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Two-storey home renovations

Jane Eyles-Bennett - Monday, February 05, 2018

Renovating the facade of a two-storey home is entirely different to renovating the facade of a one-storey home. Use these top tips to make sure your two-storey home reno looks the best it possibly can…

Create a visual anchor
If you were to stand on the road and look along the driveway towards your house, you should be able to get an idea of how your property presents, and how much ‘visual anchoring’ it needs. To visually anchor a property is to give it a sense that the house is anchored in place. It is quite a subtle thing but when done well, it makes an enormous difference to the overall aesthetic of the entire property.
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Renovating with Kids

Jane Eyles-Bennett - Friday, November 24, 2017

In my business, I help home owners work out the look, feel and overall design of their renovation rather than the physical implementation. Lucky me - for the most part, my clients manage their own renovations; including navigating the ins and outs of renovating with their children in the picture. If this is you too, I’ve come up with a list of things that should make the process easier. (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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