Home renovations make an excellent method of achieving a modern home look without having to incur the expense of moving. No wonder 62 per cent of Australian households in 1999 were staying in homes that had undergone some kind of renovation during the preceding ten years. This was according to the Australian Housing Survey (AHS) carried out by Australian Bureau of Statistics. The most frequent types of renovations are carried out in the kitchen and bathrooms.
Many decide to carry out a renovation just because they're in love with their house or the current location or simply because it would cost much less than having to move house. Adding value to the home is another very important reason why you may decide to carry out some renovations and home upgrades.
Whether you've decided to do it yourself or hire the services of a professional, there are some money saving tasks that you could accomplish yourself. Besides saving you the needed money, it also accords you the chance of having your desired personal imprint felt in the design.
As you go about acquiring your renovation needs, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) website gives consumers in Australia useful guidance and cautions when buying products and services across the country.
Handy Do-It-Yourself Tips
Most Australian home owners buy a house with the goal of effecting several changes themselves or with professional help. This is according to a Journal of Sociology article, 'Home owners, home renovation and residential mobility'.
If you belong to this category of home owners and are thinking about carrying out some kitchen renovations yourself, below we look at several of the easier ones you could undertake.
- Kitchen Demolition
Pulling down the space would not be too complicated so long as safety precautions are put into place as set by the Building Code of Australia. This way, you cut costs and leave the experts with a clean slate from where to do their expert bit. Nevertheless, before you pick up the sledge hammer and smash down everything, it would be prudent to consult a demolition specialist.
- Upgrading Kitchen Hardware
If the renovation entails changing or replacing worn out cabinet drawers and doors, this is certainly something you could accomplish and save yourself those extra charges that would have gone into labor fees.
- Installation the Fixtures
Attaching or fixing that new kitchen faucet or installing a new fixture such as dishwater or a new refrigerator doesn't have to wait for the professionals. This is something you could easily manage with the assistance of a family member.
- Tile Upgrading / Painting
According to the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, whilst the majority of your rooms could easily be upgraded with different furniture or a new coat of paint, your kitchen is more likely to require the complete removal or replacement of several old fixtures. In most cases, this would entail some plumbing and tiling work or upgrades.
If the aspects of your kitchen that you're renovating only entail the replacement of your worn out and old tiles, this you could manage easily on your own. To lay down kitchen tile flooring is not too complex.
- Doing the Painting
If you're at ease when giving your yard wall a new coat of paint, you may as well use the same skills in your kitchen. However, consult a paint specialist prior to purchasing or mixing the paints!