Splashback From $300 per square metre.
Cost Of Mirrored Glass Splashbacks From $450 per square metre.
Cost Of Acrylic Splashbacks From $430 per square metre.
Cost Of Tile Splashbacks From $27 per square metre.
Cost Of Stainless-Steel Splashbacks From $270 per square metre.
The Installation Costs Of Kitchen Splashbacks The installation cost of kitchen splashbacks ranges between $300 and $1,300.

Why Do You Need A Splashback?

In the kitchen, there is a lot of heat, moisture, grease, and cooking residue, which lands on your walls and cabinetry. Gradually, all the heat, moisture, and dirt degrade your walls and cabinetry. That’s where splashbacks come in.

What Are Your Options For Kitchen Splashbacks?

Glass, Mirrored glass, Acrylic, Tile, Stone, Stainless steel, annd Pressed metal

What Types Of Tiles Should I Avoid In Kitchen Splashbacks?

There is a wide range of tile materials and styles to choose from. But, not all are convenient for use in kitchen splashbacks. You want a tiled splashback that is easy to clean. So, avoid slate and other textured materials. Also, avoid matte tile surface.

What Are The Installation Costs Of Kitchen Splashbacks?

The installation cost of kitchen splashbacks ranges between $300 and $1,300. The installation cost depends on the type of splashback, the size, and whether or not you hire a professional splashback installer.


Still have questions unanswered? schedule a no-obligation consultation with the team at Superior Renovations

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Get started now by booking a free in-home consultation.

Request Your In-home Consultation 

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Cost of Building a Deck in Auckland for 2020 – Superior Renovations

The exterior curb of any home depicts the unique aesthetic taste of the residents. Nowadays, instead of having a backyard, people are more into having nice decks and patios. So are you planning on building a new deck? Are you searching for the price estimate to evaluate how much does it cost you to hire deck builder Auckland based? 

Well, the team of Superior Renovations has come up with 5 significant factors that impact a deck building project in Auckland.

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RULES & REGULATIONS FOR DECK BUILDING

If you are planning of having a balcony or a deck about 1.5 meters above the ground, you will need the permission. The rules and regulations about deck building are very strict, and one has to consider them before taking on any deck building endeavour.

The essential matter in deck building is the timber decay issue. While building your new deck, you have to design and build it with great care to avoid water trapping and timber decay. Mostly, water leaks through the cladding and thus causes the early corrosion or decay of timber. So proper maintenance is essential if you are thinking about having your deck above the ground.

Here are some of the guidelines

  • If your deck is up to 1.5 meters in height from the ground, you don’t need any kind of consent for its build-up process. However, if you are building a deck more than 1.5 meters above, you require permission.
  • Any fence which is 1 meter above the ground and possesses the risk of falling requires fence or barrier, so you will require resource permission for that too.
  • If you are thinking about having attached decking, Auckland Building Department recommends a gap of 12mm behind the ribbon plate to avoid moisture retention and mildew development.
  • Along with the ones mentioned above, the deck-building also requires to meet other structural and building requirements.


What the law says

Subject to section 42A of the Building Act, Schedule 1 exempts the following from a building consent:

Building work in connection with a deck, platform, bridge, boardwalk, or the like from which it is not possible to fall more than 1.5 metres even if it collapses. (https://building.govt.nz, 2019)

If you plan to build a deck that is up to 1.5m high, you don’t need a building consent but you may still need a resource consent, depending on the rules in the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan. If your deck is more than 1m high, it must have a handrail. (https://aucklandcouncil.govt.nz, 2019)

For further details, visit https://building.govt.nz

or Auckland Council website: https://aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

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HOW MUCH WILL MY DECK COST?

How much I need to spend on building a deck? Probably one of the most common questions when it comes to deck building. However, the cost of any deck build-up process depends entirely on the design and structural complexities it involves.

Although the decking based services vary when it comes to pricing particularly in Auckland, the standard cost estimate for a 1-meter high deck is as follows:

For a 90 mm wide pine decking, you might get charged up to $470+ per square metre. However, the other factors that affect the cost of deck building include:

  • Site condition
  • Soil type
  • Deck’s height
  • Accessories required
  • Other costs including permits, demolition, seating, cladding and stairs building.

 

CAN YOU REMOVE MY OLD DECKING AND RELAY NEW DECKING?

The decks are made of wood, and they have a specific lifespan. Although you can enhance their lifespan with proper maintenance and care. But once they started rotting, you would have to replace the whole structure.

If you are worrying about whether your deck needs replacement or not just check out the following signs or symptoms.

Check for any decay or mould development:

The first step is to check for any rotting or decay in the deck area as well as in the stairs, fencing or any other part of the deck. You can use a screwdriver to check the condition of the wood. If the screwdriver penetrates the wood easily, then it is time to get a new deck.

Check for loose parts:

  • Check the entire deck for the loose parts and to undergo inspection regarding the damage.
  • If your deck has completed its lifespan, then make no further delays and ask a professional deck builders Auckland based to build a new deck for you.

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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PINE AND KWILA DECKING?

The decks could be of any shape, size or material, but the two most common types of the deck are softwood and hardwood.

  • Pinewood (softwood):

A highly reliable and easily available decking wood option, pine offers the decks more longevity. This pinewood is the most commonly used decking material. However, pine wood contains chemical preservatives and can be easily bent and wraps, thus causing serious health and construction issues.

  • Kwila (hardwood):

Kwila wood is known for its durability and great looks. Due to its durability, it has been the primary choice for decks in Auckland.


DO I ENGAGE A BUILDER AND/OR PROJECT MANAGER?

If you are thinking of having a deck, then opt for a professional deck building service provider. If you are confused about whether or not hire a project manager for a decking project, then here are some of the perks associated with hiring professionals:

  • Quality work with extreme professionalism
  • Schedule tracking for completion of the project on time
  • The budget and cost estimates will be accurate
  • The project will be built according to construction guideline and codes
  • Little to no conflict regarding ideas and material requirements.


THINKING OF BUILDING THE DECK YOURSELF?

Materials required for deck building.

Here are the few materials that you might require for building a deck from scratch:

  1. 5×4-inch decking lumber
  2. Fiberboard pier form
  3. 2×8 pressure-treated lumber for the joists
  4. 2×10 pressure-treated lumber for the ledger, beams and rim joists
  5. Concrete
  6. Plastic footing form
  7. Polyurethane marine sealant
  8. Ledger fasteners lag screws and/or carriage bolts
  9. Post bases
  10. Face-mounted joist hangers
  11. Siliconized acrylic caulk
  12. Masonry expansion bolts to fasten post bases to concrete piers
  13. Metal flashing
  14. Construction adhesive
  15. 8d galvanized or stainless steel finish nails
  16. 6d, 12d, and 16d galvanized or stainless steel common nails
  17. Self-adhering waterproof membrane
  18. 5/8-inch roofing nails
  19. Concealed-flange and face-mounted double joist hangers and hanger nails.

Tools needed for building a simple deck

For the construction of the durable deck, you will require the following mentioned below tools including:

  • Hammer drill
  • Masonry bit
  • Drill driver
  • Drill – 1/2-inch
  • 3/8-inch drill bit
  • Ratchet wrench and sockets
  • Circular saw
  • Chalk line
  • Concrete mixer
  • Hammer
  • Impact wrench
  • Shovel
  • 30-foot tape measure
  • Tape measure
  • Utility knife


What Do I Need To Know Before Constructing A Deck?

Before moving ahead with your construction, you have first to address certain things to come up with a better idea about the type of deck you need.

Usage:

The most common question while building a new deck is how you are going to use it? Whether you need a deck for private sitting or requires for a large space for dinners and parties? Do you have children, or do you want extra protection on your deck?

Area assessment:

Next comes the area assessment as in which part of your house you want your deck to be. The area selection is crucial as it involves the consideration regarding your underground structures, location and many more.

Size of the deck:

The size of the deck depends on various factors including your usage, amount of furniture required and type of activities you are planning on doing on your deck.

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So How Much Does It Cost To Build A Deck According To Type And Area Required?

Cost to build a deck per square metre

We have mentioned a pricing estimate for building a deck all by yourself excluding the labour, accessories, bearers, joists or piles.

Timber Decks:

  • Pine 140×32 – $50/m2 incl GST
  • Kwila 140×19 – $89/m2 incl GST
  • Vitex 140×19 – $105/m2 incl GST
  • Garapa 140×19 – $104/m2 incl GST
  • Iroko 140×19 – $112/m2 incl GST

Composite:

  • Outdure 138×23 – $103/m2 incl GST
  • Millboard 176×32 – $210/m2 incl GST (and this was a good deal)

The cost-estimation mentioned above points out why the people opt for pinewood decks as compared to Kwila wood. The pinewood decks are affordable and easily available, making them budget-friendly. However, now the trend is making a shift and people are more willing to spend for durability, style and looks. So, nowadays we are witnessing a shift towards Kwila wood decks.


So, How Much Do I Have To Pay For Having A Deck At My House?

Well, if you are looking for a generic ballpark figure, then an uncovered deck will cost you about $300/m2. However, if you want to add some facilities including a gazebo, veranda or pergola, then the cost estimate would be $600/m2 including GST for deck covering.

We hope that this price or cost-estimate will assist you in making up your mind regarding what type of deck you need and how much cost has to bear. However, these estimate might vary depending on your specific requirements regarding the use of material, space, size and height of the deck. The cost-estimate is only there to let you get your head in the right direction with your demands and budget requirements.

Please note: Whilst all information is considered to be true and correct at the date of publication, changes in circumstances after the time of publication may impact on the accuracy of the information. The information may change without notice and Superior Renovations is not in any way liable for the accuracy of any information printed and stored or in any way interpreted and used by a user.

At Superior Renovations, full project management is what we do. We partner with select architects, engineers and professional builders to create deck you’ve been envisioning.

 

Quick recap

Do I need to apply for consent for building a deck?

If your deck is up to 1.5 meters in height from the ground, you don’t need any kind of consent for its build-up process. However, if you are building a deck more than 1.5 meters above, you require permission.

How much does it cost to build a deck in NZ?

Well, if you are looking for a generic ballpark figure, then an uncovered deck will cost you about $300/m2. However, if you want to add some facilities including a gazebo, veranda or pergola, then the cost estimate would be $600/m2 including GST for deck covering.

Do I engage a builder or a project manager?

If you are confused about whether or not hire a project manager for a decking project, then here are some of the perks associated with hiring professionals: • Quality work with extreme professionalism • Schedule tracking for completion of the project on time • The budget and cost estimates will be accurate

Can I remove my old decking and relay new decking?

The decks are made of wood, and they have a specific lifespan. Although you can enhance their lifespan with proper maintenance and care. But once they started rotting, you would have to replace the whole structure.


Still have questions unanswered? schedule a no-obligation consultation with the team at Superior Renovations

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Superior Renovations is quickly becoming one of the most recommended Kitchen Renovation & Bathroom Renovation company in Auckland and it all comes down to our friendly approach, straightforward pricing, and transparency. When your Auckland home needs renovation/ remodeling services – Superior Renovation is the team you can count on for high-quality workmanship, efficient progress, and cost-effective solutions.

Get started now by booking a free in-home consultation.

Request Your In-home Consultation 

Or call us on   0800 199 888

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House Renovation

Kamalpreet Kaur – Bath & Tile (NZ) Ltd – Video Testimonial

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Bath & Tile (NZ) Ltd

“As I have seen them with dealing with their client, I have seen their professionalism in their work, so we can recommend them confidently to people to deal with them -- very confidently because we have seen how hard working they are, and as I mentioned the word patience they do have….”

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Todd Chandler – Full House Renovation, Glendowie – Auckland

Todd Chandler

Full House Renovation

“It now feels like a big, simple, inspiring space, whereas before it was a big space but it was very dated and there was a lot of distractions around -- now it’s quite a nice clean, modern, minimalist feel to it. It felt like before, it was a 1980’s home, but now when you walk in, the house is impressive, it’s a lovely space to be in, it feels impressive and everyone who comes here are impressed and enjoys it -- but it still feels like a home..”

Glendowie, Auckland

Todd’s Full House Renovation Project included:

☑️ Renovation of the toilet
☑️ Bathroom Renovation x 2
☑️ Laundry Renovation
☑️ Full Interior Painting
☑️ Desk Renovation
☑️ Interior door replacements
☑️ Interior Stairs and Balustrade Installation (Glass)
☑️ Wallpaper Removal and Plaster
☑️ Exterior Painting and installation of Balustrade


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Your Top 5 Renovation Ideas for NZ homes

Are you planning on selling your house?

Here are some of our best renovation ideas to help you increase the resale value of your home.

So you’ve decided to take on a house renovation project? Great idea! Breathing new life into a place you call home, rescuing a rare period gem, or simply making your house more comfortable to live in can be incredibly rewarding. It’s also a great way to enhance the value of your property when it’s time to sell. Since major upgrades can come with significant costs, it’s helpful to know what exactly you can do to get the highest return on your investment.

Here are our top 5 renovation ideas NZ that will result in the increased resale value:

1.   Kitchen remodel

We can all agree that a kitchen is not just for cooking and entertaining friends. Creating a modern-looking kitchen space is one of the sure-fire ways to add value to your home. From upgrading appliances to refacing cabinets, there are a lot of things you could do to make your kitchen more functional and aesthetically pleasing. Some of the best renovation ideas NZ are installing new countertops, changing flooring, Cabinets, painting and adding modern sinks and faucets.

Costing around $25,000, a kitchen remodel can recoup a whopping 80% of the cost making it one the most popular renovation ideas NZ.

2.    Deck addition

If you’re one of those lucky Aucklanders that own a house with a big yard, you can consider adding a wooden deck. You won’t be the only one to enjoy the outdoors around your home, as your potential buyers will appreciate it as well. In average, adding a wooden deck from scratch can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $25,000. The good news? This improvement can hold more than 75 per cent of its value come sale time!

3.    Building a master suite

Many modern homes feature a spacious master suite that speaks to the Auckland homeowners taste and style. So if you happen to have a small bathroom by your master bedroom, it might be the time to upgrade. Typically, elaborate master suite amenities include a walk-in closet, separate bathing areas and built-in functionality. Despite being a costly undertaking, this feature may drive up to 80% ROI when it’s time to sell.

4.     Bathroom update

It’s all in the little details when it comes to home resale. If your bathrooms have seen better days, selling your house might be an excellent opportunity to take on minor renovations. Installing a new vanity or adding trendy tiles won’t break the bank, and you can expect to see the full 100% return on your investment. With such a high yield, what is there not to love?

5.    Upgrade your basement

One of the most underrated renovation ideas NZ is updating your basement. It comes especially handy if you don’t have enough space to add a room to your house. A well-designed basement can be easily turned into an upscale bar or a functional media room and can serve as a playroom for children. You can also add a bathroom if you decide to remodel your basement, as this can increase the resale value even more. The key idea is to keep the space as open as possible to avoid making it look too dark or cramped.


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Superior Renovations is quickly becoming one of the most recommended Kitchen Renovation & Bathroom Renovation company in Auckland and it all comes down to our friendly approach, straightforward pricing, and transparency. When your Auckland home needs renovation/ remodeling services – Superior Renovation is the team you can count on for high-quality workmanship, efficient progress, and cost-effective solutions.

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A Handy Auckland Home Renovation Guide

Follow these practical steps before starting your renovation project.

Deciding to renovate your  house is a big decision. Renovating your home increases the resale value of your home, brings more comfort to your daily life and showcases your creative side!

Whatever is your motivation, a successful home renovation lies in smart planning. If done correctly, it can be completed on time and on budget. With extensive experience in home renovations in Auckland, we know first hand what it takes to plan and execute a successful house upgrade.

We have gathered all the information you need to kick-start your stress free home renovations Auckland

What do you want to change?

The best way to start planning your home renovations is by making a list of all the things you’d like to change. This is a crucial step in your planning process as it will help you to finalise your wish list. The list might include anything from “must-do” repairs to re-modelling and refurbishment. It’s also worthwhile to note things that you’d like to keep and preserve. For examples, if your current house features beautiful antique windows, you might want to keep them and figure out a way to safeguard them against any re-modelling pitfalls.

The next step is to describe your day to day life and to write down some of the most common problems you’d like to solve. An example is a growing family having to deal with only one bathroom and toilet. Once you identify your pain point, it would be easier to come up with solutions and prioritise your wish list. It will also help you see what “needs to be done” vs what you “would like” to do which can save you money in the long run.

Setting a budget for your house renovations Auckland

No two houses are alike, and the improvement costs differ from project to project. The final renovations cost will depend on your home’s current condition, age and the scope of the work you plan on doing. However, there are a few things you can do to keep yourself within a budget.

Look closely at what you already have. For example, some Auckland homeowners might assume that they need an extra floor space when all they really need is to rearrange their interior walls!

Consider long term investments. Energy efficient lighting means long term savings. Likewise, water conserving features and high-efficiency heating systems will save a considerable amount of money over time. Our renovation specialists have extensive experience in renovating homes especially in the Auckland market. Hence they can help you make wise decisions for long term investment homes.

Do the work in stages. Doing your home renovations in phases can allow you to achieve your goals without putting you through an undue financial burden. We can help you develop a renovation plan and come up with the proper sequencing of tasks and timelines.

Renovating your Auckland home is a big undertaking that requires a lot of careful planning. However, with the right help and tools, you can achieve your dream home without breaking the bank. We hope you found these tips useful. As always, feel free to contact us here if you have any questions!

Need more information?

Take advantage of our FREE Complete Home Renovation Guide (48 pages), whether you’re already renovating or in the process of deciding to renovate, it’s not an easy process, this guide which includes a free 100+ point check list – will help you avoid costly mistakes.

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Get started now by booking a free in-home consultation.

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Or call us on   0800 199 888

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