Monday, 25 April 2016

Scott And Nadia's Top Tips For Renovating!

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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Friday, 22 April 2016

Belated Reno Rumble WK4 Reveals

Sarah and Renee 
GIRLS BEDROOM
This room received mixed reviews from the 2 judges. All feedback was positive feed back until they decided to sit on the bed. it resulted in the homemade bedhead toppling out of place. Overall a good room.. One thing I would have liked to see is one bedhead that is shared by both beds


LIVING ROOM
This room is a stunner.. The skylights and high ceilings made the space feel more open. I also liked the Birch Wood Templates but I think they look a little rough.. They could've made an edging around the edges to make it a lot neater.

Scott and Nadia

KITCHEN AND DINING
I absolutely loved the kitchen. I liked the emerald green cupboards and the Geo Splash back. The Geo splash back adds some texture to the room. The only issue with this room was the amount of stools around the island bench. I counted five over a very small Island Bench. As for the Dining Room, I loved the Table.. The timber was astonishing. The only issue again was the amount of Chairs around the table.. Had they taken away 2 of the chairs, it would've deserved a 10.

MATT'S ROOM
I liked how they had thought about how Matt is still young and that his taste will change when they made the room plain. Although it was plain, it had some WOW factor. I loved the Grey Felt splash back to the desk and the concrete pendant. They add the Scandi feel to the room.  

Lisa and John

BATHROOM
I loved the Concrete Tiles they used.. I've seen them used by Shay and Dean and Holly and Steve and they look great. This rooms only fault is its size. I do not believe that the family will need a bathroom that big.

BEDROOM
Although I loved the timber feature wall, I think Lisa and John could've come up with some innovative ideas. A timber feature wall has been seen before and I think they could've come up with a better idea for a feature wall.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Lisa and John Score PERFECTLY!

As revealed early on the Reno Rumble website, Lisa and John score a perfect 10 from Colin. In a never before seen reveal, 2 teams score perfectly. The other remains a mystery!

Friday, 8 April 2016

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Wednesday, 6 April 2016

WK3 Reno Rumble Sneak Peeks


This room belongs to Lisa and John



    These room's belongs to Dane and Leanne





This room belongs to Jim and Hayley!

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Reno Rumble Reveals WK2

 This week marked the first elimination for the second season and saw Steve and Holly shockingly be evicted. This was unexpected to everyone as on the poll for who would win, they had the most votes for the two consecutive weeks. Although it was believed that Sarah and Renee would've been eliminated for the whole fireplace debacle they were not and they won overall. Sarah and Renee will not get immunity.

Lisa and John

Dining Room & Kitchen


This room in my eyes should've been given perfect scores. That table though 😍! The only fault is that the table felt a bit overdone. It would have had the same effect if it had just a vase or some decorative bowls.  SCORE: 10


This kitchen is not too bad. The room overall feels to glossy and shiny. They could've avoided that by having a tiled splash back. That would also have met the homeowners brief of low-maintenance. The herringbone splash back that Lisa mentioned would've looked better. SCORE: 7

Scott and Nadia

Living Room & Kids Room



WOW. Is all I can say. Is this the same couple who delivered that poorly painted Master Bedroom last week. This is such an improvement. The skylights make the whole space so much more light and airy. Although I believe if they had 2 of the leather couches and 1 grey armchair it would have matched a bit more. It also needed an artwork that had colour instead of the monochrome art featured behind the couch. SCORE:8


1 step forward, 2 steps back. This room is a disappointment compared to the amazing Living room that they delivered. One of the main problems about this room is the feature wall. Those floorboards are bad enough on the floor and now they are incorporating them onto the walls. Wasn't a fan. SCORE: 6

Sarah and Renee

Master Bedroom & Ensuite


So far in the Blue Team's house they have not included colour. Colour adds personality. But Sarah and Renee have in this room. My only issue with this room is the artwork above the bed. Usually when you include two art pieces above a bed, they usually have some similarity. If you remember Dean and Shay's bedroom in week 2 of The Blocktagon they did that and it was effective. But here it just looks odd. SCORE: 8


The mix between the light grey tiles, the cheaper white tiles and the Skylights made this room feel really light, bright and airy. There were some functionality problems though. Why have 2 seperate mirrors and 2 seperate vanities when you could just have one large one. I say this because those vanities have minimal bench space and minimal storage. SCORE: 8