Wendy’s de­sign rules The HR judge shares her tips for reno suc­cess

THE LUCKY WIN­NERS OF HOME IN­SUR­ERS AL­LIANZ’S MAKEOVER COM­PE­TI­TION WILL TAKE HOME $100,000 AND EARN A DE­SIGN SES­SION WITH HOUSE RULES JUDGE, HB’S WENDY MOORE. HERE, SHE SHARES HER TIPS FOR RENO SUC­CESS…

Home Beautiful - - CONTENTS - AS TOLD TO CHRISTINA BEISCHL

Hot tip: Don’t for­get to up­date your home in­sur­ance reg­u­larly so it keeps up with the in­creas­ing value of your home

BE PRAC­TI­CAL

Be­fore start­ing, have a clear idea of how long you’ll live in your home – the av­er­age is around 10-11 years. Talk to like-minded peo­ple who are 10 or so years ahead of you to get an idea of what to plan for. Also, map out your stor­age. Lay your small ap­pli­ances out on the kitchen bench and think about how to ar­range them, or con­sider how many peo­ple live in the home and how much space for tow­els you’ll need. It’s things like this that will help you cre­ate a home you’ll feel com­fort­able in for years to come.

MAKE A MOOD­BOARD

Ren­o­vat­ing can be quite over­whelm­ing, es­pe­cially as there are so many style choices out there. A mood­board can help you iden­tify which looks ap­peal to you. Once you start to rip pages out of mag­a­zines, dom­i­nant styles will emerge and you’ll soon re­alise which ones make you hap­pi­est. It’s fine to like two styles, such as Art Deco and mid-cen­tury mod­ern, but you need to be aware of their at­tributes so that you can make in­formed de­ci­sions and get them to work side by side.

CHOOSE QUAL­ITY OVER TRENDS

Home­wares trends are a lot slower mov­ing than fash­ion fads. By all means use a trend to in­form your style, but don’t let it dic­tate your whole look. Most peo­ple don’t ren­o­vate for profit, they ren­o­vate to im­prove their life­style, so choose good-qual­ity items that will still be rel­e­vant in five years’ time. Al­ways go for bet­ter qual­ity where you can af­ford it.

DON’T BLOW THE BUD­GET

Make sure you as­sess what the over­all value of your fin­ished home is likely to be. Un­der­stand­ing this is the key to en­sur­ing you don’t over­spend, and al­lows you to bor­row smart, so that you won’t end up com­pro­mis­ing some­thing you love be­cause you un­der­es­ti­mated the cost. Se­condly, draw up a wish list with the ab­so­lute must-haves at the top. You will have to com­pro­mise some­where along the line, so know­ing what’s es­sen­tial and what you can cross off will help you make those de­ci­sions.

SE­LECT YOUR STATE­MENT PIECES

State­ment pieces can be any de­sign as­pect, not just fur­ni­ture. Your is­land bench can be a state­ment piece, and how you want it to look can in­form the rest of your space. In my ren­o­va­tion, it’s a curved win­dow – I want curves re­peated through­out the home in walls and floors. Iden­tify your state­ment and let sur­round­ing items com­ple­ment it.

To find out more about the HouseRules and Al­lianz com­pe­ti­tion and to en­ter, visit house­rules.com.au.

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