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Giving a new life to the Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of many Australian homes. After all, it is where families spend a lot of time together. However, when was the last time you really looked at the space? Are appliances dominating the bench tops and taking up cupboard space? Are your lights boring, and is your kitchen starting to show its age?

This week we’d like to share a few simple tips on how to spruce up your kitchen.

Make the most of existing space

Installing a pull-out shelf with a gliding draw in base cabinets can make it much easier to access hard-to-reach items. Most of the time these will need to be custom built and, while it may appear to be a simple job, detailed carpentry work is required to execute it properly.

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Light up the space

Strategically placed, funky lighting could be the missing element to your kitchen. Consider the type of lighting required for preparing food – such as beaming white light for chopping – and how you could feature bench tops or the kitchen sink with cool lighting displays. Always call the experts when working with electricity.

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Show off your crockery

If you’ve got quirky and interesting plates and mugs, why not make them a kitchen feature? A plate rack is a very modern way of adding colour and vibrancy to your kitchen. It’s also a simple way to store regularly used items. Again, positioning, style and colour is key to it working well.

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For expert advice on revitalising your kitchen please contact your local ‘Hubby’ on 1800 803 339 or visit the website www.hireahubby.com.au.

Do share your kitchen face-lift stories (and nightmares) with us, too.

No job too big or too small for the one you love

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It’s the thought that counts. These are the words on the lips of many blokes today as they rack their brains over a gift to buy their loved one. But this Valentine’s Day, why not really impress your other half by doing something they actually want done around the home.

We know that up to one third of you have waited up to a year before completing simple maintenance jobs around the house. We know this because we researched it.

Flowers, chocolates and a candle-lit dinner might entertain her for a night, but fixing that fly screen, replacing those cracked tiles or repainting that wall is what she really wants. Trust us, it will be noticed!

But we’re not going to sit here and tell you all the hotspots for unfinished jobs around the home. That’s a bit boring on Valentine’s Day. Those jobs are for us anyway. Instead, embrace your inner romance as we share a bit of ours with you.

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Don’t worry about presents – you’ll never get the right one. Give her an experience. Arrange a romantic dinner in the backyard with fairy lights. Reuse Christmas lights to create warm ambience if you have to.

Drape them over tree branches around the backyard. Wrap them around handrails and poles on the verandah. Put candles on the table, and don’t forget a tablecloth!

The bit about chocolates above should also be included in your plans.

Hopefully this sparks some romance in you. Let us know what else you’ve got planned!

Choosing the Perfect Appliances for your Kitchen

The kitchen is one of the most used spaces in the house, whether it is preparing food, entertaining friends or relaxing with a good book.

This week, our Hubbies are telling you about five kitchen appliances out there to make home living more enjoyable.

Modern Ventilation Hoods

A serious cooktop demands a ventilation system that will usher exhaust out of the kitchen without the loud noise. If you hear the sound of suction (and not the motor running), this is a good thing. If noise bothers you completely, consider units that can be installed with exterior motors.

But, as you may know, there’s more to the hood than blowing out hot air, even if that’s the key function. Sometimes a hood is a focal point in the kitchen. Ask your local Hubby about assisting you in choosing and installing the perfect ventilation hood for your kitchen.

Convenient Fridges and Freezers

Refrigerators come in three main body configurations: side-by-side, top-mounted freezer, and bottom-mounted freezer, depending on the lifestyle of the family. Whether you live on your own, with roommates or a large family there is a fridge perfect for you.

Want to hide the refrigerator and freezer? Ask Hire a Hubby to come over and look into panelling that blends in with the rest of your kitchen’s cabinetry.

Space Saving Cupboards

Corners of kitchens can become wasted space, so why not make use of that space with some of these clever corner cupboard ideas.

Aside from a lazy Susan solution like the one above, there are some other ways to utilize this area. These drawers keep kitchen supplies easily accessible.

Same goes with the placement of this stove. Plus, a shelf built into the usually-bare backsplash can hold cooking items that might otherwise take up room on shelves or counters.

Functional and Ambient Lighting

Layering light has often been used in dining rooms or living rooms, but is recently more and more popular in kitchens. With kitchens the hub of many homes, layering light is best for preparing food as well as striking the right balance between function and mood.

Practical and Stylish Bench tops

There are many types of benchtops home owners can choose from including granite, laminates, engineered stones, concrete, stainless steel, solid surfaces and ceramic tiles.

Again, the choices depend on your lifestyle.

Laminates are designed with today’s busy, demanding and style conscious home-owners in mind. They are specifically developed for use as decorative surfaces for a wide range of applications including bench tops, wall panelling, furniture and joinery.

In addition, laminates are durable with high wear properties and scratch and moisture resistance making them the perfect interior surface for use in living areas, kitchens, bathrooms, laundries and even the home office.

The non-porous nature of laminates also means that bacteria cannot easily collect, making it a hygienic choice for kitchen bench tops.

If you’re looking to cook up a renovation storm, bounce your ideas off your local Hire A Hubby. Simply pick up the phone and hit 1800 803 339 or visit the website www.hireahubby.com.au.

Makeover Series Part 5: Top 10 things people wish they had added to their makeover and missed

Renovation and home makeovers are great low risk ways to add value to your home or investment property. There are thousands of concepts out there to help you make over your home exactly how you want it. However, many people miss out on important and sometimes tiny details that could have enhanced their makeover.

This week, our Hubbies are sharing a list of 10 things people wish they had added to their makeover.

1.  Lighting up, naturally
Good light in a house makes a huge impression, lifting the spirits of everyone who steps inside. Adding skylights to dark internal rooms or opening up areas with bi-fold doors or larger windows is always rewarded by a higher sale price and an improved state of mind for the owner while they are living there.

2.  Storage

Incorporating plenty of storage into your renovation is not only practical for day to day living but will also allow the house to appear immaculate and organised indicating a clean, well maintained property

3.  Offer a warm welcome

Revamp the entrance to your home by painting the front door in a strong colour, such as red or blue, updating doorway furniture and the entrance mat. This shows your home is up-to-date and well maintained.

4.  Insulation

People will often make the mistake of not going green with their home project for two reasons: (A) They don’t know how to, and (B) they think it costs more money. If you’re doing your renovation “green and clean”, you’re ahead of the market and it’s probably a smart investment.

5.  Roof

When considering house renovations, many people leave out the roof. Your house should always have a solid roof and the perfect time to get it done is when planning house renovations. Have a ‘Hubby’ come in to have an extensive look and advise on the other things that can be done in a cost effective way.

6.  Tap Ware

It’s easy to dismiss tap ware as a minor detail, but the sink is one of the first places to which the eye is drawn when entering a kitchen. Replacing dated tap ware with new design, matching taps, or taps that link aesthetically, you’re bringing a sense of cohesion to the house. Good taps also suggest good plumbing.

7.  Choosing the right timber flooring

People don’t realize the variety in timber homeowners can choose from for their flooring and tend not to spend too much time selecting what is right.

In broad timber terms there are two different categories of woods – softwood and hardwood. Softwoods are considered inferior to hardwoods for many purposes, but they do have their place in the woodworking world for specific jobs. In building, they are commonly used for the framework of houses and areas such as lining boards and cladding. Hardwoods by comparison are heavy, strong and stable. They are used predominantly for piers, flooring, decking and in most timber furniture.

8.  Using the wrong paint

There is paint for just about every surface and choosing the wrong type for a particular project is more common than you may think. Flat paint is basically for your ceilings and sometimes for your walls, whereas semi-gloss paint is suitable for trim in a bathroom or in a dining room. The glossy will give it a more upscale look.

9.  Forgetting to update the electrical system

Walk through your home with an electrician before you start to talk about outlets, where they are and where you’d like new outlets. Ask your local Hire A Hubby for a good local electrician.

10.  Make the most of the space in the backyard

Aussies love their backyards, and with that comes a spacious deck to have family and friends over for a barbeque. Make sure not to underestimate the amount of space you need for this entertainment space when renovating.

If you’re looking for somewhere to start with your grand makeover plan, call Hire A Hubby on 1800 803 339 to talk through your ideas and to get an obligation free quote.

Makeover Series Part 4: Makeover your house on a budget

This week we’re continuing our home makeover theme with some ideas on how you can ensure you’re focusing on the areas of the home that make the biggest difference.

A dream makeover is often too expensive to think about, so we’ve come up with some simple makeover ideas that should be at the top of your list if you’re after a new look without the hefty price tag.

Painting to change a room:

Try a new colour scheme or ideas like feature walls. A fresh coat of paint will brighten a room and picking a colour scheme can completely change the space without replacing all of your furnishings. Consider adding colour to walls if you have simple furnishings or whites to brighten the room, make it appear larger and put the focus on coloured furnishings. Using colours, or lack of, you can easily change the entire aesthetic and mood of a room.

 

Update your lighting:

Adding a unique light fixture to a room is a simple way to change up the space. Statement pieces like vintage chandeliers or modern light fittings can make simple rooms appear elegant or add character. Modern statement pieces will add style to the room and older metal style lights add rustic, country charm to the room, especially in older or wooden spaces. You can often find great vintage light fixtures online or in secondhand furniture stores. Ask your local Hire A Hubby about best practice installation.

Revamp your outside spaces:

The outside of your home is just as important as the inside but is often left aside during a renovation or makeover. Adding gardens or outside living spaces can not only make the appearance of your home so much more appealing, but a good courtyard is a great place to utilise when hosting friends and family. Our Hubbies can help you whether you want to build the kids a cubby house, plant a garden, build a deck and entertainment area, or even help make a space-saver garden.

 

New flooring:

Installing new carpet, wood or tile flooring is an easy way to make areas look brand new. With the wide range of flooring available on the market, ask your local Hubby about the best fit for your house. Floor work is always best done by a professional as fixing dodgy DIY work can end up costing far more than getting it done professionally in the first place.

Alternatively, if you have existing wooden floors, why not have them sanded back and restained? It will remove all those wear and tear scratches and scuffs and you can make the floors lighter or darker to suit your tastes or desired room aesthetic.

Clean, clean, clean:

A clean, tidy home always looks like new but we mean more than just dusting and vacuuming. Professional high pressure water cleaning removes any dirt, mould or stains on your paths, driveways and outside areas to make them look like new again. Ask your local Hubby if you think there’s an area around your home that needs a good clean.

If you think it’s time you did something about making over your home, call Hire A Hubby on 1800 803 339 to organise an obligation free quote or simply visit the website www.hireahubby.com.au.

Makeover Series Part 2: Kitchen

Makeover Series Part 2: Kitchen

Last week, we offered some advice on getting started with a home makeover – budgeting, quoting and timing. This week, our Hubbies are exploring some simple ways to makeover your kitchen.

Kitchens are one of the most used rooms in many Australian homes and whether you have a timber house, brick home, unit or townhouse, there’s no denying it’s often the first room to show signs of aging.

Is your kitchen reminding you of a set on the Brady Bunch? Cupboards looking a little sad? Floor stains too much to look at? Don’t panic. The great thing about kitchens is there are easy, cost-effective ways to update them on a limited budget.

Here are a few tips to get you thinking.

Painting

You’ll hear us say this a lot, but painting does wonders. It is a cost-effective way to brighten up most areas. Almost all surfaces can be brought to life with a fresh lick of paint. Talk to an expert about the best type of paint for your given surface. When choosing a colour scheme, brights are a great way to give an area life but don’t overdo it and make sure your brights are mixed with neutral shades.

Cupboards

Got lime green cupboards hanging off their hinges? Talk to one of our Hubby’s about giving them a makeover. There are so many options on the market for finishes – stainless steel, wood veneer or even sanding and painting. Replacing old handles will give your cupboards an upgrade. Look for slim, modern handles that avoid showing finger marks. Don’t opt for cheap materials, as they don’t tend to last as long.

Lighting

Changing your kitchen lighting is a simple and cheap way to give your kitchen a totally fresh appearance. Good lighting illuminates space and gives it atmosphere. There are a number of different lighting options to choose from, ask your local Hire A Hubby for advice on lighting and arranging installation.

If you’ve got ideas you’d like to discuss with an expert, call Hire A Hubby on 1800 803 339 for an obligation free quote or visit the website www.hireahubby.com.au for other property maintenance ideas.