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Changing your garage into an office
Jun 18, 2017
Changing your garage into an office
Expanding your home is a great way to give you the additional space for an office. But sometimes it is just not possible due to …Read more...
Changing your garage into a habitable space
Jun 11, 2017
Changing your garage into a habitable space
Our garages have been designed to house our vehicles and as a storage area. Yet as our families grow and lives change, we start …Read more...
How to make your home as unique as you are
Jun 1, 2017
How to make your home as unique as you are
We all want our home to be a reflection of ourselves, our lifestyles and our tastes – but there’s just one problem. We also know…Read more...
Inspirations from the 2017 Milan Design Week
Jun 1, 2017
Inspirations from the 2017 Milan Design Week
You probably think of Milan as a fashion centre, but every year the city becomes the hub of the design world.Read more...
5 ways to make your home a happier place, backed by science
May 1, 2017
5 ways to make your home a happier place, backed by science
Scientific studies show that our home environment plays a greater role in how we feel than previously thought. We share the late…Read more...
How 3D modelling can make your renovation real – even before you start
May 1, 2017
How 3D modelling can make your renovation real – even before you start
It happens all the time - home owners start a renovation, only to find when it's partly completed that it's not what they expect…Read more...
The 5 biggest home renovation myths
May 1, 2017
The 5 biggest home renovation myths
According to the rash of so-called ‘reality’ shows, renovation can be done by anyone. But in this age of leaky homes and tighten…Read more...
How to increase the value of your home by 40%
Apr 4, 2017
How to increase the value of your home by 40%
What’s the one thing that can add the most value to your home? If you’re thinking a fresh coat of paint, or a new kitchen, or re…Read more...
Let the sun shine in
Apr 3, 2017
Let the sun shine in
Winter is almost upon us. So now’s the time, in the interests of your family’s health and lifestyle, to let us light up your liv…Read more...
The 5 most inspiring home interiors we’ve seen so far this year
Apr 2, 2017
The 5 most inspiring home interiors we’ve seen so far this year
You may be wondering why there appears to be a big chunk of rock in front of the fireplace in this amazing home in Washington St…Read more...
Black is the new black in home renovation
Feb 2, 2017
Black is the new black in home renovation
For some, the colour black is kind of creepy, the colour of death. But for more and more home owners, black really is the new bl…Read more...
After and Before: 5 Renovations that will inspire you
Dec 4, 2016
After and Before: 5 Renovations that will inspire you
We like to put the After photo first because, let’s face it, the Before photo is usually downright depressing. If that’s how you…Read more...
10 of the latest must-haves for your home
Oct 31, 2016
10 of the latest must-haves for your home
Yes, we can add pzazz to your home – but what then? A beautiful house, no matter how well it's renovated, is simply that: a hous…Read more...
Discover 9 stunning transformations
Oct 31, 2016
Discover 9 stunning transformations
Here’s a challenge for you – match the numbered “before” pictures with the lettered “after” pictures below to discover some room…Read more...
Trends: 10 of the hottest kitchen, bathroom and outdoor ideas for summer
Oct 30, 2016
Trends: 10 of the hottest kitchen, bathroom and outdoor ideas for summer
The whole point of doing a major renovation is to create a space that works for you, which means you shouldn’t be bound by the l…Read more...
Which house would you rather live in?
Sep 4, 2016
Which house would you rather live in?
Life is too short to live in a house that doesn’t reflect your personality or work for your lifestyle!Read more...
Transforming your unused roof space
Aug 2, 2016
Transforming your unused roof space
Did you know that around 30% of the available area in your home is up in your roof space? Unused except for storing of boxes or …Read more...
Future proofing your home: How to renovate for life
Aug 1, 2016
Future proofing your home: How to renovate for life
Universal design, or ageing in place, is a relatively new idea that can help you or your loved ones continue living a full life …Read more...
15 insanely clever renovation ideas that will make you call us immediately
Aug 1, 2016
15 insanely clever renovation ideas that will make you call us immediately
Getting smart with your renovations to help maintain your stress levels is not ONLY about having a firm budget or ensuring your …Read more...
Art Deco Influence in New Zealand Architecture
Jul 20, 2016
Art Deco Influence in New Zealand Architecture
The art deco influence in New Zealand architecture is no more predominately seen in this country than in Napier. The 1931 Hawkes…Read more...
Design the home office you would love to work in
Jun 21, 2016
Design the home office you would love to work in
Whether you use it to network with new clients every day or to just calculate your taxes once a year, your home office should be…Read more...
Top Five Renovation Tips to Improve the Value of Your Home
May 31, 2016
Top Five Renovation Tips to Improve the Value of Your Home
New Zealand is one of the few countries in the world where you can pretty much guarantee a return on every dollar you invest in …Read more...
How much does it really cost to renovate in New Zealand
May 30, 2016
How much does it really cost to renovate in New Zealand
We were shocked at how many websites have popped up recently that claim to be able to tell you how much it costs to renovate in …Read more...
Till DIY do us part
Mar 29, 2016
Till DIY do us part
3 couples talk about how their renovations nearly wrecked their relationships. As renovation experts, we at Pzazz Building are …Read more...
5 ways to add more pzazz to your home
Mar 28, 2016
5 ways to add more pzazz to your home
We’re not just talking about adding value here – but also that special something that adds your own distinctive style and person…Read more...
Pre-Planning Guide to a Basement Remodel
Feb 2, 2016
Pre-Planning Guide to a Basement Remodel
When considering a basement conversion you need plenty of prior planning and enough research to discover how best to proceed wit…Read more...
Tips on how to add an Extra Room to Your Home
Oct 29, 2015
Tips on how to add an Extra Room to Your Home
Depending on the existing design and structure of your home, you should speak to a home renovation specialist. They will offer i…Read more...
Minimalism: There’s nothing to it
Aug 3, 2015
Minimalism: There’s nothing to it
Minimalist architecture became popular in the late 1980s in London and New York, where architects and fashion designers worked t…Read more...
Home renovating becomes a $1.5 billion industry
Aug 3, 2015
Home renovating becomes a $1.5 billion industry
Statistics New Zealand figures reveal we spent $1.5b on renovating houses last year, up 60% from $940 million in 2012. And the n…Read more...
What has happened to the good old Blokes Shed
Jun 29, 2015
What has happened to the good old Blokes Shed
A bloke just ain’t a bloke without a shed. So said Jim Hopkins in the classic 1999 New Zealand book and documentary Blokes ‘n Sh…Read more...
Be inspired: 9 amazing home offices we’d love to work in
Jun 1, 2015
Be inspired: 9 amazing home offices we’d love to work in
With more and more people working from home these days, who says your home office has to be purely functional? By stamping their…Read more...
Space converters: Turn unused parts of your home into the space you need
May 5, 2015
Space converters: Turn unused parts of your home into the space you need
Research shows that adding more space to your home not only makes it more liveable – but more valuable, too. And by making bette…Read more...
Smart homes just got smarter
Mar 11, 2015
Smart homes just got smarter
And the good news is that you don't have to build a new home to have a smart home. We look at how the smartest homes are now goi…Read more...