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How to Design your Dream Kitchen

Jane Eyles-Bennett - Monday, July 17, 2017

The kitchen and living spaces are typically the hub of your house; and whether the others in the 'hub' are helping or just watching, it’s often where you'll connect and bond after a day at the office or school. Most people prefer an open plan layout for this reason; simply to fit all the people who want to congregate there. Since it's such a draw card; it needs to not only function well, but all look great too. (Read More)

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Check out our gallery of clients' renovation photos below.


Nelson Place, Carindale, QLD (NEW-BUILD HOME)

"I can't recommend Jane from Hotspace highly enough. My husband and I have different taste and she combined both our concepts into a beautiful design. We definitely would not have been able to create such an amazing home without her direction and support. We didn’t know where to start so it was great to have the guiding hand of a professional to help us. Hotspace chose most of the finishes for our new home (we had chosen some already and they worked in with those). We knew the look we loved but weren’t sure how to achieve it. Jane took the worry out of our selections; we knew it would look great and so didn’t have to second guess ourselves. Hotspace also helped us pull together the furniture and décor for almost every room in the house. If we were to build again or buy another home, I wouldn't hesitate to use Hotspace again to create a timeless design for me and my family."

S&A - Nelson Place, Carindale

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Greygum Street, North Lakes, QLD (RENO)

A top-to-toe Renovation on this home adds $150,000 - $160,000 from spending less than $45,000. Our team are experts at showing you how to modernise your property whilst adding value at the same time.

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MacDonald Street, Coogee, NSW (RENO)

*** Pre-sale renovation net profit (after reno costs but before selling costs and taxes) = $343,000 ***
-- Value of property increased from $2.6M to $3.1M in 4 weeks
-- Property sold before auction for $3.1M (less than 2 weeks from going on the market)
-- Reno costs approx $147,000 + $10,000 furniture staging (ie over $3 profit for every $1 spent)
-- Renovation completed in 4 weeks

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Beenwerrin Cres, Capalaba, QLD

See what some simple but very clever changes can do to a property? Total cost to renovate the exterior of this property was $37,150 (paying professionals - ie: no DIY) including rendering the whole house, painting, building work (window slats + entry steps), driveway, new front fence (not seen in images) and landscaping. As you can see, doing the right KEY things to your property can transform it in ways you may never imagine (I don't think this client did!).

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Haslingfield Way, Butler, WA

$83,000 NET PROFIT (Excl clients' taxes) + Sold within one week of being on the market!

Our client says of her renovation...

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Chapel St, Banyo

What wonderful example of a quick and clever renovation with guidance from Hotspace. Spot the differences - not many are there? ... But they are clever and design-based which is why they work (and that is our specialty!). This client had lived in the home for a number of years, so this renovation was done just before putting the house on the market. The result was a profit of approx $134,000 (before selling costs, legal fees and tax) from investing approx $40,000 in the renovation.

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Dumba Lane, Ferny Hills, Brisbane

This renovation cost $64,500 and took 3 months to complete. Our client paid professionals to do all the work for them but managed the tradies themselves.

This couple made a net profit (before tax and selling costs) of $137,500 in less than five months (reno time + 1 month settlement + 3 weeks on market)!

Not a bad little profit for a 3 month turn-around!

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Grevillea Street, Sinnamon Park, QLD

SOLD at the first open for inspection! This property sold in just 5 days thanks to a quick and clever make-over advised by Hotspace.

Here's what the vendor (our client) had to say...
"We went on the market on a Thursday and accepted an offer on the Tuesday so it was really quick. We had hoped for mid sixes and we took $660k - everyone loved the decor so it was an easy sell really (thanks to you)."

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Old Castle Hill Rd, Sydney, NSW

Helen Bednar bought this property in Sydneys' Castle Hill. She had some ideas of what she wanted to do to the property, so called on Hotspace to develop these ideas, fill in the detail and generally steer her in the right direction to make sure the end result was just as she'd envisaged.

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Daisy Hill Rd, Daisy Hill, Brisbane QLD

I'm sure you'll agree, this renovation has made an incredible difference to this property!

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Caesar Road, Ferny Hills

A fabulous transformation we're sure you'll agree. This property was being renovated to sell, so our client called on us to help them create a home that would appeal to as many potential buyers as possible.

Every dollar these guys spent was on adding value and creating a uniqueness that just wasn't there before; increasing their pool of buyers within their target markets demographic.

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Oriel Rd, Yeronga QLD

A very clever DIY'er, this 3rd-time client of Hotspace has renovated much of this property himself. Total reno cost was $20,250 including $14,500 for the internal and external painting.

Staging of the property was on top of this at $4,000.

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Pioneer Parade, Banora Point, NSW

Our clients bought this property specifically to renovate and then re-sell for a profit. They wanted to make sure they didn't over-spend or do any of the wrong things which would have cut into any profits they were anticipating. Their budget was reasonably lean, so the Renovation Action Plan we prepared for them was extra important for doing only the things that would add value - within their pre-set budget.

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Fagen Point Rd, Lake Macquarie, NSW

$76,500 GP in 4 months (excludes purchasing costs and tax). With the intention to update and hold this property to rent out, the renovation was completed in 6 weeks (paying trades-people mostly) at a total cost of approx $41,000. Formal revaluation on behalf of CBA for refinancing showed an almost immediate gross profit of $76,500.

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Caitlin Place, Bli Bli, QLD

"Thank you sooooo much to Hotspace for giving such AMAZING advice on the reno of my Sunshine Coast Queenslander." Melissa Schembri-Francis

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White Cedar Drive, Castle Hill, NSW

Our client purchased this property specifically to do a major renovation and onsell it. Since there were quite a few structural changes required, she consulted a draughtsperson to complete the working drawings (for the builder/approvals etc.) and then worked in with us to provide the cosmetic touches and to pull the whole colour and materials side of things together - which most draughts-people don't want to get involved with.

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Station Lake Road, Lara, VIC

$25,000 to renovate this entire property - Can you believe it? Julie and Eugene Bongiovanni bought this house in Lara, Victoria, specifically to renovate for a profit. Because they wanted to renovate the property quickly and do only things that would modernise and add value (so they could sell it for top dollar), Julie and Eugene called on Hotspace. They sent us loads of photos (about 70!), together with a sketch plan of the property. We then talked the photos and property over with them, before preparing their Renovation Action Plan over the following 10 days. (Note: Click on the images for a close-up look)

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Tradewinds Ave, Coolum, QLD

I don't think words can describe this transformation! Our client bought this property to live in for a year and then renovate to eventually sell.

To make sure she spent her money on doing just the right things to raise the value of the property most significantly - and to design the property in a way that was most appealing to potential buyers, Samantha called on Hotspace to prepare a Renovation Action Plan for her.

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Bowen Tce, New Farm, QLD

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Jones Parade, Coolum, QLD

Sam bought this property in Coolum, Queensland to renovate for a profit. She had plenty of her own great ideas but needed an experts eye to pull the design together and make sure she didn't spend any more money than was absolutely necessary. We advised her of the design details such as colours, materials, fixtures and fittings - as well as the areas to reno and the bits to leave alone.

Note: click on the images to enlarge

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Pine Road, Orewa, NZ

$150,000 profit (before tax)! Here's a great example that might inspire you if you're planning to renovate for a profit. Our clients (a Joint Venture partnership) bought this property for $420,000. They contacted us at the beginning of the project and for one up-front fee (under $2000 for this property, even being a dual occupancy), we told them exactly what they should do to their property including the exterior and entire interior. They spent $150,000 (a bit over their intended budget but the return made it worthwhile!). After the renovation, the property was valued at $720,000 by a registered valuer. Very happy for these guys!

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Taylor Street, Toowoomba, QLD

$70,000 Profit in 6 weeks!

Just got a nice email from a client of mine who I did a Renovation Action Plan for on a cheap-ish property in Toowoomba, Queensland. She followed her plan to the 'T'. Just goes to show you can still make some good money on lower end properties! She says...

"...The reno was completed in 6 weeks and rented for $265/wk within three days of being advertised on the internet. I had a new appraisal done by an agent and it came in at $240,000. The original purchase price was $135,000 and the total reno cost was $35,000. We are so pleased with the overall result and l would definately use your services again. Thank you"

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Rogana Crescent, Hallett Cove, SA

How's this for a $20,000 renovation?

Worried that they weren't 100% sure what was going to add the most value to their property, Mick and Sherralee Brougham called on Hotspace to design their renovation for them. They followed the instructions we gave them in their Renovation Action Plan - and with a bit of elbow grease of their own, got this excellent result for just a little over $20,000 (entire reno - inside and out!).

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Alford Street, Waterview, Auckland, NZ

This was one of my first ever (personal) renovations. Overall renovation costs were approx $40k with the exterior portion being about $18,000 including landscaping and decking.

Best of all, the property rose in value from $339k to $450k virtually overnight!

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Fishing Point Rd, Fishing Point, NSW

The Renovation Action Plan we prepared for this property and client recommended small but significant changes to it's appearance. Changing some of the colours, crafting the landscaping and adding some effective details (slatted gable, porch enclosure, pavers etc.) has modernised and 'sharpened' this property exterior substantially. We knew the right things to do - do you?

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Winthrop Street, Wishart, Brisbane, QLD

David Biggs spent just $15,500 (DIY) on renovating his ENTIRE property by following the recommendations contained in his Renovation Action Plan. As he was renovating to sell, his main goal was to spend as little on his renovation as possible but to sell for the greatest amount. In fact, thanks to the Renovation Action Plan and some clever bargain hunting, we helped him renovate the kitchen for just $1607. AND the property sold in just 2 weeks! (click on the images to enlarge)

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Titirangi Rd, New Lynn, Auckland, NZ

This Hotspace client purchased this property for $252,000. His renovation cost him spot on $25k and transactional costs (selling/legal/Hotspace/staging fees etc) came to another $25k.

The property sold after just a few weeks on the market, for $340,000.

By following the Renovation Action Plan we wrote specifically for this property, he was able to stay on track and stick to his budget. He could predict a profit from the outset, because the numbers stacked up and he had a pro renovator to guide the specifics of his renovation.

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Sylvania Cres, Kallangur, QLD

Our suggestion to re-use the existing cabinetry came as a surprise to our client who had originally intended on removing it and buying a whole new kitchen. Instead, they created this new looking, fresher, brighter kitchen for just $4,000 by following the advice we gave them in the Renovation Action Plan we prepared for them.

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Seventh Street, Mildura, VIC

$5,000 RENO - one for the record books!

Our client needed to do a low cost, high value reno in order to transform her property ready for rental. She's an experienced renovator and has done several successful renovations in the past but decided to call on us to help her really slash her costs and make a top profit from her property through increased equity and rental income.

Before the renovation, the property attracted very low grade tenants paying just $230 per week. Now, having spent just $5,000 on the exterior and another $5,000 to furnish the interior, the property rents for $400 per week.

Want to know how to do a lower cost reno that'll add great value to your property? Check out our Renovation Action Plan page and see what you could be missing out on!

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Allworth Street, Northgate, QLD

$90,000 additional equity to use on the next investment - in just 2 months! Who said it's hard to make a profit from cosmetic renovations in this market? Yep, property purchased for $320,000. Renovation cost just under $20,000. Estimated revalution $430,000 (real estate agent estimate only at this stage). Rent increased from $300 up to $400 per week.

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Lake Rd, Takapuna, Auckland, NZ

To increase street appeal to this property, we recommended to this client that they remodel the garage doors, re-paint just the trims (window sills, handrail etc…) and tidy the landscaping around the property. Using some key ‘design elements’ our recommendations gave this property a real designer edge with only minimal changes (and expense) and added huge appeal and saleability to the property.

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Kemp Rd, Massey, Auckland, NZ

Before this client met Hotspace, they were going to completely replace their kitchen for a cost of around $7,000 - $9,000. However, because the property is in a low growth area, we considered this to be over-capitalising and recommended that they simply renovate it. For a cost of only $1,000 they renovated this kitchen by re-finishing the doors, replacing the bench-top and fitting a new splash-back – and what a difference it makes!

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Eskdale Rd, Auckland, NZ

This property originally had quite a ‘flat’, uninteresting looking exterior, so our advice to this client was to add depth to it by painting the block base only – they didn’t even need to paint the weatherboards to create this fresh, sharp look. We recommended a colour that was darker than the original colour but that would tie through well to the existing weatherboards. We also suggested within their Renovation Action Plan to paint the garage door and window sills, as well as some minor landscaping changes. A great result for just a few thousand dollars!

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Glendon Ave, Auckland, NZ

Our advice to this client was to modernise with a great coloured paint job (which we recommended) and a slight re-working of the fence. Can you see that the fence was lowered slightly (about 100mm)? This is because the fence was just marginally too high for the distance it was to the house. Cutting it down automatically made the house feel more inviting which is exactly what valuers, potential renters and potential buyers are attracted to (whether they know it or not). Total cost for this exterior reno? Around $4,000!

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St Vincents Ave, Virginia, QLD

Still waiting on the final figures for this one. $25k reno costs and renovation took 6 weeks. Purchased for $304,430 and approx reval is $385,000. Looking like a gross profit of about $55,000. Not bad for 6 weeks work!

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Warren Ave, Mt Albert, Auckland, NZ

This tired two bedroom rental unit was purchased for $270k. After only one month of renovations following a Renovation Action Plan prepared by us (and a total cost of just $15k), it is now worth upward of $375k! Original rent earned was $240 per week and increased rent after renovation is $375 per week (which includes whitegoods). The yield has increased from around 4.5% to 7.2%. Not the greatest photos in this gallery - but certainly the most profitable!

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Ahern Street, Labrador, QLD

First time renovators Lucy and Lee called on Hotspace to show them how to make-over their two bedroom unit for the best aesthetic and financial result. Worried that their lack of knowledge and experience would mean they would do the wrong things and spend too much money on their renovation, they saw a Renovation Action Plan as their key strategy for success.

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Bairds Rd, Otara, Auckland, NZ

We wanted our client to lighten and brighten their kitchen in order to significantly improve it's appearance. It only cost him $1000 and helped achieve an approximate net profit (after all expenses) of $15,000 overall on this property - in less than 3 weeks.

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Connaught Ave, Blockhouse Bay, Auckland, NZ

We knew that light, fresh colours would help lighten and brighten this small, badly lit unit and so recommended everything they needed to do to get that effect. Increasing the perception of space creates a more pleasant environment to live in - and therfore a higher perceived value to the property. A Renovation Action Plan gave this client all the action points to follow as they carried out their renovation - easy!

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Cronin Ave, Main Beach, Gold Coast, QLD

This solid block of units looked very tired and worn when we were first introduced to it. Our advice to this client (in their Renovation Action Plan) however, saved them thousands of dollars (if not tens of thousands) and improved the look of the property ten-fold. We recommended paint colours, tiles, ballustrade details, common BBQ area details (paving, landscaping etc...) as well as the colours, fixtures and fittings for all 5 unit interiors.

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Ethel Street, Chermside, QLD

Our friend/client Jo purchased this house in Chermside, Qld to renovate then hold and rent out.

It cost her $351,000 and the renovation cost $84,000 (probably a bit higher than you would ordinarily spend, but she always intended to hold the property long term - PLUS the roof needed replacing!). Also she lives in Melbourne so had to pay professionals to do ALL the work and co-ordination for her.

Total spend to buy the property and renovate it was $435,000 excluding legal fees & stamp duty.

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Konrad Street, Sydney, NSW

Just a few simple changes to this property exterior created a more defined, modern look. We recommended in the Renovation Action Plan that we wrote for this property to only spend minimal money on the exterior (since it really only needed 'tweaking') and gave precise instructions on how to achieve these recommended changes.

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Kyla St, Alstonville, NSW

As a result of following the Renovation Action Plan we wrote for this property, our client spent just $8,000 on renovating this unit. One of the things we got them to do was paint the timber wardrobe doors and change the door handles. As you can see, this transforms the space entirely.

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Loatta Court, Buderim, QLD

Refreshing the exterior of this property was as easy as clearing away the front yard and painting the weatherboards a cleaner, fresher colour. Paving the grassed area adds to the crisp effect though a patch of dense healthy grass would have been just as effective (as recommended by Hotspace!)

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Nichols St, Beerwah, QLD

Before this house was renovated it was dark and uninviting. We recommended to this investor client that they lighten and brighten the appearance of the property so that it was a lot more appealing and valuable to potential buyers or renters. By reconfiguring the landscaping and removing the dark sunroom windows (on the right) the exterior of this property was improved in just a matter of weeks.

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Raurimu Ave, Onerahi, NZ

For just $9,185.16 (including all supply and labour costs), Melanie MacDonald renovated the entire interior of this property in 4 weeks. She has increased the value of the property by around $40k-$50k (approximate only) and now has potential tenants beating down the door to rent the house from her.

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Stacey Place, Christchurch

Renovating this property was made simple for the Dubai based owner because she had a clear cut plan of what she was going to do to the property even before landing back in the country! By following a Hotspace Renovation Action Plan prepared specifically for her, she was able to organise pricing and trade-people before returning to start the renovation work. Simple, clever recommendations made the process even easier. In the case of the kitchen we recommended she remove the over-cupboard (to give the illusion of more space), the new bench-top, the new flooring and the new paint colour on the walls.

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Tilsley Street, Rotorua, NZ

This $13,000 (+ gst) cosmetic renovation increased the rental income from $320 per week to $380 per week.

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Titirangi Rd, Titirangi Peninsular, Auckland, NZ

Originally this property looked dirty and cluttered from the outside. However, in the Renovation Action Plan we wrote for this client, we recommended the most simple of changes to lift and really sharpen up the look of the house exterior. The cost? Around $2,000 for the entire exterior. The entire house renovation cost just $17,000, took just 14 days and returned a profit (after reno costs) of $50,000!

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Wildflower Street, Sunshine Beach, QLD

Our clients' primary goal was to increase the value of this property in order to return a higher yield. In just 4 weeks of renovating they totally transformed this 2 bedroom unit and increased their rental income from $265/week to $350/week - an increase of just under 25%! One of the things we advised them to do in their Renovation Action Plan was to 'tweak' the older style kitchen. For just $2,000 + appliances and flooring, the new open plan lighter, brighter kitchen provides a modern centrepiece for the property.

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Winifred St, Bayview, Auckland, NZ

Here’s an example of a smart, simple exterior renovation that added incredible value in just a matter of weeks. Using some key design ‘rules’ (called the design principles), the Renovation Action Plan we designed for this client recommended a wider style deck that ran along both front faces of the house - creating a balanced look to the property from the road. Our recommended exterior colours and some sharp landscaping add even more good looks - naturally increasing the property’s appeal and therefore value.

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Yvonne Crescent, Mt Warren Park, QLD

Our client didn't want to do a lot of work or spend a lot of money to dramatically improve the exterior of their property for the purpose of re-valuation and/or re-sale. So with that in mind, we recommended in their Renovation Action Plan a few simple changes to the paint colours, garage gable, driveway and garden.. and what a difference those few things make!

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