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Rockcote Refresh

2021-03-04T12:57:37+00:00March 4th, 2021|General, Painting|

Render has been a popular finish for literally decades in NZ, and we found clever examples of render in the old villa we renovated in 2020. The original fireplace had a decorative render around the fireplace opening, with a piped grout line that was then painted over. Once we got underway with the restoration of [...]

Harvesting Water

2021-02-05T14:49:22+00:00February 5th, 2021|General|

Like many Kiwi’s, we bought a “do-up” many years ago.  Along with a number of “character” features like holes in the roof, walls on a lean and a bathroom in the hallway there was the fact that the downpipes discharged directly into the combined stormwater and sewer system.  Well, some of them did, the rest [...]

With risk of infection, cleanliness is key

2020-03-24T15:49:34+00:00March 24th, 2020|General|

These are very interesting times right now. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is now a pandemic and there is increasing fear and concern, with stockpiling occurring as we start our lockdown 4-week period and isolate within our homes. We are now being encouraged to practice ‘social distancing’. This is to avoid close contact – avoid shaking hands [...]

5 Easy reasons to like Easy Access

2020-03-02T15:28:40+00:00March 2nd, 2020|General|

Last year this Resident Builder forged a new working relationship with Easy Access Co.  Most Tradies would know Easy Access for their range of ladders, scaffolds and  edge protection, widely available from trade stores throughout New Zealand.   Since working with the Easy Access over the past few months, I have discovered that there is more [...]

Scaffold Towers

2019-06-14T14:50:33+00:00June 14th, 2019|Building, General|

The reality of life on a building site is that much of what we need to do, we need to do at a height that is out of reach. Nogging out a midfloor, fixing down trusses and working in stairwells are the types of jobs that have us searching for a safe and stable platform [...]

Resene Rockcote

2018-08-22T15:34:07+00:00August 22nd, 2018|Building, General|

Glass Polish Finish by Colin Mackenzie, Plastering in Auckland. When it came to selecting the interior finish for the walls and ceiling for Harmon Horton Lusk corporate law offices the Architects at Warren & Mahoney Auckland office selected the Rockcote MarbleStone polished lime finish. The finish is the highest polish achievable with our range of natural plasters. The ‘Glass [...]

J-Frame, It’s the way of the future!

2018-08-16T14:24:13+00:00August 16th, 2018|Building, General|

J-Frame is manufactured by Juken New Zealand Ltd at their processing plant at Masterton. During my time gaining knowledge about the J-Frame I was lucky enough to discuss and learn from different individuals about their opinions and experiences working with J-Frame. Here’s how the J-Frame is made. I then went on to interview Ash Sparks [...]

It’s a Ute, Utilise it

2018-04-19T11:49:03+00:00April 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+00:00March 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, [...]

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