18 December 2014

Five Renovation Tasks That Will Increase Your Property Value

There’s a stack of renovation tasks you can undertake to add value to your property. There’s also a stack of renovation tasks you can do that can decrease the value of your property! Have you ever been to an inspection or open home where the renovations were obviously a poorly completed DIY job? It looks cheap, shoddy and worst of all, unsafe. Whenever considering a renovation project, always consider a licenced builder that you can trust, such as Additions Building, to bring your ideas to life.

So what are five renovation tasks you might consider, that will increase your property value? A wall-to-wall fish tank? Mirrors on the bedroom ceiling? Backyard micro-brewery? Read on to find out more.

New outdoor area

Without a doubt, a nice outdoor area lends itself to entertaining, enjoying the outdoors and lazy Sunday afternoons. It could be a veranda, patio or new undercover area that will add tremendous value and liveability to your home. Perfectly paved or boarded, well lit and ventilated with décor to match - imagine the returns a new outdoor area will bring to the value of your property.


Regardless if you’re living in the property or simply renting it out, a new kitchen will likely add both monetary and lifestyle benefits to your property. Just picture yourself in a new kitchen – gleaming stone bench-tops, stainless appliances, enough room in the morning for your coffee and your paper! A new kitchen can command an increase both rental returns and property value.

Living / Media Room

A living and media room is simply a must when considering renovations. The quality of home theatre systems these days is truly amazing. You’ll find most new homes have a media room (or at least, separate TV room) with an integrated screen and sound system. It’s truly an inexpensive way to increase the value of your property whilst giving you an opportunity to watch Star Wars in full 5.1 stereo!

Dual living opportunities

Regardless of where you live, there’s always someone looking for cheaper rental accommodation options. Many two-storey homes (or even homes on larger blocks that are suitable for a granny-flat) offer prime dual-living opportunities. Dual living not only increases the value of your property, but the rental income you receive in many cases more than covers any increase in lending you may incur in undertaking this project.

House extensions

If you’re in the perfect street in the perfect neighbourhood but have a house that’s just too small, why move? Consider a home extension. It could be extending up, out or even underneath. An extension adds live, value and liveability to a place you already love, allowing you and your growing family to enjoy it for many, many more years to come.

Have you completed any renovation projects recently? Did it all go well, or do you have a disaster story? Perhaps you’ve done lots of renovations and have your own ‘top five’ tips you’d like to share. Jot your thoughts in the comments, below.

Building a Holiday Home? Consider These Ideas

At some stage on their holidays, nearly everybody lingers in the window of a local real estate agent, dreaming about buying their own little slice of paradise in their favorite destination. If you've actually taken the step towards making your dream a reality and are thinking about building a holiday home, you’ll find some handy hints and ideas below.

Make It Low Maintenance

Even if the end goal is to retire at your beach shack or country cabin, chances are it may be a number of years before you can spend more than a long weekend or couple of weeks’ leave at your holiday home. Even if it is an easy drive from your residence, nobody wants to be spending all of of their leisure time on maintenance. When you’re planning the design consider how much time you can realistically spend at the property and work with your builders to come up with a stylish but low maintenance option; most experienced and reputable construction companies like Coral Homes take a flexible approach to tailoring solutions to suit your lifestyle and plans for the property.

Make Some Money On It

Holiday houses aren't always the most savvy investment in terms of building your portfolio and wealth. Even so, it may be possible to make some money on your holiday house. There are a number of websites that specialize in holiday letting – most of them let you set availability well in advance which means you can block out dates when you know you have leave booked or want to spend a special occasion in the property. Even if you do intend to market the property in addition to listing it on holiday letting pages, make sure that you are able to comfortably afford repayments in case of extended vacancies.

Have A Flexible Layout

Think about how many people could potentially be using the house at any time and try to furnish it accordingly. While bunks are the obvious solution for maximizing beds, think about selecting a configuration like a double bed on the bottom, single on the top so that the room is as suitable for adults as it is for children. If you can, purchase sofas with pull out beds for the living areas – they may not be comfortable enough to sleep on for a fortnight, but are great to help you squeeze more people in over one or two nights if you’re hosting a celebration at your holiday house.

Having your own property to return to anytime you need a break from the daily grind is the ultimate dream of many people. If you’re on your way to making it a reality, being creative in how you configure the rooms and making sure you don’t have to spend every weekend working on the place will ensure that you have a wonderful space to create memories with your family and friends for years to come.

What tips would you give to someone building a holiday home?

14 December 2014

Perfect Your Wedding Day Makeup

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, one you've been dreaming about since you were a little girl. Whether your wedding is a casual affair on the beach or a formal occasion with hundreds of guests, you want to feel both beautiful and comfortable on your special day. 

Before you can develop the rest of your look, you have to find the perfect dress. Your makeup, hairstyle and accessories all need to coordinate with your dress, so choose your gown as far in advance of the ceremony as possible. Finding a dress that meets your needs without exceeding your budget is not always easy, but don't feel like you have to settle for something you don't love. Instead, keep visiting different stores until you find your dream dress.

Between the preparation, ceremony and reception, your wedding day will likely be very long. You want to feel as beautiful at the end of the night as you did when you were walking down the aisle, and this requires careful planning. Traditional makeup can fade quickly, so consider the advantages of airbrush makeup. This innovative technique helps makeup appear more natural while providing a beautiful look that will last until the last dance.

In addition, it's important to choose a hairstyle that will last all day. After your look is perfected, set it with plenty of hairspray. If you choose to wear your hair down, keep in mind that touch-ups might be needed throughout the day. Some brides add variety to their look by changing hairstyles between the ceremony and reception. Maybe you want your hair to be long and flowing for the ceremony, but an updo is a great choice for your active reception. If you want to change your hair during the day, be sure that your hairstylist is handy and aware of your plans.

With a little extra foresight, you can ensure that you look and feel beautiful during every moment of your wedding day. Once you receive your photos, you'll be glad you chose styles that were both comfortable and flattering.

27 November 2014

5 Simple Hacks for Decorating the Outdoor Area

Since we spend so much time in the yard or on the patio, it makes sense that we want this outdoor area to be a pleasant place to look at and relax in. You don’t need to wait for the heat to turn up either - now is the perfect time to redecorate or upgrade your outdoor area. Below are five ways to make your exterior space more inviting, whether you’re having guests over for dinner or just a family lunch on a Sunday.

1. Upgrade Your BBQ

Why not swap your old barbecue for a younger, more attractive model? Modern barbecue sets are both effective at cooking up delicious food and aesthetically pleasing, making them suitable features for your outdoor area. A good looking BBQ that can please your eyes while exciting your taste buds – what’s not to love about that? To see some examples of contemporary BBQs, check out a retailer like Barbeques Galore.

2. Get Shady… in a Good Way

Protection from the sun and relief from the heat are both convincing reasons to add some shade to your outdoor area, but here’s a third one: it can look fantastic. The right table umbrella or shade cloth can completely change the overall look of your space. Plus, guests will be more able to appreciate your home’s exterior without the glare in their eyes!

3. Reflect on the Situation

Some of us don’t have the luxury of an expansive outdoor area and have to do the best we can with a more compact space. To maximize the appearance of your outdoor setting, consider placing a large mirror or two strategically. You’ll be astounded by how much difference this can make – even a quaint space will appear roomier with some reflective surfaces around.

4. Update Your Dining Set

For many outdoor areas, the dining table and chairs take center stage. With this in mind, it’s essential for a good-looking space that these items are contemporary and blend in well with the surrounding décor. If your dining set is rundown or outdated, upgrading this is a simple and easy way to modernize and refresh your entire outdoor area. If cash is a concern, a more affordable way of doing this is to swap your existing tablecloth, chair cushions, and dining accessories for newer, trendier ones.

5. A Pleasing Palette

Regardless of size or shape, the overall aesthetic of any outdoor area is largely determined by its colors. Matching furniture and decorative items with the colors of your plants and walls is important for creating a cohesive and balanced look to your exterior space. Be sure that the colors of small details complement the general palette of your area to ensure everything blends well. As this is outside, you may want to lean towards a palette containing greens, blues, and earthy colors, but don’t be afraid to experiment with different combinations to suit your personality and express your own style.

Are you feeling inspired? Use these tip and others of your own to decorate your outdoor setting to your heart’s content!

25 November 2014

From Baby Teeth to Dentures

Good dental hygiene starts in the first two years of life. Studies have shown that children with poor eating habits and dental care during their first two years of life have more tooth decay, which leads to more tooth decay when they become teenagers. Pediatric dentistry such as what is available at Kool Smiles can help you teach your child good dental habits. Teeth that are well cared-for from the beginning have a better chance to last a lifetime.


Right from the Start

As soon as your baby’s teeth begin to erupt, usually from four to six months, you can visit a pediatric dentist. This will help your child get used to the dentist’s office and not connect it to any painful experiences. Dentists who are trained especially to treat children know how to make a child relax. They can also gauge how your child’s teeth are growing in and notice the amount of space in the jaw compared to the number of teeth. This is important information to determine early if your child will need braces.

Some parents believe that dental health is only important when the adult teeth start coming in. This couldn’t be further from the truth. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 40 percent of children to reach kindergarten have tooth decay. Baby teeth are placeholders for the adult teeth, and if they develop tooth decay, it can also affect the permanent teeth that are still in the gums. Children who have their teeth brushed from the beginning are more likely to maintain good dental habits as they develop permanent teeth. 

From Dental Health to Overall Health

The U.S. Public Health Service states that dental and oral diseases affect more than 50 percent of children in the U.S. and are considered the most prevalent and preventable conditions of young people today. It is recognized by dentists as well as physicians that oral health is an integral part of a child’s general health. Dental problems can also impact the child’s self-esteem. If their teeth are stained, broken or crooked, children are reluctant to engage in conversation or even smile. Poor dental health is also connected to sleep problems and poor nutrition in children. 

What Can Parents Do?

Parents play a big role in helping their children develop healthy dental habits. For the first two years, a parent should brush the child’s teeth in a gentle and playful manner. After that, they can supervise while the child brushes their teeth. Electric toothbrushes and age-appropriate tooth paste can help a lot. Electric toothbrushes are more effective at reducing tooth decay because they can be used to reach more places in the mouth. The spinning motion also cleans the teeth more efficiently than regular brushing, that may become quick and careless. Electric toothbrushes come in a variety of designs and colors with cartoon characters on the handles and can help your child make tooth brushing time more fun.

Don’t wait until your child has his or her first cavity to visit the dentist. Pediatric dentists are trained to make the dentist’s office a fun and rewarding place to visit, and the sooner children get used to dentists, the better oral health they will have.