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How to Design your Dream Kitchen

Jane Eyles-Bennett - Monday, July 17, 2017

The kitchen and living spaces are typically the hub of your house; and whether the others in the 'hub' are helping or just watching, it’s often where you'll connect and bond after a day at the office or school. Most people prefer an open plan layout for this reason; simply to fit all the people who want to congregate there. Since it's such a draw card; it needs to not only function well, but all look great too. (Read More)

Should you renovate before you sell?

Jane Eyles-Bennett - Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Most people assume that doing a full renovation before they sell will result in a higher selling price. Sometimes this is true, but not always. Before deciding whether to renovate to sell, you should do a bit of research and work out if renovating is right for your circumstances; and what areas you should spend your renovation dollar on.  (Read More)

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Titirangi Rd, Titirangi Peninsular, Auckland, NZ

Originally this property looked dirty and cluttered from the outside. However, in the Renovation Action Plan we wrote for this client, we recommended the most simple of changes to lift and really sharpen up the look of the house exterior. The cost? Around $2,000 for the entire exterior. The entire house renovation cost just $17,000, took just 14 days and returned a profit (after reno costs) of $50,000!
We wanted this master bedroom to neither be masculine nor feminine, so recommended just the right colours and specifications for the walls, curtains and carpet.
A keen eye is needed to see what, other than painting the fence, was done in this photo. We wanted to help our client increase the street appeal of their property and so recommended cutting down the fence just a touch. The result? A more modern look and a more inviting feeling from the house beyond.

Our client renovated this kitchen for just $800 following our advice. Simple bench-top and cabinetry changes make it a much more user friendly space and more in line with the renovated look of the adjacent lounge room.
Helping to increase the crisp, freshh look of the property is this simple, inexpensive ($30) trick-up of one of the gardens. Before our advice, this client was going to spend hundreds (if not thousands) on all new landscaping.
We love this new look to the lounge area where we recommended removing the thick and cumbersome architraves around the archway. See how it defines the space more and gives a cleaner, more modern effect.

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