2 Best Bathroom Renovation Trends of 2022

2 Best Bathroom Renovation Trends of 2022
By far one of the most popular renovations we complete is the bathroom renovation. People are addicted to renovating their bathroom for a few reasons. Firstly, nothing makes a home feel cheap like an old dodgy bathroom. Second, the small size of most bathrooms puts it in the budget of your average homeowner. Thirdly, bathroom renovations tend to follow trends more than any other room. Following trends can be a great way to make your home feel modern and beautiful. However, trends tend to fall out of fashion extremely quickly. Leaving you with a brand new bathroom that can feel tacky within just a few years. So when looking at the new bathroom renovation trends of 2022 it is important to take them with a grain of salt. Instead of telling you to hop on these trends, we’ll try and pick out the ones we think are timeless. Keeping it natural One of the first trends that we predict will be timeless is incorporating elements of nature into the interior design. This doesn’t necessarily mean bringing in huge house plants. Rather, using natural colours, natural light and a little bit of texture. A lot of modern bathrooms could be summed up as white rooms with white light. While this style is commended for its clean aesthetic, it can be rather dull. Instead switch up the white walls for some neutral, natural tones such as a Spanish white. Paired with creamy marble flooring will create a space which is far more pleasant and comforting. For obvious reasons many of us cannot install massive windows in our bathrooms without scaring off...

2 Home Renovations Tips for a Cosier Home

2 Home Renovations Tips for a Cosier Home
Home renovations are more than just upgrading the kitchens and bathrooms. Although popular and great for first time renovators, the real magic of home renovations is the ability to transform a living space into a cozy livable home. Too often are homes built cheaply with little consideration given to interior design. We’re going to share some secrets to achieving a cozy living space that are sure to make you happy or boost your properties value drastically. Lighting Lighting is one of the most important and overlooked aspects of home renovations. After all, it is easy to imagine what removing a wall might do to the space, but how will a well place light bring life to that space. We are a huge fan of installing pendant lights. A pendant light with a nice shade will give a soft even glow to a room. They also help to create spaces in larger environments. Placing the dining table under a pendant light can help separate the space in one’s mind from the lounge just a few paces away. Downlights with a dimmable switch are a must have in every room. The ability to control the mood of the room brings a unique level of adaptability. The ability to watch a movie with just a little bit of glow brings another level of warmth and coziness to the home. All Home Renovations Need Colour White walls are a popular design choice in many modern homes and for a good reason. White walls make a space feel clean and more spacious. However, the main reason for white walls is safety. It’s hard for...

Bathroom renovations: Space versus saleability

Bathroom renovations: Space versus saleability
Kiwis chasing the ultimate luxury in bathrooms are renovating in record numbers as New Zealand moves into summer. However, one renovations company is advising homeowners on how their bathroom renovations decisions may impact their ability to sell. Urging homeowners to consider that a successful future sale may well hinge on what they do with their bathroom now. Mark Trafford, managing director and founder of national renovations franchise Maintain To Profit, says it’s not unusual to have to remind homeowners to consider the needs of future buyers when renovating. “For example, a couple whose kids are all grown up and out of the home may ask us to remove the bath to free up space. The only trouble with that is that when the house is sold one day, you’re potentially ruling out young families who need a bath for the kids. “You can’t bathe a baby in the shower.” Trafford says the desire to make a bathroom bigger is understandable, particularly in a time when big bathrooms are fashionable, but there are other ways achieve a sense of space. “Bathrooms are by far our most popular renovation, so we have a lot of experience turning small pokey bathrooms into beautiful functional spaces. For example, nobody really wants a toilet in the bathroom but separating out the toilet and bathroom won’t necessarily make your bathroom look smaller if done properly.” Trafford says you could split the bathroom and toilet with a divider or separate the two entirely by perhaps sacrificing a cupboard. “You want enough functionality and space to move freely, but you also want to create the impression of...

How Your Renovation Can Survive Building Supply Shortages

How Your Renovation Can Survive Building Supply Shortages
Long delays in sourcing building material could mean home renovators risk not even starting their project until 2022. Mark Trafford, the managing director and founder of the national renovations franchise Maintain To Profit, said that with New Zealand’s borders shut and serious shipping delays at the country’s largest ports, Kiwis are still facing a perhaps three-to-six-month lag to get even some of the simplest building materials like decking timber. “There is still a huge problem with supply. The entire building sector is struggling to source decking timber, framing timber, GIB Aqualine (for bathrooms and wet areas) and other key products. “And it’s not just imported versions of these materials. Timber and decking products manufactured in New Zealand are also clogged up,” Trafford said. Many construction materials have already experienced considerable jumps in price this year. The delays are having a serious impact on lead times too. For instance, a pallet of plywood used to take two days to receive, but now it can take two weeks. Trafford said appliances can also take dozens of weeks to arrive in the country. “It’s a juggling act to get this sorted out. This week the delays might be for framing, next week it will be for appliances, and the next week after will be something else. It just doesn’t stop,” he said. The supply problem is now so acute that building companies both large and small are beginning to enact waiting lists for clients. If a renovator hasn’t organised their finances, the builder will often move on to another client that has. “It is still tough out there. Depending on the materials,...

Kiwi renovations: Three ways to party after 10

Kiwi renovations: Three ways to party after 10
The average Kiwi is dining out less in favour of socialising with friends and family at home, a trend reflected in the home renovations and maintenance market where spending is going the way of bigger kitchens and new entertainment areas – but noise is a problem. Homeowners have discovered the joys of home cooking and hanging out. Kitchen make-overs, bar areas, swimming pools and new entertainment rooms – complete with pool table – are the trend at the moment, along with home gyms. However, these improvements raise the challenge of finding ways to be less disruptive after 10pm. While Covid-19 may be turning most of us into homebodies, most seem to have decided to make the most of it by transforming our homes into places where we can live, work, play and exercise. Unfortunately, these kinds of activities generate noise, and if homeowners want to get the best out of their homes, they need to take into consideration the needs of their neighbours. 1. Soundproofing Increasingly, homeowners are looking to soundproof parts of the house, like the gym and entertainment areas. A practical idea would be to have a dedicated entertainment room lined with noise control plasterboard that is purpose made to dampen sound. The same goes for the home gym. Music and loud weights slamming down on the floor can be very disruptive. If you want a home gym, it has to be a place you want to go and train. Systems, climate control, lighting and music will make the difference between wanting to go into the home gym or avoiding it. 2. Weatherstripping for interior doors You may...

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