Measuring up and designing your deck – Piles, bearers and joists

Piles, Bearers and Joists After you have chosen what type of decking you want to use we can then move on to designing the structure. Again we are designing the deck in the opposite direction to the way we would build the deck. Remember the joist spacings are max: (a)  600 mm joist centres for 32 mm … Continue reading Measuring up and designing your deck – Piles, bearers and joists

Does your project require a building consent?

Does your project require a building consent? Usually one of the first questions before a project begins is whether the work requires a building consent or not. Building projects that don't require consent fall under Schedule 1 of the Building Act 2004. "The purpose of Schedule 1 is to exempt building work that is low-risk … Continue reading Does your project require a building consent?

Home dampness – keys to a dry healthy home

Dampness is a common issue in older New Zealand homes, especially during winter. Houses with excessive dampness are harder to heat, more unhealthy and can promote mould and dust mites which can cause respiratory problems. While dehumidifiers and ventilation systems help reduce the symptoms of the problem, it’s important to track down the underlying cause … Continue reading Home dampness – keys to a dry healthy home