Advice • Tips • Inspiration

Renovating your home can be a fun and challenging experience, but when budgeting comes into play it can be confusing to decide what to upgrade. We asked 9 of our builders from various areas to give their advice on the most important areas of the home where your budget should be spent!

Caroline Allen – Inverloch, VIC

A popular area among clients is updating the kitchen and/or bathroom, however, I don’t think enough attention is given to the heating and cooling requirements of a home. Upgrading to an electronically-zoned heating system is not only a more environmentally friendly option but more cost-effective in the long run. Even looking at hydronic heating is gathering interest. Double glazing the windows in the home is also popular, as well as small touches like ceiling fans, upgraded insulation and sound proofing for additional comfort.

Adam Sturt – Nowra, NSW

If a home buyer wants to upgrade some items, but have a tight budget, my advice would be to upgrade to the eco-friendly smart glass. Not only does it boost the energy star rating of your home and save you money on heating and cooling, it’s from a name that you can trust.

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Aaron Anstis – Ocean Grove, VIC

This is going to very subjective and will be different in nearly every case. Some people will want to invest in visual upgrades to make living in their new home more appealing, like black tap-ware, floor to ceiling tiles and nice light fittings, while others will want to invest in a hard-wearing floor to ensure the kids and pets are catered for. Increasing the size of a garage might be a priority for storage or amazing kitchen appliances for the home chef. I like working with our clients to figure out what they enjoy or need and work towards getting those things into their budget.

Amira Willingham – Ballarat, VIC

I have always been a believer in the fact that you should spend money upgrading items that you cannot change after the build. This includes areas such as higher ceilings and brick selection to the home.

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Gillian Coleman – Bathurst/Orange NSW

Adding a butler’s pantry is a great idea for keeping the main kitchen tidy, as it’s the heart of the home. In my opinion a well laid out kitchen sells the home!

Russell Pearse – Ararat, VIC

I agree with Aaron, as various home buyers find certain areas more important than others. It is very subjective. Prominent features I’ve noticed in homes include future-proofing a home such as step-less showers and a level access/entry.

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Glenda Heath – Port Lincoln, SA

The kitchen is definitely an important space to upgrade as it’s an important factor during the sale of a home. This can include spending your budget upgrading things such as down-lights, the ceiling height and air conditioning.

Lyndsey Clarke – Central Coast, NSW

I think items such as ducted air conditioning, stacker doors and down-lights are well worth upgrading. Ducted air is necessary on the Central Coast, especially during heat waves! Down-lights are also a fantastic way to highlight the open plan living and kitchen area, which is commonly the most used area of the home. However, down-lights aren’t necessary in every room, but to have them scattered throughout the kitchen and living is well worth it. Lastly, stacker doors from the living to the alfresco can add lots of space to the home. Being able to create a flow from inside the home to the outside area is perfect for those summer evenings.

Anthony Wolff – Mackay, QLD

The kitchen is a great area of the home to upgrade. It’s the heart of the home and so many affordable luxuries are overlooked.


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