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Monday, 31 October 2016
Recently K Rock Geelong reported that a source close to The Block said that 'The Block are eyeing off Geelong for their next series.' Should these rumours be true, which building would they choose? Among K-Rock's list of aspirational sites was the Ford Factory, Point Henry and many other sites. Do you know where they have bought their next building? Do you own an aspirational site in Victoria that is on the market?
Comment where you think the next Block series should be...
Saturday, 8 October 2016
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Wednesday, 22 June 2016
Top 2 Picks
This print is my absolute favourite in the whole entire store. The Black and White moon print is absolutely scandinavian styled and the perfect artwork for above a bedhead.
Wednesday, 15 June 2016
JRC Cross Leg Table
Tuesday, 14 June 2016
The Block Soap Factory
The Block Port Melbourne
The Block Heritage Listed
Monday, 16 May 2016
What we know so far...
As the building is heritage listed, they now have a lot more design issues. All varnished surfaces are to be kept the same. All internal doors are to be reused in the building somewhere. All timber floors are to be reused. As far as the facade goes, the only changes that are allowed is to paint the building. it will be rendered with Concrete Render. Included in council permits is the history of the building over time.
Dave Franklin will be in charge of landscaping the building. The landscaping features include the rooftop pergola. Unlike the rest of the building, the rooftop terrace is going to a modern space with splashes of yellow and timber.
One of the main heritage features of the building is the void in the centre of the building. The architect had planned to scrap it and not use it but the council rejected. They said that the void in the building needs to be fully-respected therefor it needs to be kept somehow.
Production is due to start in the next 1-3 weeks. Filming should last for about 10-11 weeks.
Monday, 25 April 2016
When doing a renovation there are four really important things you need on the checklist peach cushions with how many chandeliers needed are not high on our list.
1. Know your Style & How you Live– There are so many different styles to choose from like our personal fav’s Hamptons, Coastal, Scandi, Scandustrial & Industrial to name a few. Just as people are individuals we all have different styles & taste so the most important thing to do before you begin is work out your style or your clients style! You can look around things like Houzz, Instagram, pinterest & you can also check out the Beaumont tiles website they have this really cool style quiz put together by designers & a psychologist to help you identify your style. Identifying your style is not the only part you need to think about with regard to planning a renovation. You need to also think about how you live or if doing it for someone else how they live. Do they entertain a lot & have friends over all the time, love reading, mad movie buffs, work from home all these import things need to be understood so you can incorporate them into your overall design. This is commonly described by designers as the “Brief” & one of the main inclusions of the brief is functionality as it is a critical part of any successful renovation!
2. Work out your Budget & stick to it – Talk to your local real estate agents & ask what houses are selling for in the area and what style & size (how many rooms) etc. is getting the most $$$. This will help you understand your budget limit. Once you know your budget typically as a guide allow around 10% of the cost of the overall property and allocate funds to each area to be renovated from the overall budget. You have to then stick to that allocation for each room & understand if you overspend then somewhere else will suffer. If this happens you need to work out a way to save money on items or labour or even sacrifice some luxury items. If you stay disciplined with your budget you can eliminate budget creep which has been the undoing of many a renovation. The last thing you want to do is go back to the bank when you didn’t really need too or overcapitalise on the property.
3. Choose your trades or builder – It is really important to choose your trades wisely the wrong choice can impact your whole renovation & not in a good way. Simple rules can help you identify the right people for the right job. Talk to friends that have had work done or use google. Once you narrow the field ask them to show you jobs that they have done & if they can supply references that you choose. Are they approachable give you their details to contact them personally not through the office. Always get a minimum of three quotes for anything you get done, unlike us you don’t have to deliver the house in 7 days! A good tip for you is that if they don’t want to turn up to meet you onsite to discuss getting the job then what makes you think they will when something is wrong. We were very lucky on Reno Rumble we had amazing trades that worked tirelessly to deliver our visions & we are firm believers in treating people how you want to be treated. Keeping to this rule If you treat trades poorly, then unwittingly you can be the undoing of your own renovation. This can also be the opposite & you could get an Amazing transformation by treating them really well. When dealing with all our trades we keep one rule in mind & that is ask their opinion, involve them in the process & ask them would they do it in their house. You don’t have to follow their advice but you should always consider it.
4. Do what you can will save money– You don’t need to me the most amazing handyman on the planet to save yourself money Nadia is the only person with a trade in our family & she is a hairdresser. One of our favourite parts of any renovation is the “D” word……..meaning Demolition. Anyone can do it so just talk to your trades about what can be done that will save money or what needs to be removed so they can start to rebuild. Order a bin and away you go. The other thing that anyone can do is offer to be the labourer for your trades this will get you more involved in the whole process & save you money at the same time. If you are working for them they don’t need to pay someone else to do what you can. The side benefit of that is you don’t need a gym membership on Reno Rumble Scotty lost nearly 15Kg!
These are top four tips for renovations so good luck & Rumble on!
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