If we were to pick one reason why now is the perfect time to renovate, it would be hard to look past the federal government’s HomeBuilder scheme offering homeowners a grant of $25,000 towards a home renovation. So we sat down with design expert and our design manager Vanessa Cook to get her advice and insight on how best to spend the grant to maximise the potential of your home and get the most bang for your buck.
‘The cost of your renovation can escalate quickly when structural changes need to be made.’ Vanessa warns. ‘If you haven’t already factored in a wall removal into your renovation budget, then this is where the government grant may come in handy to cover costs’ she says.
‘There is a huge shift in today’s homes towards open plan living especially in the kitchen where a free-flowing layout to your living space or extending to your outdoor area is highly desired’ Vanessa says. ‘If you can’t achieve this in your existing layout then you may need to knock down a wall or two.’ she informs.
Knocking down walls isn’t only beneficial in your kitchen – you can completely transform other areas in your home by knocking down a wall that joins a separate toilet and bathroom to create one larger space or knocking down a wall in the bedroom to create a bigger walk in wardrobe’ Vanessa advises.
‘A newly renovated bathroom can instantly add value to your home so why not use the grant to update your existing bathroom or better yet if you have a spare room create a new one’ says Vanessa.
‘The bathroom is one of the busiest, and hardest worked zones in the home which means it needs to be looking and performing at its best. To achieve this the grant could be used to install a larger vanity or shaving cabinet to boost storage, alter the layout to improve functionality, replace outdated tiles or completely transform a room’ Vanessa advises.
‘I have never worked with a client that has regretted a kitchen renovation. Much like exercising, it may take some mental capacity to get started but once it’s completed you will never be sorry you embarked on the journey. Just like the bathroom, the kitchen is another zone that has to accommodate for the hustle and bustle of everyday family life and a kitchen that is both functional and stylish will not only work some magic for your family but for future homeowners too’ Vanessa informs.
‘Some ways you can improve your kitchen with the $25,000 can be to introduce an island (if you don’t already have one), swap out all cupboards for drawers or upgrading your benchtops and splashback for more durable and stylish options’ Vanessa says.
Put that $25,000 grant to good use and engage with the professionals, taking the head ace out of renovating. ‘By engaging with a full-turnkey renovation company you will get the assurance of an interior designer to design a functional and stylish space that works. Materials and products will be sourced for you and arrive to site on time as required, and a project manager will oversee your entire renovation on site. Meaning you don’t have to organise trades and wait on site daily to grant them access. Not to mention letting the professionals take care of all the messy stuff like daily clean ups and rubbish removal.’ advises Vanessa.
Leaving it the professionals will allow you to reap the rewards of having a beautifully renovated home that will last a lifetime and will allow you to maximise the return on your investment’ she adds.
‘Another great way to use the grant is by upgrading your selections for finishes and fixtures – particularly in the bathroom and kitchen. This means you can add higher quality finishes and fixtures then you may have originally budgeted for, or explore alternative finishes like brass, brushed nickle and gunmetal grey’ Vanessa says.
‘With the extra money to your budget you might be able to afford to get an appliance package instead of using your existing ones, floor to ceiling wall tile heights in the bathroom, upgrade to a higher quality cabinetry finish or indulge in some luxuries such as underfloor heating or a double shower which will be beneficial to improving functionality as well as aesthetic appeal’ says Vanessa.
‘At the top of every clients wish list is adding more storage into their renovation project’ says Vanessa. ‘Using the grant towards installing custom-made cabinetry means it will not only fit perfectly into your home to answer your storage needs, but will prove to be a smart long-term investment, as thoughtful storage design is highly sought after amongst buyers’ Vanessa adds.
‘There are the obvious cabinetry solutions such as your bathroom vanity unit and kitchen cabinetry, but when it comes to custom-made cabinetry the options are countless. A study nook in the kitchen, a bench seat in the bedroom, floor to ceiling storage in the garage or the walk-in wardrobe of your dreams! The sky really is the limit!’ she says.
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