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lipping a house is not a new concept. It’s one of the biggest motivations behind renovation projects – to purchase a property in dire need of updating, give it a spruce up and sell for a profit. Of course, turning a profit is never easy. It’s a game that requires a lot of hard work, research, time and money. The key? Educate yourself before jumping in the deep end. That’s where we step in – or Cherie Barber to be more specific. The television personality, and founder of successful business Renovating for Profit, this month shares her tips with My Renovation readers in our cover story. Turn to page four to learn all the tricks of the trade. Also this month, our resident columnists and Sunshine Coast locals, Emilia Johnston and Cassandra Fenaughty provide their insight into renovation and landscaping projects. Plus, we have some great tips on pool design and styles in our outdoors section. Until next month, happy renovating!
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Kitchen ........................................6 The latest trends and ideas
Bathroom ...............................8 Splurge versus save
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Style............................................12 Designing a baby girl’s nursery
Tips.............................................14 Space, paint and planning
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Expert advice............................24 With Cassandra Fenaughty
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Finishing touches....................28 Products, tips and ideas
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THE PERFECT PROPERTY Finding the ideal property to renovate can be tough work. There are many things to consider and it’s important to remember that not every property in need of renovation has profit potential. The movement of flipping houses continues to gain momentum and with the Sunshine Coast a melting pot of old beach shacks and ’60s and ’70s brick homes, there are plenty of properties up for grabs. Before you head down the flipping path, it’s important to know your stuff. Australia’s renovation queen and founder of Renovating for Profit, Cherie Barber, shares her tips.
Don’t overspend The key to flipping a house successfully is to avoid overspending. Opt for midrange quality products – there is no point in purchasing extravagant products and fixtures if you are planning to sell the house for profit. “When you’re renovating for profit, the bottom line is always exactly that – the profit,’’ Cherie says. “It should always be at the forefront of your mind. Keeping an eye on the financials is vital once you’ve picked a property. Set a budget when you start and stick to it. This is where many people fall, as it’s easy to get carried away. The bottom line is simple: the property plus the renovation cost has to be significantly less than the sale price of the renovated property.”
Do your research To know the fair market price, you’re going to need to have spent some time doing some serious background research on the area you’re buying in. “I’d recommend spending, at the very least, a few weeks observing the local market, noting what kind of properties sell for what kind of price, as well as going to view properties that are currently on the market,’’ Cherie says.
TIP The more work you do yourself the more money you save, which will keep your overheads down. Leave the big stuff like electrical, plumbing and tiling to the professionals. There are some things you can do yourself including painting, landscaping, changing light and tap fittings and replacing doors and cupboards.
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Tailor your renovation plans to the area Cherie says: “Your research will come in useful again here, as you need to be aware of the kind of styles that are selling in the area you’ve chosen. Even if your personal preference is for something different, you need to style with the buyer in mind. Make sure that you also check pricing disparity (the difference in price between unrenovated and renovated versions of similar properties) in the area before you decide on a property. There’s no point renovating in an area which prefers new-builds.”
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Loud and proud Bold and bright colour schemes are big in kitchen design. If you like a splash of colour, but don’t want to go to the extreme, that’s okay. Instead, introduce a little colour through appliances such as the toaster and kettle. Alternatively, you could opt for a colourful splashback.
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quipping yourself with the right tools for the job is important, but equally important is equipping yourself and your family with the right mindset. While the first swing of the hammer is exciting, this excitement can wane dramatically as time, money and the upheaval of living around construction impacts on everyday family life. With a perfect budget, some people can move out for the duration of a renovation but this is not possible for many, so living and working around a renovation becomes a daily reality. The most common stresses related to a renovation can be ameliorated by good planning and a flexible mindset. Here are a few tips on how to keep your reno as stress free as possible. Planning – Set a schedule of works for stages of your reno to help plan how your family will live. Planning ahead means ordering materials in time to minimise delays, which will add to the
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Consider the weather in your area Depending on where you live, the weather can dictate certain pool design decisions. In temperate climates pool heaters are useful. Have you considered adding a pool cover to your pool design? Windy areas or heavily treed areas will need a pool cover. The pool cover will also help evaporation, keep leaves and debris at bay, or protect the swimming pool when not in use.
Create a pool design look book It’s often difficult to put your ideas into words. Pool builders and designers appreciate when customers come to them with pictures from magazines, photo galleries or even beautiful holiday photos. They give your builder an understanding of what you’re interested in and how to incorporate your style preferences into the design. It also ensures that you and your builder are on the same page.
Find a credible pool builder Once you’ve decided to dive into owning a swimming pool, the best way to ensure a smooth building process is to choose a seasoned swimming pool construction professional. Check with friends and regional pool builders’ associations. Interview several candidates and ask about their building philosophies. A good pool builder will offer examples of his work, provide references (be sure to check them) and be able to answer relevant questions. You’ll be working with this person for many months, so choose someone you feel comfortable with and who understands your pool design dreams.
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Decide what kind of pool design you want Swimming pool design is critical to both the overall aesthetic you’re trying to achieve and what you can do in the pool. Rectangular designs are perfect for people wanting a classic, timeless look. They’re also great for games and swimming laps. Kidney and free-form swimming pools can blend with the surrounding vegetation and appear more natural.
Create a wish list You may have been dreaming of a swimming pool for years and already have in mind which pool design you want. But it pays to read up on the latest technology, gather ideas and create the pool design of your dreams. Once you’ve done a little homework, you’ll be ready to speak to your pool builder about what it is you want out of a swimming pool. Your builder will help you establish how you want to use your pool and can suggest styles, materials, designs and blueprints that will make your dream become a reality.
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LAWNS After such a dry winter, many of our lawns are only just starting to green up with recent rainfalls. Here are some handy tips on how to get your lawn looking good and feeling great under your feet. Aerate – Before fertilising your lawn, you might need to aerate it to de-compact the ground, let the nutrients get into the soil properly and allow for more growth. If your lawn area is hard and compacted, or generally in a poor state, this needs to be priority number one.
If it’s a reasonably small area, you can use a gardening fork to poke lots of holes into the ground, but for larger areas you might be better off hiring a plug or spike aerating barrel or machine. Fertilise – Spring is a great time of year to give your lawn a good feed of a slowrelease fertiliser. Always water a fertiliser in, but be careful not to overwater it – balance is everything. Mow – Give your lawn mower a service and get ready to start mowing more frequently with summer approaching. The trick to a beautiful lawn is to cut your grass high, and frequently. Don’t ever cut your grass too low, it will dry out quickly or damage the roots. Weed control – If your lawn is thick and healthy it should suppress most weed species quite well, however after winter, bare patches can be a haven for weeds. If spraying weeds, just make sure the type of weed control you choose is suitable for the type of grass you have, ie. buffalo or couch.
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your area by looking at which plants naturally occur in adjacent natural bushland or forest areas. Unfortunately in some new developments soil can be brought in that might be quite different to what may have been on your lot prior to it being developed. Because of this, it’s always best to have a good look at your soil and even take a sample into your local nursery for them to advise you on which plants will do best in your area’s environment. Here are a few popular planting themes that might suit your spring garden makeover:
Here on the Sunshine Coast we have a wide variety of soils and native vegetation types. Usually you can get an idea of which species will do well in
Tropical – Tropical plants are really on trend this spring. The good news is that there are so many species to choose from that suit a variety of soil types. If you are close to the coast with sandy or loamy soils, there are great species such as Pandanus trees, palms and cordylines that will give you a tropical look. If your soil is a little heavier you can still achieve this look with species such as Strelitzias (bird of paradise),
Philodendrons as well as Heliconias and gingers. Coastal native – The coastal native theme is a great option for bird lovers and people who want water-wise gardens. Species such as Grevilleas, Callistemons (bottlebrushes), Syzygiums (lilly pillies), Banskias and native grasses combined with gravel paths and feature boulders can make a really special garden. Formal – Formal gardens are typically timeless and can really bring a sense of elegance to a property. Here on the Sunshine Coast we have many native species that can be used in a formal landscape design. Species such as lilly pillies and coastal rosemary are just a couple of examples of species that hedge and grown well. Other species such as the New Zealand Christmas bush and Murraya (mock orange) are also hardy favourites that will bring a great style to your garden. It’s a great idea to set these hedges off with some feature ground-level planting and a
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OUTDOOR INSPO Bring your garden indoors and create a relaxing green space in your home. This can be as simple as adding some green pillows, pot plants and the right artwork.
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