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Attic storage made easy

Posted on 25 May 2017

Attic storage doesn't have to be a pain, and you don't have to risk breaking your neck every time you want to get the Christmas tree out!

Sellwood can help turn your old loft into an extra room with easy access, and it doesn't just have to be used for attic storage!

A loft conversion isn't just a luxury, it's an investment opportunity! There are many reasons to call us for a loft conversion, all of which are great excuses to have your attic made into something more useful. Many homeowners are now choosing to make the most out of their space instead of moving to a bigger house. And it makes sense. House prices, especially in Auckland, are going up every month, and it's a lot cheaper to add to your home than to buy a new one.

It's already there, why not use it?

The best part about a loft conversion is you're not encroaching on your current living space. Many people add to their homes by building a conservatory, losing a lot of their garden in the process. A loft conversion simply uses the space that's already there, but no being used to its full potential.

Add thousands of dollars to your home

A loft conversion also brings with it monetary incentives, such as Increasing the value of your home. As we just mentioned, house prices in Auckland are increasing month by month, and they're showing no signs of stopping. Many people simply can't afford to keep up with this growth, but a loft conversion is a great way to get round this problem. By adding square footage to your home, your house price will. The more you sell your home for, the more money you have to buy the next one! Remember, it's not just a question of space to store more boxes; an attic can be turned into another bedroom, bathroom or an office. Market research shows that this can add as much as 20% onto the value of a home!

Make some extra cash on the side

Have you ever heard of AirBnB? It's a website that has changed the way people travel. Everyday folk with a spare room now rent it out to travellers, holiday makers and backpackers.  With a loft conversion, this is a great way to generate some extra income. If you choose not to rent it out, it can be the work room you've always wanted; that art studio you never had time for, or an office to start your own business.

So if a loft conversion is something you're considering, give us a call Sellwood today and ask us any questions you might have. Our friendly and experienced staff will be happy to help in any way they can.

Posted in: Store things the right way Loft conversion  

Why natural lighting in your home is essential

Posted on 11 May 2017

Natural lighting is an often overlooked aspect of a home, but is it really that important?

The answer is yes. Natural light is not just important - it's essential.

Studies have shown that everything from performance, reactions, positivity, and energy are all affected by the amount of natural light a person receives. Even suicide rates in far northern countries are higher because of the lack of natural lighting in the Winter.

Now here's the strange thing; as important as natural lighting is, we still tend to ignore it when it comes to our own homes! Long corridors, hallways, basements or attics rarely have windows to let the sun in. This is where we come in. Sellwood can install Skytubes in your home as a way to let natural lighting flood in and literally brighten up your life!

Natural lighting is cheap as chips!

Remember, possible the best thing about natural lighting is the cost - it's free! Sunlight is an inexhaustible source of energy, and it's all there for the taking. No high electricity bills, especially in those dark winter months. Even when there's not much daylight outside, our amazing Skytubes amplify the light and spread it out directly into your home.

Sunlight is of course 100% natural and renewable resource, there's no by-product, so it's better for the environment. Our Skytubes simply redirect and disburse the daylight without adding or taking anything away. This means you don't have to use electricity, and as a result, leave a smaller carbon footprint.

Sunlight is essential for mind body and soul

Natural lighting is essential for a healthy mind and body. Studies have shown over and over again that people are happier, healthier and less prone to depression if they have more access to natural light. But it's not just the physical that changes! Production has been shown to increase up to 25% in people who work in a natural lighting environment as opposed to artificial lighting. What would you rather have; a well-lit sunny room, or a fluorescent tube above your head?

If you're seriously considering natural lighting in your home, then give us a call today. We can bring sunlight into your home where it's usually impossible, such as attics and basements! Not only is it healthier for you, but it will also save you money!

Posted in: Let There Be Light Natural lighting  

Pull down attic stairs and much more at Sellwood

Posted on 20 April 2017

Here at Sellwood, we specialise in roof access, attic storage and loft conversion. Check out what we do and how we do it!


Pull Down Attic Stairs

If you're tired of taking your life in your hands every time the wife sends you up to get the Christmas decorations, then you need to give us a call. We can install some beautiful, modern pull down attic stairs that are above all SAFE. Easy to swing down and push back up again, our attic stairs can change the way you view your home. Your attic now isn't something you hide things away in, it's another room in the house, which leads us to

Loft Conversion

Many people are now looking upwards to solve a problem they didn't know they had. Converting your attic or loft is a great and cost effective way to add extra storage space, or even another room to your home. Some people are even turning this opportunity into a little extra cash and creating a spare bedroom to rent out.  It's amazing what one little phone call can achieve!

Roof Access

If you have no way to get up onto the roof, then we're the guys to call. We offer easy roof access to any home, made affordable and safe. No more ladders up the side of the house, or hanging out bedroom windows! Don't risk a broken neck by doing something stupid, roof access is the way to go!

Natural Lighting

We can install Skytubes in your home as a way to let natural lighting flood in and brighten up your life. Natural lighting is an essential part of any home, and a massive difference to your everyday life. Sunlight is a free, inexhaustible source of energy and it's just there for the taking.

So if it looks like you may need any of these services, then give Sellwood a call today!

Posted in: Roof Access  

Ideas for an attic conversion

Posted on 6 April 2017

If your thinking of an attic conversion, but you're not sure of the best way to go about it, then keep reading!

We've come up with these three ideas to help you make use of all that extra space.

Create the ultimate guest bedroom

An attic conversion into another bedroom is a great way to increase the value of your home. Many people even convert their attic into a bedroom and then rent it out, either to a permanent lodger or on a temporary basis like AirBnB. Either way, it's a wee bit of extra money which will pay for the conversion in no time! When decorating, and space is at a premium, keep colour schemes simple and light, giving the impression the room is bigger than it actually is. 

A playroom for the kids

Converting your attic into a kids playroom is great for everyone. Especially you! Once the kids have a secret little playroom only they know about, you'll never see them again! And you get somewhere to put all their toys. They can spend hours up there while you can either get some work done, have friends over for coffee (or play-dates) or simply get them out of your hair long enough to relax.

Get physical

If you'd love to get in shape, but find you don't have the time, converting your attic into a gym is the perfect answer. No need to find the time to drive to the gym, find a parking spot, share the machines with those weirdos who can't walk past a mirror without stopping to admire themselves Instead of talking 90 minutes out of your day, pop upstairs and get it all done in the comfort of your own home! And you don't have to worry about using a public shower afterwards either!


These three ideas can transform a home, adding extra value to resale or even bringing in some extra cash. If you would like to know more about attic conversion, please call us today on 0800 288 427. Our friendly and experienced staff will be happy to help in any way they can.

Posted in: Loft conversion  

What our clients have to say about us...

Posted on 23 March 2017

We here at Sellwood pride ourselves on our excellent customer care. Before, during and after our service. But don't take our word for it! Check out what previous clients have to say about us and our work...


To The Team At Sellwood, I am writing to say Thank you very much Warwick & Phil for the great job you did for us in our Kitchen, as we had 2 Solarglow Lights fitted, the light it offers is overwhelming! We keep thinking we have to turn the light off! So much different than our Dark Kitchen as before we always had to have the light on. Thank you for your friendly service you offered to us, we will fully recommend your company to our friends & family. Thanks again for a job well done.

Terry & Kay Cox


Hi there, I am too in the customer service industry and I know a genuine and great service as well as hard working tradesman when I see one and Phil is one that deserves all the compliments. I just want to give you my feedback on one of your tradesman named Phil yesterday who did a fantastic job for me at 6 Weetman Drive, Browns Bay. He's done an amazing job our attic stairs and floors, clean after himself, no major mess, no regrets on money spent, so pleased with the work and the professionalism and the high standard of work that was carried out, I will certainly pass this on to any my friends or customers if they want an attic built. Thank you Phil, you're the best! : )

Bo Phuong - Browns Bay


Good afternoon, Warwick My wife and I are very impressed with the finished result of our job, which your staff member Phil completed at our home yesterday. Phil worked very hard for several hours, and left a very neat and tidy result. He gave us a great explanation of how everything works, and also what to be careful about in the ceiling area. We will certainly be happy to recommend Sellwood, on our very positive experience, thank you!

Eardley & Sue Dijkstra - Pakuranga


I just wanted to drop a note to express my thanks at the level of service I have received from your company. From the time I contacted you for a quote to installation was less than a week. Amazing. We love the change of light that the Skytube has made to our ensuite which was rather dark and the added feature of light and extractor fan is awesome. I would also like to say a very big thank you to your installer Chris who really went the extra mile with this installation, even so much as to come back to our house on a public holiday to help us remove part of the Skytube so that the electrical work could be done (the roof being too small for our electrician). His professionalism and service was exemplary. He kept in contact with me by phone informing me when he would arrive at my home. He called to say he was running late so not to convenience me and then again when he had completed the job. I had no qualms about leaving him in my home unsupervised whilst I was at work. Thank you.

Carolyn Smith, Whangaparaoa


Just a line to thank you for the excellent service we received when we had two skylights installed recently. Your communication was good and the installer was very pleasant and efficient. Thanks for the pen too! We keep thinking we have left the light on in the rooms with the new skylights! It makes such a difference to have them and we will certainly recommend you to our friends. Thanks again.

Arnold and Kathy Wilson, Devonport

Posted in: Customer satisfaction  
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