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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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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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