Paint­ing, fix­ing, build­ing – we’re do­ing our DIY bit

Inside Out (Australia) - - Editor’s Letter -

We’re an ac­tive lot. Ac­cord­ing to some re­cent stats, roughly 8.4 mil­lion Aus­tralians did some kind of ren­o­va­tion in 2016. That’s a LOT of Satur­days spent at Bun­nings (not to men­tion sausage siz­zles), paint swatches on walls and trips to the lo­cal home­maker HQ ag­o­nis­ing over tiles for the new laun­dry. It also shows that we Aussies are com­mit­ted to hav­ing homes to which we’ve added a per­sonal touch.

So, of course, we want to make sure you get the best ad­vice. In our sec­ond an­nual Ex­pert Is­sue, we’ve rounded up the best of the best when it comes to floor­ing, paint, kitchens, gar­dens (and the rest), so you can make those changes with con­fi­dence. As a semi-ex­pe­ri­enced ren­o­va­tor, it of­ten sur­prises me where peo­ple get stuck in the process, and yet not too long ago, I made a fairly hi­lar­i­ous rookie er­ror when it came to my own week­end DIY. The mis­take will re­main a se­cret (mostly so I can save face), but let’s just say I now truly know the mean­ing of ‘there’s no such thing as a stupid ques­tion’.

On a side note, ren­o­va­tion is right up there with moving home and death as one of the most stress­ful things you can go through. Some cou­ples find it par­tic­u­larly try­ing so, as an an­ti­dote, we de­cided to give you a lit­tle bit of help af­ter one of those ‘I LOVE a but­ler basin/ I HATE a but­ler basin’ tus­tles. The ro­man­tic din­ner-for-two menu on page 140 might just get you talk­ing af­ter a pro­longed pe­riod of si­lence.

Care­ful though, it might just lead you to ren­o­vat­ing a whole dif­fer­ent kind of room, like the one on page 38. (Gasp!)

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