From functional upgrades to cosmetic updates, this homeowner decided it was time to give her Riccarton home a new look.
Having owned her Riccarton property for a few years, homeowner Karen was ready to make some changes. The three-bedroom home was built in the early 2000s and, while it was in good condition, it lacked character. Dark carpet ran throughout the majority of the home, while in the kitchen and bathroom, dull flooring in the form of tile and wood-look vinyl created a gloomy ambience to the property. The kitchen was also cramped, the lighting was outdated, and the interiors were overall tired.
Karen wanted to bring some personality to her home but needed professional assistance to manage the renovation, so she reached out to Refresh Renovations and got in touch with Christchurch Renovation Consultant, Alison Scarlet.
Alison visited Karen’s Riccarton home to conduct a thorough consultation so she could fully understand her client’s vision for the renovation. Karen’s main goal was to modernise the property with new flooring, retrofitted soundproofing (Karen’s home shares walls with the neighbours), fresh paint, and cosmetic updates to the kitchen and study.
Her original budget was $120,000 so Alison presented a few different options within that price range. Karen wanted to strike the right balance between making the correct investment and getting the most bang for her buck. After some refinement, they finalised the scope.
To stay within budget, Karen opted against installing a skylight and new joinery in the laundry but added new double glazed windows to the entire house along with changes to the kitchen and master bedroom, bringing the final budget to $128,713.
To get the renovation underway, Alison coordinated a team of contractors from her network of industry professionals to execute each component of the project. While sourcing materials from GIB, Mitre10, and Placemakers, Alison ran into supply chain issues. At the time, these delays plagued much of the country. But Alison worked closely with her suppliers and builders to procure the materials without delaying the project.
The renovation progressed steadily with soundproofing, electrical work, and joinery updates but hit a snag when it came to the kitchen installation. Alison addressed the problem and communicated the delay to Karen; the heads up allowed her to make appropriate changes to her schedule ahead of time.
Despite these few setbacks, the renovation was wrapped up successfully in a short seven weeks, just one week longer than anticipated.
Karen’s renovation is a great example of how effective planning can yield the most out of your budget. In the early stages, Karen had an idea of what she wanted, but by working closely with Alison she was able to prioritise certain components and forego others, leaving her with fantastic new interiors, increased functionality, and an investment she was comfortable with.
The most notable changes are the kitchen’s revival and the extensive flooring update. By mixing materials within the same monochromatic colour palette — carpet in the living areas and tile in the kitchen and entranceway — the flooring creates cohesive interest throughout the house without being overwhelming. White cabinetry in the kitchen is complemented by a subtle pop of colour from the blue subway tiles. The new connection between the entry hallway and the kitchen allows natural light to flood the space, creating effortless flow throughout the entire living level.
New lighting around the house may seem like a small detail but has ended up being an impactful feature. LED strips under the floating shelves in the kitchen are perfect to create ambience or provide soft lighting at night, while the new light-ceiling fan combo transforms the master bedroom.
While the kitchen is the star of this renovation, Alison and her talented team have transformed Karen’s entire home into a bright and inviting space for the family to enjoy. Soundproofing, although unseen, will enhance the peaceful environment and surely be one of the most noticeable aspects.
The new kitchen has become a lovely light and open space. Being involved in the design process allowed Karen to make key decisions such as the flooring and paint selection to ensure the end results were something she would love for years to come. And, working closely with Karen from the beginning enabled Alison to be the key facilitator in bringing Karen’s vision to life while keeping the project on time and within budget.
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Alison Scarlet is Renovation Consultant of Scarlet Manuka Holdings Ltd, a franchisee of Renovation Franchise Ltd, doing business in Christchurch.
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