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If you’re about to tackle a home renovation, it’s crucial to set goals. Renovating without a goal in mind can quickly lead to cost blowouts. Setting goals will help you maintain focus and keep your project on track.

All in the details

To make the most of your goal-setting, you need to be specific. For example, elaborate on a general goal like ‘a modern kitchen’ by developing it into ‘a functional, open-plan kitchen which will allow my family to get ready quickly in the morning’. Defining detailed goals will help you to structure a project plan for renovation success!

Set a budget

A budget doesn’t have to be a bad thing. A budget gives you boundaries. Sticking to a budget will also speed up your decision-making process. However, leave yourself some wiggle room. With most renovations, unanticipated costs tend to pop up, so you may need to update your budget as you go.

Define a time frame

The nightmare of a never-ending renovation can be avoided by defining a time-frame. Setting time-frames keeps you accountable. Make your project more manageable by breaking your timeline into stages or chunks. Your goals will be more achievable and less intimidating. You’ll also enjoy a sense of accomplishment as you tick off tasks. This will keep you motivated to complete your end goal of transforming your home.

Need advice on choosing a new floor or window covering for your renovation project? See the experts at Andersens.

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Goal-setting for Renovating

Woman holding up curtain sample to window as a male Andersens' representative watches on

If you’re about to tackle a home renovation, it’s crucial to set goals. Renovating without a goal in mind can quickly lead to cost blowouts. Setting goals will help you maintain focus and keep your project on track.

All in the details

To make the most of your goal-setting, you need to be specific. For example, elaborate on a general goal like ‘a modern kitchen’ by developing it into ‘a functional, open-plan kitchen which will allow my family to get ready quickly in the morning’. Defining detailed goals will help you to structure a project plan for renovation success!

Set a budget

A budget doesn’t have to be a bad thing. A budget gives you boundaries. Sticking to a budget will also speed up your decision-making process. However, leave yourself some wiggle room. With most renovations, unanticipated costs tend to pop up, so you may need to update your budget as you go.

Define a time frame

The nightmare of a never-ending renovation can be avoided by defining a time-frame. Setting time-frames keeps you accountable. Make your project more manageable by breaking your timeline into stages or chunks. Your goals will be more achievable and less intimidating. You’ll also enjoy a sense of accomplishment as you tick off tasks. This will keep you motivated to complete your end goal of transforming your home.

Need advice on choosing a new floor or window covering for your renovation project? See the experts at Andersens.

Avoid these Common Renovation Horror Stories

Home makeover shows make it look so easy – an entire house renovated in the space of a one hour episode, but in real life, renovating is a huge undertaking with boundless potential for disaster. Here’s how you can prevent your home transformation from turning into one of these common renovation horror stories.

Majorly blowing your budget

Renovation cost blow-outs can usually be blamed on poor planning. When defining your budget, you have to account for your plans… well… not actually going to plan. With projects the size of renovations, something will inevitably go wrong. If you fail to account for possible setbacks, you could find yourself coughing up more money than you had set aside to fix problems quickly. Allowing yourself wiggle room in your budget will help absorb the cost of any issues that will come your way.

Discovering your plans aren’t compliant

Speaking of the unexpected, not accounting for the cost of making your renovation compliant with council regulations can bite you in the budget. This is especially important when renovating outdated older homes. Minor alterations to your home exterior or interior generally don’t require council approval but changes to services like plumbing, drainage, gas, or electrical need to pass an inspection by the relevant authority. You can check with your local council for relevant information and find out if your proposal requires planning approval by consulting a building certifier.

Your house becoming unliveable

Weeks into your renovation, the entire place is a mess and you barely have room to walk for the tools and materials cluttering your floors. You can make your renovation more manageable by doing one room at a time. Tackling more than one area at a time, especially functional areas like the kitchen or bathroom, can ensure you’ll be suffering through months of showering with a hose in the backyard or washing your dishes in the bathtub unless you have somewhere else to stay in the interim. Renovating a single area is also a good way for you to test out any tradespeople you hire before committing them to renovating the rest of your house. If it you insist on renovating the whole place at once, consider renting alternative accommodations to live in during the process.

Your contractors going M.I.A.

Renovating is expensive, so if you have to spend money on contractors, you want to be sure you get someone reliable. This is why vetting contractors before you hire them is so important. Ask friends or family for recommendations. Research reviews online, ask to see references, licences, and insurance policies, and take note of their communication in the initial contact stages. Communication is essential to making little problems known before they become even bigger issues, so make sure your contractor is responsive to calls and messages. Whatever you do, don’t just hire the lowest bidder or the first contractor you come across.

Need more advice on avoiding renovation horror stories? Step into your nearest Andersens store and talk to our friendly team members.

Planning Your Bathroom Renovation

A well-designed bathroom can have a dramatic effect on the character of your home. Old or poorly-maintained bathrooms can really show your home’s age. When renovating a bathroom, it’s not unusual to be intimidated by the challenges of tight spaces and fixture placement. Without defining what you’re attempting to achieve beforehand, you could find yourself blowing your budget whilst chasing a moving target.

Lauren Pearse from Rylo Interiors encourages you to consider how your bathroom will be used as one of the initial steps of your renovation. In the renovation featured in the video above, the bathroom was part of a granny flat that may one day be rented out. Because of this, practicality and durability were important considerations, as well as the need for a timeless design that wouldn’t look dated to future tenants.

Lauren advises renovators to start with vital questions like, “How many people are using the bathroom?”, and “Is it a private ensuite or a shared family bathroom?” The featured bathroom was a private ensuite in a guest master bedroom. This meant that it needed to feel special and welcoming in addition to being functional. A spacious walk-in shower was installed instead of a bath for a practical solution that would still be comfortable for guests or tenants. Although bathtubs can add stately luxury to a bathroom, not everyone needs one and they can take up a lot of space. If you still want both but are pressed for space, you can install a shower over the bath or look at some of the newer, smaller tub designs available.

Walk in shower in ensuite bathroom

When planning the layout of your bathroom, think practically. Is there a window? Where do you want the light to hit? If you’re installing a vanity mirror, perhaps it would benefit from natural daylight. Also determine whether you’ll need to reroute your plumbing for your desired layout. Keeping your fixtures where they are can save you a lot of money.

Think about the maintenance requirements of your bathroom. Smaller tiles mean more grout lines, and as a result, more cleaning. Although the featured bathroom in our video was an ensuite, the possibility of renters meant that using less glass in the design would facilitate an easier-to-clean space and minimise the risk of breakage.

One of Lauren’s tips for creating a great bathroom is to tile it in a complementary style to the rest of your home to make it feel less like a separate area. Your tile selection will significantly affect the look and feel of your bathroom. Tiles come in a wide variety of materials and styles, which impact the overall cost of a job. If you’re on a budget, but still want that wow factor, Lauren has a helpful trick – simply select a floor tile you love and use a more affordable tile for your walls to reduce costs.

Grey tiled ensuite bathroom floor

The bathroom should be a place where you can unwind. Reducing clutter with adequate and convenient storage can help to create a relaxed environment. In the bathroom featured in the video, a recessed niche was added to the shower so bath products can be neatly and conveniently tucked away.

Built-in storage niche in shower stall

By identifying the needs of your space before beginning your renovation, you will be able to work through all the possible options in a logical manner until you find the best solution.

If you find that you are struggling with your bathroom renovation, don’t sweat. As all things, renovating can be a learning process, so you can always consult a professional with experience for help and advice.

You can get more advice on the best flooring options for your bathroom renovation at your nearest Andersens showroom. Our friendly team members will be happy to assist you.

Create a Relaxing Family Room

The family room has become one of the most used and versatile rooms in a family home: acting as a rumpus room, entertainment area or a space where you can casually unwind at the end of the day. With so many purposes and uses, the flooring of your family room should accommodate for all by being comfortable yet durable.

Selecting carpet for this area is often the best choice – it’s soft underfoot, reduces noise levels and it’s great for small children at play. With many different carpets textures and fibres to choose from, you need to make sure you choose one that can withstand pets and children, but is also soft underfoot. If you’re not sure what kind of carpet you need, learn more about Andersens range of carpets here.

We have chosen the modern Caulfield Square Ash Grey for our family room. As a Solution Dyed Polypropylene Textured Loop carpet, it’s designed for durability with stain resistant properties and loop texturing for high traffic areas. The darker colour also reduces risk of accidental stains from showing. A great value carpet that will stand family traffic for years, it’s also within a good budget range and is perfect if you’re a first home buyer or in the rental market.

To complement the deep grey flooring, choose a light wall colour to make the room look larger and more inviting. We’ve also added an additional metallic wallpaper feature to create a sense of fun, excitement and depth – subtly tying it in with the rest of the room with metallic pillows and décor.

  • Extra pillows to create a sense of softness
  • Subtly linking wall theme to furnishings
  • Soft, inviting couches and seats
  • Practical storage for entertainment equipment

Additional pillows and rugs in a deep colour, such as purple, will make sure your family room looks and feels inviting to everyone in the family. By keeping the furniture monotone and decorating with pillows, you can easily achieve a totally new look just by replacing your upholstery – cost effective and quick! To see more family room inspiration, follow us on Pinterest.

This blog post is a part of our Interior Styling series, helping you design from the floor up.

An Insider Guide to Renovating

 

You’ve watched a few seasons of House Rules and reckon you can take on a home renovation.

But before you start knocking down structural walls to add an indoor Zen garden, experts say there are plenty of ways to give your place a Moët makeover on a VB budget.

Continue reading “An Insider Guide to Renovating”

Andersens Renovating Series: Top tips on protecting your new carpet

  1. The best way to ensure your carpet stays looking good longer is by vacuuming it regularly. Ideally this should be at least once a week, more often for high-traffic areas. Make sure you use a good quality vacuum cleaner that is suited to your carpet.Your Andersens consultant can recommend which type of vacuum cleaner will best suit your carpet.
  2. Place mats at the entrance to your home or office from outside. This will minimise the amount of dust and dirt brought into the home or office. And don’t forget to regularly clean your mats. Also, try to limit bringing food and drinks in carpeted areas.
  3. You should also have your carpets professionally cleaned every year or so. Make sure you choose a reputable company for this, such as Andersens Carpet Cleaning Services. A poor quality clean can potentially damage your carpet.
  4. If your carpet gets marked or stained, make sure you try to remove the mark or stain immediately. The longer it remains, the harder it will be to remove. If you are unable to clean up a stain completely, get a professional carpet cleaner in as quickly as possible to spot-clean the affected area.
  5. Try not to walk bare feet on your carpet – the oils and dirt from the skin can eventually affect the carpet.Andersens Carpet Cleaning Services is an ideal company to use. Please call 1300 664 843 or email them at accwestside@bigpond.com

    Always follow the manufacturer’s care and maintenance instructions for your carpet. With the appropriate care and maintenance, you can greatly extend the life and appearance of your new carpet. However, if in any doubt, it is always advised to contact your nearest Andersens store for expert advice.

 

Andersens Renovating series: Essential carpentry tools for renovating

At Andersens, we’re all about trying to help you make the most of your home and we hope you enjoy reading some of our hints and tips in our renovation series

Renovation for home improvement does not only require carpentry skills but you also need to have the right tools. If you are working on a DIY renovation, make sure that you have a well-equipped toolbox to help you do things properly and with safety top of mind.

Among the most commonly used carpentry tools is a hammer. A hammer helps in delivering an impact to an object such as driving nails and fitting up parts.

You’ll also need a selection of screwdrivers on hand. Quite obviously, a screwdriver is a tool used for driving screws by a rotating mechanism. Make sure that that size of the screwdriver matches the size and type of the screw. The two most common types of screwdrivers are the flathead and the Phillip’s head. Flatheads do have a straight tip while Phillip’s heads have a cross-shaped tip. Electric screwdrivers are also now available to save you from exerting too much physical effort in driving in and taking out screws.

Other important carpentry tools are saws. You can use a handsaw for cutting wood and a hacksaw when working with metals.

The use of a spirit level is also indispensable in carpentry. This tool helps you determine the accuracy of a particular surface in both horizontal and vertical surfaces.

For measuring great length, you will need a measuring tape. This also ensures accuracy of measurement before cutting objects. Most tape measures in carpentry can measure up to 25 feet distance.

If you are working with different sizes of nuts and bolts, a shifting spanner can be your very good friend.

In addition to the mentioned tools, you will also need: a chisel for cutting wood edges. Pliers, a combination square, a utility knife, clamping devices and a retractable blade should also come handy.

For safety purposes, you’ll need to have safety glasses, earmuffs, work gloves and dust mask. A hard hat is also necessary if you are working on the roof or anything overhead.

Read more in our blog series at http://andersensflooring.wordpress.com/

 

Andersens renovating series: Pressure washing

Does your house need a facelift? A pressure wash could be a simple solution.

As part of the Andersens renovating series, we’re giving you some hints and tips to make your home beautiful. Whether it is for sale or for you to enjoy, we’re not just looking at flooring and blinds, we’re also giving you tips on beautifying the rest of the house.

The first thing that buyers see when they’re inspecting a house they’re interested in is, of course, the exterior of the house.  If your house’s exterior looks old because of the grime and the dust from pollution and natural dirt, then it loses its appeal and may affect the value of your home.  The most basic facelift that you can give the exterior of your house is a good cleanse.  Yes, a good wash may be all you need to make your house look brand new.

All you need is handy pressure washer much like that in use in a car wash.  Prior to actually washing the exterior, you need to make the necessary preparations to protect outlets from getting wet.  You don’t want to cause any short circuits in your electrical system.  Don’t forget to use your protective goggles for your eyes because the pressure from the washer may dislodge small particles of dust and grime that can get into your eyes.  It’s also necessary to take a few practice sessions with the pressure washer if this is the first time you’re handling one.  The force of the water needs some getting used to. Now, you have to understand that though a good wash is possible for most types of exterior material, you need to be extra careful with weatherboard as the paint can chip. In this case use a low pressure when hosing.

Once the precautions and other preparations are in place, mix some mild detergents in your pressure washer if you desire, for a much better result.  The nozzle of your washer needs to be about 3-4 feet away from the surface when you point it.  Move it from side to side in a sort of shaking motion to extricate the deep-seated dirt.  It’s important to remember to start from the top of the house so that the dirt simply drips onto the ground.  If you start from the ground up, you’re only going to make the lower portion dirty again.

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