Monthly Archives: August 2014

Stain your deck

9 Inexpensive Ideas to Boost Your Property’s Appeal

With the property market expected to pick up in spring, now is the ideal time to get your property sparkling for your future open home!

1. Steam clean

If you’re contemplating re-carpeting your home, consider giving it a serious steam clean to freshen up the colour first. If you’re time poor, you can hire a professional to do this for you. However if you’re trying to save money, you can easily hire a steam cleaner and do the work yourself.

2. Tidy up

No one likes to see a messy or over grown garden, it’s simply not appealing. Take some time to trim branches, rake leaves and plant some beautiful spring flowers.

3. Fresh coat

If you haven’t repainted your walls in a while, the warm spring time weather is great for getting painting projects completed. You may want to consider repainting any brightly coloured feature walls in a neutral colour to make the room appear larger.

4. First impressions

If your front door is looking a bit drab, give it a new coat of paint too!
It’s the first thing people will see when they enter your property, so make sure it looks polished.

5. Minor makeover

A complete kitchen makeover will definitely add to the value of your property, although it will lower your bank balance temporarily! Make some minor improvements such as changing all of the handles on drawers and cupboards to something more modern and clean looking.

6. Pressure clean

Concrete on driveways or foot paths around the home can look really tired and dirty after a few years. Make it look brand new by using a pressure cleaner to wash away years of built up dirt.

7. Clean windows

Wash down your windows with soapy water to get rid of built up dust and cobwebs. It will allow more natural light in as well as giving off the appearance of a well maintained home.

8. Upgrade lights

If you haven’t replaced your lighting fixtures in the last decade; it might be time to replace them with something new. Head to your local lighting store and purchase some lighting fixtures that are more modern and elegant to boost the appeal of your home.

9. Re-finish

Re-finishing your outdoor deck every few years will help minimise annoying cracks and splinters, as well as keeping it looking good.
While you are sanding, stripping back, and re-staining the deck, consider re-staining your stairs and some of your wooden furniture too. You could choose a completely different furniture stain colour for a new and updated look!

DIY tips for upcycling around the home

Upcycling in the Home

With sunny spring just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to clean up and redecorate around the home. Why not embrace both of these tasks at once by ‘upcycling’? The term refers to the transformation of discarded or useless items, into something new and useful. Here are a few ideas to get you started on your DIY project!


Wooden shipping pallets have been around for decades and can easily be found at commercial warehouses. With a bit of sanding and a coat of paint, these pallets can be converted into funky outdoor lounges, day beds, gardens and tables. You only need six pallets and a pile of large cushions to make a great outdoor lounge for soaking up the spring sunshine!

Bar Stools

No use for those old bar stools anymore? It may seem like a really simple idea, but bar stools actually make a great desk. You can sand the bar stools back and re-stain them to match the wooden panel top, or create a piece of feature furniture by priming and painting them in a bright spring time colour! If you’re not too handy with a saw, your local hardware store will cut a few panels of wood for you to screw to the top of the bar stools.

Filing Cabinets

Not sure what to do with those old filing cabinets?
Turn them into a set of trendy bedside tables and update the look of your bedroom at the same time!
There are a couple of ways to give your old filing cabinet an arty and updated look – the first option involves spray paint and a fancy stencil. Spray paint the cabinet in a new colour and once it’s dry, use a stencil and spray paint to create a stylish pattern. The other option involves heading to your nearest fabric store and picking out a vibrant and eye catching material to glue to the front of the drawers, as well as spray painting the outside of the cabinet in a complementary colour.

Understanding the home renovation design process

Understanding The Renovation Design Process

Getting expert assistance in the early planning stages of a renovation is a definite advantage. Experienced builders or building designers will work with you to explore designs that fit your home, lifestyle and budget. Here’s our quick guide to understanding the renovation design process.

For a simple renovation project, you and your builder may be able to work out the design details in the course of your conversations about the project. If your renovation is large or complex, the builder may suggest that you consult with a professional building designer as the first step of your project.

A growing number of renovation companies have a designer on staff. Alternatively, builders may recommend a designer or architect from their network of professional associates. Either way, having a builder involved at the design stage helps to ensure that your design is practical and feasible from a construction standpoint.

How does the design process begin?

Typically, the design process begins with a discussion of your ideas and a look at photos, drawings or products that you have collected. The builder or designer will also ask you to take them on a tour of the house and explain what you are trying to accomplish.

Concept sketches are then developed, usually more than one to give you a range of options. Additional fine-tuning is often needed to complete the design of your choice.

Completing the renovation design process

At the end of the design phase, you will have a set of drawings or plans that are the basis for getting cost estimates. The drawings should be ‘working drawings’, completely dimensioned and detailed and should show clearly what the final project will look like.

If your renovation requires approval, working drawings are required by the local council or private building certifier. For a planning permit, permission is generally granted by the local council. Planning drawings are required in this case and may not need to be as detailed as full working drawings. Other documentation such as soil reports and engineers’ calculations may also be required; professional builders can take care of all the details, including dealing with building officials.

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