“WE WEREN’T ABLE TO BE AT HOME FULL-TIME DUR­ING THE WHOLE REN­O­VA­TION SO PLAN­NING WAS OUR PRI­MARY RE­SPON­SI­BIL­ITY!”

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the KITCHEN

LES­SON THREE: BE CRE­ATIVE The home al­ready had lots of stor­age so we just had to up­date it, but the prob­lem was how to cost-ef­fec­tively buy 40-odd han­dles! We de­cided to have a go at making our own leather han­dles. We vis­ited some leather whole­salers and tried a few dif­fer­ent types and ended up buy­ing two hides to com­pare: an Ar­gen­tinian lamb hide (which we went with) and one that was more rigid. The rigid one was more ro­bust but a lot harder to work with so we de­cided to stick to the Ar­gen­tinian lamb hide. It’s wear­ing more than the ro­bust one would have, stretch­ing and build­ing up a darker colour and patina, but we like it that way.

the DIN­ING ROOM

LES­SON FOUR: CON­SIDER ALL LIGHT­ING It was only af­ter the ren­o­va­tion, while liv­ing in the home, that we re­alised we could do with some more light­ing, for ex­am­ple, over the kitchen sink. It’s some­thing you can work out ei­ther dur­ing the ren­o­va­tion or af­ter. Gen­er­ally speak­ing, I would rec­om­mend ac­com­mo­dat­ing for down­lights and ad­di­tional light sources in the plan­ning stage, and we should have, but it went over our heads at the time. Be­cause we needed elec­tri­cians to do the re­moval of ex­ist­ing light­ing and in­stal­la­tion of new, we had to get them back a few times. Def­i­nitely try to work it all out be­fore­hand.

the BED­ROOM

LES­SON FIVE: PICK THE RIGHT PAINT We are def­i­nitely am­a­teur painters! One thing we didn’t re­alise was that paint brands can be very dif­fer­ent. The first one we tried just wasn’t bind­ing to the wall – the paint kept slid­ing and was leav­ing a blotchy fin­ish. So we read re­views on­line and thought it might be the type of walls we have (they have a dim­pled ef­fect). We got a few test pots in dif­fer­ent brands and found one that was much bet­ter (it was Du­lux). We had to re­paint the whole house but it was worth it. It sur­prised me how both prod­ucts had the same in­tended use but were so dif­fer­ent in ap­pli­ca­tion.

the LIV­ING ROOM

LES­SON SIX: DO A FUR­NI­TURE PLAN We didn’t re­ally leave any fur­ni­ture choice to chance – we mea­sured up and drew a plan. It wasn’t to scale, but it helped us de­cide on fur­ni­ture place­ment and how the spa­ces would flow into each other. This is some­thing that def­i­nitely worked and saved us a lot of grief! It’s al­ways eas­ier to do a rough plan of what you’re aim­ing to achieve in the begin­ning be­cause it will also dic­tate where you put GPOs [gen­eral power out­lets] and light­ing. Eas­ier to get the elec­tri­cian to do it all at once. An­other rea­son you should plan your fur­ni­ture early on is be­cause if you’re buy­ing new pieces there can be lead times – of up to 12 weeks!

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