Our company motto is “Our best interest and yours are one and the same!” We apply this motto in every job we do from renovations to new builds – and with great success.
Christchurch, Chile, Haiti. Pakistan and Nepal. All have shared the devastating effects of earthquakes as a result of being located in the Ring of Fire – that band of tectonic plate movement and volcanic activity that circles the globe. In the past, the rush to rebuild caused many to forget important lessons relating to earthquake protection. However world wide there is now an awareness of the need to build stronger, resilient structures to withstand earthquakes. In New Zealand, since the Christchurch shakes, there has been an urgency in most towns and cities to strengthen and renovate older buildings to new earthquake safety standards.
In Pakistan, building engineers are implementing new home grown safety measures, such as the installation of locally made, wooden reinforced bracing for clay brick houses. This reinforcing placed in each corner of a house, together with strengthened roofing, increases the structural integrity of village houses and should prevent collapse in an earthquake. University student teams are being trained to introduce these safer building practices in certain vulnerable regions of Pakistan.
Earthquakes in the Ring of Fire will never cease but building standards are improving to ensure that structures endure to a greater level thus saving lives.
The ANZ Bank have produced some thought provoking comparisons on the viability of building a new home versus renovating your old home. There are pros and cons for each and their website article may help focus your decision making. Have a look at their website http://www.anz.co.nz/personal/home-loans-mortgages/building-renovating/options/
A good idea is to talk to Stewart Construction. Our goal is to create capital for our clients. Through consultation we have saved clients many thousands of dollars and we would be happy to discuss your building or renovation options with you.
Cabinet have agreed new consumer protection measures as a result of the Building Amendment Act 2013, which came into force on 1 January 2015.
In summary, these measures include;
- Mandatory written contracts for residential building work costing $30,000 or more (including GST)
- A requirement for building contractors to provide checklists and disclose certain information for residential building work $30,000 or more (including GST) or when they are asked for this
- Minimum content that must be included in all residential building contracts
- Clauses that are taken to be included in a residential building contract that does not contain all of the minimum content, or in a contract for work $30,000 or more (including GST) that is not in writing
- Information that a building contractor must provide to their client after the building work is completed
- Infringement fees of $500 for breaching the contract, disclosure or checklist requirements.
For more details check out the Ministry of Business, innovation and Employment website