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Modernising a brick home - no rendering required

Jane Eyles-Bennett - Thursday, June 22, 2017

Do you have a brick home that’s in need of a bit of a facelift? Perhaps the colour or style of brick is starting to look a bit dated and in need of modernising. Most homeowners assume the only way to update a brick home is by rendering it, but there are other ways. (Read More)

How to choose the colours and finishes for your home

Jane Eyles-Bennett - Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Probably the best part about renovating or building is choosing the colours and finishes. It’s exciting to have the freedom to choose exactly what you want, isn’t it? But it can be a bit overwhelming too. (Read More)

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We saved money, time and got it right first time!" We recently employed Hotspace Consultants to help us renovate our home. Jane was extremely knowledgeable about design and renovations in general and easily tailored a solution specific to our..

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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