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Flooring updates for your Home or Investment property

Jane Eyles-Bennett - Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Checking out what’s happening underfoot in your home or Investment Property can quickly reveal why it is looking tired or out-of-date. Flooring has a drastic influence on the overall appearance of a property.

Updating your flooring can refresh a room, breathe life into a space, offer a general feeling of cleanliness and to top it off boost the value of your home.



Carpet comes in all shapes and sizes - well, all colours, textures and compositions! One of my favourite types of carpet for homes and Investment properties, is a Solution Dyed Nylon. I love that it is soft under foot, hard wearing but also not too expensive. A with all carpets it does come in different grades. Often, I'll specify a mid grade Solution Dyed Nylon with a top quality underlay. Don't under estimate a good underlay! There are other compositions of course, including Polyester, Polypropylene and wool, but I normally stick to the Nylon types.



If you have timber floorboards, or decided to rip up old carpets to find them underneath, they might be a little worn and torn. Give them some TLC by having them re-sanded, stained and resealed. The list of what you can do with floorboards is endless, it’s up to you and your interior design, but also consider painting (if in bad condition), waxing or lime-washing them, just to name a few.


Floating Floor
Don’t have floorboards, but wish you did? How about a floating floor, which unlike floorboards are snapped or glued together over basically any hard surface like concrete or ceramic tile. These can give you the option of the timber finish without the price tag. Timber of course is a lovely option, as is Bamboo. Another one to consider is Laminate. However, be very careful when selecting a laminate brand (cheap ones can look very cheap very quickly!) and make sure your installer is a seasoned professional.


Paint doesn’t just belong on the walls and ceilings, its applications are wide and you can paint a floor to update, especially if you’re limited by budget. Have some fun with paint and consider a pattern, like a checkerboard, to really spice up a room.


Clean tiles look great! Dirty ones not as much, and often we leave our tiles too long without some love and attention. Before you start to look at replacing them, give your tiles a solid scrub and steam, getting rid of that grim build up in the grout. You won’t even realise how dirty they were until you’re done! If there’s no saving your tiles and they’re a little worse for wear, choose a modern and fresh tile that is going to stay on trend for a long period of time. I find a nice neutral very light coloured warm grey/beige is a great option. Go for a larger tile (depending on the size of your house); usually a 500x500mm or larger for open areas such as lounge, dining, hallways and kitchen.


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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