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#208359 8-Feb-2017 11:31
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Hi everyone 

 

I am looking for a builder or someone that can help me convert a hobby room into a sleepout (with the required consents). I dont need to erect a new dwelling, just need to fit out the existing one and convert to a sleepout. The hobby room is detached - almost like a garage detached from the main house.

 

Does anyone know of a builder or can recommend someone that can do this work?

 

I would have checked no more cowboys - but havent had the best experience.

 

Cheers.

 

 


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  #1717132 8-Feb-2017 11:36
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Giving a summary of the scope of work to be done might help people to make appropriate suggestions.

 

 





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  #1717140 8-Feb-2017 11:57
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MikeAqua:

 

Giving a summary of the scope of work to be done might help people to make appropriate suggestions.

 

 

This is where I also need help from the builder to recommend whats needed to be done. From me looking at it:

 

  • New carpets
  • Insulation + putting up the interior walls and ceiling boards
  • creating a partition for a room. 
  • some electrical work for power points and lights
  • maybe looking at putting up a bathroom as well - this would require getting water from the main house 
  • ranch slider

 


 
 
 
 


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  #1717193 8-Feb-2017 13:31
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It seems you might need more than one trade there.





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  #1717202 8-Feb-2017 13:52
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Absolutely will need a number of trades, but I was hoping the builder would have contacts of those that he has worked with in the past. Makes things easier i guess. 


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  #1717238 8-Feb-2017 15:26
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Krishant007:

 

MikeAqua:

 

Giving a summary of the scope of work to be done might help people to make appropriate suggestions.

 

 

This is where I also need help from the builder to recommend whats needed to be done. From me looking at it:

 

  • New carpets
  • Insulation + putting up the interior walls and ceiling boards
  • creating a partition for a room. 
  • some electrical work for power points and lights
  • maybe looking at putting up a bathroom as well - this would require getting water from the main house 
  • ranch slider

 

 

The last two, especially the bathroom are likely to require permits/consents/fees etc.

 

That actual building work (insulation, lining and a non structural partition wall) can be done without any approvals.

 

Electrical needs to be done by a registered electrician and probably needs a certificate of compliance

 

Carpet needs a carpet layer but no approval required





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  #1717247 8-Feb-2017 15:50
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Where are you located?





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  #1717256 8-Feb-2017 16:20
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When I looked at doing my shed, there were issues with calling it a sleepout vs a hobby room.





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  #1717290 8-Feb-2017 17:03
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Calling it a Sleepout means it must comply to the requirements for a habitable room, eg  floor to ceiling height of 2.4 m min, floor level to ground level 225mm (depending on cladding types and whether concrete ground finish), ventilation requirements, insulation to current standards etc.  If you call it a Hobby Room the council MAY be satisfied that it is a non-habitable room with less strict requirements.  A builder should be able to advise you, but a licensed designer will probably have to submit drawings for council consent.


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  #1717320 8-Feb-2017 18:11
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Krishant007:

 

Hi everyone 

 

I am looking for a builder or someone that can help me convert a hobby room into a sleepout (with the required consents). I dont need to erect a new dwelling, just need to fit out the existing one and convert to a sleepout. The hobby room is detached - almost like a garage detached from the main house.

 

Does anyone know of a builder or can recommend someone that can do this work?

 

I would have checked no more cowboys - but havent had the best experience.

 

Cheers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What part of the country are you in? (guessing Auckland otherwise you would have said)

 

 

 

Also if you call it a man cave/rumpus room/games room you will only need consents for the water/power.  If you call it a sleepout you will need consents and potential development contributions.   







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  #1717408 8-Feb-2017 21:51
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Sorry, yes I am based in Auckland. I would prefer to get the right consents if required. But I would see if its needed first - hoping the builder can advise on that. 


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Wilko:

 

Calling it a Sleepout means it must comply to the requirements for a habitable room, eg  floor to ceiling height of 2.4 m min, floor level to ground level 225mm (depending on cladding types and whether concrete ground finish), ventilation requirements, insulation to current standards etc.  If you call it a Hobby Room the council MAY be satisfied that it is a non-habitable room with less strict requirements.  A builder should be able to advise you, but a licensed designer will probably have to submit drawings for council consent.

 

 

Also, if the floor is concrete slab, and it was built as a garage/shed, it probably didn't have damp proof course laid underneath when originally built. You will need to waterproof the top of the slab somehow to make it a habitable space


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  #1717683 9-Feb-2017 14:11
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If it has a bathroom you will need a building consent for the work.  It might also be Restricted Building Work, in which case your builder will need to be a Licensed Building Practitioner, but you should check that with your council. Without the bathroom you may be able to do it without a building consent, provided it's less than 10m2 and the distance from the boundary is more than its height.





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  #1717687 9-Feb-2017 14:19
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The ranch slider may be restricted work too - generally a wall opening is because there is potential for weather tightness to be compromised. 





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  #1717700 9-Feb-2017 14:25
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Builderscrack.co.nz

 

 




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  #1717717 9-Feb-2017 14:46
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Hm. If i dont do the bathroom, which might save me quite a bit of costs as well. Anyone recommend a builder or someone they have dealt with?

 

 


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