Home Renovation Blog
Expert renovation tips and information about Home Additions and quality Renovations
Home Renovations Costs and keeping your project within budget are often major concerns for homeowners. Undertaking a major home renovation and extension is a large investment in your family home, and in your family’s future.
There are a myriad of decisions and selections that need to be made, and overarching it all is a budget that you are determined to work within. Amongst it all, you will inevitably find yourself pondering questions such as:
There are some aspects of your home where it will definitely be worth splurging extra cash on. This is especially the case for fixed items that are difficult and expensive to replace or retrofit later on.
A stone benchtop is an absolute must. Alternatively you may opt for another good quality surface. Whatever you choose, choose the highest quality you can afford, you will thank yourself every day for a long time to come! They do not come cheap, but they are worth every cent.
Kitchens are the central hub of the home, and scrimping on costs in the kitchen is something that you will regret later on. It will also limit the resale value of your home if your kitchen does not stand the test of time due to poor quality finishes and fixtures. Another way of looking at it, is that the kitchen is used every day and needs good quality fixtures, appliances and finishes to withstand the treatment they will get.
Build in storage wherever you can manage, there can never be enough. If you are building a second storey, talk to your Designer about utilising the space under the stairs.
In the kitchen, there are many nifty inserts that will allow you to use space even in the tightest corner. Where-ever you can find a space for storage, you will thank yourself for it later.
If you don’t have it, get it. Your home is your castle and building in security at the same time as other electrical work will save you money in the long term, and provide great peace of mind. So in effect, this tip is both a splurge and a save item!
Saving in a home renovation is certainly not about taking short-cuts. In fact, cutting corners will inevitably cost you money in the long run. Careful planning, and not being tempted to purchase the latest fad items are areas when you can really save.
Having a master plan will save you money. A good designer will ensure that you maximise the potential of your block orientation and design a solar passive home extension that uses natural light, and natural air-flow as much as possible. This will save you in future costs, with future savings factored into the design that will result in saving you money on cooling and heating in the future. Consider long term costs, not just short term gains.
Big is not always better, just ask Pinocchio!!. More floor space will add thousands per square metre to your total budget. Do you really need it that big? Consider good design over large design. A well utilised space will be enjoyed more than a barn style approach.
Beware gimmick purchases or luxury end items that are unlikely to get much use. A great example of this is a as a pot-filler. A what? A pot-filler is a faucet installed on your stove top so that you can fill a pot of water without having to carry it from the sink. These peaked in popularity in the U.S. some five years ago, and have steadily fallen from favour.
While it is not a disaster if you fall for a fad item, it is an area where you can save money. So in this example, there is extra plumbing and a fixture that you simply do not need – unless you boil big pots of water every day. Beware the bells and whistles!
Bathroom tiles do not need to be expensive to look good. A good tiling company or interior designer should be able to assist you with a great design, pattern or colour to match your taste, without costing you a fortune.
There are often sales available on tiles, where you may be able to get premium quality at a discount rate. Tiles are often reduced to clear the last remaining stock, so a word of caution.
You will need to ensure that there is ample stock to meet your requirements, while also allowing for wastage. If you do not have enough tiles and need to order more, chances are that they may come from a different batch, and colour or texture variations may not match the existing tiles.
For more tips on selecting tiles and what to look out for, please read our article on the Top 10 Renovation Mistakes to Avoid.
“ We completed our first home renovation in North Perth with Amerex last year. We were undertaking a large two storey renovation of our dream home and the decision to choose Amerex came down to the high level of professionalism, expertise, excellent customer service and vast knowledge that Steve and the team displayed in character home renovations.Laila, North Perth 'We thoroughly enjoyed the building process'
We had not renovated in the past and we were very unsure of the process however Amerex staff spent a lot of time assisting us with the design process, they were always available to answer our enquires, provided valuable suggestions, were extremely patient and completed our project ahead of schedule.
We would highly recommend Amerex as we have ended up with a beautiful home that displays excellent workmanship and a highly functional design. The home is exactly as we imagined it to be and our family and friends have all complimented on the amazing final result.
We thoroughly enjoyed the building process with Steve and the highly skilled Amerex team and extend a big thankyou to all the staff who helped us along the way!! ”
“ I was fortunate to have Steve, Kelly and the team at Amerex build my extension.Cymbie, Mt Lawley 'Professional, highly skilled, approachable with exacting standards'
They are a professional, highly skilled, approachable business with exacting standards and the ability to work with you from the planning stage to completion.
This professionalism extends to all who come on site. Kelly's capable and warm project coordination ensures that everything runs like clockwork and all your queries are dealt with extreme efficiency.
Very Happy! ”
“ We signed up with Amerex for a very big renovation, bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom - the lot. We wanted to keep the look and feel of our character home in the extensions. Amerex were the right choice for that. They have an eye for detail and took the time to make sure things were done right. We've been very happy with the quality of their work.Ben, Inglewood 'They have an eye for detail and took the time to make sure things were done right'
We found Steve to be very responsive and professional. He kept the whole project moving along. We were complete novices going into the whole process and he took the time to go through the details so we could make more informed choices.
Would definitely recommend Amerex to anyone wanting to renovate. ”
“ From the first meeting with Amerex until the final check we have enjoyed the experience. Amerex have taken our words and ideas and built them into a quality finished home extension that is functional and everything that we had hoped for.Phil, North Perth 'Our extension has the "wow" factor'
The entire team at Amerex lead by Steve are friendly, reliable, use quality materials and produce a quality outcomes.
Our extension has the “wow” factor and guests comment on the exceptional open plan design that is built to entertain.
We are very happy with the final finish and would highly recommend them to anyone. ”
“ Steve and his team took our conceptual design and made our vision a reality in very quick time with practical completion of this major renovation within 7 months of the start date. The site supervision was tight which meant that the work progressed easily between the various trades.Christine, Wembley 'It was a real pleasure to deal with Steve and his team'
What is more, the estimated cost of the job was accurate with variations only to suit changes that we required. The outcome was a home that delivers so much more than we expected in terms of comfort, quality and our initial objectives.
It was a real pleasure to deal with Steve and his team. I would not hesitate to recommend Amerex to anyone who needs the services of a truly professional builder/renovator. ”
“ Amerex, lead by Steve, have clearly been in the building industry a long time and offered valuable input and guidance prior to, and during the build. They used skilled tradespeople and quality materials; no corners were cut and I felt confident that the build was of the highest quality.Rachel, Woodlands 'Steve has clearly been in the building industry a long time and offered valuable input and guidance'
Steve and his team communicated frequently with me along the way and I was involved at every step. I felt comfortable approaching him if I had any questions or concerns, he was always available and acted quickly to resolve any issues.
The team at Amerex were reliable, professional and a pleasure to deal with. In particular Kelly, who would often go ‘above and beyond’, was always positive, and nothing was ever too much trouble. ”
“ It was an absolute pleasure to deal with the Amerex team for our home renovation.Eric and Kris, Mt Lawley 'We received exceptional customer service'
From Steve Burke, to the office staff and all of the various tradespeople, we received exceptional customer service.
The skilled tradespeople were reliable, obliging & committed to the highest level of quality on our home.
Amerex came in on budget, they completed the work earlier than scheduled & they ensured our renovation ran smoothly throughout. ”
A member of the Amerex team will arrange a time to discuss your
renovation and additions project and assess what stage you are at in the building process.
PO Box 328, North Perth WA 6906
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