Saving money and renovation: not two words which normally go together!

Nice article with a few helpful hints. I guess you need to look past the product placement to find them but still worth a read!

“You may have grand renovation dreams but your bank manager may have other ideas. Committing to a renovation is always going to make a dent in your savings, but being smart on when to splurge and when to save will make all the difference to your bank balance.”


How to save money on a renovation: Where to spend and where to splurge


So You Want to Build a Granny Flat?

A granny flat can be used as a home office, an art studio, a playroom, a teenage retreat, a guest room or even a man cave. Not only that, it can still work as a stylish place for Nanna to live. If you have the land to build a granny flat but are not sure what you need to consider in the pre-planning stage, first check the current council regulations, then look at various options to future-proof this multifunctional addition to your home. We round up some of the most relevant points here.

Look Closer! 10 Costly Items Missing From Your Drawings

When working with an architect or building designer, you spend a lot of time massaging the design to ensure it’s just right. We get fixated on all manner of things from how the design flows, storage solutions, the size of rooms, floor finishes and window styles, to name only a few. However, underneath those higher-level decisions is a collection of a lot of smaller considerations that also need to be nominated and clarified in some way. There are dozens of things that are represented on the floor plan, or simply assumed to be included in a builder’s quote because it just seems obvious. However, these items are often not dealt with in sufficient detail to ensure that you and your builder are on the same page – and when that is the case, you are more exposed to inaccurate quoting, build-stage cost variations, builder’s margins and budget blow-outs.

9 Bathroom Reno Questions You Never Thought to Ask!

Bathroom renovation and design blend big dreams and practical realities. To make a bathroom work, it’s best to design from the fixtures and finishes backward to the walls and floor. The little things about an intimate room can make a huge difference in the day-to-day experience of it.
At the beginning of the process – the dream phase – the focus tends to be on colour, layout, heated floors and moving things around. These are all important things, but if nobody is thinking about the stuff behind the walls and under the floors to make the overall design work well and affordably, the train will head off the tracks as soon as it leaves the station.
Here are nine critical things to think about at the outset of a bathroom project and at every step of construction.

What to consider when building a House Extension

Imagine this situation. You and your family decided to move into the perfect house several years ago and it has served you well since that time. You love living there, but as your family has grown, you have sometimes found yourself wishing that you would have had the foresight to purchase a larger home. You have been thinking about it more and more since your youngest child was born, mostly because you don’t have as much storage room or as much privacy as you would like to have anymore. You still love the house and after some careful thought, you and your family have made the decision that it would be more economical to simply build a house extension as opposed to buying a new home.