Remove the stress from your open-plan renovation with this 5-step guide.


1. Figure out your priorities Back to top

Before you jump into your open-plan renovation, it’s important to consider the pros and cons of open-plan and whether or not it’s a design that will work for your household. If the answer is a definite yes, have a think about your main priorities. Do you want to focus on creating a more spacious feel, maximising your outdoor living area/s or improving indoor-outdoor flow?  If you’re not sure where to start, check out “How to make open-plan work for you” and “How to go open plan”.  

2. Look for inspiration Back to top

Step two is the fun part - looking for inspiration! Places like Pinterest and Google images are great places to start but once you’ve begun to pinpoint your style and ideals, you’ll want to find a builder or renovation company who has a proven capability to carry out your ideas. Take a look through Refresh’s open-plan projects to see if we’re the right fit.   

3. Decide who will carry out the renovation Back to top

Once you’ve found a company portfolio that you like the look of, be sure to check out their process and customer testimonials before scheduling a meeting with them. If everything looks good, schedule a meeting and start discussing your ideas! You’ll know pretty quickly whether or not a person is the right fit for your project. An experienced renovation specialist will be able to advise you on how much the project will cost as well as what will be involved.

4. Finalise your ideas Back to top

Once you’ve decided on who will be carrying out the project, you’re ready to start making the rest of the big decisions! This will include design specifications, budgeting, council considerations, timelines, whether or not you’ll live at home during the renovation, and more. A renovation specialist will be able to advise you on all of these areas and can support you through every aspect of your project’s design and build. If you’re having trouble narrowing down your ideas, this Interior Renovation Checklist and Exterior Renovation Checklist should help. 

5. Get started! Back to top

If you’d like to find out about the costs, timeframes and regulations involved in your project, get in touch today to schedule a FREE consultation with your local Refresh Renovations specialist. They’ll help you develop your ideas, narrow down your priorities, finalise a cost-effective design and manage every step of the build.