Tile versus Tin. Do I change my roof type or not?

One of the most commonly requested elements to either a ground floor or second storey insert renovation is to convert the existing roof of the property from tiles to tin – either zincalume or colorbond. For some years now the trend has been towards tin ahead of tiles. Some people talk about the idea of enjoying hearing the rain on …

Do I Use a Designer or Architect for my Renovation?

This is another question that we get asked ALL the time… At the risk of upsetting every designer and architect out there, our advice is a resounding NO!! Why no to architects and designers? Quite simply, we find in 9 out of 10 cases, a designer/architect has the cost of the project as the lowest single priority…and this is never …

Will I Be Overcapitalising If I Renovate?

Not surprisingly, this is a question we get asked all the time by prospective renovation clients at our first meeting. And naturally it is a very difficult question to answer as we are not real estate experts, accountants or fortune tellers!! What we normally say to people is that if their time horizon till selling following the renovation is 5 …

Second Storey added in Southern River to near new home

Another interesting renovation story from my time on the road… This young couple in Southern River were referred by a former client. They were needing extra space with a set of unexpected twins on the way!! Their house was not that old but the only option for more space was to go up. This meant they could also take advantage …