Ren­o­va­tion trend num­bers tell tale

Whitsunday Times - - REAL ESTATE -

EV­ERY sea­son there are new ren­o­va­tion trends and some­times it can be con­fus­ing try­ing to keep up.

So what’s on the bucket list of Aussie ren­o­va­tors this Spring?

Well, open-plan liv­ing and in­door-out­door con­nec­tiv­ity are still high pri­or­i­ties with 45 per cent of those sur­veyed re­cently by Ser­viceSeek­ing.com.au adding these two el­e­ments as their top picks.

That is de­spite some trend fore­cast­ers pre­dict­ing an end to our love for open-plan liv­ing in favour of more de­fined liv­ing spa­ces.

With a quar­ter of home own­ers ad­mit­ting they plan to ren­o­vate in the next year, it seems tech­nol­ogy will be a ma­jor fo­cus for many of them.

While it feels like tech­nol­ogy sur­rounds us ev­ery­where, it is now abun­dantly more im­por­tant to ren­o­va­tors and home own­ers too with 37% keen on en­ergy ef­fi­cient ac­ces­sories, 33% so­lar pan­els and 17% smart toi­lets.

“No-one wants to spend their hard-earned money on a top-notch ren­o­va­tion that their friends think is ‘so yes­ter­day’ the minute it is fin­ished,” said Ser­viceSeek­ing.com.au CEO Jeremy Le­vitt.

“But some­times you have to ig­nore the stylists trends and go with what makes you happy and com­fort­able.”

In the kitchen, it’s all about the splash­back with 43% putting a lot of thought into this most-im­por­tant de­sign fea­ture.

And nearly half of ren­o­va­tors (45%) pre­fer floor­boards for their floor­ing.

Crisp white walls are still very much in favour with 35% of ren­o­va­tors choos­ing this colour pal­ette.

De­spite ter­ra­cotta tiles be­ing flagged as be­ing on-trend for 2017, just six per cent of home own­ers are cur­rently in­ter­ested in adding it into their ren­o­va­tion.

No-one wants to spend their hard-earned money on a top-notch ren­o­va­tion that their friends think is ‘so yes­ter­day’ the minute it is fin­ished. — Jeremy Le­vitt

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