Here is a list of commonly asked questions we get from clients, this may answer a lot of your concerning questions around renovating your home. If you dont’ find your answer here, feel free to get in touch with our team and they’ll be happy to point you in the right direction.
How do I prepare for a kitchen renovation?
To get on your way to getting your new dream kitchen, start by gathering together ideas, designs, and your own thoughts to a new kitchen scrapbook. This might be a physical book with written, printed and cut out ideas. Importantly also make a list of the appliances that you are intending to build into your new kitchen. Model numbers are usually enough to find the accurate dimensions online. Your new kitchen cabinets will need to be able to accommodate these whether they are new or recycled from your current kitchen. When it comes to designing your kitchen, we’ll need the measurements of your new appliances so we can build around this.
What happens if we’re not happy with something during construction or afterwards?
Our previous customers often comment that we are always more than happy to deal with any issues and concerns as they arise. Nothing will stand in our way of obtaining your complete satisfaction. We also have in place a 12 month maintenance agreement with our clients for their peace of mind.
Do I have to organise sub contract specialist trades such as plumbers or electricians?
We have all trades covered. Superior Renovations have a network of trusted and well respected team of trades who understand our system, follow up process and can work effectively with the rest of our team to ensure a smooth renovation project. So you’re just engaging us (not multiple companies) to complete the whole job from start to finish.
Will I have a choice of fixtures and fittings and can I supply them myself?
Absolutely – if you would like to purchase anything directly and provide it for installation at the appropriate time then we have no objections to this but we always suggest clients to choose our suppliers for a number of reasons, we’re confident of the quality, we can manage the logistics, trade prices, and any troubleshooting during the renovation is easier since we can direct contact.
I have a limited budget – do you only do high end renovation projects?
No we cater for all tastes and budgets. We have a standard 3 option range (Budget, Mid and Luxury) for kitchens and bathrooms as well as offering tailor made packages to suit your personal requirements.
All the builders I’ve spoken to say they can do my Job. What makes Superior Renovations different?
Yes, there are many builders out there today, but Superior Renovations are not just builders. We specialise in Home Renovations, and that is important when transforming existing properties into modern contemporary homes – our service isn’t limited to renovation but we also take care of the design process, consultation process with architects, consents and supplier communication/logistics.
I want to renovate my bathroom and kitchen, what do I do next?
Get in touch with a renovation company for a consultation to discuss your renovation idea, they’ll be able to do a feasibility study and give you an idea of what can be done with your given requirements. This will give you some options and an estimated cost for a bathroom renovation and kitchen renovation to see if your requirements are within your budget. Along with this consultation, some companies like Superior Renovations can also offer free design plans so you can envision what the finished renovation looks like before you commit.
How long does tiling a bathroom take?
Tiling a bathroom is done in stages starting with waterproofing (assuming all the preparation has been done) which takes 1 day then another 24 hours to dry and once ready, tiling starts (which is a combination of cutting the tiles and putting them in place which will take between 2-4 days dependant on the size of the bathroom.
How much does a full gut renovation cost?
For a standard 1 level home in Auckland, renovations can start from $140,000 , for a standard 2 level home in Auckland, renovations can start from $180,000 . This is taking into consideration that you’re wanting everything redone including floors, painting, bathrooms, kitchen, exterior works, central heating, pulling down walls etc
Is it cheaper to remodel or build new?
It depends on the location of the home and the extent of the renovation. Generally it’s cheaper to renovate if it’s just “aesthetic” changes and nothing structural. But in some places in Auckland, building new might be cheaper if you’re considering it against extending the house or adding another level.
How to keep bathroom renovation costs down?
1. Choose lower end fittings/products 2. Instead of full-tile wall, choose half. 3. Keep plumbing where it is 4. Avoid changes that require consent 5. Reuse old fittings if possible 6. Sell anything that still has value 7. Put a budget plan in place 8. Consider doing parts of the renovation yourself
How long does a kitchen renovation take?
Generally a kitchen renovation will be between 5-6 weeks from date of demolition and this assumes design is finalised and parts have been manufactured (not including splash back which takes additional time for manufacturing)
How long does bathroom renovation take?
Generally a bathroom renovation will between 3-4 week from date of demolition, however will be longer if it involves consent.
How much does a bathroom renovation cost?
Average cost to renovate a bathroom in Auckland is between $18,500 - $23,000 (design, supply and build) dependant on choice of fittings/products, whether it needs consent, and complexity of renovation.
How much for a Small Kitchen Renovation?
Average cost for a small kitchen renovation in Auckland is around $18,500 (includes design, supply, and installation)
How much does a Kitchen Renovation cost?
Average cost of a kitchen renovation in Auckland is between $18,000 - $26,000; dependant on the type of materials you choose, design/layout, and if consent it required.
How to plan house renovation?
Work out exactly what you’re getting done first and receive a detailed scope of works from your renovation company. Once this is received, then you know what you need to consider – check lists are very helpful to simply the process otherwise it does become overwhelming. You’ll find plenty of check lists online (eg how to choosing a builder), also check out Superior Renovations E-book (plenty in there for you to use).
How to reduce house renovation costs?
1. Create a budget plan and stick to it 2. Make informed decisions, this means taking your time and assess all options carefully 3. Consider doing parts of the renovation yourself 4. Reuse old fittings/materials where it’s possible 5. Mix up the use of high end and low end products 6. Purchase products/fittings through the renovation company (trade prices) 7. Enter in a fixed price contract to minimise chances of budget blowout 8. Minimise changes to the homes structure/layout 9. Sell anything you’re removing during the renovation 10. Strategic timing – don’t renovate in Peak Season (2nd half of the year)
How long does house renovation take?
Normally full house renovations would take between 3-6 months dependant on the scope of the renovation, complexity and size of the renovation.
How to budget for renovation of house?
It’s best to work out what you can afford to spend on your renovation first, and then speak to a qualified builder/project manager to discuss what is possible within the given budget. From there, you can explore different options within the given budget that best fits your renovation needs.
What the difference between remodelling and renovating?
Both remodelling and renovating means to make improvements/alterations to an existing house. However, they refer to two slightly different types of construction. Renovation means “restore to a good state of repair.” And remodelling means to change the structure or form of the house.
Where to start for a house renovation?
We recommend getting in touch with a renovation company first to discuss your requirements, to see what is possible, and carry out a feasibility study on your renovation idea. From there, they’ll be able to map out the next steps for you and also advise on what you can expect regarding costs, timeline, requirements and plans.
How much to spend on full house renovation?
The average spend for a full house renovation in Auckland (including bathrooms and kitchen) is between $80,000 - $160,000 dependant on the size of home, building requirements, choice of products/fittings and a number of factors.
Am I responsible for removing the rubbish/waste?
No, this is all arranged with your renovation project – a rubbish bin will be arranged on-site prior to starting and will be replaced during the renovation if needed, then cleared away on completion of the renovation.
Do I need to be home during the renovation?
No, and in fact some people prefer to arrange the renovation whilst they are away on holiday to minimize disruptions. We have an excellent reputation and are always extremely respectful to property. Our project managers will be onsite to ensure everything runs smoothly and to give you peace of mind.
Do I need to employ any other trades for the renovation?
Generally an established renovation company will have all their trades setup and a network of suppliers they use and trust. It just makes the renovation a lot less stressful and cost-effective. A house renovation will typically require 8 – 10 different trades and if any of which are unreliable they will affect all other trades involved. For this reason we are reluctant to carry out a renovation if a customer wishes to employ trades separately.
What kind of insurance should a renovation company have?
We would recommend that a renovation should have at a minimum Public Liability Insurance (5mil) and Professional Indemnity Insurance (1mil) to ensure you’re fully protected should anything happen during the renovation.
What areas do you service in Auckland?
North Shore, Auckland City, New Lynn, Henderson, Ponsonby, Mt Eden, Papakura, Howick, Albany, Newmarket, Parnell, Remuera, Newton, Ellerslie, Epsom, Penrose, Grey Lynn, Mission Bay, Meadowbank, Auckland CBD, Glen Innes, Mt Eden, Herne Bay, Waitakere, Avondale, Te Atatu, Kelston, Glen Eden, Rosebank, Takapuna, Devonport, Glenfield, Pakuranga, East Tamaki, Botany Downs, Mangere, Tamaki, Manurewa, Onehunga, Papatoetoe, Manukau, Manukau City, Otahuhu, Mt Wellington, Pukekohe, Takanini, Drury
Can I make changes during the renovation project?
We welcome you to make any changes you would like to enhance your home. Any requests by yourselves incurring extra labour and/or material costs will be treated as a variation to the contract. All variations will be costed and presented to you for approval authorising the builder to carry out these changes before any such works can be started.
How do you pay for a building project?
Usually it’s setup on a progress payment system as detailed in the building agreement. One advantage of full contract is you only need to make payments to one company and payments are made at specific stages of the project. When you receive a written contract quote, we will provide you with a payment schedule and also a construction schedule so you know what to expect and when to expect it.
How can I keep the renovation project within budget?
The only way to guarantee your project within your budget is to enter into a full contract, fixed price agreement with your builder. Discuss all the Prime Cost Sums and work out if you are likely to spend more on these items than what the builder has allowed. For example kitchens and carpets can vary hugely depending on what you want. Some of the extra costs to the home owner that can be over looked that are generally not included in a quote are: landscaping and lawns, washing lines, letter boxes, curtains and blinds. These items can add up very quickly.
Will my project require a permit?
As a general rule, a building permit is required whenever: 1. There is structural work involved (eg. removing load-bearing wall). 2. The basic living area (square meterage) of the home is to be changed. 3. The home’s mechanical systems (eg. gas, electrical or plumbing) are to be reconfigured or otherwise modified. As a rule, you should always request that your builder obtain the building permits. This is because the person who “pulls the permit” is considered liable for ensuring that all completed work complies with the local building codes.
Do I need a building consent for my renovation?
If you are carrying out building work you may need to apply for a building consent. Here are some examples of work that requires consent: Any structural building including new buildings, additions, alterations, accessory buildings (sheds), and re-piling Changes to original plumbing and drainage Site works for a building Retaining walls higher than 1.5 metres, or retaining walls with a building or driveway near the top Fences higher than 2.5 metres and any swimming pool fence Swimming pools Decks more than 1.5 metres from ground level If in doubt we recommend you ring your local council and discuss your project with them.
At what stage do I involve a builder/renovator?
It always pays to get your builder involved early, if possible, in the beginning. Most renovation companies will have their own preferred architects/suppliers so when making critical decisions like choosing a section, architectural style, plans and building materials can save a lot of hassle later on – and help avoid costly mistakes if everyone is on the same page.
I've never build or renovated before, where do I start?
Start by requesting a free design to build consultation with a project manager/builder, you’ll be able to discuss your ideas and the project manager will also be able to let you know what is possible within your given needs. From there, you’ll be able to get an idea of what the next steps are and what to expect in terms of cost, process and requirements.