Turning up the heat on a makeover
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).