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When planning a renovation, it certainly pays to look into ways to make your home work better.
Renovating a ranch style home
Ranches are less fashionable these days, but since they typically offer a reasonable amount of living space on a good-sized flat block and are generally oriented to make the most of the outdoor space, they can be an excellent buy for renovators. If you are lucky enough to own, or be able to buy, a ranch style property, here are our tips for turning it into a place that feels like home.
Regional gabled cottages
Looking for an affordable property to renovate? Don’t overlook the gabled cottages that were built towards the end of the last century and are still plentiful in many Australian suburbs.
Renovating a student flat
Owning a student flat can be both a rewarding and challenging investment. Considering how and when to renovate that student flat is another thing. If you’re thinking of upgrading your student flat, there are various things to consider when your investment property is tenanted by students.
Top 5 renovation pitfalls
Excited about planning your home renovation? These are the top 5 pitfalls you need to avoid to achieve your goal.
In this column from the Last Word series, Duncan Stuart shares his findings about how couples make renovation and new kitchen decisions.
Renovating state houses
Renovating a typical state house -that piece of New Zealand history which any Kiwi will recognise- can be both a challenge and a rewarding experience.
Geraldton, WA renovation builders
Combining the facilities of a city with the relaxed lifestyle of a country town, Geraldton offers renovators the best of both worlds.
Against the grain
When it comes to a building material that ticks all the boxes timber is the natural choice providing warmth, character and value –while looking better with age.
The certainty of the new, the mystery of the old
In this column from the Last Word series, Duncan Stuart reflects on how renovation work can be a head-on collision between dreams and realities.
How to renovate a California bungalow
With their simple interior layout, loads of character and charm and large yards, California bungalows allow plenty of options for renovating and extending to suit modern family life.
Kalgoorlie, WA renovation builders
The largest city in the Australian Outback and the hub of the Western Australian Goldfields, Kalgoorlie-Boulder has grown from humble beginnings to become a cosmopolitan centre with a character all its own.
Renovating your rental
These are your realistic options if you’re dying to renovate or make some handy additions to your rental home.
Natural stone lookalikes
Forget kitchens and bathrooms, modern and natural-looking stone tiles have found their way into most spaces within homes, including living rooms and bedrooms.
Does the weather affect your renovation plans?
Stephen Cox, renovation consultant at Refresh Renovations, tells us why the weather matters when planning a home renovation.
How your home can contribute to your retirement plan
Deborah Carlyon, authorised financial adviser, explains why renovating a home is becoming a key part of a retirement strategy and gives some options for efficient financial planning.