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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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Our advice to this client was to modernise with a great coloured paint job (which we recommended) and a slight re-working of the fence. Can you see that the fence was lowered slightly (about 100mm)? This is because the fence was just marginally too high for the distance it was to the house. Cutting it down automatically made the house feel more inviting which is exactly what valuers, potential renters and potential buyers are attracted to (whether they know it or not). Total cost for this exterior reno? Around $4,000!
 
 
We chose to retain most of the kitchen and renovate only some minor parts. In particular, we wanted to create a designer look by adding depth. Rather than cream on cream - we changed it to a colour scheme with varying depths of colour. Cost? less than $1000.
 
An ugly bathroom need not cost a lot to renovate as in this example. We recommended simply to replace the vanity, mirror and flooring - and this works so well because they are the main focal point in the bathroom.
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