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Building new - How to get it right first time

Jane Eyles-Bennett - Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Building from scratch can be one of the most rewarding things you will ever do. You get to choose absolutely everything about your house. But where do you start? What’s trending on ‘The Block’ this week might be past its use-by date by the time you finish your build, and what’s hot on Instagram next week might be totally impractical for your circumstances.

My biggest tip is to spend some time (and money) getting the layout right first. Either get it designed by a professional (such as an architect or building designer) or get a second opinion on your own designs.

Why? Well, for starters, you’re going to be spending an enormous amount of money building this house, you may as well make sure the design is going to work the way you envision it. The truth is, we often use rooms and spaces in a different way than what we had intended once we are living in them. That cosy lounge room in the centre of the house might become a stifling hotbox in summer, and that light and airy rumpus may end up sending power bills through the roof during winter. What looks great on paper does not always work in reality.

Once you’re happy with the layout, it’s worth your while to get a second opinion from an interior designer on it. We can also advise on colours, fixtures, fittings and finishes and ensure your choices not only look good but remain within the budget allocated by the builder.

When you engage your builder, they will generally allot provisional sums for different elements of the build i.e. they will include a general price for things like electrical, flooring and cabinetry and what have you. You need to be aware of this and make choices that fit the budget. If you go high-end in one area of the house, you might have to go budget in another area of the house, which can lead to an uneven look and feel to the house. Alternatively, going big in one area might mean you try and match it in every area, leading to a huge budget blowout.

Ask your builder if he has specific suppliers he uses and start there. Often they have 3 levels of fixtures and fittings – an entry level budget option, a mid-range option and a high-end option. Try to choose a range that best suits your house, your budget and your vision.

It can be quite a challenge to get the look you want and it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the volume of choice available. Get in touch with me if you want to have a chat about your new build home. I’d love to bring some clarity to your plans and help you create that fabulous home you’ve always dreamed about!


Renovating your Home or Investment Property?

Home renovations are on the up and up - thanks to all the TV shows and other media outlets such as magazines and the internet.  But is it all that it's cracked up to be? TV makes it look so easy (renovate a kitchen in 2 days, transform your garden in 24 hours - we wish it was that simple!).

If your home or investment property is on the wrong side of 15-20 (years old) then you have a great opportunity to update and modernise it. But without experience on your side, things can (and often do) go really wrong - going over budget, not ending up with the style or look you'd imagined, problems with trades-people, time-frames blowing out - and the list goes on.

Hotspace can help

Hotspace offers one-on-one Exterior and Interior design advice to home owners and property investors.

Property Investors; Our sole aim when working with property investors is to show you how to add as much value as possible - while spending considerably less than it appears when the renovation is completed (ie: spend $1 to add $3-$4 of perceived value). As Interior Designers, we love colour. But colours are only a tiny portion of the information you need to successfully renovate for profit.

Home owners; If your home is old and tired and in need of some renovation love, then we'll show you how to create beautiful and comfortable spaces. We've worked with over 500 property owners on all sorts of properties, so we've (almost) seen it all! We'll help you re-design your biggest asset - often for less $$ than you might think. And as award winning interior designers, you couldn't be in better hands.

The key to renovating your home or investment property without breaking the bank

Whether a full overhaul or a quick facelift, Hotspace will guide you towards your ideal renovation, including;

A second opinion on your plans and ideas - You'll no doubt have some of your own ideas, so we'll steer you in the right direction; confirming your best ideas, introducing new ideas and eliminating the rest.

New ideas and recommendations - We'll introduce you to new renovation ideas to really maximize the result you're able to achieve - ensuring you tastefully revamp your home in ways far beyond what you would have considered yourself. Exterior and Interior Design is our forte!

Spend less on your renovation - If you're afraid of your renovation spiraling out of control, sticking to a reasonable budget just became a reality (yes it is possible!). We'll give you specific guidance on how much or little of your property to renovate given your budgetary expectations. Some of our packages even include budget breakdowns for your entire reno.

Increase the equity in your home or investment property - You can add value and increase the equity in your home or investment property by spending less on your renovation than the value it adds. We'll show you how.

Money back guarantee - Investors; double your renovation investment or we'll refund our fee in full - No questions asked. Note: Our clients typically triple their renovation 'spend' investment so this guarantee is a no-brainer for us!

One-on-one support - Many of our packages include telephone, sms and email support which can be used any time during your renovation.

Which Hotspace Consultation Package is right for you?

We offer 6 different packages depending on your requirements. Click here to see the package options or Phone 1300 908 8901300 908 890.
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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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