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Welcome

Welcome

If you’re thinking about renovations, then look no further than this guide By SUSAN FELIX

Contents

Page 4-5 ...........................................................................Plumbing Page 6 .................................................................Building Supplies Page 7 ......................................................................................Pools Page 8 .............................................................Windows and Doors

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A BIG warm welcome to this year’s edition of our The Complete Home Renovators Guide. If you are pondering over the prospect of renovating your home, then this edition is a must read. Whether it be the entire house, just one room or perhaps your yard, there is something inside these pages for you! From the back patio to the bathroom and everywhere in between, including the yard, we’ve got it covered. Are you thinking about sprucing up the pool ready for summer? We’ve suggested some simple ideas, such as LED lighting or changing the waterline tiling to give a more modern feel and look. We have also included quite a few interior ideas, such as flooring options, patio and deck upgrades, bathroom brightening and sturdy re-restumping, just to mention a few. With great advice and beautiful images, we are sure to inspire your creative mind.

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Plumbing

Turn your

THERE are lots of things to think about when you are planning to renovate your bathroom. Here are a few suggestions to help you get the look you are after without breaking the bank, plus reminding you of some fundamentals such as storage and how you can never have enough.

Step 1: Make a list of your bathroom likes and dislikes

Think about what you do and don’t like about your current bathroom. Then put together a scrapbook of any new features, fixtures and fittings you’d really like to have when you renovate. Collect a few sample tiles and colour swatches so you can see how colours and textures will work together.

Step 2: Think about your current bathroom plumbing and electricity

Consider where your current bathroom plumbing and electricity are positioned in the room. The less you need to reposition these, the less you will need to spend on trade professionals. You should also consider how well your old inlets and outlets will work with new fixtures and fittings.

Step 3: Measure up your bathroom walls, windows and doors

Measure up the whole room to work out how much space you have to install any new fixtures and fittings. Remember you can never have enough storage – especially in a bathroom – so think about ways you can fit some more in. Don’t forget that all wet areas such as bathrooms must be waterproofed.

Step 4: Think about your bathroom’s finishing touches HELPING HAND: This step-by-step guide will help any prospective bathroom renovator.

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If your space is small, consider using large tiles to make the room feel larger. Smaller, mosaic tiles are a great option if you want to draw the eye to a detail or make the room feel cosy.

Step 5: When using colour in a bathroom follow the 60-30-10 rule

The 60-30-10 rule is a good guide when using colour in the bathroom. 60% of the room should be your main colour, like white tiles on your wall and glazing on your bath or sink. 30% is your mid-range colour and is good for areas like the floor or vanity cabinet. 10% is your accent colour, a bold, punchy colour that you can add with your linen.

Step 6: Think about the positioning of towel rails and toilet roll holders

A final thing to consider is where you put your towel rails and toilet roll holder. Ideally, you want everything within easy reach. The towels should be close to the edge of the shower. The toilet roll should be somewhere you can reach when you are sitting.

MAKE A LIST: What do you want in your new bathroom? Write up a list, and check it twice.

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Building Supplies

Right materials, right environment CHOOSING the right building supplies for your home is necessary for not only the design, but also for healthy living. Depending on the climate you live in, suitable building materials can vary from wood, to brick to polystyrene foam sheets. To fully understand what will be the most viable, sustainable and cost effective building material for your home, you must first identify the type of environment you are in. For example, if you reside in a colder climate then you will

need to choose the right materials to cope, such as brick or stone as they retain heat and provide good insulation. In our Australian climate, it is often suitable to use a material for warmer temperatures. The brick skin of your house can be replaced with any number of lightweight cladding materials that might be timber, compressed fibre cement, polystyrene foam sheets, or even Colorbond steel. These materials can help deflect the sun and keep your house

cooler in the warmer weather and in return reduce the energy costs. According to the Australian government, approximately 40 per cent of household energy is used for heating and cooling to achieve thermal comfort. By choosing the right building material for your climate, you can help to reduce these associated costs. So do your homework and research the choice of materials in relation to where you live.

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Smart pool renovation ideas

IT’S POSSIBLE to make dramatic changes to your pool without spending a fortune and even enabling your pool to run more efficiently. Feeling a little dissatisfied with that old backyard swimming pool? Maybe you moved into a house that already had someone else’s idea of a dream pool. Or perhaps you installed the pool years ago when styles and standards were different. Maybe you never got the pool you really wanted because your installation budget was limited. Whatever the case, the cost of a major pool renovation is probably more than you want to pay. Here are a handful of swimming pool renovation ideas to consider if you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck. Of course, if your pool has serious structural or equipment problems that need to be fixed, there’s probably no getting around a costly renovation project. These ideas are aimed at making an outdated (but still functioning) pool look nicer and operate better with a minimal investment.

1. LED lighting

If you have simple floodlight or other basic pool lighting, think about upgrading to LED lights. LED pool lighting is more energy efficient than traditional options, which at least somewhat offsets the higher cost of installation. LED lights can be installed below the water or anywhere in the pool area, and come in all

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different colours. They make it easy to add your own personal sense of style to your pool scape.

2. Pool resurfacing

While it’s not cheap by any means, resurfacing can be a solid way to use your remodelling budget. That’s because it improves the looks of your pool, while also serving the practical purpose of replacing something that wears out over time. If your pool currently has a simple plaster finish, an update could also make your pool look more modern. These days, many people choose aggregate finishes that come in different colours and incorporate stones, shells, or other materials.

3. Waterline tile

Simply updating waterline tile can give your pool a more contemporary look. Combine it with deck and/or pool resurfacing, and you might think you have a whole new pool.

4. Salt water system

A major trend in swimming pools is the move toward salt water systems. These systems use salt to create chlorine in the water so you don’t have to add it via traditional methods. Many people report that the water in salt water pools is easier on the skin and eyes and not having to buy, store and handle chlorine is also a

big plus. This a cost-effective upgrade as salt water pools are generally cheaper to maintain.

5. Water features

While they might stretch your remodelling budget, things like waterfalls, scuppers and sprayers are often pretty easy to add into an existing pool design. Thus, for a reasonable installation price, you can breathe some life into a lacklustre pool area with motion and sound.

6. Energy efficient equipment

If you’re going for practical updates, there are a whole host of features designed to make your pool less expensive to operate. The main one to consider is a variable speed pool pump, which uses less electricity and may even qualify for an energy rebate where you live. Other popular options include energy efficient filters and solar-powered features (heaters, lights, etc).

7. Automation systems

Pool technology is continually evolving, and a lot of the newer gadgets can easily be retrofitted to older pools. A lot of this high-tech equipment makes life easier for a pool owner, and could even enable you to fire your pool guy. Some things to consider include robotic cleaners, automatic pool covers and all-in-one pool automation systems (some of which can be controlled through a smartphone).

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Windows and Doors

Enclose your patio, porch or deck HAVE you been thinking that the downtime you spend on your patio, porch or deck could be even better if you enclosed your existing patio, porch or deck? With several options available, now is the perfect time to explore them. First, let’s explore your motives for wanting to enclose your deck or patio. Are the bugs, the wind and weather, or the hot sun bothering you? All are legitimate, logical reasons for putting up a transparent barrier between you and the elements.

Screen rooms

The room you create by attaching screens all around your deck or patio will give you the most intimacy with the beauty

surrounding you. Insects will stay out, but the breeze and natural ambiance will remain unhindered. A handy hint: Choosing black aluminium screens will make them practically invisible!

Three season rooms

Depending on where you live, this type of sunroom should be comfortable during every season apart from winter. You can choose between single or double-pane glass, according to your needs and budget. This type of patio or deck enclosure cannot be climate controlled so a simple ceiling fan should do just fine.

Four season rooms

Framed-in glass transforms your deck or patio area into an

enticing, weather resistant and bug-free sunroom to enjoy all year long. Combine this with double-pane glass walls with insulation and a full climate control system, and you’ve just built yourself a brand-new living area which might become your all-time favourite.

Solariums

Popular with the sun-worshipping crowd, and just as fashionable with stargazers, the solarium is a room that’s covered, top to bottom, roof to walls, with wonderful glass. You and your family will be able to take in not only the warm sun and blue sky above, but also the inspiring wheel of ever-changing constellations at night.

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Planning

A little homework goes a long way BEFORE you can begin the construction stage of your dream home or renovation, it is important to have a comprehensive and well-thought out plan in place. The planning stage ensures that your journey starts on the right foot and sets you up for a more affordable and flexible build. To start, envision how you would like to see your home take shape and then work out what you need to achieve this. Prioritise what you will need and what will suit your lifestyle and then work this out within your budget. Ultimately, you will need to decide whether to buy a home that suits your needs at that current time or a smaller home that can be adapted and added-on to. Doing the groundwork first can save you a lot of time in the future, so make sure you assess all the costs of the improvements. Assess whether there will be major or minor renovations, repairs, maintenance, upgrades, structural work and then work this all into your overall budget. A well-planned out home will pay dividends in the long run, whereas a poorly planned home will likely lead to unexpected costs and a waste of resources and money. To help develop a plan and long term strategy, here are a few tips to get you going...

Tip 2: Look at what you already have

Do a quick assessment of what you already have and what needs to be upgraded. By going through each room and detail you can see what needs to be done and what doesn’t, and this can help with cost cutting.

Tip 3: Look at ways you can save for the future

Tip 1: Seek professional advice

When coming up with a concept for your renovation or build, it pays to get the advice of a professional. If you’re looking at something relatively minor, then a builder would be the best to offer expertise. However, if you are looking to design something more complex and timely, a designer who specialises in that area would be needed.

DO YOUR HOMEWORK: The more initial planning you do, the better off you will be.

Have you heard that saying that you have to spend money to make money? Well this can be applied when looking at making improvements to your home. Consider investing in quality materials that will last and designs that will help lower energy bills and water costs.

Tip 4: Have a tight budget

It is easy to get carried away when planning your renovations, but make sure you allocate a budget and stick to it. To help work out the total cost of the improvements you can obtain preliminary costs for each stage of the build. It is best to get a few estimates from different builders to ensure you are paying the right price and it will make for a more accurate estimation of the overall cost.

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Flooring

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Here’s a few things you’ll need to consider when selecting the right flooring THERE are many different kinds of flooring on the market today and lots of new ‘green’ flooring products. But it can be difficult to know where to start. Flooring has a major influence on the feel and mood of a room, it’s important to make the right choice. And, ka-ching, it’s expensive, so even more reason to get it right. You have to consider how much traffic it’ll get and factor in maintenance and durability, as well as appearance, comfort and cost. Soft flooring options include carpet and natural fibre alternatives such as sisal and jute. They are comfortable to walk on and good for insulation. They are relatively easy to maintain but aren’t as easy to clean as hard floors and stains can spoil the look. Hard flooring options cover timber, tiles, polished concrete, cork, rubber and vinyl. They’re easy to clean and durable for those high traffic areas. Hard flooring can come in an unlimited range of styles however they can be pretty hard on the feet if you’re standing a long time. Other things to consider: You need to choose flooring that works with the purpose of the room or the area.

You’ll probably need more than one type throughout the house. In living rooms the aim is usually to combine good looks with practicality. Timber (possibly teamed up with rugs) and carpet are the most popular options. ■ In the kitchen you want flooring that cleans up quickly and easily – generally, hard flooring like tile, stone and timber is a good choice. ■ Tiles are ideal for the bathroom, but they need to be non-slip and the grout should be sealed as well as the tiles. Timber is less practical and needs to be properly waterproofed. ■ In bedrooms, carpet is king. It looks and feels soft and luxurious, it’s warm and cosy underfoot in winter, and provides sound and temperature insulation. The downside is it needs regular vacuuming. Timber is the next most popular choice, and it does look great and is easy to care for, but it can be noisy and not very effective at insulation. Floor rugs help, particularly in winter. ■ The rough and tumble treatment dealt out in a kids play room begs for hard-wearing flooring, and preferably cheap enough so you don’t have a heart attack when they get a little too creative

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with the paints. Since kids spend a lot of time on the floor, softer coverings may be more comfortable. Consider cheap polypropylene carpet, cork or vinyl. When it becomes the teenage retreat, you can replace it. Or not. Asthma and allergies an issue? There’s a lot of conflicting research about whether people with allergies should have wall-to-wall carpet. Allergies are often caused by house dust mites, which thrive in warm, humid environments and are commonly found in carpet, bedding, soft furnishings and clothing. However, there’s also a growing body of research that suggests carpet actually traps the dust mites rather than allowing them to become airborne and is therefore more beneficial to allergy sufferers. While research continues, many experts are still advising people with allergies to go for hard floor coverings that can be easily cleaned.


Landscaping

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Handyman

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WHEN doing your own renovations and home improvements, it is important to recognise when you need a handyman to step in. As much as you might like to think you can do everything yourself, there are some things best left to a professional. There would be nothing worse than starting a “small” job and it turns out a lot bigger than you thought and you are out of your depth and capabilities. You know what that would mean? Yes, the awkward call around to get help from a qualified

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You may also have to consider your insurance when doing your own handiwork. If anything goes wrong either with the “job” or yourself, you or your house may not be covered! So, sometimes it is best to get help to tackle a home maintenance project or small renovation or update before it becomes a disaster. This also ensures the job is done correctly the first time and will be a professional finish.

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STOP IT DEAD: Early intervention, and the right advice, will prevent pests and rodents ruling the roost in your home.

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Bugs, pests and rodents a problem? ONE of the few downfalls of living in Australia is the number of bugs and rodents that want to make your home, their home. As we leave the cold behind in favour of spring and summer, now is the perfect time to get your house in tip top shape protecting those you love from the creepy crawlies. Seeking a trained professional to assess and discuss your

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Rodent and insects can hide out of sight, so regular pest screenings are a vital defence strategy to stop these little creatures from moving in, and provide you with peace of mind. Using a reliable, local pest control company means that any problems that may arise can be easily sorted and will not snowball into bigger issues down the track.

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Home Security

SAFETY FIRST: CCTV cameras and coded entries not only boost security in your home, but provide peace of mind.

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Keeping your home secure

WHEN making renovations and improvements to your home, it is worth taking the time to think about how you can better protect your house. Installing an alarm system, CCTV cameras or both will help ensure you feel safe and secure in your home. In our modern world, it is important to be aware of the dangers of what lurks outside your home when you aren’t there

or are sleeping. CCTV cameras that record what goes on outside your front door, in your home and in the backyard also act as a crime deterrent. And if anything does go wrong, they can provide a timeline of events and even help police to identify wrongdoers. Even just having the camera in view of someone trying to

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Furniture

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AS WE all know, choosing the right furniture is more than falling in love with its initial beauty. The style and construction of the furniture has to last many years, so considering the distinct details and quality of construction of a particular piece is a good way to help seal the deal, and a little pro guidance never hurts. ■ Construction: You want the furniture piece to feel solid and heavy. Avoid particleboard and light aluminium frames and stick with solid wood construction. Solid wood frames will generally last much longer. However, make sure that the price is consistent with your expectations for how long the piece is going to last. The cushion is also an important point to consider when looking at construction. Before purchasing anything, give it the sit test. No matter how beautiful your new upholstery piece is you won’t enjoy it if it’s not comfortable. ■ Silhouette: Is the general shape of the piece trendy or will it stand the test of time? A piece of furniture is an investment in your home and says a lot about you. Choose a silhouette that you will love now and in the future. This doesn’t mean, however, that you should choose something shapeless or without style. Whether your preferences are contemporary or traditional, there are many updated options available on the market. ■ Finish: If your piece of furniture has any exposed wood, the stain or finish colour is an important point to consider. Many pieces can be altered dramatically by the colour of the finish. You can easily take a chair from traditional to contemporary by changing a cherry stain to a black paint. Likewise, a mahogany piece painted white will instantly appear more feminine. ■ Fabric: Lighter coloured fabrics can be appropriate for a formal living room, foyer, or bedroom. However, if this is a piece of furniture that will be used frequently, it is suggested to choose a slightly darker fabric. ■ The Unexpected: Look for furniture that has an element of the unexpected or has some personality. The overall shape of the piece could be a little unconventional, or maybe there’s some interesting tufting, or nail head detail. Either way, your personal style should be reflected in the piece of furniture that you choose.

COMFY OR NOT: Take the ‘sit test’ for any prospective furniture purchase.

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Home Lighting

Lighten up with the right options

OUR homes require different lighting for different rooms, yet lighting in the home is one thing that can be overlooked and left behind when we consider renovations or updating. It is not practical to have beautiful mood lighting in the kitchen while you are trying to peer into the frypan. Nor is it a pleasant experience to have bright spotlights in your bedroom to greet your blurry eyes first thing in the morning! There are two basic components when thinking about lighting in your home. The first consideration is: What you would like the exterior light cover to look like? Should it be a show piece or discrete? Should it be big or small? What colour should it be? Just a few decisions to start you off. And of course, is that decision going to run through the entire house or differ between rooms? The second consideration is: How bright you would like the globe (together with what style of globe)? The globes available now are amazing but can also be quite expensive. There are pearl, clear, white, LED, halogen, fluoro and then there are the more modern, decorative filament globes as an option also. Most globes have an energy rating and details on the average amount of hours the globe will last. Together with choosing the “look” you are after, there is also the energy usage that needs to be considered. Those rooms that are more often used, such as the lounge and living areas may have the lights on for many hours at a time, so the power bill and the globe hours also need to be considered. Lighting shops are a little harder to find these days but well worth a visit. Staff are experts in their field and can advise you on any of your lighting needs. They also have great displays of ceiling lights, pendant lighting, lamps and night lights, which can help immensely when making decisions on styles and practicality. Another option for seeing displays of choices of lighting is at your local hardware store or pop in to any display homes that may be in your area. Lighting is a very personal thing and there are a lot of variables in each and everyone’s homes which makes them unique to different requirements. It’s certainly a case of what may look good in one home may not suit another. Different wall colours and furnishings make such a difference, so a lighting specialist is a great option for your first port of call, even if it is just for a discussion to start the creative ball rolling.

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Bedroom and Bedding

Comfort the name of the game

THE bedroom is a room that is full of personal preferences! Everyone likes a great night’s sleep, so in my opinion, the one thing you shouldn’t skimp on is your mattress. Do your research and talk to the professionals before investing in this very important necessity and it’s a must to “try before you buy”. Head down to your local bedding specialists and lay on a few mattresses before you commit yourself to something that has a great review on line. We all have different needs and there are so many options in material use and firmness, so get what is right for you. Keep in mind it is also good to look after the children’s backs

and posture, so a quality mattress may be a great investment that will last them for many years. In the bedroom itself, the smallest of furnishings, such as cushions on the bed, a throw rug or a lamp shade, can highlight a colour you’d like to showcase. Be as subtle or as loud as you like, there are no rights and wrongs in your own home, go a little crazy or strive for sophistication and style. Be careful choosing bedding and decor in a child’s room as they soon grow up. One minute they are three and into fairies and dinosaurs and before you know it they are 12 years old – and it’s certainly not

cool to have those themes then and they may like a queen sized bed too! It is a good idea to keep the walls in any of your bedrooms a little toned down, perhaps just having one feature wall (which can be repainted at a later date) and simply accessorise the room with themed doona covers and rugs/mats and maybe a painting or two (or stickers in the kids rooms – easy to remove too). Being a little conservative with colours and themes will keep the costs and effort to a minimum to update as trends and tastes change for both yourself and/or the kids as the years pass by.

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RE-STUMPING a home can be an expensive process, so it pays to shop around and find the best option for you. A house normally needs to be re-stumped when soil erosion has occurred, if the wood has rotten or worst-case scenario, if you are unfortunate enough to have had termite damage. It also may be necessary to re-stump if you are renovating and adding-on to an older home as the added weight and pressure

may be too much for the current stumps. Re-stumping can be a major project and so it must be done by a professional. The first step to re-stumping is to look at what stumps can be saved (if any) and which ones need to be replaced. Normally, wooden stumps are replaced with either concrete or steel stumps as they are more heavy duty and won’t rot or be

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