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Renovating Your Outdoor Area For Summer

Renovating Your Outdoor Area For Summer

Warmer weather and longer days mean summer is just around the corner. Summer in Perth is a time for entertaining, getting together outside and enjoying the long afternoons.

As the days get warmer life in our sunny state moves from living rooms to alfresco areas.

Whether it’s a neighbourly get-together, reclining with a good book, or a meal with the extended family, it’s around this time of year the blinds are rolled up and outdoor furniture dusted off for another year.

If you find yourself looking wistfully out your window wishing for a revamped alfresco area, then you’re not alone. Spring is the perfect time to consider an outdoor renovation in Perth.

There are so many benefits for adding an outdoor area, from increased home value through to extra space for growing families to live comfortably.

Getting your alfresco area in shape before truly arrives means you will be ready to entertain, relax or just live in modern comfort.

Here’s our ultimate guide to outdoor renovations Perth families will love living in.

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Practical Tips To Get Started

Set a budget for the outdoor renovation

If you’ve tried Googling “how much does an alfresco area renovation cost” then you might already know there is no hard and fast rule here. The main things to consider when setting a budget are:

  • Construction and landscaping
  • Roofing
  • Features and fixtures (e.g. outdoor kitchen, lighting)
  • Finishing (e.g. decking, paving, rendering)
  • Furniture and atmosphere

Don’t worry if you are still in the dark about how much you need to squirrel away. We are happy to provide a complimentary consultation to help you get the right information.

You may be surprised at just how affordable outdoor renovations in Perth are when you work with an experienced locally owned company like Addstyle Master Builders.

How will you use the alfresco area?

One of the biggest benefits of an alfresco area is its versatility. Think ahead a little here and try to picture your future life with the addition of an outdoor area.

What do you see? Are you hosting a sundowner? Playing with nieces and nephews by the pool? Cooking a BBQ feast for the neighbours? Opening the sliding doors to create a flexible indoor/outdoor living room?

Likewise, think about WHO the alfresco area is for. Many Perth outdoor renovations create a space with two or more functions in mind, perfect for sociable families or year-round outdoor living shielded from the elements.

Consider the afternoon sun

An alfresco renovation is the perfect time to capture the afternoon sun in just the right way. You may want to be shaded from the full force of the hot summer sun but capitalise on the last rays in winter to keep you warm.

With a bit of clever planning, Perth’s best alfresco area design and construction team can give you the best of both worlds.

Outdoor kitchen

Alfresco cooking ranges from a small mobile BBQ to a full-fledged outdoor kitchen with plumbing, a pizza oven and of course a beer fridge in easy reach.

Enclosed or semi-enclosed alfresco areas can be used all year round for cooking and dining, so why not consider adding functional features like a built-in BBQ and prep area or get creative and work in a woodfired pizza oven for the ultimate in outdoor entertaining.

Or if you’re not committed to outdoor cooking, you could consider adding a servery window between the kitchen and alfresco area for easy entertaining.

Functional furniture

Gone are the days of bulky plastic furniture and uncomfortable cushions being the only options in outdoor furniture. An alfresco remodel is the ideal time to rethink your design choices and modernise with comfortable, versatile furniture.

Wood and wicker are making a comeback in Perth outdoor renovations, and it’s safe to say a well-placed concrete table is always a good choice. For flexibility between living, dining and entertaining you could look at modular furniture that moves with your lifestyle.

Our design team can work with you to find finishing touches that are perfectly suited to your taste and budget.

Plants

Greenery is an easy way to breathe life into an alfresco area. But it’s more than just visual: you can also use your outdoor renovation to create a small herb garden, add a fragrant flowering lavender or jasmine bush, or plant natives that keep mosquitoes at bay.

Check out our alfresco area design tips for more plant-based goodness.

Light it up!

Last but certainly not least, lighting is a key consideration to creating the vibe in your Perth outdoor renovation.

Don’t be afraid to get creative with lighting. Think about using dimmable downlights to transition from dining to entertaining, or edge-lighting the space for a subtle, sophisticated glow. And don’t forget about pool lighting for an impressive look that will have everyone reaching for their bathers.

Speak to the Addstyle design team for lighting tips that will illuminate your alfresco vision in style.

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Addstyle Master Builders: Stunning Outdoor Renovations in Perth

Addstyle are your perfect partner to transform dreams of outdoor living into a reality, with alfresco areas tailored to suit your lifestyle.

From start to finish we follow your vision and find ways to make it incredible without breaking the budget. That’s why our team is the trusted alfresco renovator in Perth, backed by 200 peer-judged awards over our 30 years in business.

Contact Addstyle Master Builders for a free consultation and take the first steps in getting your home in shape for summer with an outdoor renovation.

5 ways a home renovation will change your life

5 ways a home renovation will change your life

1. You will become the envy of your neighbours

With a fresh internal update, the addition of some added space, or a facelift giving improved street appeal, you’re set to have the most Instagram-worthy house on the street. Your neighbours may become seriously jealous as your home makes theirs appear completely inferior in comparison. You may need to invite them all around for a neighborhood BBQ to make it up to them: BYO compliments.

2. You may become a homebody

With a fabulous ‘new’ home to spend your time in, you will never want to leave. Swap restaurants for dining from your stunning new kitchen, binge Netflix in your spacious Home Theatre, or laze the day away in the year-round comfort of your new Alfresco Area. Your friends may send out a missing persons alert!

3. You will entertain more at home

Once complete, all your friends and family will want to come and check out your renovation, but it’s also the perfect opportunity to entertain and perhaps show off just a little bit. Whether you’re looking to extend your living areas or to add a balcony addition to take in some great views, you will find yourself being ‘host with the most’.

4. You will become a home décor enthusiast

With inspiration available on every platform from Pinterest, Instagram and blogs, to renovation shows, home catalogues and interior design sites, you are sure to become a master home décor enthusiast. With so much knowledge available at your fingertips you may find a new passion or even a new career.

5. You will declutter and de-stress

Whether it’s your children’s bikes that have been sitting in the garage for 10 years, kitchen pantry clutter or the black hole that is your Walk in Robe, a home renovation gives you the perfect opportunity to  declutter and remove all those unnecessary items from your life. Go the full Marie Kondo and you will not only declutter your home, but in the process your soul will feel lighter too. 🙂

However, BEWARE POTENTIAL RENOVATORS: As a poorly renovated home will not improve your life, it can waste your money and cause more stress than benefit – Those beautiful Italian tiles you selected will loose their wow factor if poorly laid, your cabinetry won’t look good for long if cheaply manufactured and you will be up for a fight getting substandard trades to return to correct poor workmanship.

You can avoid the stress and enjoy the process if you choose a professional renovation company to manage your project for you. Select a team who has the experience, expertise and resources to undertake the job efficiently, professionally and provide good overall value.

Addstyle Master Builders has undertaken hundreds of beautiful renovations over the past 30 years. From kitchen and bathroom remodels, to alfresco area and carport additions, and large scale home extensions and second storey additions. With a full team of building professionals including an in-house architect, interiors consultant and WA’s most awarded renovation construction team, Addstyle is the premier choice in home renovation builders Perth.

Granny Flats: Who are we really building them for?

Granny Flats: Who are we really building them for?

Granny flats are no longer just for granny, so who else are we building them for?

Adult Children

With the cost of rent and everyday living expenses rising, saving a deposit for a house is becoming increasingly difficult for our young adults. Building a granny flat for your adult children allows them to save funds for a deposit on their own home, whilst still providing some modicum of independence and personal space. The added bonus is that you get to spend more time as a family without stepping on each other’s toes.

AirBNB

Adding ancillary accommodation for the purposes of short-term leasing, via platforms such as AirBNB, is an emerging and fast growing trend. Not only can this provide a viable and convenient home business, in most the income generated easily covers the cost of the addition, then some.

Work From Home

We are finding a lot of independent Perth business owners are choosing to build granny flats on their property to facilitate the ‘work from home’ lifestyle while retaining the separation of their personal, family space. Not only does this enable them to have a dedicated professional work environment, but it also saves on rental costs for a commercial premises whilst adding value to the family property.

FIFO Worker

The lifestyle of a fly-in fly-out worker typically means the home is left unoccupied for a good portion of the year. A brilliant new concept we have seen emerging is the addition of a granny flat to the property, which allows the owner to live in on their R&R days back in Perth and rent out the main house. You not only benefit financially from the rental income but as a positive side effect the home will remain secure and maintained whilst they’re away at work.

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Students

Student housing can be difficult to find in Perth, somewhere close to public transport or the university itself is ideal but without the hefty price tag of a 3×2 rental. Perth property owners can benefit from building a custom granny flat with separate access to the main home, which allows for the ancillary space to be rented. Not only will you be earning an income from a space that would have remained otherwise unused, but again you are adding value to the property itself. Bear in mind, to focus on the student rental market the living space will more than likely need to be fully furnished and include access to Wi-Fi.

As with any decision to undertake renovations or an extension to your property, you will need to ensure you that it is designed and built by an established, reputable builder who can manage the process from start to end.

The dedicated team at Addstyle has worked in the Perth and surrounding area for three decades now and has acquired the enviable title of Western Australia’s most awarded home improvement team. Every project we undertake is unique and you can entrust our team of professionals to make your improvement dreams a reality.

2019 Kitchen Trends

2019 Kitchen Trends

2019 has arrived and the growth in Perth home renovation is showing no signs of slowing. The Addstyle home renovations team is busier than ever assisting Perth and south-west WA homeowners bring their kitchen remodeling dreams to life. Here is a list of 10 kitchen renovation trends that we are predicting will gain popularity over the coming year.

1. Modern Bistro/Café style Kitchens.

2019 will see trends continue to move toward a bistro kitchen design allowing the café-style ‘lets meet up for coffee’ experience within the home. Big island benches to congregate around, with feature pendants lighting make the space inviting and enjoyable to social in. People are also more coffee savvy than ever before and as a result we are seeing more high-tech, semi-professional coffee machines being incorporated into the kitchen, allowing the average person to enjoy the Caffe Latte experience at home.

2. Free standing cookers are back!
Make a statement in the kitchen with a ‘ Multi-functional Freestanding Cooker’ Gas, Electric, Induction…..The sky is the limit these days with affordability and ease of function being the all-important key.  These upright cookers allow anyone to feel like a gourmet master chef in their own home.  Paired with multi-functional smart app technology, a freestanding cooker can be the jewel in the crown of any new Kitchen.

3. Office Hub // Work Station

With the Kitchen being the centre of the home, we now utilise the space not only for cooking but for dining, gathering with family and friends, and also as the home office and children’s homework space. We are seeing an increased need for that all important office hub integrated into a kitchen. An area that allows a multi-functional environment whilst being able to oversee the family in those busy times in the home. A must have is a charger station with USB ports and wireless chargers to accommodate the whole family’s needs.

4. Digital technology // Into the Future

The modern kitchen in 2019 will see more use of integrated technology with appliances controlled from apps on our smart phones or by voice command. The smart fridge for instance, allows the user to not only access and control appliance settings but also to access the built-in cameras remotely to see what is inside the refrigerator, making grocery shopping that much easier. Another trend we see for 2019 is the use of built in wine preservation and dispensing systems for the at home sommelier, for instance the Quatro from Wine Motion.

5. Matte Black // Matte is Back

Continuing its ascent in 2019 is ‘Matte Black’.  In previous years we have seen matte black plumbing fittings gain popularity in the wet areas and this has now grown to include lighting fixtures, furniture and appliances. The smooth finish combined with the black/charcoal tones often contrast well with kitchens of a lighter colour scheme. Inclusively the colours also flow well with darker, more natural tones to provide a sleek and sophisticated look.

6. Greenery // Flora or Vegetation

With renewed focus on health and wellbeing, an indoor herb garden can bring a touch of vitality to the kitchen. The benefit is having health only a step away and also adding warmth to the overall feel. The low/no maintenance alternative is the use of artificial plants and the quality and availability of faux-greenery has improved significantly. Greenery allows individual style and personality into the space, and is paired well this year with with stone pots or jute baskets. Check out the extensive range at Freedom https://www.freedom.com.au/decorate/artificial-flowers-plants/all-flowers-foliage

7. Butlers Pantry or Floor to Ceiling Cabinets // Say goodbye to clutter

Butlers pantries have been a consistent style choice for the past few years, with the ability to reduce the appearance of bulky appliances on the kitchen countertops and create additional space for storage without cluttering the kitchen. But what to do if you don’t have the excess space for a butlers pantry? The answer is floor to ceiling cabinets; not only can they create a timeless look for your kitchen but they also provide the benefits of a butlers pantry without intruding too greatly on your kitchen space.  The streamline look is on trend with cabinet handles, out and ‘Push to Open’ with finger grip openers, in.

8. Stone Concrete Splashback

The days of the glass splashbacks are now making way for the new stone concrete look, which blend seamlessly with the kitchen countertops. Subway tiles are also proving timelessly on-trend.

9. Underfloor Heating // Heating the Hearth
With kitchens being the heart of the modern home it is only fitting to make it warm and inviting. With underfloor heating more economical in 2019 than ever before and worth possible consideration when planning the kitchen renovation. A handy tip is to do your research with your chosen flooring as some materials are more conductive and offer better heat retention.

10. Metallics
Metallic accents continue to trend, with Gold being the front runner in 2019. Think tap-ware, lighting and accessories to bring warmth and tone to a neutral kitchen palette.

Choose the best Perth kitchen renovation company

Finding the right renovation company to manage your kitchen renovation is imperative to a good experience. Look for a company with a proven track record of quality construction and experience with kitchen design that is well established in the market. Addstyle is WA’s most awarded home renovation and extension builder and has been servicing the Perth market for over 30 years. Addstyle is a full-service, design and build home renovation company with a full team of experts to manage your entire project from conception to handover.

Contact Addstyle today to arrange a complimentary home extension consultation.

Planning the Perfect Kitchen Renovation

Planning the Perfect Kitchen Renovation

When it comes to building and renovating, no room in the home demands more consideration and deliberation than the kitchen. While planning a kitchen renovation can be exciting it can also quickly become overwhelming and costs can easily spiral out of control. Over the past 30 years Addstyle has undertaken hundreds of successful Perth kitchen renovations and we list below our top tips for planning the perfect kitchen renovation.

Layout

 

Firstly, determine your general kitchen layout. Will it be a one or two-sided galley style, U-shaped or L-shaped? Carefully consider how you will use the space as these days cooking is just one of a number of activities undertaken in the kitchen. Many families now use their kitchen to congregate at the beginning and end of each day, dine, entertain their friends, and even work. It is now common to see dining spaces and data work stations integrated into the kitchen, and island benches are becoming multi-functional hubs and storage centres.

 

Sculleries and Butler’s Pantries

 

Kitchen sculleries and Butler’s pantries have fast become kitchen design staples. A Butler’s pantry will generally be a walk-in-size pantry with a bench top and power for storage of appliances, as well as food. A scullery on the other hand will generally include a sink, dishwasher and a bin and sometimes it will also include full cooking facilities such as a second oven and cook top. The purpose of a scullery is to provide a space for the ‘messy’ activities of the kitchen to be kept out of sight, while the main kitchen space is kept clutter-free for entertaining.

 

The Kitchen Work Triangle

 

The kitchen work triangle is a concept that emerged in the nineteen twenties and it remains an important consideration when planning a functional kitchen layout. The concept identifies the three primary work areas in the kitchen as the cooktop/oven, the sink and the fridge, and maintains that the three areas should be laid out in an efficient triangle. Extending on this theory we would recommend that the dishwasher is always located near the sink and a bin is located underneath the main preparation area.

 

Plumbing

 

Perhaps the most important advice in planning a kitchen renovation is to try to avoid moving your plumbing. Plumbing can be expensive to relocate, so if you can design your layout with the sink and gas cook top in the same location you will avoid these costly changes.

 

Appliances

 

Consider your appliances: Do you want one or two ovens? Wall, under-bench or freestanding? Do you want an induction or gas cook top? Does your new fridge require plumbing for water/ice? Do you want a built-in coffee maker, steam oven, microwave? There is much to consider. Most importantly, be sure to provide the exact specifications to your cabinet maker prior to manufacture of your cabinetry.

 

Cabinetry and bench-tops

 

As with all aspects of building, you get what you pay for with cabinetry. You not only want good quality cabinetry that will withstand constant use and look good for more than a few months, you also want to ensure that it is fitted and finished well. While there are some attractive ready-made products on the market, custom cabinetry that is made-to-measure will provide a superior finish as it will fit the space perfectly, and can also allow for minor discrepancies or irregularities in the existing space. A quality cabinet maker will also provide a good standard of service and warranty if issues arise or re-alignments are required down the track.

 

As for bench-tops there are many options available these days from laminates, which have improved in quality and variety, to stones, marble, granite, timber and formed concrete. Beware however that not all products are created equal, particularly when it comes to manufactured stones and laminates. Choose a quality manufacturer and installer as some cheaper options may end up costing you later if they crack, scratch, fade or stain easily.

 

Materials and colours

 

Your selection of colours and materials will generally be the elements that provide the first and lasting impression. As a general rule it is advisable to work with a neutral palette whether it be monochrome, or greys, or cream and beige tones; and then use accessories and plants to add pops of colour. Use the likes of Instagram, Pinterest and interior design magazines for inspiration or use an interior design service or your builder’s pre-start consultant to assist and advise you. For advice on current Kitchen Trends read the following article by Addstyle’s own in-house pre-start and selections consultant: Top Kitchen Trends for 2018.

 

Addstyle is Perth’s most awarded home renovation company and has undertaken hundreds of kitchen renovations over the past 30 years. To discuss your own home renovation project with our multi-awarded team, contact us to arrange a complimentary in-home consultation.

 

Enhance Your Perth Property with a Quality-Built Granny Flat

Enhance Your Perth Property with a Quality-Built Granny Flat

Enhance Your Perth Property with a Quality-Built Granny Flat

Recent changes to local planning legislation have made it easier than ever for homeowners to add value to their property by adding ancillary accommodation without having to contend with too many restrictions and red tape. The result has created a boom in custom granny flats.

Granny Flats Are no longer just for Grandparents

Traditionally, granny flats provided families with an ideal solution when grandparents need to move closer to the extended family. A self-contained dwelling on the property allows elderly family members to remain close enough for comfort and security, whilst still enjoying a satisfying level of privacy and autonomy.

However, there are plenty of other reasons to consider adding ancillary accommodation to your property.

As property prices remain high around Australia, it has become increasingly difficult for our young adults to enter the property market. As a result many families are searching for solutions to cater for co-habitation as these young adults live at home for longer. An independent on-site dwelling offers adult children the opportunity to live in relative privacy whilst establishing themselves and saving up that extra money needed for a down payment.

Granny flats can also be used to add detached multi-purpose studios to properties or to create indoor-outdoor spaces such as pool houses. And with the increase in work-from-home professionals found in Perth, we’re also seeing many homeowners set up on-site offices that allow them to leave home without physically leaving the property when they report to work each day.

Finally, adding a granny flat to your property can even provide a sound investment opportunity. As a self-contained dwelling, a detached home on your property could bring in a significant weekly rental income. Adding on to your property to increase its value is even easier to justify when you’re confident that you’ll start seeing returns on your investment immediately – and not just on that distant day of sale.  

Finding a Team You Can Trust to Construct Your Granny Flat

If you’re considering improving your existing property in Perth, then you’re certainly not alone. House additions and extensions provide homeowners with a practical and highly affordable means of expanding their living area whilst adding bricks-and-mortar value to their property without the need to move or purchase new land.

However, it’s worth noting that those same relaxed regulations that have made it easier to add a granny flat to your property also come with a few challenges. First of all, there are plenty of builders in the market who use compromised building materials and methods to provide a seemingly cheap product. Unfortunately, as with any area of building, you get what you pay for. At Addstyle we use only quality construction methods and materials to provide a finish that not only looks great but will continue to look great for many years to come. And the best news is that we can provide this for a very competitive price and in comparable construction time frame.

Addstyle Master Builders has worked in the Perth and the surrounding area for three decades now, and in that amount of time, we’ve developed a reputation for the quality and reliability of our work. When you commission Addstyle for home extensions and property improvements, you can rest assured that you are in the safe hands of Western Australia’s most experienced and awarded home improvement team.

We Supply Our Clients with Custom Granny Flats

A quick survey of new construction in Perth reveals that many builders prefer one-size-fits-all solutions. But at Addstyle, we prioritise the specific needs and desires of our clients. When you engage Addstyle to build a granny flat on your property, we’ll see to it that the final structure is perfectly suited to your property as well as to your own design sensibilities.

Every project we undertake is unique, but each begins with an in-depth consultation with the client. We’ll work hard to understand your needs and expectations – as well as how you plan to use this new addition to your property. As a result, we’re able to deliver truly customised solutions that blend with existing architecture and stand the test of time.

Take a look at our project gallery for an idea of the calibre of work we carry out in Perth and greater WA. And if you have any questions about our design-and-build process or the possibility of building a granny flat on your property, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.