Renovation idea #1: See the finished project before it’s started
Believe it or not, the image above is not a photograph. It’s a super-realistic 3D graphic impression of a completed bedroom renovation project – created before any work has begun. We at Pzazz Building believe it’s the best way to make sure your renovation reflects your tastes and style before it’s too late to make changes without costly rebuilding.
Renovation idea #2:Add depth to your living environment with panels and picture windows
This was once a bog-standard living room, but the addition of a picture window has opened it up to the magnificent vista outside. Inside, panels on the wall and ceiling plus contrasting colours and clever downlighting have added a whole new dimension to the room.
Renovation idea #3: Add some drama to your home’s exterior
Street appeal is essential if you want to optimise your home’s presence and value. In this smart renovation, the front of what was a fairly plain, uninspiring house has been transformed with curved stone walls, jutting timber pergolas and an elevated conservatory.
Renovation idea #4: Turn your old shed into a mini dream home
Believe it or not, this used to be a sad old shed used for dumping the owner’s junk. With a little bit of imagination and the help of Pzazz Building, your shed could get a whole new life as a guesthouse, sleepout, office, workshop or man/woman cave!
Renovation idea #5: Get a more open, accessible and beautiful bathroom
There are loads of reasons behind the trend to walk-in showers. For starters, there’s less glass to clean. Even smaller bathrooms look bigger. You can do more in terms of design. It’s safer because you’re less likely to slip. And walk-in showers are accessible for people of all ages, including the elderly and disabled (see our article Futureproofing Your Home).
Renovation idea #6: Make better use of space
One of the biggest problems in New Zealand homes is lack of storage, but at the same time, but wasted space is a feature of many homes. With a little ingenuity, Pzazz Building can help you find space for all your “stuff” without compromising on the style and elegance of your renovation.
Renovation idea #7: Turn your rooms into 2-in-1 spaces
One way to save space when you renovate is to create dual-purpose rooms – rooms you can transform at different times of the day or night to cater for different uses. An example is the room above which changes from a bedroom at night to a playroom during the day.
Renovation idea #8: Consider a secret room
This may seem like an insane idea rather than an insanely clever one, but the kings and queens of yore had them, so why not you? The clever thing about the picture above is that you only need one stairwell to access two rooms on different levels, thereby saving space.
Renovation idea #9: Bring the outdoors in
We like this renovation because it has made the kitchen the true heart of the home, with direct access to the dining area, living room and the great outdoors. The benefit of bifold rather than sliding or normal opening doors is that you can pull them completely out of the way or have them only partly open – the choice is yours.
Renovation idea #10: Turn your attic or loft into a new living space
If you’re pushed for space or just want a spare room, consider converting your attic or loft. Even if there’s not enough headroom, Pzazz Building may be able to find more space by lifting your roof or putting in dormer windows.
Renovation idea #11: Use wallhanging fixtures to create that ‘floating’ effect
These days almost every kind of bathroom fixture, whether it be a vanity, sink, toilet, bidet or storage cabinet, can hang off the walls rather than sit on the floor. This not only looks amazing and makes cleaning easier, but opens up the bathroom and provides a sensation of greater space.
Renovation idea #12: Add a balcony or deck
Instead of putting in dormer windows, push out! This renovation utilises the existing footprint while providing the illusion of more room and can be achieved by adding a balcony or deck.
Renovation idea #13: Use fireplaces for ambience and to divide rooms
Modern gas fireplaces come in all sorts of shapes and sizes so they are more versatile than ever before. They’re now commonly used between rooms to bring ambience and warmth to both, and they’re found in non-traditional spots such as bedrooms and bathrooms – or in the photo above, both.
Renovation idea #14: Use an aquarium to create a relaxing mood
Like fireplaces, aquariums are wonderful for creating a relaxing mood in any room. They too can be used to divide rooms, benefiting people in both, but you rarely see them in the ceiling as in the photo above. This fish tank, combined with the blue hues of the walls, curtains and rug, has been designed to give the marvellous but slightly freaky impression of living under the sea.
Renovation idea #15: Who needs a ceiling anyway?
Isn’t this the most romantic picture you’ve ever seen in your life? It seems we’re so busy looking for views from our windows that generally we forget to look up. A skylight or glass ceiling lets us stargaze while we’re safe and warm in our own home.