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Introducing the Woodlands house - a new home built with three points of difference.

Posted by Sandra Brewer on Jul 4, 2017 8:09:00 AM

It's July 2017, and we've just commenced building a new house in Woodlands. It's very close to the beautiful Jackadder Lake, the very popular shopping centre and Bada Bing cafe (so many coffees). Unlike most new home construction projects, this one is a little different. Read on! 

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Topics: New homes

Case study: What it costs for a home extension in Perth

Posted by Sandra Brewer on Oct 25, 2016 2:17:00 PM

 

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Topics: Home extension

Ten things you need to know about extending your home

Posted by Sandra Brewer on Oct 18, 2016 2:02:31 PM

After building beautiful home extensions all over Perth for the last decade, there’s a few things we know. Some of the things that you might not know about home extensions might be here in this list;

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Topics: Home extension

Live-in renovations - is it worth it?

Posted by Sandra Brewer on Aug 24, 2016 5:09:22 PM

Choosing to renovate sure is a big decision, but with it comes another big decision – whether or not to live-in throughout the building process. We’ve had a look at some of the pros and cons of living-in throughout a renovation, to help you make the best choice for your unique situation…

Pros:

  • The most obvious reason to stay throughout the renovation is to save time and money that would otherwise be spent on renting. Having to find an appropriate property, move your possessions, deal with rent inspections; it’s enough to put anyone off even before you factor in the cost of a decent rental property in Perth! Of course, there is the alternative of moving in with family  ....but in some cases this can be more annoying and stressful than living through the renovation in the first place.
  • If your renovation timeline is hard to estimate, you’ll be happy you stayed in your home. There would be nothing worse than getting kicked out of a rental property only weeks before your own home renovation is completed.
  • By living-in, you get to see your project come to life and admire the daily progress. This can make the process more exciting as you get to be more directly involved and learn things along the way.

Cons:

  • If you are a clean freak, there is no question that your nerves will be put to the test. Some aspects of cleanliness in construction can be managed, like throwing rubbish away and leaving a tidy, contained worksite. Exactus works hard to ensure we are as tidy as possible, cleaning up as we go. However, other by-products of renovating are harder to control, like sand and dust making its way into living areas.
  • Another downside of living onsite through a renovation is the inevitable noise of drilling, banging, sawing, etc. that is often encountered daily. As building hours are restricted to between 7am and 7pm, and with most builders being considerate of the routines of live-in renovators, the impact of noise can be minimised. However, if you spend a lot of time at home with children or working from home, then you may find noise to be a big drawback.
  • Depending on the size and nature of the renovation, you may be confined to just a portion of your original living space after the construction area has been marked off and possessions from these areas relocated. Access to a kitchen and bathroom are also fairly essential, unless you don’t mind showering in the sprinklers and eating vegemite sandwiches for dinner throughout the duration of your renovation!
  • With different tradesman coming and going from your home at any given time, you’ll also have to say goodbye to your privacy for a little while.

To find out more about what it’s like to live-in throughout a renovation, have a look at one of our past client’s blog on her experience: http://www.exactus.com.au/what-to-expect/traes-blog-what-its-like-to-renovate/

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Topics: Home extension

How Can a Home Renovation Cost the Same as a Project Home?

Posted by Sandra Brewer on Jul 13, 2016 6:59:05 AM
Enjoy this article from Houzz magazine on the reasons why renovating is often as expensive as buying an off-the-plan project home:
 
 
We're developed this guide so you can understand the costs of renovating with Exactus Homes. You can get it by clicking here!
 
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Topics: Cost of renovating, Home extension

Should you renovate in 2016? Here’s how to decide.

Posted by Sandra Brewer on Jan 1, 2016 4:02:18 PM

Making the decision to renovate can be a very long process, with some people talking about updating their home for years before actually doing it.

What’s common amongst people who decide to renovate is reflecting on the following five factors. Considering each point might help you to decide if renovating this year is going to be a good idea for your family.

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Topics: Cost of renovating

Houzz feature Exactus in their bathroom trends for 2016

Posted by Sandra Brewer on Nov 18, 2015 11:04:13 AM

We're thrilled that Houzz has selected us as one of only fifteen bathroom design experts in Australia to appear in their bathroom feature. 

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Topics: New homes

What Paul Clitheroe thinks about buying new vs renovating

Posted by Sandra Brewer on Oct 21, 2015 10:27:44 AM

Listening to the radio this week we heard an interesting market commentary report from Paul Clitheroe. He was discussing the benefits of selling your home and buying a new one, vs renovating.

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Topics: Cost of renovating

Our City Beach home is going to be on TV - on Best Houses Australia!

Posted by Sandra Brewer on Oct 12, 2015 10:27:20 PM

A few weeks ago we took a call from Best Houses Australia who had been admiring some homes on our website. 

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Our best home extensions in Perth

Posted by Ralph Brewer on Sep 7, 2015 1:44:00 PM

There's a an obvious difference between a home renovation and a home extension. With a renovation, we are usually working with what's there in the house already. For example, a kitchen renovation or a bathroom renovation, which is located in exactly the same place as the existing kitchen or bathroom.

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Topics: Cost of renovating, Home extension