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  1. Good on you for starting at a young age, you will...

    Good on you for starting at a young age, you will do better than most of your peers if you keep working on this - but life isn't a race either!




    People say make sure the numbers work out....
  2. I have heard from a few people who have said that...

    I have heard from a few people who have said that whilst this was the case a little while ago, there was a court decision? which ruled council could not legally prevent properties being subdivided in...
  3. Thread: Shading analysis

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    King13 is correct, an architect/draftsman will be...

    King13 is correct, an architect/draftsman will be able to do this for you. They will model the bulk of your building in a 3D software (such as sketchup, Revit, Archicad etc.) and use sun analysis to...
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    My initial thoughts: Each city has its...

    My initial thoughts:



    Each city has its own zoning rules, so you will need to check on whether 2 dwellings is allowed on the section.
    If you are under the Auckland unitary plan, you could...
  5. WeWork - the global office sharing company has...

    WeWork - the global office sharing company has another venture called WeLive and is aimed at the millennial startup founder.
    The company essentially puts together these fully furnished co-living...
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    Noticed the article talks about the "build to...

    Noticed the article talks about the "build to rent Sector" flourishing in the UK and USA, and starting to gain traction in OZ. ...
  7. Auckland city council have a guide on their fees...

    Auckland city council have a guide on their fees on their website, not sure if CHCH council has one?
    This is a rough guide only though...Our current commercial education project ended up around the...
  8. With a refurb, you can either retrofit insulation...

    With a refurb, you can either retrofit insulation to meet current H1 code requirements, or you insulate to a level as reasonable as practical, see Section 112 ANARP which specifically allows for...
  9. A normal building process would be Resource then...

    A normal building process would be Resource then Building consent. An architect will know if there are any specific issues you need to deal with.
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    Council might require an Arborist report to go...

    Council might require an Arborist report to go with your RC
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    Personally not keen on Expol - it cant be in...

    Personally not keen on Expol - it cant be in contact with PVC wiring and generally polystyrene burns quite well.. Never used pinkbatts underfloor before, but the ceiling and wall types tends to sag...
  12. Few things I can think of to consider: because...

    Few things I can think of to consider: because the liner is soft-ish, your wall may need to be fully cleaned down to stop anything projecting through. Also how to do the joints and finishing-you'll...
  13. Hi Sazu Your architect should be able to give...

    Hi Sazu

    Your architect should be able to give you recommendations on a few builders. In a typically you can get 2-3 builders to tender/price for your project, however as the construction industry...
  14. We often put plain white hardiglaze into public...

    We often put plain white hardiglaze into public schools for its durability vs cost effectiveness.

    In the last month i've just put full height wall tiles into my home bathroom and yes it does get...
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    Hi Scott What is the reason for moving away...

    Hi Scott

    What is the reason for moving away from residential and towards commercial? Better cash flow, less maintenance?
    If you were starting now, would you use the same strategy you did...
  16. Is this for a rental or your own home? and assume...

    Is this for a rental or your own home? and assume these are only on the walls outside of the shower?

    Personally, I like the look of tiles - they make a space look just that little bit more...
  17. Akl Unitary Plan dwellings per site to increase

    I've heard from through the grape vine that the unitary plan's current permitted number of dwellings per site is to increase from 2 to 3 per site. I under council has already accepted this change -...
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    On a school block refurb project i'm working on...

    On a school block refurb project i'm working on now, we found asbestos sheeting had been used as form work between the concrete ribs, this made it impossible to remove.

    We had the underside of it...
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    I understand MDF is the better option compared to...

    I understand MDF is the better option compared to particle board, but i've never heard of a treated particle board.

    On a bathroom refurb for a rental about a year ago, I went to a chinese import...
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    Has anyone tried Unovent?...

    Has anyone tried Unovent?
    https://www.unovent.com/

    Seems like a simpler solution to a fully ducted system (hrv, dvs etc.), cost seems lower and it allows for DIY.

    I'm keen to have this...
  21. Thread: Emergency Lights

    by AlexL
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    Just had a product presentation from Ecoglo -...

    Just had a product presentation from Ecoglo - they're based in Christchurch. http://www.ecoglo.com/

    They have a hybrid sign that runs on LED power normally. when the power goes out, the sign will...
  22. When we specify membranes in our architectural...

    When we specify membranes in our architectural practice in NZ, we always go with 2 layer torch on systems, i.e. seams must be fully welded to each other and not simply bonded with glue. Plywood...
  23. Thread: Emergency Lights

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    Could be a good idea to replace them with LED...

    Could be a good idea to replace them with LED units, should last a lot longer in theory - up to 20 years for most LEDs i recall.
    However, it is often the electronic drivers that fail well before...
  24. Thread: Interest Rates

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    I've met Beano as well and can vouch for him...

    I've met Beano as well and can vouch for him doing the large scale deals he does - definitely a rarity to meet someone like that.
    He's a very humble person and extremely passionate about property,...
  25. Sounds reasonable to me too - councils do...

    Sounds reasonable to me too - councils do generally required the entire property drawn up for any modifications/additions to a house.
    Don't forget council is going to charge you an arm and a leg to...
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