Ex­pert tips for ren­o­vat­ing

Pilbara News - - Property - Cy Clay­ton

Industry ex­perts share their most valu­able ren­o­vat­ing lessons. Take time to sort your needs from your wants. Ken Wig­gins, gen­eral man­ager at Dale Al­cock Home Im­prove­ment, says iden­ti­fy­ing non-ne­go­tiable el­e­ments will help lay the ground­work for your ren­o­va­tion.

“That way you can be con­fi­dent you’re spend­ing money where it will make the most dif­fer­ence to your home and how you live in it,” Mr Wig­gins says. Be re­al­is­tic with your bud­get.

For Jeff Edgar, build­ing man­ager at Sum­mit Homes Group, the one is­sue to keep in mind when de­vis­ing your ren­o­va­tion bud­get is to be ab­so­lutely clear on why you want to ren­o­vate in the first place.

For ex­am­ple, is it to im­prove live­abil­ity with a view to re­main­ing in the home long-term, or are you plan­ning a more sim­ple and im­me­di­ate up­grade, per­haps to se­cure a bet­ter sell­ing price?

“If bud­get is tight, the fo­cus should be on the rooms that add the most func­tion and value,” Mr Edgar says.

“Gen­er­ally it is the high-traf­fic ar­eas such as kitchens, fam­ily bath­rooms and the en­suite. The kitchen is the so­cial hub of the home, so hav­ing one with a wow fac­tor and good func­tion is a com­mon re­quest.” Con­sider how the new works will tie in with the ex­ist­ing home. “From the look and feel you are try­ing to achieve through to the re­mod­elling of your floor plan it is im­por­tant that both the old and new works are able to be in­te­grated to cre­ate a home which flows,” says Kim­ber­ley Tan, of Stu­dio Ate­lier.

“Your de­signer/ar­chi­tect will help guide this process and tai­lor it to suit not only your ex­ist­ing con­straints but also your life­style needs.” Take your time when choos­ing your reno team. Jo­lene Grif­fiths, of Red Lily Ren­o­va­tions, says com­mu­ni­ca­tion is the num­ber one in­gre­di­ent of a suc­cess­ful pro­ject, and key to this is choos­ing your builder.

“Be­fore I be­came a builder, the most com­mon com­plaint I heard from clients in the industry was that they didn’t un­der­stand what was in­cluded in the con­tract and plans,” she says.

“This left them feel­ing frus­trated and dis­ap­pointed. If you find a builder you gen­uinely trust, you will feel com­fort­able to ask them any­thing — and they will give you a clear ex­pla­na­tion. Be strate­gic with your spend­ing. “Care­ful al­lo­ca­tion of your bud­get will go a long way to en­sur­ing your money is spent wisely,” Ms Tan says. The trick, she says, is spend­ing where it counts and know­ing where you can af­ford to spend less.

Pic­ture: Dion Robe­son

Ren­o­vat­ing high-traf­fic ar­eas will add the most value and func­tion.

The kitchen is the so­cial hub of the home and is of­ten cho­sen for up­grades.

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