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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?


Well, here are 5 areas to focus on to really make a difference...

1) Painting (of course!)
The most predominant features in your house are the walls and flooring. They have the most significant impact on the overall aesthetics of the house, so it makes sense to consider updating them.

Look at the overall colour scheme of your home and decide on the colour and tone of paint you are going to use. Some colours have warm tones while other colours have cool tones. If you’ve got all cool tones in your house, it won’t complement the colour scheme to choose a warm cream colour as the primary paint scheme and vice versa.

Even white has warm and cool tones; just compare different whites on a colour chart and you will be able to see the variety of tones. It’s easy enough to paint the walls yourself, but make sure you prep the area well first. 

2) Floors

Your flooring choice will depend in part on the type of foot traffic through the house, the climate and your budget. You also need to give some thought to the colour scheme in the house; going too dark or light can have a significant impact on the overall look. 

If you want some information on different flooring types and costs, this article will help.

3) Kitchen

The next area I would look at updating is the kitchen. If you want to keep costs down, you might be able to refresh the kitchen by just replacing the splashback, benchtops and taps. If you want or need to do more than that, you could buy a good quality flat pack and install it yourself or have a tradie install it for you. Then all you need to do is co-ordinate trades like plumbers and tilers as needed.

Of course, you can go the whole way and have a specialist kitchen company design and install the entire kitchen, but you will be paying a lot more for this.


4) Bathrooms
The bathrooms are next on the list. They're usually one of the more expensive areas to renovate, but you can get away with updating a few things rather than doing an entire renovation. The first thing you should get rid of is old style shower screens; they really date a bathroom. Install frameless or semi-frameless screens to give a clear, seamless look.

Replacing the vanity is another way to update the look. Timber vanities add softness and warmth to cold, sterile bathrooms so consider this as an option over the usual white vanity.

Hanging a beautiful pendant light or installing downlights over the vanity can often add the perfect finishing touch.

Don’t forget about the vanity mirror too; a replacement here can go a long way towards modernising the look of the entire bathroom.

5) Lighting
Last, but not least is lighting. Depending on what you already have in the house, ensure all lights have the same type of globes (cool or warm tones), then look for places to add feature lights. Underneath overhead cupboards, over kitchen island benches, over stairwells and in hallways are some places that may work well.

The one thing to keep in mind throughout your makeover is that doing more is not necessarily better. You’re better off seeking to do a few things really well, rather than aiming to do a lot but doing them badly. 


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.

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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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