Most of us assume that renovating our kitchens will cost us the earth.

That doesn’t have to be true. It’s highly possible to give your kitchen a fresh new look on a smaller budget.

Hotondo Homes knows how

We were delighted recently to be asked to contribute to a blog post about ways to renovate your kitchen on a budget. The post, for a leading loan comparison site RateCity, asked some of Australia’s top builders and suppliers to offer advice on kitchen renovations without involving a hefty price tag. Check it out for more inspiration and great advice: ‘Save on Your Mortgage and Update Your Kitchen’.

The kitchen should be one of your first ports of call when it comes to home renovation. It is a highly visible area that receives a lot of traffic, and is a major selling point. Most builders will agree that this is one of the areas that will add the most value to your property. Here are some of our tips for achieving maximum effects with minimum spend.

The power of paint

Give your kitchen a fresh coat of paint! People often underestimate this, but it’s amazing how effective it can be in giving a room an updated feel. Light, contemporary colours are a good choice as they will add a feeling of space and give your kitchen a de-cluttered look. Colours that are too bold could turn potential buyers off when it comes to resale.

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Give your cabinets some TLC

If your existing cabinetry is in good condition, see how much you can change the appearance of your kitchen by simply painting the doors and changing the handles. Alternatively, if you really want a more drastic change, that doesn’t mean you need to spend on completely new cabinets. Why not reface them instead? This means you keep the interior parts of your existing cabinets and have new doors and drawer fronts put on. It’s a much cheaper way of achieving a whole new look.

Spend on the essentials

Saving money elsewhere in your kitchen will enable you to devote most of your budget to the essentials when it comes to refurbishing. The most visible items in the kitchen are the benchtops and splashbacks. Here is where you have the most power to update the appearance of your room, so by focusing your budget you can achieve a kitchen makeover that looks luxurious and will last for many years to come.

For more information on a kitchen makeover for your home, contact your local Hotondo Homes builder today!

Always consider the resell value of your home when building.

In the excitement that comes from building a new home, home buyers often forget to consider aspects that will increase its resell value.
Although selling a brand new home is often far from the mind of the home owner, it is more convenient and cost effective to make valuable structural changes during the building stage than after it.
There are a few aspects of your home you should consider upgrading during the build process.


The façade provides a first impression of the home and can significantly increase its value. People gain confidence in the property when it is well-maintained, so the front yard is also important. The roof is another vital element. Roofing that is going to last longer and require less maintenance is something to seriously consider. Colorbond roofing is a good alternative to the standard tiles and offers a few advantages. It requires less maintenance than regular tiling, it retains its colour for longer and it is a popular look for a modern home.

Increase the value of your home2. FLOORING

Flooring may not be the first thing you consider when upgrading your home, however it does have a strong effect on the overall look of your home. Generally the more durable your flooring is, the higher the return on your investment. Wood, stone or tiles are all great options to add value to your home for an updated, modern look.


Although it may seem insignificant, the height of your ceiling can make an enormous difference to the overall feel of your home. Increasing your ceiling height will help make your home feel bigger and it paves the way for more storage and features like ceiling fans or pendant lighting. Consider raising the roof in the main living areas of your home to create a feeling of openness, and leave the bedrooms as they are for a more cosy space.

Increase the value of your home


The kitchen is the heart of the home, so it only goes to follow it is one of the most important rooms you can update to increase the value of a home. Energy efficient appliances and quality cabinetry should be at the top of your list. You should also consider upgrading your counter tops in both the kitchen and bathrooms. Counter tops can make or break a room, and if they look cheap and flimsy this will reflect through the entire space.

Increase the value of your home


The price between two, three and four bedroom homes can increase significantly. Always consider what the market is looking for in a home, and try to tailor for this as much as you can without compromising on your own wants or needs. Follow this advice, and you may find your resell value increases.


Making your home more energy efficient can be as simple as having plenty of windows to provide natural light to more intricate methods like harnessing solar power. Quality insulation ensures the thermal comfort of the home. It acts as a barrier against heat entering the home in summer and warmth escaping the home in winter.
Choosing energy efficient appliances in your new home is another great way to save on your energy bills, especially with large appliances like your fridge, washing machine, dryer and dishwasher. Many new appliances have energy rating labels on them to help you make this decision. This will not only save you money on your bills, but will also increase the worth of the home.

For more information on how to increase the value of your home, contact your local Hotondo Homes builder here.

The start of a New Year can inspire anyone to want to make enhancements to their home.

Whether you want to sell your home or simply spruce it up for your own enjoyment (and who doesn’t want to do that?) take note of our simple tips to get you on your way to a more beautiful and liveable home in 2015.

Not only will these easy-to-do tips improve the value of your home in the long run, but they will ensure that you and your family can love living in your home for many years to come.


Giving your floors a freshen up will completely transform your home and won’t cost you the earth. If you have old timber floorboards consider getting them stripped, repainted and sealed. This will get rid of old marks, stains and will make them look brand new again.



The kitchen is the heart of any home. It’s also often the feature in a home that will attract buyers when the time comes to sell. With this in mind, there are some small ways to improve the overall appeal of your kitchen without spending a lot of money.

Consider updating things like appliances, lighting fixtures, door handles or even the kitchen décor such as stools or the dining table.

If you’ve got a larger budget consider updating the cabinet doors, adding a stone or granite bench top or even knocking down a wall to open up the space.




Repainting your home can be one of the easiest and cheapest ways to give it a complete face lift. This will give your home a fresh look and feel.




There are some very simple ways to improve your bathroom without having to renovate it completely. Fresh and modern décor inclusions like fluffy fresh towels, fresh flowers, candles and floor mats can make a big difference when it comes to your bathroom.

Consider installing proper lighting, an extra window, re-grouting tiles, updating a cracked and dirty toilet or install a new sink if your budget permits.



outdoor alfresco

Improving the outside of your home can be an easy and simple way of making your home feel new again. If your walkway is swept, weeded and the lawn is well groomed your home will automatically appear cleaner. Consider also planting new plants or hedges to give your front and backyard some life.