Style and sub­stance

Canning Gazette - - RESIDENTIA­L -

CHOOS­ING a style is key to a speed­ier home trans­for­ma­tion, ac­cord­ing to a ren­o­va­tion ex­pert.

“Ex­pe­ri­ence shows that pick­ing a style ac­tu­ally speeds up the se­lec­tion process be­cause it keeps you fo­cused,” Dale Al­cock Home Im­prove­ment gen­eral man­ager Mathew St Guil­laume said.

“Hav­ing a style in mind from the start makes you more con­fi­dent in your de­ci­sions be­cause you know you’re mak­ing them with the big­ger pic­ture in mind. There’s less chance you’ll get lost in the de­tail or side-tracked if you’re mak­ing tar­geted choices in line with your cho­sen style.

“Not only can ev­ery­thing hap­pen that bit quicker, but you’ll get a bet­ter over­all re­sult be­cause you’ll have held the vi­sion from start to fin­ish.”

Dale Al­cock Home Im­prove­ment has com­piled a free guide to help home­own­ers nav­i­gate to­day’s trend­ing styles.

It con­tains insider tips on street ap­peal, de­fines favourite looks and ex­am­ines the pop­u­lar options for ren­o­vat­ing a char­ac­ter home.

“Know­ing what style your home cur­rently has – or hasn’t – will help you make de­ci­sions when it comes to choos­ing fea­tures to repli­cate in the new rooms, or putting to­gether a brand new look,” Mr Guil­laume said.

“If you’re ren­o­vat­ing a pe­riod home, you’ll want to de­cide early on whether you’re go­ing to main­tain the pe­riod fea­tures through­out or whether you’d pre­fer a bold con­tem­po­rary con­trast be­tween the two.

“If you’re adding a sec­ond storey to your home, you might want the new up­per storey to blend seam­lessly or you might de­cide it’s the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to give your home eye-catch­ing street ap­peal with a fresh new style.”

Mr Guil­laume said dis­play homes were a great start­ing point for ren­o­va­tors be­cause they of­ten re­flected the lat­est trends and de­sign di­rec­tion.

“You can pick up great tips about colour, tex­ture and ac­ces­soris­ing by vis­it­ing your favourite dis­play homes,” he said.

Other sources of in­spi­ra­tion could in­clude travel, bou­tique ho­tels and guest houses, restau­rants, fa­mous build­ings, on­line blog­gers and in­flu­encers, pub­li­ca­tions and tele­vi­sion shows.

“Even a favourite piece of fur­ni­ture could be the start­ing point for your style jour­ney,” Mr Guil­laume said.

Down­load the guide at www.daleal­ ren­o­va­tions/guides-re­sources or visit the con­sul­tants at DAHI’S show­room in Os­borne Park.

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