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Insulated Concrete Forms - How do they work?
Insulated Concrete Forms - How do they work?
1 April 2016
1. Lightweight ICF blocks are very easy to get on site, saving significant time and labour costs in the early construction phase. 2. ICF blocks are designed to stack securely together and are customised on site to suit the building...
Fundamentally Correct Residential Architecture
Fundamentally Correct Residential Architecture
29 October 2015
I often travel around looking at new sites for clients, and observe many projects at the early stages of construction. During these outings I am amazed at the number of homes that fall short of being fundamentally correct. When I talk about fundamentals in regard to residential architecture, I am referring to the...
Fowler Homes Embraces Great Design
Fowler Homes Embraces Great Design
31 March 2015
Fowler Homes is an award winning design and build company with offices throughout New Zealand. In order to meet the needs of their clients, local branches will sometimes contract out their design services. It was through this process that the Tauranga team discovered Creative Space. As Tauranga local...
The Modern Take on Privacy Screens
The Modern Take on Privacy Screens
25 March 2015
With the availability of lightweight alumium and access to laser cutting technology, privacy screens are no longer limited to the basic wooden slats of recent times. These days you can add that real 'Wow' factor to your home, in a design aesthetic that suits your style, without forgoing any...
Great design creates great value
Great design creates great value
21 October 2014
When investing large sums of money into your future by way of building new or renovating, the biggest opportunity to create more value than you are spending is through good design. We know that ‘great design creates great value’ and those clients who have experienced this are quick to agree....
Why use synthetic plaster systems?
Why use synthetic plaster systems?
15 July 2014
The typical exterior plaster system for most NZ homes has been cementitious or cement-based plaster. These plaster systems are fine for simple homes associated with a low ‘design complexity’. However, when more complicated homes are designed we often look towards more robust plaster systems. The fact...
Preventing Leaky Home Issues Starts with Basic Home Maintenance
Preventing Leaky Home Issues Starts with Basic Home Maintenance
25 March 2014
Ask any builder, designer or building inspector, and they will all confirm that keeping your home well maintained is the best way you can prevent leaky home issues.  While we are all doing everything we can in the industry to prevent and protect our home, and other building owners, from the disaster that...
Laminam - Large Format Tiles
Laminam - Large Format Tiles
10 February 2014
It's not that often that we get excited about a new material or construction technique - not since ICF systems, at least. Primarily we want to be sure of anything we recommend before we shout about it here.  Laminam is another story. We are super excited about this product and the opportunities it will...
Why Critical Junctions are Critical
Why Critical Junctions are Critical
26 November 2013
Critical junctions are areas of a building where construction materials and construction methods intersect. They are the areas of construction that most designers turn a blind eye to and they are also the areas that will make your builder curse out loud. A good example would be the intersection between a deck...
Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) Systems
Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) Systems
1 June 2013
ICFs are basically very large format polystyrene blocks, comparable to traditional masonry blocks.  However, for one ICF block you would need 4-6 traditional masonry blocks (due to the size of most ICFs).  The ICF is laid (like traditional blocks) and then braced before being filled with concrete...
What are Pressure Balanced Cavity Systems, and why are they important?
What are Pressure Balanced Cavity Systems, and why are they important?
4 June 2013
Cavity construction was introduced with the change in the Building Code in 2004.  Two of the 4 Ds are covered with these Pressure Balanced Cavity Systems, that is ‘Drainage’ and ‘Drying’. The idea with a Pressure Balanced Cavity System is to wrap your home and make it air tight,...
Understanding Air Barrier Systems and the difference between Flexible and Rigid Air Barrier Systems
Understanding Air Barrier Systems and the difference between Flexible and Rigid Air Barrier Systems
12 June 2013
The first layer of protection is the seal around your home, then you’ve got your cavity system and then you’ve got the deflection layer.  The seal around your home is the Air Barrier System which is critical.  To help you understand this better, it probably helps if you have a basic...
What are the 4 Ds?
What are the 4 Ds?
18 June 2013
Deflection, Drainage, Drying and Decay – this was the significant change to the Buidling Code's "acceptable solutions" in 2004, after the Leaky Home crisis was revealed eg. NZS3604. Prior to the change we always had ‘Deflection’ which was our cladding's ability to deflect...
What is the Building Code really?
What is the Building Code really?
22 June 2013
The first and most important point that everyone needs to understand before starting any building work is that the Building Code is the BARE MINIMUM STANDARD.  It’s as simple as that.  It’s not an elevated level to reach.  The acceptable solutions associated with the building code are...