We’ve recently been faced with a problem. Our house is too small and it just doesn’t work for our growing family. We have thought like many, do we sell or do we renovate? When we looked around for houses to buy we thought we’re really buying another person’s home it’s not what we want plus you’re buying other problems that that house has that yours doesn’t so we’ve chosen to renovate.
One of the hardest things to do when renovating is finding the right builder lucky I know a sensational, honest and local builder from The Stars of Newcastle. We raised money together for The Cancer Council a few years ago and he actually won the competition in a draw with Sam from NBN. He has assured me he’s equip to do all NHM Mumma’s renovations too. I let him know there was quite a few of us and he seemed ok with it.
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LISTEN to our show below to get some incredible renovation advice for your renovation with Mato and Maxine and Karstan from The Block.
Here are some great tips from the show.
ADVICE FROM MATO
Mato Demir, Demato Constructions
FORGET THE ARCHITECT
You’re not building the Eiffel Tower most of the renovations you’re contemplating have been done by other families and most good builders will be able to devise a practical plan for you that will work sensationally.
BEFORE YOU DIY
You may need to get some structural advice from a builder before you go knocking down walls because your roof might fall down if the walls are holding it up.
“ A lot of people just rip a wall out, then wonder why the ceiling has collapsed”
IT’S HALF THE PRICE TO GO OUT INSTEAD OF UP
Going up is a big deal and it’s expensive probably double or more of going out.
HOW TO CREATE AN ‘EXTRA BEDROOM’
Take a little bit from the bedroom next to the study instead of just converting the study. That will make your forth bedroom better than just an afterthought.
DESIGN TIPS FROM MAXINE AND KARSTAN from THE BLOCK
You can create design ‘features’ in your house to make it pop, you don’t have to have state of the art every which way you look mix elements of old and new, modern and not so modern.
DESIGN FEATURES TO CONSIDER
Chevron Parquetry Flooring and polished concrete atop of the floorboards separated by brass feature
A ‘feature’ Artwork this one by local Mumma Prudence Demarchi
Feature tiles in the bathroom or the kitchen and unique fittings
A lot of people go wrong when they’re painting!
Lexicon half is good for the walls, Vivid white works well on skirting boards
Don’t paint fluorescent white on your walls it will give you a sterile environment
GREY PAINT WARNING
Go to Bunnings and ask are there any red tones in the grey paint? because even
though it looks ok there it may turn out purple or lavender or blue
Karstan says “drive around your local area find a house you like the look of and knock on the door and ask what paint they used”
Places Maxine Frequents to deck out the house
Catapult Design Furniture (Australian made)
Recycled Timber Factory Vanities (local)
Artwork Prudence Demarchi (local)
Smeg Appliances from Winnings (local)
Eadie Lifestyle - soft furnishings (local)