Home Renovation Blog
Expert renovation tips and information about Home Additions and quality Renovations
Living in a home undergoing a major home renovation project can be challenging, but with some careful planning, you can minimise the disruption to family life.
Create fenced off outdoor areas for children and pets that are well away from dangerous construction areas so that they have safe zones. Children and pets are inquisitive by nature, so expect them to be curious.
Seal off sections of the house where possible to limit the spread of dust and dirt.
Protect what you plan to keep. Whether it is leadlight windows, existing flooring such as timber floorboards or carpet, put protection in place so that the areas of the home that are to remain ‘as is’ do not get damaged.
Move any expensive furniture or fragile items to an area of the home that is well away from the construction to prevent accidental damage.
Always wear shoes! Construction work is high risk and messy.
Walking around in bare feet is asking for trouble.
Imagine stepping on a sharp off-cut of roof flashing.
You will have a nasty injury and will probably need to get a tetanus booster too.
Even though you are not moving, you will still need to put a lot of your things away. If you are renovating your kitchen, pack up your dinnerware and cutlery and get it out of the way.
Stay organised by writing a list of the contents on the outside of each box.
You will thank yourself for doing this many times over.
If you are going to be without a kitchen for a while, create a temporary kitchen. Eating out every night or ordering Uber Eats all the time are not good options for the wallet or the waistline. Put your fridge and microwave in an existing room and you will be able to have fresh produce on hand.
You will also be able to reheat food such as frozen or healthy delivered meals such as many of the weekly meal delivery plans from places such as Hello Fresh (this is not a sponsored post!). You could also create a camper style kitchen outside or use a barbecue, or at worst be prepared to eat a lot of toasted sandwiches!
If you have more than one bathroom it is a good idea to keep one in operational condition while you renovate the other. If you find yourself without a bathroom for a period of time, a temporary bathroom can be created and a portable toilet can be put in place. If you have a great builder on board, they can happily sort this out for you.
Living without a proper bathroom, or with a temporary toilet, can be unpleasant and tiring after a while, and as such we don’t recommend it for any more than a week or two.
“ 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
home renovation project and assess what stage you are at in the building process.
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