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Renovating a Home? Here’s some Experts Secrets!

The path to a successful home renovation is smoother when you’re armed with helpful information. Whether you’re making home improvements for yourself or looking to flip a property and make a quick profit, it’s vital to consult the experts.

FEEL AND LIGHT

Light forms the foundation for how space can feel. If you miss this main point, no amount of rugs, cushions or furnishings will right it. That’s why north-facing homes with views are so sought after. People want something nice to look at from their windows, such as a view or garden. If the orientation of your home is less than ideal, or the view is of a freeway, a light-filled, visually appealing aspect can still be achieved with design and landscaping. It might come down to rearranging rooms, or moving or adding windows to improve the functional planning and flow, but it will be worth it to get that link to an external landscape. Also, get to know the seasons and the sunlight coming into the existing home, and work out how to capture natural cross-breezes.
 

 

PREPARE FOR FUTURE BUYERS

If you’re renovating a home that you intend to live in for a long time, creating a floor plan that will still work 15 years from now is a must. Plan for multifunctional spaces that can adapt.

 

CREATE A WELCOMING ENTRANCE

Mark the way to your front door with some well-placed stepping stones or another form of path. And don’t assume you need to spend a fortune on rendering ugly old brick to transform a property’s exterior. Spraying the brick with a premium exterior paint is much cheaper than render and can be completed in a couple of days. Inside, create a handy place for daily essentials or borrow an idea from country homes. Buyers love an entryway that isn’t too narrow and, ideally, has an alarm system.

RELAXED LIVING ROOM

For this reason, make sure your living space will suit you and your family and their interests. Love a good movie or Netflix binge session? Maybe installing built-in ceiling speakers for great surround sound minus the eyesore clutter. Open-plan living spaces are still the ideal set-up, and a living room that spills out onto an entertaining deck is always going to be worth the money it cost to build. One trick to making the outside feel like a continuation of the inside is to use the same ceiling lining. This could be a panelled ceiling with exposed rafters or a flat plaster ceiling with downlights.

 

EASY FLOW KITCHEN

If you decide to sell your renovated home in the future, an updated, spacious and functional kitchen layout will ensure the best return. Ensure that you have plenty of cabinet storage and benchtop space. Prospective buyers will remember if your home has enough kitchen bench space or not. Skipping hinged doors and corner cabinets, and opting instead for pull-out extension drawers, which are easier to access and clean. Internal joinery in Laminex Lamiwood will last longer than melamine finishes. While integrating kitchen appliances is popular, replacing them can be costly, and it may be hard to replace them with new ones of the same size down the track. Instead, consider installing a small under-counter fridge. If that’s not an option, ensure the cabinetry is deep enough (700-850mm) for the fridge to sit flush with the cabinetry on either side. Choose a model before you renovate so you can factor in the exact dimensions. Above all, make realistic choices that will work for you and your family. Don’t sacrifice what you would prefer to live with every day for the sake of what looks nice when visitors stop by once a month.
Four bedrooms with an ensuite off the main bedroom are the magic formula for real-estate sales. The ensuite vanity should be able to accommodate toiletries and have a big enough mirror to fit two people getting ready at the same time. For comfort, luxe fittings and temperature control are paramount. Combining wall sconces by the bed with a practical and attractive ceiling fan can make space feel more relaxed, as well as control the temperature.

 

BATHROOMS ARE WHERE YOU CAN ADD VALUE

A well-renovated bathroom is a big selling point and incredibly satisfying when it functions properly. It might be cheaper to keep things where they are, but if you’re going to bother with the mess, dust and money of a bathroom reno, make it count by getting the layout right. That means making the space as practical as possible, preferably with a separate bath and plenty of storage, all things high on a buyer’s wish list. Building low (1100mm high) stud walls can make it less of a hassle to relocate the plumbing services while giving you the bonus of having a storage/display shelf on top. Large tiles with minimal grout lines and wall-hung toilets and vanities will all make cleaning easier. Having a skylight in the bathroom is a must. It floods the room with natural light and doesn’t take up any space on your floor plan. Above a bath or shower, it also creates a resort vibe.