In this video, Josh and Charlotte from hit reality television show, The Block, talk about how to save money on a kitchen or bathroom renovation. Josh and Charlotte give handy tips on what to look to do to maximise your renovation investment. Josh and Charlotte also give insider tips on what should and shouldn’t try and do yourself and how to future proof your home renovation.
CHARLOTTE: Don’t choose tiles that are too trendy right now.
JOSH: If you’re using beautiful stone tiles and that make sure you know how to seal them, or get them pre-sealed before you put them on. Otherwise they’ll look a little bit nasty in a couple of weeks. And make sure the waterproofer is licensed, or the tiler. Sometimes tilers will be able to waterproof as well. Make sure they’re going to be able to give you the right accreditation and it’s going to be done properly. Making it functional. Making sure that the area is going to work for what you want to do. Plenty of storage. Big bench space. That kind of stuff. Make sure it’s going to work and not just going to look good. And a good tip too, when you’re renovating, it’s good just to keep stuff in the same place. Because that’s where the cost is going to come from. Moving plumbing. Moving electrics. If you can just put stuff back, but just freshen it up. Make it new, but in the same location.
CHARLOTTE: Much, much cheaper.
JOSH: Mate, you’ll be winning.
CHARLOTTE: Make sure that there’s space when you’re going to pull something out of the oven. There’s chopping space. The sink’s big enough. And you can only work with the space you’ve got, but make it functional. Have a very big fridge. You can’t go wrong with a big, big fridge. You’ll regret it if you don’t.
JOSH: Shop around. Go and check out the different type of joinery. Speak to your friends. Check out their quality and see who they’ve used. Go to different kitchen stores. You will be able to visually tell the quality apart from any of the others. Again, that will dictate the price. So it’s just one of those decisions you’re going to have to make.
CHARLOTTE: Don’t necessarily go for the cheapest. Work within your budget, but remember that the cheapest is generally equivalent quality wise.
A cheaper way to go about it is get a separate cabinet maker and stone maker rather than just going to a kitchen place where they give you a set cost. If you do bits yourself that can often come down a bit cheaper.
CHARLOTTE: Yeah so this season we have a bit of a twist with the judging. We had obviously, the three judges, but we also had the buyers that came through and judged each week. We found lots of the feedback from both separate judging panels was different. So we’d come at the end of it and we’d say, do we listen to the interior designers or do we listen to the buyers, so it was just kind of taking a bit from each and creating something that we liked in the end. So the decision making process was easy because we had defined roles which we established early. Josh was in charge of building and structural decisions and I was design and interior design, we did a bit of building design together.
JOSH: That’s probably why we didn’t actually fight all that much is because I never saw her. It’s a good tip. I’ll give that to anyone. I mean, defined roles. If you’re going to have a working relationship, defined roles.
CHARLOTTE: No, but a few of the first rooms, I definitely was not making the decisions with the interiors, whilst listening to our tradies and Josh and they’re all the rooms I hate. So, I got a bit more confident later on. We knew it much more quicker and efficient if we separated the roles. You know, you learn so much each week. So the rooms that we did at the end we loved a lot more than the initial rooms. Just you know where to source things and you identify what your taste is.