Turn­ing up the heat on a makeover

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As the Christ­mas break looms, pop­u­lar beach­side des­ti­na­tions across Queens­land are be­com­ing heav­ily booked, from the Gold Coast to Noosa and as far north as Port Dou­glas.

For those who live in those re­gions, Ca­role Trethe­way De­sign owner Ca­role Trethe­way said sim­ple ren­o­va­tions, de­sign changes and makeovers could make all the dif­fer­ence to their prop­erty val­ues.

“Kitchen and bath­room ren­o­va­tions are of­ten the start­ing point and it’s im­por­tant to note that choos­ing the best qual­ity fin­ishes and fix­tures within your bud­get will add more value in the long term than the lat­est tile trend,” Ms Trethe­way said.

“In lo­ca­tions where the out­door lifestyle is im­por­tant, cre­at­ing a har­mo­nious link be­tween in­doors and out­doors is very valu­able, with ex­ter­nal spa­ces such as decks and ter­races be­ing used as sec­ond liv­ing and din­ing ar­eas.

“Out­door kitchens are also a pop­u­lar and wor­thy ad­di­tion, with fam­i­lies cook­ing as well as eat­ing and en­ter­tain­ing out­side.

“Choos­ing ap­pro­pri­ate fin­ishes for ex­ter­nal ar­eas that are hardy and durable is ex­tremely im­por­tant in achiev­ing longevity, es­pe­cially in coastal con­di­tions.

“In­clud­ing a ‘mud room’ off the laun­dry and near the en­try is a fan­tas­tic ad­di­tion, be­ing the per­fect place to kick off sandy shoes, towel the dog down and store ex­er­cise gear af­ter a walk on the beach with­out traips­ing sand and clut­ter through the house.

“Homes in pop­u­lar hol­i­day lo­ca­tions of­ten end up host­ing large fam­ily gath­er­ings at Christ­mas or New Year so if some of the other bed­rooms are able to have semi-self­con­tained fa­cil­i­ties like a kitch­enette or sep­a­rate en­try that can al­low pri­vacy for dif­fer­ent fam­ily groups that can be a big as­set.

“A multi-use room is a great op­tion if there are no spare bed­rooms, which could be a fam­ily or me­dia room for ex­am­ple, that has the fa­cil­i­ties to be turned eas­ily into a pri­vate space with slid­ing doors or the like.’’

Ac­cord­ing to Ex­pe­dia, many of Queens­land’s hol­i­day des­ti­na­tions were more than 90 per cent booked for Christ­mas by Oc­to­ber.

Ms Trethe­way said with thou­sands more own­ers na­tion­wide look­ing to list their prop­er­ties on sites such as Airbnb and Stayz, it made sense for own­ers to en­sure their units and homes looked their bright­est and best.

“If you can make your prop­erty stand out from the crowd it cre­ates greater de­mand and there­fore can at­tract higher rental, bet­ter re­views and in­creased lev­els of re­turn guests,” she said.

The own­ers of this Sun­shine Beach prop­erty added value to their home with a clever kitchen and deck project (be­fore, right).

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