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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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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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Warren Ave, Mt Albert, Auckland, NZ


This tired two bedroom rental unit was purchased for $270k. After only one month of renovations following a Renovation Action Plan prepared by us (and a total cost of just $15k), it is now worth upward of $375k! Original rent earned was $240 per week and increased rent after renovation is $375 per week (which includes whitegoods). The yield has increased from around 4.5% to 7.2%. Not the greatest photos in this gallery - but certainly the most profitable!
 
 
We recommended renovating part of this kitchen and adding some new storage units and a dishwasher to create a modern, usable space for half the cost of replacing it entirely.
 
We advised the exact wall and floor colours to improve the appeal of the lounge room significantly.
Without spending mega-dollars on replacing the handrail and ballustrades, we recommended that the entry staircase be modernised and given a fresh, crisp look to introduce the unit itself - a good choice of paint colours and some new carpet did the trick.

The bathroom itself orginally wasn't too bad, so a few tweaks we recommended - including a new vanity and mirror, shower screen and toilet update it for minimal cost. Having the knowledge of the correct colours and products to use and where can make the differtence between a definate DIY job and a designer result.
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