Selling Houses Australia

How to tackle a renovation in a large home

If you've got a lot of space that needs an overhaul, Selling Houses Australia design expert, Shaynna Blaze, reveals where to start and what to focus on.

"I think the biggest thing when you've got a large project is to know you can't do it all at once - unless you're building from the ground up," she says. 

When starting work on your home, identifying the key areas and what you need to renovate is your first step. "Usually it comes down to the kitchen, lounge and dining," tells Shaynna.

Starting out

A base plan - your colours, design features or inspiration will help you to determine what you can achieve and what is perhaps out of your reach. "You'll need to know what all your surfaces are, choose the base colours and then run it into the rest of the house," explains Shaynna,

"It's easy to get quite generic when you have a big space, so once you have your plan worked out, you can look at features - a splashback, tiles, the benchtop," she tells. After you've got all of those special items earmarked, then everything else in your design needs to help make those elements sing.

Functionality

Shaynna says your functionality is the most important thing to consider if you've got a lot of renovating to do. "People often say to me, 'I want the Hamptons look', for example, and that is the part that comes last.

"Firstly, you've got to work out how you want to work in that kitchen and it comes down to what you're doing it up for. Is it to sell? To live there? And for how long, is it five or 20 years?" she asks.

Knowing what type or size of fridge, oven, sinks, vanities and tapware helps to create uniformity across all your rooms and will take into account your wants, needs, and property desires. 

Budget

After functionality comes the budget planning. "Whether you're spending $5,000 or $200,000 on a kitchen, there's always a compromise on the budget," says Shaynna.

Some people follow guides with percentages on what you should spend on, but Shaynna doesn't believe in them. "If you don't fit into these boxes, you feel like you're making a mistake. It feels restricted. I think you should just always do what you can afford," she advises.

But how do you know what to spend on when it comes to big-ticket renovations like in your kitchen? "Look at how you use the space," says Shaynna. "Spend accordingly to what you use," she says. Do you want an amazing bench top or top-spec appliances? She believes you don't need to match price points in appliances, just match look and colour.

"For me, it's important to have a good fridge because I do lots of entertaining, a high-quality stove top and dishwasher. They're the things I won't compromise on," she reveals.

Style and colour

If you are decorating multiple rooms at once, it's important to take your time.

"You don't need to have a particular style when you start renovating, but if you don't, it helps to have a good idea of your colours, instead," advises Shaynna.

This will help you to find inspiration, which you can then build upon to create your dream, stylish home.

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