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How much does a Second Storey Addition cost?

We are often asked – ‘How much does a Second Storey Addition Cost?’ And ‘Should I extend out or build up? Which will cost more?’ Adding a Second Storey does not always cost more than a Home Extension. Sometimes it actually makes more sense to add a second storey, but homeowners can be put off… Continue reading How much does a Second Storey Addition cost?

Scullery or Butler’s Kitchen: What’s the difference?

We are increasingly getting asked this question during the design stage. In modern home design, a scullery or butler’s pantry/kitchen has become a ‘must-have’ feature for those who like to entertain. The popularity of sculleries and butler’s kitchens probably stems from the prevalence of open plan living. With open plan living, our kitchens are sitting… Continue reading Scullery or Butler’s Kitchen: What’s the difference?

Floor to Ceiling Tiling in the Bathroom – Yes or No?

Are you thinking about Floor to Ceiling tiling in your bathroom? Believe it or not, deciding on tiling height in bathrooms is one decision that homeowners struggle with. It is one of those things that you have never spent much time thinking about, until you have to make a decision yourself! You are then left… Continue reading Floor to Ceiling Tiling in the Bathroom – Yes or No?

Why NOW is the best time to renovate

If you have been thinking about renovating or extending your home, but have always been too busy to stop and think about it, now is your time. There has never been a better time than NOW. Why? The construction and design industries are open, are in full swing (albeit with social distancing and other safety… Continue reading Why NOW is the best time to renovate

10 Tips for Nailing Your Bathroom renovation 

Bathrooms have changed a lot in recent times and are no longer just a boring and functional part of the house. Nowadays, with modern design and innovative products, bathrooms are fast becoming not just a washroom, but a sanctuary away from the pressures of modern life. It is little wonder then that bathroom renovations are on the top of the list from many homeowners. Unfortunately, it… Continue reading 10 Tips for Nailing Your Bathroom renovation 

Easy DIY Renovation Ideas for every home

We are all spending much more time at home nowadays so it makes sense we have time to spruce up around the place and do some DIY renovations. This is most certainly not just for the Dad in the house. There are stacks of DIY tasks that all family members can do, regardless of age… Continue reading Easy DIY Renovation Ideas for every home

DIY Renovation Accidents in Australia

In a house-proud nation awash with home renovation TV shows, many of us will be taking the opportunity during this enforced downtime to undertake some DIY home improvements. However, according to a report published by the Australia Institute of Health and Welfare, the great Aussie love affair with home renovations is also keeping emergency departments at hospitals… Continue reading DIY Renovation Accidents in Australia

Pros and Cons of Flat-pack Kitchens

With flat-pack kitchens doing a booming trade across Australia, many homeowners are considering them as a cost-effective alternative to a custom-built kitchen. While they are an increasingly popular option for owner-builders and DIY’ers we generally do not recommend them. We’ll discuss why at the end of this article.  For now, we have taken the time to fully… Continue reading Pros and Cons of Flat-pack Kitchens

Should you put a bath in your house? Bath or no bath? 

Increasingly homeowners are asking whether their home needs to have a bath. Whether you decide on having a bath or not in your bathroom(s) or ensuite depends on a number factors such as:  How much space does your bathroom have? Is it an ensuite to the master bedroom or a kids bathroom? Will having a bath appeal to a potential buyer when you… Continue reading Should you put a bath in your house? Bath or no bath? 

Your Bathroom Renovation Checklist – including Laundry

Bathrooms and laundries are often the last rooms in a home to get renovated. Because they are tucked away from sight, they are often overlooked for many years. This means that by the time they need renovation, there is a lot of work to do.  At Amerex, we find that most bathrooms we renovate are… Continue reading Your Bathroom Renovation Checklist – including Laundry

How much does a House Extension Cost?

We are often asked – How much will my Home Extension Cost?’ And should I extend out or build up, or do both!?  What will that cost??? This is so very difficult to answer as every home and every house extension and home renovation is unique. However, there are a few simple ways in which… Continue reading How much does a House Extension Cost?

8 Survival Tips for Living in a Renovation Zone

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. 1 – Fence off construction areas Create fenced off outdoor areas for children and pets that are well away from dangerous construction areas so that they have safe zones.… Continue reading 8 Survival Tips for Living in a Renovation Zone

Colorbond vs tile roofs

One of the big decisions homeowners about to embark on a major home renovation project need to decide, is to whether to go for a Colorbond tin roof or to stick with a more traditional tiled roof. The answer is that there is no hard and fast right and wrong decision. You simply need to… Continue reading Colorbond vs tile roofs

How to Spot a Dodgy Tradie

How can you tell the difference between a good tradie and a dodgy tradie? Some people are very good at talking the talk, but are not able to follow through by walking the walk. So how can you tell which is which? Use Registered and Licenced trades Certain trades need to be licensed or registered.… Continue reading How to Spot a Dodgy Tradie

How to Renovate and live in harmony with Neighbours

Often, the first the time a neighbour realises that a renovation project is about to start next door is when they hear the demolition work commencing. They will immediately be anticipating and dreading the noisy early morning starts from tradies and the mess that goes hand-in-hand with renovating. There are however, steps you can take… Continue reading How to Renovate and live in harmony with Neighbours

8 Common Renovation mistakes…and how to avoid them

We all know that a fantastic home renovation can add value to your home. But what happens when a renovation is done poorly? For many, our home is our biggest asset and by keeping it well maintained we are actively protecting our asset. So why is it then that many cut corners and perform shoddy… Continue reading 8 Common Renovation mistakes…and how to avoid them

Prefabricated second storey in one day…fact or fiction?

Two storeys in one day? Or just a Box on Top? You may have heard about the prefabricated two storey additions being built in one day. Of course that is not possible, it is simply a marketing ploy. However, to test whether the idea has some merit, we put our research hats on to find… Continue reading Prefabricated second storey in one day…fact or fiction?

Laundry Renovation Ideas you Have to Have

Are you looking for renovation ideas for your Laundry? If your home is more than 20 years old, chances are your laundry is ready for a renovation. The biggest problem with most laundry rooms is lack of cupboard space, lack of bench space and poor design. Most old laundries have the old stainless steel laundry… Continue reading Laundry Renovation Ideas you Have to Have

How to Choose a Hamptons Style Dining Table

The Hamptons style of interior decorating has steadily gained popularity and is showing no signs of slowing down. We find that people are asking us more and more questions about how to achieve the look for their home renovation. In particular, we have discovered that one of the most common interior design questions is ‘How… Continue reading How to Choose a Hamptons Style Dining Table

Choose the Right White Paint for your Home Renovation

When it comes to decorating a home, nothing beats classic white as a base colour. But have you ever stood in the paint section of a hardware store, bewildered by the extraordinary array of shades of white on offer? Some throw off green tones, some yellow and others grey… So how do you know which… Continue reading Choose the Right White Paint for your Home Renovation

Why Stone is a ‘must-have’ item for your Kitchen renovation

A kitchen renovation is at the top of the wish-list for most homeowners when it comes to renovations. Kitchens are the heart of the home after all, and there is plenty of evidence out there that a great kitchen adds value to a home. Over the last 10 years or even more, stone benchtops have… Continue reading Why Stone is a ‘must-have’ item for your Kitchen renovation

5 Little Tips for Hamptons Style Interiors in Your Home

Hamptons style interiors are taking Perth by storm. Unless you have been living under a rock, you will have heard and seen that Hamptons style décor is the trend that refuses to go away. So what is the Hamptons Style? The Hamptons style is derived from the beautiful beachside homes near New York which are… Continue reading 5 Little Tips for Hamptons Style Interiors in Your Home

Eric and Kris sit down to discuss their Mt Lawley Home Renovation journey with Amerex

The wonderful Home Owners at this recently completed Mt Lawley home renovation by Amerex, were kind enough to sit down and discuss their home renovation journey with us on camera. Many people have common concerns when embarking on a major home renovation project. Eric and Kris wanted to share their journey with others, so that… Continue reading Eric and Kris sit down to discuss their Mt Lawley Home Renovation journey with Amerex

Second Storey Addition Design Ideas

Deciding to build up and add a second storey addition is a great way to add more space and additional rooms to your home. Second storey additions are becoming increasingly popular in Perth as block sizes are getting smaller, and families and Homeowners try to keep as much yard space as possible. So what rooms… Continue reading Second Storey Addition Design Ideas

Home Improvements and Curb Appeal: Add value to your home

Home improvements and curb appeal go hand in hand. Curb appeal refers to the appeal that your home may have to a passer-by. It is a term often used by Real Estate agents, as it is a key success factor when selling homes. There are many simple and DIY tasks that a homeowner can do… Continue reading Home Improvements and Curb Appeal: Add value to your home

Selecting Tiles for your bathroom renovation / kitchen renovation: our top 5 tips!

Selecting tiles for a bathroom renovation or kitchen renovation project can be an exciting exercise. Most of us concentrate on the colours, style and the look we are trying to achieve. However, as home renovation specialists, Amerex have discovered over the years, that there is much more to selecting the right tiles. If you want… Continue reading Selecting Tiles for your bathroom renovation / kitchen renovation: our top 5 tips!

Shades of Grey in Interior Design

How to use a GREY colour palette to give your Home Renovation the WOW factor Shades of GREY are super popular in interior design nowadays. And no, we are not going to make a Fifty Shades of Grey joke haha. We are seeing the rise and rise of the grey colour palette – spanning the… Continue reading Shades of Grey in Interior Design

How to Compare Building Quotes for your Home Renovation project

Have you got plans and are shopping around for a Builder for your Home Improvement project? Perhaps you are going to get Quotes from multiple Perth Builders to compare? Each Builder provides a different level of detail, and uses a different structure for their Quote. So how do you compare one Builders Quote with another?… Continue reading How to Compare Building Quotes for your Home Renovation project

Hamptons Style Interiors in Perth: How to get the look

Hamptons Style Interiors have taken the interior design and decorating world by storm! At Amerex, we are increasingly fielding questions about the Hamptons Look. Some people call it Hamptons Design, Hamptons Style or the Hamptons Look. Whatever you want to call it, it is so hot right now! We are getting asked: Can a Perth… Continue reading Hamptons Style Interiors in Perth: How to get the look

How to choose the right Builder for YOUR Home Improvement project

For most people, the single biggest investment that they make in their lives is buying their family home. For many, the next biggest investment is making home improvements to their primary asset – their family home. It stands to reason then, that selecting a Builder to undertake a major home renovation and alterations to their home is… Continue reading How to choose the right Builder for YOUR Home Improvement project

Building Quotes: How to avoid hidden costs

Building Quotes and avoiding hidden costs is possible if you know what to look for. Unfortunately, not all Building Quotes are created equal. If you are embarking on a home renovation project and have received a quote from multiple builders, there are some very good reasons why the bottom line varies between them. Learn to… Continue reading Building Quotes: How to avoid hidden costs

6 Steps to Scandi Home Decor Success

Scandi Home Decor is fresh, simple, functional, at times whimsical and bang on-trend. There’s much to love about ultra-chic Scandinavian interior design trends. Perhaps best of all, it doesn’t cost the world to achieve your very own Scandi mecca, with large budget-conscious conglomerates (such as IKEA and Kmart) embracing the look with gusto in their… Continue reading 6 Steps to Scandi Home Decor Success

10 Most Common Renovation Mistakes that Everyone makes!

We all know that a fantastic home renovation can add value to your home. It can enhance your lifestyle and provide many benefits for years to come. But what happens when a renovation is done poorly? Make sure that you do not make these mistakes… Do it Yourself – Painting is the prime culprit! Home… Continue reading 10 Most Common Renovation Mistakes that Everyone makes!

Asbestos is a deadly and hidden danger in home renovations!!

Is there Asbestos in your Home? Where can you find it? Can it harm your health? Should you remove it? Most of us know that Asbestos was a commonly used building product in Australian homes in the past – primarily in homes built prior to 1980. Asbestos has since been identified as a dangerous product… Continue reading Asbestos is a deadly and hidden danger in home renovations!!

Renovate or Detonate? Home Improvement vs Demolition.

Renovate or Detonate? This is a question that we are often asked this by home owners when confronted with an older home needing some TLC. As a professional renovation Building business, people assume that we will automatically recommend renovation.  While this does hold true for many homes with heritage and elements of character, it is… Continue reading Renovate or Detonate? Home Improvement vs Demolition.

Home Renovation Costs: When to Splurge, Where to Save

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… Continue reading Home Renovation Costs: When to Splurge, Where to Save

Thinking about a Second Story Addition? Read this First.

Are you toying with the idea of adding a Second Story Addition to your home? Do you and your family feel like you are living on top of each other? Does your home feel too small, dark and poky, or you just need more space? Perhaps your kids are now young adults? Perhaps you have… Continue reading Thinking about a Second Story Addition? Read this First.

Interior Design Trends in Home Renovation

If there is one constant in the world, it is change. Time stands still for no-one. This is especially evident in the world of Interior Design. So what are the emerging trends in Interior Design? What are the next big must-haves in the world of Interior Design Trends? We have done the research for you.… Continue reading Interior Design Trends in Home Renovation

Home Extension or Second Storey Addition? Sell or demolish? Help!

  My family needs more space! Should I Sell, Demolish, add a Second Storey Addition? Is your existing home too small? Are your family growing and you feel like you are busting at the seams? Sound familiar? You have some big decisions to make. You are probably asking yourself, do you: Sell up and buy somewhere… Continue reading Home Extension or Second Storey Addition? Sell or demolish? Help!

Home Improvement Colour Trends in Interior Design 2016

Home Improvement colour trends are influenced by many elements including fashion and culture. We have also found that the need for calm in our troubled world has pushed calming colours to the forefront of colour trends. Houzz has written a great article about interior design colour trends and how they are determined. It is an excellent… Continue reading Home Improvement Colour Trends in Interior Design 2016

Perth Home Extensions: Tips for planning your project!

  Perth Home Extensions need to be planned well to achieve success. Outlined below are our top tips to consider before you embark on a Home Extension, Second Storey addition, or major home renovation. What are your main reasons for undertaking a Perth Home Extension? There are so many factors to consider and think about… Continue reading Perth Home Extensions: Tips for planning your project!

How to compare Building Quotes for Home Renovation and Home Extension projects

There are many reasons why one Builder may be more expensive, and there are many reasons why another may appear much cheaper than the other! Selecting a Builder based on price alone is fraught with pitfalls. For example, a cheaper price can end up costing you dearly in the long term if your Builder is… Continue reading How to compare Building Quotes for Home Renovation and Home Extension projects

Character Home Renovation and Addition Inspiration with Amerex!

Character Home Renovations and Additions have been the mainstay of Amerex projects for many years. In fact, we have now been renovating Perth character homes for well over 25 years. Along the way we have established ourselves as industry leaders within this renovation niche. As a testament to our expertise and professionalism, we have received… Continue reading Character Home Renovation and Addition Inspiration with Amerex!

Winning Industry Awards – what makes Amerex different?

What makes Amerex different? We are often asked by people how does the HIA Professional Small Builder/Renovator award get judged? What criteria do they use? How has Amerex managed to win this prestigious and highly sought after award a record 5 times?! Most people understand how a Builder can win an award for a home renovation and house… Continue reading Winning Industry Awards – what makes Amerex different?

Top 7 Benefits of a Home Renovation and Addition

1. A Home Renovation and Addition will Add considerable Value to your home. A quality home renovation and home extension will add value to your home. This means that when you come to sell your home in the future, you will reap the rewards of the good decisions made many years prior. 2. Love your… Continue reading Top 7 Benefits of a Home Renovation and Addition

Key factors to consider when building a 2nd Storey Addition

You have already decided that you need a home extension, your home is too small and you need more space. The next big decision you need to make is whether to build a home extension that extends into the existing backyard, or whether to build a 2nd Storey Addition. Four Key Advantages of building a… Continue reading Key factors to consider when building a 2nd Storey Addition

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