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How to Take Care of Your Lawn

Having a big backyard and enjoying a touch of nature within a few steps from your living room is truly a blessing. However, having a lawn isn’t enough as you need to maintain it and put in a ton of work into taking care of it every single day. So, if you’re a fan of the outdoors as well, here are a few lawn-maintenance tips that might help you have the best piece of land in the neighbourhood.  


Learn the Basics


Although maintaining a lawn adequately seems like a lot of work, it actually comes down to a few simple things: fertilising, watering, mowing, weeding, aerating and decluttering your lawn. But the point is in doing these things regularly and not waiting too long before doing something your lawn needs.

Most people think mowing it is all it takes and tend to forget about the off-season duties, and that’s where they make their first mistake. Yes, a huge lawn seems useless in the middle of the winter, but it doesn’t mean you should ignore it. Taking care of your lawn in the winter is vital if you wish to prepare it for the spring, so use appropriate fertilisers, break up the ice and keep it as clean as you can.


Avoid Mistakes


Most people consider themselves experts in lawn care, but they actually make a ton of unintentional mistakes that eventually hurt their grass. Some of the things you should definitely not do include watering it too much, allowing the weeds to spread around your lawn, using cheap fertilizers, mowing it only once a month and cutting the grass too drastically.

Also, if you want your lawn to become the talk of the neighbourhood and the focal point of your property, be sure to contact trustworthy landscapers from Sydney who can help you through every step of the way, from preparing the soil and picking the right grass seeds to finding the best way to mow it. Investing time and effort into your lawn will pay off eventually and your lawn will be quite beautiful!


The Soil


The most important part of an amazing lawn is the amazing soil and you can’t expect your patch of land to become green in the spring unless you pay close attention to the soil all year long. You need to check its quality and make sure it’s right for planting grass seeds – the experts agree that “the essential plant nutrients are available at optimum levels between a pH of 6.0 and 7.0” – but also react if you notice something’s wrong.

You can always elevate the quality of your soil if you treat it with proper, natural products, but be sure you invite an expert first because only people with lots of experience can help you determine your soil quality in a precise way. Finally, don’t forget to aerate from time to time – once every three or four years will be quite enough, but this will make a major change in your soil quality. This way, you’ll let help more fertilizer, oxygen and water get into the soil, which is quite important.

The Grass


Once you’ve made sure your soil is top quality, it’s time to plant those grass seeds and shift your attention to them. The process of planting isn’t that hard and anyone with some knowledge can do it – all you need to remember is to choose the right time of the year, get some quality seeds and water them properly.

Depending on where you live, the optimal period for planting are fall and spring months, so you need to prepare the site beforehand: slope the lawn area, smooth it, remove old grass and weeds, and clear the area for the new grass. After planting, it’s time to lightly water the seeds three times a day until you see the first signs of the new grass. Once that happens, start watering less frequently, but apply more water to keep the grass growing.



Adding a few finishing touches here and there will make your lawn even more amazing, so plants some flowers and herbs, install a fountain, build a small pool and add some outdoor furniture where you can relax during those long summer afternoons.

Staying Current with Construction and Design Trends In 2018

Good news! Next year’s trends are both beautiful and practical! Don’t you love it when it happens? Here is how to make your home fit your lifestyle and your sense of fashion.


Green as a state of mind


This is an important thing to point out before we move further into the topic. Everything eco-friendly and energy-efficient is a trend in the next year, and probably every other year to follow. This includes everything from building materials to solar panels. One of the major and most commonly found construction trends in this area is making a sustainable home. This means that it is energy efficient and has windows and insulation that prevent energy losses. As well as, that it harvests reusable sources of energy such as sun, wind and geothermal energy. A construction trend which impacts the décor the most is using natural and reclaimed materials for the interior.

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Function over luxury


Not being wasteful, is yet another way of preserving the environment. This forms a unique set of mind. That and the current economy together, have led many people to live frugal lifestyles. We now tend to have smaller and more functional homes. You do not necessarily have to downsize your living space on account of privacy and comfort, but simply cut out the space that serves no purpose. Instead of having a large entranceway, treat your home with an inviting hallway and a mudroom. A mudroom is practical and perfectly suited for families with children. They will also help you get clutter and dirt further away from your hall.

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A functional kitchen


Big kitchen islands are another upcoming trend. I am sure that a lot of you already have it, but here we are talking about kitchen islands that serve the purpose mentioned in the previous paragraph. An island is both decorative and multi-functional. The first function is that of a work surface. The second is storage, as you can install cupboards and drawers in it. The third is the dining table. A lot of small homes do not have enough space for a dining room. This is why having an island will increase both the functionality of the kitchen and the overall use of space. You can even make an island bar with bar stools and use it as a barrier between an open kitchen and the lounge area.

Patterns


Moving slightly away to the field of décor, there are certain interior trends you need to know about. Geometrical shapes and patterns are the next year’s must.  You can have them present on your walls, furniture and furniture upholstery, lights, plant hangers, shelves and pretty much anywhere you can fit them. Apart from the geometry, an everlasting trend of using floral patterns still on. The only difference is that next year, instead of using gentle, soft and complementary hues, you need to focus on creating contrast.

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Materials and colors


To adhere to the green lifestyle, natural materials are the following year’s trends including wool, wood, stone, and hemp. Leather is also very fashionable but note that most people will opt for using fake leather. You can now use mixed metals but brass is the dominant one. Innovative advice from experienced renovation company can help you apply the trends and combine these materials.  Natural materials go with natural colors so earthly hues are the ones to go for. However,   some of us, including your children need vibrant colors. The experts at Pantone have announced that Ultra Violet is the color of the year 2018. As a color, violet gets its warmth from red as well as the calming effects of the blue. This particular hue is neither too dark nor too light. It is a perfect accent for any room but it can also be a perfect choice for a teenager’s bedroom or a playroom. Enjoy it as colors are now allowed everywhere, even your kitchen.

High-tech homes for millennials


As millennial generation is maturing into homeowners, technical advances are becoming an important part of every household. This is something you should also keep in mind if you’re looking to adapt your real estate for rent to millennials. Devices that control your lights, appliances, heating, security cameras, doors, windows and everything else you possess and can imagine, are the type of modern-day-change you can expect in the following year.

Lights, fixtures, and amenities


Big vintage pendant lights are something you need to try in your home. They are perfectly suited over your coffee table, dining table or a kitchen island. Again, look for geometrical shapes, something that belongs outside, or 1950s vintage. The sinks in both bathroom and kitchen are no longer out of your way, but in your face and practical. This means that they are wide and deep. Also, you should move on from the classical steel look and use heavy duty materials such as granite and stone combined with copper.

2018 is a year to look forward to, as it brings some changes that will stay around for a long time. Happy holidays and enjoy the decorating!

5 Things To Know Before Replacing Your Doors And Windows

There are many reasons as to why you may be considering replacing the window and door systems of your home. It could be to improve insulation and lower energy bills. It could be to eliminate draughts and to help keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. It could be to improve the look of your home. Or it could be to replace existing worn, faulty or damaged fittings.



Whatever your reasons, there are five things you really need to know before you embark on this project if you want to avoid costly mistakes and regret down the line.

1.     Are replacements really the best option?


Replacing your doors and windows is one of the more costly renovation projects you can undertake, so before you commit, you need to be certain that it is truly necessary.

Consider whether replacing hardware elements or individual panes may be more cost-effective, even if they need replacing in large numbers. Some older homes have incredible windows that are well worth restoring rather than replacing, too. If you’re looking to slash energy bills, consider alternative ways such as insulating attics and basements.


2.     Are you able to maintain or improve your home’s beauty?


Doors and windows are a hugely important architectural feature of your home and they play a huge part in its curb appeal. If you are considering replacing your doors and windows for whatever reason, will your proposed replacement maintain or improve the look of your home?

If you replace your doors and windows with a less attractive replacement, the whole look of your home will definitely be affected. This can decrease its value and would certainly put off potential buyers. Replacing your doors and windows with a superior, better looking product can, in turn, increase your home’s value.

3.     Know whether you need new construction windows…


There are two types of replacement window: new construction and retro-fit. And you need to be sure of the one you need as this decision will seriously affect the work required and the cost. New construction window replacement involves removing the entire trim around the window, taking it right back and replacing the whole unit, before reinstalling the trim and sealing the gaps.

This option is essential if the area around the window is rotted out, but regardless of whether this applies, it has the advantages that your new windows can be identically sized to the previous, and that any draughty gaps are taken care of.


4.     … or whether you need retro-fit windows.


For retro-fit windows, the perimeter frame of the old windows is not removed and a new window is fitted inside the old casing. The main advantage of this installation method is the significant difference in cost, but a minor disadvantage is that the new window will need to be fractionally smaller than the old (although this is often not particularly noticeable).

5.     Know which material your current windows are made from.


This final detail makes a significant difference if you are installing retro-fit windows. Replacements for metal windows come with a flange that conceals your existing frame, whereas replacements for wooden windows are specially designed to cope with the slope of the wooden sill. This sill can be wrapped in aluminum, although the most aesthetically pleasing option is often to paint the sill.

AUTHOR BIO

Carmen Vellila is an experienced Brand Manager currently overseeing the strategic development of multiple brands as part of the Epwin Group. She is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (ACIM), specialising in Corporate Communication and Digital Marketing.

She works with directors and managers at companies across Europe, utilising her ability to speak four languages, and works extensively with professionals across a range of industries to drive and deliver leading-edge strategies.

Should you choose a black mixer tap for your kitchen sink?

One of the most used items in the kitchen is the sink and tap. Choosing a great kitchen mixer is a fantastic way to add style to your kitchen design. If you want an instant kitchen interior upgrade and you’re tired of that light or bright tones, why not go for a black mixer tap for your kitchen sink? Black mixer taps will add elegance to your kitchen.


Here’s a list of pros and cons of a black mixer tapware, to help you decide whether to choose a black mixer tap for your kitchen sink.


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Pros of having a black mixer tap:


It adds instant style to your kitchen.


Because people are used to seeing brass, or chrome finished tapware, black tapware instantly adds that modern edge which can instantly liven up your kitchen space.

Versatile when it comes to colour palettes


Just like with fashion, black matches well with almost anything. When you buy a black tap, you won’t have a hard time matching it with your kitchen’s colour scheme.

Easy to find


Matte Black kitchen taps are easy to find and usually competitively priced. Renovator Store offers a wide range of black mixer taps for the kitchen sink.


Cons of having a black mixer tap:


Most matte black taps will fade over time


The colour of your tap may fade over time. To avoid this from happening, make sure you use a micro fibre cloth to wipe it every after wash.

Easy to scratch


As any matte black material, black mixer taps are easy to scratch. Make sure to remind your plumber to be careful when installing your tap to avoid scratches and dents.

You can’t use cleaners with chemicals or wax when cleaning black taps


You don’t want to leave any chemical stain on your matte black tap. Instead of using chemical or wax based cleaners, use a mild soapy water to clean it and make sure you dry it using micro-fibre cloth.

When buying a mixer tap, whether it’s matte black, polished, or chrome, you have to consider the pros and cons. But the cons shouldn’t stop you from achieving the look you want for your kitchen. Do your research or ask your supplier all the questions you have in mind to help you decide and have full confidence in buying your dream tapware!

6 Ways to Make the Most of a Small Kitchen

The kitchen quite unsurprisingly plays a major role in the home as it's the place you get release your inner chef, laugh with friends over coffee or kick back and relax with a glass of wine. That’s a lot for a humble room to handle, and if you've been cursed with an unjustly tiny kitchen, chances are you’ll be feeling the pressure. But don't stress as in reality a small kitchen isn't as bad as it first may seem! Here are some ways to make your small kitchen seem like a culinary giant...



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1. Keep It Cool


By choosing colours from cool or pale palettes you can easily make your room feel as airy and large as possible. This is because the light is reflected, increasing the sensation of spaciousness.

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White is always a winner, although sometimes it can be a pain to clean and often seem a little clinical. Therefore if you're looking for something a little more hip try incorporating some pastels in here or there.

Finally ensure you avoid any stark colour contrasts throughout the room. The more you can cast your eye around the room uninterrupted, the larger you'll perceive the room to be.

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2. Store Smartly


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If you have a smaller kitchen you're going to want to make the most of every inch of counter space. Therefore in order to maximise your available space we recommend installing some high shelving or cupboards. This way you can tuck away ample amounts of storage, and also avoid cluttering up the counters with extra appliances and tools.



Furthermore to make sure you're using all of your available space invest in check out some high-tech corner storage units. Choose between the magic corner, swing out and carousel models depending on what suits you best. Check out this article for more info...

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3. Try Transparency


Glass fronted cabinets and doors can work wonders for small kitchens, adding depth and visual dimension.

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4. Let in Light


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Light is always your best friend in any home, but never more so than in small spaces. If you utilise it correctly you can play tricks on the eyes, helping you kitchen to seem more roomy and airy. Therefore in order to let in more light you might want to consider raising your roof height and installing in a skylight.

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Next recessed LED lighting wont take up any ceiling space, but will still light the room sufficiently. Finally choose to incorporate mirrored or reflective surfaces to reflect light and extend the room. This can be done via the backsplash, or simply by hanging a mirror somewhere around the space.

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5. Funky Flooring


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Surprisingly enough some funky flooring can help the room seem larger. Diagonal and stripe based patterns lead the eye down a longer path, hence giving the effect of a lengthier room. Conversely noisy, or boxy patterns should be avoided as they can be distracting and provoke a crowded feeling.

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6. Grow into the next Room


If you choose to knock down some of the walls enclosing your kitchen you could then opt for a open floor plan style living area. This allows you to increase the overall space you have available for use, and additionally increases the sense of spaciousness and flow around your home.Kitchen_forecast_trend_2015

If this is too much for your budget or simply not feasible you could alternatively opt for some glass doors.

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Bathroom Trends to Watch Out for in 2018

When it comes beautiful designs, bathrooms seem to be the last thing on people’s minds. Above everything else, the crucial thing we associate with bathrooms is functionality (arguably even more than in the case of kitchens). However, this does not mean your bathroom cannot be the epitome of aesthetic harmony. If you plan to renovate your bathroom on the precipice of the New Year, here are some bathroom trends to watch out for in 2018.

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It seems like the 90s were only yesterday – with their garish display of colors and ornamental furniture. However, things took a sharp turn in the first decade of the 21st century – minimalism became the basic form of interior design expression, and it looks like it is here to stay for quite a while. Simply speaking – minimalism is the style of our time. Even though trends change every year, you can always fall back on the timelessness of minimalism and the way it outlines the space to make it feel more grand and lavish.

Sharp edges and parallel lines with sparse, if any, use of colors can be a bit monotonous, but you can always add and subtract little pieces of ornamentation. Prevalent colors are white, grey and silver, with warmer variants of cream and sandstone. Marble and ceramic are the best choices.

Utility is everything


No matter how you slice it, it is hard to do anything surprising these days when it comes to design. The only thing that might surprise anyone is adding décor that is not typically seen in those spaces. For example, you can add a grandfather clock to your bathroom – it is both unexpected but it serves a welcome purpose. The utility is everything these days – adding things for decoration’s sake is not in vogue and it is all about achieving the perfect balance between useful and cosy.

2018 is the year of unexpected combinations coupled with practicality and non-invasive colours. Let’s take the grandfather clock for example - oak wood combines perfectly with grey walls – they contrast sensibly but there is no overkill.

Industrial is cutting edge


An industrial design will still be with us in 2018. Embracing imperfections is part of what makes it appealing – it is a true-to-heart postmodern trend. Why would you conceal the piping or the rough and stained look of concrete walls if they can add unparalleled texture to your bathroom? Just make sure to add a stained-glass window that is large enough to bathe your industrial bathroom in natural light and put in a few tall plants for decoration, and you’ll end up with a space of cutting-edge design.

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If you want to create an eclectic feel in your bathroom, opt for elegant freestanding bathtubs. This way, the bathing area becomes something of a centrepiece. It will make space look large and luxurious. In order to achieve a truly eclectic impact – combine the modern design of the tub with baroque vanity-sink and a towel cupboard. It can also go the other way around. The crucial effect you want to achieve is the contrast between antique and modern, ornate and minimalist.

Wooden details


Wooden details are welcome design choices in every bathroom – they bring a touch of warmth that can help annul universally antiseptic feeling of bathrooms. Using wood as a dominating material in bathroom is not particularly popular at the moment, but you should never be ashamed to use your favourite shade of timber to enrich the design of your bathroom.

With nothing more than a kernel of knowledge about bathroom design trends and willingness to spend a bit of cash, you can run completely wild and create a bathroom that can rival even the most decorated parts of your house. Do not go overboard with megalomania in a way that can compromise the functionality and you will end up wishing to spend more time in your bathtub than on the living room couch.

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Keeping Organised In Your Small Home

There’s a lot to love about having a small home but there’s also challenges that come with it. Keeping the clutter at bay and finding ways to fit everything you need into small spaces is one such challenge. Luckily there’s more than one solution for staying organised in a small home.



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Don’t waste an inch of space


When you don’t have much space to work with you really need to make every shelf and cupboard count. Kitchens are particularly greedy when it comes to too many products and not enough space; from pantries to cleaning products and cooking utensils. Playing tetris to get all your assorted items into one small cupboard isn’t our idea of ideal Sunday plans. Jayden Hall suggests adding storage optimising racks to your cupboards taking them from piled up messes to accessible, organised dreams. Follow Renovator Store on Facebook and Twitter for more ideas.

Less really is more


In our consumer driven society we all fall for the idea that we need mountains and mountains of stuff. But how much is really necessary in our everyday lives? Organising mentor and consultant Sue Glasser has these two tips for getting rid of the excess:

1. Take stock; Have a look at what you have at the moment - What would you actually replace if you lost it all? Ask the questions: What is important to me? What can I live without?
2. No Duplicates; How many pairs of scissors do you really need? Check appliances: Two toasters? 10 sets of towels for 2 people? 10 Mixing bowls? Gift or sell those extras.

For more info find Sue on Facebook and Instagram.

Invest in dual purpose furniture


There’s an easier way to keep your shoe addiction under wraps. Get yourself a multipurpose bed base with a gas lift and store all your secret purchases under you while you sleep. Sweet dreams of new shoes await!

Make the most of your walls


Constantly losing the grocery list? Can’t seem to find a pen and paper when you need it? Once the house is in order you’ll be wishing the rest of your life would fall into line as well. Kelly Walter from Daily Orders has an easy and fun solution; mountable wall planners with multi-coloured chalk markers. They have weekly and monthly planners to keep your life on track and even do custom orders. Take a look around and we bet there’s a few empty walls just waiting for you to get creative with them. Get more from Daily Orders on Facebook or Instagram.

Don’t forget the backyard


Got a jumble of gardening tools, kids toys and pet toys outside without a designated home? The easiest solution is getting some useful outdoor furniture to keep your yard as tidy as the rest of your house is now. There’s a range of storage box styles available from wooden to wicker and even one that doubles as a bench seat.

Put your mind to it and we bet you can get organised and stay that way!

Home Design and Renovation Trends in 2017

When it comes to financial investment your home is probably one of the greatest you’ll have. Because of this, it is your most valuable asset. And there’s no better way to treat your investment than to give it the best makeover there is. This usually requires not only time and money but keeping up with the newest and hottest trends for home renovations. Even if you’re not in the loop about the home design and renovation trends in 2017, these pieces of advice will get you right on track.


1.     Eco- and energy-friendly homes


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There’s a lot you can do for your home if you decide to use eco- and energy-friendly designs. One of their main features is being wallet-friendly too when it comes to energy consumption and monthly energy bills. Using sustainable materials, extra insulation, adding roof gardens and relaxed design elements will provide you with natural light and spare you the wasting of resources. Choosing the eco-friendly trend doesn’t mean giving up on appliances, but rather choosing the ones with the greenest and energy-saving options.

 

2.     Use space efficiently


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The big trend in 2017 is adding space to your existing home. This is due to the fact that today’s buyers prefer more spacious homes. But this trend doesn’t mean you should take down the walls and create one big room, but rather renovate so that you keep your privacy by creating nooks where one can retreat with a book and niches to work on a laptop. Also, you can renovate the basement and attic, laundry room and pantry, thus giving a new dimension to your space without expanding.

 

3.     Natural materials


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Terracotta floor tiles are making a comeback from the 80s, and you can use them for floors and walls. Their warm, natural look goes hand in hand with this year’s trend of using warmer tones and materials.

Also, finally wood has been given character by using darker tones for furniture, floors, and walls which will highlight even more the overall look of your interior. This trend is especially applied when upgrading bathrooms by combining modern and organic styles, thus creating a more natural flair without losing the clean lines.

 

4.     Welcoming garden


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Garden makeover is one of the most promoted trends this year. The idea is to create a welcoming and warmer look with accentuating natural materials at the same time. You can renovate from scratch by using rubbish removal services to take care of all the unwanted materials and objects, as well as contacting nursery gardens for seedlings and advice on planting. Using recycled materials, stone and pebbles for decoration and creating pathways or steps will also give your garden that organic and natural look.

5.     Outdoor entertaining area


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If you have a backyard, then you’re in an envious position since this year they are all the rage. Adding stone flooring and some interesting rustic decorations can help you achieve that relaxed, raw look which makes it an ideal space for entertaining guests or spending time with family playing outdoor games. If funds allow it, build a pool since there’s no better use of large outdoor spaces for hot summer days.

6.     Smart appliances


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Little by little, new technologies have slowly crawled into everyday life activities. Although most of us can’t live without our phones, it seems that we will have a good reason not to. The trend this year is to have at least one smart appliance with Wi-Fi built in.

This means that you can turn on your air conditioning, washing machine or dishwasher with just one swipe of your finger on your phone. It goes as far as that your refrigerator can remind you what groceries to buy, and if you need some extra entertainment while performing house chores, you can use your voice to play music on Amazon Echo, for example.

7.     Green is IN


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One more way to achieve a natural look and revitalise your home is to paint it. The Pantone’s 2017 colour of the year is Greenery, symbolising fresh starts and bringing homeowners closer to nature. Its vibrant spirituality and zesty texture combines urban architecture and rural elements into a harmonious elegance of modern charm and pursuit of naturalism.

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It would be safe to conclude that this year’s trends are more nature-oriented and try to combine that which was not so long ago thought impossible to coordinate – modern design and the organic features of materials. Returning to more natural vibes while still using the contemporary benefits is certainly employing the best of both worlds in order to create a serene and welcoming environment for busy 21st-century individuals.

What Renovations Make Sense for you?

If you’ve visited the Renovator Store before, you’re probably pretty familiar with our love of smart and savvy renovations. What you probably didn’t know, is that today we’re partnering up with Australian Heritage Homes, a company that echoes our appreciation of a dollar saved and a home well-designed. But sometimes renovations can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t know where to start. Lucky for you, we’re here to be your partners in crime, and detail- what renovations make sense for you?

There are a couple of things to keep in mind- budget, timeline, time you plan to live in the home, and long-term value. Let’s dive in!



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Budget

Ah, the lovely four-letter type word. The one that we shy away from discussing in budget, and sometimes, aren’t even honest about with ourselves. This is the biggest mistake you can make, especially in this day and age. We’re only getting more and more creative with the ways that we can stretch a dollar—by exploring new materials or new processes. The only thing we recommend is that you’re honest with yourself. If you can only afford to update one area of the home, then go for it! Just make sure that you don’t overstretch yourself or your wallet. Side effects include major stress, and potentially skipped meals.

 

Timeline

This one is a surprise to some of our readers, but it’s just as valuable to think about. Let’s say you’ve got young ones, dozens of them, running in and out of your house every day. It’s a set-up that you can’t workaround. You probably don’t want to engage in a long-term remodel then, that renders the social areas of your space totally useless for the little ones. Again, this is an area where we can get creative, but be upfront with your contractor or designer about how quickly you need to turn a job around. They may push back, and that’s to be expected. They need to cover their behinds too. But if you’re honest from the get-go, then you can ensure that the conversations you have will be fruitful.

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Time you plan to live in your home

Another shocker to many of our readers and valued customers. But if you think about it, it makes total sense. Do you plan on leaving your home in the next year or two? Probably not a good investment to spend thousands of dollars on a remodel then. However, if you’re purchasing a home that you plan to be in for five plus years, then we encourage you to explore potential remodels. They can then lead directly into our last topic…

 

Long-term value!

The beauty of renovations? They can potentially add hundreds of thousands of dollars to the curbside appeal and intrinsic value of your home. You just need to be strategic about the way you think them through. Is your renovation going to appeal to the masses, or are you catering to a niche personal need? There is no harm and no foul with the latter, you’ll just want to be aware.

Questions? Comments? Give us a shout! We would love to hear from our readers. And make sure to check out Australian Heritage Homes site for more information.

Bathroom Renovation Trends 2017

Everyone has dreamt about renovating their bathroom at one point or another, but before you start a full blown bathroom renovation you'll need some inspiration. Today we discuss the bathroom renovation trends dominating 2017.Across all of these trends, you will notice one overarching theme. Timelessness. Fleeting fad trends have lost their appeal and people are becoming more conscious of aesthetically pleasing, classic designs that won’t date quickly. Australians value high quality, stylish and practical products at affordable prices, that are easy also to install and maintain.


Matte Black Finishes


 

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In 2017, Matte Black finishes have been on an upward trajectory and inside every designer home. This finish will appear on multiple fixtures throughout homes in 2017 but it's in the bathroom that it will really stand out. Matte black finishes create a sophisticated and majestic feel to any contemporary home. The matte black finish signifies the end of traditional chrome finishes, as this trend is here to stay.

Natural Finishes


A trend that  Renovator store has fallen in love with in 2017 is natural finishes. A bathroom/spa with natural finishes has become a hot commodity in 2017. Stone, bamboo, and wood are all materials that offer a pleasing aesthetic whilst maintain practicality of more traditional finishes. The natural veins and color variations are preserved in each finish, making each basin a unique addition to your home.

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Designer basins add a little more personality to your typical sinks as these are built to stand out from the ordinary. These are also made from different materials such as sandstone, oak, and even glass and are made to be impervious to water to ensure that it can be used for a long time.

Rain Shower Heads


Rain shower heads will continue to be popular within 2017 as they improve your shower experience and bring a luxurious feeling of being in the rain. Install one of these into your shower and you'll be singing in the rain in no time. Rain shower heads are available in a number of different finishes including our favorite matte black.

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Vale's Square shower heads 300mm design allows you to move around a bit while enjoying the falling water. Its matte black and oversized design look great in any bathroom in 2017!

Heated Towel Rail


Heated towel rails are mainstream and one of the most sought-after fixtures in the bathroom these days. A heated towel rail will not only warm up your towels but will warm up the temperature, reduce condensation and add an element of style to any bathroom. This indulgence is now an affordable option for any bathroom

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Heated towel rails are a must for bathrooms. Imagine the comfort of warm fluffy towels on a cold winter's morning. Towel ladders look great, are an effective storage method for towels, and add value to the bathroom.

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