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Maximise Space with Your Bathroom Renovation
Even if you don’t have a big area to work with, we can help you make the most of your bathroom space. Read on for our ultimate tips for space-savvy bathroom renovations!
We’ve been providing bathroom and kitchen renovations in Perth since 1989, and although trends come and go, maximising your space will never go out of fashion! If taking out a wall to create more space isn’t an option, there are plenty of other ways we can help you maximise the space you have when planning your bathroom renovation. From simple replacements to reconfiguring the layout, you’ve got options to give the impression of more space and increase the functionality of your bathroom for years to come!
Optimise your bathroom flow
You’ve heard us say this before when talking about kitchen renovations, but the advice applies here too – consider your family’s unique way of living in your home when planning your new bathroom. With a bath, shower, toilet and vanity to fit in, reconfiguring the room to suit the way you use your bathroom can make it more functional and also create a feeling of more space. Perhaps now that the kids have left home you can take out the bath – or maybe swapping the toilet and vanity around will just work better. We provide obligation-free quotes and 2D designs to help you work out the best flow for your bathroom – give us a call today to discuss your dream bathroom renovation!
Small changes can make a big difference
If reconfiguring the bathroom layout is too much of a mission, there are plenty of small ways to give the illusion of more space. Considering textures, storage and even colour are all ways you can maximise space with your bathroom renovation.
Glass and mirrors
Clear glass doors and walls for the shower allow the user to see the whole room, rather than reducing the space with barriers like shower curtains or opaque doors. Full-length or full-wall mirrors also help to create space, by reflecting light and brightening smaller rooms. You can even create bonus space by considering the angle of the mirror – reflecting a window for example can give the illusion of a second window, therefore adding light and a sense of depth to the room.
If you have read our previous blogs we might be sounding a bit like a stuck record at this point but believe us, it’s important! Not only will smart storage reduce the visual clutter in your bathroom, but it will also help you keep your beautifully renovated bathroom tidy if everything has a place. Take a look at your current bathroom and think about what features could double up as storage spaces. Utilise wall space accordingly – think under sink storage, behind-the-mirror cupboards, floating shelves or adding towel racks and hooks to the door.
Light and bright
Opting for lighter hues with your bathroom renovation can make the space appear bigger than it really is – especially if you are working with limited natural light. You can add in your other favourite colours with towels and accessories, but having the wall, ceiling and floor in pale tones helps to reflect the light. That doesn’t mean you have to go stark white everything – there are plenty of warm light shades to choose from and mixing up textures with tiles, flooring and other features can provide plenty of visual interest.
Feeling inspired? We can help you with all of your bathroom, laundry and kitchen renovations in Perth. In fact, we have the skills to help with any renovation from the front door to the back door, including structural changes, plumbing, electrical and flooring. Call our team today!
If you’re thinking of doing a kitchen renovation but you don’t know where to start, you’ve come to the right place! It’s easy to get carried away choosing colours and building a Pinterest board, but considering your budget first will save you time and expense throughout the project.
Everybody uses their kitchen differently, so you’ll need to consider the most important aspects of the room for your family. If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, consider the highest touchpoints. Are you spending most of your time working on the bench? Do you want premium appliances? Is your biggest pet peeve the cabinetry layout? Narrow down your main objectives for renovating your kitchen.
Know when to splurge and when to save
Veejay’s has been renovating kitchens in Perth since 1989 – turning your ideas and challenges into fully-functional solutions. We know that navigating the renovation process can be daunting, especially when it comes to allocating your hard-earned money. Here are our top budgeting tips to help you decide what to prioritise in your kitchen renovation.
Your benchtop is one of the highest touchpoints in your kitchen. It’s an asset you will use every day so it needs to go the distance. Consider a sturdy stone benchtop in marble or granite – or perhaps go for stainless steel or polished concrete for a more industrial look. Discover the different benchtop aesthetics within your budget at our showroom in Malaga.
You might love designer hardware, but if your budget won’t extend to it right now you can get something cost-effective for the short term. Cabinet handles and taps can be updated in the future – replace with luxe hardware when your budget allows. We stock a range of hardware for every budget to help you achieve your kitchen renovation goals.
Spend: Kitchen Renovation Team
Choosing reliable, diligent tradespeople with a strong attention to detail will save you time and expense in the long run. Avoid budgets blowing out and excess repair-work by hiring a team of professionals you can trust to get the job done right the first time. Veejay’s offers end to end project management of your kitchen renovation in Perth – taking the stress of coordinating plumbers, electricians and builders away.
Save: Low-use Appliances
If you know you need an oven but realistically you never cook, a standard oven and cooktop will suffice and could save you money that could be spent elsewhere. Perhaps you live alone so a double fridge is an overkill – smaller appliances may also cost you less on your electricity bill. Win, win! We can advise you on the ways to save on kitchen appliances for your family.
Spend: High-use Appliances
Likewise, if there are kitchen tools that you simply can’t live without it’s a good idea to invest in appliances that will make your life easier. Reliable dishwashers and double-size fridges might be necessary for large families, whereas smaller households will have different requirements. We can facilitate the purchase of your chosen appliances and ensure they are installed correctly.
The single most expensive part of a kitchen renovation is the relocation of utilities. If your kitchen layout already works for you, keeping your electrical and plumbing points in the same space will cut costs significantly. Talk to our team if you aren’t sure whether to spend or save on your kitchen layout.
If your kitchen cabinetry is well-designed and made with reliable components, it won’t need replacing for decades to come. To top it off, choose superior-quality brackets that will protect your cabinetry – the last thing you want is cupboard doors hanging off their hinges. We design our cabinets in-house, to make sure you have the perfect solution for your needs.
We’ll bring your dreams to life!
Let’s find the right solution for your kitchen renovation – we’ll help you with everything you need, from planning to installation and finishing. See your plans come to life in our showroom – you can mix and match colours and textures to figure out the perfect style for your space. We’ll take the stress out of the process so you can enjoy the ride.
Get an obligation-free quote on your kitchen renovation in Perth by calling our team today!
Optimise function with your kitchen renovation
The kitchen is the most important room in the house – so functionality is paramount when considering a renovation!
Your family is unique, and your kitchen should be too.
Every family is different, so understanding the unique, personal ways in which you use your home is incredibly important when considering kitchen renovations. If your kids have left home, you might have very different kitchen requirements to someone with toddlers underfoot. Do you like entertaining friends and family? Consider how you like to interact with your guests when you are preparing and serving meals. Perhaps adding a breakfast bar style dining area will help to foster social interaction in the kitchen, the kids’ homework could even be supervised while cooking dinner!
Expert advice can make all the difference.
Working with a qualified, capable team can make all the difference for your kitchen renovation. At Veejays Renovations, we take you on a journey through the design process and handle all the stressful bits so you can enjoy the experience and know that everything will be taken care of. Renovating your kitchen can be daunting, and it’s important to ensure you are choosing the right aesthetic, components and layout to suit your home while staying within your realistic budget.
We have experience with everything from the front door to the back door, providing solutions and recommendations to create the dream home. Our vertically-integrated model ensures everything is managed by Veejays, from structural changes through to flooring, electrical and plumbing to decoration and finishing touches. Anything is possible – we can rearrange your bathroom, extend the kitchen or develop a laundry – just let us know what you’ve been dreaming of!
What is your ideal kitchen workflow?
You’ve probably already thought about the aesthetics you love, and maybe even have a colour scheme in mind, but it doesn’t matter how beautiful your kitchen looks if it’s not efficient to use. ‘The work triangle’ is a common concept with kitchen functionality – it acknowledges the main kitchen contact points: stove, sink and fridge. Use the work triangle to ensure these three points in your kitchen are accessible to each other.
Use a layout to suit your space and your family.
Consider the layout of your kitchen – is it possible or helpful to change it with your kitchen renovation? Or does the shape of your house and your budget restrict this option? The common kitchen layouts below are a great place to start when planning your kitchen renovation.
Galley kitchens (also known as walk-through kitchens) have two countertops along opposite walls, with a walkway between. They are a great option for space-saving – with storage above and below the countertops between appliances and windows.
L-shaped kitchens are pretty self-explanatory, but this is a good option for small-medium spaces with two countertops running along adjacent walls. This layout is perfect for creating multiple workspaces and restricts traffic – so you’re not constantly bumping into your family when you are trying to cook a meal.
U-shaped kitchens are an extension of the L-shaped layout above. They’re also great for multiple workspaces and traffic flow with countertops wrapping around the space – U-shaped kitchens are great when space isn’t a restriction!
Island kitchens incorporate a central countertop unattached to the kitchen walls. Again ideal for larger spaces, the kitchen counter can add additional storage and workspace, as well as a potential dining space with a breakfast bar. Islands help to encourage social interactions, where family and guests can spend time while others are cooking.
Endless possibilities made possible with your kitchen renovation.
Once you’ve covered the basics of how you will use your kitchen, the constraints of your space and optimum layouts, the fun part can truly begin. Exploring the aesthetic elements alongside your custom kitchen renovation team will help your dreams become a reality and bring your new kitchen to life.
If you’ve been considering a kitchen renovation, we’re happy to help! Get in touch with our team for an obligation-free personal consultation and quote, including 2D designs and fully itemised explanation of costs.
Looking for a Bathroom Display?
Look no further……
It all starts with good ground work to find a reputable company who will be able to guide you through
the renovation process with ease.
A good showroom is a MUST ,showcasing all the latest products. Most of us do not have the time to run around to tiling shops, plumbing shops , lighting shops , tapware shops and vanity shops, the list goes on and on . This is why it is important to visit a good , well laid out showroom display , essentially a one stop shop.
What makes a good showroom?
A friendly welcome when entering , with no hard sell.
A large range of products to include everything required to renovate a bathroom
Someone to chat to you and guide you through ” how to get started” and what they offer you
Easy on site parking
Full bathroom set ups to ‘ touch and feel’ ( even a bath to lie in )
The ability to book a designer to come to your home when visiting the showroom
Last but not least the offer of a good cup of coffee or tea, if you want to stay a while
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Does A Kitchen Renovation Add Value To My Home?
As the world comes to a stand-still and many people are on lockdown in their homes, we’re forced to consider all the ways we can keep ourselves entertained and utilise our time. One way is home renovations. If you have been getting out for your daily exercise, no doubt you have seen a lot of people painting, sanding and tinkering around the house. You may have even seen the lines out the front of your local Bunnings as further proof home reno’s are a popular option during this period of isolation. And why wouldn’t you want to do something about it now that we’re in our homes pretty much all hours of the day? It’s an opportunity to focus on those home renovations you’ve been meaning to do, but perhaps have been putting it off due to lack of time. In addition to improving the overall look and feel of your home, renovations are also a great way to increase the value of your property.
When it comes to return on investment, not all renovations are created equal. Kitchen renovations have been known to provide great bang for your buck. A recent survey by realtor.com found 80% of people regard the kitchen in the top 3 most important spaces in the home so it makes sense this is space you would want to showcase.
Veejay’s have been renovating Perth kitchens since 1989. With over 30 years over experience, we’re here to give you some handy advice on how to get the most value out of your kitchen renovation.
Consider A Budget
First, you want to think about a budget. This budget should be in line with the value of your property. There is no point spending $60,000 on a new kitchen if your home is only worth $300,000, it is unlikely you will make your money back. At the same time, if you have an expensive property you don’t want to go cheap on the renovations as it could drag down the properties price. According to homeadvisor.com you should follow the 5 to 15% rule. Spending any less than 5% on a renovation can cheapen the value of the property, spending more than 15% and it is unlikely you will recoup your investment.
DIY Or Call In The Professionals?
Small changes can make a big difference. A fresh coat of pain, some new lights, a fancy faucet. These are a few cheap and easy ways to give your kitchen a refresh. And if this is all you need, then going the DIY route could be a good option. Once you start looking at ripping out walls, rearranging appliances or installing new surfaces then it might be time to bring in the professionals.
Kitchen Renovation Style
The style of your kitchen renovation needs consideration also, especially if you’re transforming it with selling in mind. If this is the case then you’ll want to think about a timeless and classic style that will appeal to the masses, rather than keeping it too niche or personal. Neutral colours also are always a safe choice. The style should keep in line with the rest of the home, consider the age and state of your property when designing your kitchen renovation. A modern kitchen may look great but would be out of sync in an older, cottage style home.
Design is important, and a good rule to follow is the kitchen triangle. The kitchen triangle is a concept that is used to help determine efficient kitchen layouts that are both aesthetic and functional. The triangle refers to the space between the fridge, stove and sink, which is where most of the tasks in the kitchen take place. The idea is when these 3 elements are set out well then the kitchen will be easy and efficient to use. At Veejay’s, we understand that the design element can be daunting. If you are looking for inspiration our award winning showroom located in Malaga provides the largest display of complete kitchens that Perth has to offer. You can also contact us to arrange an obligation free in home consultation with one of our qualified designers.
Big Value Boosters
When you’re looking to add value to your property via a kitchen renovation, there are a few things that can definitely help bump up the price. It’s probably worth incorporating as many of these as you can with the space and budget you have available.
Add An Island
Introducing a kitchen island is a great way of drawing out the kitchen and making it more of an open-plan living or dining space. It can give the feeling of your kitchen being bigger than it actually is, and if done correctly, it means more prep space for you and your household when it comes to the cooking. Add open shelving to your kitchen island in order to make it look less bulky and more spacious.
Invest In A Luxurious Benchtop
It is likely the benchtop is the first thing that buyers are going to see when they enter your kitchen for the first time. Therefore, it’s worth investing in a luxurious benchtop, or at least one that looks luxurious. Engineered stone, Porcelain and Granites are stunning materials if you have the budget and a home to match, Hard-wearing laminates are a great alternative to consider. Kitchen benchtops get a lot of use with all the cooking, meal prep and baking you’ll do so it needs to be a durable surface.
Quality appliances can give your kitchen an instant boost in terms of aesthetic. Pro tip, look to purchase appliances from the same brand and range in order to give your kitchen a coordinated and stylish look.
If you’re interested in a kitchen renovation or have been planning to do one for a while, this is a service that Veejay’s can gladly offer. As one of Perth’s most experienced and trusted kitchen renovation companies, we can work with any budget or style. Veejay’s will help bring your vision to life and add value to your home, although don’t blame us if by the time we finish your dream kitchen selling is the furthest thing from your mind. Contact the team at Veejay’s today!
Does a kitchen renovation add value to my home?
Kitchen renovations can provide great return on your investment. A recent survey by realtor.com found 80% of people regard the kitchen in the top 3 most important spaces in the home so it makes sense this is space you would want to showcase.
How much should I spend on my kitchen renovation?
According to homeadvisor.com you should follow the 5 to 15% rule. Spending any less than 5% on a renovation can cheapen the value of the property, spending more than 15% and it is unlikely you will recoup your investment.
How to plan a renovation while spending more time at home ( April 2020)
Working from home has its challenges. Perhaps now you have a sore back from using your coffee table as a desk. Maybe the family making lunch in the kitchen at the same time is becoming a battle.
Now is a great time to look at your home and figure out what works for your family and what doesn’t.
You may have been thinking of renovating before the coronavirus outbreak sent a lot of us home. Now you can see which areas of the house get the most sun, or the most use. Perhaps you need more storage, or there id a particular room that’s always too dark.
“Now is a really good time to prepare for that renovation,” Melbourne-based architect Gary Windiate said. “Because once business goes back to normal, there will be builders looking for work and you’ll have all your plans ready.”
You may notice the afternoon sun in the backyard creates a nice space to work outside. Or the morning sun in the kitchen is too hot. Natural light is often overlooked when planning a renovation, so take the time now to factor it in to your plans.
“For me, natural light is number one in a renovation, like skylights or opening up part of the roof, even artificial light as a decoration,” architect and interior designer Nathalie Scipioni from NSStudio in Sydney said.
“Having extra light … can add some atmosphere. For example, add a nice pendant instead of downlights everywhere, which can be quite bland.”
The space you’re living in can have an effect on your mood. The pandemic and general uncertainty are having a negative effect on everyone at the moment. But if your house is always dark and enclosed, this can also dampen the spirits.
“A very bright and light house – even in winter when it’s raining – has a lot of natural light coming in. Natural, artificial light and bright colours will bring more happiness,” Scipioni said.
“Cross-ventilation can have two functions; [bringing in] light and fresh air and the [appearance] of glass on both sides. For example, if you [live in] a long house, [consider] an internal courtyard. This will allow more light to come in.”
Usage of space
Does everyone want to use the bathroom at the same time? Do you have a massive kitchen but only one person uses it? Now is the time to look at how your family moves through the house and where they congregate. A renovation needs to fit to your lifestyle.
“If there are more people in the kitchen cooking, you need more space between the benches,” Windiate said. “Typically, you’d allow a metre between the island bench and the backbench.”
“If there are two or three people in there opening dishwashers and the oven, you don’t want them to clash. We’ve done a couple of jobs where we’ve separated the oven and the cooktop.”
If everyone wants to use the bathroom at the same time, it may be best to make it usable for more people.
“Some couples may spend more time in the bathroom at the same time so may need two sinks,” Windiate said. “People use bathrooms very differently.”
Look at which areas are working well in your house. The living room might be an area that’s used for watching TV, reading a book or eating. If the space is functioning well, don’t touch it.
“We’ve designed kitchens where they’ve used the island bench as the dining room table to save space, but they congregate around the island bench when they’re preparing food and eating,” Windiate said. “The bench becomes the focal point. It’s the hub of the kitchen. It’s multifunctioning.”
When spending more time at home, more clutter accumulates. If work is also coming home, you may realise you need more storage.
Joinery can create functional and beautiful cabinets that can hide away all that extra work and home-schooling paper that would otherwise find itself on the kitchen bench, or the coffee table.
Get into the ‘Black”
Black black and black – makes a comeback!!
Black tapware , Black basins and now black toilets are on the way back. Over the last 12 months we have seen clients really embracing the black products, due to wanting the ” wow ” factor and finding the chrome a bit plain and common. Black really compliments any colour pallete, it has been fun and refreshing seeing these black visions come to life especially in bathrooms.
Be brave , get that bold bathroom renovation that will have people talking and loving!!
Making a comeback!
Tiled splash backs are making a comeback.
Over the past year we have seen a new (old) trend reappear.
Before Glass was introduced as a splashback , tiles were used on 99% of all Kitchen renovations.
Clients were attracted to the Glass due to ” no grout ‘ so giving the client less maintenance, with a large range of colour choices , it was the best choice.
We are now seeing a big change in trend with the tiles making a big comeback.This is partly because of some absolutely sublime colours , patterns and texture you can now have in tiles creating such a feature along with adding depth and character. This option can sometimes be more cost effective and reduce installation time.
What’s New in the Bathroom World
Did you watch The Block?
Well if you did then you would have seen the latest trends , one of which is the Black, Charcoal and Grey tones used along with wood textures and greenery,creating a real luxury look yet a nice calm mood with in the space.
Simple steps to achieve this are:-
Choose a feature or colour you love and work around that.
Compliment with unique tap-ware, Rose Gold, black or Gun Metal Grey all give a wow factor.
Vessel Basins are still on trend and will be for many years.
Do not over dress your area, just add a nice plant, candle or some textured towels.
To create a bathroom that looks bigger than it is install a wall hung vanity.
Make sure you have as much natural light as possible coming in and ventilation is very important.
Free standing Baths are selling like hot cakes – get soaking!