Live in South West Auckland? Renovating?

Live in South West Auckland? Renovating?
If you live in one of the following suburbs: Anawhata Bethells Beach Glen Eden Glendene Green Bay Henderson Herald Island Hobsonville Huia Karekare Kelston Konini Kumeu Laingholm Lincoln McLaren Park Massey New Lynn Oratia Piha Ranui Royal Heights Sunnyvale Swanson Te Atatu Te Atatu Peninsula Te Atatu South Titirangi Waiatarua Westgate West Harbour Western Heights Whenuapai Then you are eligible for a Free quote and even finance! Talk to your local Maintain To Profit Renovations NZ specialist today and plan the future of your home and/investment today! Some Feedback on recent work! Create your dream with Maintain To Profit Renovations NZ Today What a nice way to start this week. We have received this lovely testimonial from our client at a recent home renovation project in Onehunga: Lance and the Maintain To Profit Renovations NZ Team renovated our 1930s bungalow. A wall was removed to create a new open planned living space, including a completely new kitchen. A deck was built to improve the flow from the new inside living space to the outside. The bathroom was extended, tiled and fully fitted out. New wardrobes were built in the bedrooms and a new linen cupboard was in the hall. All the wiring in the house was removed and completely redone, including a new switchboard. Significant plumbing work was done including installing a new hot-water cylinder. The interior walls painted and floors redone (sanded and varnished). We really enjoyed working with Lance and the Maintain To Profit Renovations NZ Team. Right from the start Lance was very proactive in taking the time to visit (a number of times) and run...

Full house renovation in South Auckland

Full house renovation in South Auckland
Our clients at this property in the South Auckland suburb of  Mangere wanted a full house renovation of their rental property to bring it up to the latest healthy homes standards, increase their rental yields and attract better-qualified tenants. The goal was also turning this property into a worry-free investment: minimizing any future maintenance costs and stress from dealing with constant issues. Opening up space By cutting back the wall between the kitchen and living room we have created a smooth transition between the kitchen and living area and greatly enhanced the function and layout of this room. The high ceiling, now painted all white, makes the living area look taller and grander. Kitchen renovation The existing kitchen was very outdated, with cabinets falling apart and was in desperate need of upgrading. We have installed new melamine cabinets with stainless steel handles and an engineered stone benchtop. The main reason we recommend using the engineered stone rather than the laminate is its durability and ease of maintenance. The stone also makes the kitchen look very attractive. Bathroom remodel By replacing the existing vanity, bath, and mirror with new, modern units and installing large marble-pattern tiles around the bath we have added comfort and beauty to this room. By keeping the colors light and bright we have managed to make the bathroom feel bigger. Rental property flooring recommendations For any areas exposed to water and dampness, we recommend installing vinyl – it’s waterproof, durable, and cost-effective. Our client has decided to follow our advice to install the heavy-duty vinyl flooring in the kitchen, dining room, and bathroom. The solution-dyed nylon...

Why you should consider upgrading your switchboard

Why you should consider upgrading your switchboard
It’s still very common for New Zealand houses to have an old type of switchboard installed. Switchboards with old wire fuses are now illegal in many countries around the world but unfortunately in New Zealand they are still allowed to be used. If you still have an old switchboard installed in your home or rental property we strongly recommend you get it checked by a Registered Electrician or preferably get it replaced with a new one. The main reason is your safety. The old types of fuses are protecting your appliances only.  They do not protect your body and can cause a fatal electric shock. They are a hazard. Based on the new New Zealand regulations you need to have MCB’s (Miniature Circuit Breaker) combined with RCDs (Residual Current Devices). The RCD’s prevent fatal electrical shocks by disconnecting the electric circuit as soon detects an imbalance between the energized conductor and the return neutral conductor. The norm is 10mA RCDs for hospitals and school and for residential property 30mA RCD’s. Replacing the switchboard is a quick and easy process, which can usually be done within 4 hours, costing around $1500 – $2000 (incl. GST) for a 2-3 bedroom house. It’s all worth it for the peace of mind for you and your family, knowing that your home is safe. Please contact us if you want us to pop around and give you an estimate for a switchboard upgrade.  All quotes are free with no obligation to buy from us....

Optimising the property value – Cockle Bay unit renovation

Optimising the property value – Cockle Bay unit renovation
Maximising the space Our clients at this address wanted to update the style and feel of their Cockle Bay unit. With a growing family they wanted to maximise the space that they had and optimise the value of the property as they would be likely to sell in the future to accommodate their need for more space. With that in mind we were able to discuss their needs and prioritise their renovations, respecting their budget and the value of their property in the area they lived in. We at Maintain To Profit south east Auckland take a whole picture approach to renovating a home and we understand that every project has its own unique set of criteria. Scope of work: Our clients decided to renovate the kitchen, bathroom and laundry while updating the full interior of this home.   Kitchen The existing kitchen had a breakfast bar which limited the flow of the open plan area. In the kitchen we closed off what was the fridge space and laundry. We removed all fixtures and designed an “L” shape layout. When we took the breakfast bar away we were able to carry the cabinetry along the back wall of the kitchen living and we made use of the wall height so we could actually have more storage though we took up less room. The space where the breakfast bar had been could now be used for a dining table. We completely replaced the original kitchen with: – standard white melamine cabinets – German made hardware – soft close hinges and drawers with recessed handles – custom made composite stone benchtop...

Full Interior Home Renovation at Glen Eden

Full Interior Home Renovation at Glen Eden
We had the opportunity to renovate the full interior of this home. The owners wanted to create an open plan kitchen and living space. When we made our inspection, we could see how beneficial this would be to the space. Our inspection revealed that the wall in question was load bearing and therefore required council consent. Our architects drew up the drawings and applied for the consent and then our builders installed 4.5m Flitch beam to bare the   of the rafters so that the space could be opened. We fully removed the wallpaper from the interior of the house and plastered and painted the walls throughout. There were some areas  We removed the flooring throughout the home and supplied new carpets and vinyl. The owners opted to remove the fireplace and replace with a heat pump. The was an issue with dampness in the basement so we applied waterproofing to the floors and back walls to stop the damp coming in. By applying waterproofing to the basement it stops the issue of moisture ingress. It is fairly common to see homes with this issue when the basement has been dug into the ground. The waterproofing solution is the best way to protect the contents from damp. In some cases extra external drainage can also help. Throughout the home we installed PVC double glazing windows and doors for added insulation and a clean and modern look. We installed in wall insulation and ceiling insulation by pumping it in. For the ceiling we had to lift the roofing and pump it in underneath because of the type of ceilings in the...

Full Renovation in Massey

Full Renovation in Massey
We completed a full transformation of this beautiful 1950’s character home in Massey west Auckland. Having just completed another full renovation we were delighted to hear from the owners at this address. The owners were related to our customers we had just finished working with and impressed with the renovation we completed for their family. The house was due for a facelift and it was having a few issues such as damp in the basement and leaking from the join in the conservatory roof. We made our inspection of the home and the issues they were facing with the building. We discussed design options and we put together a quote which included solutions for the issue of the damp basement and the leaking roof.     The Kitchen To redesign the kitchen space we removed a wall completely to create an open plan kitchen, living and dining room. The fireplace was taken out and replaced with a modern heatpump. The client selected a white kitchen cabinet with embossed and recessed handles. The kitchen contains soft close hinges and drawers with pull out storage baskets. The bench is made from engineered stone in sparkly white with an undermount single sink. Parmco appliances were opted for and a feature textured tile selected.       The Bathroom For the bathroom the client opted for an acrylic shower tray with frameless glass shower cubical and black fittings. The client chose the vanity, mixer, shower slider, towel rail all in black. The character of the wood floor was accented by the sleek wall mounted vanity, designer fittings and embossed tile. The toilet remained...

House Renovation Mangere

House Renovation Mangere
Renovating to sell. Our clients at this address came to us for help to renovate their home. They had engaged other companies to provide a quote, but didn’t feel that their priorities would be met within their budget. We regularly complete this type of renovation when a home has been lived in, but not updated for some time. We were able to take the list of client wants and tailor the budget to make the biggest impact for re- sale. The home itself was a classic 1950’s style bungalow. We get quite excited to see these old homes, generally the structure is good and they have beautiful character. In this case the flooring was native matai, such a joy to find. Here is a before and after of the living room.                                                   Which areas to renovate? We recommend that the best areas to renovate if you want to add value, are the kitchen and bathroom. If you have the budget it’s worth adding quality fixtures with a neutral colour scheme to appeal to more buyers. Our clients went for a white embossed cabinetry with recessed handles and soft closure fittings with a 30 mm Granite bench-top. Take a look at the before and after pictures                                            In the bathroom the existing plumbing was laid out poorly and the area was very small. The client opted to...

Bathroom Renovation Howick

Bathroom Renovation Howick
Bathroom Renovation Howick Our clients at this property in Howick wanted a complete change of style and flow in their bathroom. The layout of the house was easily optimised by removing a separating wall between the toilet and what was a small bathroom. We also took away a small section of the hallway and moved the entrance to create a large open space bathroom.                                                            Choosing the right tile When choosing the colour scheme of your bathroom we recommend choosing a tile with a neutral colour scheme. All tiling in wet areas require a waterproofing membrane which has to be redone every time you re-tile an area. The tiling you choose can create a wow factor but it can be costly. We recommend thinking long term when you make a choice. Consider you budget. Budget for your bathroom renovation is a major consideration of most of or clients. While a floor to ceiling tile like this one is absolutely stunning; it also nearly doubles the cost of standard painted bathroom. High-end items like tiling and custom made frame-less shower increases the cost whereas the standard fitout of a bathroom (with an acrylic shower, vinyl on floor, painted walls, toilet, vanity and towel rail) costs around $12,000. A bathroom with full floor to ceiling tiled bathroom with a custom made shower is around $23,000. We recommend considering your budget and needs carefully before you make a...

The cost of leaks and water damage

The cost of leaks and water damage
Water leaks around the Home: During winter at the majority of our work comes from leaks within the home and the water damage they make. How can you tell if water is leaking? As a home or rental property owner it is important to deal with leaks fast before the damage builds up. Usually depending on the source of the leak there are signs. Signs you have a leak: A large water bill, this can indicate issues with your plumbing Noises from your pipes could be a sign that your pipes are loose Unpleasant odor, this can be caused by a clogged pipe or broken sewer Damp Walls or ceilings and floors could be a sign of roof leaks, leaking pipes or bathware Poor water pressure may be an indication that you have a leak before the tapware Poor water quality can be caused by degraded pipes or a leak Over flowing gutters, these can cause excess water to seep in through the roof or the walls How to check for a leak: A simple way to check for leaks is to turn off all appliances and taps inside and outside your home and then check if your water meter is moving. You could also take the meter reading before you leave the house after switching all water off and check again a couple of hours later. A check like this will give you an indication of a slower less obvious leak. How to prevent a leak: There are some simple things you can do to avoid some of these from happening: Empty your shower trap regularly because buildup...

How to select the right kitchen

How to select the right kitchen
When it comes to kitchen design, there are many options to choose from, but not many sources offering information on what the options are. Are you planning a kitchen renovation at your property? We have put together the information on the most commonly used kitchen cabinets in NZ and give you tips on which ones may be right foryou. Types of Kitchen Cabinets: Solid Wood Melamine Particle Board Melamine MDF Ply Wood Melamine particle board and Melamine MDF are the most commonly used materials in New Zealand. MDF is an engineered wood composite that is similar to particle board but is much denser and stronger than particle board and more resistance to water damage. Plywood is the other option but because of its high price is not very popular for residential use. Ply Wood is a material manufactured from thin layers or “plies” of wood veneer that are glued together with adjacent layers having their wood grain rotated up to 90 degrees to one another. Plywood is stronger and more water resistant compared to Particle board or MDF board. To give you a better idea about those products have a look at attached photos. Cabinets: The inside of the most kitchen cabinets in New Zealand are constructed from Melamine particle board. This is a product manufactured from a wood bi-product core sandwiched between two layers of melamine material. To increase our product quality, we use Melamine Plywood for our under sink cabinet which is most resistance of all three options against water and moisture damage. Doors: Melamine doors The greater percentage of kitchens installed in New Zealand still consist...