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.
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.
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.