Drafting in Sydney: Should I renovate or demolish Part 6 - Keeping vs removing
On our last post to the topic "renovate or demolish", we'll be sharing the idea of what to keep and what to remove (if you are looking to renovate, instead of building from scratch).
Never underestimate the power of "renovation and extensions". It can make a huge different to an dated house into something modern.
Provided that a house is structurally sound, there are plenty of ways to make improvement when trying to modernise an existing home by removing and updating things that are dated and impractical.
Opening up or extending living spaces is always a great place to start. Knocking out walls to create a large open-plan living area incorporating previously separated kitchen, dining and living areas is the most obvious improvement you can make. You’ll need to check with your builder to see what’s possible here – always cheaper and easier if you don’t need to touch load bearing elements.
Substituting existing windows with larger double glazed or low-e replacements will allowing more daylight in, and also help to improve insulation and energy efficiency. If you’re able, designing in a large feature window or light well will also brighten and lift living areas.
Modernising your bathrooms and kitchen are pretty much essential – and things like new floor coverings, curtains and plastering or rendering over existing bricks will all go a long way to rejuvenating a home.