Renovating in NZ – start here

Nov 16th, 2011

Inner suburbs of most New Zealand cities & towns are made up of predominately older dwellings. The ripple effect in a chronological sense.

Although many sit on sites that are often designated as “ripe for development”,  the trend of renovating older homes, whilst maintaining the exterior style sure shows no signs of abating.


New Zealands BRANZ have stepped up to the plate and developed a comprehensive website just for renovators –

Welcome to Renovate – the technical resource for industry on the renovation of houses from different eras.

If you’ve watched too many episodes of “The Block” to remember and perhaps are thinking a “reno” is in your future, then this site is very handily compartmentalized into the following sections;



Art Deco period

1940s – 1960’s


Sections covering project planning and regulations /compliance also aid those who may not have traveled this path before.

Check it out at

While you’re at it, you should also check out the handy online versions of the bi-monthly “Builders Mate” magazine,  written for builders. Who knows, you might pick up some handy extra tips or advice there too.