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Wow factor on the Home Front

Jane Eyles-Bennett - Tuesday, October 17, 2017

A well-designed home has something that sets it apart from other houses in the street. It’s usually a combination of several factors that work together to create a bit of a ‘wow’ moment when you first see the house.  (Read More)

Selling up? Home Make-Over tips - where to stop and start

Jane Eyles-Bennett - Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Homeowners wanting to do a makeover on their home before selling, often fall into the trap of the snowballing renovation. You know the sort, it starts with just doing up the bathrooms, but that makes the kitchen look out of date, so you have to do that too.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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