Character Plus – Bungalow living areas renovation

Character Plus – Bungalow living areas renovation
  Transformations of old, character homes are some of our most favorite renovation projects. The combination of the old character features with new designs looks stunning, and the final result is exceptional.   The focus of this bungalow renovation was the main living areas and the flooring throughout the house. Living Areas Transformation The renovation of the living areas evolved around the heart of the house – the kitchen. The kitchen area was re-gibbed, we installed new lighting, tiled the splashback, and painted all the living areas. Placemakers supplied the kitchen cabinets as the owners had an established relationship with their kitchen designers. The new kitchen compliments the character of the house and looks very classy Hardwood Floors Restoration A huge difference was also made by sanding and polishing all the hardwood floors. The polyurethane coating will protect the floors against scratches. With regular maintenance cleaning, a floor finish can last up to 10 years. Switchboard Upgrade Part of the renovation was also installing a new switchboard. The house had the old type of switchboard with the wire fuses, which don’t work well to protect against fatal electrical shocks. Please check out Maintain South East Auckland  Facebook page or our blog to learn more about the switchboard hazard.       Please email Maintain To Profit South East Auckland or give us a call on 022 071 9540 to request a FREE, no-obligation quote for your renovation or maintenance project....

Love it or List it – Papakura home renovation

Love it or List it – Papakura home renovation
Love it or List it? This was a dilemma our clients had been going through for many years. The kitchen was small, and the working space was very restricted. Cooking and baking for a family of six was getting more and more challenging as the kids were growing up. The dining area and living space were crammed, and the bathroom urgently needed an upgrade. For a while, they were toing and froing between selling or renovating, but as they really like the location and their big backyard, they have decided to invest in renovation in the hope of getting the house to fit all their needs.   Kitchen Getting the kitchen right was crucial for this renovation. By extending the kitchen cabinets to stretch over the whole wall, the new kitchen nearly doubled in size compared to the original one. With quality MDF cabinets, engineered stone benchtop, soft closing hinges, and quality German-made hardware, this kitchen will last for many years to come. Living and dining Extending the size of the opening between the kitchen and dining and living areas made a big difference to the usability of this space. The initial plan to install laminate flooring throughout the living areas and the kitchen was changed after we discovered the house had an original native flooring hidden under the carpets. The rimu floors were restored to their original beauty by sanding back and polishing. They make a beautiful feature of the house.   Bathroom and toilet The original bathroom had a moisture problem and was very outdated. The owners opted for a fully tiled (floor to ceiling) bathroom with...

Cinderella of real estate – Papatoetoe house renovation

Cinderella of real estate – Papatoetoe house renovation
Renovating old homes in below-average conditions brings many challenges. Still, projects like that are certainly one of the most rewarding ones. In four weeks only, Maintain to profit South East Auckland transformed this Papatoetoe run-down home into a beautiful, full of character residence. The owner has initially started the renovations himself, but his work commitments didn’t allow for spending the time needed for a project like this. By getting Ramin and his team involved, he got the work done much faster and professionally. We also helped him with unlocking the true potential of his home.   Gaining another bedroom By partitioning the area, which used to be a kitchen, we created a 3rd bedroom – a huge gain for the house value. The new kitchen was installed in the living areas without compromising on the living room’s space. The open-plan living area connects seamlessly to the kitchen and dining areas and creates an ultimate entertaining space. As always, we stuck with using quality, long-lasting materials, the kitchen cabinets are made of solid melamine MDF with an engineered benchtop and quality German-made hardware. Preserving the character The beauty of this house is definitely in character features you can find all over the place. The small stool located in the corridor designed for polishing shoes, the decorative skirting, and of course, the ornamental ceilings all add to the beauty of this character home. Preserving the character was a challenge, especially when it came to extending the original living room ceiling ornaments. By combining different sizes of timber, we managed to make the extension seamless and were very happy with the end result. Bathroom challenge...

South Auckland family home renovation

South Auckland family home renovation
After spending many happy years living in their beautiful home in south Auckland, the owners have decided it was time to renovate and modernize their house interior. Being a busy working couple, they were looking for a turnkey renovation and decided to put their renovation into our hands. The house has had its kitchen and bathroom makeover done quite recently, so this renovation’s focus was all bedrooms, hallways, and living areas. Flooring We have removed the original carpet and tiles and installed laminate flooring through hallways, the living room, and a poolroom. Laminate flooring is an excellent choice if you want a high-end hardwood look but need something more durable for pets and kids. It’s installed on PSA Sound Absorbing underlay designed to dampen sounds and insulate the floors simultaneously. The owners love their pets and appreciated the fact that laminate is a much better choice against scratches. The carpet was the choice for the bedroom flooring. Using a high-quality, dense underlay and 61oz carpet is the perfect recipe for long-lasting softness and warmth. Painting We have stripped wallpaper throughout the house, skim the walls and removed all imperfections, added new covings where needed, and painted all the rooms, including their doors and frames. New HWC and exterior door We have also supplied and installed a new exterior Hot water cylinder. Exterior cylinders are becoming very popular, as it’s a great way to gain more storage space previously taken by the bulky cylinder. We have also supplied and installed a new back entrance door and a laundry door. Our clients have decided to go for double glazed PVC joinery....

Beach house renovation

Beach house renovation
Our client has recently acquired a house in a beautiful coastal location and assigned Maintain To Profit South East Auckland with the project of updating the interior of this three-bedroom brick house. The focus of this beach house renovation was creating a modern and easy care space for their family holidays and possibly full-time living once the owners decide to retire and leave the hustle and bustle of the city.   Kitchen renovation Our client has decided to keep the existing kitchen layout. U-shape kitchens offer a lot of workspace and space for cabinetry. The open-plan room allows one arm of the ‘U” to be made into a peninsula that can be accessed from both sides and used as a breakfast bar. It also offers a lot of storage volume, easily accessible from both sides. With high-quality, German-made hardware, quality stone benchtop, and dense MDF cabinets, this timeless kitchen will last well over 15 years.   Accommodating growing family needs As the family grew, it was essential to focus on making the house kid-friendly and easy to clean. The German-made laminate flooring works great for kitchen and living areas. It’s durable, easy to look after, and the underlay is sound absorbent. Commercial grade vinyl was installed in the bathroom and en-suite. A thick carpet with good quality underlay was the perfect choice in all the bedrooms and the corridor. We also installed industrial carpet in the garage as it might be providing additional accommodation options in times of big family gatherings.   With the new kitchen, new flooring, and newly painted walls, the house looks fresh and ready to...

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