RENOVATIONS ON THE RISE
For people thinking of renovating, they are in good company.
A recent Master Builders survey of its members found the number of bathroom renovations has jumped to 31.5 per cent, up from 25 per cent last year.
The survey found most people (38 per cent) undertake a whole-house renovation, while others prefer to do a deck or patio (18 per cent) or kitchen (7 per cent).
Master Builders deputy executive officer Paul Bidwell said the increasing popularity of renovations showed people wanted more space, and to rearrange their living spaces for open-plan living or dual occupancy.
“The deck, bathroom and kitchen have all become centres of the home which are pivotal to the way in which people like to live,” Mr Bidwell said.
“Outdoor kitchens are an area of growing demand. To some extent, they are still regarded as a luxury item and will be one of the first things to go if the contract price needs to be reduced or if space is at a premium.
“When they are installed, they are getting bigger and more sophisticated. Typically, there is a connection to water and electricity to allow for sinks, wine fridges and range hoods.
“Stainless steel and polished concrete finishes are popular, as are pizza ovens and turkey-sized rotisseries.”
Bathrooms have also become integral to livability.
“Free-standing showers topped the list of amenities expected in a bathroom project,” Mr Bidwell said.
“Showers are expected to include double showerheads, no glass screens, and no step entrance.
“Free-standing bathtubs are also important. Smart technology such as lighting and intelligent toilets are finding their place.”
Smart technology is often used via mobile phones, controlling lighting, airconditioning, audiovisual equipment and other devices.
Mr Bidwell said, outside the home, people were looking for internet connected security cameras, digital intercoms and keyless entry.
Technology to improve energy efficiency was also being requested, including power saving devices and solar power generation.
“Neutral, natural and earth colour schemes (think whites, greys, tans and timber) continued as favourites,” he said. “Also popular are rustic features and in even flashbacks to the 1970s with woodgrain cupboard doors and colour laminate.
“Hampton’s style is in greater demand. And black taps and wallpaper are growing in popularity. Outside the home, low maintenance and value for money will always be important considerations.”