Put all that time you’re spending at home to good use and start planning for your renovation… Here’s how!

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Put all that time you’re spending at home to good use and start planning for your renovation… Here’s how!

Spending all this time at home it can be hard not to notice the flaws of your home! Is the kitchen too crowded? Did you notice your office is too dark? Is your laundry a lot smaller than you thought?

Well now is a great time to look at your home and figure out what does and does not work for you, your lifestyle, and your family. Use this time to prepare for that renovation and with the green light on the Homebuilder grant you can consider an additional $25,000 to your budget! Sounds great right? So let’s get into it.

First things first: lets priorities.

Where have you found you spend the most time? Is it your kitchen or your living? It may be the outdoor area? Determine this because a lot of your design time can be invested in this area and it is critical in the research phase. When you have determined this space you can create something with your designer that is perfect for you, it meets all the demands of your lifestyle and the functionality of your family.

Natural Light

Next, where is the biggest source of your natural light? Have you noticed the afternoon sun lays really nicely in your living room but there are not enough windows to embrace it? Natural light is often overlooked when planning a renovation so make sure you factor this in during your design, take note of where the best natural light can come through, and where it can get a bit too hot.

In Australia natural light should be the number one thought, we have such a beautiful climate that even in winter we have brilliant sunlight so take advantage of it as much as you can! It adds to the atmosphere, the design, the atheistic and can really be something so simple that brings your whole design together.


This may be a silly one but it is really important to evaluate how you feel in your home. You don’t want to get back into the swing of things and come back home after a longs day work to a dark home that is enclosed, this can really dampen your mood. A home with a lot of light, cross ventilation and functional use of space can make a significant difference in how you feel in your home.

The use of space

The usage of space, do you have a huge kitchen but only one person uses it? Or one tiny bathroom in a home with 5 people? Spending all this time at home it won’t be hard to see how your family moves through the home, the most important factor of a renovation is that fits your lifestyle! Consider each space in your home, who uses it… is it an area with a lot of foot traffic, is your home future proof? The use of your space is so important to the way you live so don’t forget to look into this.


You would be surprised how much storage you have but you still don’t have enough. Clutter accumulates! We can’t help it. Joinery can create functional and beautiful cabinets can be hidden away… all that extra work and home-schooling paper that would usually be on your kitchen bench can be hidden away: Out of state out of mind.