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11 April 2018

Top tips for renovating on a micro-budget

Block judge and Carpet Court Ambassador Darren Palmer and Andrea Lucena-Orr, Dulux Colour Expert add their ten cents worth.
Could your place use a bit of a face lift? It’s true that the expense of renovating makes the most courageous quiver at the knees. The cost can certainly make you put up with the eye sores in your home – the 60’s-patterned bathroom tiles or the Nanna-brown carpet in the bedroom.  With a little insight, your hard earned savings could go further than you imagine, and at the same time it could add a tidy increase to the value of your pad.

All polished up

If you inherited a carpet when you moved in that could be as old as you, here’s your chance! Polished floorboards are timeless – an instant way to get the glossy magazine look and a draw card if you ever wish to sell. If you have floorboards under your carpet and are prepared to pull up the carpet yourself, getting your floorboards sanded and polished can be surprisingly affordable. If you’re not game enough to don your work pants, bring in the professionals.
Says Peter Van Den Berghe, President of the Woodflooring Association, start by having your floor inspected. Then, for sanding and polishing costs, he says: “depending on the condition of your floor, as a general ball park figure you’d be looking at about $40+GST per square metre”. If you do the sums on that, you could be looking at a new perfectly polished lounge area, within a budget.

The soft touch

If you prefer something softer under your toes, carpet doesn’t have to break the bank. Talking about how to make the right choice, Carpet Court ambassador and Block judge Darren Palmer says: “When it comes to choosing between luxurious and plush or rustic and casual, the style of the home usually dictates the choice. Some homes look great with that woven-texture Hamptons style, while other homes require something more formal or luxurious, where cut piles, generous loops and felted wools come into play.”

As to colour and texture trends, Palmer says: “Grey, Taupe and Beige carpets make up the bulk of most purchases, but amazing looks can be achieved when you step out of your comfort zone and look at colours as part of your overall scheme. More adventurous textures that replicate the woven appeal of products like sisal but with the softness of wool are appearing in the market, and this seems to strike the perfect balance of luxury and texture.”
If you’re on a small budget, be sure to tap into any promotions, and be really mindful of what your budget is from the get go. That way, the Carpet Court guys only present you with options suited to your hip pocket, helping you to narrow the field and save on decision fatigue.

A lick of paint

A lick of paint is one of the simplest and most economical ways to give your home a new lease of life. Especially if you can stretch your dollars and pull out the brushes yourself. Having a painting party with friends can be fun after all!
As Andrea Lucena-Orr, Dulux Colour Expert says: “If you’d like to push yourself out of your comfort zone, check out Dulux’s 2018 Autumnal trends from the Dulux Colour Trends 2018 Kinship palette for an on-point warm glow – try colours Maiko, Sassy or Very Terracotta teamed with Natural White. If a subdued wash of white is more your thing, have a look at the Dulux Most Loved Whites with favourites such as Vivid White TM, Antique White U.S.A.(R) and White on White TM. The first choice to make is whether you want a cool or warm white. For something a little different, Casper White Quarter is a beautifully soft white or for a cooler contemporary option give Lexicon (R) Half a whirl.”

Soak it up

You may not be able to re-do your whole bathroom, but consider whether the whole thing really needs it. Re-tiling can be a simple and cost effective way to bring the bathroom back into this decade. Or even just a re-grout. If you have a small bathroom, light coloured tiles will make the room appear bigger.
Or is it time to replace some of the fixtures? If you’re happy not to go high end, you could source a shiny new basin, bath and toilet within budget. Just remember to prevent bursting your budget, keep all your plumbing in the same spot. Or why not just blow it on that hero free-standing bath you’ve always wanted! The perfectly luxurious spot to lie back and relax after all the renovations.

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