Six Tips to renovation success
This month Sonya Cotter was privileged to be asked to contribute the the August issue of NZ House & Garden's renovation special where we were asked to share some of our ideas and tips on cost effective renovations, read the full article written by Claire McCall.
Renovation tip #1
When renovating a heritage house, if you are opening up spaces to bring a more contemporary feel, incorporate some of the original elements to bring continuity, add visual focus and texture.
Renovation tip #2
A few things to consider when still at the planning stage would be - is there enough light in the kitchen? Skylights are an effective solution, maintaining wall space for cabinetry etc. Are there enough walls for your art collection make sure your Interior Designer or Architect has incorporated any large or prominent pieces into the design scheme
Renovation tip #3
Here's a quick fix to update/renovate your laundry. A clean, white style for laundries will never date, so look at off-the-shelf, flat-pack white laundry cabinets from building merchants and finish them with a stunning custom stone benchtop. This is quick option too, as you could probably put flat-pack laundry cabinets together in just one afternoon!
Renovation Tip #4
Use over-height mirrors in the bathrooms to bounce extra light about, reflect a dramatic tile feature and increase the feeling of space. Small mirrors just don't do the business. For very little extra cost, there's a big gain on the glam factor.
REnovation Tip #5
Think carefully about the locations of existing internal doors, even in parts of the project that are not part of the renovation. Moving a doorway can greatly enhance a room's layout and is a relatively easy thing to do during the build when all our contractors are about. In a project I managed, the size of a wardrobe was doubled just by moving the bedroom door.
RENOVATION TIP #6
Meet your builder regularly and consistently, generally first thing in the morning. That meeting should be locked in stone. The builder can ask questions, product can be ordered and contractors briefed, creating a smooth workflow that saves time and cost. There is no point in having tradespeople trying to guess how you would like things done.