What’s wrong with the below picture?
The answer is simple, there is nothing wrong. It’s a kitchen in an apartment, right?
Sure it is.
What about this picture?
Same thing really, it’s the kitchen and the dining room, it looks neat and tidy, with ample light and easy accessibility.
How about the lounge room?
Looks great. Large sliding doors leading to a spacious outdoor area, with great ventilation.
Well that’s what we thought, but the owners had a very different perspective on the apartment. So they called us in for a consult.
The living space in the apartment is effectively broken up into 3 zones. Lounge, kitchen and dining.
The owners wanted to make the apartment layout flow a little more, they never used the dining room, as they always ate their meals outside or sitting on the lounge. They felt that the dining area was a wasted space; this area takes up 1/3 of the apartment. The kitchen was small and dated as the apartment was built 15 years ago.
The idea was to move the dining room and put it where the kitchen is, then move the kitchen to where the dining room is. Easy right? Not so much.
The more we spoke with the client, the more we realised that they wanted to do a complete apartment make over, including renovate the ensuite, redo the main bathroom, which Black Square Construction had only finished about 18 months prior, plus move doorways and entrances to the bedrooms, take out the big black sliding doors in the dining room, replace them with French doors, turn the balcony into the laundry and build a couple of new cupboards.
What we thought would be a relatively easy job had turned into a major refit.
Initially we sat with the client to work out a plan. When would they like to start? What would they like to do first? How are they going to pay for the renovation?
I know you are probably thinking, why would we discuss paying for the renovation at the initial discussion. There are a couple of reasons we ask this question, if the client has saved the money for the renovation, we like to work within their budget, so we need a starting point, additionally the way the big banks are these days, sometimes they don’t just lend money to customers because they ask for it.
As my clients found out.
They approached their current bank and asked for a sum of money, the bank being very cautious, asked the intent of the money, it was explained that it was for renovations. The bank advised the client that they would be happy to provide the money, in the form of a construction loan. This meant the client had to acquire quotes for the entire renovation before they would be approved for a loan.
You may think this is a large task, but that’s where we come in. At Black Square Construction we can help you with this entire process. We have done so many successful renovations, we know what the banks are after, they need a complete listing of expenses, tradesman quotes, quotes from retail suppliers like the tiles, bathroom accessories, kitchen appliances, plumbing requirements etc.
We have a network of successful tradesmen, plus partner retail suppliers. They help us gather all this information for you so you can provide this to your bank or financial institute.
This is exactly what happened in the case of this renovation. Our clients had initially decided to purchase a new property, but figured out that the amount of money they would spend in agent fees, stamp duty and moving costs, they would be able to renovate and get exactly what they wanted without the hassle of moving. We assisted the clients in every way possible to ensure they secured the money, which with the quote and supporting documentation we supplied they did secure.
Over the next couple of weeks and months, we will be sharing with you the pictures of this new renovation, the difficulties we may experience, the resolution to these issues and any other interesting things that happen along the way.
Not every renovation is smooth sailing, we like to consider that every challenge we face is more experience that we gather. If you like what you see or would like to follow us and learn more then click here http://ow.ly/P0plC to get our Ebrochure and stay in touch with what we are up to.