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Basement Extensions: What You Can Do & What You Need to Consider

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Looking to add space to your home without reducing your garden area?

A basement extension can transform even the drabbest basements to one of the liveliest spaces a home has to offer. A project of this size may be logistically challenging, but the added usable space in your home can increase your property’s value as well as give your family more room to breathe.

To help you with an exciting conversion, the team at Qualified Building Solutions (QBS) pooled together basement extension ideas as well as the top factors a homeowner has to consider.

What You Can Do

A basement has so many potential uses. With the right team you can have a/an:

Additional Living Space

An additional living space is great for growing families. It can be your cinema room, art studio, gym – anything you want it to be. You can also convert your basement to a bedroom complete with its own toilet for friends or relatives staying over.

Rental Unit

Convert your basement into a self-contained rental unit and you can make money out of a space that was just there. You can have a separate entryway made for your tenant so that both of you can enjoy privacy.

Organised Storage Space

You’re probably already using your basement for storing stuff, but you can have it converted to have wall-to-wall waterproof and fire-retardant storage for the safekeeping of important documents and memorabilia.

Home Office

Since the basement is the most undisturbed area in your home, it can be the best area for a home office. You can improve the ceiling’s acoustics so that you won’t hear footsteps from your home’s ground floor echo to your office.

Internal Garage

An internal access garage is great on cold, wet days. Providing your car with better protection from elements, an internal access garage can also help with your car’s resale value.

What You Need to Consider

There are several things to consider when planning for a basement extension. The most important ones are whether you’re home’s structure will allow for a basement extension, if there are any consents required and how much basement renovation costs.

Assess if your basement’s current headroom is comfortable enough for the purpose you are considering or if some excavation might be required.

You also have to consider drainage and damp proofing as well as insulation, lighting, ventilation and heating to keep your new space livable and comfortable. When meeting with a builder, the foundation, drainage, damp proofing and ventilation should be considered early in the planning process.

For optimal livability, give natural lighting a considerable amount of thought as well. You can have light wells in many forms. From simple grates placed at the front of the property to deep excavations in the garden, there are many options to allow more natural light into your property. You can also convert the garden excavations into courtyards giving you more stunning features to your property.

Talk to Us About Your Basement Extension Dreams

Qualified Building Solutions has the expertise to convert a basement into any living space. Our licensed builders are knowledgeable and experienced in basement extensions, even in projects that require excavation, foundation work, re-piling and ground stabilisation.

Let us know about your vision and we can advise you on ways to cut back on costs. You can also look at our previous projects for inspiration.

For the right builder for your job, contact QBS today.

4 Tips for Keeping Your Renovation Project within Budget

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Whether you’re renovating now or in the future, it’s always wise to be prepared. Creating a budget is one of the first steps to consider. However, even with a budget planned to the last finishing, you may overspend due to any number of unforeseen snags.

Here are four tips to stay on top of your renovation costs.

Be Realistic

When creating a budget, some home-owners make the mistake of setting a tight budget. They want to keep costs low by doing the work themselves, shop for wholesale items and base their budget on anticipated figures. If there is no allowance for contingencies or flexibility of work, they have already set themselves up for greater expenses.

Be honest about how much money you’re willing to save, even if it inflates your initial budget more than you expect. If you don’t like DIY projects or lack the skills, be realistic about the cost of using professional builders ‒ they may save you money in the long-run. Shop around for an estimate and set your budget at a realistic level rather than the lowest possible cost.

Get Specific

Specificity is one of the best ways to stay on top of your budget. Before hiring a building contractor, be sure to have a clear picture of what you want your living space to look like. Consider all the materials you want to use and what changes you need to make to your current layout.

The more details you tell your building contractor, the closer they’ll get to a realistic estimate of your project’s overall price. Your goal is to make your specification detailed enough so that the only difference between your estimate and your contractor are labour costs. Their material costs may be cheaper since they have better knowledge of building suppliers.

Stick to the Plan

Once your renovation is in progress, it can be tempting to add modifications. For example, you may consider changing the outdated flooring in your living room or renovating some of your kitchen. Although it may be easier to renovate another room in your house while the builders are working, remember your financial limits and avoid costs ballooning out of control. Consider budgeting the same way as your current project, so even if you decide on starting it after your current renovation project, you’ll feel in control of your money.

Expect the Unexpected

Even the tightest budgets need to have room to cover unforeseen expenses. Sometimes, renovating a room uncovers a maintenance issue that needs immediate attention. It may change your renovation plan, especially if there are structural implications. Make sure your budget has some flexibility to meet unforeseen costs so that you’ll be able to cover the added expense.

Choose Qualified Builders

Looking for the right builders for your renovation project? Contact Qualified Building Solutions for your next project. We specialise in house renovations in Auckland, including a full range of services such as building, trades, interior decorating and more. We handle renovations of all sizes from standard kitchen renovations to complete home transformations.

After telling us your plans, we’ll help you stay on track with your budget. Give us a call on 021-217-0003 to start your project.

4 Tips to Make Sure Your Renovation Project is Completed on Time

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The average home renovation can take 4 to 9 months. There are exceptions to this rule, with some projects being major or minor in size, but most renovations fall within this timeline.

The first step to making sure your renovation project goes smoothly is to hire the right renovation contractors to oversee the whole operation. Of course there are causes of delay that are out of your control, like weather or shipping delays, so do focus on factors that you can control. And that’s your choice of builders.

Look into these three tips to break down the renovation process and identify issues to prevent project delays and interruptions.

Sort Out Your Priorities

It’s easy to focus on what you envision your home to look like after the project is completed. But it’s important to pay attention first on the unseen features of how it will function, as opposed to its visual aspects. Look at the crucial factors, such as repairs to your roof and guttering, rewiring, timber decay, etc. Pinning these elements down helps you avoid issues that may arise mid-project.

Ask about Your Project’s Schedule

When you find the right contractor, request for a realistic schedule for your renovation project. While unexpected issues can easily emerge in the process, your contractor should be able to give you a reasonable timeline.

Your project’s schedule is more than knowing the start and completion dates. Ask your contractor for a timetable that details specific tasks and milestones in your project. With a detailed schedule, you will see the bigger picture of what needs to be completed at which juncture. It also gives you concrete plans to measure in order to ensure the entire project is progressing according to plan.

Be Aware of Timeframes

It’s good to know how long specific projects usually take to give you a general guideline to base your schedule. A small renovation project such as a small bathroom refurbishment takes 4 to 8 weeks to complete from the initial design stage to the finishing stage.

A mid-sized job such as a kitchen renovation usually takes 8 to 12 weeks. If you’re planning a large project such as a full renovation of the house and its extension, the process can take 18 months from start to finish.

Work with Qualified Builders

At Qualified Building Solutions, we always ensure that our home renovations in Auckland are completed to the highest standards within schedule. We are dedicated to delivering the highest level of customer service and workmanship. With over 75 years of experience and over 230 successful projects, we have honed our skills to provide only the best for you.

Our licensed building practitioners are part of the New Zealand Certified Builders Association. Our builders are not only selected for their vast industry knowledge but also for their exceptional coordination and communication skills. They will keep in touch with you throughout the entire project to keep you updated at every phase and milestone.

Call 021-217-0003 to enquire about our services.

What to Consider When Choosing a Builder for Home Renovations

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Every once in a while, extensive home renovations become a necessity for reasons ranging from correcting design flaws to remodelling space to accommodate new family members. Renovations are a major undertaking regardless of the scale even a small renovation can go badly wrong, and certain factors must be considered before booking a service.

Step one is choosing the right builder. A successful project won’t be possible without a team who can deliver to the standards you expect and guarantee on-time and on-budget completion. QBS licensed builders believes this starts with the first meeting on site, your builder should be asking you questions about the home, your family & your life this shows he is trying to build a foundation for how to approach your project. If he is not, he most likely is not interested. Before you even receive pricing from builders consider How they have been to deal with so far? How long did it take for them to get back to you? Was the communication professional? Things like this are a clear sign of what’s to come, At Qbs, we consider every job small or big to be extremely important to our client and approach all projects equally.

Your choice of provider can be the difference between a successful project and a waste of time and resources.

Here are some more tips to consider when selecting a home renovation service:

Make sure you know what is included in the scope and ask for a scope document, Your choice will usually be determined by the builder’s quote. The more affordable the service, the more attractive it is. Unfortunately, not all quotes are transparent, and people are often surprised when hidden costs suddenly show up along the way or toward the end of the process. Quotes are typically based on the scope of the renovation plan, and it is easy for some considerations to get lost in the shuffle. Consider was the quote tidy and easy to understand? Did the builder provide a check-list and company disclosure with it? Don’t just look at the bottom line.

Consult your builders thoroughly and go through the quote & design plans to ensure total transparency and spot any potential hidden costs before they become an issue, have the existing house condition checked top to bottom even if it costs you! this is very important!

Going for the cheapest quote is very common. Nonetheless, you should be wary of services that are significantly cheaper than competitors. Generally, builders of the same calibre and quality of service will be within the same price range with about a 10% difference. If a builder’s price is far lower than the benchmark, it may indicate inferior quality and skill or that there has been an error in price computation.

Either way, clients may find it troublesome in the long run and counterproductive to your goals. If you choose to obtain such a service, ask for a comprehensive quote. Review your builders’ testimonials, speak to 2/3 of the latest clients he has had and do your due diligence on their back round!

Not doing the proper research Before booking their service is risky, it helps to find out as much as you can from every builder in order to have a clearer picture of their skills and quality of service.

QBS Construction — Comprehensive Home Renovation at Affordable Prices If you are planning to renovate or remodel your property soon, don’t hesitate to call us. At Qualified Building Solutions, we live up to our name. Customer satisfaction is our priority and we strive to fulfil it with excellent workmanship and an equally superb customer service.

When you work with us, you have the assurance of professional and top-quality home renovation services in Auckland delivered by a highly skilled team of builders. We offer competitive quotes for our services, and our builders will communicate with you throughout the process.

Qualified Building Solutions offers a complete set of home renovation, building and interior decoration services across Auckland. Discuss your needs with us today.

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QBS Licensed builders – Move & Re build, Kohimarama

QBS Licensed builders important initial decisions
Reasons for transporting a house
Transporting a house to a new site happens when:

A new house is built off-site by a building company that either specialises in building removable homes, or is selling a show home.
A house is built in the contractor’s yard and later moved to a new site.
An old house is bought, either from a building removal company’s sale-yard, or from an existing section, and transported to a new site for restoration and renovation.
A house is moved to a better position on the same site to allow for a subdivision or better use of the section.
New transportable homes
You can find the names of companies that build transportable homes in the Yellow Pages. Some kitset and group housing companies also build transportable homes.

One reason for buying such a home may be the convenience of the house being built off-site. QBS licensed builders are best at this call us on 0212170003, This is often a cheaper option and you can see exactly what you are getting. These houses are popular for baches and holiday homes. The house arrives fully completed but you will need to have foundations built, and engage a plumber, drainlayer and electrician to connect the services. Visit our website for more info! or 0212170003

Old homes for relocation
People choose to recycle an old house rather than building new because:

They can acquire a character home which they can renovate.
They like the native timbers used in a lot of older homes and which are now becoming harder to obtain.
It can work out cheaper than building new.
Will it suit the section?
The location and topography of the new site is important when you plan to move a house onto it. Houses can usually be placed on a hill section provided it is not too steep. They can be placed on poles to raise them up and/or to build a basement beneath. You have to know whether the house you are moving is built for the wind zone in the new location. See the building consent process.

Access is important as the truck has to be able to drive in, although in some cases a crane can be used.

Also be conscious of whether the house you are moving will suit the neighbourhood. A small colonial cottage may look odd in a new subdivision of large, new Mediterranean-style homes. And there may be council planning restrictions on the types of homes that can be built in certain areas.

Moving an old house
What will it cost?
The cost of buying an old house for removal can range from a few thousand dollars for a two-room bach, to over $100,000 for a large home.

The cost of moving the house will depend mainly on the time it takes, which depends in turn on the route to be travelled, the size of the house and the degree of difficulty. It can range from a few thousand dollars to move a single-piece house, with the price increasing for the number of pieces, location and difficulty.

The house moving company will generally be responsible for the moving permits, i.e. the costs of moving the house over public roads, but the homeowner is responsible for building and resource consents.

The cost of placing the house on the new site, the foundations, connections to services, repairs, alterations and renovations will be a large part of your total budget. Note that some house moving companies can have the foundations built for you at the new site.

Objections to the removal of some houses
If you see an old house for sale for removal, there is always a chance the neighbours will object to it moving away from the neighbourhood. If this is confusing contact

Conversely, neighbours may have objections to an old house moving into a newer development. In this case resource consent will be required. Contact QBS licensed builders for more info!


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