How to cre­ate ‘wow fac­tor’

Seven bud­get-friendly tips for ren­o­va­tors


REN­O­VA­TORS have es­tab­lished some favourite de­sign fea­tures that they keep com­ing back to.

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

Here are their top seven must-haves for any ren­o­va­tion.

1. French doors

AL-FRESCO 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, go for 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 up 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 bed­sides.

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 neigh­bours’ view.

Con­nected to a per­gola or over­head cov­er­ing, 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

A BUILT-IN bench seat cre­ates 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.

7. Mudroom

A MUDROOM pro­vides the home­owner a place to use as a buf­fer be­tween the out­doors and the home’s in­te­rior.

Mu­d­rooms (or util­ity rooms, as they are known in Eng­land) serve as a dock­ing area to drop off keys, jack­ets and coats, dirty shoes, um­brel­las and other knick-knack items with­out drag­ging these things into the main part of the home.


Make stairs a fea­ture.


Cre­at­ing a luxe look for less.

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