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The Guide to Renovating in NZ is here!

Posted Thursday, 1 November 2018

Renovating can be daunting so doing a bit of research and preparation before you jump in can be a good idea. At Smith & Sons we have completed thousands of renovations, so we have a bit of experience in the field, and have come across all kinds of problems and solutions, many of which could possibly have been avoided with a bit more pre-planning before the renovation work began. From understanding the NZ legislation to gaining the appropriate building consents, this guide helps you get a picture of the industry and what to do and what to avoid. Our builders have also added in some great advice and lots of professional tips so don't delay - download your free copy today!…more»


Renovating to sell: What you can get for $10K, $20K and $50K

Posted Friday, 7 September 2018
Reon Paterson, General Manager of Smith & Sons, based in Takapuna, Auckland, talks to Kim Ace from One Roof about the costs of renovating in New Zealand. The shift into a buyer's market poses challenges in many parts of the country poses challenges for homeowners looking to sell. But there are options for those who have the ability - and budget - to make their house stand out to buyers and attract attention. The latest housing market figures all show that demand for well-presented properties has remained consistently high, even as other segments of the market lag behind in sales growth. Even if you only have a small amount to invest, relatively simple changes can make a big difference to your property's appearance and desirability. So how much should you spend? That will depend on, of course, your budget, how big the project is, and whether you want to pay for professionals or do most of the work yourself. If resale value is a key consideration, homeowners will probably want to focus on a few specific options. OneRoof.co.nz asked the experts how much can be achieved at the following price points: $10,000, $20,000 and $50,000. Obviously, it’s not one-size-fits-all. The cost and caveats for a large house in Auckland's Herne Bay will be very different than for a two-bedroom unit in Invercargill. Prices also vary widely depending on materials and on whether you do the work yourself or hire someone else to do it. So consider these suggestions as guides, rather than definitive prescriptions. WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH $10,000…more»

Inspiring Ideas for Bathrooms

Posted Wednesday, 28 February 2018

The importance of planning for any bathroom renovation can never be underestimated! With so many options available, the first step should always be to ascertain exactly how your bathroom is to be used – parental retreat, bath/spa, ensuite, the option for two users simultaneously?

It’s often helpful to choose one key feature that is essential and then build the rest of the design around that – it could be a tile, a bath, a tap or even a particular colour. If it’s a compact space check out the many space saving options that cleverly give the illusion of spaciousness – wall hung vanities, sliding shower doors, and so on.…more»


Reno of the Week - A Fabulous Character Restoration in Port Hills

Posted Thursday, 12 January 2017

It takes guts to strip down a beautiful old home with sentimental value and try to reinvigorate it. That's why this week's reno of the week is a fabulous character restoration of a Port Hills home by the water. Not only did they restore the exterior, they also added an extension to the deck and a roof to cover it. This old home has truly been restored to it's former glory, creating a beautiful water-side retreat. See before and after photos of their intensive character restoration.…more»


Tricks of the Trade - Planning Your Renovation!

Posted Friday, 9 December 2016
Planning Your Renovation? Well, we have you covered! Here we share our Tricks of the Trade with you, giving you the know-how on the steps to take to get your renovation done the way you want, and without the heartache! We have all heard the horror stories of home renovations taking twice as long and costing twice as much as planned, but with a little forethought, a bit of research, good planning, and some help from us, you will be well on your way to the home of your dreams! So let's get going... 1. Budget …more»

Reno of the Week - A Bungalow by the Sea

Posted Thursday, 2 June 2016

Take an old 1960's bungalow by the sea, completely strip the inside, reinsulate and this is what you get! Bungalows are a classic Kiwi icon and their unique character can easily be lost or destroyed. It's so important to understand the key features of the home that make it unique in order to properly renovate one of these icons. These Kiwi bungalows were typically built without insulation so it's vital to have experienced team like Smithy's team by your side to get it right! They sure got it right here! …more»


Reno of the Week - A Flowing Outdoor Entertainment Area in Auckland

Posted Wednesday, 28 January 2015

In this weeks reno of the week we are featuring an outdoor entertainment area in Auckland North. Whether you have a large or small outdoor area it's a vital part of your home that adds value. The Smithy's team specializes in maximising this value. In this case the client wanted to create an outdoor entertainment area with easy flow from inside to out. This area now allows them to eat, entertain, and reconnect with nature in a way they weren't able to before. A perfect summer de-stress spot! …more»


Our Top Ten Bathroom Reno Tips!

Posted Monday, 26 January 2015
Renovating your bathroom is a great way to add value to your home. Whether you are thinking of selling or want to create your dream bathroom to enjoy, there's a lot to consider. At Smith and Sons our project consultants work with you every step of the way from discussing your initial design ideas, to producing plans and coming up with workable solutions. Having an expert on hand ensures that planning a bathroom becomes a smooth, stress-free process. Our project consultants will manage the construction for you, ensuring that your bathroom is completed on time and on budget. Check out our list of our top ten bathroom renovation ideas to help get you started! 1. Layouts …more»

Reno of the Week - A Stylish Bathroom Upgrade in Queenstown

Posted Friday, 23 January 2015
This amazing bathroom renovation, at a Kelvin Heights property in Queenstown, has delighted its' property owners, who were looking to update their plain, functional bathroom into a sophisticated retreat with a luxurious feel. It’s the attention to detail which makes this bathroom stand out, where beautiful fixtures are combined with creative touches such as unique drop lighting features and striking chessboard floor tiles. The project consultants at our Queenstown Lakes District…more»

Reno of the Week - An Immaculate Beach Extension in Whangapoua

Posted Tuesday, 2 December 2014

This week we are showcasing a beach front property in Whangapoua. The original garage structure on this beach front property served them well for many years however a major renovation was required to create additional living spaces for the family and to accommodate all the trappings that go with holidays at the beach. The garage was dismantled leaving just the bare concrete slab which was to be extended with new structural footings to support the new two storey structure. Take a peek into this beauty!…more»


Smith & Sons Continue Expansion in Christchurch

Posted Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Smith & Sons have continued to grow their network of franchise owners across Christchurch with the addition of new franchise owners in the Christchurch South region.

Andre and Lee-Ann Werner are thrilled to now be a part of the Smith & Sons team and are looking forward to a very busy 2014.

Andre and Lee-Ann have been married for 23 years and have three children ages 22, 19 and 18. They moved to New Zealand from South Africa in 2008. …more»


Smith & Sons Ashburton Brings Home Building Award!

Posted Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Paul Cartney from Smith & Sons Ashburton recently received accolades for his building achievements in the form of an award at the 2013 Regional House of the Year Awards, as part of the Master Builders Association of NZ.

Mr Cartney received the Silver Award 2013 for the ‘Best Renovation / Addition between $250,001 and $500,000’ category, which is the area in which Mr Cartney feels his team really excels.

“Being renovation specialists – this category is where we really see our niche”, Mr Cartney said.…more»


Building a Future!

Posted Friday, 5 July 2013

Builders set up shop (in less than a week!) in Rangiora - while raising money for a good cause.

Building commenced on Smith & Sons new showroom at 688 Lineside Road, Rangiora (opposite the Rangiora McDonalds). Smith & Sons building teams from around the South Island are joining together to complete the project in less than a week.

The new building’s piles and sub-flooring went down on theMonday June 10th, with the bulk of the building workcompleted in just a few days – and stepped up a gear on Friday and Saturday June 14-15th. …more»

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