Building Act 2004: New Zealand’s Building Rule Book

In the ever-evolving construction sector in NZ, prioritising adherence to regulatory measures and legal frameworks is crucial to uphold safety, excellence, and sustainability in construction ventures. In this blog, we delve into the primary objectives of the Building Act 2004.

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Expert Advice on Building a New Home in New Zealand

Building your dream home in New Zealand is an exciting but intricate journey. In our guide, “Expert Advice on Building a New Home in New Zealand,” we provide crucial insights. Start with a clear vision and budget, choose the right location, builder, and plan for the future. Transparent communication, a thoughtful design phase, regular site visits, and patience are key.

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A Guide to the Subdivision Process in NZ

Whether you are wanting to subdivide your land to sell, develop or hang on to, this guide will shed light on how to get started and what is involved. Here, we will guide you through the complexities of the subdivision process in NZ for your development aspirations.

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Do I Need Consent to Renovate Bathroom in NZ?

Are you planning a bathroom renovation in New Zealand? Perhaps you’re considering moving a toilet, installing a tiled wet area shower, or making other modifications to improve your existing bathroom space. Before you dive into your renovation project, it’s essential to understand whether you need consent from your local council.

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Transform Your Home with Exceptional Kitchen Renovations

At Roberts Residential, we believe the kitchen is the soul of a home. It’s where you gather with family, share meals, and create lasting memories. When it comes to kitchen renovations, our goal is to create a space that not only elevates your home but also mirrors your lifestyle and personal taste.

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Top Five Common Mistakes In Bathroom Renovations

Top five common mistakes in bathroom renovations

Top five common mistakes in bathroom renovations

1.  Not Having Your Mind Made Up On Colours, Tiles & Finishings

If you change your mind halfway through your bathroom renovation, this can extend the timeline of completion. There is a lot of planning that goes into renovating a bathroom. Even at the very beginning stages, your builder will be accommodating to all the choices you have made – for example, floor-to-ceiling tiles, wall-mounted hardware, shower size, etc.

2. Choosing A Non-Standard Bathroom Vanity Size

If you are strategic about what size bathroom vanity you fit into the layout of your bathroom, you will find there will be more options and designs available. Plus, the standard sizes will be more affordable. Custom-made vanities can cost more and have a much longer lead time.

3. Mix Matched Fixtures & Fittings

There are several different fixture colours that can look similar, for example, chrome, brushed nickel, and gunmetal grey. However, mixing these colours is not a good idea. If you choose the same finish for all fittings and fixtures you will be much happier with the end result. This includes door handles, heated towel rails, shower waste, mixers & taps.

4. Do It Once, Do It Right!

Don’t cut corners! If it’s an older home, retrofit building paper in & insulate while the walls and ceiling are off. Doing this will give you more comfort and warmth. Also, consider heated flooring – it is a relatively affordable alternative for heating the bathroom and once the tiles are down, there is no turning back!

It’s also not just about doing the practical things right the first time but also about choosing things you love. It is so important to not sacrifice what you love. After all your new bathroom design is for your enjoyment and something to be proud of.

5. Not Changing The Location Of The Tub Toilet Or Sink

If you are renovating your bathroom, now is the time to really think about how you can optimise the space! Changing the location of where everything is placed to work better can make a huge difference on the final outcome.

Talk to us about your bathroom project today!

How Long Does It Take To Reclad A House?

How Long Does It Take To Reclad A House?

How long does it take to reclad a house?

Whether you are looking at a full reclad because you have a leaky home or you just want to increase the value and aesthetics of your exterior, exterior cladding is a great way to give a building a new lease of life.

A standard reclad usually takes between 12-16 weeks but can usually take longer.

Things that can make a reclad process take longer than expected:


1. Weather

Because we are stripping and re-building the exterior of your home, bad weather can be a serious hold-up. Particularly because we will remove all cladding, insulation, and windows. A way to get around the weather is to consider shrink-wrapping your home. This will allow building work to go ahead in all conditions and protect your home from the weather while it is exposed.


2. Existing Frames Under Cladding

We don’t know what is underneath the existing cladding until it is all taken off. If we find that the frames need to be replaced, this can make the job take longer than expected.


3. The Material

Some cladding materials are quick and easy to install and others are more complex and intricate. The material you choose could make a difference on how quickly the reclad project will take.


Tips for a smooth recladding project

  1. Be organised with your decisions – what materials you want, what colour you want to stain/paint the cladding, and whether or not you’d like to upgrade your joinery. If you have clear decisions made it makes ordering, planning and project managing easier for the builder to complete the job. 
  2. Have access to the original house plans. 
  3. Talk to your builder about whether you can stay in the house while the works are taking place well in advance. If you need to move out, ensure you have a place to live for the duration of the project.


Finding the right recladding specialist

At Roberts Residential we can help you right from getting building consent to getting a code of compliance certificate. Get in touch today to talk about your recladding project

10 Reasons Why A New Build Home Is Right For You

10 Reasons Why A New Build Home Is Right For You

10 Reasons Why A New Build Home Is Right For You

  1. You’ll have all the latest technology

From heated flooring to efficient heating and cooling your new home will be designed around comfort and will be much more enjoyable to live in!


  1. You will be able to have your dream home

Instead of buying an existing home and compromising on certain aspects while renovating, you can build your dream home from scratch. You can choose exactly what you want – from how you want your home to look aesthetically to how you want your home to work for your lifestyle (work from home office, children rooms, family rooms etc), without any structural compromise. 


  1. Your new home will have modern features

Design and functionality has come a long way in the last few years. With beautiful en suites, walk in wardrobes, timber feature walls, open plan living designs, easy access and more. Incorporating new features to your home will not only make you live more comfortably but raise the value of your home for resale.


  1. Your home will be easier to sell

The modern features outlined in the point above will certainly make your home more appealing to buyers when you decide to put your home on the market. Not only the new design features and extras, but the new technology that makes the home up to today’s standards – double glazing, good insulation and more.


  1. You will get the latest building standards 

Building code has changed drastically over the years. What was once was overlooked in the building industry is now essential to have a compliant home. Today’s builders build to perfection, which makes building a new home much more appealing. Engineer plans and subcontractors now have to adhere to stricter rules which ultimately make new homes much more stable and durable.


  1. You will have a better chance at growing capital 

A capital gain is the profit you make when you sell a property. When you build a new home the margin you make will likely be higher than the inflation that you will gain from buying an existing home. In most cases, it can be cheaper and more affordable to buy an empty section and build new than to buy an existing home.


  1. Maintenance will be lower than buying an existing home

Due to all the new regulations and requirements, your new home will have double glazing, aluminium joinery, good insulation and no leaks. This means that your house will require a lot less maintenance than a pre-existing house that is older with wooden joinery, old cladding and single glazing. This leaves you with no unexpected bills!


  1. Your new home will be cheaper to run 

With the new technology we have today (double glazing and insulation), your new home will be cheaper to run and more efficient. This will save you money in the long run.


  1. Immediate compliance with the Healthy Homes Legislation

Investing in a new build means that your home will immediately comply with the NZ Healthy Homes Legislation. 


  1. Easier to find good rental candidates

With a brand new home, you will find it easier to find rental tenants and the good ones too.


Overall, building a new home outweighs the benefits of buying an existing home. With new technology, new design features, growing more capital and saving money you will benefit in the long run.

We would love to hear about your new home build project. Get in touch with us today to talk about how we can help you build your dream home.