Which Sydney Suburbs Are Spending The Most On Renovations?

Sydney’s lower north shore is at the forefront of a renovation frenzy, as residents of the exclusive neighbourhood are choosing to improve their homes rather than try to upgrade to a better location, according to domain.com.au.

Mosman is leading the pack with homeowners spending more than $55 million for renovation work in the first four months of this year alone, 127 per cent more than the same period last year. One dollar in every four spent on renovating in Sydney ($400 million) was in the Mosman council area over the four months this year.

Other hotspots include Chatswood East and Artarmon, up 130 per cent, and Willoughby, Castle Cove and Northbridge, up 70 per cent. North Sydney and Lavender Bay are the suburbs with the biggest rise in home improvements, with spending there up about 250 per cent, the figures showed.

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Home Renovation Ideas to Stretch Your Budget

If you’ve decided to renovate your home, why not consider some ideas that will give you a little more bang for your buck? These ideas will help you take your renovation throughout the entire home, without the need for a massive budget.


Your ideal plan for a complete renovation may involve expensive hardwood flooring or tile throughout, but consider limiting the use of expensive flooring to fewer areas in the home to help reduce your budget substantially. That’s not to say you have to leave old and worn floors in some rooms. Instead, opt for budget wise flooring in bedrooms and playrooms and leave the fancy flooring for areas that are more prominent.

Consider Recessed Lighting

Updating the overhead lighting in your home will create a very contemporary look throughout. Recessed lighting not only looks smart, but works smart as well, saving you money on your energy bill. Although it can be a big undertaking, once complete your home will have a very dramatic change, making the need for more renovations seem a little less necessary. Mind you, you’ll probably want to refresh your walls as they may suddenly seem a little worn once shed with new light.

Kitchen and Bathroom Refreshers

You know you want the ultimate kitchen, but if your cabinets and vanities are in good shape opt to paint or reface them instead of a complete remodel. This will not only save you money, but will also help save the planet sending less garbage to the dump. Then invest the money saved on upgrades to countertops, flooring, backsplashes, taps and hardware for a slick new look.

Neat and Trim

Adding more substantial trim to your home with new baseboards and crown molding will give a more upscale look throughout. Beadboard or wainscoting applied to worn walls can also refresh common areas such as halls or update dining rooms, kitchens and bathrooms. Beadboard is more casual whereas wainscoting is a little more sophisticated.

Renovation Tips

Taste Living offers exclusive European products and stylish solutions for all areas of the home – kitchens, bathrooms, bedroom, dining and living areas. From cookware to cushions, Taste has all your renovation needs.

Unlike many other home/lifestyle stores, we also have qualified interior designers in every showroom, offering free consultations. To help make the process a little easier, below are some of our key renovation tips for every room in the home.


Spend time looking at different styles of kitchens

Research is key. Buy renovating magazines; talk to our Taste Living designers; visit our showrooms. All this will help you work out which styles you like and what best suits your home and your personality.

Think about how you currently use your kitchen. What do you like? What would you change?

Make a list of what you like and don’t like about your kitchen and be sure to have it with you when you meet with your Taste Living designer. This will ensure you keep focused.

Kitchen placement is important.

Saucepans positioned near the hotplates; mugs next to the kettle and crockery near the serving area make for great convenience. Think about how you use your kitchen then try to design it accordingly.


Freestanding baths – an ongoing trend

A freestanding bath is a contemporary look that is set to stay. Adding class to any bathroom, it is the ideal feature piece.

A wall-in shower will make the bathroom space look bigger

Create the illusion of more space and limit the amount of glass that needs to be cleaned with a wall-in shower.

Consider how many people will use the bathroom

Be sure to cater for the amount of people who will be using the bathroom. Allow enough room for towels, bench space, toiletries and appliances.


Experiment with cushions and throws

Bright cushions and throws can instantly revitalise the look of your bedroom at little cost, so have some fun with colour themes and let your creative side shine through.

Think about the amount of storage you need before you plan your bedroom design

We all accumulate a lot of possessions, and where we house them is important. Make sure you have adequate storage eliminate clutter. Our Taste Living designers can help you create the perfect storage area for your bedroom.

Choose a wardrobe that doesn’t look like an eyesore

There are a variety of stylish wardrobes that don’t have to take the focus off the rest of your bedroom. Don’t settle for the first wardrobe you see. Keep looking until you find one that suits the style of your room.


Open Plans

An open plan dining area complements an open plan living and kitchen area, creating more space, and a homely, inviting feel.

Use consistency in materials and colouring to ensure cohesion

Ensure the theme and style of your open plan kitchen and living area spills into your dining area too. If you need some inspiration visit our Taste Living showrooms.

Do you use your dining chairs every day or are they more for special occasions?

Ensure the seating in your dining room is comfortable. A dining experience should be enjoyable so choose a style that looks good and feels great too.


Allow enough seating

Ensure you accommodate enough seating in your lounge room design. The lounge is where the family comes together so it’s important everyone has a place to sit.

Avoid having the back of the lounge facing the entrance to a room as it closes up the area

The positioning of furniture contributes to the overall look and feel of the room, so be sure to seek the help of a Taste Living designer if you need some pointers.

Try not to overcrowd the living area with too much furniture

Low line pieces give the impression of more space. Look for furniture with added functionality – such as a side table that can easily transform to a dining table, or a coffee table with extra compartments.


The final, and perhaps most important, note is to remember to be upfront and realistic about your budget. It’s very easy to get caught up in the excitement and go overboard – decide on a budget for your renovation project – and stick to it!