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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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Connaught Ave, Blockhouse Bay, Auckland, NZ


We knew that light, fresh colours would help lighten and brighten this small, badly lit unit and so recommended everything they needed to do to get that effect. Increasing the perception of space creates a more pleasant environment to live in - and therfore a higher perceived value to the property. A Renovation Action Plan gave this client all the action points to follow as they carried out their renovation - easy!
 
The guys in this photo bought the lower unit to renovate and then sell for a profit. On approaching the property, it is not clear that the lower part of the block is separately owned from level one. In order to give the unit it’s own identity, without spending a fortune, we recommended that they paint the lower part of the block a dark colour. This gives a sense of separateness from the other unit and together with the new canopy, creates a modern, appealing property that sold in just a matter of weeks.
 
We suggested an ‘off-the-shelf’ vanity for this combined laundry/bathroom. Simple changes create a more user-friendly and modern bathroom area.
 
Here's a neat trick! We recommended to our clients that they move the threshold strip between the lounge carpet and kitchen vinyl toward the kitchen. This gives the appearance of a larger lounge space and a more 'in proportion' kitchen. Lighter (yet still practical) flooring colours further lightens this internal space.
Small scale furniture used to dress this property for sales gives the appearance that it is more spacious!
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