Thinking about refreshing and renovating your home but no idea where to start?
Don’t fear! Certified Home Extensions are here to help!
Choosing to renovate your home is often just as challenging as choosing to extend or build. You are likely to ask yourself a hundred questions, trying to make sure that you have all of your ducks lined up in a row to avoid costly mistakes. You could probably use some help from a team with extensive renovations experience.
Give us a call and let’s begin your renovation journey today! Over 79% of our 176 projects have involved some type of renovation. You can rest assured knowing that Certified Builders with extensive experience are in charge of your project. We will tell you whether you need consent, make any recommendations or offer any advice necessary to maximize the space and potential of your existing home. We will manage the process for you every step of the way to ensure your home gets renovated smoothly and stress-free!
“We’re very busy people so we needed somebody that would do everything for us. We got Alvin and the Certified Home Extension’s team in and they did exactly that, we didn’t have to think about anything, apart from choosing a few colors. Everything was done for us, priced out and it was a complete turnkey operation which made it so much easier for everybody”.
STEVE & LESLIE
bright, beautiful kitchens
The most common type of renovation/alteration that our team specialises in is the creation of a spacious kitchen/dining area. Kitchens are one area of homes that date quickly & they usually need an update every ten to fifteen years.
Investing in your kitchen area is a decision that you will have no regrets about as this is the heart of every home, where you spend time catching up with family after busy weekdays at work or school & entertain your extended family & friends on the weekend.
You want to be free to talk to your friends or family, not tucked away in the corner of a small kitchen, elbow to elbow with your partner as you frantically rush to get dinner on the table.
Here at Certified Home Extensions we always use custom built kitchens as opposed to mass produced flatpacks. This is for numerous reasons including; a custom crafted kitchen that is built from scratch always involves the use of superior quality hinges & is designed to fit the space, as opposed to someone trying to fit pre-built units into an existing room.
The end result of a custom built kitchen is a stunning, spacious area where every aspect is functional and that is exactly what we want to achieve with any area of your home that our team is working on.
Prior to our team commencing work on this home in Tuakau, the owners hardly had enough space for themselves in their kitchen/living area, let alone family & friends. Now they have the perfect space with indoor-outdoor flow, ideal for entertaining and pursuing the passion they have for cooking.
UTILISING SECTION SPACE
Initially this house in Point England was located bang in the middle of a vast section, meaning the owners had a lot of yard but no room for the garage or deck they wanted. One easy house lift later, they had the man cave & outdoor entertainment area of their dreams as well as a luxurious master suite to put the icing on the cake.
You may be one of the lucky home owners in Auckland who has the dream quarter acre section with a solid mid century home that has beautiful polished hardwood floors. However you may also find your home is placed squarely in the centre of your section with no thought of where the sun rises and sets, or indoor outdoor flow so you are unable to utilise all your expansive space.
This can leave you scratching your head, wondering exactly how you can achieve the spacious living area or luxurious master suite you've been picturing. Well consider shifting your house - it's easy and can make all of the aforementioned and more a reality.
Shifting my house isn't simple we hear you say & you'd be right on the money, if you were to attempt to manage a house lift by yourself, it wouldn't be easy & you would have to overcome many challenges, likely resulting in premature grey hair and wrinkles.However, with CHE on board you can rest easy, we've aligned ourselves with two chosen house lifting companies who expertly shift houses on a daily basis. often without even creating a single crack in the Gib board walls.
Knowing people like ourselves who can make shifting your home easy means your options are endless. Whether you are looking to move your home to create the perfect indoor-outdoor flow in your kitchen/living area or so we can build another home behind it to create value, our team can definitely help.
maximizing internal space
Twenty first century homes are all about bright, open plan spaces that are perfect for housing the family and entertaining relatives & friends.
If you live in an older property, you'll know that this was not something that was a key design focus in mid century houses.
Instead of the spacious living room of your dreams, you probably have multiple cramped, dark spaces which leave you scratching your head, knowing the area is under utilised but not sure what to do about it. Thats where Certified Home Extensions can help!
Based on our past experience, even the careful removal of a wall between the lounge and dining rooms can make a big difference to the feel of your home and the area you have available. Instead of struggling for a spot for the television, you'll be able to place it in your preferred location and relax and enjoy!
Knowing which walls you can easily remove is often tricky for a homeowner with limited building experience such as yourself. Before you remove any walls, you should consult with experts such as the Certified Home Extensions team to know whether or not you will need a beam to prevent the structural integrity of your home decreasing.
Most of the time we do require Building Consent to carefully remove walls which means that our handpicked architectural designer needs to draw up some plans. This is an added bonus for you as means we get their expertise as to how we can best maximise the usable space within your home.
Cheryl in Pukekohe had a older home that while nice was struggling to keep up with the space requirements that her two young children demanded. We removed three walls to create a bright, open plan living space that was the perfect room for relaxing as a family & housing the kids toys.
Auckland’s Most Trusted Home Renovations Expert!
Expert Experience and Knowledge
Building an extension or renovating an existing space is tremendously more challenging than starting from scratch with an empty section and building a new home. Experience is crucial when considering who will help you to make your dream home a reality.
After having successfully completed 176 home extensions, the Certified Home Extensions team has all the experience needed and more when it comes to working on treasured family homes.
Throughout his twenty-one years in the construction industry, Alvin has encountered and overcome just about every problem imaginable with a building project.
After thirteen years of focusing solidly on extensions and renovations, it is very unlikely that there will be a challenge arising from your project that we do not know how to overcome.
Complete Turnkey Solution
We totally understand that life is busy and it only seems to get busier! If you are anything like our previous clients, you probably struggle to spend adequate time with family and friends, which means you really do not have time to manage a building project!
This is where we come in. Our team will assist with your designing process (ensuring it runs as efficiently as possible), deal with the council in order to obtain the required consents, organise the sub-trades and then manage the construction process while keeping you updated every step of the way. We will ensure that you have a stress free journey towards making your extension dream a reality.
This means that you do not have to deal with any of the typical stresses involved with a building project e.g. ensuring the plumber turns up on time. We will leave you to focus on the excitement of dream home becoming true before your eyes.
We strive to make your extension dream a reality. We will work together with you throughout the whole project. Communication is key to ensure you understand what is going on all the time.
Our team will update you once a week regardless of the stage we are at. We will always keep you in the loop, whether we are drawing up concept plans or hanging doors in your new extension. This means that we will never leave you wondering about the status of your project. You will have 24/7 access to your project schedule on our project management software as well as weekly emailed reports throughout construction.
We put a high emphasis on trust and communication right from the initial phases of your project. Architectural designers, tradespeople, engineers and council members always speak a different language and it is important that you feel comfortable.
(Awesome) Action Plans
One of the ways that we strive to maximize your levels of confidence is through our 13-page Action Plan we provide pre-construction. It is broken down into approximately 24 unique categories with all materials that will be built into your dream extension listed and included.
Sometimes it takes 2-3 revisions to get these 13 pages 100% correct but we are happy to do 200 revisions if that is what it takes. We want you to understand every detail and material that is going into your project. Rather than saying “Hey! I thought that was included!” we guarantee that you will be impressed with the depth of detail in what we have covered.
Our Action Plan provides the ultimate level of transparency meaning that you will have absolute clarity about constructing your dream extension.
WORK THAT WE DO NOT SPECIALISE IN
While we are quick to point out that we specialise in major extensions, renovations and architectural new builds, we also like to be transparent about the type of work we do not specialise in.
If you have a smaller project in minds such as a new deck, singular bathroom renovation or garage conversion, then we are probably not the right building company for you. We will respectfully tell you this during our first phone call. This will save both of us from disappointment as well as wasted time, money and energy.
However, if you have any of the aforementioned projects in mind as part of a larger scope of works, we can easily schedule it in as a component of construction. By doing it this way, we can offer greater efficiency and stress-free experiences.
We are not interested in cutting corners by using unskilled tradesmen or materials of inferior quality in order to offer you the cheapest construction price. So if you are after the lowest quote in Auckland please do not ask.
However, if you are interested in building a strong relationship with a reputable building company who has systems in place and it is able to ensure you have a pleasurable experience whilst providing the highest quality result, give us a call. We would love to chat further about how our team can help you best!
Large customised extensions like this property are the projects that CHE specialises in.
Singular deck extensions like this are not our speciality & the most effcient way for you to complete a project like this is to hire a home handyman.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
Andrew & Tanya, Manukau
REFRESH & RENOVATE YOUR HOME WITH CERTIFIED HOME EXTENSIONS
1. FIRST CONVERSATION
Your extension journey usually begins when you make the decision to give us a call on 09 236 6944.
During our first phone call we’ll ask you a few questions so that we gain the most accurate understanding possible of how we can help you best.
Once we have finished & become fast friends, we’ll schedule a time for one of our team to come out and see you so that we can complete the picture as to what your completed extension dream will look like.
2. START UP SESSION
Once we have touched base for the first time (see Step One) we will usually schedule a time for one of our team to come out to your home and meet with you and any other decision making parties that may be involved with your project.
Our main purposes during this session is to leave with the full understanding of your reasons for choosing to extend or renovate, the financial resources you have available, the timeline that you would like to meet and the picture you have in your head of what your completed dream for your home will look like.
We encourage you to have on hand any ideas, house plans, section information, pinterest boards or any other relevant information that will be helpful for us when we are seeking to help you make the dream that you have for your home a reality. Remember any question is a good question so never be afraid to ask during these sessions!
3. DESIGN YOUR DREAM
(If you have plans already skip ahead to Step 5)
Once we have met onsite for the first time, we’ll arrange for you to meet with one of our personally chosen architectural designers who will be ideally suited to your project.
Their extensive experience (all of our designers have been drawing plans for 10+ years) will enable them to add to or improve any ideas that we have come up with together – that is if we haven’t found the perfect solution already while getting a feel for exactly what you want to achieve from your building project.
Within 2-3 days of this session we’ll send you an investment proposal for how much the designer believes the design stage of your dream will cost and once you are happy they will be able to start drawing!
With their extensive architectural experience, they will further add on to any ideas previously discussed and more and will be able to quickly identify challenges on site that council may pick us up on. By identifying these challenges early we can better prepare ourselves later down the track during council consents stage.
4. COORDINATING DRAWINGS AND CONSENTS
We pride ourselves on the way that we coordinate the process of getting from concepts to building consent from our clients, believing that bar any unforeseen complications we can have you ready to start construction approx six weeks faster then any other company.
The team at CHE does this through constant communication; with you so that you always know what is happening and with the designer + council to make sure that you remain a priority and that things happen as fast as possible.
Dealing with council especially can often be quite challenging and that’s the real bonus of dealing with a company like us, we spend our day working for you making sure that your dream for your home is made a reality as smoothly and with as little stress as possible!
5. PLAN OF ACTION
Within 10 days of us submitting for Building Consent we will schedule a site visit with all of our important subcontractors e.g. builder, plumber, electrician etc. We feel that it is in the best interests of all parties to get the specialists to site to give us a price so to speak as they can sometimes make us aware of potential problems or issues, reducing the risk of any unforeseen surprises and giving you complete clarity before you start paying our guys to do a job that for some reason may be more difficult than expected for them to complete.
Once they have submitted their prices to us, we will compile them into a 13 page Action Plan. This Action Plan is tailored to your project and will give you a full understanding of what has and has not been taken into consideration e.g. we may exclude electrical work because you have your own electrician that you would like to use. Alvin will personally present this plan to you and go through every detail, the last thing that we want you to be saying is “Hey, I thought that was included.”
6. YOUR DREAM HOME IS MADE REALITY!
Hooray! Once you are happy and have signed off on your Action Plan we can usually begin construction within 4-6 weeks. (depending on the availability of the builder).
During Construction Alvin will organize weekly meetings and send weekly reports so that we ensure that you are kept updated every step of the way.
If you have a question, would like an additional meeting or require clarification at anytime then give us a call and we will be happy to arrange whatever necessary.
7. LIVE YOUR DREAM
The end of our journey together draws nigh!
At this stage your extension dream has been made reality, final payments have been made and you are living happily ever after!
You will also receive;
Of course our journey together will never really be over, we pride ourselves on providing the ultimate level of service even when your building project has been completed If something should come up throughout the course of you living in your dream then feel free to give us a call and we will be more then happy to help.
HOW DO I BEGIN MY JOURNEY?
Congratulations, you've decided to renovate your family home! It's the beginning of a very exciting journey, but the first step can often feel a bit daunting, which is where we come in.
The first stage in our process is for one of our team to come and see you for a Start-Up Session. During this session we will do a tour of your home while listening to your requirements, we could then maybe go through some alternatives, or just offer you an expert opinion on some areas.
Our ultimate goal is to stop any fear or uncertainty you might be feeling and start-up excitement and creativity – essential ingredients to any building project.
During our time together we’ll go over;
By the time we have finished talking, you will have a good understanding of every stage of the process, of the likely cost of your project and when we can get started. You will be ready to begin making your dream home a reality!
There is no obligation to build with us after the meeting with Emily or Alvin. You won't be tied into any contracts at this stage. So, simply fill in the form below or if you would like to skip the paperwork, feel free to give us a call anytime on 09 233 3113 and one of our team will be happy to assist.
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