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Renovations the "In" thing

by on 14/07/2013 - 12:01 pm

Apparently residential renovations accounted for around $31billion worth of building industry work last year, according to the HIA (Housing Industry of Australia) National Outlook.  At $31billion that is the highest level of expenditure on renovation in four years and predictions are that this figure will continue to increase over the next two years. In a couple of years time the figure is expected to be more like $35billion expenditure - making it close to a record high according to HIA Chief Economist, Dr Harley Dale.  That’s a mighty lot of renovating!  He said the renovation side of the residential building industry looks in ‘relatively healthy shape”.  That’s for sure!  And this is while residential construction of new homes appears to be waning.  Whilst renovating sure is the ‘in-thing’ right now, it’s still important not to do just ‘any old’ renovation.  Renovations should be sympathetic with the style of the house, preferably of a style that won’t ‘date’ dramatically as fashions change, sensibly not over-capitalized for the value of the house they’re applied to (unless money is no object), and should be carried out to any applicable building or construction or other codes.  Check out more about the HIA report :

Free Laundry when you purchase a kitchen

by on 14/07/2013 - 09:57 am

How to get a free new laundry when you purchase a new kitchen! 

Kitchen plan

 As a RenoSave Card devotee, now that I'm undertaking a reasonably sizeable renovation on my PPOR (principal place of residence or 'own home') I'm replacing a very tired old (and rat-smelly) kitchen with a brand new one from Kitchen Connection.  With the 25% discount that RenoSave Card Holders get with Kitchen Connection, I saved $3,391 on my kitchen, without any compromises in my needs and wants whatsoever.  My house badly needs a new laundry as well, so I asked Kitchen Connection to design me an attractive neat and functional one, and according to the design, gorgeous it is going to be!  The cost of my laundry is $2,278 (including cabinets, benchtops, laundry tub and mixer), so it's essentially free!  And I did choose Caesarstone benchtops for the laundry.  Some people might go on holidays with a spare $3000.  Some might buy some great home theatre equipment, or have a fashion spending spree.  Me, I buy a laundry.  Perhaps my love of renovating has gone a little to far!  Still, the value of the house will have increased nicely by the time these all-important areas have been beautifully remodelled and improved by Kitchen Connection, and that's a pretty good feeling.

A classic example of how RenoSave saves you serious money on your renovations and home improvments.

How to get rid of Mattresses

by on 14/07/2013 - 11:19 am

Gone are the days of freely dumping old mattresses in skip bins, and although council refuse collections pick up old mattresses, most go to landfill - and over a million old mattresses are thrown out by Australians every year.  Mattresses take up a huge 'air' volume in landfill and are literally filled with many kilograms of recyclable and reuseable materials.  Some skip bin companies won't allow old mattresses in their bins, some charge extra for them, some allow mattresses in the bins, but want to be informed beforehand else there will be an extra fee charged.  So it begs thinking about alternative disposal options for your old mattresses.  I'd never heard of it before today, but there are organisations around Australia that accept, and some collect, old mattresses for recycling and restoration.  Mattresses are filled with many kilograms of steel, wood and foam.  The steel can by melted down and reused; the wood processed into woodchip for mulch or particleboard; and the foam used for carpet underlay.  Relatively clean mattresses can be deep cleaned and sanitised and made available to hostels, motels and charitable organisations.  There is a small fee to the disposer of the mattress, but it's in the range of $15-$25 and this is probably comparable to the fee to put the mattress in a skip bin - and if it's not already, it probably will be soon!  One forward thinking council in Western Australia, Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council, has a mattress recycling service for residents - for an extremely low fee.  Do a Google on mattress recycling and see what comes up - it's quite interesting.  I know where my old 20 year old mattress will be going soon!

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