by Janice Anderssen, Home-Dzine
A young couple turned a dowdy old house into a wonderful modern
home with clever planning, creative ideas and on a small budget.
Taking on a renovation to modernise an older home can be a time consuming
and expensive project. Many homeowners tend to take the route of doing it
room by room, as and when the budget allows for it, and that’s exactly what
Gabbi and her husband did with their new home.
Every room in the home required updating, whether it was a paint
job and new fittings, or a complete overhaul to make better use of
the space. From the entrance to the guest bedrooms, this property
was transformed from an ugly ducking house into a beautiful home.
The original entrance was boring and didn’t provide any impact.
In conjunction with the overhaul of the open plan living and dining space,
the wall separating the entrance was removed. The new entrance is now
incorporated into the space and gives wow factor when entering the home.
Walk into the house and immediately enter the spacious open
plan space that accommodates the living and dining areas.
Grubby old carpets were replaced with modern laminate wood floors
that complement the new or refreshed furniture that fills the space.
The wall that blocks off the kitchen is removed to allow for a small
family breakfast bar, that ties in nicely with the open dining space.
Removing the wall allows more natural light to shine through.
Just off to the side of the dining room, the kitchen is next on the
list for renovation.
To save on the cost involved in removing and replacing kitchen
cabinets, the existing wood cabinets were painted in white to carry
through the neutral colour scheme. In a week, the dark kitchen
becomes light and airy and feels more in line with the new, modern
style. New appliances finish off the modernisation.
When planning a large renovation and putting together a budget,
make sure to allow yourself plenty of time to work room by room as
and when funds allow. You don’t need to do everything in one go and
it will save you money if you can do a fair amount of the work yourself
and not hire contractors. Even hiring local labour to do some of the
hard work will still save on costs, as long as you are able to supervise
the work to make sure it gets done properly.
The guest and main bathrooms were cramped and space was tight.
Although it was nice to have two separate bathrooms, it made more
sense to knock down the wall between these two and turn the two
into one large, spacious bathroom.
The layout allowed for new fittings on the existing plumbing lines,
which helped to keep the cost as low as possible. While this situation
may not always be possible, look at ways to place new fittings to
avoid high rates for running new pipes for water and sewage.