As people are invariably spending more time at home, it’s a good opportunity to take advantage of the downtime and upgrade or renovate or parts
of your property.
If you’re planning a major reno you may also be eligible for the government HomeBuilder Grant. This will give you an extra $25,000 to invest in some high impact selections.
For those who are renovating without the Grant support, you may also receive benefits in the long run when you include more energy-efficient options.
Not to mention the savings when you weigh up the costs of renovating versus moving, where you would be looking at a bigger mortgage and all
the associated expenses.
We take a look at 8 different renovations where people have brought their goals to life using Wideline Windows & Doors. Because everyone loves to see a good before and after! Especially when looking for ideas and inspiration.
The owners of this heritage style house in Maitland swapped the old timber windows with aluminum style windows. The choice of Black Matt for the
new window frames against the red brick is at once captivating and classy.
In the kitchen, double hung windows were replaced with louvre windows. In the living area, double hung and rake windows styles were retained for the final design.
Paragon architectural range double French doors open up to the new wraparound balcony on the second story, improving access and adding character.
Images: Mavid Constructions.
Over at this northern beaches residence, dark colour sliding doors were replaced as part of an interior redesign. Balustrades updated, lighter
floor coverings layed and sliding doors in a Pearl White Gloss finish were installed to complement the new light and fresh aesthetic.
For the main bedroom, sliding doors with highlight windows were replaced with full height sliding doors. For the living area, new 6-panel sliding stacking doors were fitted. The improved door span here opens up to almost six metres, allowing this family take full advantage of the deck area. Clearer sight lines with the taller panel sizes improves the view from every angle.
Images: Plan Assist
If the existing windows and doors don’t function to the best of your needs then it’s time to get creative.
A house with ‘good bones’ means the foundation and structure are in good shape with the potential to be a great home. Much can be achieved without large costs by simply redesigning the spaces within an existing footprint. Take heart and read on.
This traditional post-war style brick house was transformed with a striking monochromatic façade using black and white mix
cladding and a slightly reworked floor plan. The upstairs level was extended, and brand new aluminium doors and windows in Black Matt provided a whole new outlook.
Images: Dragonfly Architects.
The owners of this next double storey brick home could easily see the potential. Working closely with a good draftsman to design the site plan, professional builder/designer duo Kyal & Kara renovated a brick box into a beautiful and more functional family home.
Making smart use of the block size they added a double garage at the front, plus a two bedroom studio out the back for guests and B&B style accommodation. Spray painting the façade was a very cost effective option over render or bagging the bricks. Retaining the brick texture, the revamped dark navy-esque façade contrasts against the smooth Pearl White Gloss finish of the new windows and doors.
Paragon architectural range Casement windows replaced sliding windows, and new double French doors with glazing bars heralded the entry at both levels. Highlights and transoms were incorporated to let in more natural light. Talk about street appeal!
See more of the interior renovation.
Images: Toowoon Bay Reno
Now this Blue Mountains area transformation goes from ugly duckling to swan!
Extending the home slightly at the front and out the back, the reworked floor plan boasts an extra bedroom with deluxe ensuite, a living room and rumpus along with bigger garage. Reducing their cost of living by living on site during the renovation meant they were able to put more money toward the house and landscaping, to stunning effect.
Along with all new internal fittings and fixtures, the façade received new cladding and roof along with new windows and doors in configurations that improved natural light and style. The crisp white colour palette ensured that the home would pay homage to the natural green surrounds.
Images: Kristy Spencer | Bare Design Studio
When a complete knockdown rebuild is not an option, go for the major overhaul. It's likely that you love where you live and don’t want to move, but you and your family need more than the existing home can offer.
This could be when; The infrastructure is dated, the construction no longer feels solid, the floor plan does not support a good logical flow, rooms are not well-proportioned, the overall character of the home has long passed being described as ‘quirky’.
Another Kyal & Kara renovation, this pokey little fibro shack on the Central Coast was definitely all of the above. With so much of the structure
in need of replacing, all but two of the bedrooms and a hallway were demolished before construction would begin.
The renovated facade was clad in weatherboard and topped off with Colorbond steel. A gable roofline at the front and transition to a flat, skillion roofline toward the rear of the home meant the living, kitchen, family rooms would have soaring 3.6m high ceilings. High set fixed windows and powered awnings were installed here to provide cross ventilation and an abundance of north facing natural light and warmth into the home. These windows were set above 4-panel sliding stacking doors to create a seamless connection between the indoors and the outdoors.
Images: Long Jetty Reno
This outdated harbour side residence was in a divine location.
Benefitting from an architectural redesign, the building was completely reworked without changing the footprint. Cue external cladding, new roof and under house excavated garage. The enclosed balcony was opened right up, providing magical water views of the peninsula. Accessed by double French doors from the top floor and bi-fold doors that open almost the entire span at the lower level.
Entering the home via the new internal lift, the envy-inducing interior got a high tech makeover. Featuring double hung windows, cavity stacking door, rake windows, plus high set powered louvre windows in the study nook cleverly poised to catch the sea breeze and allow rising warm air to escape.
Image: Gartner Rose
And finally, behold the most decadent transformation. This '80s red brick house has been completely reimagined. Three Birds Renovations designed and built a luxe Hampton's inspired family home from the frames of the old one. With glass doors and windows as the major feature, this modern Coastal Barn is a light lover’s paradise.
The greatly extended home includes bi-fold windows, casements, double hungs and glorious rake windows that celebrate the tiled gabled roof and pitched ceilings. Plus bi-fold doors, sliding doors, stacking doors and double French doors. All are adorned with colonial bars which add a timeless appeal. A combination of aluminium and timber windows & doors were used throughout the home to comply with BAL requirements for building in bushfire prone areas. The result is a seamless connection between indoors and outdoors.
Images: Three Birds Renovations
Feeling inspired? Whether you are looking to replace windows or knock down walls, talk to our team for expert home builder renovator tips before
you start. With overseas holiday plans on hold for a while, make the most of this stay-at-home time. Do your research and start planning.
Updating windows and doors can have a huge impact on your home. In addition to improving energy efficiency, they can also make a stronger connection with your surrounds, grant more access between
living spaces and change the mood.