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Emerging Tile Trends (2021) by Tile Depot (+common mistakes to avoid)

As you walk into Tile Depot you are overwhelmed by the sheer scale of their range. We never realised how exciting a tile showroom could be. There were huge Italian tiles, small colourful accent tiles, tiles with various textures, tiles that emulated wood and the list just doesn’t stop. The tile trends are plenty and the process of choosing the right tile is made surprisingly easy when you consult with the Tile Depot ladies.

We met Ruth and Kitty from Tile Depot and it reinforced our conviction that their values fit right in with ours at Superior Renovations. Working, selling and advising about tiles was not their only goal. Working at tile depot helping clients choose the right tile for their spaces was something of a passion.

Ruth has worked in Tile Depot for more than 15 years while Kitty has worked there for almost 8 years. Their knowledge about various tiles, upcoming tile trends and how they affect a space was phenomenal.

As a lot of our clients choose their tiles from Tile depot, it was important for us to understand how their experience was. We had a long conversation with Ruth and Kitty. In our discussion we talked about:

  1. tile trends of 2021
  2. how to select the right type of tiles for your home and situation
  3. tiling mistakes that people should avoid
  4. how tiles can affect the aura of a room.

Top 6 Tile Trends for 2021 by Kitty

 

1. Large Slabs of tiles

There are many advantages to using larger tiles in small and big spaces alike. Larger tiles make an area look ‘less busy’ says Ruth. There are lesser grout lines which means that when you use a large slab of tile in a small bathroom for example, then your room will look more spacious as opposed to if you use smaller tiles. Choose 600 by 600 or even 600 by 1200 for your spaces to bring out an elegant and spacious look for any room.


2. Tiles with Patterns

Gone are the days when tiles were just used for convenient clean up your bathrooms and kitchen. The conventional use of tiles has long been past. They are now used to add personality and aura to the room. Tiles used as feature walls or as a pattern on the wall have become very popular. 2021 will see a rise in the use of patterned tiles to add character to a room or as a feature wall. These vintage designs bring in some old-world charm to the modern homes of today.

 

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A wide range of contemporary patterned tiles that can be used in a number of ways to add character to a room (Tile Depot, 2020)

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Navy Artisan tiles used as a feature wall in the bathroom (Tile Depot, 2020)

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BrickOne Rosso Tiles used as a feature wall in the living room (Tile Depot, 2020)

 


 

3. Colours – Earthy tones

Accent tiles and splashbacks have become very popular in earthy tones. Earthy tones exude a feeling of warmth and create a calm rustic look for any space. Earthy tones draw their inspiration for natural elements such as the sun, earth, sky, and greenery. Most Italian tiles fall into this category adding a Mediterranean look when used in any room. This Tile trends has been growing for a few years and is set to rise in 2021.

 

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Casablanca Red adding a warm and earthy touch to a bathroom (Tile Depot, 2020)

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Earthy May Olive and Fern (Tile Depot, 2020)

 


4. Vibrant coloured tiles – the Casablanca collection

Tile trends are seeing a growth in the  minimalist look with streamlined modern designs has also meant the growth of Vibrant tiles as accent walls or splashbacks. This is so people can add a ‘pop’ of colour to an otherwise neutral interior. The Casablanca collection at Tile Depot consists of a diverse range of bright and vibrant colours that can be used in any setting or space. Use Casablanca Black in your bathroom for an industrial look or Casablanca red to create a playful rustic look.

 

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Casablanca Sky Blue as a feature wall in the bathroom (Tile Depot, 2020)

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Casablanca Orange (Tile Depot, 2020)

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Casablanca Bottle Green as a splash-back in the kitchen (Tile Depot, 2020)

 

 


5. Textured Feature walls

Traditionally textured tiles were only used around fireplaces and foyers. Textured have seen a growth in tile trends as feature walls as it generates interest and brings an essence of the outdoors into your home. The Lyon range at Tile Depot can be cleverly used as a feature wall in bedrooms and living areas.

 

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Textured tiles in the bathroom (Tile Depot, 2020)

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Textured Bronze Sky tiles used as a splash back in the kitchen (Tile Depot, 2020)

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Textured Black as a back-splash (Tile Depot, 2020)


6. Metal Range

Mixing elements of metal along with tiles is another growing trend to bring out an industrial look. Mix metals as patterns in your living room to make a unique pattern or simply use it as accent tiles in your kitchen.

 

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Metallic Stone Tile (Tile Depot, 2020)

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Metallic Rock Silver Tile (Tile Depot, 2020)

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Metallic Rock Bronze Tile (Tile Depot, 2020)


Your needs as a Family greatly determine the types of tiles suited for you

Your needs as a family can be a huge factor on the type of tiles you choose for your home. Your needs as a family with young children would be very different compared to if you have elderly relatives living with you. When thinking about elders you should think of functionality more than just what the current tile trends are.

Ruth explains in greater detail on the types of tiles suited for various types of family and the importance of choosing your tiles with great care. Look at our chart below to understand the types of tiles suited for your home.

Young Families

Families with young children lead busy lives especially if they also have a career to juggle. Low maintenance tiles which prove easy to clean and are durable are their top priority.

Recommended tiles:

  • Matte Finish tiles: Always remember the smoother the tiles the more slippery they will be. To avoid accidents and mishaps, choose matte finish tiles for your home.
  • Smooth tiles: Avoid textured tiles for families with young kids as they are harder to clean when compared to smooth tiles.

 

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An example of Low-Risk Porcelain tile

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An example of a Moderate Risk Tile


Families with Elders

Anti-slip tiles are vital for elders and people with disabilities. The common misconception is that you can use outdoor tiles inside your home to avoid accidents due to slipping. This however is not true as outdoor tiles should never be used indoors.

Recommended tiles:

  • Matte Finish – Smoother the tiles the slipperier they are. Hence use matte finish tiles to avoid any unwanted accidents.
  • Antislip ratings – Tiles are rated between R9 to R13 with a standard interior tile having a rating of R9.  If you are tiling an area that is at a slope, then it would be wise to choose one with a higher rating. The higher the rating the more slip-resistant it is.
  • LifeMark Range  R10 – Lifemark range that has been tested with slight slip resistance which is good for bathroom/shower, so if any household that is elderly, adult that has been injured or with young kids they should consider looking at the Lifemark range for a better slip resistance
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A bathroom with LifeMark Tiles on the floor (Tile Depot, 2020)


Kitty shares the top 3 mistakes people make while choosing tiles for their home

1. Choosing small tiles for small spaces

As mentioned above, this is a very common mistake that people make when choosing tiles for their home. If your space is small, then choose large slabs of tiles to avoid breaks (in form of grout lines) between tiles.

2. Not buying extra tiles

It often happens that people buy the exact number of tiles that they require to tile a certain room. Kitty says that it is wise to buy an extra box of tiles for the future. It is common that stores discontinue a certain model of tiles which means that if something goes wrong in the future and you have to replace a tile then you might not be able to buy the exact one from the store again. In this case you might have to re-tile the entire area. To avoid this its best to have a spare box of tiles that you can use in case of any future mishap.

3. Always take a sample tile home before committing to the purchase

How a tile looks inside the store is very different to what it will look like in your bathroom. Factors like natural lighting of your bathroom and the layout greatly determine the shade of light that your tile will appear as. Hence its good to ask for a sample of the tile that you like and see how it looks inside your room.

Is flooring included in my renovation?

We provide a full service to renovate any given area. So if we are renovating your bathroom then flooring will be included in our service to renovate your bathroom. This applies to all the rooms in the house. We can also do just flooring for your entire house which means that we will design, supply, install and project manage your flooring project.

Do you work with Tile Depot?

Tile depot is one of our partners for flooring for renovations. We have been working with Tile Depot for quite a while and we often take our clients there to select tiles for their renovations.

Will you help me with the design process for selecting tiles?

Our project manager along with our design team will help you select the right type of tiles for your renovation. We also rely on the expertise of the Tile depot staff to help our clients make the right choice in tiles.

What type of tiles should i be using for my bathroom?

Our designer can help you with choosing the right type of tile depending on your design preference and the type of family situation you have. You can also read our article on bathroom design trends to have a better understanding of what most clients prefer these days https://superiorrenovations.co.nz/16-top-trends-in-bathroom-tile-design-for-2019/


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Kitchen Renovation

20 Top Kitchen renovation trends and 10 trends to avoid in 2021

Kitchen renovation trends usually change slightly from year to year with no big changes seen in the coming years. It is easy to change certain elements within your existing kitchen to keep up with the new trends. For example if you have a traditional white kitchen and want a change then you can easily add a pop of colour by adding a  vibrant textured backsplash. If you are lacking in storage, then you could easily replace your existing island with a multi-functional kitchen island which could be used as a breakfast bar, storage unit as well as a cooking area.

What a kitchen means today for a family is very different from what they meant in the past. Traditionally kitchens have always been a place for cooking and cleaning only. Kitchens today are a place where most of the family congregates. It is a place that brings the family together whether it is in the form of a breakfast island bar or an open plan kitchen which opens into your living space.

Here’s what we concluded as the top kitchen renovation trends for 2021

  1. Smart Kitchens
  2. Eco-Friendly Kitchens
  3. Cabinet Colours: Dark Colours Are Finally Here & White Is On Its Way Out!
  4. Streamlined Designs, Materials and Textures
  5. Open plan Kitchens and Broken plan kitchens
  6. Quartz is Still King
  7. Effective Storage Solutions
  8. Open Shelves for Small Kitchens
  9. Kitchens with a bar island for entertainment
  10. Hardwood Flooring is Still the Shining Star but Ceramic Tile is on its Heels
  11. Single Level Multipurpose Kitchen Islands
  12. Double Islands
  13. Ceiling high larders
  14. Backsplash Trends
  15. Connecting With The Great Outdoors
  16. Adding a Pop of Colour
  17. Mix and Match Metals
  18. Steel Hoods
  19. Statement Accessories
  20. Hanging cups, Colourful pans and Colourful Appliances

Technology advances and changing social dynamics have contributed greatly to the rise of the newest kitchen renovation trends. There is a far bigger focus on open concept homes that revolve around the kitchen so everyone can be together.

As with any modern design trend, clean and simple styles have become favourites for homeowners with natural light becoming an essential aspect of the overall look and function of the kitchen space. There are 3 fundamental things that make a great kitchen design and it doesn’t often change, the three things are:

  • Functional Layout that works with the given space
  • Choice of materials/fittings – the quality of these are crucial and you will notice a difference.
  • Storage – the design and placement is key to make sure you end up with a well-utilized space.

In this article we will discuss the top 20 newest kitchen renovation trends for 2021 and then discuss the trends that you should stay away from in the coming years. 

Trend #1. Smart Kitchens

Technology has entered the kitchen in full force and not just in the form of fancy gadgets and appliances. Today, you can have a kitchen with technology integrated into every function and appliance–from the faucets to the fridge to lighting. This is what we call a smart kitchen.

Smart kitchens are an evolving aspect of design. In fact, a lot of kitchens today are built smart from the ground up. For older kitchens, sensors, smart gadgets and other devices can be added to add convenience.

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Kitchen renovation trends in Massey: These ‘pop out power outlets’ were installed on the counter top which can be pulled up when needed and pushed back down when not in need

 

Easy add-ons are motion sense-equipped kitchen faucets that can sense the presence of hands underneath and will come on automatically or try a one-touch feature. Refrigerators that can alert you when your groceries items are running low or a coffee maker programmed to have your coffee ready when you wake up.

There is also a gadget that monitors your eggs, telling you which ones are almost going bad. Do not forget to update your lighting system–allowing you to control all the lights from your smartphone or tablet. Technology integrated kitchens are becoming more popular as homeowners experiment with novel technologies. This is one of the biggest trends going into 2020.

Trend #2. Eco-Friendly Kitchens

A growing kitchen renovation trends has been being eco-friendly. As the awareness around sustainability grows, people are getting more conscious about using materials that are environmentally friendly. Taking steps towards sustainability could include having built in recycling bins in the kitchen, installing an induction cook top to reduce energy waste, and installing a 3 in 1 hot water tap.

 

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Kitchen renovation in Parnell – the hot water tap is installed on the left side of the main tap fixture

 

Hot water tap is a great way of reducing water and energy waste. When boiling water we often boil too much water or use a kettle. When you install an instant hot water tap, you are using just the amount of water you need and less electric energy is being used to get the water to boil. This is also an added convenience to having access to instant boiling water for coffee or food preparation.

 

Trend #3. Cabinet Colours: Dark Colours Are Finally Here & White Is On Its Way Out!

Although white cabinets are a classic look that can be used in almost any kind of kitchen style, we are slowly starting to see them on the way out! We expect white to start declining in popularity throughout 2020 . To break up the monotony of all-white kitchens, expect to see islands in a variety of different paint colours or wood stain colours. The mixing of finishes creates a needed accent piece and additional pops-of-colour for the brave of heart.

Blue and green will be the most popular shades to add colour to your kitchen.  Apart from natural and neutral shades green, emerald, and other earthy tones will also be popular this year.

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Kitchen renovation trends in Massey: Our client in Massey wanted black cabinets against white to give a luxurious feel to his kitchen. LED lights were also installed under the cabinet handles to add to the glamour of the kitchen.

 

Dark kitchen cabinets portray elegance and a deep rich luxurious atmosphere. You must however be careful that the dark accents or cabinets you use does not overpower the room as it could make the room feel perpetually dark or dingy. But more homeowners are getting bolder and opting for a kitchen with dark cabinet colours in 2020. Expect to see tons of black and darker colour shades in the trendiest home of 2020.

Trend #4. Streamlined Designs, Materials and Textures

  • Cabinets

While styles like farmhouse and mid-century modern are still popular, homeowners are getting more streamlined in their overall aesthetics, designs and alternative materials for kitchens. Simple looks are all about modern clean lines. They will continue to be a huge hit throughout 2020.

Removing upper wall cabinets has become a growing trend in the last few years since it opens up the visual space making the kitchen appear much larger and brighter.  It allows you to utilise the countertop space more productively as most people cannot reach the top shelves anyway.

  • Textures and Materials

A streamlined design does not equate to boring. It simply means that a design which is less cumbersome and more tasteful. Consider using materials with different textures. For example when using open shelving, consider rough cut wood as your material for a natural look or metal tubing for a more industrial look.

 

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Kitchen renovation trends in Mangere Bridge: American Ashwood was used as the benchtop to add texture and a natural element to the kitchen. 

 

  • Tiles as a focal point

Floor tiles in a natural stone or backsplash tiles that are sculpted, beveled, or stacked make for the perfect focal point.  These interesting textures are very different compared to the usual polished or glossy finishes we see everywhere. You may even want to consider a ceiling treatment to add another dynamic to your kitchen.

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Kitchen renovation in Stanmore Bay: The Spanish tiles installed in this kitchen are a great design element that can be used to enliven a space.

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Kitchen renovation in Parnell: We added textured 3D tiles as a backsplash for this client to add character and interest in the kitchen wall

Trend #5. Open plan concept and Broken plan concepts

The open plan concept for kitchens has been a growing trend for many years now. Today’s homes are mostly made of 2 working parents where evenings are the only times that families get together to spend quality time. Open concept kitchens allow families to spend time even if one person is in the kitchen whereas the others in the living. Open plan kitchens are easily achievable by tearing down a few walls that separate the kitchen from the rest of the living space.

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An open plan Kitchen: The above picture is an open plan concept as the room is very clearly divided from the living room by a wall and from the dining room with some counters. There are still some breaks in the room which divide the room into specific areas. The above kitchen was renovated by us in Bucklands Beach. 

Broken plan kitchens are a trend of the next decade, taking the open plan concept to another level. Imagine a large room which has different zones for living, dining and cooking. These zones are not divided by any half or full walls. This makes an area look more spacious as there is little that is ‘breaking’ the large space or room.

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Broken Plan Concept: The above is a good example of a broken plan kitchen. The room is a large space where there are allocated zones for different purposes. However, there are no walls making a specific ‘break’ between the different zones. 

Trend #6. Quartz is Still King

For high-end kitchen countertops, quartz still reigns supreme. The material is extremely hardy, can last virtually forever, is a breeze to maintain and is anti-microbial. Granite, the main competitor in the high-end bracket, requires slightly more maintenance.

When quartz countertops first came into the market, the main worry was lack of variety in terms of colours and finishes. But through technological advances, manufacturers can now provide a range of colours and patterns. You can even get quartz finished with elaborate swirls and large veining to imitate other materials like natural stone. These unique styles have become immensely popular.

 

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Kitchen renovation in Bucklands Beach: We engineered stone to look like black marble which was then infused  with shiny specs to add a touch of luxury for this kitchen renovation

 

But there is a notable trend toward softer and more neutral colours. More and more homeowners are opting for colours like grey, taupe, creamy or white finishes.  This follows the trend towards cleaner styles seen in most home spaces.

 

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Kitchen renovation in Stanmore Bay: Engineered stone used to look like pattered granite. The pattern chosen by our client was Autumn Leaf. 

 

While we are still on the topic of countertops, it is important to mention the rising popularity of composite sinks. These are sinks made from the same material as the countertop.  This creates a cleaner uniform look and makes cleaning and maintenance much easier. However, it is going to be a tough battle against the still very popular stainless steel, ceramin and Silgranit sinks.

 

Trend #7. Effective Storage Solutions

One of the biggest drawbacks with kitchen cabinetry is the unnecessary waste of space. The way the basic shelves and drawers are structured leaves a lot of wasted space. Worst of all, available space is often too small for some of your larger things or the opposite: it’s too wide and does not give you a way to properly and efficiently organize the space.

One of the foundations to a functional kitchen is kitchen storage. If it is inadequate or ineffective, you will be faced with endless frustrations and challenges.

To counter these storage challenges, homeowners are starting to look for better storage solutions within the cabinetry. These can include:

  • drawer dividers for cutlery & utensils
  • pull-outs for spices
  • tray dividers
  • roll-out trays
  • magic corners for pots & pans
  • wastebasket cabinets for garbage and recyclables
  • deep drawers.

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Pull out Rubbish and recycling bins

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Custom built Pantry drawers to add convenience and maximise storage

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Magic corners to utilise the space in corner cabinets

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A different variation of a magic corner to effectively utilise corner space for cabinets

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Custom built storage solution for cabinets to store condiments

 

The most popular storage solutions we have seen with our clients are the ‘magic corners’ as they effectively utilise the wasted space in the corners of the kitchen. The other popular storage solutions have been custom built cabinets with pull out drawers.

 

Trend #8. Open Shelves for Small Kitchens

While Hidden storage solutions will always remain popular, they are not always feasible in a small kitchen. Small kitchens do not have the space for bulky cabinetry with storage drawers and hence need a different storage solution.

Open shelves for small spaces can provide effective storage solution and can also add a great design element. Following are some of the ways you can maximise storage in an open shelf for a small kitchen:

  • Use magnetic holders for knives. These can be screwed on to the wall so you do not have a bulky knife holder on your counter top
  • Laddle hangers and wall spice racks. Small hooks can be installed to hang all your spoons and laddles used for cooking. You can also find smart hangers where you can place your spice bootles.
  • You can also create a wine glass hanger which would reduce the need for shelves.

 

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Floating open shelves were added  to increase storage and add a design element to the kitchen

A great tip is also to buy colourful pots, pans, bowls etc which can be placed in the open shelves. This would create interest and also add a pop of colour to your kitchen.

Trend #9. Hardwood Flooring is Still the Shining Star but Ceramic Tile is on its Heels

Hardwood flooring is still very popular when it comes to kitchen flooring. But the second most popular option, ceramic flooring. Thanks to technology, ceramic flooring now comes in a wide variety of designs, styles and sizes.

For example, you can get ceramic tiles that look exactly like hardwood flooring. So if you want to retain the hardwood look but want a material that is easier to maintain, consider using ceramic tiles. In addition to wood, ceramic tiles can be designed to resemble a range of other materials including natural stone. Even the surface texture is changed to mimic these materials.

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Kitchen renovation in Bucklands Beach: Ceramic tiles which mimic hardwood were installed for easy maintenance and as a cost effective option

 

In terms of size, you do not have to go for traditional sizing any longer. It seems like the sky is the limit with variety and larger format tiles. You can get single plank tiles that resemble actual wide planks of hardwood once laid down on the floor. Or you can get custom cut tiles to create a uniquely patterned kitchen. Larger tiles make an are look bigger in space as compared to smaller sizes. This is because there are lesser grout lines and the area hence looks less ‘busy’.

Trend #10. Single Level Multipurpose Kitchen Islands

Kitchen islands are no longer an afterthought or something small to squeeze into the space. They have become the point and the hub of the kitchen. One of the changes emerging is the single level larger sizing, serving multiple uses. Large islands now also have ample shelving below to maximise storage.

 

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Kitchen renovation in Blockhouse Bay: Custom built large island which doubles as a storage solution with cabinets and as a breakfast and prep bar

 

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Kitchen renovation in Stanmore Bay: An island bar which doubles as a dining table and cooking bench

 

In the year 2020 large kitchen islands will become the jack-of-all-trades. They will have storage solutions and would be fitted with various under-counter appliances while also providing seating–serving as a casual dining and/or drinking bar. To accommodate the increased size, we are seeing a tendency for the kitchen island to extend into living room spaces in homes with open plan designs. This ensures the kitchen island can be multi-functional without cluttering up space in the kitchen.

 

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Kitchen renovation in Massey: Kitchen island extending into the living room space to double as a bar that can be used for entertaining

Trend #11. Double Islands

If you have the space, then we would advice you to get two smaller island in your kitchen rather than 1 large island. Having 2 smaller islands improves the flow of the kitchen as well as the ease of movement. Having two separate islands also means that you could use of as a breakfast bar and the other as a counter top for preparation as well as installing a cook top.

Double islands have become a growing trend in the last year and are seen to be on the rise for large kitchen spaces as well as open plan living.

Trend #12. Ceiling high larders

Kitchen is not just a functional space these days. With the rise in open plan kitchens, it has become important to make kitchens aesthetically pleasing along with good functionality. Many people now prefer to have open shelves in their kitchen rather than bulky cabinetry as it makes kitchens look more spacious. Buy some colourful pots and pans and you have a beautiful focal point full of colours and textures.

The same logic applies to larders. The trend in 2021 is seeing a rise in larders that are open and built up to the ceiling. This gives you more storage and will also add a beautiful design aspect to your kitchen. To access the higher shelves on your larder, consider buying a trendy movable ladder that you can rest against your larder.

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The above is a great way to built an open larder with trendy storage containers and a larder to access the higher shelves. Add some light within the larder and you have a great focal point for your kitchen.

 

Trend #13. Backsplash Trends

First things first, subway tiles are out! Okay maybe not completely out, but they are no longer popular in the ‘white brick’ size. People are moving on to larger slabs of tiles with various textures and patterns.  Adding a bright and vibrant backsplash will add the much needed character in a neutral kitchen. Neutral patterns with natural texture is another option for those looking for a classic look.

 

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Kitchen renovation in Bucklands Beach: Hexagon shaped black and grey textured tiles were added as a backplash to add interest, drama and texture to the kitchen

 

Another big change we’re seeing in tile backsplashes are their size and the portion of wall they cover. More people now opt for larger tiles to make the area look less ‘busy’.  These slabs can be made to look like marble, quartz, wood, copper, stainless steel, glass…. the list goes on forever!

Trend #14. Connecting With The Great Outdoors

As discussed above, open plan living and kitchen has been a popular trend for a while now. In New Zealand we love Bbqs and entertaining our guests outdoors. This way of living in NZ has given rise to the trend of connecting the kitchen/dining area with the deck or outdoor area. Some of our previous clients have also used their outdoors as an extended kitchen area.

This is mostly done by building a covered outdoor area equipped with grills and cooking equipment which can be accessed from the kitchen through french doors.

Trend #15. Adding a Pop of Colour

As mentioned above, white will always be a popular colour for kitchens as it is a versatile colour to work with. In past people have always gone for a traditional look for kitchens with either white surfaces and cabinets or dark wood. The trend has now been changing towards adding colour to otherwise white kitchens.

 

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A sky blue backplash was added to add some colour into a neutral themed kitchen in Papatoetoe

 

People are now looking at ways to add colour to their kitchens. We spend most of our time in this area of the house, entertaining our friends and family, so why not put our favourite colour in the space? We have and will be seeing this on cabinets, islands, hutches, and feature walls.

The colours predicted for these spaces are inspired by the elements with blues, earthy tones of green and red.

Trend #16. Mix and Match Metals

We get this question a lot: is it okay to mix metals in the kitchen? The answer is YES! Mixing metals adds character in the space, especially if it is done correctly. We will be seeing more of an eclectic style in 2020. Overly matched and coordinated spaces is a trend that is slowly fading.  If you love gold fixtures, but don’t want it all over your kitchen, add a soft gold faucet with black or nickel hardware.

Light fixtures can be a completely different metal altogether, while having hints of the same metal you are using elsewhere. These pieces are the finishing touch to the space. Make them stand out! Another way to mix in metals, would be in your furniture selections for kitchen tables chairs or island stools. These can be easily interchangeable when you want to change things up a bit!

 

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Kitchen renovation in Stanmore Bay: Textured Brass sink and tap fixtures added metal elements to this kitchen in Orewa

 

Textured metals that are the same colour as other pieces in the kitchen are a nice way of adding a different element, while not getting too crazy.

Trend #17. Steel Hoods

In 2021, we will be seeing homeowners focus on their hood designs. This piece can be a major focal point in the space, especially depending on the layout of the kitchen. Most of the time, we design the space with the range and hood on a wall that is seen from other rooms in the house. Why not make this piece a statement?

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The Steel hood above adds a certain drama to the kitchen

 

Custom steel hoods are a way to add in a breaking point to a long row of wood cabinetry. These are a nice feature, but they do come with a cost. Custom steel hoods can range anywhere from $5-7k, but they sure do make a beautiful addition to your new kitchen, so make sure you budget for this correctly. Let’s get rid of those boring matching stainless hoods and be creative with your space! This is also your chance to add metal as a component to your kitchen.

Trend #18. Natural Wood Tones in Kitchens

Stained, treated or imitation wood has been used in kitchens for more than a decade. Natural wood is making a come back in the next year as natural forms of wood brings warmth into a kitchen and gives it a nice rustic feel.

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Kitchen renovation in Mangere Bridge: Natural wooden counter tops treated with Epoxy Urethin Vinyl to increase durability. 

If you have a white toned kitchen then adding either a wooden island, drawers or counter-top will add a vintage charm to your kitchen. In order to increase durability of your natural wood elements in the kitchen simply apply Epoxy Urethin Vinyl Coating on your counter tops. Natural wood however can be used in its true form as a nice rugged looking breakfast bar.

Trend #19. Statement Bronze Accessories

Installing statement is a great way to liven your kitchen up and give it a unique design element. Use statement taps and fixtures like brass to give your kitchen a rustic look or industrial look.

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Brass sink and tap-ware added for our client to create a rustic look for this kitchen we renovated in Orewa

 

If you have a kitchen which is mostly designed in neutral and white colours then use black for all your taps, fixtures and cabinet handles to instantly make it a classic black and white kitchen without making any drastic changes.

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Rustic looking bronze hanging lights also added to the rustic feature of this kitchen in Orewa

Trend #20 Plate racks, Hanging cups and colourful appliances

As mentioned above, a great way to spruce up you kitchen aesthetics is to bring some colour into the kitchen. If you are not looking for a big change then putting colourful crockery on display is a great idea to add some colour.

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The above kitchen looks dramatic and bold due to simple red utensils and black cabinets. The red utensils create a lot of interest to an otherwise monochromatic kitchen.

 

All you have to do is add some hooks for colourful cups or add a wall mounted plate rack complete with pattered plates to create interest into a drab kitchen.

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Another example of adding colour to a white toned kitchen.

If you are not afraid of colour, then add colourful appliances like a SMEG fridges or accessories can add some fun elements to your kitchen without having to renovate.

10 Kitchen Renovation Trends to avoid in 2021

It is always a great idea to not renovate your kitchen wholly after one trend. This is because some trends start becoming an eye sore after a time. We mostly recommend our clients to go for classic designs and use elements of upcoming trend to complement the kitchen as opposed to wholly changing the kitchen to suit a ‘current fad’.

We have compiled a list of trends that do not work well anymore and that you should avoid.

Trend #1 Themed Kitchens

Kitchens that are fully renovated to emulate a certain time period or style can quickly run out of style, leaving you with a kitchen that you no longer like. An example of this would be a kitchen would be a retro themed kitchen. If you like retro styled kitchens then think about perhaps using a few elements from that era in an otherwise classic or modern kitchen.

Trend # 2 Kitchen desks and workstations

Kitchen desks were very popular a few decades ago. The birth of kitchen desks came from an era where there was no internet or online accessibility of recipes. People used these desks to work on their menu and store recipe books. However, kitchens is a space which is prone to getting messy and you do not want your desk to bear the brunt of it. Re-locate your kitchen desk to another area of the house and instead add an extra pantry in the kitchen area.

Trend # 3 Dark wooden cabinets

Unless you have a large kitchen, dark cabinets can make your kitchen look bulky and cumbersome. It will close the space up and make your kitchen look dated. Opt for a lighter wood to open your space up and add a modern clean touch to your kitchen.

Trend # 4 Over the range microwave

Older kitchens mostly feature a space above the counters for microwaves. Not only is this cumbersome but it is also inaccessible sometimes with food being split or dropped ever so often. Instead, make a space for your microwave which is below eye.

Trend # 5 Tile Counter-tops

Tiled counter-tops may be cheaper compared to other materials but they are not easy to maintain. They are prone to chips and grouting stains which can become unsightly very soon. If marble or granite is not an option for you then try using engineered stone which can be made to look and feel like marble. They are a whole lot easier to clean and maintain.

Trend #6 White Subway tiles

Subway tiles have been used over and over again in the last decade or so. It is almost an overkill to use them when renovating a kitchen. Try glass, acrylic, stone or tile instead. If you do however like the ‘subway’ look then try colourful subway tiles instead so they add pop of colour to your kitchen.

Trend #7 Closed kitchens

As discussed above, closed off kitchens just do not suit our contemporary tastes anymore. Sure there is a pressure to keep your kitchen tidy in an open plan concept however, no one parent or two want to cook the evening away in a closed off kitchen while kids are hanging in the living room.

Trend #8 DIY backsplashes and cabinets

Doing a DIY job of either painting your cabinets or installing them will never give it the finish that you desire. If you are not a professional then stay away from doing a DIY job as it will only give you problems in the future.

Trend #9 Ornate Styles

If you prefer a rustic, classic or traditional kitchen then that is completely okay! Modern kitchens with sleek lines is not everybody’s style. Even if you are after a traditional kitchen, do not go for ornate decorations on cabinets, doors or oddly shaped islands. Ornate designs on wood etc make a kitchen look dates and unappealing. Instead, make the use of colours, wood and other accessories to bring out the traditional style.

Trend #10 Mismatched styles

When you think about renovating your kitchen it is always a good idea to see what the overall feel of your home is. If your home reflects a more classic traditional style then renovating your kitchen to a sleep modern kitchen would make it look like an eye sore. Instead you could have a traditional kitchen with modern elements to still maintain the theme of the rest of your house.

 

How much does a kitchen renovation cost?

Kitchen renovations start from 23K and can go up to 50K depending on the level of customisation and the type of range you use for products. If you are looking at a basic kitchen renovation with minimal change in layout and use mid range products/fixtures then you can get a fully renovated kitchen in 23K. However if the level of customisation is high and products used come from our premium range then it can cost anywhere above 30K

How do I budget for my kitchen renovation?

First you should make a list of why you want to renovate your kitchen. Is it to increase functionality by including modern amenities and changing your layout? Is it to make minor upgrades as things are starting to look old? Is it to convert a closed of kitchen into an open space living? Is it to upgrade a rental property to yield better rent in the market? These questions will largely affect your budget. If you are looking at upgrading an investment property to either add value or yield better rent should be getting a basic renovation with little customisation with the use of medium range supplies. However, if your intention is to increase functionality and add comfort then you can use our mid-range to premium suppliers and customise your kitchen to the extent that your budget allows.

Do you have finance options for my Kitchen renovation?

Yes we do provide finance options for people wanting to renovate their kitchen with us. We realise that it is not always possible to put aside a huge chunk of money for your renovation and we have hence partnered with Linda from Loan Market to provide finance options for our clients. To understand more about our finance options, visit our page: https://superiorrenovations.co.nz/guide-to-financing-your-home-renovation-in-nz-by-superior-renovations/

Does a Kitchen renovation increase the value of my home?

Kitchens and Bathrooms are the two main parts of your home that will increase the over all value of your home. Kitchens especially have become a focal point for buyers when choosing a home. This is because kitchens of today are a lot more than just a place for cooking. They are a place where the family congregates, a place for interaction and entertainment. Hence when buying a home, kitchen is mostly a first property for buyers.

Where can i find help to design my kitchen?

Renovation companies like ours that provide a full 'design to build service' will include design in to their process which means that you do not have to find your own designer. Having a designer in the same team as the rest of the renovation company is an added benefit as you do not have to liaise with two different companies.

Do i have get my own plumbers and electricians for my kitchen renovation?

This will depend on the company that is carrying out your renovation. Renovation companies that offer a complete 'design to build' service will include everything from designing your kitchen, demolition of previous kitchen, disposal of rubbish, supply of products like flooring/bathroom fixtures/showers,vanity, installation process, all the different trades involved and project management of the entire process and trades involved. The costs for kitchen renovation will include all the above. However there are kitchen manufacturers that focus only on manufacturing a kitchen and installing it. They would not provide any electricians, tilers, plumbers etc. Do your research to see what fits you best

What are some Kitchen backplash trends?

A backsplash can really change the look of your entire kitchen. Whether it is pop of colour that you want to add in an otherwise white toned kitchen or make it into a sleek modern kitchen by adding a glass splashback. You can read our article on newest trends for kitchen backsplash for 2020 and 2021 here: https://superiorrenovations.co.nz/how-much-do-kitchen-splashbacks-cost-in-nz/

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Bathroom Renovation

How Much Does It Cost To Renovate A Bathroom NZ – 2020

A Bathroom renovation might seem simple and straight forward. This however is far from the truth. The fact is that a bathroom renovation is the most complex of all renovations due to the number of trades involved in a relatively small space.

Average bathroom renovation cost in Auckland 2020 can only be determined when all the various factors are considered. Trades involved in a bathroom renovation include a designer, demolisher, plumber, electrician, tiler, water proofer, installer, painter, grouter, and plasterer. Imagine managing the above trades within a small space. You can easily understand why organisation and planning is key to a bathroom renovation. Bathroom renovations typically should take about 2-3 weeks to complete if you have a project manager on site managing the trades for you.

Managing the trades on your own comes at a risk of either blowing your budget as you are dealing with so many different companies or extending the timeline of your project. Our first advice would be to get a company that provides project manager as part of their service.

But more on project management later, lets talk about the costs related to bathroom renovations.

Before you renovate your bathroom ask yourself the reason for your renovation and plan from there. Once you have determined the reason for your renovation then we can work out a plan and costs related to them.

How Much Does It Cost to Renovate a Bathroom in Auckland?

Whether you have lived in the same house for several years or just purchased an older home you may be facing the need to renovate that old bathroom. As most Aucklanders know, renovating a bathroom can be one of the most expensive renovations that can be undertaken. Hence it is only natural that one of the first questions people have when considering renovating their bathroom is What is the average cost of a new bathroom renovation?

However, that is also one of the most difficult questions to answer since renovating a bathroom means different things to different people.

For example, a major bathroom renovation can involve changing the layout of bathroom, purchasing new bathroom appliances, purchasing fixtures, changing flooring, new paint, changing plumbing and electrical work may mean an average cost between $18,000 and $22,000 for a mid-range bathroom (this seems to be the most popular choice)

On the other hand if you are only planning on a new coat of paint and making few other small changes then the average cost of a new bathroom renovation could only run a couple of thousand of dollars.

However, since most bathroom renovations falls somewhere in between the two extremes the average cost of a new bathroom renovation will fall somewhere between these two extremes.

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How to Figure Out Your Average Cost of a New Bathroom Renovation

While the average cost of a new bathroom renovation can change from job to job and situation to situation, you are probably wondering how much your bathroom renovation is going to cost you.  We here at Superior Renovations we have some tips to help you determine the cost of your bathroom renovation.

  • Start by determining the purpose of your bathroom renovation. Do you need more space? Does your bathroom need to be modernized to fit with the décor of the rest of your home? Once you determine your purpose you will have a clearer idea of what you will need to accomplish your goal.
  • Make a list of everything you need to remodel such as fixtures, lighting, paint, tiles, cabinetry, flooring and more.
  • Figure in the cost of hiring people to do the renovation.

Keep in mind that you can do the bigger projects of your bathroom renovation first and then add in some of the smaller details to help you spread out the cost of that renovation job.

Why do you need to renovate your bathroom?

Having a plan will ensure that you are spending your money at the right places.

Different families have different needs to renovate a bathroom. The fittings they choose and the choice between a bathtub or shower or both will be determined by your reason to renovate.

1.      A young family

A young family has very different needs compared to a mature family with older kids. If you have a toddler or a new baby on the way and there is no bathtub in your bathroom then it would be a wise choice to include a bathtub for your renovation.

2.      Growing family/Increase convenience

A growing family might mean that you need more space for adults to live comfortably in the house. This could either mean creating a separate toilet or dividing one en-suite into a toilet and a bathroom. If you have space in your home, then you can add an entire bathroom to increase convenience.

3.      Adding Value for Re-sale

We advise clients to not over capitalise if you are looking at adding value before a sale or renting your home. Renters and buyers alike prefer homes where they do not have to renovate. They want homes that are updated with little or no need of repairs.

Generally speaking, bathroom renovations add $1.50 for every $1 spent. People looking at selling their home should look at using simple yet updated products and fixtures. There is no need to buy a designer sink costing you $3000 if you are selling as that will not yield any return on investment.

4.      Improving quality of living/Adding a luxury bathroom

If you are renovating with the idea of adding comfort and a bit of luxury, then overcapitalising is not a bad idea at all. You can opt for a Wet room style bathroom if you have a small space, create a spa like feel or even splurge on that $3000 sink. The possibilities are endless depending on your budget.

Tips for Reducing the Average Cost of A New Bathroom Renovation

You also need to keep in mind that the average cost of A new bathroom renovation is just an estimate.  However, there are some ways to reduces the costs of your bathroom renovation including:

  • Your Bathroom Cabinets- Instead of replacing those bathroom cabinets consider restaining them or painting them in a new modern color. You can also refinish your bathtub and sink and give it a new bright look.
  • Go for New Faucets and Handles Instead of All New Bathroom Appliances- Many times simply changing your sink and bath tub handles and faucets is enough to give your bathroom a more modern look.
  • Go Lighter- You don’t have to actually enlarge your bathroom to make it look spacious. In fact painting your bathroom in a lighter yellow or beige can make it look spacious without breaking down a wall.

Whether you want a complete bathroom renovation or just want to give your bathroom a new face lift then give us a call at 0800-199-888 between the hours of 9 and 5 and we will be happy to be of assistance.

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Average cost to replace shower NZ

An average replacement shower costs can be between $1,150 to $8,850, depending on the size and features you want. You might pay as little as $1,150 to install a new acrylic shower box – while tiled showers are a more luxurious option they are harder to clean, so those who are time poor may prefer to go for the easy clean acrylic option. If you need to add plumbing or you want to use expensive materials, the total will run higher, particularly if you’re wanting to do a full re-tile.

Unit Parts

Cost of Labour and Materials

Acrylic Shower Box $700 – $1,600
Custom Shower $1,200 – $3,200
Shower Glass Door $800 – $2,000
New Faucet $100 – $1,200
Adding Plumbing $700 – $1,800

 

Cost to Install Tile Shower

Tile showers are on the higher range and it is reflected in the price, installing a new tile shower runs $1,550 to $8,250. If you only need to replace the wall and floor materials, the cost to retile a shower ranges from $1,500 to $3,500 which doesn’t include waterproofing costs. It offers more options in terms of colour, pattern and design. Well-designed tiled walls can look stunning.

Ceramic tiles are around $25 per square metre. Natural stone and other high-end options can go up to $75 per square metre.

Costs to Replace a Shower

Remove Old Unit $100 – $200
Haul Away Debris $200 – $400
Prepare Surface $400 – $900
New Shower $850 – $6,750
Total $1,550 – $8,250

 

Average Toilet Renovation Cost

Most homes in Auckland have a separate and often neglected toilet. Usually the space is small, there is the old style discoloured Vinyl flooring and an a toilet hardly to be proud of. If you are renovating your bathroom then this would be a good time to consider renovating your toilet as well. This would save you time as both the bathroom and toilet can be renovated side by side. Generally it works out cheaper if the toilet renovation is done together with the bathroom renovation so there is no double up in labour/resources and product.

This includes removing all fixtures, toilet, basin (if any) and accessories in the bathroom before re-tiling. It takes about 5-10 or so working days per toilet, and new accessories have to be purchased prior to commencement.

Below is a rough toilet renovation price and job scope as a guide.

Tiling Works

  1. Supply & Overlay Wall Tiles To Ceiling Height — $1900-$3150 (Depending on Size and Complexity)
  2. Supply & Overlay Floor Tiles For Toilet — $800 – $1000

Plumbing Works

  1. Supply & Install 01 Set Toilet Bowl & Bidet Spray For Toilet — $520 – $850 (Depending on Model)
  2. Supply & Install 01 set Wash Basin w/ Tap — $250 – $420 (Depending on Model)
  3. Supply & Replace Stainless Steel Piping for Toilet — $450 – $800 (Depending on Hot/Cold)

Haulage & Disposal

  1. Haulage & Disposal of Debris Generated — $350 – $600

Items To Purchase

  1. Purchase of New Toilet & Accessories for the Toilet Renovation — $200 to $300 and above

Estimated Toilet Renovation Cost: $6xxx.xx and up for full toilet renovation overlay job
Estimated Turnaround: 5-6 Working Days

How much does it cost to renovate a bathroom – NZ average

Pricing guide for 2020

Once you know your exact reason to renovate then you can start planning your budget for your renovation. If you are carrying out your renovation through a renovation company then your renovation would include demolition, supplying of products and fixtures, installation, water proofing, flooring, painting and most importantly project management.

 

Type of Bathroom Renovation Average Bathroom Renovation Cost
Standard Bathroom Minor Alterations (Not Demolishing Everything)

If you’d like to keep the cost of your bathroom renovation on the low side or at least lower than the average cost, you have options. Instead of completely rearranging the bathroom, it’s less expensive to leave the sink, bathtub, shower and toilet where they are. Simply swap the older models for newer, updated versions.

$8,000 – $13,000
Mid Range Bathroom Renovation

Renovating a bathroom has several benefits for the homeowner, aside from making the room look better and improving its function. Adding another sink to a master bathroom, improving the lighting and making the shower function better are a few examples of bathroom updates that pay off in the long run.

$18,000 – $22,000
Custom Bathroom Renovation (high-end)

If you have a bit more to spend, you can upgrade your renovation in a few ways. One option is to get higher-quality, custom countertops, such as quartz or custom-cut granite. Also, you may want to invest in higher-quality fixtures, such as faucets made of bronze or copper and solid wood, glazed cabinets.

$23,000 – $26,000 +

Example’s of completed bathroom renovations

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To summarise

How much does it cost to replace a shower NZ?

An average replacement shower costs can be between $1,150 to $8,850

What is the cost to install a tile shower?

Tile showers are on the higher range and it is reflected in the price, installing a new tile shower runs $1,550 to $8,250

How much does it cost to renovate a toilet only?

The average cost to renovate a toilet in NZ is around $6,000 which includes products, installation, plumbing, and labour.

How much does a full bathroom (mid-range) renovation cost?

A major bathroom renovation can involve changing the layout of bathroom, purchasing new bathroom appliances, purchasing fixtures, changing flooring, new paint, changing plumbing and electrical work may mean an an average cost between $18,000 and $22,000 for a mid-range bathroom.

 

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.

Download Free Renovation Guide (PDF)

 


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How Much Does it Cost to Renovate in Auckland in 2020

People try to make renovations to their homes almost every season depending upon the changes and choices they decide to make. Renovations are made to make your home look more attractive and beautiful from inside and outside. Whether you are looking to extend your home area or you are trying to make changes in the furniture, all of it is related to the renovation. People always look for specialists who are very high at renovating because people want to spend money on the right and best work available in the market.

In the year 2020, we’ve seen a rise in home renovation project search impressions including DIY projects – internally we’ve also seen an increase in financing renovation enquiries which tells us that homeowners are seeing renovating their home as a possibility driven by low interest rate home loans. We’ve also seen an increase in renovation enquiries for rental properties, though the real estate market has been stagnent, property investors are still looking for ways to increase value (and taking advantage of the low-interest loans to finance it)

People think that the proper cost of renovation depends upon the size of the room or the place, but it’s not true. Costs for renovation in Auckland varies according to the different styles, adjustments, fixtures and the material that is used to renovate your place.

 

Example of a renovated exterior of a house in West Harbour which included: Roof painting, new concrete driveway, painting of bricks, new gutters, replacing all windows/frames to double glazing, new electronic front door, full exterior repair and painting of weatherboards.

Renovations in the year of 2020

It doesn’t seem that the renovation industry will slow down because a lot of renovation work is available. At mentioned above, we’ve actually seen an increase and we speculate that it’s due to to the following reasons:

  • Financing their renovation on their home loan (low-interest rates)
  • Finding ways to increase value while the market is stagnant
  • The Covid-19 Lock-down has stimulated the demand for renovating

Our services and interaction with the customers have always been our plus point and has made us the best among all other companies. If you are currently living in Auckland you might have noticed that the number of renovation cranes has increased in significant numbers and it’s still not enough.

While the renovation builder industry (Auckland) is continually increasing, the construction and House renovation Auckland work has increased to a significant level as well, especially in the residential sector despite consumer confidence. If you are also looking to purchase some property in Auckland and the upcoming areas, let us tell you that this has now also become very challenging.

Having your own home is a blessing. The mood of people changes with time. People want to renovate their homes whenever they feel for a change or see something new in the market and they want that at their place. You do not need to wander and ponder on the internet to look for renovation services as we are always there for you to provide the best and quality renovation Auckland services.

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If you have considered renovating, then it might be of the following types:

  • Extending your home.
  • Add another level to your home.
  • Make aesthetic changes on the inner side of the home as per your mood and ideas.
  • Upgrading the kitchen or bathroom
  • Subdivide or extend different areas of the home.
  • Improving your lifestyle
  • Increase the value of your home

We renovate and adequately design the place according to the budget and lifestyle of our client. We try our level best to make your place look more attractive and beautiful but also making sure it’s within the clients scope.

If your property is one of your biggest assets, then renovation should be your second priority in order to maintain/increase  it’s value. People are spending billions of dollars for the renovation of their properties. The renovation costs NZ per square meter in the Auckland building industry has been quite stable in recent years and we haven’t seen significant spikes.

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Where to look?

As you know, Auckland is well known for its property and location, there is a lot of room available for renovation particularly in the older regions such as Ponsonby, Mt Eden, Sandringham, Glenfield, Howick etc. Almost in every area of Auckland, there are house renovations happening. The critical role to renovate a property if you’re looking to see is to increase its perceived value and equity in the market to attract the right buyers at your target selling price, which isn’t easy considering the demographics in every suburb is different.

Subdividing also seems to be quite popular in recent years and this is due to the large land available for older homes.

How much does it cost to renovate in Auckland in 2020?

Confirming the renovation costs is a bit tricky and complicated

It depends on requirements and ideas of the client and the range can be quite large. If you’re considering on buying a place to renovate, try to get a ball park figure for the renovation to avoid not having enough budget after the purchase. If you’re renovating for your own home, focus on the necessities first and then the wants later if the budget allows.

There are some renovation costs/rates that can be calculated in advance if you know the size of the area you want done (but keep in mind this would be an average). You should have a 10% contingency budget should you start any renovation, there are also unforeseen costs once a renovation starts – perhaps you want to get extra things, or there was rotton timber that needs replacing.

Example of complete house renovation

 

This full house renovation in St Heliers (Auckland) 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

 

Cost of home extensions Auckland

Why consider a house extension when you could sell your Auckland house and move to a larger home? 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 Auckland – a 50SQM ground floor house extension costs $100,000 – $150,000. That works out to $2,000m2 – $3,000m2. The difference is in the type of construction and the quality of the inclusions.

You won’t know the exact cost of a home extension until you’ve made plans and know how large the extension is going to be and what will be included in the extension. The cost of Architectural plans will go from $3,000 – $5,000 dependant on complexity.

Want to figure out a custom price for your own extension project? Check out this free to use House Extensions Cost Calculator (NZ) developed by Superior Renovations.

Cost of Two storey House Extensions in Auckland

What about two-story extensions?

If both storeys are the same size, a generally-accepted rule is to add 50% extra to the build cost of a single storey house extension.

$150,000 + 50% = $225,000

Add 20% for professional fees and GST (15%).

Don’t forget about windows, finishings and fixtures when you’re pricing your house extension, Make sure you include these in your planning and cost estimates. If you don’t, you could be in for a surprise when the final invoice comes.

Planning a house extension is a big job that can seem daunting, especially with so many things to think about. It’s best to start with figuring out the cost. Once you’ve got a rough idea of how much your extension will cost, you can move forward with everything else.

There are other places to start, of course. But the best place to start will always be with a general cost calculation.

General Process for House Extensions NZ

  1. Initial enquiry to a construction/renovation company
  2. Feasibility study to be carried out by an architect
  3. Pre-construction costs are proposed
  4. Client agrees to initial costs
  5. On-site meeting with client along with architect and builder
  6. Draft architectural plans are drafted and briefed to client
  7. Final architectural plans are submitted for consent
  8. Consent approved
  9. Quote/proposal/specs are generated by builder based on approved plans
  10. Awaiting client approval
  11. Building contract signing process
  12. Initial deposit received
  13. Construction start date (as estimated finish date) is confirmed

 

Example of a full interior renovation which included: New gib board, redesign of the staircase, installation of glass balustrades, new chandelier, new carpet installation and replacing all lights to LED

Renovations Costs NZ per Square Meter

Different types of renovation costs NZ per square meter made in different areas of Auckland have ranged from $1,800 to $2,500

The interior part takes almost $41,000 and it might range up to $100,000 depending upon the client’s requirements. If you are looking to make some renovation in your Bathroom, then the necessary changes will cost you at least $10,000 and the price will increase with a more attractive renovation. This was just a small cost guideline according to the different renovation rates available in Auckland.

Renovation costs in Auckland as per Square Meter

If you are having a thought of the cost of renovating your place as per square meter, you can follow the guide mentioned above. Although the figures mentioned above for renovation costs NZ per square meter are not exact. They are just an estimate for you to consider your renovation area according to your budget. In the beginning, $1,800 square meter is the cheapest renovating cost. The average cost is 2,500 per square meter. Anything that is over $ 3,000-meter square is undoubtedly a prohibitive renovating price.

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Average Home Renovation Costs Guide

See below on the break-down of house renovation costs:

TYPE OF HOUSE RENOVATION COSTS COST RANGE
Renovation Architect Cost $2,000 – $6,000
Surveyor / Engineer $1,500 – $4,000
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 $41,000 to well over $100,000
Renovation Costs Bathroom Starting at only $7,500 for a basic upgrade with an average spend of $12,000 – $19,000 and well over $25,000 for a full redesign.
Renovations Costs for Kitchen Ranging from $13,000 to $22,000 for average size, $22,000 – $28,000 mid-size and $28,000 + for high end designer kitchens.
House Extension cost $100,000 +
Recladding cost $150,000 +

 

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Is a home renovation worth it?

People are confused if renovating their property will increase its value or not. Let us assure you that if you are a resident of Auckland, then renovation is the best way to increase your property’s value and beauty.

This is the reason that the knowledge regarding Home renovation Auckland is very essential. The best way to pursue is that you should overestimate the budget for renovation and set the sale priceless. This will let you make a proper price and profit analysis.

Whether you intend to modernise an old kitchen or enhance your outdoor space by adding a deck to your home, your first step when planning a renovation will be figuring out the cost, work and time involved in the project.

So here are a few tips to help you get off to a good start for your home renovation.

  • Do you research, figure out what you want

You should have a clear idea of what you want before you start getting quotes and choosing materials. If you know you want to redo your bathroom, but aren’t sure what style you want, you can get inspiration from home improvement and design magazines or use Pinterest to find creative ideas and bookmark them for later.

  • Make a detailed plan

Creating a detailed renovation plan is essential to the success of your renovation project, and while your renovation company can certainly help with this, there are some things you’ll need to decide on beforehand, including your budget and preferred materials and finishes.

  • Allow plenty of time for your renovation

Home Renovation projects in Auckland can often end up taking a lot longer than anticipated, so you should allow plenty of time for unexpected delays. Planning in more time than you think you’ll need to prevent unnecessary stress when things move more slowly than anticipated.

  • Make sure you have considered all your options

It’s best to get advice and proposals from a few different renovation companies in Auckland before making a final decision so you can compare them and make sure you are making an informed decision. Of course, high-quality materials cost more and skilled contractors often charge more than less experienced ones, so check the contractor’s reputation, ask plenty of questions and look for hidden fees.

The key to renovating your Auckland Home beautifully yet inexpensively is to devise a goal for yourself, and paint an entire picture of what you want and then step by step renovate each part of your house with the guide of a trusted renovation company – they’ll be able to guide you through the process by giving you sound advice to avoid costly mistakes.

What should I look for when choosing a renovation company?

Don’t get distracted by flashy websites, and nicely designed vehicles –  the right renovation company only needs to have experience, resources, organizational skills and a genuine interest in helping you renovate your dream home, see below on what you should look for.

Here are the top 5 things Aucklanders should be looking for in a potential renovator:

  1. An impressive portfolio of past projects – Check for case studies and details of the renovation (specifications) and ask a lot of questions. Another reason why you want to choose a company with an impressive portfolio of past projects is that a company that has done a lot of renovations, would have also been through a lot lessons/mistakes along the way that you can avoid.
  2. A proven track record with projects of similar scale and detail – Make sure you choose company that has done work that is similiar if not the same as what you’re looking for. The mistake most people make is choosing a company that does everything, but an expert in nothing.
  3. Great communication – Clues are in their online reviews (unsolicited) and video testimonials (if any, not all companies have this and it’s not easy to get raving clients). Ask for details of past clients who are happy to be called and interview them, if a company can’t provide you a list of at least 5 – there may be red flags.
  4. Excellent organisational skills – This may be a bit difficult to judge, but it’s in the details such as:
    1. What was their sales process like? was it systemised?
    2. How was their follow up and their initiative?
    3. How well did the booking go with the office team?
    4. Was there a clear indication of next steps?
    5. How accurate was their proposal based on your requirements?
  5. Great real customer testimonials, and not from their website: Google them, visit other pages besides their website,  and check out their Facebook reviews/posts ( are there any negative comments?)
  6. Make sure they are affiliated with reputable suppliers: Make sure you know where they are getting their supply from to ensure you’re getting good quality fittings installed, and you’re also backed by independent product warranties.

Renovation Cost Calculators

Due to popular requests for ball park figures, which is a fair request for those who are considering renovating or are just researching – we’ve put together 3 cost calculators (built in-house) to help.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

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.

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 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 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 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.

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.

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.

Download Free Renovation Guide (PDF)

 

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Cost to build a new garage in Auckland – Superior Renovations®

In New Zealand, 92% of households have at least one vehicle according to One Roofs (2019) research so it’s not a surprise that most home buyers and renters are looking for property that has a garage. Does it actually add any value to the property? Not as much as people think but in short, it adds 2-3% to the sale price of the house – however it’s different for all locations (eg it will be perceived as more valuable in an area like Central Auckland, people are paying $50,000 to $75,000 just for a car park)

In many locations, prices for properties with garages were in line with median values – in other words having a garage is the normal market expectation,” says says Valocity’s director of valuation, James Wilson.

This trend of having a garage is also reflected in the new builds in recent years with the majority having an internal garage. Today 87 percent of garages are internal (known as under main roof, or UMR in council parlance) in Auckland.

In our recent blog on converting a garage to a granny flat, we’ve found that it’s not limited to just using it to store a vehicle, here are some examples of other uses:

  • Work from the home area/ office
  • Gym area
  • Gaming/Entertainment area
  • Hobby room
  • Storage
  • Laundry
  • Workshop

If converted, it can also be used as an extra bedroom or 2nd dwelling, or to be rented out for extra income. The options are endless hence why it’s a popular demand for most home buyers/renters.

There are of course a lot of different options to consider when you’re building a garage as such, internal garage, detached garage, materials, extra facilities and size. A custom built garage can start from $40,000 (low end) up to $100,000 for a high end garage.

Are there cheaper options to get a new garage?

There are cheaper options such as kit-set garages constructed from Aluminium and Galvanized steel that starts from $4,000 up to $10,000 (comes unassembled) from sites such as Trade Tested.

 

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This doesn’t include installation costs, foundation works, consents, and custom work required. Any building above 10 sqm with all four sides enclosed requires consent and the cost of consent can vary dependant on where you’re located. However on their website, it does say that it comes with come with assembly instructions, Specifications and diagrams.

Here’s an example – https://www.tradetested.co.nz/sheds-carports/garages/single-garage-4-4m-x-7-2m-widespan-ironsand.html

 

In this article, we explore options about building a new garage from scratch at three different price points. Keeping in mind that this is only to be used as a guide for research purposes.

What factors determine the cost of building a garage?

The size of the garage

You can actually build any size garage you want if it’s detached, and if you are legally allowed. With that said, there are standard size garages that most homes adhere to which are:

  • Double garage: 6m x 6m with a 5.2m door width
  • Single Garage: 3.4m (wide)  x 5.8m with a 2.6m door width

Dependant on the size of the garage, this affects the cost in terms of labour and material costs. In most newly built homes in Auckland, a single garage is smaller in length than a double garage and this is due to size constraints of the block of land the house is built on.

Excavation and Site Preparation

Like any build, preparing the site prior to construction is an essential part of the project. It’s very difficult to give an estimate for this because it varies for every property dependant on the current condition of the ground, whether levelling is required, foundation work, amount of demolition work, and clearing/landscaping work required.

 

Foundation

If you’re building a detached garage or extending your home to build a garage, then no doubt foundation will be required prior to the build and it’s normally slab foundation in most cases. It will also be required if you’re extending from your existing house to build the new garage.

 

Walls for the garage

After the framing of the garage is complete, you’ll need to consider what you want for the garage walls such as if you want insulation, have it covered up with gib, or leave it as a frame (which is fine if you’re just using it for storage). Basic dry wall for an interior costs around $750 to $1,500, while insulation for new construction costs about $500, assuming it’s pink batt insulation.

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Exterior material of the garage

Once of the framing is done, you’ll also need to decide what material you want for the outside of the garage; and it really depends on what is important to you, whether it’ costs, or appearance (to match the house) or longevity.

Typical materials for siding and trim for a garage include:

  • Aluminum
  • Fiber cement
  • Vinyl
  • Stucco
  • Wood

 

Roof type for the garage

Like the choice of material for the exterior of the garage, your choice of material for the roof also depends on what is important to you. The most common choice for homes is asphalt shingle but this is not the case for garages. For most Auckland garages, aluminum is the most popular choice due to durability and being cost effective.

Typical materials for garage roof:

  • Metal from $50 per square metre
  • Membrane from $75 per square metre
  • Concrete and clay from $60 per square metre
  • Slate from $200 per square metre
  • Copper from $250 per square metre
  • Asphalt from $60 per square metre

 

Utilities

It’s common to have electricity running to the garage, which provides for wiring the garage door opener, installing lights, and at least one electrical outlet. However in addition to this, you may also want to have water running in the garage. All these additional features will require consent, if you’re building a garage that includes living space (2nd dwelling) then you’ll also require resource consent. You will pay between $60 and $90 an hour for an electrician when building your garage and expect the wiring to take anywhere from 4 to 16 hours, depending on the scope of the job and if excavation is required, expect a total of $240 to $1,440 in electrical work.

 

Flooring

Most garages in Auckland are concrete slab foundation but you also have an option to put in industrial carpet (for a Single garage – $500 – $700 & Double garage – $1,000 – $1,300) which is becoming a lot more common especially if you’re planning on using the space for other purposes (besides parking the vehicle). You can also look at sealing the concrete flab foundation or coat it in epoxy to help it last longer, at a rate of around $600.

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Important Design Principles for Garages

These are design principles communicated by the Auckland Council, your architect will be aware of this when they’re drafting up plans for consent but it’s something to keep in mind if you’re still researching and deciding whether to build a new garage or not. For the full document by Auckland Council, visit  http://content.aucklanddesignmanual.co.nz/regulations/design-for-the-rules/Documents/Design_Element_R3-Garages.pdf

  • R 3.1 Garage doors should generally be set back a minimum of 0.5m from the front facade of the house. This helps make the habitable rooms of a house more visually prominent than the garage.
  • R 3.2 A garage should be no more than half the width of the street elevation of the house. This design principle also applies to shared driveways serving more than 10 dwellings if the principal pedestrian entrance to dwellings is accessed from the driveway.
  • R 3.3 Garage doors should be setback a minimum of 5m from a site’s front boundary, this ensures that any car parked in front of the garage does not hang over the public footpath.
  • R 3.4 Large garage doors can present a visually blank frontage when viewed from the street. Consider ways in which the design of garage doors can provide visual interest while remaining in keeping with the design and character of the dwelling. This could include dividing double garage doors into two single garage doors, and/or the use of various design elements such as windows, smaller scale panels and changes in materials or colour.
  • R 3.5 For developments involving multiple dwellings, consider providing vehicle access from a rear service lane, this avoids creating a series of garages and vehicle crossings on to the street.
  • R 3.6 Maintain clear visibility to the road and footpath from driveways. This ensures vehicles exiting a site are able to see passing pedestrians, including children. Keeping fencing low or visually transparent near the driveway can help with this.
  • R 3.7 It is recommended that at least 50% of the front yard must be landscaped and separate from vehicle areas.

How much does it cost to build a garage on a basic budget? 

For the basic garage, the average build cost is $35,000 which includes timber framing, foundation, roofing, manual garage door, and aluminium exterior. You’ll be a single bay garage within this price range, however 2 bay garages can be achieved dependant on choice of material.

 

How much will it cost to build a garage on a mid-range budget? 

For a mid-range garage, the average build cost is $50,000 which includes a double garage, seal concrete floor, plasterboard walls, automated garage door, electricity and maybe running water. Some clients will also choose have plasterboard put on top to form a ceiling, but it all depends on your needs – without it means you could utilise that space as storage.

 

How much will it cost to build a high-end garage? 

For a high-end garage, the average build can start at $60,000 and then go up from there dependant on added amenities. With this price range, you’ll be able to get more parking spots, added space for office, bathroom, storage and it will be powered.  The flooring could be a combination of garage carpet or polished concrete, the options available become a lot more at this price range. You’ll also have more choice with the material of the roof, exterior and garage door.

 

Garage Type

Average Cost

Basic Garage $35,000
Mid-Range Garage $50,000
High-End Garage $60,000 +

 

How about the cost of building an attached garage?

For an attached garage, we would normally classify it as an extension and there are more factors to consider due to changes to be made to an existing property. The cost of an attached garage, or if you’re converting an existing space to a garage can go from $60,000 – $100,000 +

 

Garage Door Costs

While there are double garage doors, which uncover both cars at once, it is more common to have one door for each vehicle stored in the garage so that each has its own access.

Garage doors come in several materials, each of which has attributes to consider:

Door material

Cost for single door

Vinyl $500 – $800
Aluminium $750 – $1,500
Fiberglass $1,050 – $2,150
Wood $1,250 – $2,600
Steel $1,400 – $2,100

 

Garage Door Opener Costs

The price of a garage door opener varies depending on the model, but you can expect to pay between $300 and $500 supply and installed.

 

General Garage Building Process

Keeping in mind that this is just a basic process, every project is different and comes with it’s own challenges and there are a vast range of variables based on each and every clients needs.

  1. The ground is cleared and levelled
  2. Pouring of concrete to form foundation slab
  3. A frame is laid, and the walls and roof are erected
  4. The interior frames are put up (if any)
  5. Roof is put up to minimise chances of moisture ingress
  6. Exterior cladding is to be done
  7. Installing of insulation
  8. Electrical work is carried out
  9. Plasterboard is put up against the walls (or left bare)
  10. Shelving or storage units may be installed
  11. Flooring is done (either sealing the concrete or putting in garage carpet)
  12. If there is no driveway currently, one will be constructed, and the new garage doors will be installed and hooked up.
  13. Any windows will also be installed.

 

Attached vs Detached Garage

There are big differences between the two and one involves alterations to an existing property – and requires the old structure to connect with the new, so the level of complexity in an attached garage is a lot higher than a detached garaged. But in saying that, most people prefer an attached garage because of the convenience of not having to go outside.

However, the benefits of a detached garage (other than being more cost-effective) is that there won’t be any exhaust fumes going into the home. The decision all comes down to personal preference (what you plan to use the garage for) and your property (what can and can’t be done). There isn’t really a straightforward answer to this question of one or another.

 

What are the current trends in Garages?

  • Battery Backup – Garage doors run on electricity. If the power goes out, you won’t be able to open the garage door – so a backup battery system can help, and not only for the garage but for the house.
  • Exterior Lighting – If you have an outdoor area or space, it is a good idea to look at installing outdoor lighting around the garage to utilise the space around it.
  • Gutters and water tanks – Your new garage should have the same gutters as the rest of your home to direct rainwater away from the structure but you can also consider using this to collect water into a water tank – and this can be used for gardening.
  • Office/ Gym – Garages are not only used for cars, but if the space allows, creating a separate space as an office/ gym has been quite popular in recent years.
  • Workshop Area – Garages can be used for many things, including workspaces. So when you’re building your garage, have a think about storage and the equipment you own.

Additional Considerations and Costs

Adding a garage to your property typically has a return on investment of 60% to 80%.

If your workplace uses flammable items in the garage, keep in mind that there is a danger of fire for not only the garage but your entire home. This risk is lowered for detached garages.

Consents are required for detached garages over 10sqm, and is required for attached garage. Resource consent may be required as well is it’s going to be an additional dwelling. Please check with Auckland council or consult with an architect to ensure you’re building within the regulations.

 

A few more important things to know when building a garage

Make sure you talk to a project manager and an architect

So you understand your regions regulations and zoning laws, it’s different for all regions, but it would give you an idea of what can be done as a starting point.

Decide if you want an attached or detached garage

There is a big difference between the 2, the process/cost for each is also vastly different – once you’ve spoken to an architect to see what can be done, and what the challenges are (from the builder), from there you can generally make an informed decision.

Make a choice between a single and double garage

You’ll need to decide how big you want the garage if the space allows, this decision is made before any plans are done otherwise you’ll be making unnecessary changes along the way.

Plan your driveway carefully

If you already have a carport, your current driveway may be sufficient. If you don’t, and you need to build a driveway to the new garage – you’ll need to make sure there is enough space and allowance (with the boundary) that it will be permitted. Check this first before deciding where to build the garage.

Think about the design

It’s not something people think about when it comes to building a garage, but it does take up quite a bit of space, so making sure it’s consistent with the current look of your house, and keeping in mind the street appeal is still important.

Be clear on how much you’re willing to spend

Like any renovation or build, it’s very easy to get carried away especially with unnecessary features/ amenities that you didn’t originally planned for. So have a fixed budget in mind for your build and work within that budget, then decision making becomes a whole lot easier.

 

To conclude

If you’re thinking about building a garage, preparing and planning is very important and this includes choosing the right company to carry it out. Budget blow outs happen in projects that are either not properly managed, budget not made clear from the start, choosing the wrong materials, not having a contingency budget for unforeseen expenses, or not anticipating an expense. Like all renovations, it’s very easy to overspend when there’s such a wide range of options and price ranges – but being clear from the start and having a plan to work within will help making decision making during the project a whole lot easier. Lastly, as you’ve read in the article, there are many variations and factors that come into play when building a garage so make sure you negotiate a fixed price contract with your builder/renovation company to ensure no surprises – and be clear on what is not included so this is built into your budget.

 

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

How much does it cost to build an attached garage?

The average cost to build a two-car garage in Auckland is around $50,000 – $100,000 +

Does a new garage add value to the property?

Yes, based on sales prices with and without a garage, on average there is a 2-3% increase but it varies in different regions.

How much does it cost to build a single detached garage?

The average cost for a garage this size is around $35,000.

What insulation should I use for garage walls?

We would recommend pink batts as it’s commonly used in most Auckland homes.


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

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Covid-19 Update at Alert Level 2 for Superior Renovations

In response to the Governments recent announcement on Monday 11th May, collectively we move to level 2 this Thursday 14th May and we are pleased to share that we are also reopening our services for new projects to be scheduled in.

Things may be a little different in the way we’ll be conducting the on-site meetings and dealing with jobs in progress as we uphold strict Government guidelines including social distancing, facilitation of strict hygiene practices, and contact tracing for those entering sites.

If you still feel hesitant to visit in person to discuss your renovation, virtual meetings (on Zoom or Google Hang Out) will still be made available. Visits to our supplier showrooms will be by appointment only.

Superior Renovations head office remains closed, meetings made at the office will only be by appointment, and the office team will continue to work from home until further notice.

We are closely monitoring the situation around-the-clock, and while these are challenging times for all industries, please know that we are doing everything we can to minimise the impact on our clients and team members.

Hand sanitisers, gloves and face masks has been rolled out for all our staffs that are going on-site, and we have equipped all our clients homes with safety signages, hand sanitisers and on-site protocols to maintain a safe and healthy working environment. We also encourage regular thorough hand washing as the best defence while renovating and entering/exiting job sites.

We really appreciate the patience and understanding of all our suppliers, clients and partners, we’re all glad to be moving back into operation and to hit the ground running again,

Thank you for your continued support,

From the team here at

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Financing Your Next Renovation by Linda (Loan Market)

We sat down with Linda from Loan Market to talk about options for financing renovations through home loans and the upside to using a mortgage broker. Click here for our full guide to Financing your renovation.


 

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Bathroom Renovation Cost Calculator NZ for 2020 (updated)

Bathroom renovations are an important part of any household makeover and there are a lot of things to consider, vinyl vs tiles, new cabinetry and more. Bathroom renovations have great potential to increase the value of your home for resale, or make it more functional for your family.

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This Bathroom Renovation Cost Calculator (Updated on April 2020 to reflect market prices of product and labour) is designed only for you to get an indication of what you can expect to invest based on the provided information  – but there are more factors that could impact on the cost of the project (Eg type of cabinets, type of tile, repair work required, necessary plumbing works, custom requests etc)

Once you’ve generated an estimate and completed the form – you would be emailed a break-down of costs and estimate – we will then follow up with you to discuss your estimate and answer any questions you may have.

What kind of bathroom are you looking to undertake?
Only applicable if you are getting a full bathroom renovation, to be installed prior to tiling.
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Length x Width (metres) = Square Metre
Cost of tiling will be calculated on average cost of product cost.
Normally done together along with the bathroom renovation because it works out to be more cost-effective.
If there is going to be additional plumbing or structural changes involved, it’s likely you’ll require consent. For more information about this, visit this blog https://superiorrenovations.co.nz/what-renovations-need-building-consent-in-auckland/
A common add-on for those who currently have a low pressure hot water cylinder, it will give you more options for fittings and improve water flow and heating efficiency.

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To sum up

Is the Bathroom Renovation Cost Calculator (NZ) free to use?

Yes, it was developed by Superior Renovations for the purpose of providing costings for bathroom renovations to visitors, and it this was partly triggered by popular requests.

What is the average cost of a standard Bathroom Renovation?

The average cost (inclusive of materials, design, proejct mangement, labour, plumbing and electrical) can range from $18,000 to $24,000 dependant on choice of materials/fittings.

Does renovating a bathroom require building consent?

Renovating bathroom does not require building consent unless there is alterations to the buildings structure such as removal of a wall, or change in the plumbing (adding or removing)

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.

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What Renovations Need Building Consent In Auckland?

If you’re thinking of renovating and have been doing some research, then there no doubt that the term “building consent” has come up once or twice. Most people would try to avoid renovations that require building consent, and builders/renovation companies are guilty of this as well for a number of reasons such as:

  • It’s too complicated dealing with the council
  • It might uncover more things that need to be done
  • Building consent related works sounds too expensive
  • It will create unnecessary issues during the project
  • It will create unnecessary delay
  • And the list goes on

However, it’s not all true – we will generally weigh up both sides (with and without consent) and draft up an action plan with scope of works that reflect both. The deciding factor really comes down to matching the scope of works (client’s requirements) with their budget; and whether that requires building consent or not – we manage the process for the client.

Building Consent applications needs to be included project documentation and specifications which identify the compliance path used for each aspect of building performance, with evidence to show how that will be achieved.

If you are renovating, always do your own research into what requires consent – you may find that different builders have different opinions on the situation, and may make suggestions that favour them.

We suggest looking at the following Government sites for up to date information:

  • Building.govt.nz
  • Aucklandcouncil.govt.nz
  • And legislation.govt.nz

So, what renovations require building consent?

Have a look at the list below (put together by the team at lodge.co.nz)

Renovation Consent needed? Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP) needed?
KITCHEN
New cabinetry No No
New sink and tapware No Only if you’re modifying the set up of the plumbing and/or drainage.
Stove/cooktop install No Yes, regardless of whether you use gas or electricity.
New rangehood install No Yes (electrician)
Removing a wall to modify kitchen size Yes Yes
New counter and/or splashback No No
Re-flooring kitchen No No
BATHROOM
New sink and tapware No Only if you’re modifying the set up of the plumbing and/or drainage.
Shower/bath install (including re-tiling shower) No Only if you’re modifying the set up of the plumbing and/or drainage.
Removing a wall to modify bathroom size Yes Yes
Installing new vanity and cabinets No No
Re-flooring bathroom No No
Installing an extractor fan and/or heat lamp No Yes (electrician)
INTERIOR
Repainting No No
Adding new lights No No
Adding new powerpoints No Yes
Recarpeting/flooring No No, but we recommend using a professional to install it
Re-gibbing walls No, unless they are part of an exterior wall No
Insulating interior walls No No
Insulation exterior facing walls Yes Yes
Removing/adding a wall to modify room size Yes, if a structural wall is being removed Yes
Adding a new room Yes Yes
Installing a woodburner or air-conditioning system Yes Yes
EXTERIOR
Re-roof home Yes Yes
Replace external cladding Yes Yes
Repainting cladding No No, but you will need to use scaffolding on anything high enough to present a fall risk
Add a deck Yes, if over 1.5m high Yes, if over 1.5m high
Replace fence No, unless over 2.5m high No, unless over 2.5m high
New driveway No, unless it differs from the council blueprints No
Building an ancillary dwelling (i.e. a granny flat) Yes Yes
Converting a garage into a room Yes Yes
New shed Yes, if greater than 10m2 in floor area Yes, if greater than 10m2 in floor area
Swimming pool and fence Yes Yes
Retaining wall No, unless higher than 1.5m No, unless higher than 1.5m
Garden trellis No, unless over 2.5m high No
Exterior home maintenance (e.g. replacing a weatherboard or piece of spouting) No No

 

How much does it cost for the building consent?

Check out the table below from Auckland City Council, it is subject to change so please check it directly from their website for the most up to date figures. We’ve put a list of references at the end of this article to guide you to the right page. Please note that all prices at inclusive of GST.

Pre-application meetings

Description Fee
Building consent – standard pre-application meeting $311 (fixed fee)
Building consent – complex pre-application meeting ​$311 processing deposit (additional charges by the hour)
Fire engineering brief meeting ​$311 (limited to 1 hour, hourly rates apply thereafter)

Building applications

Description Processing deposit Inspection deposit Total deposit
Project value up to $1999 $500 $288 $788
Project value $2000 to $4999 $840 $432 $1272
Project value $5000 to $19,999 $1100 $576 $1676
Project value $20,000 to $99,999 $1925 $720 $2645
Project value $100,000 to $499,999 $2775 $1440 $4215
Project value over $500,000 $4620 $1728 $6348

 

Code compliance certificate

Description Total deposit
Project value up to $19,999 $152
Project value $20,000 to $99,999 $355
Project value $100,000 to $499,999 $533
Project value $500,000 and over $853

 

Do you need a building consent for a kitchen and/or bathroom renovation?

When you’re renovating a kitchen or bathroom, whether you need to apply for building consent or not can be a bit tricky, and it’s not always so clear – here are some examples of what may require consent, and what doesn’t.

You are unlikely to require a building consent to:

  • re-position or replace sanitary fixtures (e.g. a bath, bidet, wash hand basin, shower or toilet pan) within an existing home bathroom
  • move a toilet pan from a toilet compartment into an adjacent existing bathroom
  • remodel an existing kitchen within the same space, leaving the kitchen sink in the same position
  • move an existing home laundry tub to a new location to an adjacent room
  • relocate or remove an existing hose tap
  • remove a bath with a shower over it, and replace it with a new proprietary shower enclosure and a new bath within the existing bathroom space.

You will need a building consent to:

  • install a tiled wet area shower – as it involves critical building work that is not sanitary plumbing, such as carpentry and installing waterproof membranes
  • move a vanity, bath, and shower within an apartment of a multi-level building – as it may involve new penetrations through a fire separation
  • add a shower, hand basin, and toilet to an ensuite – as these sanitary fixtures are additional to those already existing in the building.

Where sanitary plumbing work could adversely affect the performance of structural elements, such as floor joists or wall framing, this work may require a building consent. You are required to obtain a building consent if the work involves adding an additional sanitary fixture to your house – for example, a new bath, new toilet – where there was not one previously.

 

A building consent is not required for a range of general building repairs, maintenance, and replacement of parts

This information can be found on building.govt.nz – you’ll also find many specific examples on the website that clarifies what is determined as “general” repair, maintenance or replacement.

What the law says

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

  1. The repair and maintenance of any component or assembly incorporated in or associated with a building, provided that comparable materials are used.2. Replacement of any component or assembly incorporated in or associated with a building, provided that: (a) a comparable component or assembly is used; and (b) the replacement is in the same position.3. However, subclauses (1) and (2) do not include the following building work:(a) complete or substantial replacement of a specified system; or(b) complete or substantial replacement of any component or assembly contributing to the building’s structural behaviour or fire-safety properties; or

    (c) repair or replacement (other than maintenance) of any component or assembly that has failed to satisfy the provisions of the building code for durability, for example, through a failure to comply with the external moisture requirements of the building code; or

    (d) sanitary plumbing or drainlaying under the Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Act 2006.

What renovations require resource consent?

A resource consent is completely different to a building consent, a resource consent is a formal approval from your council to do something that they haven’t clearly identified in their unitary plan as either permitted or prohibited. Also keep in mind that the unitary plan differs for different zones around Auckland – so make sure you know what rules apply in your zone. Normally your architect/planner will check this as part of their feasibility study, and this is done prior to drafting plans.

You’ll need to apply for resource consent if your renovation includes things like:

  • using or subdividing land
  • taking water
  • discharging contaminants in water, soil or air
  • using or occupying coastal space.

If a proposal/scope of works sits within the Building Controls in the District or Unitary Plan, Resource Consent will often not be necessary.  You can check Auckland’s Unitary Plan here: https://unitaryplanmaps.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/upviewer/ – but again, we suggest talking to an architect or planner if you’re not familiar with interpreting the plans.

If you don’t need resource consent but want confirmation, a council can issue a certificate of compliance for permitted activities. This confirms that the activity is lawfully established in relation to the Resource Management Act. However, you may still need a building consent or need to meet our district requirements.

Talking to your local building consent authority (BCA) is also a good idea. If the scope of what you are planning is slightly beyond the exemption listed in on their website, for example, the BCA has discretion as to whether or not it will require a building consent.

 

We hope this article has helped answer some of your questions, we’ve included all the references below that was used to develop to article so you can read further. If you do have further questions about consents, feel free to let us know by emailing us or by filling in a form – we will then forwarded it onto our Architect to follow up.

 

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

How much does it cost for the building consent application?

The cost starts at $788 for projects up to the value of $1999, and $2645 for projects up to $99,999 - the cost is dependant on the value of the project.

Do you need a building consent for a kitchen and/or bathroom renovation?

It's generally not required unless there is going to be alterations to the structure of the building (removal of a wall) or additions to sanitary fixtures.

Where do i find the most up to date information about consents?

We suggest visiting the government websites such as building.govt.nz, aucklandcitycouncil.govt.nz and legislation.govt.nz - main reason is because this information is continually updated. Talk to an architect or a planner will also help because they will be able to interpret the information for you.

Does adding an extra toilet require a building consent?

Yes it does, because you'll be added an extra sanitary fixture that wasn't there before - so you will need to apply for building consent for this.


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Advice On Converting Your Garage To A Granny Flat (NZ)

We’ve been getting quite a bit of requests recently about building a sleepout, extending the house, adding another level and converting a garage to a new living space. So we’ve put together this article to answer a few questions, and to provide some advice to those exploring this idea.

Life doesn’t always remain constant this applies to our needs as well! If you’re planning on converting your garage into living space, then it’s likely that your needs have shifted. Moving may not be an option for a number of reasons, you love your location, love your home, buying a new home is too expensive, and it’s probably not the best time in the market to sell.

Converting your garage into a new living space is not a simple and easy decision and there is quite a bit to think about to ensure you’re making the right decision. This is part of the reason why we created this article to explore some of those questions, so you can make an informed decision.

With our circumstances continually changing, our needs and desires evolve. But that doesn’t mean we have to get rid of the things that are of little or no use to us temporarily. When you bought the house, no doubt you would have thought about it long and hard until you found the right one, but now you need more space for your growing family or perhaps a space as a home office (the options are endless). So naturally extending your home or converting a space comes to mind, utilizing your garage and converting it into a liveable is one of the more popular options but here are a few things you need to think about.

Is my Garage Suitable to be converted into a Granny Flat?

The first and foremost question is the suitability of the room and whether or not it is capable of conversion. The height of the ceiling from the floor must be more than 2.4 meters; however, while designing a garage most of the time, we tend to keep the roof lower.

Next is the weather resistance of the garage. Originally being an area to park your vehicle, bikes, and store tools, we don’t pay enough attention to the water drainage. If the water drainage of your garage is not up to the standard, then it may risk water ingress and moisture build up.

Is converting the garage into a granny flat the right choice?

Firstly, what is a granny flat? Auckland City council doesn’t have a separate category for granny flat or minor dwelling units, but it simply means any flat that has a kitchen is considered to be a second household unit.

Why you need extra space? do you need a room for your child or parent? Perhaps you’re looking to rent out the un-used space? If you are just seeking extra space (with the kitchen or bathroom), then adding an extension to your home could also be an option.

There could be other reasons for the extra space, and it may not be a granny flat that you’re needing. It is common in new homes to have a media room, study room/office, recreational area, or a game room – all of which is not considered a second household unit.

You need to determine what kind of room you’re looking for, whether it’s an extra household unit, extra bedroom, a study room, or a recreational room – this will determine the scope of works for the architect.

There are multiple ideas available to use spare space. You can convert your garage into following areas:

  • Work from the home area
  • Gym area
  • Gaming area
  • Hobby room
  • Media room or movie theatre
  • Teenager’s room
  • Guestroom
  • Rented out for extra income
  • Home entertainment/bar space

A garage conversion is a place that offers quite a wide range of possibilities and because it’s a existing building/space – it requires less planning and investment compared to a new extension. But before you explore ideas, you need to consult with  an architect to see is there are any limitations.

Other considerations

Here are a few other things to think about as well before you jump into it:

  • Where will you park your vehicle if the garage gets converted into the room?
  • What would the house look like after the transformation?
  • How spacious or large is your garage? Is it worth a conversion or is it just the waste of time, effort and money?
  • Do I require building consent for the garage conversion?

Does a garage conversion require building consent?

You will need to first consult with an architect to carry out a feasibility study which will determine whether it’s even possible to utilise the garage space.  For a basic garage conversion to a living space, you will require building consent because the garage is not considered a habitable space. Bathrooms are allowed if they meet the rules, but you can’t put a kitchen and laundry into a basic conversion.

All the work that needs to be done to convert your garage into a living room must also be done in accordance to the standards set out by the building code. A garage being a non-habitable structure is a Class 7.0 residential outbuilding. So when you decide to transform it into a living room which will be habitable, then it will be reclassified into Class 2.0.

However, if you are thinking about converting your garage into a minor dwelling (second household unit), then you will be both building consent and resource consent. Resource Consent is required to ensure the project meets the provisions of the Resource Management Act, which for buildings are usually covered by the District Plan -or in Auckland, the Unitary Plan…. Building Consents are required to ensure the project meets the provisions of the Building Code. (Reference from Pacific Environments)

If you are living in or near Auckland, then it is important to determine your zone before seeking any permission to convert. The rules might vary according to the zone, and you need to be certain as to what rules apply when it comes to change in the use of a building or the development of an extra dwelling – your architect will be able to help you with this.

The Auckland Unitary Plan has set the ground rules for all kinds of future developments, expansions, and intensifications covering Auckland and the nearby areas. This unitary plan focuses on the rules to control how the areas must develop in the future.

To determine the details about your zone, all you need to do is to go to the Auckland council site and search for your zone. You will find all the details regarding your zone available on the following website: https://unitaryplanmaps.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/upviewer/

We still highly suggest talking to your architect, or a planner to get the best possible advice. Getting all the information regarding your zone and the building rules that applies to you will help avoid all kinds of future complications and conflicts.

What Features Of Building Code Do I Need To Keep In Mind?

  • Fire Safety: The fire safety feature encourages to take measures regarding fire accidents, including the construction of safe escapes and installation of smoke alarms.
  • Energy efficiency: The use of natural resources to provide for comfort is also a clause in the Code. You have to introduce adequate lighting, humidity, and ventilation sources to comply with the requirements.
  • Durability: The durability feature stress that the material needs to be used in the building will stay functional until the estimated life of the building.
  • Sanitary measures: You must have to pay attention to all kinds of sanitary fixtures, including water, gas, and electricity.
  • Moisture prevention: You must have to keep an eye on the drainage system for all kind of penetrating and pouring water.
  • Ceiling height: One of the most crucial factors in building a room is the ideal height of the roof. The height of the living room must not be less than 2.4 meters. If the roof of your garage is lower than 2.4 mark, then you may consider raising the ceiling. Lowering the floor could be an option, but it requires more effort and investment.

If the walls of the garage are made of brick then it will require an additional layer of protection using membrane or the weather-resistant paint. The additional membrane will help provide protection against dampness. You can also opt in stud wall if you’re looking to secure electrical wiring and insulation.

In regards to the floor of the garage, you have to ensure that it has waterproof protection to avoid dampness and water retention. The floor of the garage is mostly commonly made of reinforced concrete, and wouldn’t have any additional protection. There are a variety of products available in the market that can help you with waterproofing the floor.

Another thing to consider is ventilation, you may want to introduce more air flow and ventilation by choosing to install a large window replacing the garage door. The requirements for the natural light in the living room have been pen down in the clause G7 of the Building Code. You can measure your natural light requirements using a lux meter.

The room will also require additional electrical outlets, which most registered eletricians will be able to do. Make sure to Hire a registered electrician because they will need to provide the necessary compliance certificate regarding all the wiring work that has been done – which will be needed when you’re applying for your Code of Compliance Certificate.

You’ll also need to be aware that converting your garage into a habitable room, you will also need to look at issues with the rainwater. Most of the garages use a slanted floor to drive rainwater outside the garage into the drain. But once you decide to convert the garage into the living area, you’ll need to address the water flow issue – perhaps installing additional drains.

Unconsented garage conversions

If garages are converted into living spaces without the appropriate consents and certifications, future owners of the property may have problems insuring the property – even if a pre-sale building inspection identifies no issues.

It may, therefore, be difficult to sell the property – at best, there could be a delay before a sale and purchase agreement becomes unconditional.

We recommend that you advise your clients to contact the council and apply to have any unconsented conversions certified before they list a property. This will save time and stress during the sale process. (Reference from rea.govt.nz)

Converting a garage into an additional dwelling

So you’re still keen on converting your garage to an extra household unit. Various aspects come into play if you are thinking about separate dwelling compared to just converting it to a usable space, an extra dwelling means it includes a new kitchen and bathroom as well. The additional construction will require resource consent and building consent from the Auckland Building Council.

What does converting a garage to a extra house unit mean Financially?

Adding a self contained unit, or ‘granny flat’ to your home can be a cost effective way to provide a home for elderly relatives or older children struggling with rising rent. It can also be a great way for homeowners and investors to generate extra cash flow through rental income and increase the property’s overall value.

With rental yields of anywhere between $200-$600 a week, granny flats can be a great strategy if you’re looking for a long-term return on investment. Not only do they provide a second income, you can also benefit from positive gearing and extra claimables on your depreciation schedule. In an area where rental demand is high, a granny flat can stand out from the competition when it comes to selling. (Referenced from Loan market, 2017)

Attached or detached? 

Your ‘granny flat’ can either be a stand-alone dwelling or an extension of your house (e.g. if you convert your garage or your basement).

Factors To Consider While Opting For a Garage Conversion

Although the garage will work just perfectly with your existing space, you have to make some necessary alterations to make the new room blend in with the rest of the home.

  • Replacement for a garage door: Replacing the large garage door is a must, there are plenty of options available when it comes to door replacement, including a window, wall, or a patio door.
  • Is there enough lighting? Where is it coming from? If the garage already has a window, then replacing the garage door with extra windows will also offer you extra lighting. Even if there is no sufficient source of natural lighting in the room, you can always opt for artificial skylights as well. The lighting choice in the newly converted room depends on your usage of the room.
  • What about the garage floor? Mostly garages are concrete flooring, and if you are planning on using the room as the gaming area or the media room, you can opt for standard carpet or wooden floors. However, if you are thinking about converting your garage into a guest room or granny flat, then your options may lean more towards comfort (eg extra layer of insulation under the carpets)
  • How to utilize the space? If you are planning to convert the garage into a small dwelling or a granny flat, utilising the given space will be important and it’s balance between necessary functions and space. For example, if it’s a small space, it may be better of going for a open plan kitchen, living area and laundry – as opposed to partitioned off.
  • Where to park the car? The consequence of transforming a garage into the habitable living room is the loss of parking area for your car.

An example of a converted garage

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What is the cost to build a granny flat (nz) detached?

The cost of building a granny flat detached from the main house can vary quite a bit, and the 3 main factors it comes down to are the size of the build, your region, and the complexity of the build/materials. There are of course cheaper options as opposed to building from scratch such as kit sets or prebuilt granny flats. If you are intending to build from a plan, the average price for a granny flat starts around $90,000 plus GST and can go up to $150,000 mark, plus GST.  

 

How much does it cost to convert a garage into a room?

The cost of building work for converting a garage to a room can average around $1,250 – $1,500 per square metre not including the cost of architect fees, building/resource consent fees, escavation and engineer fees. Typical garage conversion to room (30m2) will range from $37,500 – $45,000.

 

How much does it cost to convert a garage to a granny flat?

The cost of building work for converting a garage space to a granny flat which includes a new kitchen and bathroom ranges from $1,750 – $2,150 per square metre not including the cost of architect fees, building/resource consent fees, escavation and engineer fees. Typical garage conversion to granny flat (30m2)  will range from $52,500 – $64,500.  A minor dwelling can cost up to $20,000 in plans, consents, and development contributions and connections before any building work takes place.

If you’re still deciding what to do with the unused space, make sure to consult with professionals (architects, builders/project managers, and financial advisors) as well to get different perspectives on the situation so you can make an informed decision that will benefit you in the long term.

 

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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

How much does it cost to convert a garage into a room?

Typical garage conversion to room (30m2) will range from $37,500 – $45,000.

How much does it cost to convert a garage to a granny flat?

Typical garage conversion to granny flat (30m2) will range from $52,500 – $64,500.

Do I need building consent for converting my garage to a granny flat?

You will need to apply for building consent if you're converting your garage to a room, if you're converting it to a minor dwelling (with kitchen and bathroom) then you will also need to apply for resource consent.

 


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