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Two-storey home renovations

Jane Eyles-Bennett - Monday, February 05, 2018

Renovating the facade of a two-storey home is entirely different to renovating the facade of a one-storey home. Use these top tips to make sure your two-storey home reno looks the best it possibly can…

Create a visual anchor
If you were to stand on the road and look along the driveway towards your house, you should be able to get an idea of how your property presents, and how much ‘visual anchoring’ it needs. To visually anchor a property is to give it a sense that the house is anchored in place. It is quite a subtle thing but when done well, it makes an enormous difference to the overall aesthetic of the entire property.
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Renovating with Kids

Jane Eyles-Bennett - Friday, November 24, 2017

In my business, I help home owners work out the look, feel and overall design of their renovation rather than the physical implementation. Lucky me - for the most part, my clients manage their own renovations; including navigating the ins and outs of renovating with their children in the picture. If this is you too, I’ve come up with a list of things that should make the process easier. (Read More)

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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.
 
Re-using the existing kitchen doors saved our client a lot of money. And as you can see, by doing the right things to the adjacent surfaces (in this case the bench-top, door handles, splash-back and flooring), the space is modernised regardless.
 
An off-the-shelf vanity, new wall and floor tiling and a new shower screen improve this bathroom hugely - and of course contributes to our clients' ability to charge $85/week extra.
 
The existing entry was dull and dark. By using the lighter colours and re-surfacing the right areas in the right colours it appears much more modern and inviting (just what you need in an entry space where the first impression is key).
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