It’s a Ute, Utilise it

2018-04-19T11:49:03+12:00April 19th, 2018|Building, General|

The call went out to sort out a few rotten weatherboards at Mick’s place, Palmerston North… What a great excuse for a roadie. I can’t remember the last time I drove that far south, all that comes to mind is a younger version of myself on my old motorbike. The round trip which was completed [...]

Rockcote – 2017 National Winner: Retail Category

2018-03-29T09:03:38+13:00March 29th, 2018|Building, General|

PROJECT: TANTALUS WINERY, BREWERY & RESTAURANT Entrant: WG de Gruchy Construction Limited Project Partners: Cheshire Architects (Architect/Designer Underscoring everything is a commitment to the organic, the bespoke, and the hand made. In pursuing the demands of an intense hospitality operation, we made lights from twisted old vine branches, plastered walls with ROCKCOTE clay plaster and straw, [...]

Straight talk from the deep South

2018-03-19T16:34:06+13:00March 19th, 2018|Building, General|

Truss Tech Ltd is a locally-owned and operated business, located in Central Otago’s Cromwell. The company specializes in pre-nailed timber wall frames and roof trusses, for both residential and commercial construction for Juken New Zealand. Paul Robertson and his wife Nicky have owned the business for 15 years. Truss Tech supplies to a [...]

Rockcote Polished interior

2018-03-29T09:20:15+13:00March 19th, 2018|Building, General|

Outstanding interior work by Chris Baker – Plastercoat Coromandel. Cubro, one of New Zealand's leading healthcare equipment providers have completed their new premises in Tauranga. Adding to the immaculate contemporary interior, is our Marmoreus ‘Blanc’ lime plaster surface that follows the smooth curves. Applied, finished & polished by Hand creating a durable, and tactile surface [...]

Impact Resistance – with style

2018-03-19T16:26:20+13:00March 19th, 2018|Building, General|

Triboard is a 3-layered panel with a wood strand core sandwiched between an MDF outer “skins”. The result is a clean-lined panel that has high resilience and impact resistance and greater stiffness than other similar products. The dimensionally stable core provides superb load bearing and screw holding, and the MDF surfaces give a [...]

Rockcote CoolPlast strikes again

2018-03-29T09:20:53+13:00March 18th, 2018|Building, General|

In the heart of Christchurch, amidst the ongoing rebuild sits a newly refurbished building An existing masonry construction that underwent significant restrengthening and overall interior and exterior finishing. Premier Plastering were called upon to undertake the plastering work which included the complete exterior plastering and feature internal atrium works. Our Rockcote Masonry Render System reinforced with fibreglass [...]

Foresight pays off

2017-06-15T10:52:52+12:00June 15th, 2017|Building, Heritage, Painting|

We have lived in our Devonport villa for close on 20 years. We did a major renovation about 15 years ago, but very little since. At the end of 2016 we decide it was time for a freshen up and to finish some of those ‘jobs I’ve been meaning to do’. When our original [...]

Walls, stripping off

2017-03-09T09:58:41+13:00January 21st, 2016|Building|

Following on from the Demolition article, I thought that I would take a look at what to do while the walls are open. Substantial renovations, extensions and new builds offer an unexpected opportunity for most home owners. Given the great technological growth of the last few decades, and accepting the fact that the bulk of [...]

Planning and Preparation

2017-03-09T09:58:41+13:00January 21st, 2016|Building|

While inspiration or necessity might be the spark for a renovation, the fuel that keeps the project moving forward is the planning and preparation. Broadly speaking, all building projects, regardless of size, require two crucial areas of planning. There is the planning needed to satisfy any building regulations and requirements set out by Government and [...]

Restricted Building Work (RBW)

2017-03-09T09:58:41+13:00January 21st, 2016|Building|

The well publicised changes to the Building Act and the introduction of the Licensed Building Practitioner scheme have and will make a significant impact on the way homes are built and renovated in New Zealand. It has also introduced some new terminology and phrases into the building language. Licensed Building Practitioners (LBP) are now required [...]