Do you complete a Home Renovation, or sell up and move? Always an interesting question… LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION … What do you like about where you are? Is it safe? Convenient? Close to good schools / colleges? Transport? Does your street have good parking for you, family and visitors? Is it on a side road,…

Plans for a new house build

As New Zealand’s housing market continues to heat up, more people than ever are turning to building their own home as an alternative to buying a house. While this is a very appealing option to avoid the stress of endless auctions and potentially save some cash, there’s nothing worse than planning your dream house and…

Houses on a subdivision

For many people, buying a piece of land in their preferred location and building their own new house on it is the Kiwi dream. However, this doesn’t come without its challenges – it can be hard to find and buy the piece of land you want, to choose the right building contractors for your project,…

If you’ve got it into your head that your home needs renovation work and you think it’s a simple DIY job, then there’s clearly a lot that you need to consider. Before you head down to the garage or the hardware store and get yourself into a real mess, here’s 9 reasons why you shouldn’t…

Add a new room or hallway to your home

At Smartway Builders, we’ve worked with almost every kind of homeowner to help make their dreams become a reality. Whether it’s a home renovation, remodel, or extension, we can understand and explain the potential limitations before you spend thousands of dollars on unnecessary work. In this piece, we’re going to talk about how we approach…

Building tools

Building in New Zealand is governed by a lot of rules and regulations. Love them or hate them, we need to abide by the rules when undergoing a home renovation or building a new home. These regulations are influenced by where you live in New Zealand as much as how your house is built. Thankfully,…

Woman stretching on beach

Who doesn’t love the beach? Ocean, sand, rocks and an entire ecosystem breathing beneath the swell of the water. Long walks, surfing, making sandcastles with the kids … having a beachside property is a Kiwi lifestyle dream, whether it’s to live in permanently or to keep on the side for holiday getaways, and we’ve seen…

Retired Man

We’re all about being active members of our community, which is why we’re helping with the creation of Tawa MenzShed. Everyone should have a warm and welcoming place to meet new people, share experiences, and learn new creative and practical skills. What is MenzShed? For those who don’t know, MenzShed is a non-profit charitable organisation…

Our team has been involved with building lots of new homes in New Zealand, and not one has been the same as another. Humans have very specific, unique tastes, and what better way to showcase them than by building a house? Those given the opportunity to build themselves a home are able to express their…

You might be wondering why builders need a license – I mean, doesn’t experience count as a qualification? You’re right, experience matters, but being licensed shows the public and potential clients that the builder meets a minimum standard of competency and enables them to carry out or supervise restricted building work. A license is a…

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