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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)

Five ways to quickly make-over your home

Jane Eyles-Bennett - Monday, October 30, 2017

With all the home improvement shows on television, it’s hard to resist the urge to makeover your own home. But how do you modernise your home without blowing the budget? What areas should you focus on? What tricks do the experts use? (Read More)

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We saved money, time and got it right first time!" We recently employed Hotspace Consultants to help us renovate our home. Jane was extremely knowledgeable about design and renovations in general and easily tailored a solution specific to our..

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!
We recommended renovating part of this kitchen and adding some new storage units and a dishwasher to create a modern, usable space for half the cost of replacing it entirely.
We advised the exact wall and floor colours to improve the appeal of the lounge room significantly.
Without spending mega-dollars on replacing the handrail and ballustrades, we recommended that the entry staircase be modernised and given a fresh, crisp look to introduce the unit itself - a good choice of paint colours and some new carpet did the trick.

The bathroom itself orginally wasn't too bad, so a few tweaks we recommended - including a new vanity and mirror, shower screen and toilet update it for minimal cost. Having the knowledge of the correct colours and products to use and where can make the differtence between a definate DIY job and a designer result.
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