2021 Home Design Renovation of the Year Digital Showcase

Welcome to the 2021 Home Design Magazine Renovation of the Year Digital Showcase

Here at Complete Home, all kinds of renovations inspire us, whether it be interior or exterior, big or small, kitchen, bathroom or the whole home! Below we have a full showcase of the renovations entered into our 2021 Renovation of the year awards.

 

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Rosanna Reno

Why Adrian and Emma Daly Love Their Reno

‘We lived in a house built in the 1960’s which our family was quickly outgrowing. Weathertex has allowed us to create a very spacious, contemporary and affordable look for our renovated home. We have also been pleased to learn more about its insulation property that make it a terrific, energy efficient material.’

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Laundry 180

Why The Stamatiadis Family Love Their Reno

‘Because our laundry no longer contains a less than desirable indoor water feature caused by our internal hot water system!’

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Ribbons Family Project

Why The Ribbons Family from Western Australia Love Their Reno

‘After 15 years we are on the home stretch to finishing our home extension. The bathroom has been completed and not long before the living space and bedrooms are done too.’

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The White House on top

Why Andrew & Jodie Wilson Love Their Reno

‘We waited a long time to be able to renovate the worst house in the best street and we couldn’t be prouder.

From clean fresh interiors to resort style living outside, a master retreat that would be at home on any magazine cover to the beautiful northern ocean view. We can’t wait to enjoy what we have!’

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Whitakers Sea Change

Why The Whitakers Love Their Reno

‘Turned a 95sqm rectangle to modern functional and sustainable coastal living integrated into the garden and street scape.’

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Hamptons in Kareela

Why Andrew & Fiona Love Their Reno

‘We have taken a 1975 old white brick house and transformed it into a “new” Hamptons style home. We live in a small village style suburb and it has created such interest with all the residents, we have made an unbelievable amount of new friends with people stopping and asking what we are doing and what products we are doing it with.

Life changing experience.’

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Clifford Forever Home

Why Annie & Terry Clifford Love Their Reno

‘Our renovated home is the home of our dreams. We started with a shabby 1970s apartment and finished with a stunning classic yet modern masterpiece. We have bought and sold several homes and tackled a few renovations over the years but never to this extent and the result is beyond our expectations. It’s bright and airy, the finishes are exceptional thanks to our amazing architect and builder who made the process extremely stress free. As renovation experiences go we think we hit the jackpot in all respects!’

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Vernon NSW

Why Vernon Loves Their Reno

‘I love to renovate houses because while keeping the heritage, look and the culture of the place we can improve all aspects of living there and customise it to the owner’s desires.’

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Pie in Skye Renovation That Works

Why Baz Walters Loves His Reno

‘This Reno is all about having no utilities costs and maximum security, great entertaining, and places around the house to relax. The insulation is upgraded to the thickest bars, the cooling/ heating system upgraded, the security systems (internal and external), are the best available. We also have our own locked gate into Darnley reserve walking tracks to keep fit!

We bought the house just 4 years ago as a renovators challenge, replaced windows, roofing , added entertainment area for our muso mates, and now we are extremely satisfied. Our utilities costs are completely covered by solar feed in tariff , the excess payments, covers the gas bill most of the year. Electricity is now free of cost as our new LGChem 19kW battery powers the house at night. – not just essential circuits , the whole house!! Gutters are covered in gutter- guard to save maintenance. This is retirement bliss for me, and the renovation has eased the stress of our home ownership in retirement years ahead. I’m a retired solar specialist practising what I have tried to preach.’

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Bathroom Makeover

Why Bernard Ferrie Loves His Reno

‘Our bathroom was very tired and in need of a good work over. We decided to take a few risks and completely change the layout. We couldn’t be happier!!’

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Hot Water

Why Brendon Loves His Reno

‘I love my new solarthart hot water system! Before i had it installed, my electricity meter was using power faster than you could drink coca-cola! And it was re-heating, all day long, every time you turned on the hot tap!

Now, my 265 litre capacity state of the art solarhart hot water unit, heats once a day at 12 noon, in line with my solar power roof, to utilise, my peak power input, just amazing, all this great technology…’

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Fox Hollow

Why Brett & Sammie Love Their Reno

‘We wanted to bring the outside in. Windows and open space. A place where everywhere you looked was breathtaking. We purchased an old elevated wood cabin with a green roof overlooking the mountains. We wanted to recreate a modern acreage home full of character and charm. We have 5 kids so it needed to fit us all as well as space to entertain.’

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Monaghan Retreat

Why The Monaghan’s Love Their Reno

‘Our reno has made our house into a home – functional for all 5 kids and us parents. We love it as we now have the space to have some space and as we spend most of our working lives in doors, it is amazing to be able to come home and enjoy our own little oasis.’

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Kangaroo Valley Heritage Cottage

Why The Brewer Family Love Their Reno

‘We purchased a 100 year old heritage cottage that was in very poor state and undertook a major lift.

We loved that we managed to retain the original front cottage, at all the times being super careful to leave as much as possible of the original features. Those beautiful features are the essence of the home. We love how we improved ventilation in the bedrooms and natural light by adding extra matching period windows that we salvaged from the rear layer addition of the house that we had demolished. We love the French doors we added to have access to the wrap veranda and the natural light the bring into the rooms.

For the new rear extension used recycle bricks and black steel windows and love how compliment the soft heritage beauty without dominating.

We feel that the restoration really has shown her beauty, creating the perfect place that we call home.’

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Northern Beaches Makeover

Why The Eagars Love Their Reno

‘Our renovation transformed our dark aged 1940’s cottage into a comfortable modern living space flooded with fresh air and light. With a maturing family the addition of another level including second bathroom, study, and additional storage was much needed. We also used the opportunity to maximise an efficiency upgrade of all lighting, fans and appliances plus added solar panels and a hot water heat pump. The house now produces a surplus of energy 10 months of the year. Renovations are never easy, but we survived and couldn’t be happier with our new and improved energy efficient home.’

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WANDI paradise

Why Clémence Erdtsieck Loves Her Reno

‘Since I live in this house in 2005 I had this project in my head to have a toilet in the master bedroom. I was able to make my dream come true. Each time I walk into my bedroom and bathroom, I feel like I am entering a 5 star hotel room.’

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Marinus Home Kitchen Upgrade

Why Corne & Lezanne Marinus Love Their Reno

‘Our reno has created much needed storage space in the kitchen, while bringing it into the modern age, and also means a much more efficient use of the space available in the open plan area of the house. The pantry area allows us to keep all the appliances out, without the rest of the kitchen looking clustered, large bench tops allows for ample preparation space. The renovation has made cooking an even more enjoyable experience. An upgraded 6kW solar system has also meant we can now run our air conditioners all summer long.’

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@Sunny.Coast.Changing.Decades

Why The The Guinea Family Love Their Reno

‘Seeking a life full of creating family memories pushed us to the Sunshine Coast. The fast paced and quickly rising home prices made it nearly impossible to find our dream home. It became apparent that we would have to renovate. I always dreamt of this opportunity even though I stressed just to find a good electrician to install a ceiling fan at our last house. Now we are almost a year into renovations and the interior is nearing completion (unless we add to our to do list). In the start of 2022, we will begin the exterior renovations.’

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Mahon’s Beach Home, Torquay Victoria

Why The Mahons Loves Their Reno

‘After 20 years, 3 kids, renters and a harsh coastal environment our Torquay beach home was tired and flat – We love our Reno because it has breathed new life and freshness back into our home as well as taking it to an all-new level of comfort, practicality and life-style! Today we have a gorgeously stylish kitchen, dining and upstairs living area where the family can relax together as well as a beautiful downstairs living area and study where you can escape it all. Also, the bathroom, en-suite and laundry make wet areas fun again!’

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Rooftop solar installation

Why The The Lanham Family Love Their Reno

‘I have been wanting to get free energy from the sun for years, and now I can. I compared my winter power bill with my last years one, and since I’ve had solar power, my bill has halved! I love knowing that when the sun is shining, any power I am using is free.’

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Koppen Kitchen, Gold Coast

Why Des & Tarn Love Their Reno

‘After 5 years of designing my new kitchen on kitchen apps and convincing my wife the wall needed to be removed I finally got my dream kitchen. I’m most proud of the fact we took down the wall, did all the plastering, painting, tiling and floors ourselves. And the end result was a bright, open, functional space that’s truly beautiful.’

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Market street , Boorowa

Why Di and Pete Sykes of Boorowa Love Their Reno

‘We have owned this house for 12 years, always rented out but now it’s time to retire so a complete renovation was necessary to sell. The house had an enclosed front veranda which we have removed which shows the Beautiful stained glass windows.’

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Samelot, Sames Family Home, Curra

Why The Sames Family Love Their Reno

‘It’s designed for our family, my wife struggles to walk with chronic pain and we have 2 daughters with Autism so we needed a space for all of us. We moved in November 21 2020, we love our carousel and deck/pool areas we have sensory, movement and fun but functional for a complicated family.’

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Luke – Greenknowe Avenue

Why Elizabeth Luke Loves Her Reno

‘It is clean and uncluttered and yet provides everything you could need even though it is a 32 square meter studio apartment. There is a great ambience and calmness in the apartment that makes it a lovely place to be.’

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Buttsworth House Annandale

Why Susan and Gary Buttsworth Love Their Reno

‘The studio was the fourth and final stage for renovation of the property. Providing for extended family and guests. Access utilizes site topography with a minimum steps to enter from the garden. A sympathetic traditional design in relation to the heritage nature of our house.

The cladding used is striking in contrast by colour and pattern to the traditional rendered brickwork of the existing. This sets a new colour palette for our house. Different to the original dark gray monochrome colour scheme.’

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Donnelly Family Home Tea Gardens

Why Glenn and Jane Donnelly Love Their Reno

‘We love our Reno as this is our last home we have bought and we have completed reno on the new front entry way and garage door. We also installed a new solar system from solar edge and installed by SolarHart.’

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Corbett/ Brady Home, Beachmere qld

Why G. Corbett Loves Their Reno

‘We have the ultimate recycled and renovated home. Firstly we moved our cute mid century
weatherboard onto our block , and from there rebuilt, replaced and painted every square inch all whilst my partner was undergoing 5 major surgeries.

With a lot of help from family and friends we completed the Reno and could move into our cheap and cheerful property so he could recuperate. We love our gorgeous house. It has been a labour of love and I have been able to put my personal stamp on every room. As an artist I have my own paintings, photographs on display. I tiled, painted , made the curtains and lounge covers and landscaped. We’re so proud.’

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The Philosphers House

Why Maala Parameswaran and Grant Findlay Love Their Reno

‘This house was always big enough for our needs, but it totally lacked engagement with the view beyond and the garden below. It sits over a big rock in the back yard, so we extended a huge covered living deck, with outdoor kitchen over the rock. The deck gives two ways of accessing down to the garden below, and plenty of options for where to sit according to the weather.

We wanted to use simple and honest materials which are good for the environment. The floors, doors and structure are all hardwood (blackbutt), and the cladding is all Weathertex 75mm Weathergroove. We really love the way that the natural materials make the house feel, especially as the light and the garden have now become so much part of our daily life.’

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The Mitchell’s family home Guyra

Why The Mitchell’s Family Love Their Reno

‘My Reno has and will make a lovely Sunny area for our family living after living with a cement floors and no wind protection Now I will look out into my lovely garden through Clear Blinds and cosy furniture.’

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Solarhart

Why Gregory and Janice Howard Love Their Reno

‘The money we will save having solar and solar hot water installed is great and love being being part of saving our planet by using solar it is very important to us for our grandchildren to have a healthier planet to live in.’

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Ward Family Reno’s at Didcot QLD

Why Hazel and Stephen Ward Love Their Reno

‘We live in a tiny home on half acre in a town of several houses in a remote township called Didcot QLD.

Following our marriage and previous divorces, we had two homes to sell. This home is our first home together.

It is only one bedroom, so we needed to renovate this old little cottage. We made a verandah and an extra room/office. It was restumped, and weatherboards and windows replaced
The solar was part of the Reno so we can cheaply live there into our retirement and afford to go
travelling in our caravan.

We love our cosy tiny home and the solar power was a great addition to the renovations.
We were impressed that we could get a job done in this area… we are over the moon and hope to add more solar panels and possibly a hot water solar powered system later on.
We can now sit back and know that we are helping the environment with our energy efficienct home.’

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Wong Family Home, Brisbane

Why The Wong Family of Brisbane Love Their Reno

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Corner Store Frances & Long

Why Zac Robinson Loves His Reno

‘We purchased a run down asbestos shack that had been everything from a corner store to a surf shop. It was the older corner store in Coffs Harbour on its last legs. Now it has been returned to the community as a vibrant space to connect as well as being our home. Meet Corner Store Frances & Long.’

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Deayton Family Home Beaumont Hills

Why The Deayton Family Love Their Reno

‘When we bought the property it had heavy curtains, yellow cream walls & brown carpet. Rather gloomy! With a simple renovation involving moving a wall in the dining area to allow more space in the living area & adding a capping to the top very ordinary skirtings with blocks at each door way. A fresh coat coat of paint through out & new floor coverings. It is now light & bright with a peaceful & relaxed vibe. Large expanse of windows looking out on to a lovely northern aspect garden, which the living areas all face. It is a joy to live & entertain in.’

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Nimmo’s Home, Mossman

Why Jacinta & the Nimmo Family Love Their Reno

‘Its making our house a home, The kids have helped with the rooms they wanted/ would like, and they helped to paint… ect, we have made more room for our family to grow, and I cant wait until we add an extra bathroom on, as well sometimes its hard to shower in peace. Our home will look great once its all done.’

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Kelly Family Home

Why Jamie and Jana Kelly Love Their Reno

‘Our Reno has transformed a tiny, 2 bedder home into a resort that can fit our family of 5, the dogs and visitors. We built in a space that was once deemed no man’s land behind our pool area and linked the new build to the old house with a glass filled corridor. The outlook onto the pool from the parent’s retreat is pure relaxation at its finest.’

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Gable Roof over Deck.

Why Janelle Monsma Loves Her Reno

‘I roofed the north facing deck to allow for all-year round use of this area. The roof also shades the northern side of the house lowering the temperature in summer and keeping and even temperature in winter. It also gave me more roof space for water collection to fill the tanks and solar panels to conserve and produce electricity which is sent back to the grid, lowering my electricity bill. The space looks down the street to the Clyde river and is magnificent on a summer evening to share with friends.’

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Outdoor Reno’

Why Jim and Debra Love Their Reno

‘We built 17 years ago as first time builders, experiencing lots of wind and rain in our outdoor function area it just wasn’t working. After years of saving we had our dream outdoor, or call it indoor, entertaining area which is great for our growing teenagers to have space with mates. We boast about it all the time, best investment ever for the big kids and us!’

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Our Bathroom With a View

Why The Christiansen’s Love Their Reno

‘We purchased a 35 year home requiring a shift from the 80’s to 2021. Although the bones were always what attracted us to the home we decided in our 60’s to do a renovation.

The bathroom is our first major accomplishment, a complete gut and re-build. The view from the now picture window above the bath allows us to see into the tree-tops which for us is so heart warming and gives that wonderful feeling of being close to nature and provide light into this space which it lacked badly.’

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O’Neill Family Home, Brisbane

Why The O’Neill Family of Brisbane Love Their Reno

‘We moved into our 1950s stucco, brick home the day we left hospital after having our first child. Whilst we completed some minor renovations it took 18 years to realise our dream of a major extension to our small three bedroom, one bathroom home. The rear wall of our home was demolished to make way for a two-storey extension featuring a master suite and light filled, spacious, living, dining and wrap-around deck. The updated kitchen now overlooks our amazing open plan space and backyard. Our new old home provides beautiful spaces for our large
extended family and friends to share.’

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Jom and Bernie’s Backyard Sanctuary, Rydalmere, NSW

Why Jom and Bernie Love Their Reno

‘Covid-19 has been tough, staying home was the only thing to do during lockdown while balancing life during restrictions, thus was inspired to renovate my backyard deck area as a sanctuary and haven to enjoy. Mostly DIY deck restoration and new sandstone wall cladding and sandstone steps made it so much more cozy and inviting.’

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Julie’s Laundry Reno

Why Julie and Dad Love Their Reno

‘Moved into a new house pre lockdown and laundry was in a bad shape. We have an 18 month old in reusable nappies so laundry is very important. I was also having bathroom redone which was expensive so I decided to do the laundry myself with the help of my Dad. We got a plumber and electrician and did the rest ourselves. The laundry is modern and clean with a en caustic retro floor tile and wood counter top and clean white cupboards.’

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Kelly And Co Bathroom Reno

Why Kelly Loves Her Reno

‘We have only had a half finished bathroom for 32 years. We always spent the money on the kids and holidays. This year we went away in our Caravan and while we were away our Three children and their partners renovated our bathroom. My son had just started his own building business and was flat out but still took time to do this for us . It was a total surprise and the best gift ever. Plus it is totally a me bathroom i couldn’t have done it as well. simply stunning. Now i need the laundry done ha ha.’

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Smith Modern Coastal Dream Home, Torquay

Why Kathryn Smith of Torquay VIC Loves Her Reno

‘We wanted to achieve a fresh, modern look that was sympathetic to the coastal landscape. The
renovation of our 1980’s home needed to accommodate for more modern conveniences and included a total exterior transformation, double glazed windows, extra storage, WFH space, master retreat, modern cooks kitchen and an outdoor living area that integrated our home to our backyard. Our new home is perfectly configured and the use lighting, including skylights, colours and textures, showcase the features and maintains the bones of the original house that we loved. We obviously had a huge wishlist and we met with Mark, Stewart from Smith & Sons Geelong many times to discuss what we could achieve given our budget. His professional advice and guidance was invaluable and he was so honest in what we could achieve in bringing the existing home and new together.

The attention to detail and building exactly what we wanted was unmatched. The renovation project ran so smoothly and the finished result has exceeded our expectations – it looks like a newly built home. We love living in our new home. Thank you doesn’t seem enough. Well done and thanks so much Mark for giving us a home that we are in love with again.’

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Strathfield House – Ferguson Family Home, Port Noarlunga

Why The Fergusons Love Their Reno

‘We put up with a rotting, damp kitchen for nearly 7 years in our 100 year old period home. Finally, the kitchen has been renovated! Ohhh that bench space!! We adore the exposed brick walls, all original brick; handmade in our town 100 years ago. The spotted gum timber benches and mat black tapwear with a Victorian freestanding Smeg oven work beautifully together.’

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Rainforest Drab to Rainforest Fab!! The Wray’s family home!

Why The Wray’s Love Their Reno

‘Because I feel like I am living in a house now not a mouldy box. Every time I drive up my drive I smile because of what we have achieved. We still have a way to go but we have done so much by ourselves and it makes me smile.

We can now breathe, look at a view, swim, and not feel “scared” of our own home!’

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Evans Reno Bathroom

Why Kellie and Alex Love Their Reno

‘We had to shower outside in a camping tent for months before our bathroom was complete. Doing all the work ourselves made it so much more worthwhile! Now we can relax having a bath or shower with our beautiful fixtures and tiles. We designed the bathroom all ourselves and wanted it to be a space that complemented our home. Our bathroom is so fresh, modern and perfectly suits our beachy, coastal house!’

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From Drab To Fab On The Beach

Why Kelly & Martin Vass Love Their Reno

‘I love my reno because it feels so much lighter and fresher and modern. I just can’t believe how much a change of paint colour can completely transform a house.’

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Dark Dump to a Colourful Cozy Home

Why Kimberly Loves Her Reno

‘I completed guttered my unit which was a dump when I bought it, and turned it into a colourful cozy home!’

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Kingsford Cottage

Why Kristin McBride & Ben Hanckel Love Their Reno

‘We bought this 1930’s farm cottage, envisioning it’s potential. With the help of Intrim’s VJ boards and mouldings and weathertex weatherboards we are slowly breathing new life into the house. We have been able to create a light filled and inviting home that we can happily live in.’

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Kranley , Biddaddaba Queensland

Why Kurt and Kerrie of Biddaddaba Love Their Reno

‘We have a 130 year old relocated Queenslander, we tackled it as owner builders to bring it back to its former glory. We gutted it and lived in it during the Reno. Temporary kitchen with bucket as sink and bbq outside, food in suitcases, not fun! The timber floors needed gaps filled throughout, ledge and brace doors bought back to natural, removal of old paint, then paint, paint and more paint! It looks like it’s been here forever. It’s beautiful and we love it!’

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Walsh Family Home, QLD.

Why The Walsh Family in QLD. Love Their Reno

‘It is so hot in North QLD; and having shade blinds/sails enables us to experience the gorgeous outdoor weather and lifestyle it has to offer.

Cooling our home and helping our new solar system to work more efficiently also.’

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Casa Caba

Why Miss Fuller Loves Her Reno

‘I transformed an ugly brick duplex into a fresh holiday feel. Every morning I sit and drink my coffee in holiday bliss until I realise I am at home and not in Bali. Even in winter the solar allows me to enjoy the pool, outdoors I have a hot shower after a surf or swim make this the home complete and with solar affordable.’

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Perfect Imperfect House

Why Lily & Aaron Hill Love Their Reno

‘Our renovation follows a 20 year dream of transforming our inner city original old and dark single storey shop into a perfectly finished family home, aptly named ‘Perfect Imperfect House’. It’s a story of the clash between a our desire for perfectionism and the imperfect and cumbersome process of building a home. We love our home’s central courtyard and large full height glazing that feeds loads of natural light into all our living spaces whilst maintaining a visual and functional connection to the outdoor spaces. Combining the chosen raw and natural materials of marble, Blackbutt, recycled brick, blackened steel and polished concrete lends to the space feeling sophisticated and urban yet still casual. We are especially proud of incorporating a low maintenance exterior cladding of charred cypress battens, hand torched by my husband in the Japanese technique of Shou Sugi Ban.’

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North Family Forever Home QLD

Why Linda & Michael North Love Their Reno

‘I love my Reno because it’s our first home and we get to put our touch on a place that is our forever home. The first picture is the day we put an offer on and the second is how it looks today, my son picked out the colour for our roof and then we put solar on a month later, we have put a 6×9 shed out the back for the husband to work in on weekends.

The whole inside has been painted and very soon we are pulling up the carpet to have it replaced I love our renovations because it’s ours at the end of the day and that’s my favourite part.’

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Raine’s White washed brick wall

Why Raine Loves Their Reno

‘I love my reno since I used to live with my sister for 5 years right after migrating to Australia. I am single with single income and I didnt have much money but i wanted to move out so decided to buy an ugly house and renovate it on a very tight budget. I love how my white washed brick wall turned out so good and bright. I have my sweet equity on it. Everyone who comes to my house thinks my feature wall is a wall paper. But that’s a great compliment for me as people touch it to believe it is real brick. The TV area reno only cost me <$1000 including wall, sanded timber floor and shutter.’

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The Bathroom

Why Louise Doohan an Duane Davis Love Their Reno

‘Love the colours of our new bathroom. the ease to now use our bathroom, though small it’s now fantastic. The previous bathroom was not functioning well it had a door that opened into the bathtub. A bathtub that was never used except to put plants in. And a large crack in the small boxy shower cubicle.’

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Van Den Heever’s Home Coorow WA

Why Van Den Heever’s Loves Their Reno

‘Our power bills have always been huge, so we made the decision to get solar installed, and boy has that been the best decision we have made since buying the house! That also made us change the way we do things like running the dishwasher and washing clothes, all during the day so we can utilise the sun for our every day tasks. best decision ever!’

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Rae crescent

Why Lynette Loves Her Reno

‘This has been a sanctuary for my family of four as well as four beautiful foster children.’

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Kehagias Family Home, Essendon

Why The Kehagias Family Love Their Reno

‘After years of collecting photos of my dream home, I sketched ideas and hubby set out to achieve it. We could not afford a new build but changed the exterior to the extent that it no longer looked anything like the original home. I know the blood, sweat and tears that has gone into every inch of it and it truly is ours. I love going from my old art deco kitchen with a cupboard in the hallway as my pantry, to my grand provincial kitchen complete with a butler’s pantry and farmhouse sink. Best of all – my dream WIR.’

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Milad’s in Mortdale

Why The Milad Family Love Their Reno

‘First time taking the leap with a property I have own for 5 years to lock down a 80 years old home and rebuild a duplex double story with swimming pool. It’s something I have already dream of accomplishment and completed! It means so much to me & my family. My son is mentality unwell and always to live near a big park my daughter HD cancer & always wanted a swimming pool. I can finally give my family all that they wanted by pushing my self to committing years of hard work to be able to pursue our dream home!’

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The Park Side House

Why Marcos Sukeda Loves His Reno

‘I love my RENO because it was done with ‘passion’ and all materials were selected to be durable, innovative and low maintenance. The design of the house captures its surrounds perfectly (parkland) and the layout and features complements its Scandinavian/Modern with a touch of industrial design. It’s a unique design home in a unique location. Enjoy the views of the Cruickshank park from the balconies (North and South facing) while tasting your coffee in the morning or drinking in the afternoon. The Sun in magnesium water base pool. The concrete polished hydronic heating in Winter and the 14m + plus kitchen/ walk-in pantry. Not forgetting the suspended wood replace over a 6m high ceiling through the void. These feature and many others makes this a perfect home, bringing style and quality lifestyle. You must see to believe it!!!

The goal was to use the land (12m wide by 36m long) as effectively as possible but most important merging the surroundings to the building gracefully.’

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Mermaid Cottage

Why Mark & Erin Hill Love Their Reno

‘We purchased this property from the original owner in its original condition, to live there was easier said than done as we are a 6 person family and it was a 3 bed 1 bath house… lol. We lived there for about 1.5 years whilst we created plans for the renovation which worked out really well as we were able to determine where the sun was throughout the year as well as plan all the minor details of the reno for that seamless high end finish. From the depth of the pool ledge for the ledge loungers to the waterslide been pre-plumbed into the pool shell to the alfresco shutters bottom track been sunken into the rear stairs to prevent water dripping into the alfresco area when it rained to the Bose Garden speakers in the pool area been wired to Sonos amps inside the house to be integrated with the rest of the Sonos throughout the entire house to using 3 phase electrical for the oversized ducted a/c controlled by the airtouch4 system. We tried to think of everything. Our brief was high end products for a coastal theme with a funky vibe, ABI tapware, Concrete Nation sinks, Blum soft close throughout, handmade Spanish
tiles, Velux Skylights, Sydney reclaimed bricks, Miele appliances, Pacifc crows ash decking custom made front doors and garage door meant the finished product was exactly what we pictured in our head and you will see by the photos was nothing shorty of amazing.’

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Marks Home

Why Mark W. Loves His Reno

‘My home has become cooler, more energy efficient and divine. User friendly and safe. It reflects my true nature! It is quirky, creative and artistic!’

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Gillies Beach House Redhead

Why The Gillies Family Love Their Reno

‘Our existing home was clad in all Hardies products which were also to go into our new build, but after talking to Neil Baker from Weathertex he explained that Weathertex have equal products with extra benefits.

The Weathertex products we used consist of Classic Smooth 200mm weather boards & Ecowall
Smooth with expressed joints on walls & feature barge & on internal feature walls Weathergrove
Smooth 150mm.

Our builder & myself could not be happier with our choice of products & list the following reasons why 1. Much easier to cut 2. Lighter to handle 3. All products are prime coated 4. Wide range of products 5. Quicker to install 6. Extremely cost effective.

Thanks Weathertex from making such fantastic products, it’s made our build so much easier, everyone who has seen the finished build can’t believe how good it looks & all want to know what are those incredible cladding products you used, it really helps sell your product.’

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Tarrant Home Modification

Why M Tarrant Loves Their Reno

‘Our reno has taken our house from the 70’s red brick house into the modern time with rendering as well as a reno. It now looks and feels modern with a fabulous open and flowing new kitchen, dining and sitting area, and a separate TV room. It is a family and an entertaining home now and allows for flows out to the undercover dining area, which in turn flows into the yard and pool. Our reno has changed the way we live and enabled us to embrace an entertaining and inclusive life style.’

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The Nicol Family, Our very First Home

Why Matthew & Sarah Nicol Love their reno

‘My husband and I purchased our very first home together in 2017, we saved up lots to complete a full home renovation that represents a mixture of both our favourite styles. A bit of provincial mixed with contemporary. It’s a light and airy space, open floor plan, high end Fisher & Paykel appliances, perfect for entertaining. We love our home Reno so much, it is something we worked so hard for together and now we have been able to have parties and gatherings, making wonderful memories to last a lifetime!’

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The Little Acre

Why Meagan and Brett Clarke Love Their Reno

‘Ive always dreamed of owning a house with wide open spaces, greenery outside of every window. Chooks on the free range, a siesta in the midst of chaos and here is where The Little Acre was born. Poolside, fire pit seats and a country escape. A complete renovation flip in the prettiest valley one ever did see. The moment I walked in to this outdated space, I knew we had to make it our forever family home. I said yes as soon as I saw the yard and the flowing creek! We lived through a complete overhaul with 4 little people by our side, now that’s love.’

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Eclectic Mid Century Kitchen

Why Meghan O’Rourke Loves Her Reno

‘I love the process of renovating nearly as much as I love the finished result! There is nothing better than the sense of satisfaction you get from working with your own hands & seeing your design slowly coming together ( emphasis on slowly as I designed and built everything myself apart from the benchtop installation over a 12 month period ).

It is a small kitchen in a 1955 mid century modern house. So I wanted to design the kitchen with a nod to the clean lines of modernism, along with building a tubing frame under some cabinets to give the illusion that they are floating. This design feature allows the floor space to flow underneath.’

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Bice Family Home

Why Kim & Merryn Bice Love Their Reno

‘The location we had was perfect and we just had to update our home to become the modern country farm house we envisioned. Today it is filled with light love and laughter …our home to make lifelong memories. With the use of Hardies Scyon and making the home Solar efficient with Solahart Hot Water and Solar we achieved our forever home.’

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Mid Century Meets Contemporary in Nambour

Why Michael and Joedee, Nambour QLD Love Their Reno

‘The kitchen was filthy and falling apart, we lived with it through the 2019 lock down. If food touched the surface I threw it out. Eleven people lived in this house before us, you could tell. We ripped it out and now have a beautiful kitchen that is clean and green, literally, the overhead cupboards are green. Even tradesmen who come here to quote for other jobs comment on how nice it is.’

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Michelle’s Bathroom, Perth

Why Michelle Hodkin Loves Her Reno

‘I am very proud of my bathroom reno! I am a first-time homeowner and a total novice when it comes to renovations. I do know what I like though – modern, marble, and easy to clean! I am very lucky that my dad was able to help me find the different materials that I wanted and were within my budget. He spent hours visiting different warehouses looking for baths, sinks and tiles. I was thrilled with the outcome and am so grateful to my dad and Brendon (the plumber) for transforming my tired old bathroom into a luxurious sanctuary.’

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McLang Bathroom Retreat in Tamworth

Why Michelle McIntyre & Chris Lang Love Their Reno

‘I have never in my life had a such a beautiful bathroom. It was such a small sad space, and we still wanted a bathtub for the grand-kids, but we also wanted to add a toilet. It turned out 100% better than we ever thought, and we have so much more room. Instead of the old dull bathroom with its mushroom pink bathtub and sink, my bathroom is now bright and beautiful. I can now relax and unwind in this gorgeous bathtub, it is such a wonderful change.’

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Portlock Family Home, Essendon Vic

Why Natalie and Kevin Portlock Love Their Reno

‘We bought this 1920s Edwardian Home that was run down and in need of some tender loving care. We wanted to enhance the frontage of the property and build another story on top. We have brought the property back to life with a beautiful streetscape, open plan living and indoor and outdoor living spaces. It now exudes a relaxed, Hampton Style contemporary home.’

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Evans East Ballina

Why Evans Family Love Their Reno

‘Our house has become a home. We love our Reno because of the open plan and the textures we have chosen’

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Sheldrake Team En Suite

Why The Sheldrake team Love Their Reno

‘We started the Reno in June 2020! Covid and financial delays. We did as much as we could ourselves and project managed the rest. No mean feat in our 70s! We tackled the floor one part, concrete the other timber boards and laid Secura flooring. We YouTube’d how to fit a new ceiling using furing channels. We removed a non-structural brick wall and did some heavy lifting at the tip! We had an excellent team of trades and there is not one thing I’d change – our new bathroom is just perfect!’

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Barrow Home in New Lambton

Why Paul and Anne Barrow Love Their Reno

‘After what we lived in before the Reno was done it’s like living in a Palace. It is so light and open
instead of little rooms everywhere. I just LOVE IT all I don’t have a favourite part of the house.’

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Dad & Paul, Western Australia

Why Father & Daughter (Andre Wuensch & Pauline Locker) Love Their Reno

‘We loved the natural light, high ceilings and the 2 outdoor spaces that came with this late 1970’s home. The opportunities were endless so we set about creating the perfect small family home by renovating the bathroom (adding a second sink), laundry, kitchen and all bedrooms. We loved integrating some of the old and adding new. We added a new carport and created 2 garden areas perfect for relaxing, entertaining, and enjoying the afternoon sun downers. My father, the quality cabinet maker and I, the obsessive design freak have added our love and passionate functional design to this project and hope it will be enjoyed by many.’

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Kitchen

Why The Ward family The Love Their Reno

‘To go to such a beautiful and functional kitchen and laundry is such a great thing.’

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Leigh Family Bathroom, Sutherland Shire

Why The Leigh Family Love Their Reno

‘We love our renovated bathroom. It’s gone from very daggy and outdated to stylish and modern and is now our most favourite room in the house! Soaking in our gorgeous bath with the pendant lights and a candle is literally next level!’

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Thava Family Home, Bentleigh

Why Rachel of Melbourne Loves Her Reno

‘We saved for two years to transform our 90’s master bath. The green sets the tone for a relaxed vibe and the brass adds a touch of glamour. It’s a great place to have a bath with the ambient lighting in the niche and under the vanity. I am obsessed.’

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Rawson’s Kingscote-Kangaroo Island

Why Rachel Webber Loves Her Reno

‘Rawson’s Kingscote in beautiful Kangaroo Island was a quick transformation from dated rental with a great floorplan, to upmarket, luxury holiday accommodation. The project was self-managed & designed, most selections done online, with a fairly modest budget and a very tight time frame – almost everything completed in 6 weeks! You can never underestimate the value of good, reliable trades, they’re absolutely gold! Interior paint is Wattyl Stalactite, exterior is Wattyl Floral White (I found my perfect whites!) and we’re loving the beautiful furniture & furnishings from Oz Design, Nick Scali, Myers, Adairs & Freedom.’

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Richard and Theresa’s Brighton Home

Why Richard and Theresa Love Their Reno

‘We wanted a modern and unique extension to our Edwardian home, and fell in love with our architect’s design of intersecting curves. By selecting every finish, fixture, light, and piece of furniture ourselves, we created a warm and inviting home that reflects our personalities. With a background in theatre, we are especially aware of the impact lighting can have on a space. Our windows, including our feature curved glass window, allow natural light to shine through, and my partner took pride in realising a lighting design that creates different moods across the period and modern rooms in the evening.’

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Aldridge/Lee residence, Gold Coast

Why Rob Aldridge & Hannah Lee Love Their Reno

‘I love our Reno because we were lucky enough to put in a pool and a pergola for our doggies. The pool has been so great for our 7 year old boy. He is in it everyday. It has also been amazing for my pregnant fiancé who is 31 weeks pregnant. Coming home to the pool on these hot days is just what she needs. On the other side of the house we gave our 2 huskies more shade so they could be closer to us. They are under there all the time and it is so great to know they can be close to us in the hot weather or wet weather as safe as they can be.’

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The Jackson’s Family Home of 23 Years

Why The Jackson Family Love Their Reno

‘Our bathroom was 23YO and looking tired, with a very limited budget we spent under $1000, giving it just the lift it needed to look modern again, we painted walls and ceiling replaced wall panels for tiles with a mosaic boarder and added a new blind and mirror, black power points and ceiling tastic lights. Throw in a few plants and wow we are happy.

This will no way be the best of any reno but shows people that you can make things look shiny and new with small simple changes on even a tight budget, giving your house a modern look and you feeling accomplished’

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Artichoke Design Studios

Why Architect Robert Loves His Reno

‘We recently purchased a house with lots of old world charm but from the garden it was unattractive sitting up on exposed brick piers. It needed to be enclosed to create a studio and workshop. Weathertex was available in long lengths and gave a commercial look to a domestic renovation by sheeting over the piers and infilling-all it needed to complete was a special finish!’

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Davies Forever Home, Lesmurdie

Why Leon & Rochelle Davies Love Their Reno

‘Buying a 1970s Italian home in original condition was a challenge in itself… but with lots of inspiration and hard work we have converted the inside into the Hampton’s dream home we have always wanted! From face brick walls to small and pokey kitchen to a light and bright farmhouse Hampton’s space. The kitchen is stunning with duck egg blue island feature and White marble stone bench top and ample space… the Scullery and laundry off the kitchen makes everyday chores seem so effortless! Making dinner is now a joy!’

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Ms Simpson’s Lake Macquarie Bathroom Renovation

Why Ms Simpson of Lake Macquarie Loves Her Reno

‘This is my first home, and it came with a dodgy bathroom! Unbeknownst to me, it leaked into my downstairs laundry! I had no choice but to repair it, and as I had spent all my money on my house deposit, renovating the bathroom meant I sourced everything! On a budget over months! I love what I designed and achieved. It’s like my personal day spa.’

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Downey’s Nest

Why Rosemary and Justin Downey Love Their Reno

‘We now love this house. It was closed in and didn’t make sense. We are slowly changing our 1930 cottage back to the Art Deco era, Queensland style.

It’s getting back all the classic lines and style. We are currently working on the kitchen with just
bathrooms, pergola to go.

Bringing the front facade back we enjoy sitting on our front deck with guests overlooking our beautiful tree lined street.’

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Laundry Reno

Why Ruth Bryant Loves Her Reno

‘The old laundry in my bathroom was 30 years old and needed updating . I took the bifold off to open it up.

Love my round stone white tub and having some bench space and hanging rail.’

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Buying Blind to Making Our Own

Why Samantha & Stuart in Yarra Valley Love Their Reno

‘On the 13th house offer – we got our first home! I couldn’t attend the open as I was interstate! The first time I saw our home was moving day. Lucky – I loved it! We renovated our kitchen, laundry, deck backyard and fence. We LOVE OUR RENOVATIONS as our saying goes
“Once just a house; Now we made this house our home.” Highlights are the darker kitchen splash back from Freedom, bench from Ceaser Stone both help hide marks. The Laundry we love our dark tiles and appliances. Highlight outside is the roses. – They speak for themselves, simply stunning!’

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Carrington’s Corner

Why The Carrington Family of The Gold Coast Love Their Reno

‘We love our outside Reno because it’s just beautiful, we turned a unusable space in a circle of love with a bridge and a pond with a rock garden. We had neighbours coming in awe seeing what we had done with the back yard after we purchased it.’

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Clarke Family Home

Why The Clarke Family Love Their Reno

‘We renovated this home 10 years ago but neglected one fundamental aspect …..the old 20mm thick terracotta quarry tiles on the Family, Kitchen and Hallway floors.

The new tiles, joinery and furnishings have brought our home into 2021 and not 1990!! The new look is lighter, brighter, gives a more spacious environment in which to relax and have that precious family experience.’

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Gisborne upgrade

Why The Huynh Family Love Their Reno

‘It’s bought life back into the old cream and green and made it look like a completely different house’

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Country living… The Jacquety Family

Why Sarah Dixon Loves Her Reno

‘We purchased a two bedroom cottage in southern highlands suburb of Hill Top, the house was built in 1965. whilst renovating we found news papers from 1955 under the carpet in one of the bedrooms, so much history. after living here for a year we started the process of an extension, adding a front door, deck, lounge room, bedroom and an en suite, carport and an outside room which use to be a garage. we went with a local builder, who are very passionate about there work. Whilst living in and building, i fell pregnant, never again lol. The build just finished the day our little family arrived home from the hospital. We absolutely love what we have done. Our country style home. Future hubby Finally popped the question in outside room. Please do not mind my messy lounge room, I can take other photos if needed’

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Papalia Family Ply Room

Why The Papalia Family Love Their Reno

‘We got caught up in the housing crisis, had no home, lived in a camper (which was fun). We were trying to buy or rent anything. We ended up with a great little house, with great bones. We couldn’t believe our luck. But, it needed some love and a little more space. So, this is Stage One – Dusty Roof Space turns into Tech Free Kid Zone. We love it, the natural light and cubby house feel is so inviting for the kids to read their books, play instruments, lego and more. Oh, and we got suitcase storage as well!’

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New Dining Room

Why Shane and Polly Love Their Reno

‘This is stage 6 of the reno. Stage 1 demo of the old dining room and replacement of window with fully insulated walls and double glazed door and window. Stage 2 new kitchen in the old dining room. Stage 3 demo of lounge and stage 4 was new lounge. Stage 5 demo of old kitchen and stage 6 was new floors insulated walls and double glazed door and window.’

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Bare Bones to Bathroom

Why The Maaka’s House Love Their Reno

‘I’m entering on their behalf as I was proud to do the work for them. Simone is my sister who knew she was going to have a rough year ahead with medical treatments and required a 2nd bathroom. I had to fit a lot of things into a small space 3.6m x 3.2m.’

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Seretis Family Home, Black Rock

Why Naomi Holt & Family Love Their Reno

‘A modest (small) house, purchased originally in 2007. We loved the location but after having a family realised we needed more space. So we decided to renovate up, keeping the ground floor shell of the original house. The brief was to give us new bedrooms and amenities upstairs and a 2nd living space that would spill out to a winter garden balcony. Finally we added a pool, creating an outdoor extension to our living/kitchen. We adore the contemporary monochromatic palette complimented by the cedar wood details that along with the surrounding trees project dappled light throughout the various seasons.’

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Williams Family, Creswick

Why Sudha & Greg Love Their Reno

‘We moved into an 1860s Victorian style home, between Ballarat & Daylesford, this home comes with a lot of history and beautiful original characters. The bathrooms were renovated before us (about 20 years ago), however was not done property and did not match style of home as it was too modern. We recently finished renovating the bathroom and we love it, as we feel it brings back the old charm with a modern twist!’

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Organ Family Kitchen Renovation

Why The Organ Family Love Their Reno

‘We bought this house that was built in the 1980s in it’s original condition. Our first renovations were the laundry and bathrooms. What made the most difference in our renovations was when we went over the original cork flooring that was an orange/brown colour and drained all the light. We used the lovely Parana Oak flooring throughout the house downstairs and added the custom-made white kitchen with the Caesarstone bench top in ‘Organic’ was when I fell in love with the house. The kitchen is the hub of our home.’

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Bogan Beach House

Why The Curtis Family Love Their Reno

‘We bought this home a few years ago – my wife said, “Trust me”. It was dark and not very welcoming, and certainly didn’t fit with the beach lifestyle we were aiming for. To me, the home belonged in the mountain wilderness.

After reviewing quite possibly hundreds of shades of white paint (which almost all looked the same), I deferred to my wife’s taste and a short while later, the entire house had a face lift.
The home now feels bright, welcoming, and airy, and fitting for a beachfront location.’

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The Sheehan Family Begins

Why The Sheehan Family of North Brisbane Love Their Reno

‘I love my renovation/ extension final product because over the 5 years here I have gone from a not so functional house but felt so homely to my husband and I, to being so functional with a big outdoor entertainment area of the kitchen living watching our kids play in the yard. Creating a full and large laundry in our extension to replace an old garage laundry has been a game changer. From design to project managing the whole thing myself, it has been so satisfying and rewarding to have my family grow in this house.’

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Cupid at Katamatite

Why Trent Cupid Loves His Reno

‘I love my renovations as now I have a full bathroom and new kitchen plus with new electrics throughout it much more efficient.’

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