Everyone is all like “No New Year, New Me, I’m not changing”. There is after all an old saying that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

But, let me remind you about the story of the 3 little pigs. Their New Year’s Resolution was to move out of home. So they built new homes of straw, sticks or bricks. They were built to suit each pigs’ wants and needs. They looked great, met the building code and were signed off by council. They were good homes, right? So, what would you find if you looked a little closer at what happened when the wolf came a knockin’?

{Insert deep pondersome pause here}

How does this relate to you? (and us, this is a column about home improvement after all) Let me tell you… Those houses weren’t broken, until they were broken.

The wolf didn’t have magical breath or the lung capacity of a hippopotamus… He succeeded twice because there were already weaknesses and cracks.

Lesson 1: Use Bricks & Mortar (Metaphorically)

Life application: You only get out what you put in, so fix the small cracks, the tiny holes as they appear, brick off the niggling things before they become a problem. As you build resilience into your life, your ‘house’ will stand strong when the wolves of the world are howling.

Building application: Build resilience into your home with materials & fittings that will stand the test of time. They don’t have to be pricey – but get the best that you can reasonably afford and then maintain them regularly.

Lesson 2: Find your Brothers

Life Application: Two little pigs sought refuge in their brother’s home after theirs were destroyed. His house was already strong and together the brothers outsmarted the wolf.  So many things in life are better when you have a good support network around you. At times you’ll be the one seeking cover and at others you’ll be the shelter, but together you will be more, go further, achieve greater than you could without that kinship.

Building Application: Same rules apply. Work with a team you like and trust, learn from friends who have built before, read articles and visit places to help you get all your ideas together.

So whether your intentions this year are to simply patch some cracks in your life, your home, or start fresh, we wish you well. We’ll be working with bricks and mortar with our brothers beside us, chipping away at our goals too.

The Nick Bosanac Builders Team

kylie@bosanacbuilders.co.nz | 027 458 3038 | 12 Jonah Lomu Drive, Paerata Rise