Renovation Realities: When Your Plan Hits A Snag

Renovations don’t always go to plan.  In fact, more often than not, we hit at least one roadblock during a renovation project. In Auckland, unexpected rock and asbestos, undocumented drainage, rotten flooring and piling, and structural issues are all common problems.

The MyHome Renovations team has so much experience working on home renovations in the area that we’re not fazed by these challenges. Dealing with problems is built into our business model, so we know how to find solutions without disrupting the project.

MyHome Company Director Kris MacGregor knows building challenges.


Here are some of the most common problems he’s seen arise for renovators in Auckland – and how they could impact your build:


Hitting rock bottom

Auckland’s volcanic landscape is undeniably rocky. But it’s not always obvious where soil ends and rock begins. If we hit unexpected rock on your property, we may need to bring in heavier machinery, which could make your project longer and more expensive.

Asbestos issues

If our builders come across asbestos during your project, we will need to bring in experts to remove it safely. Other work may have to stop, and you may need to move out while this is being done. This obviously adds time, expense, and stress to your project.

Drainage disasters

Although council records usually show where drainage pipes are located, they’re not always strictly accurate. Hitting pipes during a build can be a big problem. We may need to change your plans, reapply for consent, or add additional drainage.

Rot and ruin

Auckland’s subtropical climate means we run into rotten floorboards, piles, windows, or leaking roofs, walls, and showers. If these issues arise during your build, we may need to add to the budget and timeline in order to replace or repair the affected structures before the build can go ahead.

Structural surprises

Sometimes, problems with a structure are not obvious until building starts. If your property has unexpected structural issues, your build could be delayed as we repair or reinforce the building. These challenges sound scary, but they’re all fixable. We pride ourselves on our straightforward approach to communication, so if problems arise during your build, we’ll let you know exactly what’s happened, how long it will take, and how much it’s going to cost.


The reality of renovation isn’t always simple – but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth doing. With MyHome Renovations, you’ll get the quickest, most cost-effective solution to any renovation challenges. Get in touch to talk about your project now.

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