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The top five tips you need to know before renovating

In life, there are three situations that will inevitably be stressful, time-consuming and tear-jerking.

Divorce, death and home renovations – particularly the big-ticket types.

Whether you’re planning a quick DIY job or inviting a small army of tradies into your home, there are some golden rules you can follow so you don’t just survive but thrive through the process.

Think ahead

Before you jump in the deep end, you need to think about where you’ll be in five years, says director of The Makeover Group, Richard Armstrong.

“You have to ask, what is the goal with the house? What will you do with it in the future?” he told The New Daily. “One of the pitfalls is people will often renovate the house with what their current needs are, opposed to five years time.

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“You have to ask, what is the goal with the house?” Photo: Richard Armstrong

Don’t just talk about what you might need in the future but also how you want to use the space, says Mr Armstrong.

“The house needs to be designed around you and the way you live. Make sure you look at your lifestyle. How do you want to live? How do you entertain? Do you work from home? All those things about how you want to use the house.”

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How much does a kitchen renovation cost?

If you’re considering renovating your kitchen this year, it’s really important that you know what you’re up against in terms of cost.

Here, the Sydney-based home improvement platform, houseace, take us through a step-by-step look at all the costs involved in a kitchen renovation – from design fees and flooring, to plumbing and appliances.

What is the average kitchen renovation cost in Australia?

  • Starting point = $18,000
  • Standard price range = $25,000-$35,000
  • Premium price range = $40,000-$100,000+

Size matters…

Though these figures are just averages, it’s important to note that the size of your kitchen will significantly affect the cost of your renovation. For example, it could cost as little as $11,000 to renovate a small kitchen, and $60,000+ to undertake a standard, large renovation.

Size (m2) Average cost
Small (<8) $11,000-$20,000
Medium (8-20) $15,000-$40,000
Large (20+) $30,000-$60,000+
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376 Bobbin Head Road, Turramurra, NSW
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This leaking backyard shed was renovated into an adorable tiny house for $20K

The new owners of this home in the USA inherited a backyard shed that was far too large to ignore. With some clever DIY, they managed to turn their backyard "eyesore" into a moneymaker.

 

It took them a year of fitting in DIY work in the evenings and on weekends after their day jobs, but the couple now has one very cute tiny house for "beloved—and paying—guests," according to Apartment Therapy.

 

"We were both interested in the idea of creating a 'tiny house' space, and wanted to see how we could create a space that was comfortable while still compact," they explain.

"When we purchased our home in the West Ashley area of Charleston, it came with a pretty run-of-the-mill storage shed... but at 200 square feet, it was far too large for our needs. On top of that, the roof leaked pretty badly in several places (we later found that it lacked adequate waterproofing during the renovation) and it was a bit of an eyesore that dominated our backyard," explain owners Jesse and Ashley Darland.

 

"We really liked the idea of generating our own income, plus we would also gain a stylish place for friends and family to stay when they came to visit."

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5 tax-effective renovations for your investment property

Investors may be able to receive thousands more in tax deductions on renovations by carefully choosing their fixtures, fittings and materials, according to one quantity surveyor.

Mike Mortlock, managing director of MCG Quantity Surveyors, said it is possible for investors to effectively utilise depreciation to minimise tax on renovations to their investment property whilst still achieving quality results.

 

“By understanding what items create the most tax-effective benefits, you can make smarter choices that will add thousands to your result without having to outlay a penny more in costs,” he explained.

 

Here are Mr Mortlock’s top five tips to reduce tax paid when renovating:

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Invest in the kitchen not the bathroom

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The five renovation tips that will make you the most money

Home renovations hit a 14-year high last years as tighter lending conditions saw fewer Aussies move house.

 

In fact, the volume of renovations in the September 2018 quarter was 11 per cent higher than the same quarter in 2017.

 

And with the Australian property market set to fall further, this could well continue, says Master Builders Australia’s chief economist, Shane Garrett.

 

“The tightening of credit conditions have prevented many families from being able to move house over the past year. It seems that some of those have decided to renovate their existing home instead,” he said.

 

“Australia’s home renovations industry may be an unintended beneficiary of the tougher lending policies.”

 

But some renovation decisions are better than others when it comes to depreciation and home value.

 

Many renovators don’t understand the way their choices of materials, fittings and fixtures will affect the size of their tax return, MCG Quantity Surveyors, Mike Mortlock said.

 

“Most renovators try and save money by tackling DIY work, but there are smarter ways to increase your result without additional hard labour,” Mortlock said.

 

“I’ve run scenarios which show investors can create added thousands in tax deductions on a renovation simply by selecting one item or finish over another.”

 

Here are five ways to make the most from your renovations:

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1. Focus on your kitchen, not your bathroom

Boost your tax outcome by spending more on your cooking area.

 

Kitchen renovations attract higher depreciation rates thanks to the sheer quantity of assets defined as plant and equipment items. These items depreciate fastest under the ATO guidelines, Mortlock explained.

 

All kitchen appliances are considered plant and equipment, but appliances with this classification are limited in the bathroom.

 

“I’ve run some typical numbers based on a $20,000 renovation and choosing to spend up in the kitchen instead of the bathroom can result in an additional $2,000 in deductions across the first three years.”

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These are the seven dirtiest places in your kitchen

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Sinks require daily care to fight bacteria. Photo: Supplied

How clean is your kitchen?

Your imagination can run wild thinking of the bacteria lurking in your home. But people tend to look in the wrong direction when it comes to fighting germs in the kitchen. Disinfect these seven germ sanctuaries as soon as possible.

 

 

Your refrigerator

Your refrigerator harbors bacteria in some surprising places. Ice and water dispensers, vegetable crispers, meat drawers, and door seals are some of the germiest!

To do: Use a disinfectant when you clean the fridge, do a white vinegar flush of the water dispenser, and clean and sanitise the ice maker and ice bin. If your fridge needs extra care (and elbow grease), consider hiring a cleaning service that offers appliance cleaning.

Countertop appliances

Countertop appliances need more intensive cleaning than you might think. In fact, not doing things like flushing your coffee maker and disinfecting your blender gasket can put you at risk of ingesting unsafe bacteria.

To do: Run a cycle of white vinegar and water through your coffee maker, and tackle scum on slow cookers with white vinegar and baking soda. Disassemble your blender and wash every component with soap and water. And remember to unplug appliances before cleaning.

Countertops

Think of all of the hands, bags and containers that land on your countertops throughout the day. A quick wipe-down won't be enough to fully clean the surface and prevent cross-contamination.

To do: Disinfect your countertops daily and let them air dry. And consider installing a nonporous countertop material like engineered quartz to reduce germ accumulation!

The sink

Sinks require daily care to fight bacteria. Disinfecting them regularly will reduce the risk of contaminating foods and dishware, and will make your sink less appealing to pests.

To do: Flush sink drains weekly or bi-weekly with hot water and bleach or vinegar and baking soda. And disinfect your sink basin every night. If your sink is slow to drain or produces a smell, it might help to connect with a local plumber.

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Making your project a success

Building a new house or renovating your current one can be an exciting time. But things can easily go wrong, especially with more complex projects. We ask the experts how to make your build a success.

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Things can go wrong when building a house or during renovations.

Keep it water tight

If there’s one thing homeowners need to get right, it’s waterproofing. Brian Seidler, Master Builders Association NSW executive director explains why.

 

“Water defects are the biggest issue homeowners face with kitchen, bathroom and laundry renovations. 48 per cent of defects are water-related and the problem is due to the incorrect application of waterproofing products, or the wrong product for the particular application.”

 

Doing your own research is essential to understanding what needs to be done to waterproof your home and ask your builder what waterproofing process they will be using.

 

“We had a recent example where two builders quoted for the same job, and one was $90,000 cheaper. The difference in the build and price was in the waterproofing alone. But the project had five wet areas planned and the higher quote detailed a different process that was more thorough and effective.”

 

Run a fine-toothed comb through the quote, don’t skimp on research and find out as much information as you can. “This is where the relationship with your builder comes into play. Keep the channels of communication open and ensure they will be using the right products and techniques to the necessary standards or above.”

 

Damage from failing waterproofing works can have huge repercussions on the structural integrity of your home and your hip pocket.

 

“Double and triple check everything. Asking as many experts as possible is always better done before the build, rather than after the trouble starts.”

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Passive design on display at custom-built Downer home

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42 Durack Street in Downer is on the market for $1,650,000 and is being sold by home

When Jane Goodall and Christopher Parkinson bought 42 Durack Street in Downer – then a typical Canberra 1960s property – in 2013, they were planning to simply extend the house.

 

“We fell in love with the beautiful oak trees that line the street. It’s a friendly, quiet neighbourhood but surrounded by lots of good cafes, restaurants and walking trails,” Jane explains.

 

“We lived in the cottage for about a year before we committed to doing anything. That was helpful to get to know where the sun shines in and get a feel for the block.”

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Sellers Jane Goodall and Christopher Parkinson fell in love with Durack Street and its oak trees back in 2013
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A renovation to inspire followers of fashionable interiors

This beautiful home was made over by its retailer owner — with every step of the way documented for social media.

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Light and lovely: Nat Wheeler’s serene living area. Picture: Lisa Cohen

Nat Wheeler has got it bad for renovating. In fact, she openly admits being obsessed by it.

 

“There’s nothing I love more than a little demolition work,” Ms Wheeler said.

 

Over the years, she has renovated three houses and, with her Norsu Interiors store business partner Kristy Sadlier, four shops (the latest is the new norsuHome Concept store in Malvern East).

 

Her fixation with remodelling spaces began when she was just 12 years old and decided to hire a steamer to remove the pink wallpaper in her bedroom.

 

“Back then, I wasn’t into pink at all, but through my work with Norsu, it has become my signature colour,” Ms Wheeler said.

 

So, when it came time to renovate the California bungalow in Glen Iris that she shares with husband Dan and their two children, Annabel, 7, and Harvey, 4, she was absolutely in her element.

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How to spend less than $5000 preparing a rundown home for sale

Securing the maximum price on auction day is front of mind for any vendor. But getting top dollar for a property that needs work can be challenging, especially if your budget for improvement is tight.

 

There are many reasons for selling a rundown or tired property. Downsizing, selling a home inherited from a deceased relative or a sudden urgency due to a growing family are all common factors.

 

Renovating is one way to improve the value of a home prior to sale, but significant improvements can be costly and time consuming, and not everyone has the spare cash to splash on an extensive reno.

 

So how do you get the best price for your fixer-upper for under $5000?

 

Where to spend $5000 to prepare your home for sale

 

Although updating the kitchen and bathroom can have a big impact, a major renovation can set you back tens of thousands of dollars and take weeks to complete, which simply isn’t possible within a tight budget and time frame.

 

Instead, focus on the areas of the home that will enhance the look for minimal outlay and make a good first impression.

 

One example of an affordable pre-sale renovation is this four-bedroom character home being sold in Carlton.

 

Although the tidy home has had some improvements over the years, including a new bathroom, the vendors limited their scope to minor cosmetic updates when preparing for sale, and avoided renovating the kitchen.

 

“The vendors did the minimum to get it ready for market, but there’s still scope to make money on this house by opening up the rear,” selling agent Kristina Lee, from Professionals Montgomery Group, explains.

 

To prepare a dated property for sale, Ms Lee always recommends repainting interior walls in a neutral colour, as well as replacing carpets or refinishing floorboards.

 

“For $5000 you could repaint and recarpet, which freshens up the smell of the home too,” Ms Lee says.

 

First impressions are especially important, so tidying the front garden, pruning hedges and mowing the lawn will enhance curb appeal.

 

“We advised the owners to put up a white picket fence, which cost less than $1000,” she says.

 

“Those changes would certainly add, in my opinion, at least $50,000 to the value,” she says.

 

$0 updates

 

The changes that will make the biggest impact may actually cost nothing more than a few weekends of hard work.

 

Decluttering is essential in preparing a property for sale. If a potential buyer can’t see past mountains of junk, they won’t be able to visualise the potential of the space. Clear out the clutter and put anything that can’t be tossed into storage out of sight, such as in the garage or under the house.

 

Likewise, removing daggy or outdated furniture, and paring back the space to staple items will make rooms feel bigger. Although styling might not be in your budget, consider borrowing statement pieces from friends or neighbours temporarily to improve the look of the home for inspection.

 

Give every surface a deep clean, including exterior surfaces and windows, floors and tiles. If you don’t have the time or energy for cleaning and decluttering, consider services like Airtasker to find an extra helping hand.

 

Untidy gardens and lawns can drag down a property’s potential value and make the home look uncared-for. Pruning, weeding and mowing all make a big impact, but adding bark mulch is an affordable update that is especially effective, as it injects colour and makes garden beds look neater.

 

If you don’t have a green thumb, include the cost of hiring a gardener for a day in your budget.

 

Know your buyer

 

It’s important to understand that the buyers of a dated or rundown property will likely be planning on renovating themselves, and will have their own ideas on what changes they want to make.

 

Sydney buyer’s agent and associate director of RPM Property, Kyah Johansson, believes that spending big on significant improvements can be counterproductive.

 

“If a home is liveable and it’s neat and tidy, you may be better off putting it to market as is,” she says.

 

That being said, Ms Johansson agrees that updating interior surfaces can appeal to buyers looking for a renovation project.

 

“If buyers can tick the walls and floorboards off their list, then they can focus their money and attention on the major areas like the kitchen and bathroom,” she says.

 

“A lot of people are looking at buying something that’s very liveable, then renting it out and saving for a renovation further down the track.”

 

Potential renovators may be living in the home or renting it out prior to starting work, so as long as the kitchen and bathroom are functional, they are best left alone as these are the areas renovators like to inject their personal touch.

 

Richard Baini, director of Richard Mathews Real Estate, agrees. “If there are areas of a home that people want to put their personal touch on, it’s the kitchen and bathroom,” he says.

 

The same notion extends to outdoor areas, as major work won’t necessarily get you the return you might expect.

 

“Everyday people aren’t professional landscapers, and it doesn’t make sense spending money on changes that don’t have broad appeal,” says Ms Johansson.

 

However, if your home has any significant problems, such as leaks or structural issues, it’s worthwhile hiring a building inspector to highlight any potential issues, and spending the money to repair them before sale.

 

“Most buyers want somewhere that just needs superficial work, most of them shy away from anything that needs structural work,” says Ms Lee.

 

Apart from turning off potential buyers, serious issues can also become bargaining chips, giving buyers a stronger negotiating position.

 

How to prepare a rundown home for sale for under $5000

  • Paint interior walls in a neutral colour
  • Replace carpets or refinish floorboards
  • Clean and declutter the entire home
  • Mow the lawn and prune overgrown plants
  • Paint the front fence to improve kerb appeal

Source: Domain News


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Budget, mid-range or luxury: how much does a bathroom renovation really cost?

Want to see the back of those ugly old wall tiles, that scratched bathtub? How about that mouldy grouting that refuses to come clean? Along with the kitchen, revamping a bathroom – especially if you want to rip out the entire thing and start again – is one of the most expensive projects you can undertake.

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It can also be difficult to budget for, with the price varying wildly depending on fittings, the tradespeople you employ and whether your new bathroom is highly customised or more of an off-the-rack number.

 

We asked some experts for the lowdown on three levels of bathroom renovations: budget, mid-range and luxury.


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After: Bathroom Renovations
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The budget bathroom renovation Cost: $5000 (partial renovation) to $27,000

If you’re really watching your pennies – say it’s a cheap-ish investment property – you can still give your bathroom a rev-up, says James Mason, the builder behind website Renovation Junkies.

 

“A very basic facelift would be between $5000 and $10,000 … including painting or resurfacing over the tiles, painting over the old bath that looks a bit chipped and scratched,” Mason says.

 

Small changes such as replacing an old shower curtain or vanity can also make a big impression.

 

“For a rental property, say a standard little fibro shack with a very dated 1960s and 1970s bathroom, [a mini-makeover] is a good way to get a little bit of extra rental income,” he says.

 

Hunting for bargain tiles at wholesale discount stores or auction houses will help your budget. Though Mason warns another budget tactic – DIY – can backfire and wind up costing more if you don’t prepare properly.

 

Richard Armstrong, director of The Makeover Group, says a full budget renovation will set you back between $20,000 and $27,000.

 

“In that sort of situation, you’d be buying off-the-shelf cabinetry,” Armstrong says. Tiles, kept to a minimum to reduce labour costs, might be in the $12 per square-metre range from somewhere like Bunnings, and a standard shower base could be about $130.


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Bathroom Waterproofing Tips

Proper waterproofing in bathroom wet areas is absolutely vital

Bathroom waterproofing is a method which prevents water from penetrating your property floors and walls. It is extremely important for your bathroom renovation. In New South Wales, you can only do your own waterproofing if you’re licensed to do so.  Waterproofing has to be done in accordance with the Australian Standard AS3740-2010 - 'Waterproofing of domestic wet areas'.

most commonly used waterproofing materials in bathroom renovations

Bitumen based

Bitumen based waterproofing materials are not user-friendly enough in comparison with polyurethane or arcylic based coating. It also becomes very brittle and fragile when long exposure to the sunlight.  

Arcylic Based

Arcylic based waterproofing method is the most preferred method by licensed waterproofers and builders because of  its labour and time saving advantages. However, proper surface preparation is very important before and after the waterproofing. 

Poly based

Polyurethane based waterproofing should consist a primer coat and two top coats. The main advantage is the waterproofing layers can be tiled over, so to minimize the water content between the waterproofing layer and tiling layer. It also offers higher flexibility, but it is also more expensive to get the job done. 


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BATHROOM RENOVATION GUIDE - Top bathroom trends

Time to get inspired. These are the top four bathroom trends as voted by customers to get you started.

Neo classic

Old meets new in a contemporary expression of a classic style.

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Which renovations offer the best return when you sell?

House owners are still very confident about return on investment putting money into their property so there is a lot of work going on in the renovation market.

 

Kitchen renovation offers the best profit return when you sell the property as recommended by Domain. Some other renovations can cost much more than they will ever give you back.

 

Bathroom renovations can cost up to $30,000. Renovating new modern bathrooms significantly add to your home value and your quality of life!

 


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How to incorporate different styles in the home without doing a full makeover

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If you find yourself thinking your home is looking a bit boring or tired, you might want to revamp your style and living spaces. Photo: iStock

If you find yourself thinking your home is looking a bit boring or tired, you might want to revamp your style and living spaces.

You don’t need a full renovation if the bones are already there – in fact, a neutral palette as a starting point gives you the opportunity to jump off in any number of style directions.

Understanding the origin and foundations of a style allows you to fuse your home’s bones with a fresh look from popular design schemes:

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2019 How much does a bathroom renovation cost?

Planning a bathroom renovation but worried about what it is going to cost?

You can realistically spend anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 or more on a bathroom renovation, depending on the size of your bathroom, and how much your materials, fittings and labour costs are.

 

Most people spend somewhere in the middle of this range - in fact the Housing Industry Association (HIA) found $17,000 to be the average value of a bathroom renovation.  As you can expect there are a lot of variables that impact how much your bathroom renovation will cost. Factors that will affect the cost of your project include:

  • the size of your bathroom

  • the materials you choose

  • the fittings you select

  • labour costs

  • permits, if these are required for your job

Let’s take a more detailed at costs, which we have broken down into three price brackets.

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BATHROOM RENOVATION GUIDE - Planning ahead

Planning is key to keeping a renovation on time and on budget, but even the best laid plans falter. Allow time for the inevitable setbacks. Here are some roadblocks to look out for.

Inspect what's underneath

Sometimes you may find surprises like rotting floor or water leaks under your tiles. Be sure to take a look for these early with a building inspection so you know what to expect.

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A Prospect home has been given a jaw-dropping renovation

Three months after its previous sale, a Prospect character home is back on the market, having been given a complete renovation. Wait until you see the before and after photos.
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1 Connaught Street, Prospect before and after its full renovation.

According to CoreLogic, this 1920s villa in Prospect previously sold in November last year for $525,000.

Now it’s back on the market, with a price tag of $780,000 to $840,000, having been given a jaw-dropping makeover.

 

Selling agent Blake Scholz, of Ray White Unley, doesn’t like to use the term “flip” but confirms the house, at 1 Connaught St has been improved for resale by vendors who are highly experienced renovators with access to a team of professional tradies.

 

“It’s had a complete renovation from top to bottom — they’ve done everything,” Mr Scholz says.

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Tiles are the perfect finishing touch to your dream bathroom. Use your tiles to create the right mood and look. Here are four simple and effective tiling tricks.

Tip 1 - Use large tiles

Work with large floor and wall tiles to make your bathroom space feel larger.

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2019 cost guide | Bathroom storage tips

Is your bathroom feeling a teensie weensy bit cluttered?

 

Chances are you don’t have enough storage. It’s a well know psychological trick of mind that having a tidy, ordered space helps you feel relaxed and in control. Here we are talking about elements like a cabinet with drawers, shelves, rails, racks, baskets and boxes - anything that can help keep your stuff organised and out of sight. If you are working with a smaller space adding mirrors can make even the smallest bathroom feel light-filled and bigger.

 

There are lots of other tips and tricks to get your bathroom storage up to scratch - let’s check some out.

Bathroom Renovation Planning

Planning your bathroom storage

When planning bathroom storage, there are a number things that you need to consider. First of all how many people use the bathroom and what you need to store. Most people need to take care of towels, makeup, toiletries and cleaning supplies - but you could have more.

 

Also consider the actual layout of the bathroom. You will want to place your built-in storage so that the items contained are easily accessible. The vanity is the largest single item of storage in the bathroom and is likely to hold things such as the hairdryer, makeup, and cleaning supplies. Ensure that it is the right size and configuration for your needs, with plenty of drawers and cupboard space.

 

As well as built-in storage, consider using freestanding storage such as freestanding storage such as shelving and boxes. This will give you flexibility in your bathroom design as you’ll be able to move the storage to suit you.

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How to Clean Grout: A Step by Step Guide

If you have tiled walls or floors, you will have grout lines across the surface. Grout keeps tiles in place and fills in the gap between every individual piece. Grouting is made from a porous material; so dirt, mould and stains can sink into the lines. These stains make your floor or wall look dirty even after you clean the surfaces well. Tiles are baked and have a glass-like surface that’s easier to clean, so people don’t spend much time trying to clean them.

Grout requires special attention to appear clean, and ordinary floor cleaners just won’t work. You need to put in some time and effort if you want your grouting to appear clean and unstained. Thankfully, the process isn’t that complicated and you can use homemade natural materials available in your home to clean grout. Grout cleaning is one of the most overlooked services when it comes to house cleaning.

What kind of materials do you need to grout clean?

  1. Gloves
  2. A bucket of water
  3. Baking soda
  4. Vinegar
  5. Scrubbing brush (or another grout cleaning tool, like a toothbrush)
  6. A floor-cleaning mop
  7. Tile cleaning agent

You can also use bleach or hydrogen peroxide along with baking soda if you want stronger cleaning solutions. You will require protective glasses and a breathing mask if you intend to work with these materials, as they can cause trouble with breathing and the fumes can smart your eyes.

How to clean grout with baking soda and vinegar method

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The biggest bathroom design trends of 2019

Last Sunday on The Block, the contestants revealed their main bathrooms to the judges – Courtney and Hans won the top prize.

When it comes to renovating a bathroom, practicality can get in the way of style. But for 2019, efficiency meets old-school luxury and sees the bathroom transform into the ultimate stylish wellness zone.

From the right colour palette to wall treatments, here are the bathroom trends to take note of. They’re so chic, you will want to leave the door open.

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Bianca and Carla's main bathroom. Photo: Channel Nine

Natural materials

Bathroom week saw natural materials in many guises take centre stage. Bianca and Carla’s stone feature wall wowed the judges and drew attention to the importance of natural materials in this room.

Natural and man-made stone trumps the current trend for wood, with designers set to revel in it. “2019 is all about coloured marbles,” says Sara Chamberlain, of The Real Estate Stylist. “It doesn’t need to be applied to permanent fittings. Get creative, introducing beautiful coloured marble in the form of bathroom accessories like trays and soap dishes. It makes it an affordable trend.”

Likewise, Italian terrazzo is making a big comeback, and featured in Courtney and Hans’ winning main bathroom. All three judges agreed that the use of terrazzo was a stylish choice and helped pay homage to the original style of the building.

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The ultimate guide to renovation costs

There are so many great reasons to renovate your home; improved on your quality of life, increased resale value, or even just to simply update its aesthetic. But the biggest obstacle to renovating, for most people, is cost.

These are the usual expenses associated with remodelling, and we’ll drop some hot tips on how to save a few dollars here and there on your renovation.

How much does a full home renovation cost?

There are a lot of factors that contribute to your renovation’s overall cost (more on that later). According to Service Seeking, minor renovations can cost as little as $20,000, but you can easily go over $300,000 for a complete transformation. Most of these costs go to labour, while the next biggest expense is sourcing materials.

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Interior designer Nola Charles reveals Gosford apartment transformation

She has worked all over the world from LA to North Queensland and the Southern Highlands. Interior designer Nola Charles has now transformed her Central Coast apartment. Check out the before and afters.

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Nola Charles interior designer's Gosford apartment on John Whiteway Dr.

She has been an interior designer for 52 years, working on big country houses in the Southern Highlands, resort projects in North Queensland and recently doing some work in LA.

 

Nola Charles has now decided to put down roots in Gosford, renovating a 20-year-old apartment on John Whiteway Dr with sweeping views of the Brisbane Waters.

 

Purchasing the property with her husband for $645,000 in May last year, Mrs Charles said that the decision to settle was an accident of fate – the pair were looking for a renovation project, but when they saw the apartment, decided to make it home.

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Reno reveal: The good, bad and ugly of home renovating

They went for three months without hot water and had to climb a ladder to get in and out of the house, but it was all worth it for one Brisbane couple. SEE THE BEFORE AND AFTER PICS

House renovation, selling for profits.
Dane Reay and Rebecca Bartley inside the home they have renovated in Windsor.

THEY went for three months without hot water and had to climb a ladder to get in and out of the house, but it was all worth it if you ask Dane Reay.

 

The Brisbane fly-in-fly-out worker with a passion for home renovating admits his partner, Rebecca Bartley, was a “trooper” to live through their latest project.

 

The couple stumbled across the tiny, rundown cottage in Windsor on their way back from another disappointing home inspection.

House Renovation Before and After
BEFORE: The front of the house at 101 Victoria St, Windsor, before it was renovated.
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Relaxed renovation philosophy when transforming property

The owner of this house has a philosophy for renovation so simple, it will make you wonder why you did not do the same.

House renovation, then sell to make profits.
The house at 80 Gatton Street, Mount Gravatt East, is for sale.

 

MARCIN Machura and his wife Cynamon Norris bought their Mount Gravatt East home four years ago for its potential.

 

Mr Machura said they had been looking for a property they could improve and the house at 80 Gatton St fit the bill.

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The kitchen has been recently renovated.
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‘We wanted to make the house great:’ How an inner west couple pulled off a perfect renovation

Today, it’s a showcase for what could be seen as the perfect renovation, with a third bedroom, airy open-plan layout, a sleek modern kitchen and an underground workshop and storage.

 

When finance industry worker Amynta Wilson bought her house in 2013, it was a typical old two-bedroom terrace with small living and dining rooms, a kitchen that had seen better days, and an outside toilet and laundry.

 

“For us, liveability was a big thing, with heaps of storage,” says Wilson, 32, who now has an 18-month-old son. “We wanted to make the house great for entertaining. And now with our son, we can’t go anywhere, so everyone comes to us instead!”

How an inner west couple pulled off a perfect renovation
Prior to being renovated, the interiors were dark, and there was no lower level living area.

An open-plan Designer Kitchen

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How much does a kitchen cost?

A budget kitchen can be built for as little as $10,000, but the Australia-wide average spend is $17,000 and you can pay $100,000 or more if you really want the best.

 

How much does a kitchen cost? Ask a kitchen designer that question and they are likely to think, “How much do you want to spend?” Though they’ll put it more politely and show you your options. A better question might be: “What is the range of costs for a new kitchen?” This way, you can buy a kitchen that fits the area you have to cover and your budget, too.

How much does a kitchen cost?

New kitchen price ranges

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Our Favorite Small Kitchens with Major Style

Get inspired to spice up your tiny cooking space.

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Bathroom Tiling - 8 Most Popular Tile Patterns

When you're planning a tiling project, it's exciting to choose tile colours and designs – but these aren't the only things which will make a big difference to how your tiled space looks and feels. The tile pattern you choose will also have a big impact on the finished project. Here's our quick run down of eight of the most popular tile pattern choices.

1. The Straight Lay Pattern

This is the most commonly used tile pattern of all, and the easiest to do. It's probably the best choice if you have never tiled before. The tiles are simply laid side by side in a straight line, to give an overall even grid pattern. It's a good choice of pattern for rooms where you don't want the tiles to distract from other design features.

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straight up pattern

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Four big kitchen trends for 2019 and two you can say farewell to

If you believe the real estate adage that kitchens sell houses, then last week on The Block could be the biggest indication yet as to who will win the series.

Kerrie and Spence took out the top prize with their elegant, high-tech kitchen, while Hayden and Sara made it into second place for their great choice of orientation. Hans and Courtney, however, were criticised on the placement of their kitchen and its disconnection from the main living area.

 

Functionality, natural materials and moody colour palettes were among the key trends showcased on the series, but what can we expect to see for kitchens in 2019?

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Kerrie and Spence's winning room had all the appliances you could expect from a luxury kitchen. Photo: Channel Nine

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Bathroom renovation: Step by step guide

It’s good to know what to expect when such a large project is happening in your home. Here is a step by step guide so you have a better idea what jobs happen when.

1. Design your bathroom

The first step is to work out how your new bathroom will look and work. It needs to be laid be practical if you are going to enjoy using it and spending time in it. There needs to be a logical flow to all the major elements, including the bathtub, vanity, toilet and shower. This can be done on paper, or there are some really nifty apps or 3D modelling tools that can help you nail your bathroom design. Your bathroom builder can help design your bathroom for maximum convenience.

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Sellers forking out up to $60,000 on renovations to attract ‘picky’ buyers as housing market cools

Thinking of selling your home? As the market cools, here’s why you may have to fork out tens of thousands of dollars extra to get a sale.

As the housing market cools, sellers are having to splash out tens of thousands of dollars on renovations to make their homes look brand new to appeal to “picky” buyers.

The Chinese buyers are picky

According to Carrie Law, chief executive of real estate portal Juwai.com, Chinese buyers in particular want “like-new” properties, while Chinese vendors are faster to spend on renovations than locals.

 

“Chinese buyers are the biggest international buyer group, but they are picky,” she said.

 

“They are especially picky in this market. They want a gorgeous home so they can show the pictures to their friends back home and make them jealous. They tend to like homes that look as close to new as possible.”

 

Foreign buyers are able to buy only established, second-hand property if they have Australian residency or have become citizens.

 

Concern about Chinese buyers driving up prices forced state and federal governments to implement a number of tax changes last year, causing many to go elsewhere. Chinese investment in Australian real estate has fallen by roughly 70 per cent since 2015.

 

Ms Law said Chinese vendors tended to be much more aware than others that property needs to present well to sell well “because that’s what’s expected in China, too”.

 

“The Chinese in Sydney who we see selling today are much more likely than other vendors to have invested in pre-sale renovations,” she said. “While others ask if they should spend $5000 on staging, Chinese vendors are spending five times that on a new bathroom.”

 

In mainland China, many Chinese keep investment properties empty so it’s in better shape when they come to sell it. Sometimes they even maintain it as a shell, with no ceilings, floors, walls, kitchen, or bathrooms.

 

“From the day of purchase, they are calculating how to generate the best return when they sell,” Ms Law said.

 

“In China, rental yields are very low while price gains have been extremely high. That explains why many property owners don’t bother to find renters for their investment properties.”

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Map reveals the city suburbs where home improvements are booming

PLANNING on starting some new home improvements? Then you probably live in the western suburbs, a new survey has revealed.

SYDNEY’S housing market might be cooling, but apparently, home renovations are booming.

 

ServiceSeeking.com.au recently analysed 5000 home improvement and renovation jobs which occurred throughout the NSW capital over the past 12 months.

 

The findings revealed western Sydney residents undertook the highest number of renovations since 2017, at a speed of 50 per cent more than residents in the eastern suburbs and more than 25 per cent the amount of those in the north shore.

 

CEO Jeremy Levitt said the results were a fascinating insight into the priorities of Sydney homeowners.

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Sydney's renovation hot spots

“Greater Western Sydney is where the majority of the residential work is. With a developing CBD in Parramatta, many white collar workers can live in these outer suburbs with less of a commute to work, and a smaller mortgage,” he explained.

 

“Additionally, houses further from the CBD tend to be larger in size with more scope for home improvement, renovations and repair jobs.

 

“Residents living in the eastern suburbs renovated 40 per cent more than their counterparts across the bridge in the Lower North Shore. Most notably, those living in Bondi Beach required 47 per cent more renovation services than those in Mosman.”

 

According to the findings, the suburbs that renovated the most over the past year include Blacktown at 9.8 times more renovations than average, followed by Baulkham Hills, Barangaroo, Quakers Hill, Parramatta, Castle Hill, Surry Hills, Ryde, Carlingford and Hornsby.

 

Meanwhile, the suburbs that renovated the least in 2017 were Clontarf, Clareville, Roseville, Willoughby, Millers Point, Balmain East, Watsons Bay, McMahons Point, Church Point and Berowra.

 

The analysis also revealed that in some suburbs, a significantly higher amount of residents completed renovation jobs than their neighbours, with residents in Lane Cove completing 89 per cent more renovation jobs than their neighbours in Artarmon.

 

Residents in Auburn undertook 53 per cent more makeovers than their neighbours in Granville, while those living in Hornsby took on 42 per cent more jobs than their neighbours in Turramurra.

 

Source: news.com.au

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Before and after: A family-friendly Sydney kitchen renovation

There’s no doubt today’s kitchens are very different to those of 20 years ago. These days kitchens are more than just areas to prepare food. Instead they serve as a family meeting place, an office, or even the main entertaining area.

Appliance designs have adapted to the increasing amount of technology that is now incorporated into products, and appliances such as refrigerators and dishwashers are often integrated into the cabinetry to blend in with the rest of the furniture.

Fisher & Paykel Kitchen Appliances
Fisher & Paykel’s Senior Industrial Designer Simone Stephens and General Manager of Design Mark Elmore.

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This is what a 37-year renovation of a rundown $30,000 Queenslander looks like

Home Renovation of $30k took 37 years incredible transformation

Source: nine.com.au


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How to upgrade your house while you wait for the market to improve

Renovating your home can add a lot of value

Declining house prices have been well documented in recent months. Auction clearance rates in Sydney at the start of December were as low as 41% and many economists are predicting interest rates hikes and a recession like housing market.

 

It’s partly fuelled by an unprecedented amount of growth which is being ‘corrected’ and the Royal Commission’s effect on lending criteria. There are strong economic forces which suggest that house prices may continue to fall for at least the next 12 months.

 

So, that said, homeowners should now consider adding value to their existing home, particularly if their strategy is to wait out the downturn. A good builder or renovator will be able to help you with this.

 

By making small but considered changes, you could update your home to suit your current needs, and it’s simpler than you think. But it’s more than just adding value, the right investments can upgrade your lifestyle too.

 

Here are some of the best ways to add value to your home and some suggestions on how to approach it.

Renovating your home can add a lot of value. Photo: Kadmy, Bigstock

Make smart additions

Think about what you could add to your house to make it more comfortable, without costing too much or causing too much inconvenience to you and your family. The addition of a pool may seem like a great idea when summer rolls around, but it often turns out to be more trouble than it’s worth – especially with the hassle, and cost, of maintenance.

 

There are more simple additions which are less risky. Features which can be used every day such as a garage, an en-suite bathroom or walk-in wardrobes will not only make your home more livable but they are features which buyers look for when purchasing.


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Is black bathroom tapware here to stay?

Black is the new black, especially in bathroom tapware.

It’s a look that is undoubtably striking and effortlessly chic, but is black tapware here to stay? It’s a big question in the bathroom space right now. Will black tapware date? Will black tapware fade? We spoke to the senior designers from Porter Davis, Randall Pye and Keith Fuller, to get some answers and delve a little deeper into the design debate.

 Is black bathroom tapware here to stay?
Black Bathroom Renovations

Is black bathroom tapware here to stay?

Randall: I think it’s here to stay, but perhaps not with the same prominence as we have seen lately. Black bathroom tapware is undoubtedly a very cool highlight at the moment, but I don’t think it’s for everyone or every bathroom. You have to consider if it will be a time marker on your bathroom, when the next design trend hits.

Keith: Yes. Black tapware can work well with any style of bathroom and is still growing in popularity – and fast! It’s perhaps not for everyone, but you can’t deny it has got staying power.


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翻新房子赚了100万!澳洲炒房高手教你如何获利

他最近一次的房产销售为他赢得了一笔上百万元的可观利润,所以在“翻新转售”(“flipping”)这方面,汤姆·霍尔(Tom Hall)是很专业的。

 

这位墨尔本男子从事“翻新转售”这一行已经16年了,成功做成了10笔生意。

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装修后

低买高卖

 

对于外行人来说,“翻新转售”指的是通过“低买高卖”的方式从房产中获利,或者买一套老旧的房子,重新装修以获取利润。

 

霍尔曾是一名电工和房产经纪人,他在24岁时以12.4万元的价格买下了他的第一套房产,利用周末和下班时间进行翻修,大胆地进入了这个世界。

 

他只花了1.4万元翻修,几年之后,他以26.5万元的价格卖掉了这栋房子,赚了一倍的回报,他与“翻修转售”的不解之缘也开始了。


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How To Choose the Perfect Paint Color?

Home painting will keep your home renovation looking its best for many years to come. here is A very good article to share: How To Choose the Perfect Paint Color? Look at The Light!

Paint color and light go hand in hand, and are a complex couple. Your paint color will look different depending on the light that it's exposed to. The tricky part is this: light is never consistent and how it shines depends entirely on time and context. Learn the different light variables, and how color responds, and you are well on your way to becoming a paint master of the universe. Read more.

Still not Sure about the paint Colours? you can also talk to One of Colour Designers

Deciding on the right colour and scheme can sometimes be the hardest part of the renovation project. Consulting  one of the colour designers from Dulux or British Paints can also make the whole renovation process a lot easier.

 

Both Dulux and British Paints provide colour design service, their qualified interior decorator can visit your home and help with selecting the paint colours for your home. Most importantly, their pricing is very reasonable:



Questions?

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What To Know Before Contacting Us

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE CONTACTING US ABOUT OUR SHOWROOM OR ON-SITE QUOTES

As we are extremely busy with ongoing kitchens and bathrooms renovation projects, our kitchen and bathroom showroom is open by appointments only.

What We do

  • We do FREE online kitchens and bathrooms design and quotation.
  • We do complete kitchens renovation.
  • We do complete bathrooms renovation, and we are flexible with bathroom items you choose.
  • We do complete homes renovation including painting.
  • We sell kitchen and bathroom products to our own renovation projects only.

What We don't do

  • We don't provide FREE on-site design quotation until you have decided to use us for your project, otherwise $300 charge for a home design and quotation visit.
  • We don't provide repairing and resurfacing kitchens bathrooms services, or replacing kitchen doors.
  • We don't sell cheap laminate kitchens benchtops or doors.


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Kitchen Renovation Tips and Tricks

make the best choices for your new Kitchen with these tips

It's tempting to choose the most stylish kitchen or the most affordable options and forget to think through everything that you need. Whether you're renovating your own kitchen or an investment property, it's important to remember the most desirable and most used features in a kitchen.

Beautiful, functional kitchen in Sydney

Functionality.

If you have a bit of flexibility with space and appliances, think about how a kitchen is used, what draws are opened the most, which benchtop will be the primary space for cutting, where will you enjoy your morning coffee, and where things should be stored?

Work with the design team to build a space in which processes flow smoothly: there should be power points where you will put your important accessories, the rubbish bin should be close to the cutting area. Simple functionality that will make your life better.


Benchspace.

If you have limited bench space, make sure that you work with the team to optimise it! 

 

Countertops work best if there is a little overhang to prevent drips running down the face of your drawers. Stylistically, they are a big part of your kitchen, so make them a statement.

Quartz stone benchtops are really popular for their beauty and durability. Ask our team about choosing the right benchtop material and colour to make your kitchen stand out!

Bench space in modern Kitchen

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What to consider before your bathroom renovations

make the best choices for your bathroom renovations with these tips

Bathroom renovations can transform your home and add great value to your property when they are done well. It's important that you think about what you want to achieve in a new bathroom before you get started, and hire qualified professionals to ensure that your plumbing and electrical don't cause unwanted problems down the road. When you call us to discuss your bathroom or ensuite renovations, we'll talk to you on how to make the best decisions, and here are a few tips of what to keep in mind.

Bathroom Renovation Budget

Working out a budget before you get started will help guide your decision making. It will allow you to look more closely into realistic make-over options, and rule out early on anything that will blow the budget.

We'll be able to work with you knowing your figures, to suggest tiles, cabinetry, ceramics and accessories that will fit your vision for your renovation without breaking the bank.
 


Must-Have Bathroom Items

Is there something that you can't live without? Have you been saving for this renovation in order to put in the spa bathtub of your dreams or a shower big enough to dance in?

Let us know your 'Must-Have' items early on so that we can build your design and quote around them.

Let us know your 'Dream Items' too (the things you'd love to have but might be a little unrealistic) – you never know if there might be room left in the budget for the stone bench tops or the heated towel racks after all!


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How the stylish live: At home with interior designer Suzanne Gorman

Suzanne Gorman’s approach to home design is very simple. “There are two elements – the invested and the interchangeable,” she says. “The joinery and floorboards are the constant mainstays, and the rest should be regularly changed-up, from the wallpapers and soft furnishings, to floor rugs and artwork. It keeps life exciting!”

Suzanne Gorman in her Willoughby home

The interior designer, and director of Studio Gorman, moved into her Willoughby home 18 years ago with her husband. Showing great restraint, the couple lived in the home for nearly a decade before renovating.

 

“I’m glad we did,” she says, “we were able to get a real feel for the house. We also had our family here, so in time, we knew who we were building our home for.”


An original 1920s bungalow, the house is characteristic of the area

An original 1920s bungalow, the house is characteristic of the area.

 

“The streets are lined with them,” she says. “They were the project home of their era. Very small with two bedrooms, living room, bathroom and kitchen. Teeny weeny, but this one has superb positioning.”

 

With a perfect north-east aspect, Gorman says the constant flow of natural light throughout is a real advantage.


Equally treasured are Gorman’s graphic kitchen pendent lights by Muuto

“The sun rises at the back where the kitchen is, and then moves around the house, so we get sun and soft light all day. The right aspect can really change your mood.”

 

 

Before renovating, Gorman planted Leighton Greens around the property’s periphery.

 

 

“18 years later they are five metres tall, lush and provide absolute privacy,” she says. “It makes our garden feel like a secluded haven. It was a good move.”


Gorman says her personal style is very “Sydney-relaxed” and her house reflects this.

Gorman says the decision to renovate wasn’t an immediate one. “We could have built a project home, which was popular at the time in this area, or renovate the original house. We chose the latter.”

 

“For us it was about wanting to maintain the streetscape and respect the home’s heritage. I love a good blend of old and new. For me, it is preferable to building a faux bungalow,” she says.

 

Gorman plotted her renovation, not just with her family in mind, but for future resale.


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Fully-renovated Victorian home goes on the market close to Goulburn CBD

A stylish Victorian-era home which has been fully renovated and is located close to the CBD has gone on the market in Goulburn for $635,000.

Home Renovations fully
Large bathroom renovations
Bedrooms with fireplaces

Built in 1890, the four-bedroom two-bathroom house at 88 Clifford Street offers heritage appeal combined with contemporary luxury.

 

 

It also has the advantage of mixed-use zoning, meaning it can be used for residential or business purposes (subject to council approval).

 

Listing agent John Connell of Ray White Goulburn said the house was completely renovated around two months ago, with new carpet, a new kitchen and bathroom, restored fireplaces, rewiring, replumbing, ducted heating and a new Colorbond roof.

 

It is located just one block from the CBD and is close to Victoria Park, the swimming centre, schools and the hospital.

 

 

“Properties renovated to this detail one block from the CBD don’t come on the market very often,” Mr Connell said.

 

The home features a large main bedroom with a walk-in robe and ensuite, while the other three spacious bedrooms all have restored fireplaces and two have pressed metal ceilings.


Caesarstone bench tops Kitchen reno

The kitchen has a lovely exposed rubble stone wall, Caesarstone bench tops, ample cupboard space with gas cooktop and oven


Undercover Pergola

The living room is situated at the rear which flows smoothly to the undercover pergola with steps up to the private backyard, perfect to host family entertainment.


Source: The RiotACT

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澳洲装修费今年暴涨14%,原因是裝修工时薪涨到70澳元以上!

各位想装修自己房子的朋友,在开始动手装修前可以做一个房屋财产评估,同时也可以查看下附近有没有装修好的房子在出售。有时候小投资会换来大回报哦。

 

Michelle和Davida Black是一对普通的澳洲两口子,最近他们有个活生生的例子,告诉你为什么连花钱也要趁早。

 

3年前,他们就开始嫌房子的两个浴室都旧了,想翻新,当时请了几个工人来报价后,他们觉得没攒够钱,还是等一等再说。

 

3年后,装修工又一次来报价,这次的要价从上次的6500澳元直接暴涨到1.6万澳元。还只是翻新一个浴室的报价!“这还是同一个浴室吗?”她震惊了。想当初,要是多借点钱装修就好了,而不是等到三年后看到价格上涨2倍。

 

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悉尼水电工

实际上,你攒钱的速度估计永远也比不上澳洲装修工人的涨价速度!

据最新统计,就业网站serviceseeking.com.au的全澳数据显示,管道工的平均收费为每小时78.4澳元,相比去年上涨了1.9%,而电工的平均收费为每小时74.61澳元,相比去年提高了4%。相比之下,根据PayScale的数据,普通律师每小时只能挣到37澳元,有10年以上工作经验的管道工和电工,时薪更是超过100澳元。

 

另外最新统计亦显示,澳洲请工人的装修费去年暴涨14%!维州技术工人的平均收费是每小时56.58元,这还是全国最低的,最贵的西澳平均每小时达到65.25元。


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悉尼水电工

最富技工排行榜

  • WA Plumbers make $87.67 per hour
    西澳管道工$86.67/时
  • WA Electricians earn $87.33 per hour
    西澳电工$87.33/时
  • NSW Builders average $77.85 per hour
    新州建筑工平均$77.85/时
  • NSW Plumbers bring in $77.42 per hour
    新州管道工$77.42/时
  • VIC Plumbers make $77.03 per hour
    维州管道工$77.03/时
  • QLD Electricians earn $75.23 per hour
    维州电工$75.23/时
  • WA Builders make $71.52 per hour
    西澳建筑工$71.52/时
  • QLD Landscapers make $70.57 per hour
    昆省园林设计工$70.57/时
  • VIC Electricians make $68.68 per hour
    维州电工$68.68/时
  • QLD Plumbers make $68.58 per hour
    昆省管道工$68.58/时

这些数据来自装修消费者价格指数,一份上季度来自ServiceSeeking.com.au网站统计的5.2万份报价的汇总。在维州所有的技术工人中,最贵的是水管工,时薪达到77,这是澳洲平均时薪37.48的两倍。但涨价最多的是铺地板的工人,每平米30.58元,一年大涨18.9%。

 

你在默默算你的薪水涨了多少吗?统计局的数据是,去年维州的平均时薪涨幅达到2.6%,还是全国之首。在过去15年里,维州建筑工人的工资涨幅远远超出普通工人27%以上。

 

要不要对比一下今天出炉的另一组数据——最新的维州大学生毕业起薪的中位数排行榜。ACU荣获冠军,以$55600/年领跑其它学校。Monash 和墨大的毕业生起薪中位数在$55000/年!

 

之后就是Victoria Uni,Swinburne,Deakin以及La Trobe!垫底的是RMIT,并且落后倒数第二近$2000/年!这意味着大学生的起薪大概只有每小时27元左右。而且这一部分数据只是调查了那些愿意接受调查的学生!仍有大量没找到工作,工资不高的学生因没有接受调查而没被算在数据裡!

 

这下你知道了吧,所有人都说澳洲人工贵,辛辛苦苦上大学,不如去學一門手藝!

 

为什么技工们工资涨这么贵呢?有分析说是因为供应和需求,房地产开发,很多技工建新房去了,导致接装修活的越来越少。而房子又越来越贵,人们买不起新房就退而求其次装修旧房,或者各种扩建,三房改四房,一层扩两层,还在後院裡加个僭建房……

 

几年前你想扩建成本大概是5万,现在是8万。但是以前你的房子值40万,现在值100万。所有这些,都导致装修工人工資越来越高了。尤其是那些有licence门槛的技工,绝对是技工中的战斗机,比如水管工、电工、木工等。

 

转行当水管工,其实除了要能吃苦耐劳体力好,澳洲的水管工还必须先当4年学徒,期间工资只够基本生活,比如一周400元,每一年加100。然后再经过tafe两年的学习和工作,才能取得可以包工程、维修的licence。如果你够上进,再到大学裡读个两年就可以成为水管工程师,那就无敌了,但4+2+2,相当于8年抗战,和医生有的一拼了。

 

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5 gorgeous Melbourne bathroom renovations

The city might be known for its unique culture, trams and being 'the world's most liveable city' seven years running, but there's more to this part of the world than meets the eye - including some incredible Melbourne bathroom renovations

 

Below we've collected just a few of our favourite Melbourne bathroom renovations we've showcased over the years here at Complete Home - a range of projects that are sure to inspire you no matter what city or part of the world you live in!

 

Marble bathroom renovations

Sleek and indulgent marble bathroom

This sleek design is the perfect example of a bathroom renovation done just right - highlighted by gorgeous tapware and shower fittings from Perrin & Rowe, with floor-to-ceiling Elba marble tiles that give the bathroom the ultra-luxury look it carries so well.


Australian luxury hotel bathrooms

Top 6 Australian luxury hotel bathrooms

Nothing quite says opulence like a luxury hotel bathroom - and Australia is blessed with some of the finest. If you like our first bathroom's marble look, the Melbourne bathroom renovation featured here - the Park Hyatt's extravagant Italian marble design with oversized deep-soaking tub and inset TV is perfect for you.


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装修完的房子反而会贬值?澳专家出招助你避免弄巧成拙!

 

没房子的人整天想着买房子,有房子的人整天想着如何才能住得更舒服。但是有的房子在装修或是扩建后反而会贬值?那如何才能避免这“人间惨剧”呢?快来看看专家怎么说。

 

据Domain报道,建筑师Yvonne Haber给我们提出了三点建议。

 

首先第一点:

 

要注意房子的整体布局。也许你想将房子简单的扩建一下,也许你是想把房子的某个部分进行翻新,无论你想做什么,请将房间的整体布局考虑进去。布局合理的住房不仅能让自己住得舒心,在将来准备将房子拍卖的时候也会有优势。

 

其次第二点:

 

要保证房间风格的统一和流畅性。也许你突然爱上了后现代风格,想在房间里“开辟”出一片个人角落。那么请一定要确保不同风格之间的衔接要自然,不能彼此格格不入。

 

最后,

 

Yvonne Haber表示,如果你自己没有信心把房子装修或扩建好,请找一位专业人士来帮忙。毕竟现在房价飙升,在花费了金钱和精力之后房子反而贬值那就得不偿失了。

 

Source: Sydney Today


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How much does a bathroom renovation cost?

 

The bathroom is one of the most essential rooms of the house and a refresh can add considerable value to your home. In this cost guide we delve into the range of potential costs associated with a bathroom renovation.

 

When renovating a bathroom, cost is a considerable factor for deciding on style, features and amenities. But how much should you expect to budget for when planning a bathroom refresh?

 

For an estimate figure, you can expect to spend anywhere between $10,000 to $35,000+. The cost can vary depending on the size of your bathroom, the materials used, as well as any labour costs. However, it is possible for a renovation to cost lower around $5000 if you are willing to swap out a few items or keep the refresh a largely cosmetic update.

 

Expect to pay more if you are thinking of a complete renovation or:

  • Undertaking any structural work
  • Want new features that require additional plumbing works
  • Are moving plumbing from one area to another
  • Replacing all wall and floor tiles

 

How long will my bathroom renovation take?

 

Depending on the scale of the project, the renovation will take time so allow anywhere from 1 to 3 weeks of labour. Factors that can affect this timeframe include:

  • Any structural works
  • Moving plumbing and/or electrical elements
  • Having large amounts of tiles to lay
  • Unforeseen events, like discovering asbestos in your wall or floor cavity.

 

The research, planning and design of the renovation, with no major structural changes, allow around 6 to 8 weeks for this phase. This includes:

  • Time to develop the design
  • Selecting materials and fittings
  • Getting quotes from a range of businesses.

 

Which tradies do I need for my bathroom renovation?

 

Wondering who you may need to hire for your bathroom project? These are the most common trades you will need to call on:

 

Bathroom builders can manage and run your project completely on your behalf, and often have all trades on staff to cover different aspects of the job. If not, they can coordinate sub-contractors. This will cost you extra but will take the hassle out of any renovation job.

 

If you are hiring individual trades:

 

Architects help to design floor plans for your new bathroom, ensuring everything is logically laid out to suit your lifestyle. Expect to pay for the privilege of their expertise.

 

Carpenters and cabinet makers can help install custom storage in your bathroom, such as a vanity, cabinetry or any other timber elements such as a new door or window.

 

Electricians can help install lighting, power points, heating, ventilation and much more.

 

Painters will need to paint any areas that are not covered by tiles or other elements, preferably with a moisture and wear-resistant paint.

 

Plumbers are perhaps the most crucial tradie on your project, so make sure you hire one who has a good track record of working on bathrooms.

 

Tilers are another crucial trade who can can make or break the look of your bathroom. They also need to get small details right, like making sure your shower recess drains properly.

 

Waterproofers will use a variety of sealants and membranes to make sure your bathroom is properly sealed - so you don't have leaks sprouting up all over the place.

 

Does my bathroom renovator need to be licensed?

 

Most elements of a bathroom renovation, such as plumbing and tiling require the use of a licensed contractor. A complete bathroom renovation will typically require a licensed builder, with some states having a licence specifically for bathroom and kitchen renovations. Individual trades such as plumbers, waterproofers and sparkies all need to be qualified and licensed.

 

Hiring a bathroom renovator

 

When it comes time to hiring a contractor make sure they are right for your job. Some questions to ask then include:

  • Are you licensed?
  • Are you insured to work in my home?
  • How long will my job take?
  • Can you provide a written quote?
  • Do you have references I can follow up?
  • Can I see examples of your work?

 

Complete bathroom renovation costs

 

So how much will you have to spend? As a guideline, expect to spend in the region of:

  • $5,000 - $15,000 for a cosmetic makeover or smaller bathroom renovation using budget materials and fittings.
  • $15,000 - $25,000 for an average sized mid-range renovation using mid-range materials and fittings
  • $25,000+ for a high end bathroom renovation using top of the range materials and fittings.

 

The Housing Industry Association (HIA) found $17,000 to be the average value for bathrooms installed as part of a renovation in 2015. The best way of working out how much your project will cost is to get a range of quotes from local businesses who specialise in renovating bathrooms. You may be surprised how different they are..

 

#hiptip: Get at least three quotes before you commit to hiring anyone, so you can compare price and level of service

 

Estimating your bathroom renovation costs

 

Some of the major costs to plan for include:

  • Plumbing, especially if you are moving plumbing or installing new elements.
  • Tiling, which could include floor and wall tiles.
  • Frameless shower screen, semi-frameless shower screen or standard shower screen.
  • Bath, which could be integrated or freestanding.
  • Toilet, which could be a standard version or have an in-wall cistern.
  • Vanity, standard or wall mounted which looks cleaner and gives you more floor space.
  • Lighting, which could be task, general or mood.
  • Waterproofing, to ensure your bathroom doesn’t leak.

Plumbers charge a call-out fee of $60 to $100, with hourly rates anywhere from $100 - $150 depending on the plumber. The fee your plumber charges will depend on where you live and may vary according to the plumber’s skill level.

 

Expect to pay:

  • $80 to $250 to replace and fit bath or basin taps or a new shower head
  • $160 to $550 to install to install a toilet, basin, sink or bath

 

If a plumber is quoting for a large project such as your bathroom renovation project, ask for an itemised quote which details all the elements they are charging for.

 

Tiling

 

The size of your bathroom is going to be a major factor in the cost of your renovation, and since so much of a bathroom is tiled, you need to know what the boundaries of your budget are. Expect to be quoted on a per square metre rate by bathroom tilers, which could range from $35 per square metre to $120 per square metre. $60 per square metre is the average for laying bathroom tiles. The cost of the actual tiles would be on top of this, so be sure to factor this in.

 

For wall tiles expect to pay from $20 to $28 per square meter for standard white ceramic wall tiles (600mm x 300mm) to $68 per square metre for steel grey polished porcelain wall tiles (150mm x 600mm). Moving up in price expect to pay around $86 per square metre for handmade Spanish white gloss ceramic subway tiles (150mm x 75mm) and $159 per square metre for artisan manufactured ceramic wall tiles (200mm x 200mm).

 

For floor tiles expect to pay $35 to $50 per square meter for ceramic or porcelain tiles, $50 to $100 per square meter for high quality porcelain and $80 to $130 per square meter for high quality natural stone tiles.

 

Baths

 

Baths range in price from affordable and versatile acrylic, to durable cast iron and flexible fibreglass to high end natural stone. Expect to pay anywhere from $350 for a plumber to replace and fit a bath. New baths can range from as little as $400 to thousands of dollars, with stone freestanding versions at the upper end of the scale.

#hiptip: Keep your existing plumbing layout to avoid costly works

 

Shower screens

 

Shower screens vary in price according to their size and if they are framed, semi-frameless or frameless, with the latter being the most costly. Expect to pay in the region of $400 to have a basic framed shower screen installed. Frameless shower screens use thicker glass, and are consequently more expensive - expect to pay in excess of $600 depending on the size and number of panels.

 

Toilet

 

Depending on the toilet you choose, these can cost from $150 to $750 or more for a floor-mounted hidden cistern or wall hung toilet. On average, a good quality floor-mounted vitreous china toilet costs between $275 and $450.

 

Vanity

 

Bathroom vanities range in price from:

  • $467 for a 900mm wall hung vanity with hidden handles
  • $849 for a 750mm floorstanding console vanity
  • $999 for a 1500mm double bowl vanity
  • $1360 for a 1200mm wall hung vanity with integrated cermaic basin

 

Waterproofing

 

Expect waterproofing to cost anywhere from $500 to $750 for an average sized bathroom.

 

Alternatives to a complete bathroom reno

 

If you’ve estimated the cost of a dream bathroom renovation and the amount is higher than you can afford, there are ways to modernise your bathroom without breaking the bank. Some alternatives to a complete bathroom renovation include:

 

  • Installing a new shower screen
  • Bath and basin resurfacing
  • Painting bathroom tiles
  • Installing a skylight

 

 * All the costs and prices quoted were sourced at the time this article was written. They are indicative, may vary locally, are subject to market forces and should only be used as a guide.

 

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十招教你如何把租金涨上去 | 小麦谈地产

 

作为房产投资者,其中一个重要的任务就是确保自己的投资回报率最大化,对于房产而言,如果租金在市场水平之下,那么显而易见,第一步是了解市场租金水平,然后进行上调,如果你有不止一套投资房,这将对一年的整体租金收入带来不小的影响。

 

那如何能时刻确保自己的投资房租金在市场水平呢?这个最好找一个好的房产出租中介,不仅对市场的变化比较了解,而且会定期对租金情况进行重新审核,长期下来会增加投资回报率。

 

如果租金已经在市场水平了,那还有办法提高租金回报吗?当然有。

 

无论是哪种办法提高租金回报,背后的基本原则是一样的:就是尽量让自己的投资房吸引所在区的相应租客类型,这样一来,房子会很快租掉,空置期缩短和更受欢迎,从而尽可能多的收到租客申请,申请多了,我们就有机会从中选择相对高质量的理想租客,无论是接下来按时收到房租还是对房子的爱护都至关重要。

 

从经验来看,不少房东不太愿意花钱来改进自己的投资房,觉得反正也不是自己住,这种态度其实有些不妥,这类房屋通常会有比较高的空置期和比较频繁的租客更换。聪明的房东会找到简单、廉价的好办法来为自己的投资房提高价值,增加租金,咱们一个一个来看:

 

01、每次租客搬出后对房屋进行更新

 

每当一个租约结束,租客搬走后通常租客需要付钱对所有地毯区域进行专业蒸汽清洁,作为房东,心态不应是只要是专业清洁了就好,而应该站在下一个潜在租客的角度思考,确保房屋得到了全面的清洁,包括气味。如果墙上有需要修补的痕迹,这也是个好时候。如果你很幸运的有长期按时交租的好租客,那么房东大可主动花钱每年春季为房屋进行地毯清洁,花不了多少钱,不但房子得到了定时的维护,租客也会很开心更长的住下去。对于租客而言,大多数都理解租金是也定期上涨的,如果房东能做到关心租客,租客也更愿意接受房租上涨。

 

02、有需要维护的地方要及时处理

 

之前关于房屋折旧抵税的文章里我们提起了“积少成多”这个词,在维护上就要尽量避免。如果租客有需要维修的地方,无论大小,都应该及时处理,无论是关不紧的水龙头还是门窗松动,也许看上去不是太大的问题,但对租客而言有可能是不方便和不安全的的隐患。如果出于某些原因不能及时处理,也要和租客保持沟通,让他们知晓。好的租客,通常也期待好的服务。

 

03、装修厨房

 

厨房对房子来说是非常重要的一个部分,甚至很多房子销售时的卖点都是厨房。当然,我们并不需要“Master Chef”那种高大上的厨房,但整洁、干净、有现代化电气的厨房会让整个房子更具吸引力,甚至可以弥补房子其他一些小的缺点。

 

如果你房子里的厨房比较陈旧,有几个小的简单易行的办法可以试试看:重新粉刷橱柜甚至瓷砖,替换掉橱柜把手,安装一个现代化的水龙头开关,都会让人觉得焕然一新。

 

需要注意的是时间的安排,最好在没有租客的时候进行,提前安排和准备。通常来说,$10,000可以将一个小型公寓的每个房间都更新一遍,包括重新粉刷墙壁,新的地毯和窗帘等,装修完之后房租会有明显的上涨,抵消掉装修的开销。

 

04、翻新浴室

 

和厨房一样,很多房子都是“成也浴室,败也浴室”,陈旧、肮脏的浴室绝对会让很多潜在优质租客转头离去。很多房东都理解浴室的重要性,但会担心装修的开销比较大,其实不然,大多时候房东并不需要翻新整个浴室,可以从一些细节入手,比如更换新的水龙头,淋浴头和一些其他现代化的装饰物可以改进外观,新的橱柜,门把,镜子或者是将浴帘换成玻璃,都会卫浴室带来很大的改观。

 

另外如果浴盆或者洗脸池很旧,可以考虑重新抛光,瓷砖可以重新喷漆,都是切实可行又廉价的好办法。

 

05、保持起居室和卧室整洁

 

试想一下,一个光亮、整洁的房子肯定会比一个阴暗、杂乱的房子更受租客欢迎。这里就要注意灯光的选择,适当地改进或更换灯光是个简单的办法,很多时候也不需要注册电工来完成(视电压而定)。门窗和玻璃的整洁对室内的光线影响也很大,建议在做专业清洁时一并完成。

 

06、添加新的设备

 

最好的例子就是空调,澳洲各大主要城市的夏天都比较炎热,为投资房安装空调可以立刻提高租金,尤其是夏天来到之前,很多租客甚至是主动提出诉求,只要房东可装空调,租客愿意涨租。平均来说,空调的安装费用大约需要18个月租金上涨的部分来弥补,18个月之后还可以保持上涨后的租金价位,而且可以有效的降低租客更换和房屋空置率。

 

更大的例子,可以是为没有车库的房子建一个carport,花费不会很大,但却解决了租客没有遮阳挡雨停车的地方的问题,同样可以在一段时间内通过涨租把这项开支负担掉,而且大多数情况这笔开销是可以抵税的,可以咨询下会计师。

 

07、增加空间

 

如果所投资的是house,很多早年的房间布局并不是非常合理或者适合现在人们居住的要求,有时经过适当的调整,可以改进空间的使用,比如如果客厅面积很大,那么可以考虑分割一下得到额外的卧室,或者在书房里添加一个壁柜,甚至是将较大的厨房分割出一个正式的晚餐区,都能达到同类效果。请记住,卧室越多,租金通常就越高。

 

相反的,如果某些房间或区域很暗常年没有阳光,那么可以考虑将非承重墙去掉,获得更开放的空间和更好的光线,让房子变得更适合居住。

 

08、单独的洗衣房

 

澳洲的房子,无论是公寓还是house,通常面积比较大,都有独立的洗衣房或洗衣机隔间。随着今年来高层公寓越来越密集,平均面积也在变小,很多公寓没有设计洗衣房的区域,都是将洗衣机和卫生间甚至厨房放在一起,这其实是借鉴了欧洲的经验,因为欧洲的房屋面积相对较小,这种情况是常态。作为房东,如果可以为投资房单独隔出一个壁柜的空间放置洗衣机和烘干机,和厨房等分开,是会为出租加分的一项。

 

09、学会投资者的思考方式

 

很有意思的一个现象是,如果大家是花$50万澳币买一个生意,那么会非常认真的去打理,想尽办法获得最大的收益。而很多地产投资者在购买投资房时花费很大的精力选房,买了之后却变成了“爱好”,没有最大化这项投资的回报。如果你作为一名房产投资者没有周期性的检查房子哪些地方需要更新改进,那么你就属于这个人群。成功的地产投资者都有明确的目标和计划,借助专业人士的力量把细枝末节的地方处理好,自己把注意力放到大的方向上去,考虑如何一步步建立自己的房产投资组合。

 

10、找一家专业有经验的出租中介

 

澳洲的房产出租管理专业性很强,透明度也高,一个好的出租管理经理可以成为你投资房产的左膀右臂,他们会像对待自己房子那样去管理你的投资房,确保获得最大的收益,这包括租金最大化,空置率最小化,及时的维护维修和账单的按时支付等各个方面。有些专业的中介甚至会帮你出谋划策,提出装修方案。

 

而且在澳洲中介费作为投资房产费用的一部分,是可以抵税的,却能为你节省很多烦恼和增加回报。何乐而不为。

 

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How to Secure More Sales with a Luxury Bathroom Design

 

In order to secure more potential buyers, developers are looking for ways to incentivise their projects – but what if an incentive could be as simple as transforming a bathroom from "mediocre" to "luxury".

 

As the residential market becomes more competitive and more developments are brought to fruition, developers are beginning to use luxurious bathroom and laundry spaces as unique selling points to secure more buyers and to stand out from their competition.

 

Since the bathroom is often viewed as the second most important room in a property (after the kitchen), this strategy makes sense. That’s why it’s important for developers to think about how they can strategically transform these spaces in order to drive their project to success.

 

Creating a luxury bathroom doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult, either. Here are five simple ways to take a bathroom/laundry space from mediocre to luxury:

 

Get Colourful

 

Kitchen and bathroom spaces are now becoming statement areas, where bold colours and accents work to show-off the property. That’s why developers should be moving away from stock-standard colours and beginning to think outside the box.

 

Instead of opting for standard chrome tapware, black and gun-metal colours are becoming more popular options and are an easy way to transform the space. Couple this with bold colours that are accented throughout the entire property and the space instantly gets a touch of "luxury".

 

There are brands of tapware and fittings that come in every colour and style so it is easy for developers to quickly replace their standard options for something more sophisticated.

 

Embrace Technology

 

Technology is constantly evolving in every facet of residential development, and bathroom/laundry design is no different. By implementing the latest and most accessible technology in a bathroom, the space feels modern, innovative and forward-thinking.

 

Imagine being able to tell potential buyers that they can step into the shower and have it set at the perfect temperature, every time. Or that they can set the shower temperature based on a ‘his’ and ‘hers’ method where it’s different depending on who’s using it. That is a powerful selling point.

 

That’s just one example of the type of technology that modern bathrooms should be implementing: thermostatic mixing valves.

 

Customise

 

One thing that has become clear in the residential development industry is that potential buyers value the ability to choose. This can be capitalised on by including elements in a bathroom/laundry that can be fully customised depending on the buyers’ individual style.

 

These customisable elements allow the buyer to create the luxury space that they want – completely dependent on their own style, needs and desires. This is a unique selling point, and it gives the buyer the ability to connect with the development and create something that is their own.

 

Choose Quality

 

One of the easiest ways to transform a bathroom and laundry space is by opting for better quality products and toilet suites. Instead of utilising cheap products, choosing brand-name Italian and German products works as an incentive for potential purchasers.

 

With the rise of home renovation shows and as bathroom design becomes embedded in popular culture, buyers are now becoming more familiar with high-quality brand names and are actively looking for developments that feature Italian and German products.

 

Use Thoughtful Design

 

Creating a bathroom/laundry floorplan that has been thought out – right down to where the toilet is in relation to the shower – is the smallest thing that can transform the space into a luxurious one. If a bathroom and laundry space is well designed, it can add significant value to the property and entice more potential buyers.

 

Developers should consider using smart design strategies and including features such as glass screens, wall-mounted appliances and space-saving techniques to significantly change how the space looks and feels.

 

These simple tricks work for residential developments of any size and scale, and are an ingenious way to attract potential buyers – especially in a competitive market where having a point of difference is paramount to a project’s success.

 

Source: The Urban Developer


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Como, 3/205 Labouchere Road

THIS beautifully renovated and cleverly extended townhouse sets a high standard in contemporary living.

 

Owners Gavin and Nola Allen originally bought the home in 2004 as an investment and have rented it out, used it as a weekender and their son lived at the address while attending university.

 

“This year, we have done a full renovation including adding a new kitchen, bathroom, laundry, ensuite, floor coverings, light fittings, plumbing fixtures and plantation shutters,” they said.

 

“Outside, we removed the existing courtyard and built a front entrance onto the house, and removed the existing back verandah and built a new large patio with bifold doors and kitchen servery with bifold window.

 

“As registered builders, we have been renovating homes for the past 20 years.”

 

The fittings combine luxury with industrial, such as exposed metal beams, feature lights, engineered wood-look flooring and lush carpet.

 

The warm and welcoming open-plan living and dining zone seamlessly connects to the alfresco area.

 

The stunning white kitchen will please any home chef, with spacious breakfast bar, stone benchtops, full complement of European appliances, soft-closing cabinetry and servery.

 

With a private balcony and ensuite, the master bedroom offers the perfect retreat, while the two minor bedrooms have access to the family bathroom with luxury shower and stylish wood and metal cabinetry.“We have been able to lock and leave the property as it’s only a small group of neighbours who are very considerate of each other,” the Allens said.

 

“You are two blocks walk to the Preston Street shops, with IGA, restaurants, cafes and Cygnet Cinemas and our son has been able to ride to uni.”

 

Source: Community Newspaper Group


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Quirky Fitzroy North terrace brings kitchen and bathroom together

MELBOURNE has some weird and wonderful houses, and at this Fitzroy North terrace, you’ll find the kitchen and bathroom as one.

 

AN affordable way to get into Melbourne’s inner-north has hit the market.

But just make sure you watch your step.

 

The old charmer was once flagged for a ripper renovation. But a change in circumstance has left 71 Rae St, Fitzroy North, longing for some TLC.

 

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Nelson Alexander Carlton North agent Janine Ballantyne said.

 

You wouldn’t be blamed for thinking you’d stepped into a storage shed after throwing open the front door of the terrace house.

 

Bric-a-brac has taken the place of bedrooms and you won’t find ceilings or plastered walls.

There’s still space for daily life at the rear of the home, but it comes with some quirks to contend with.

 

The kitchen and bathroom are brought together in a single room, with the toilet just a few steps away from the kitchen sink.

 

Ascend a ladder to a loft bedroom, adorned with a rather striking arched window and another loo, too.

 

Despite the home’s rough condition and the sales campaign’s early days, Ms Ballantyne said buyers were eagerly knocking at the door.

 

“But I haven’t taken anyone through yet,” she said.

 

“It’s a very unique opportunity in a lovely pocket of Fitzroy North, and has a huge amount of potential.”

 

She said the price guide of $800,000-$850,000 was reflective of the property’s condition. It is set to go under the hammer on December 19.

 

CoreLogic sales records reveal it last sold in 1998 for $214,000.

 

The data firm recorded a 14.8 per cent rise in Fitzroy North’s median house price to $1.4 million across the 12 months to August.

 

Source: news.com.au


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TLC brings dowdy Claremont apartment to life

Flaunting a fantastic outlook, but in dire need of some tender love and care, Drew Leverett and Rhionagh Rowley knew they had found the project for them when they stumbled upon this gem of an apartment in Claremont.

 

“Having grown up and gone to school in Mosman Park, I knew the area well and recognised the value in renovating in Claremont,” Ms Rowley said.

 

A love for updating and remodelling brought Mr Leverett and Ms Rowley together to start their own apartment renovation company, Leverett Design Co.

 

Mr Leverett is at the helm as the company’s cabinetmaker and builder and Ms Rowley serves as an interior designer.

 

The pair undertook a complete remodel of the Claremont apartment, taking out everything that formed the bathroom, laundry, kitchen and all the flooring.

 

“We sheeted the walls and ceiling and included negative detail around the skirting boards and cornices to give the illusion that the walls and ceilings were floating. This is really effective in rooms with low ceilings,” Ms Rowley said.

 

The living, kitchen and balcony were tiled with travertine imported from Italy and the bedrooms were given a new lease on life with fresh carpet.

 

Mr Leverett created and installed a whole wall of custom cabinetry in the living room, as well as cabinetry for the bathroom, laundry, toilet and kitchen.

 

An undisputed highlight of the renovated apartment, the kitchen features an all-glass breakfast bar supported by a brushed stainless steel leg.

 

“The glass is really effective in opening up the area, almost ghost-like while still providing seating and counter space,” Ms Rowley said.

 

Also helping to make the home feel more spacious is a full-height mirror behind the built-in bar that runs the length of the hallway, and essentially doubles the size of the apartment from a visual point of view.

 

A mirrored splashback in the kitchen reflects the treetops out over the balcony, giving the illusion of an additional window.

 

The bathroom is truly luxurious, with a large piece of statuario marble porcelain in the shower and a custom-made raking concrete sink with double faucets.

 

As the apartment is on the fifth floor, Mr Leverett and Ms Rowley faced the huge task of hauling equipment up several flights of stairs.

 

“The lift was just a tiny bit too small to get the Gyprock sheeting in, the ceilings were popcorn and the walls painted brick, so everything had to be sheeted. Fifty-two sheets of Gyprock had to be carried up the stairs two at a time because of the weight,” Ms Rowley said.

 

The team worked on the home during standard work hours only to minimise disturbance to the nearby neighbours.

 

Source: The West Australian


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Home Renovation in Parramatta, Sydney

Another home renovation project successful completed by our SBK team in Sydney! This property is a Townhouse in Parramatta area. The project includes kitchen and bathroom design and complete renovation.


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French Provincial Kitchens Sydney

Another Classic French Provincial Kitchen successful completed by Sydney Budget Kitchens! Although it was a very expensive luxury kitchen renovation, but worth every penny. Here are some photos to share, after the clean up, it will look even better!


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