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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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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!
 
 
We chose to retain most of the kitchen and renovate only some minor parts. In particular, we wanted to create a designer look by adding depth. Rather than cream on cream - we changed it to a colour scheme with varying depths of colour. Cost? less than $1000.
 
An ugly bathroom need not cost a lot to renovate as in this example. We recommended simply to replace the vanity, mirror and flooring - and this works so well because they are the main focal point in the bathroom.
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