Renovating is the new black
YOU may even be doing it too.
Renovating seems to have become more popular as many homeowners find it less expensive to renovate, rather than move and build new.
A recent Master Builders survey of its members found the most popular renovations were multirooms, then bathrooms, followed by decks.
The survey found 38.4 per cent of people renovated many rooms or the whole house at once, followed by 31.5 per cent who renovated their bathroom, and 17.8 per cent who preferred a deck.
Master Builders spokesperson Will Wilson said the preference for renovating these areas reflected lifestyle choices.
“The deck, bathroom and multi-rooms have all become centres of the home which are pivotal to the way in which people like to live,” Mr Wilson said.
When asked about trends in the home, the most common theme was cost.
“The transaction costs involved in upgrading or downsizing are significant covering legal fees, agent s commission and stamp duty,” he said.
When undertaking a renovation, people are seeking more space, and arranging living space to achieve open-plan living or dual occupancy.
In the bathroom, free-standing showers topped the list of amenities expected, while free-standing bathtubs were also important.
Smart technology such as smart lighting and intelligent toilets were finding their place in the bathroom.
Other features that respondents named as being important included double shower heads, frameless shower screens, no-step entrance, heat pumps, wall niches and disability access.
In the kitchen, island benches were the most sought-after feature, while butler’s pantries were popular.
Smart technology and appliances such as wine coolers, built-in coffee machines and smart fridges were important.
Other features regarded as important included island benches, gas appliances, glass splashbacks, tub sinks, top-quality appliances and hardware.
When it comes to appliances, top quality is still sought after.
Stainless steel and quality brands such as well-known European names are regarded as good value because of recent price drops.
Free-standing ovens, gas or induction cookers (900mm and six burners) are being requested.
Steam ovens, often in combination with a microwave, sous vide cookers and ice machines are being installed.
To put it all together, the use of decorating or design consultants has increased, as has the range and choice of colour schemes and materials.
Neutral, natural and earth colours whites, greys, tans and timber continue as favourites.
SURVEY: The most popular renovations are multi-rooms then bathrooms.