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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.

Before you begin – planning and prep
To save as much time as possible, right from the outset, come up with a detailed plan of the renovation. Decide what you’re going to change, remove, alter and leave alone. Write down every single colour, product and finish you’re going to use - for the entire reno (this is going to be a looooong list - but it needs to be done).

If you’re renovating your entire house, work out which areas will be renovated and in what order. Decide where your living quarters will be while each room or section is renovated. You can minimise space needed by letting the kids sleep in the master bedroom in portacots or camp beds.

Next, put as much furniture in storage as possible, and pack up excess objects like photos, trinkets etc. Dust will get into everything, so cover items you must leave in the house with large drop cloths, blankets and plastic sheets.

You won’t want to eat takeaway every night, so cook and freeze as many meals as possible in advance. Avoid washing up by investing in disposable plates and cutlery. Set up a temporary mini-kitchen with a toaster, kettle, fridge, microwave and a camp oven. To ensure tradies don’t pull the fridge plug from the wall, tape the plug to the electrical outlet. Oh yes, I learnt the hard way!

Get the best tradie for the job. This is one time you want to put quality before cost.  When asking for a quote, be explicit about what you expect of them. If you want them to clean up as they go, state that up front. If you want them to start after a certain time and not to smoke or swear on site, tell them before you engage their services.

Create a schedule of all the trades you will need. You want as little downtime as possible, so schedule one trade after another. If you don’t feel confident doing this, engage a project manager or builder, or hire a company like Hotspace to do it for you.

Catering for the kids
Buy some brand new games and DVDs. If your reno is mainly outdoors, buy indoor games and movies. If you’re doing up the inside of the house, invest in outdoor play equipment.

There will be times when you have a lot of building work taking place; when this happens arrange for the kids to be taken out for the day.

Ensure little ones come to no harm by having one area that is a no-go zone for kids. You can store appliances, chemicals and paint here. Seal it off with plastic sheeting velcro'd to the doorway and put up a kiddie gate as a reminder that it is off limits.

If you’re renovating your bathroom, you might need to get a bit creative with bathing. Small children can be bathed in a laundry tub or, if it’s summer, put them in swimmers and let them play under the garden hose. Alternatively, use a friend or family member’s house, or take them to the local pool where they usually have shower facilities. If you go to the gym, consider using the facilities there.  

Staying sane during your reno
Reduce hazards and keep your space as clear as possible by putting a skip bin out the front. Throw all the old appliances and materials in there as you renovate.

Give yourself some downtime by taking a break between each stage of the reno. It will help you to stay fresh and retain energy levels.

Be mentally prepared for it to take longer than you had hoped. It is rare for a renovation to go completely to plan and there are bound to be delays along the way. If you keep this at the back of your mind, you can avoid getting frustrated.

Finally, take lots of before, during and after pics so you can share the memories with the kids!



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?

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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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