After renovation work is underway you can discover some nasty surprises. We look at common problems discovered behind walls, ceilings and under floors.
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Depending on the age of your house, it's when you start removing wallboards and other sections of the house that you discover the true state of things, for example:
It can be difficult to budget a set figure because so much of the work is unseen before you start. Your alterations may have to go on hold to deal with more urgent repair work.
If you are replacing glass, it must be replaced with glass that complies with the Building Code. Acceptable Solution F2/AS1 requires glazing that people may fall against to comply with NZS 4223 Code of Practice for Glazing in Buildings.
A skilled tradesperson should be knowledgeable about Building Code requirements. But when you are renovating make sure that in areas where slips are more likely – such as in bathrooms and kitchen, or where windows are close to the floor or at the end of stairwells - that the right grade of glass is used. For more information about different types of glass see Materials and features.
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