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Choosing the right tile for your project

At Ninety45 we see tiles as a popular choice for flooring and wall coverings in homes, that's why we've asked our friends at Tile Space for their expert opinion on what to consider when choosing the right tile for your project.

From location, to budget, style preferences and the tiles intended use, this article guides you through all the important factors and will help to inspire your next tiling project.

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Wood Flooring: Which is best?

Traditional hardwood flooring is messy and time-consuming to install, but there is a better way.

Before choosing your engineered hardwood flooring, narrow your choices down to pre-finished planks. Not only are they easier to install – they’re also more durable and reliable. Pre-finished flooring provides a cost-effective alternative to traditional floorboards, while also increasing longevity and simplifying installation.

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Kicking off your build project

So you're ready to kick off your build. Now what? Engaging your builder early will be extremely beneficial to the outcome of your project. You get a more accurate read on what it will cost, enjoy a collaborative process with your architect on buildability and have a team working alongside you to ensure all decisions consider your best interest. When selecting, you want to make sure your builder has the experience and manpower to take on the project, as well as the management structure to oversee it.

It’s important that your builder has as a solid list of subtrades, can work in with your preferred subs or one specified specifically by your Architect. Having the ability to manage and pivot where necessary makes for successful project outcomes. At Ninety45 we have a well-established relationship with our subtrades who form the wider team.

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Coloured Concrete

If you are considering using concrete on your next project, check out our friends from Revolution Concrete's guide to managing expectations when it comes to all things coloured concrete!

Concrete is made from natural materials, and this means the surface has character as it is naturally variable - one of its key design benefits. From experience we know that the inherent natural properties of concrete are not to everybody's taste and it is important you understand the following.

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Planning your outdoor entertaining space

When planning an exterior renovation there are a few important things to think about.

Put time into thinking about the layout and design of the area. This essentially adds another living space to your home and increases the value of your property.

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Do I need an architect, an engineer or a draftsman?

No matter the size or complexity of your job, every project needs some sort of designer. But the big question is – do you need an architect, an engineer or a draftsman?

Those new to the renovation game may not know where to start when it comes to selecting the right expert. It can be hard to know what skills are needed without looking at what each specialist can bring to the table. We’ll break it down for you so you can get the right person for the job.

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Should you project manage your own renovation?

Kiwis love to renovate, it’s in our DNA. But what happens when you have big plans for your home and you’re not quite sure how you are going to manage it?

That’s where a project manager can come in, provided it’s the right fit for you and the job.

One of the main draw cards for managing a renovation project yourself as the homeowner is being able to keep costs down. But all too often projects can end up going over budget when tradies and supplies are not planned properly and problems arise.

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10 common bathroom renovation mistakes

Before anything, ensure you plan according to the space you have, so everyone is working off the same hymn sheet. Bathroom planning needs to be well thought out to ensure you are making great use of the space, not over-delivering or trying to do too much.

It’s a room you will use on a daily basis, so while you want it to be a place you love to step foot into, it needs to be functional with all the right fixtures and fittings.

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