Creating a well-designed home takes time, effort, and thought. When you are considering renovating or extending your home, formulating a styling plan is a great place to start.
Also known as a ‘mood board’, a styling plan allows you to collate all the design elements you like in one place for easy reference. This helps brief your home renovation designer by giving them a clearer idea of your likes and dislikes, so that your finished design is true reflection of your individual personality and style.
Read on to learn more about creating a styling plan for your home renovation or home extension project.
What is a styling plan?
A styling plan is a collection of designs, colours, materials, and furniture ideas to help you finetune and prioritise your desired home renovation look and feel. Perhaps you’re looking for a Hamptons style, modern-architectural, or federation character.
When faced with the possibility of dramatically changing the layout of your home through a renovation or the adding a second storey extension, choosing what you want can be overwhelming. Stay focused by creating a styling plan to narrow your options to colours and styles to fit your desired aesthetic.
Articulate your personal style
Whether you create a plan by yourself or by working with an experienced designer, a styling plan can help keep your project on track and allow your personal style to shine through. The plan will keep you focused on your aims for each room and help you create a cohesive theme and aesthetic for your home extension. Creating a coherent look involves looking beyond wall colour or furniture, including accessories and hardware. These details can change the look and feel of a room completely. For example, ultra-modern door hardware may look out of place in a heritage-style home renovation.
What are your must-haves?
Make sure you have included must-have, non-negotiable elements in your style plan, and be sure to talk in-depth about these with your builder. Let them know what areas are flexible (e.g., making a butler’s pantry slightly smaller so you can have a larger laundry) and what elements are essential.
How to get started
They are so many fantastic tools available to help you get started, but Pinterest is a good place to start.
Pinterest styling plans
There are over 100 billion Pins on Pinterest, which means if there is a style you like, there will be a board pinned with hundreds of ideas. Choose a look (Hamptons, Heritage, Modern) and start searching for inspiration. Think of Pinterest as a catalogue of ideas just waiting for you to sort through. Try creating styling plans for each room in your house, saving the ideas that appeal most. Once you have a collection, meet with your home extension builder in Perth and talk through your ideas.
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Our team includes Perth’s most awarded team of design professionals, including an in-house architect and specialist building designers and draftspeople as well as an in-house interior designer to guide, advise and bring your vision to life.
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So, you’ve bought a classic heritage home, but it needs some renovations to turn it into your dream house – what happens next? Renovating heritage homes in Western Australia requires navigating your way through a number of council regulations and restrictions.
Here’s what you need to know.
Heritage Home Renovations in WA
Heritage homes are scattered through many older, more established suburbs in Perth and while we love their traditional appeal, renovating heritage homes can be a challenging process.
These homes often have council regulations and restrictions on what you can change. Heritage significance is assessed on historic and aesthetic values that are deemed worthy of preservation for future generations. Buildings can be independently heritage listed or you might buy one that’s in a ‘heritage conservation area.’
These can both have different impacts on your renovation goals.
Is your home heritage listed or located in a heritage precinct?
If the home is officially heritage listed or located in a heritage precinct, there will be strict regulations around how it can be renovated, and the local authority will usually dictate the colour palette and materials used.
The local council will engage a heritage consultant to assess your application, which may require a detailed design justification outlining how each of the heritage requirements have been considered and reflected in the project.
Heritage Extensions and Alterations
If you want to extend or renovate your home, points you need to take into consideration include:
The size and scale of the alteration
The streetscape or neighbouring heritage listed properties
The materials used
Two general rules are:
You generally have more options at the back of the home than at the front and in most heritage precincts, building forward is not an option
If someone else in your street has recently completed a similar heritage home renovation (e.g. a second storey addition or extension), your approval should be fairly straightforward
Any new additions must retain the ‘integrity’ of the original building. This basically means that any new addition must be sympathetic to the original building, while remaining distinguishable, ensuring the historic integrity of the existing building is maintained.
Careful consideration should be given to the consistency of floor and ceiling heights, as well as joinery. Above all you must ensure that workmanship is to a quality standard, reflective of the passion and care that was invested into the original home.
Although it may be a more complicated task than renovating the average home, choosing to renovate and reinvigorate a heritage home provides you with an opportunity to contribute to the preservation of an area’s history.
Bring your heritage home back to life with Addstyle
Addstyle Master Builders is renowned as Perth’s heritage and character home specialist. Addstyle has undertaken hundreds of heritage home renovations over the past 33 years and is Perth’s most awarded heritage home renovation builder.
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2020 took staying at home to a new level, with us spending more time than ever within the boundaries of our property. This also meant that we started to use our homes differently than before, with many of us relegated to fashioning a workable office or teaching space in our houses, proving agility and flexibility when coping with a global pandemic. All this time at home, combined with an inability to travel anywhere, has seen new trends emerging for 2021, focusing on creating functional, environmentally conscious and aesthetically pleasing spaces.
Sustainable materials like biomaterials and cladding are seeing huge growth, along with a move towards natural colourways and rustic organic soft furnishings.
Read on to learn more about the top 2021 renovation trends:
As society becomes more conscious of our footprint, we are seeing modern homes trending towards green solutions, making use of the sun and wind to heat and cool the house, with solar panels and grey water systems increasing in popularity. Homeowners are thinking more and more about the environmental impact of home design, and this is reflected in current building materials, home renovation and home extension style choices.
Perhaps the biggest trend we have seen in the past months has been the increase in investment spent on outdoor spaces. It’s all about resort style living, with a design focus on the integration of indoors and out, high-spec outdoor kitchens for year-round entertaining, and hotel-style furnishings throughout. If we can’t enjoy holiday travel, we’re bringing the holiday to us.
Work from home spaces
COVID-19 taught us that our working from home environment had a positive affect on productivity – in many cases working from home actually boosted productivity, as well as improving work/life balance. 2021 home renovations will see an emphasis on multifunctional design, achieved by the introduction of modular furniture, concealed storage and sliding screens, creating flexible spaces to work, play and relax. We are seeing an increasing number of clients requesting their spaces serve as relaxation spaces and work and home-schooling spaces.
The trend for open plan living is still showing no signs of slowing down. Open plan spaces are great for entertaining and suit a relaxed, laidback lifestyle. They work well for contemporary coastal homes and feel luxurious and contemporary.
Despite being a relatively young city, Perth’s respect for heritage continues to deepen. The ‘old meets new’ design trends continue with more homeowners requesting a restoration to the original home juxtaposed with a modern-architectural extension. Whether the extension is a seamless heritage style, or something more modern, homeowners are valuing the importance of attention to detail with heritage style home renovations. As people looking for traditional styles to soothe the uncertainty of the world, heritage style second storey additions and home extensions provide comfort.
We are also seeing a definite move towards natural, earthy tones, featuring heavy textures, beiges and browns. This reflects a desire to reconnect with the natural world, and the need for comfort and security. Earthy tones, raw timber beams, natural stones and timber-look tiles – this home renovation trend looks set to stay for a while. If you’re considering adding a second storey or home extension to your house, consider natural finishes.
Get on trend with Addstyle Master Builders
Addstyle are Perth’s remodelling specialists, transforming living spaces with innovative modern home renovations. From full-home makeovers to home extensions, and second storey additions to alfresco area additions, we’re here to help you embrace 2021’s home renovation trends with high quality work guaranteed to last. With the government grant still available, there has never been a better time to renovate.
Get in touch to discuss your renovation vision and find out for yourself why we are Western Australia’s most awarded home renovation builder and designer.
Just mention you’re thinking about renovating or extending your home and you’ll start hearing horror stories about how stressful it is. Bad news gets shared quickly, and the most common stories we hear from clients are around how hard it is to find a trustworthy and respected builder.
Renovating can be stressful if not managed properly, and the last thing you need is to engage a contractor who appears to be qualified, experienced and professional, only to have things deteriorate after you sign the contract.
Find a home renovation company you can trust
You want a renovator who always has your best interests at heart, who can be relied on to provide solutions not problems – reducing your stress levels and helping make your dream home renovation easy.
Find a respected builder
You need a builder you can form a partnership with. As, from the moment you choose to add a second storey, build a granny flat, or add an extension, you will likely be communicating with your builder on a daily basis. If your home renovation or extension allows you to stay living in the home during construction, the likelihood is that you will get to know your builder very well. You need to find a respected home renovation you can rely on to undertake the project efficiently and expertly, and someone with whom you can communicate freely.
It’s vital you are realistic in your budget, as your builder will work within those parameters, so make sure to allow for extras and unexpected costs. To reduce the risk of getting a nasty surprise, ensure that you receive a thorough and detailed project specification that outlines all the inclusions, exclusions, materials and construction methods. A one-page summary will not do.
It’s also important to consider how your proposed extension or renovation will affect other rooms in the house, as this may add to the cost and complexity. An experienced design and build renovator will take all of this into consideration and balance the implications of the design with your budget.
Understand what is important to you
No two renovations are the same, and what is important to you may be meaningless to someone else, so define what is a must-have (e.g. a granny flat for aging parents) and what is a nice-to-have (e.g. a pool house to relax in), as this will inform your decision-making as the project shapes up and costs are clarified.
Think about your long-term plans
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Addstyle Master Builders is the team you can trust to create a personalised, detailed renovation or extension design that elevates your living standards and meets your budget. Since 1988 we have been helping WA families achieve amazing results by collaborating closely on home renovation projects.
With a full-service team of building professionals and a large network of trusted contractors, we are committed to delivering stress-free home renovations on-time, on-budget, and on-brand.
Get in touch to discuss your home renovation and find out why we are Western Australia’s most awarded home renovation builder and designer.
Everything you need to know about the Government home renovation grant
Eligible Australians can apply for a $25,000 home renovation grant under a new Federal Government scheme to re-start the construction sector in the wake of coronavirus. The grant scheme will help around 27,000 people build or substantially renovate their home.
$680m+ allocated to HomeBuilder
Open to eligible owner-occupiers and first home buyers
You can access $25k for home renovations
Minimum renovation value and other eligibility criteria apply
Open for contracts signed before Thursday, 31 December 2020
Grants assessed and implemented by State authorities
HomeBuilder is a time-limited grant for eligible owner-occupiers and new home buyers. By making building and renovating more accessible for thousands of Australians.
You don’t need to build a new home to access HomeBuilder. This is great news for anyone considering substantial home renovations in 2020, with capital and income in line with HomeBuilder’s eligibility criteria.
Employs more than 1.2m people, mostly small businesses (1-20 employees)
HomeBuilder Eligibility criteria explained
HomeBuilder is open to the thousands of Australian adults who own their own home or are planning to build. To qualify for a home renovation grant, you must meet these personal criteria:
You are 18 or older
You are an Australian citizen
You come under these income caps for the 2018/19 tax year (or later)
$125k per year for individuals
$200k per year for couples
Do I need to build a new home to access HomeBuilder?
No, the good news is HomeBuilder is also a home renovation grant. However, you are not automatically eligible for any renovation project. Your renovation contract (with a licenced building contractor) must meet these eligibility criteria:
You sign a home renovation or building contract between 4 June and 31 December 2020
Home renovation contract is between $150k and $750k
Property value (before renovation) does not exceed $1.5m
You are the registered owner on the title and live at the property
Here’s what the Government fact sheet says about substantial renovations:
“To be substantial, the renovation need not involve removal or replacement of foundations, external walls, interior supporting walls, floors, roof or staircases. However, it should improve the accessibility or safety or liveability of the property. How accessibility and liveability requirements are assessed for renovations is a matter for States and Territories.
Examples of works that would not qualify include standalone granny flats, swimming pools, tennis courts, and structures that are not connected to the property (i.e. outdoor spas and saunas, sheds or standalone garages).”
HomeBuilder for home builders
The grant is also open to people building brand new homes, provided they are owner-occupiers and make the property their principal place of residence when it’s finished.
Investment properties and owner-builders are not eligible
Same personal and income criteria apply to home builders
Property value cannot exceed $750,000 (including land)
One of the biggest groups to benefit – alongside home renovators – is first home builders. The HomeBuilder grant does not cancel out concessions like First Home Owners Grant, First Home Loan Deposit Scheme or stamp duty relief for new builds. Instead, it provides an additional $25,000 incentive to build their first home this year.
Why is there a minimum home renovation value?
To receive a home renovation grant, the contract value must be between $150,000 and $750,000. This is only for the renovation work: the property value (up to $1,500,000) is assessed separately. You can only apply for HomeBuilder once per property, and if more than one person is listed on the title you must apply as a couple.
While the Government has not said as much, the understanding is the value cap will prevent investors and landlords from accessing home renovation funds to boost the value of their investment and line their pockets.
HomeBuilder is a construction stimulus package, but it is also designed to help first home builders and owner-occupiers needing renovations to improve their quality of life. While the income limits and minimum home renovation value may preclude some homeowners from undertaking minor renovations, the grant was always intended to supplement significant investment from homeowners who might have been considering delaying their home renovations until 2021.
How can I access the $25k HomeBuilder grant for home renovations?
HomeBuilder is being assessed and distributed by the relevant State or Territory treasury departments. In Western Australia, RevenueWA is accepting HomeBuilder applications for new homes and home renovation grants. You can find more information about the application process and apply for a home renovation grant on the WA State Government website.
Note: RevenueWA is also offering a $20,000 “Building Bonus” grant for new homes on vacant land and off-the-plan builds. This is additional to HomeBuilder and not to be confused with the $25,000 Commonwealth grant.
When are applications assessed?
Applications are currently open with RevenueWA. The office has not specified how long the process takes; however, eligible applications are being backdated to 4 June 2020. That means you should still be able to apply retroactively for an eligible construction or home renovation project already underway.
When should I apply and when will I receive the money?
Applications must be submitted by 31 December 2020 to be considered.
Turnaround time should be quick to stimulate the economy. How long assessment and payment take will depend on the volume of applications received.
What if my eligibility changes?
If circumstances change and you are no longer eligible for HomeBuilder, you need to notify RevenueWA immediately. Providing false or misleading information is a criminal offence, and anyone caught trying to cheat the system may face prosecution.
Accessing HomeBuilder for home renovations
Addstyle Master Builders is Western Australia’s most awarded home renovation builder for a reason. As well as delivering exceptionally high renovation quality standards, we are committed to making the renovation process simple for our clients.