• Renovating your first home


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    We're about to meet a first-time renovator, and the result she's achieved on this old Edwardian, you won't believe.

    Julia you're a first-time renovator what - inspired you to renovate your home?

    We purchased the home 10 years ago and lived in it as it was and then made the decision to renovate about three years ago.  So we designed the space went to an architect and they were very kind and drew it up.  

    I think communication with your builder is absolutely paramount.  We did have a few challenges that popped up during the renovation, but because of that great relationship we were able to overcome them together. And we ended up moving in right on time and enjoying the new home.

    So how important was it that you'd lived in the home for a while before you started renovating?

    It was actually really important.  We really wanted to get a feel for the house, because then that would guide us in what we could later do.  Living here made us want to maintain the integrity of the property, so we did keep a lot of  the period features.

    What was the ultimate aim of renovating for you?

    We really did want to renovate for profit.  So we were  excited to jump in the deep end, give it our all, and then see what we could get. 

    Research is so important.  That should be the first thing that you do even when you're just considering renovating.  Research research research.  You can't go wrong.  You can use great apps like Pinterest.  Grab a whole bunch of images that you like the look of and that will really help you fine-tune the direction you want to go in. 

    You're a first-time renovator, going to become a second time renovator, which is fantastic.  What do you think you'll do differently second time around?

    In this particular renovation, we chose to keep all of our fixtures and fittings quite neutral so that the new buyers could come in and really manipulate the house and turn it into whatever home they wanted.  But I think in the next renovation, if even if we are just renovating for profit again, we may be a little braver in our design.  We'll mix up our materials a little bit more and maybe take on something a little larger, a bit more challenging.  

    We feel that we learnt so much along the way that we'll be able to take into the next renovation and make it even bigger, even better and more exciting.  

    As a first-time renovator, Julia has delivered a beautiful home, a fantastic profit and she's keen to do it all again.

    I can't wait to see the next one.

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