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How to Use Light in Your Home

Jane Eyles-Bennett - Friday, March 11, 2016

The functionality of lighting a room has transformed well beyond its original purpose of letting us do things inside the home once the sun sets.  Your lighting choice is as much of an expression within your home as it is a functional accessory and necessity.  Lighting now has so many more strings attached; it’s not just about making sure you can see one step ahead, lighting is chosen based on energy efficiency, the mood and ambiance you’re after and can even become a statement of design within your home.

 

 

 

Why is the right Lighting Important?

Lighting in homes consumes 8–15% of the average household electricity budget, but the more efficient and well-designed light choices can result in savings, a definite bonus.  It’s important to take advantage of both artificial and natural light. Both have their advantages and disadvantages and choosing the right one for the right space is a little choice that can make a big difference within your home.

 

Different types of light
Wherever possible, maximise the amount of natural light filtering through windows. If the window has curtains make sure these can be fully opened and not sitting over the window itself when supposedly open to capacity. I often suggest extra long curtain rails (and extra wide curtains) which means they can sit outside the window frame when they are open.

 

Can you install a skylight somewhere? This can be an expensive exercise, but if natural light is lacking this could be a god-send. Maybe you could add a window or two - or even increase the size of some you already have. Again this can be expensive, but I would rather someone spend a bit of their budget on drawing in more natural light than beautifully renovating a dark and dingy space!

 


 

Use reflective surfaces and lighter colours in your interior design to bounce the light and add to the feeling of space. However, you can always have too much of a good thing and it’s not advised to go too bright on white; it could end up a little stark.

 

With regards to artificial lighting; Find a balance of ceiling lighting and free-standing lighting; the latter being especially effective in creating mood and ambiance within a space.


Don’t distress if you’re in the dark on what lighting to choose for your home, understandably different rooms need different light. The incandescent bulb is being phased out, with quality LEDs and fluorescents an excellent and efficient choice. Halogens typically use between 4 to 20 times more energy than alternatives.


                                                                                                            

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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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)

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