EX­PERT Q&A

Your Home and Garden - - Your Home -

WITH IN­TE­RIOR DE­SIGNER KATIE SCOTT

+ What were your best de­ci­sions? I got re­cy­cled kauri for the miss­ing floor­ing so there’s a flow through the house – you can’t tell where there were once rot­ten floor­boards or walls that have been moved.

+ Worst reno mo­ment? When the painters poured paint all down the side of the house! Also, when I or­dered hedg­ing plants “for in­stant pri­vacy” and when they ar­rived they were only knee height.

+ Any splurges? The mas­ter bed­room wall­pa­per; I bought it right at the start of the ren­o­va­tion, to en­sure I had money in the budget for it. The Lou­vreTec deck roof was an­other big cost but it makes a huge dif­fer­ence to how big the house feels – it’s pretty much added an­other room.

+ Any bar­gains? None of the tiles were ex­pen­sive, other than those for the splash­back.

+ Best mo­ment? See­ing Eden and Lisa walk in and hearing Lisa say, “Oh my gosh, I love it” – that’s all I’d been wait­ing for.

+ What gave you the best bang for your buck? The light­ing has made a huge dif­fer­ence and high­lights ev­ery­thing that’s good. Lights make dark-coloured walls look dra­matic and amaz­ing.

+ Style tip? I like to ex­ag­ger­ate height with tiles and wall­pa­per so I rec­om­mend you take cur­tains quite high, even if you don’t have high ceil­ings. It looks lux­u­ri­ous. With cur­tain run­ners, I ei­ther match them to the wall colour (pow­der-coat­ing them if I need to) or make a fea­ture of them.

+ Ren­o­va­tion tip? Never ex­pect it to be easy or straight­for­ward. Some­thing will come up so have a con­tin­gency fund.

+ How did you keep track of costs? I got quotes for ev­ery­thing – tradies, prod­ucts, the kitchen etc – and we had a con­tin­gency fund for all the lit­tle ex­tras. At times we went over budget when we thought it would im­prove the value of the house.

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