ROOMY RENOS

IF YOU’VE GOT A LOT OF SPACE THAT NEEDS AN OVER­HAUL, SELL­ING HOUSES AUS­TRALIA’S SHAYNNA BLAZE RE­VEALS WHERE TO START AND WHAT TO FO­CUS ON

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“I think the big­gest thing when you’ve got a large project is to know you can’t do it all at once – un­less you’re build­ing from the ground up,” Shaynna says.

When start­ing work on your home, iden­ti­fy­ing the key ar­eas and what you need to ren­o­vate is your first step. “Usu­ally it comes down to the kitchen, lounge and din­ing,” she says.

START­ING OUT

A base plan – your colours, design fea­tures or in­spi­ra­tion – will help you to de­ter­mine what you can achieve and what is per­haps out of your reach. “You’ll need to know what all your sur­faces are, choose the base colours and then run it into the rest of the house,” ex­plains Shaynna.

“It’s easy to get quite generic when you have a big space, so once you have your plan worked out, you can look at fea­tures – a splash­back, tiles, the bench­top,” she says.

Af­ter you’ve got all of those spe­cial items ear­marked, then ev­ery­thing else in your design needs to help make those el­e­ments sing.

FUNC­TION­AL­ITY

Shaynna says your func­tion­al­ity is the most im­por­tant thing to con­sider if you’ve got a lot of ren­o­vat­ing to do. “Peo­ple of­ten say to me, ‘I want the Hamp­tons look’, for ex­am­ple, and that is the part that comes last.

“Firstly, you’ve got to work out how you want to work in that kitchen and it comes down to what you’re doing it up for. Is it to sell? To live there? And for how long, is it five or 20 years?” she asks.

Know­ing what type or size of fridge, oven, sinks, van­i­ties and tap­ware helps to create uni­for­mity across all your rooms and will take into account your wants, needs, and prop­erty de­sires.

BUD­GET

Af­ter func­tion­al­ity comes the bud­get plan­ning. “Whether you’re spend­ing $5000 or $200,000 on a kitchen, there’s al­ways a com­pro­mise on the bud­get,” says Shaynna.

How do you know what to spend on when it comes to big-ticket ren­o­va­tions like in your kitchen?

“Look at how you use the space,” says Shaynna. “Spend ac­cord­ingly to what you use,” she says.

Do you want an amaz­ing bench top or top-spec ap­pli­ances? Shaynna be­lieves you don’t need to match price points in ap­pli­ances, just match look and colour.

“For me, it’s im­por­tant to have a good fridge be­cause I do lots of en­ter­tain­ing, a high-quality stove top and dish­washer. They’re the things I won’t com­pro­mise on,” she re­veals. Watch Sell­ing Houses Aus­tralia on Fox­tel.

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