De­sign favourites to do in your reno


RE­SEARCH has shown there are some es­tab­lished favourite fea­tures de­sign­ers keep us­ing to cre­ate im­pact.

And the good news is most of them won’t break the renovation bud­get.

Here are six must-haves for any renovation:

1. French doors: Al­fresco liv­ing has be­come an Aussie tra­di­tion and is still grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity, so the temp­ta­tion to spend your cash on bi-fold doors ex­ists with ev­ery renovation. In­stead of bi-folds, why not go for the al­ways classy and el­e­gant French doors?

2. Gas-strut win­dows with servery: Who wouldn’t want a break­fast bar in their own home?

The gas-strut win­dow is a great al­ter­na­tive to bi-fold win­dows, which are ex­pen­sive and can in­trude into the space when folded open.

The gas strut opens like a can­teen win­dow and is the per­fect part­ner to a servery bench out­side the win­dow.

Tip: Ex­tend the servery bench in­side and add some bar stools to cre­ate an in­side/out­side din­ing ta­ble.

3. Make stairs a feature: You don t need to throw your old stair­case out the win­dow when do­ing a reno, in fact those old stair­cases can be­come a hero feature of the newly ren­o­vated house.

With some paint and clever use of the space un­der­neath, you can make your old stairs come to life.

Tip: Add some Scyon wall cladding to add di­men­sion and tex­ture. Use the space un­der your stairs for a bench seat.

4. Pen­dants: Where would we be with­out pen­dant lights?

They’re a great way to up­date your home and are not only func­tional but can be very beau­ti­ful and even look like works of art.

Call an elec­tri­cian and have them in­stall your care­fully se­lected pen­dant lights in key places, such as over the kitchen is­land, the din­ing ta­ble and over the bed­side ta­bles in the mas­ter bed­room.

Tip: You can pick up stun­ning pen­dants for un­der $100 if you shop around.

5. Pri­vacy screen: A strate­gi­cally placed pri­vacy screen can of­fer so much more than just block­ing out the neigh­bour’s view.

Con­nected to a per­gola or over­head cov­er­ing or ve­randa, the once-bor­ing pri­vacy screen can help cre­ate the feel­ing of an out­door room.

Tip: Paint the screen the same colour as the house to make it look seam­less.

6. Built-in bench seats: You should love the sim­plic­ity of a built-in bench seat to cre­ate a luxe look for less.

Just get your car­pen­ter to knock one up for you, add a splash of paint and voila.

Tip: Use a built-in bench seat with a din­ing ta­ble in a small room so you can push the ta­ble closer to the wall and save space.



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