The 10-Year Challenge. Clients are often surprised by todays costs for completing building work on their homes. Be it a simple extension and deck, with a new slider, to a whole new build of their forever family home. Prices have increased, and nowadays clients are often left saying “It never used to cost this much…” […]Read more
Including Timber as a Feature in your Home
Read on to see how Leonard Construction & Design uses timber as a feature in our client’s homes. Feature Wall In this project we re-purposed the existing cedar weatherboards removed from the exterior of the home, and installed them in the master bedroom walls. They were then stained for additional warmth and cohesive finish. The […]Read more
Should I Stay or Should I Go?
Staying in your home for an extended time is often because you love the area, have established great connections with the schools and clubs, and often have neighbours who have now become your friends. But after being there for some time, you might have outgrown the current space, due to a growing family, or want […]Read more
What is a Contingency
What is a contingency? ‘Contingencies are subjective and should be set to cover the risk of estimating errors or incorrect assumptions, price differences, subcontractor differences, and as well as protection for general project risks. ‘- That’s the official word. In short, a contingency is a reasonable financial buffer to cover the unexpected. Why should you have […]Read more
What is a Budget?
‘An estimate of income and expenditure for a set period of time’ is the official definition. A Budget is about trying to make a prediction at a moment in time of costs for the project. Is your budget a target, a goal, a limit, an idealism, or something to guide some of your decisions? […]Read more
Autumn Home Maintenance
This list is a few things you should check and undertake for your Autumn Home Maintenance. Check & Clear all of your gutters – As the Auckland still gets rain over the summer months, so having clean & clear gutters means that the water from your roof is carried easily away from your roof. Also […]Read more
Halo, is it me you’re looking for?
What does the Guarantee Insurance cover for the Homeowner/Property Owner? The Halo 10 year Residential Guarantee Insurance will provide cover to the Property Owner for: Loss of deposits if the builder doesn’t start the building work Losses if the builder starts but doesn’t complete the building work 10-year cover for the full contract price, for […]Read more
Are We There Yet?
Now the builders have left site doesn’t mean that we have forgotten about you and your project. It seems that no one is regularly now on site, you might see the odd subtrade to finish off the last few things, it’s all gone rather quiet. But have you finished? Nearly, you will find that we […]Read more
Summer Home Maintenance
This list is a few things you should check and undertake for your Summer Home Maintenance. Clean your heat pump filters/have your heat pump serviced – We are seeing a lot of people using their heat pumps to cool their homes over the summer months, having dirty filters and an un-serviced unit means the heat pump […]Read more
Leonard Construction & Design Building Glossary
Does Building Jargon sound like another language? Well here is a Glossary with 31 Building terms you need to know when undertaking a Building Project… 4×2/6×2 – 2 standard sizes of timber, in imperial measurements – 90x45mm and 140x45mm Architrave – The Finishing timber trim that surrounds windows and doors to cover the intersection between the […]Read more