I guess the day has come for New Zealanders to embrace the mind shift and welcome townhouse and apartment living. Slowly but surely, we’re getting there. Increasing numbers of Kiwis are opting for a townhouse or apartment living in the city. But it’s not all bad news.
While it’s a different way of living, living in a smaller townhouse that is part of a complex or apartment flat definitely has its perks. But it also comes with a set of warnings we need to pay attention to when signing our name on the dotted line.
Let’s get obvious out of the way: Terraced houses and apartments are cheaper than freestanding houses. But it’s not just the purchase price that is lower. Often, heating costs and property rates are a lot lower too. And because many townhouses and apartments are conveniently located, your transport budget is likely to see a nice cut as well.
No lawn mowing, hedge trimming or other unruly garden taming measures. General areas (lobby, lift, etc. ) are taken care of by the body corporate and the smaller size of an apartment or townhouse equates to… less cleaning.
In apartments, cameras pick up whoever comes and goes. In a townhouse complex, that may be similar although it doesn’t have to be. The fact is that you’re more likely to notice the come and go of your neighbours… and who doesn’t belong,
Old vs new, budget vs premium. Townhouse and apartment living comes in a wide range of shapes and forms. But what they all have in common is the proximity to the neighbours. Which makes it even more important to be picky about the layout and building materials.
This is something we see first-hand when Warmup is contracted for bathroom waterproofing and wet room design in apartments and townhouses. We often work on apartment blocks and townhouse complexes around the country – in Auckland, Hamilton, Christchurch, Queenstown and Wellington.
Both insulation and waterproofing in wet areas are some of the most important things in townhouse and apartment design, for obvious reasons.
With the building environment constantly innovating, Marmox insulation boards are an innovative and eco-friendly product compared to other products in the market. That’s because Marmox insulation boards are high-quality insulation board that creates a thermal barrier, insuring all energy is directed upward. What you as the apartment owner will notice most is a cutback in heat-up time and a reduction in running cost.
At the same time, the same Marmox insulation boards have some acoustic properties and may help reduce footfall noise.
Because waterproofing is not something you want to mess with, only the best materials are used in Warmup installed townhouse and apartment bathroom and wet area. After all, you don’t want to get into trouble with water ingress.
Warmup Waterproofed Shower Systems are considered a premium option for apartment buildings because of their reliability and low maintenance. Unlike plasterboard, Marmox products are completely waterproof. They won’t rot, making them a very hygienic choice. For peace of mind, we use modern building products such as Ardex waterproofing membrane in addition to the high-quality Marmox products.
As for the bathroom, nothing says class, style and comfort like a tiled shower. Warmup installers use Marmox shower bases for their lightweight and superior performance compared to sand and cement. Combined with the Marmox shower niches and Tranquillity drains, the townhouse and apartments Warmup installers are contracted to combine quality performance with well thought out functionality.
To top it off, Warmup apartment bathrooms often feature Tranquillity bathroom accessories such as heated towel rails, hooks, and paper holders.
Townhouse and apartment living usually also means making the most of a smaller space. With that in mind, it’s a priority to be clever with design and functionality. Underfloor heating in bathrooms, bedrooms and lounge is one way that can be accomplished. Hide your heating from everyone and enjoy a quiet and even heat distribution. Control it with a quality Warmup thermostat for reliability, cost-effectiveness and smart looks.
You may think that townhouse and apartment living has you confined to the indoors, but nothing could be more removed from the truth. A well-thought-out apartment or townhouse complex allows you to enjoy your balcony or tiny backyard all year round with our popular Moderno Carbon Infrared Heater.
Here are a few tips to make moving into your shiny new apartment or townhouse a breeze:
A smart way to keep relocation costs down is using wisemove.co.nz. They smartly remove the need for you to do all the research, allowing you to spend time on the exciting parts of moving into your new apartment or townhouse. After you’ve created a request, the Wisemove platform will reach out to any relevant moving companies in the area. As soon as you receive quotes, you can compare prices and choose the company that you like.