5 tiling mistakes that can derail your reno...

 
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Nowadays it’s easy to transform even the blandest of areas into a real show stopper given the amazing array of tiles to choose from. However, tiling mistakes can be a costly, and sometimes hard to fix, mistake if you choose the wrong tiles or have trouble when it comes to installation. 

Expert renovators Michael and Carlene Duffy certainly have learnt a lesson or two when it comes to tiles, having made their mark on the record-rating season of Channel Nine’s, The Block and the inaugural season of Reno Rumble.

The pair, who now run their own home renovation and design consultancy Cedar & Suede, are currently working with Amber Tiles sharing their savvy DIY and tiling design tips for their Love My Amber campaign.

We just love the look and feel of tiles however we’ve had our fair share of tiling mis-steps!” Carlene admits. “For instance, I now realise you don’t need to tile an entire bathroom floor to ceiling. Often playing around with the areas and creating contrast with painted walls and other features can lead to a more interesting design effect.”

“As there are so many choices out there, I’d recommend going onto a large site like Amber during the planning stage and playing around with their tile visualiser function before you commit to anything. It can give you great ideas about different tiles and how can work in certain spaces.”

Avoid getting out the hammer and chisel and make sure you get it right the first time advises carlene by avoiding these 5 mistakes:

Amber Tiles
Amber Tiles

1 - Not keeping tile choices in line with overall decor

It goes without saying that if your house is predominantly a beach-inspired vision in white and blue, then a funky, bohemian vibe in your bathroom may look out of keeping. Tiles should always be chosen in relation to an overall decor scheme. Also make sure other elements of the bathroom itself such as fixtures and fittings work well with the tiles. Take in to consideration colours of bench-tops, cupboards and painted surfaces and choose one hero feature such as a tiled feature wall.  

2 - Forgetting to buy enough tiles

Running out of tiles and then scrambling around trying to find more can be an absolute nightmare! It can also drag out labour costs, so make sure you calculate accurately before you start. If you’re not entirely sure, it’s a good idea to buy more tiles than you think you need. If not, the tile colours can vary from batch to batch or even become discontinued if you have to hunt more down. A good rule of thumb is to buy around 15 per cent more than you think you’ll use. This ensures against breakages, miscalculations, and difficulties in cutting to size. You can also keep spare tiles in reserve in case any tiles become cracked in the future.

3 - Getting a little too eclectic

Whilst using the same types of tiles in every room can be a little boring, too many varieties in the one space can cause visual chaos! I’d advise to limit yourself to no more than three variations per room. For bathroom walls, larger tiles are a good choice as they use less grout, making them easier to clean. Smaller tiles such as hexagon, mosaic and subway tiles also work well for feature walls and niches. 

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4 - Underestimating tile sizes

Make life easy and choose a tile size and layout pattern that suits the dimensions of the various areas. Large tiles are currently on trend, but just remember that sometimes if it’s way too large it can make it difficult for the tiler to achieve adequate fall in the shower. Elsewhere in the home, choosing tiles that aren’t a good fit for the area can also result in odd sized cut tiles and slivers around edges and corners which can look messy. On the other hand in hard working areas such as the bathroom, you don’t want too small a tile, otherwise all the grout cleaning may drive you mad.

5 - Neglecting maintenance considerations

Whilst many varieties of tiles are easy to clean, some natural stone options such as marble and bluestone require sealing and should be treated with care, which is an important consideration before purchasing. Tiling alongside other durable materials including glass, glass block, terrazzo, concrete, stainless steel, and tough hardwoods will also cut down on the amount of room maintenance in later years. 

Michael & Carlene of Cedar & Suede

Michael & Carlene of Cedar & Suede

 
Source: www.dotandpop.com.au/renovation

An Apartment Mini Makeover that will have you feeling inspired!

 
Styling: Lucy Glade-Wright | Photography: Nikole Ramsay

Styling: Lucy Glade-Wright | Photography: Nikole Ramsay


Not everyone gets to share and live in a piece of Australian Architectural History, but that has been a reality for Hunting for George co-founder Lucy Glade-Wright. Lucy purchased one of only 8 apartments in this iconic 1940 Art Deco apartment block back in 2008. After a decade of very happy memories and newly completed renovations, her apartment is now on the market.

The heritage listed building is located in Armadale and was designed by architect Stuart Hall in 1940. More recently this unique block of flats has been privy to a makeover both inside and out. A fresh new external paint job returned the building to its former glory and a Palm Springs inspired garden now wraps around the curved block.

“I've always been drawn to Art Deco buildings, they have a certain romance to them. It is a much loved building in Armadale and known by many of the locals. It has been so wonderful to hear positive feedback on its restoration from locals. People seem to feel a close attachment to this building, even those who don't live here. It's quite special in that way.” Lucy Glade-Wright

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Inside, Lucy has transformed the interiors of her apartment with an overall modern coastal theme to reflect the Palm Springs aesthetic of the garden. With the apartment already consisting of ‘great bones’ there was little structural changes that were made. Instead, Lucy focused on cosmetic changes namely new window furnishings to accentuate the gorgeous curves of the building, replacing light fixtures and painting all internal walls to enhance the amazing natural light in the space.

The hub of the home is most definitely the living room as it connects you to the kitchen, courtyard and hallway. Towards the back of the apartment sit 2 bedrooms and bathroom, the apartment then extends further with access to an incredible rooftop for outdoor entertaining with clear views of the city.

And now this iconic apartment in Armadale is on the market!

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A little big of history: The properties that now exist on Lalbert Crescent were once part of the extensive grounds of a mansion of the same name, that was built in 1880 for C.J. Ham. Following his death in 1909 the estate was progressively subdivided into suburban allotments.

As the demand for housing became greater, the development of flats increased, but there was fear that these residential flats were going to ruin the character of the suburb. So to counter the criticism, leading architects were employed to design these apartment blocks so as not to upset the local residents or ruin the charm of the area. Stuart Hall was employed to design this building which was completed in 1940. He designed quite a number of flat developments in St Kilda, South Yarra and Armadale during the inter-war period. His designs are all in the Moderne style, sometimes with Jazz or Art Deco detailing.

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Source: www.dotandpop.com.au/renovation

Real Reno - Deborah Hutton's new look 'Beach Hutt'

 
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It’s hard to imagine contrast as a stylistic theme of an almost exclusively white home, but for media personality Deborah Hutton’s newly renovated forever beach house, it can be seen in every detail through the use of light and shadows. 

Affectionately known as ‘The Beach Hutt’ in reference to the nickname ‘The Hutt’ given to her by a close friend, the beautiful two storey property on Sydney’s eastern coastline is one that only Deborah could have designed. 

“My home has been a passion project for the last 10 months and I have created the beach house of my dreams, not just a house at the beach. When I look at it I see elements of my grandparents’ traditional weatherboard Queenslander, a beach house I used to own, the Hamptons style I’ve fallen in love with and so much more. I’ve really poured my heart and soul into it,” says Deborah.

The moment you turn the corner onto Deborah’s quiet coastal cul-de-sac, the brilliant white home stands out in contrast to the yellows and browns of the neighbouring properties. The home captures the brightness of the location while creating interest with a slowly shifting play of light created by Linea Weatherboard by Scyon Walls which is used around the full façade of the home. 

“One of my first big decisions was choosing Linea Weatherboard. I had this vision of the light and shadow effect you see in coastal and Hamptons houses, so when I saw the Linea Weatherboards at the Sydney Home Show and found out they were more durable than timber and needed less touch ups I knew I wanted them for my home. I’ve added stone cladding in soft greys to the front and the natural shapes and texture of the rock contrast against the uniform straight lines of the weatherboard really well. It’s a look that runs through the home, creating a flow from the outside in,” she adds.

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“The house feels more like home than it ever did because I’ve had so much input. The layout of the fireplace, windows and furniture comes from a beach house I used to own. It’s the space I had laid out in my mind first and I ordered my oversized three seater sofas from America a year in advance, even though everyone warned me it would be a nightmare, it was fine. The same goes for the Ralph Lauren lights that hang over the kitchen bench - the wait was worth it.” 

 “I think I’ve made more than a pretty house. While I love how it looks, it’s the way the home is tailor made to my memories, my interests and my lifestyle, even down to the name, that makes it special to me. From the moment I see the Linea Weatherboard gleaming in the sun and the palm trees moving in the wind I know it’s the home I want to come home to.”

For more information about Deborah Hutton’s renovation journey, visit Renovation Rookie by Deborah Hutton at renovationrookie.com.au.

 
Source: www.dotandpop.com.au/renovation

How to get 'The Hamptons' Look on your budget!

 
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Builder, Interior Designer and leading expert in the ‘Hamptons style’, Natalee Bowen has created stunning properties both here in Australia and in New York City. And now she has created three handy guides to achieving the Hamptons look for under $10,000, $20,000 and $30,000 for Scyon Walls.

On the blog today she’s giving us a sneak peek at her top Hamptons tips for any budget.

“Following generations of brick buildings, we now steer toward more sophisticated aesthetics. The Hamptons is a fairly new trend for Australia, which we’ve adapted to incorporate our long established love of weatherboard` seen in Queenslander and country properties. The Hamptons is synonymous with relaxed coastal living and it’s this easy-going elegance and resort-like home design that appeals to a growing number of us. The way we live also plays a huge part in the trend as it fits perfectly with our love of outdoor entertaining and open plan living,” says Natalee.

Hamptons Look
Hamptons Look

Hamptons style for under $10,000

Prioritising the main elements is key when your budget is on the lower end. Begin by painting your exterior in a classic Hamptons palate of whites, greys, creams and taupes. As the façade makes up two thirds of the building, there’s a lot of opportunity here to set your home’s stylistic tone.

The Hamptons aesthetic is made in the details. Use Axent Trim around windows on rendered homes to create elegant texture that will stop the façade from being plain. If you have a front garden, add Jasmin and box hedges to add colour and shape.

Moving into the home, try to clear as much clutter as possible to make room for key furnishings like linen lounges, cane chairs and large lamps. Accent your light and bright rooms with a blue colour palate in anything from navy to egg shell. Also add more textural layers with natural textiles such as jute rugs.

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The Look for under $20,000

While elements such as neutral colour palettes, natural textures, internal panelling, high ceilings and traditional cabinetry all remain definitive features of this look, nothing is more ‘Hamptonsesque’ than a weatherboard exterior, which mirrors the shingles used in the US.

Shingles don’t do well in our often harsh climate, so my go-to in Australia is Linea Weatherboard. It provides the clean, horizontal shadow lines that instantly evoke a sense of timeless charm and has that beautiful appearance of timber, but is resistant to warping or swelling, fire and damage from termites and moisture.

Depending on the size of your building, you can start thinking about adding cladding to aspects of your home. Bring greenery into the home with large palms and vases of blue hydrangeas to create an indoor/outdoor feel that blurs the line between garden and house. You want the whole block to feel like one space. In the kitchen opt for shaker style cabinetry, the extra detail will add visual interest and is perfectly complemented by a subway tile splash-back.

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Hamptons Look

Make a statement for under $30,000

With a little more money you can add a lot more detail. The Hamptons is all about keeping colour subtle and then layering on texture. On the exterior bump up the use of Linea Weatherboard as full a wrap if possible and add more shadow lines by fitting HardieGroove to soffits and eaves to make the façade look even richer. If you have the room, creating an alfresco space will help secure that Hamptons lifestyle of elegant entertaining and further marry the transition between the interior and exterior.

Oversized glass bi-fold doors will offer uninterrupted views and add to the versatility of the space while letting an abundance of light into the home. Hamptons is about ease of living, so if you have a bigger budget you can also look at restructuring the layout of the home. Aim to create an open-plan space and if you are updating your flooring, choose one material to use continuously out onto the deck.

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Whatever your budget, the key to the Hamptons style is keeping a consistent aesthetic in neutral tones that is ostensibly effortless, but rich in textures and details.

To see the full guides for achieving the Hamptons look on a $10,000, $20,000 or even $30,000 budget visit www.scyon.com.au

 
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The Home Renovation Boom Continues...

 
Source - Mim Design Studio

Source - Mim Design Studio

 
 

 

2018 is on track to be another solid year for home renovations, with half of homeowners on Houzz Australia planning to renovate their home.

Renovation activity and spend was strong in 2017, with over 50 per cent of homeowners renovating their homes, at a median spend of $25,000. Repeat homebuyers invest the most in home renovations at a median spend of $30,000, followed at a distance by long-term owners and first time homebuyers with $22,000 and $15,000 median spend, respectively.

Kitchens topped the list of interior updates for renovation frequency in 2017, with more than a quarter of renovating homeowners tackling kitchens, followed by living/family rooms, bedrooms, master bathrooms and laundries.

Kitchens were also the most expensive room to renovate, with a median spend of $20,000 for a large kitchen (more than 10 square metres), followed by large master bathrooms (more than five square metres) at a median spend of $13,000.

 
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Source - Taylor Knights Architects


 

"All of the evidence from our research points to 2018 likely being another robust year for the home improvement industry,” says Nino Sitchinava, Ph.D., Houzz principal economist. “Recent buyers and long-term homeowners alike are keen on investing in major projects like kitchens and bathrooms and they’re validated by the value these projects have brought to their homes."

While improving a home’s design or functionality are the top considerations during renovations, increasing the home’s resale value is an important renovation consideration for nearly half of renovating homeowners. In fact, eight in 10 homeowners believe their renovation had a positive impact on home value and nearly half of homeowners believe that their home value has increased by at least the full amount of the project cost post-renovation.

 
Source - Heartly Design Studio

Source - Heartly Design Studio

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Source - FIGR Architecture


 

Houzz is the leading platform for home renovation and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world.

With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, find products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality.

For more information, visit houzz.au

 
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Source - Austin Design Associates

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Renovating - how to keep your budget healthy!

 
 

Renovating everyone’s talking about it. You turn on the TV and there’s a show about it on every channel. You scroll through your Instagram feed and yep, everyone is renovating! So how do people find the time, the inspiration and most importantly the money to start the process of renovating their home?

I’m going to share my top tips for succeeding with your renovation and how to do it within your budget, which is 100% the hardest part of renovating. Having renovated several houses, some a quick face lift and some literally starting from scratch again, I have learnt many things and finding ways to save money has been the most beneficial. Renovating can be an expensive exercise - but with some guidance and helpful knowledge it doesn’t have to break the bank.

NAB have a super helpful online resource called the Life Moments Hub which is literally a source for finding your way through life’s unpredictable moments - just because life is unpredictable, your finances don’t have to be. 

 
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1 - Do as much as you can yourself 

You’re probably thinking, ‘easy for her to say when her partner is a builder’ and yes, that has meant that we have been able to do incredible things and some things that others couldn’t on the same budget but that doesn’t mean you that you still can’t do a lot of it yourselves. There are some incredible resources for learning skills to aid you in tackling your renovation in a DIY fashion.  Use blogs, google, YouTube, the staff at Bunnings, your father in law, or your chippie friend, to gather as much knowledge as possible. And you will be surprised at how much knowledge and skill your friends and family have, so ask around and even ask for a day’s help here and there… your mates will love helping in exchange for a slab!

2 - Shop around

If you love it, don’t buy it…just yet! It’s so easy to fall into the trap of buying things on the spot because you love it…. ALWAYS shop around, as in most cases you will find that exact item somewhere else for a cheaper price. This is especially the case for interior fittings and fixtures - the main items to always shop around for are: carpet, tiles, floor coverings, light fittings and tap ware.

3 - Do your research 

The most important aspect of any renovation is to be prepared with as much knowledge as possible. This is true for every single part of the renovation journey - what are you planning to do? How are you going to do it? What trades will you need? Do you need council approval? do you need plans and permits? and how long do you estimate it will take? Make a plan, plan a timeline, a schedule and LISTS before you start.

4 - Get several quotes 

Always get at least three quotes for everything, especially trades and you will be amazed at the savings you can make. 

 
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5 - Be prepared

Depending on the extent of the renovation you plan to undertake try to be as prepared as possible. When you have trades coming to quote, try and have your plans mapped out as clearly as possible to ensure that you’re using everyone’s time efficiently. If you know your plumber is coming, ensure you have all your tap ware on site as neither of you want them coming back another day to finish the job because you couldn’t decide on black or chrome.

6 - Don’t get too excited and pick all the trends you see on Instagram

This saying applies for all sorts of things across your renovation! For example, if you are renovating your bathroom, do you really need 3 or 4 different tiles for the space? NO. This not only costs you more money in purchasing costs, it also costs a fortune more in tiling costs, mitering the edges of those bevelled edge, handmade, hexagon tiles you saw on Instagram means HOURS more work for your tiler, equating to an expensive bill! Before you go out shopping, know your style, pick your colour palette and don’t go over your budget.

 
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7 - Do you really need it?  

This tip is following on from the above, just because someone else has it, does it mean that you really need it? So often we see beautiful images online and want that for ourselves, but if you’re renovating on a budget sometimes it’s necessary to go without, but that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style, aesthetic or quality. Know your style and stick with it - you can’t go wrong. For example, a huge saving can be made in your bathroom by removing ‘the double basin’ - how often are two people both needing to use the basin at the exact same time? One basin means one set of tap ware, one basin, one mirror and a considerably cheaper plumbing bill.

8 - What can you live without for now?

If you’re nearing the end of your renovation and money is getting tight, try to only spend on the necessities and the less important things can wait until your budget is a little healthier. A few examples of ways to finish your reno without anyone else knowing it’s not 100% complete. Pendants can wait, get all your main lighting such as downlights in and bring the electrician back in a few months to fit off your pendants when you have saved enough to purchase them. Hold off on luxuries such as sheer curtains if you also have blinds. You can have the blinds installed for now and wait a little for the sheers. New furniture - you can probably live with your old furniture in your new house for a little while. I know it’s not ideal when you want to be surrounded by stunning items in the home you have slaved over, but if it’s choosing between landscaping your garden over a new couch, I would always choose having a gorgeous garden first!

 

 

This article is a NAB paid promotion and was written in collaboration with NAB. As always, all opinions are my own.

 
 
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Top tips to achieve the perfect lighting for your family home...

 
 

A dated 1920s Californian Bungalow, located in Glen Iris, Victoria, has been transformed into a Nordic inspired, blush-toned wonderland, in five short months. The norsuHOME, built by Nat from norsu Interiors and her husband Dan, is a family home that exudes visual design and practicality, whilst meeting the needs of a young family.

 
Photographer Stu Morley | Stylist Beck Simons

Photographer Stu Morley | Stylist Beck Simons

Photographer Lisa Cohen

Photographer Lisa Cohen


 

When it comes to lighting plans and design, Nat from norsu worked closely with Gerard Lighting to find the perfect balance between architectural design and practical application for family living. “Lighting shouldn’t be seen as just a mere necessity; instead it’s an important design process in achieving the overall mood and feeling of a home,” says Nat.

“Gerard Lighting’s extensive range and their expert advice enabled us to create a carefully thought out lighting plan that met all of our objectives,” continues Nat.

 

 
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Photographer Stu Morley

Photographer Stu Morley

Photographer Stu Morley


 

Starting with interior lighting, it’s important to create a signature statement about your individual style with a carefully curated range of feature lighting. The home features Pierlite Litelux Opticolour LED Downlights, which have the ability to change colour temperature when dimmed and Pierlite Astara Real Ambient Sunset Dim LED Downlights, allowing the user to “colour shift” the light output for a balance between visual comfort and ambience.

Today’s modern technology now allows for smart home connectivity – making life easier with lighting control solutions. Being able to operate lighting by remote control helps to create a home that is more energy efficient, secure and satisfying. Offering state-of the-art simplicity, Gerard Lighting suggested the Diginet Sitara Lighting Control system for the norsuHOME. The homeowners can personalise the way they control their lighting via their smartphone or tablet, whether it be setting different lighting levels in a range of rooms, choosing lighting moods or having lights turn on to simulate occupancy whilst they’re away.

 

 
Photographer Lisa Cohen

Photographer Lisa Cohen

Photographer Lisa Cohen | Stylist Beck Simons

Photographer Lisa Cohen | Stylist Beck Simons


 

“We have two young children and having the ability and luxury to turn lights on and off remotely were extremely appealing to us. Our children are still at the age where they are at times frightened by the dark, so the Diginet Sitara wireless feature allows us to control the dimming of their lights from the comfort of our sofa,” says Nat.

“We can also utilise the timer feature to ensure we’re being sustainably conscious once they’re asleep. Being able to turn on the lights at night wirelessly before entering the home ensures we always feel safe. Additionally, we love the colour coding of the switches knowing we can quickly identify the right light the first time and it also helps the little ones,” 

"Gerard Lighting also made invaluable recommendations such as the Diginet Smart Scan Sensor MKII to control LED strip lighting in the bathroom and laundry, ensuring a safe passage for the children during the night,” says Nat.

 

 
 
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Nailing Design within your budget - workshop event with BuildHer Collective

 

 

Do you want to build your dream home, but still need to stick to a budget? BuildHer Collective can show you how!

BuildHer Collective was created to empower women with the right tools to build the home of their dreams. Rebeka Morgan and Krisbashini Hannon of BuildHer Collective have created an online course that guides you through every step along the journey, with the support of like-minded women. This fantastic duo brings their vast construction and renovation experience and mission to help women create their dream home with clarity and confidence for a unique, strategy-packed workshop!

NAILING DESIGN WITHIN YOUR BUDGET - 4 HOUR WORKSHOP EVENT SATURDAY, 23 JUNE 2018 2 - 6PM

 
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The Nailing Design Within Your Budget Workshop!

Learn how to "Build like a BuildHer" and get the design you want, whilst managing your budget at the same time.  It's tough ask though right?... BuildHer get that, and although winning the lottery will solve most of your budget problems, most of us haven't (yet).

Money is a massive thing to think about with any build or renovation project.  You can get crippled by the fear of going over budget… you don't want to blow it and if you do, how can you afford to fix it and finish???

Everyone’s heard ‘those’ horror stories and continue to hear them.  However, the reality is that if you follow BuildHer’s simple process, you can make sure that you are in the best position possible and avoid overwhelm, conflict and regret.

 
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You don't want to put yourself in the position of having to make massive sacrifices at the end of your renovation because of bad budgeting AND you want to be able to shop for the "fun stuff" at the end like fittings and furniture obviously. You know that new couch you've had your eye on would look perfect in your new dream home!

BuildHer Collective can show you how to "get that designer look" whilst managing a "realistic budget".  They can help you set up your build to ensure a winning outcome!

So whether you're thinking about building or have just started, this workshop is for you.  Not only will you learn some super practical and relevant information, there will also be some tasty treats and beverages for you to enjoy from Chef - Michelle Boyle.

 
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Here’s what the workshop covers:

-The practical and relevant information to understand the right renovation and building options, without having to make massive sacrifices at the end of your project.

-The simple steps to navigate a fun and fulfilling building process whilst knowing exactly what to ask from your designers and architects. (Communicate your needs with a clear 3-step process!) 

-The strategies and how-tos to create stunning details without ever being worried about going over budget.

 
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You’ll leave the event with a clear plan that works for the project that’s guaranteed to save you money during your project - without sacrificing an ounce of style.

P.S. It’s important to know that the workshop is limited to just 30 people, so don’t miss out!

The goal is to create an intimate, exclusive workshop for you to get the steps you need whilst sharing your current ideas, challenges, and get your questions answered! Think of it as the opportunity to spend the afternoon with your own renovation and design think tank for just $197.

Plus, the steps and strategies to create your dream home with clarity, confidence, and support.

Grab your spot HERE!

 
 
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A builder is just a builder right? 

 
Nexus Homes

Nexus Homes

What you need to know about choosing a builder with Director of Nexus Home Improvements, Matt Keogh.


 

Customer experience is the biggest factor when choosing a builder. You aren’t just purchasing products, you are purchasing a home, your home - something in which to make your life better! Therefore your builder should always make the building process enjoyable for both of you by focusing on providing a premium customer experience as well as a premium product.  

Choose a builder that is suitably experienced. This helps to ensure that there are no costly mistakes made along the way and that you can put your complete trust into them, knowing that you will receive your dream home at the end of the process.

Choose a builder who you feel comfortable with, it's important to be working with someone that will follow your instruction if need be.

 
Nexus Homes

Nexus Homes

 

How did you find this builder? A lot of quality builders will source their work through referrals and word of mouth, so speak to your friends, look online, read reviews, can they show you current examples of their work, where was the last house they built? 

Big - but not too big is important. Ideally it’s best to deal with a boutique company where the director or owner will personally work on your project - they will have a support system of supervisors, trades and designers that will assist with the day to day running of your project.

 
Nexus Homes

Nexus Homes

 

Based in Perth, Western Australia, Nexus Home Improvements complete Second Storey Additions, Home Renovations, House Extensions and Custom Designer Homes. Their attention to detail in build quality, design and finish, coupled with modern building techniques ensure that they stand out from the crowd and that their projects are second to none. 

Nexus Homes Improvements major focus is on creating the optimum customer experience through good design, thoughtful consideration of client requirements, expectations and budget. Part of this involves having a skilled and enthusiastic team of designers and trades people, coupled with careful planning to minimise variations and really listening to what you want!

 
Nexus Homes

Nexus Homes

 

Building with Nexus you are always in contact with a director which allows for organised communication throughout your building process.

Something that we love about Nexus is their Prefab 'pods'. They are a super modern ‘pod’ addition which contrasts perfectly against the traditional and/or original facade of your home. The ‘pod’ addition is a modular extension, which in basic terms means it is pre-made and finished offsite and then craned into place (scroll down for progress pics), this allows for a faster build time, less chaos at your home over an extended period of time and it’s obviously just pretty amazing! 

 
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Nexus Homes

Nexus Homes

Nexus Homes

 
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Ultra Violet - Pantone's 2018 colour of the year... what do you think?

 
 
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We all love finding out what Pantone's colour of the year will be - and this year it had everyone talking more than ever!

18-3838 ULTRA VIOLET is the colour and Pantone has said  "Inventive and imaginative, Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come." 

 
 

Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.

Enigmatic purples have also long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality, and artistic brilliance. Musical icons Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix brought shades of Ultra Violet to the forefront of western pop culture as personal expressions of individuality. Nuanced and full of emotion, the depth of PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets.

Historically, there has been a mystical or spiritual quality attached to Ultra Violet. The colour is often associated with mindfulness practices, which offer a higher ground to those seeking refuge from today’s over-stimulated world. The use of purple-toned lighting in meditation spaces and other gathering places energises the communities that gather there and inspire connection. 

 
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You’ve renovated your dream home, now it’s time to insure it…

 

As a renovator, the partner of a builder, home owner, landlord and interiors enthusiast, I deeply value the importance of stunning architecture, quality building work and interior design. From my years of experience in the design and building industry I know how much blood, sweat and tears goes into creating a beautiful home for yourself, whether you have designed and built it from a patch of dirt, gutted and renovated a home you have purchased or, if you have completed cosmetic upgrades to a home you have bought to make it your own and put your stamp on it. Regardless of how you did it, this home brings you joy and protecting this home and the happiness it brings you is so important.

When designing and renovating I pour my heart and soul into every single aspect; from the initial sketches, to floor-plans, choosing each and every fitting and fixture, hard surfaces, furniture selection to finding the perfect backyard pieces. Once these ideas, plans, processes and hard work are realised, it’s time to remember the importance of insuring the dream home you have created!

And that’s where RACV comes in…

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RACV home insurance covers you for those unfortunate events that may happen to your home. It is a name you know and trust and a company who looks after its members’ interests. They offer a range of products to ensure that you are covered for just about everything that life throws at you and at your house! One of the key features I love is the automatic new for old replacement cover. It covers your belongings if they’re stolen or damaged, even if you leave a window or door open and there’s no sign of forced entry.

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If you want to go a step further to protecting your beloved home, RACV offers a range of Home Security plans – and let’s be honest, your home is the biggest purchase that the most of us will ever make, so why wouldn’t we take that extra measure to protect it? From high quality CCTV systems, to smart security systems, security monitoring and patrols – RACV will tailor a solution to suit every family’s needs. Fun Fact - having a home alarm system could actually reduce your home insurance premium!

Now, we all know that life can and will throw curve balls at us, like a broken kitchen tap when you have a dinner party about to start or a burst water pipe in the middle of the night. And that’s where RACV’s Emergency Home Assist comes in to save the day. It’s a fast response service for common plumbing, electrical and lock out emergencies and it has 24/7 coverage with no out of hours’ surcharges. You can also feel safe knowing that you will always receive a qualified tradesperson at your door step within the hour.

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Now after all this talk of renovating, dream homes and insurance… it’s time for a competition!!! Who wants to WIN $10,000 towards a home makeover, courtesy of RACV?!

The competition is open to all Victorians - Either go in-store or online here before October 31st to be in the running!

I have received a financial reward from RACV entity for this blog post.  The statements and opinions contained in this post are my own and not those of RACV entity or the issuer of RACV Home Insurance, Insurance Manufacturers of Australia ABN 93 004 208 084 AFS Licence No. 227678.

RACV Home Insurance is issued by Insurance Manufacturers of Australia Pty Limited ABN 93 004 208 084 AFS Licence No. 227678. Please consider the Product Disclosure Statement before buying. For a copy call 13 RACV (13 7228).