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As we edge past the 2-week mark of the Stage-4 Melbourne lockdown, it is draining and extremely challenging for both businesses and everyone psychologically. Stage-4 restrictions allow for constructions to continue in a restricted manner, whilst all non-essential businesses are to be shut down and employees to work from home if possible. (more…)

As we descend into another lockdown period of 6-weeks with the Pandemic looking like it will get worse before it gets better, many of us are left grappling what other surprises the remainder of 2020 will throw at us. The inevitable financial cliff at the end of September is just one of the things on everyone’s minds. What kind of position are you in? Do you have financial stability to be able to take advantage of downturn round 2? (more…)

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With the arrival of 2020, we brace for another eventful yet exciting year ahead. The year of 2020 will see some of the interior trends stay and mature while others move out of fashion. Below are some of top trends to watch for this year, whether you are building a new home or renovating an existing space. (more…)

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After an unchanged official cash rate since 2016, the RBA has just announced a rate cut of 25 basis points.

What does this mean for you? The answer is, it is good news for most. Whether you are a business, real-estate agent, exporters or property owners, the rate cut will put extra cash savings back into your pocket. Although with a rate drop it may improve housing affordability, it will not make a huge difference as prices has already been on a down-wards trend.

Whilst the rate drop may stabilise the real-estate economy, it still makes selling in the immediate future grim due to how much prices have dropped already in the last 24 months. The extra cash savings however will produce a nice buffer and extra budget to action more of those renovations that are months or years overdue. What better time to do renovations than when:

– You have extra cash savings from your existing mortgage due to the rate cut
– Contractors have a lot more availability due to the current housing down-turn
– House prices are slowly stabilising however are still in a dipped state

As with every change, there are always losers. In this case, the savers who has cash in a savings account will be feeling the rate cut in a negative way. Property prices stabilising may also spell trouble for First Home Buyers in terms of affordability especially in major cities like Melbourne and Sydney where current prices are already out of reach of many.

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Whether it’s a renovation or a new house, one of the the most challenging to design for is the bathroom. It is often the area with the minimum amount of space and lighting with the most number of necessities to cram in.

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Have you ever wanted to let your imagination run wild and see how various aspects of your house will look with different material? Advancements in software technologies and 3D rendering means that conceptual ideas and reality has never been so close to each other.

Various modelling software such as SketchUp makes it a relatively painless experience to conceptualise your ideal kitchen or bathroom prior to renovation work; no more excuses for not knowing how things will turn out anymore as advanced modelling can pretty accurately visualise what previously was just pure imagination.

Stuck for ideas? Here are the most popular ones to give you a jump-start:

  • Over-sized / Dual showers with a large shower screen – magnify that space and never cramp in a small confined cubicle again.
  • Kitchen splashback colour – matching your splashback to your kitchen theme is extremely important; pick the right colour to match and the glass splashback will look clean, modern and elegant.
  • Lucky enough to have a swimming pool in your backyard? Enhance the beautiful colour of the water in the pool with minimalistic but strong glass fencing.
  • 2-storey house? Make your stairs stand out and your corridor open-up with a classy glass stair case.

Do not confine yourself and think outside the box. Glass is ideal to use in many different places around your home; take advantage of its inherent unique properties hard to find in other substituting materials.

If you are still not sure about how or where glass can help, get in touch with Simply Frameless and we will be more than happy to assist where we can.

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Seems like its never the right time to get around to renovating that house of yours until it is ready to be sold and you are moving on? You are not alone.

We have a lot of things in our lives that we have to juggle on any given day; and 24-hour days just seems too short to get everything that we would like to do, done. Many of us out there feel alike; we never get to renovate our much-loved place of residence until it is time to sell it off and then we realise how nice the place actually is after it is properly done up. The sad thing? The new owner will benefit from all the renovation and not you.

Have plans to renovate but keep putting it off? There’s no better time to start than right now. It is never the right time, but we all have to make an effort to create the right time in order to actually get it done. However in saying that, it is never good to rush into things especially when we are talking about something as big as a renovation. To take the first step and get you started here are 3 important steps you should consider prior to actually committing to or actioning anything:

  1. Scope out all the components that you are planning to renovate; this way you can have an overview of “the job” and quantify some scope.
  2. Prioritise the components identified for renovation; in order of importance. This will help you identify the more “pressing” items that need to be done and what the “nice-to-have’s” are.
  3. Budget projection for the components identified for renovation; this may involve some research and obtaining quotes for parts and labour of the work required.

Once the above steps have been completed, you should have a fairly good idea of how to go about executing your grand renovation plan. Talk to us and see which components of your home renovation we can assist you with.

Stop procrastinating and start today.