Thursday, September 08 2011
Renovating instead of moving
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 16.2 per cent of people who move house do so because they want a bigger or better home.
An additional six per cent claimed that the main motivating factor was a desire for a lifestyle change.
Moving isn't always a viable option for every household, however the good news is that both of these needs can be met by clever renovation of an existing home.
If you feel like a change, it helps to divide your house into sections when looking for renovation ideas.
Bathroom renovations are a great place to start for those looking for both an upgrade in space and a change of mood.
Skylights, new tiling and refurbished fittings can all lead to a lift in the appeal of a bathroom.
As for space, rather than extending the existing room, multi-level houses could offer the opportunity to create a second bathroom on another floor.
By installing a second toilet, shower and vanity, you'll ease demand for these areas in busy mornings and increase the availability of amenities when entertaining.
This is particularly relevant for expanding families who are struggling to juggle bathroom time between parents and children.