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In case you were wondering, Australia is the renovation nation, writes Kate Nixon.
Money-saving tips for a nation of renovators.
With two-thirds of Australian homeowners completing some kind of renovation in the past year*, it’s clear that we love to improve our homes. Despite rising trade and material costs, there are still savvy ways to save. Consider which finishes will be your features and allocate your budget accordingly. A prefab kitchen can be beautifully upgraded with marble benchtops and statement hardware. Hunt for seconds and sale appliances to save on big-ticket items. Think classic for surfaces and contemporary for fixtures and fittings (easy to update down the track) and prioritise your lifestyle over trends. Send decor questions (with your name and address) to H&G Advice, PO Box 4088, Sydney, NSW 1028, or email H&G@bauer-media.com.au.