Kitchen Renovations

Sucessful Kitchen renovations use smart design, material and build choices to a enhances your home’s livabilty and value.

The modern kitchen has become a multi use space and often the most well used area of a home. Contempory kitchen layouts and designs can become a reality for clients with the right advice from an experienced builder.

We provide end to end project management with inovative advice for cost effective and high standard results. In depth discussion of design, costs and plans reduces stress and risk later on.

5 steps to a successful kitchen renovation

  1. Make smart design and material choices that work with your budget
  2. Understand costs and mitigate risks
  3. Ensure good communication between all involved
  4. Understand and manage the consent process effectively
  5. Use professional project management to complete on time and within budget

Customer Reviews

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Gerhard Lourens
Gerhard Lourens
2024-04-15
Anton and his team combines efficiency, affordability, and quality seamlessly. Their approachability and dedication to ensuring customer satisfaction speak volumes about their work ethic. It's clear that they prioritize both the outcome of their work and the experience of their clients. Happy to recommend Red Square anytime.
Ross Worth
Ross Worth
2024-04-08
When I first met Anton my upstairs deck replacement seemed quite daunting to me and a major job, but he re-assured me with his professionalism, his 'can do' approach and his friendliness. He initially helped me over the first hurdle by pointing me to a designer and whose plans were subsequently promptly approved by the Council. Red Square Construction have now completed the work and, in spite of some small hold-ups, Anton ensured the work progressed with minimum delay and that things were being done properly. Anton was always available for any concerns and was a pleasure to work with, as also were his team, and I now have a beautiful and solid new deck to enjoy for many years to come.
Margaret Ralston
Margaret Ralston
2024-03-25
After researching several building companies I chose to go with Red Square Construction, Anton was prompt with his reply to my enquiry and on meeting him on site he was able to give me an outline of the work he thought would be appropriate and from that moment onwards I felt confident that I had made a good choice. Throughout the project I found Anton and his team to be punctual, polite and considerate while working around my home and causing as little inconvenience as possible. I am very pleased with the work carried out and the attention to detail, I will happily recommend to family and friends. Margaret Ralston
Judith Meakin
Judith Meakin
2024-02-06
We are very happy to comment on and review the recent project carried out by Red Square Construction led by Anton Shipov. From the outset, Anton quickly understood what we envisioned. He managed the many changes we made with patience and helpful suggestions making the building experience pleasant. The project was completed within budget and on time. We would highly recommend Anton and.Red Square together with the subtrades who contributed to the build. Judith Meakin and Peter Larkin
Terry Ann Milligan
Terry Ann Milligan
2024-01-02
We employed Red Square to build a deck and they did a fantastic job! Anton was very prompt, polite and professional with everything from the initial meeting right through to the final inspection. Although it was a simple deck, the only access was through the house via the kitchen and living room. Anton ensured there was good floor and carpet protection and his team were very respectful of our home, keeping their workspace tidy, creating as little mess and noise as possible and always keeping us informed on the various stages of the job. Throughout the process, Anton was always available to discuss any queries. They finished the job within the given time frame, stuck to the budget and cleaned up thoroughly afterwards leaving us to enjoy our new deck. We cannot fault them and will definitely be using Red Square again without question and can highly recommend them. Thank you Anton for a job well done!
Edward Smith
Edward Smith
2023-11-19
We engaged Anton and his team to replace our rotting deck that was becoming an embarrassment. It was only a matter of time before someone fell through it. At first, we were a bit taken aback at his quote, but he was cheaper than the other guy and his obvious knowledge reassured us that we would be getting the better job anyway. Our deck was a large one and it had been well nailed, but was pine that had been laid wrong side up, without spaces to drain water. Watching them work, it became obvious why it cost a bit more than I had anticipated. It was a big job. Dismantling the deck, the rotting planks would break apart, few came away cleanly and easily. Rebuilding was more complicated. They had to sand every board checking for mold and rot, (not the new Kwila, of course), replacing what needed replacing, and levelling everything up. Removing all the nails from the joists, checking for rot, replacing what needed replacing and ensuring the joists were straight and level. They used screws instead of nails, a much more secure method. Cutting and laying the Kwila planks was an education. 24m x 130mm planks are not straight and required straightening as they were screwed down. Mounting them right side up meant they would now drain properly. They painted the ends of the planks with a waterproof coating before fitting them together. They made sure each angle, each join, was a perfect fit. The end result was a beautiful job, obviously done by a team of highly skilled proffessionals. Hopefully the photos do it justice. By the time they were done, I commented to Anton that I was amazed he could do such a big job, so well, for the price.
Mark Jones
Mark Jones
2023-11-18
Anton and the team at Red Square are amazing to work with and deliver great results on time and to quoted budget. Everything about our small repair job went easily and according to schedule. A number of things really stuck out for us and made the Red Square experience one we would happily repeat and wholeheartedly endorse: Thinking with you, your requirements and budget – Anton had some great suggestions and alternatives to a design element we wanted. His ability to think outside of the box whilst still considering budget and practicality makes him a solid and reliable partner in realising the outcome you want. Anton’s friendly demeanour and easy way of communicating the scope and detail of the work in meaningful terms is testament to his professionalism. Attention to detail – Anton’s eye for a quality finish is second to none, if it’s not right, it will be. He treats each job as if it were being done in his own home and uses that lens to make sure you will look with satisfaction for years to come at the work delivered. Quality tradespeople – Good workmanship lies at the heart of any job. Anton’s core crew and the subcontractors he engaged were great; polite, skilled, efficient and cleaned up the job site after each visit so we could continue to use the space, meaning the impact to us was kept to a minimum. Clear and effective communication – Anton was very responsive to any query and made sure that subcontractors and team members communicated the timings of the scheduled activities to so we could plan around that. That helped immensely in making the best use of our time and reduced the stress of the unknown. We would happily choose Red Square again for renovation work knowing we are in safe hands.
Gareth Karrash
Gareth Karrash
2023-11-04
Red Square is a very good company to deal with, Anton was very easy and clear to work with - Happy to do business anytime! Thanks!
Nick Pearce
Nick Pearce
2023-10-10
Second time using Red Square and they remain highly recommended. Anton is great to work with and very clear on scope and pricing.
Zac Tippins
Zac Tippins
2023-10-04
We worked alongside Red Square Construction on a recent project. Anton was a pleasure to work with and his teams workmanship was of the highest quality. I was so impressed I have request him to construct a deck at my home. I have no hesitation in recommending RSC.

Minor Dwellings vs Sleepouts / Cabins

Minor dwellings are a class of secondary dwelling. Minor dwellings” up to 60 – 65 square metres can be built without resource consent whereas sleep outs and cabins up to 30 square metres can be built without resource consent. Consent free minor dwellings must include a kitchen and be for residential use whereas sleep outs and cabins will need consent to contain cooking or sanitary facilities, or a potable water supply.

There are many other differences so it is recommended to work with a Licenced Builder to make the right choices for your build.

Building a Minor Dwelling in Auckland

A minor dwelling is a specific class of secondary dwelling that has under the Auckland Unitary Plan. A “Minor Dwelling” must contain a kitchen/food preparation facility and be designed for a residential purpose. Minor Dwelling is specified in the Auckland Unitary Plan under the three residential zonings of Single House Zone, Residential Large Lot, and Rural zone.

The unitary plan has reduced the need for consents but building regulations still apply. “Consent free minor dwellings” can be built up to a size of 60 or 65 square. All zones that provide for a minor dwelling as a specified activity contain the following standard: “A minor dwelling must not exceed a floor area of 65m2 excluding decks and garages”

  • Minor dwellings may not need resource consent to be built
  • Minor dwellings can only be built in 4 of the 6 residential zones
  • To not need resource consent they must not exceed a floor area of 65m2 excluding decks and garages
  • A minor dwelling can be greater than 65m2 if appropriate and assessed through the resource consent process
  • Adding a toilet to a minor dwelling will need resource consent
  • There are multiple other requirements for building a minor dwelling without consent.

Minor Dwelling Designs

Minor dwellings can built up to size of 65 square metres without resource consent. Maximise the livable areas in and around your minor dwelling with a great design. Decks and garages are excluded from the floor area calculation. All other internal space associated with the minor dwelling must be counted.

If a garage exists, it’s good to note that where a minor dwelling’s laundry is located within an associated garage, the laundry area is included within the floor area calculation of the minor dwelling – this area includes the space taken up by the appliances and the area directly in front used for standing (about 2 to 3m2).

  • Use your plans or work with us on a custom design
  • Maximise use of the 65m2 area to your needs
  • Make the most of what you can do under the unitary plan
  • Smart design and material choices to compliment your primary dwelling
  • Design for high standard results within your budget

Minor Dwelling Costs

The basic build cost of a minor dwelling is $2100-2500 per square metre. Rates given are for the base building cost, and generally exclude costs of local authority fees, external works and utilities, as these will vary in each situation. We work with you at the planning stage to get clear on the costs. Smart planning means we can guarantee to stay within your budget.

  • Transparent costing to avoid surprise costs
  • Basic build cost of $2100-2500 per square metre
  • Review council and consent fees
  • Evaluate costs of external work and utilities
  • Get a guarantee to stay within budget

2 Bedroom Minor Dwellings

Minor dwellings can often be built with two bedrooms and not need resource consent. If the minor dwelling is smaller and contains fewer bedrooms than the principal dwelling it will likely avoid being viewed as a principal dwelling. A smart design can fit two bedrooms, kitchen, living/dining and bathroom into 60 square metres.

  • Minor dwellings should contain fewer bedrooms than the principal dwelling
  • Minor dwellings should be smaller than the principal dwelling
  • Minor dwellings often contain 2 bedrooms but 3 would face more scrutiny

Our Auckland Minor Dwelling and Sleepout Work

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