Top tips for fel­low ren­o­va­tors

Australian House & Garden - - Advice -

✚ En­gage an ar­chi­tect who shares your val­ues.

✚ Stay abreast of what’s hap­pen­ing on site. “St­ef­fen Welsch Ar­chi­tects kept a keen eye on the project at all stages,” says the owner. “The at­ten­tion to de­tail and fin­ish is a credit to the team’s dili­gence.”

✚ In­vest in the best ap­pli­ances you can af­ford. “I love my Ilve oven,” says the owner. “Hav­ing the fridge and dish­washer in­te­grated into the join­ery is ter­rific, too. It makes for a nice, clean fin­ish in the open-plan lay­out.”

✚ Be pa­tient and try to en­joy each step of the way. “It took longer than we ex­pected, but see­ing the house take shape, and cre­at­ing a whole new level of beauty and com­fort, gave us great plea­sure.”

✚ Opt for good-qual­ity fea­ture light fit­tings. “Lighting is so cru­cial; it’s won­der­ful for set­ting the mood on dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions.”

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