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Renovations you should not DIY

Written by on June 23rd, 2020.      7 comments



If you’re thinking about house extensions or home renovations, recladding is one of your most important considerations. Recladding involves fixing or improving the exterior ‘shell’ of your home, and if done professionally it can raise the value of your house significantly.


Certain kinds of recladding can be expensive, which may tempt you into attempting a DIY job. But it’s a deceptively complex process. Firstly, there’s a huge range of materials and technologies available - you could spend hours upon hours researching and still get nowhere. Secondly, there are so many factors to consider when choosing these materials.


For example, you’ll need to consider the level of insulation (or R-value) each system provides. Good quality recladding will save you money on power, by reducing your heating needs in the winter and lowering your air conditioning use in the summer. It’s also been proven that poor insulation can have negative effects on the health of inhabitants.


Waterproofing your home is another critical consideration. Everything gets worn down a little over time, even weatherboards. If water does penetrate the exterior, what materials underneath will break down and how will this impact upon the structural integrity of your building? There are many different materials which can be used for waterproof recladding, including fibre-cement, timber, vinyl (PVC) and metal. Dry cavities between the outer wall and interior lining can help water to drain away and air to circulate.


All of these options will depend on your site, the structural foundations of your building, weather conditions and budget. With the complexity involved in recladding decisions it’s definitely something that should be left to the professionals. At Create Renovations, recladding is one of our specialties, so chat to our experts if you want practical advice.


Roof repairs

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Repairing a roof yourself is a bad idea for one glaring reason - they’re easy to fall off. This might be an obvious warning, but it’s something lots of people choose to ignore. Fixing broken or missing shingles isn’t the most complicated task, but getting up there and back down with all your tools has the potential to cause serious injury. It’s also a tiring job, and when you’re tired it’s more likely you’ll make a mistake or lose your footing.


Not only is fixing your own roof dangerous, it’s also inadvisable because it’s such an important component of your home. Getting it right takes experience. The last thing you want is to accidentally do a shoddy DIY job and end up with leaking and expensive water damage - so please leave it to the professionals.

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   Knocking walls down

   This is something many people think they can do themselves     prior to renovations. It seems like a straight-forward task -           grab a hammer and enjoy smashing away your unwanted           wall. The appeal of this has been popularised by shows like       Mitre 10 Dream Home and The Block NZ, which feature contestants attempting this (and other parts of the construction process) themselves.


However, it’s worth remembering that these contestants are under the guidance and supervision of professionals. Attempting wall removal at home on your own is a different story. An intimate knowledge of your building’s structural foundations is required. If your wall is load-bearing and you decide to knock it down you could be in serious trouble. Likewise, if it turns out there’s electrical wiring, gas pipes or plumbing behind it, you could be putting your home and yourself at serious risk.


Don’t get excited and charge in with your wrecking tools - just like recladding and roof repairs, wall removal should be left to the professionals.


Here at Create Renovations, we've got years of experience renovating homes (including recladding, roof repairs and refurbishments) so we're happy to provide advice. If you're looking for an experienced Auckland builder or North Shore builder, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We pride ourselves on achieving great results. We'll be back with more advice about home renovations soon, so keep an eye on this blog!



Renovating in Auckland?

If you're an Auckland home owner there has never been a better time to start your Auckland Renovation than right now. Interest rates are low and land price is high.

Auckland Renovation For most Aucklanders, purchasing a brand new home is simply not an option due to the high prices currently seen in the Auckland property market .

As a result, more and more of us are visiting open homes and attending auctions for houses built anywhere from 1900 to the 1980's. The Auckland house my husband and I moved into three years ago hadn't been touched since 1970! We began our Auckland Renovation 5 years ago now and haven't looked back! 

This is the case for a lot of us Aucklander's.But that doesn't bother Kiwi's because we love to put our own stamp on our house anyway. So why pay above market prices for a beautifully renovated house, that somebody else loves? Why not renovate and have your house the way you want it?

Create Renovations, (North Shore builders and specialist Auckland renovations company )are finding more and more customers who loved their area but their house just wasn't working for them. So they went house hunting. But guess what? Unless they wanted to spend upward of a million dollars, they couldn't get the space or level of fixtures and fittings they wanted. So instead they renovated and haven't looked back. 

So what return will your Auckland Renovation give you in the market?

I have yet to see a case where our customers have been disappointed with their revalued property. But more importantly most people want to enjoy their home and after extending and renovating they will most likely stay there for 10 plus years. Historically Auckland's property market doubles every 10 or so years. So how can you lose!

For me personally I like to live in a beautiful Auckland renovation , somewhere that expresses my personality and responds to the way me and my family live. Renovating or building new is the only option for me. I can't help but want to start all over again even if the property is beautifully renovated! I'm sure I am not alone in this. 

But isn't renovating stressful?

Well maybe it is ..although as a wife of a North Shore builder I can't remember a time when we weren't renovating! However it may be stressful if you don't have the right team looking after you. Don't get me wrong, living in a building site is hard work but it is also exciting. Moving walls, changing kitchens, deciding on tiles, paint colours etc, it starts to become an obsession and its hard to stop.

Take the time to really think about what you like. Get our Auckland Renovation interior designer to help you get clear what colours and mood you want to create. Bounce ideas off friends and get lots of samples, you'll soon find the experience rewarding rather that stressful - and when its all finished you can show off your home and know that its perfect for your family! 

Have you got the Auckland renovation bug yet? Auckland is a wonderful place to live and a huge number of character homes are just waiting for your family to put your personal stamp on them. Get the trusted Auckland renovation team behind you and let's get cracking!

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Renovations like roofing repair are one of the most common renovations we do on our own. It is okay if we only deal with leaks, but replacing portions of our roof must be left with roofers since it carries on danger on doing the task.
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