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How to upsize without moving

If you need more space for your growing family or a change in lifestyle, moving house is not the only solution. With a smart makeover or a few tweaks, your house can feel like a home again. Here are some handy tips from renovation experts to get you started.

Open up with a ‘lick of paint’

Making your rooms seem bigger may be as simple as choosing the right colours for walls and ceilings. Painting a small space a light colour can do wonders and create an airy space in a tight room. Good alternatives are warm gray, navy blue and deep brown: some interior designers like to use these colours to create an illusion of more space.

If white shades are not for you, experts often suggest balancing dark colours with big mirrors and nice floor lamps to give your rooms a warm glow.

Clean and uncluttered spaced

It may sound obvious, but big pieces of furniture can overwhelm smaller rooms and make them look cluttered. Without compromising on storage and functionality, removing anything unnecessary may help you free up floor space.

The ‘flooring hack’

You may not know this, but installing flooring in a diagonal pattern – no matter if it’s wood, tile or vinyl – can work a charm. It’s a smart ‘optical illusion’, as the attention is instantly drawn to the corners, making your tight room not only seem bigger but also quite pleasing to the eyes.

Letting the sunshine in

Take full advantage of the sun, views and indoor-outdoor flow. If you have small or poorly-positioned windows, you may consider replacing them. Bigger, dual-paned windows are designed to let in light while reducing heat loss. Before you decide to invest in double-glazing, it’s a good idea to talk with a professional renovator to get ideas and a sense of cost.

Is your floorplan inefficient?

Making your home more functional, efficient and comfortable is often just a case of thinking outside the box.

Take a step back and look at your floor plan with fresh eyes. Is there a way to improve it? By reorganising the space you have, you might be able to expand your kitchen, create a bathroom ensuite or even a studio for your creative projects.

Building out

If your budget allows, an extra room, a new deck or a little shed in the garden are all ways to increase space and value. As we said, you may not need to purchase a bigger house, if you can transform the one you have in the home of your dreams.

If you’re considering making additions or alterations to your property, keep in mind that you’ll need a building consent. You can find a lot of information here.

Building up

Want even more space? You may be able to add another level. Depending on the layout of your home and budget, there are a few ways to do it, with options that cost between $200,000 and $450,000. Obviously, to avoid any potential issues, getting professional help is a must; and it’s important to be prepared for unforeseen costs and changes down the line.

It will be a major renovation project, but if done right, it can also be a very good investment.
Of course, before you knock down any walls, think about your budget: renovations can take time, and it’s important to know how much you have, and how much you need to get things done. Once you’ve worked out a realistic budget, talk to us. As home loan advisers, we can help you explore your finance options and ensure that you’re adding more value than what you’re spending.

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