Will Your Property Survive the Wet Weather?

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

With the huge amount of rain Auckland has endured over the past week and the forecast for more heavy rain to come (check forecast http://www.metservice.com/towns-cities/auckland ) it is important to make sure your grounds remains stable to protect your home and other properties

Make sure stormwater drains are working to protect

Make sure all council storm water drains and your home's down pipes are working to prevent flooding and property damage.

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To prevent land movement and slips during sustained wet weather ensure all drains, spouting and downpipes are in working order.

Check to see that Council storm water drains are working properly so that excess run-off does not cause flooding onto your property.  Here is a link to information from Council about storm water http://www.aucklandcity.govt.nz/council/services/stormwater/about.asp

In some cases there might be maintenance required to ensure Council storm water drains are working properly.

A Busy Building Period Coming Up?

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

At the end of last year Statistics New Zealand issued a statement that detailed a 46% increase in permits to build in Auckland.

 

Statistics New Zealand said in a statement that there was a 46 percent increase in the number of permits to build in Auckland in October 2011.  More details on this can be found http://auckland.scoop.co.nz/2011/11/auckland-housing-stokes-rebound-in-october-building-consents/

The increase in number of permits continued through to the end of the December 2011 and suggests that more and more building and construction activity is underway.  This is a welcome increase in activity after a year that had the lowest total since records began in 1965!  Click here for more details from the official Department of Statistics Report :img.scoop.co.nz/media/pdfs/1201/BuildingConsentsIssuedDec11.pdf

What does this mean?  It means it could be time to get your project underway and booked in with the relevant specialist contractors before we again return to a period of long waiting times.

 

 

When are Retaining Walls Needed?

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

There are many reasons a retaining wall might be needed.

  • Slips
  • Unstable ground
  • Renovations, basement or under-house excavations
  • Driveway support
  • Landscaping to create better outdoor spaces
  • To create gardens

This nearly completed project for instance required clever engineering, complex excavation and structural retaining walls to create a building platform on a previously un-buildable site.

The result is a wonderful 3 bedroom 2 bathroom home, with stunning views across Bon Accord Harbour on Kawau Island in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf.

This project included months and months of preparation and features the installation of a jetty and a floating pontoon.