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.