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In case you were won­der­ing, Aus­tralia is the ren­o­va­tion na­tion, writes Kate Nixon.

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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-me­

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