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This kitchen, designed by Melanie John of Cube Dentro for first-home owners moving into a new house, received the NKBA Kitchen Distinction Award for a kitchen under $25,000.

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This kitchen, designed by Melanie John of Cube Dentro for first-home owners moving into a new house, received the NKBA Kitchen Distinction Award for a kitchen under $25,000.

The owners of this new house in Glenbrook, Auckland lived in a caravan for two years to save enough money for their first home.

And of course there was a tight budget when it came to the kitchen design, says Melanie John of Cube Dentro in Takanini. “Their budget was around $20,000, but the kitchen came in closer to $22,000. But they were very happy with it.”

And John was happy also to see her project win the NKBA Kitchen Distinction Award 2020 for a kitchen under $25,000.

Melanie John says she "future proofed" the house, providing more storage than the first-homeowners' current requirements.

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Melanie John says she “future proofed” the house, providing more storage than the first-homeowners’ current requirements.

“In a simple kitchen, details matter,” the judges said. “This kitchen is the perfect example of

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Have-a-go interior design enthusiasts are taking over Instagram at the moment.

And in Belfast, there’s no shortage of proud home owners taking to the platform to share their decor, design inspiration and budget-friendly make-over tips.

One such homeowner is Valerie Robinson – also known as the Belfast House Bird – from Jordanstown.

Valerie, an education worker by profession, has been transforming her 1950s bungalow which she describes as ‘a work in progress – on a limited budget.’

Her fifth home so far, the mum of two is no stranger to decorating her home but still finds bold, innovative ways to give her rooms a new lease of of life.

We caught up with Valerie to talk all things interior design – from bargains and money-saving tips and tricks to her unique rain forest bathroom and how to pull off a dark feature wall.

What is your interior design style?

“I

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We waited over 6 years to start our master bathroom renovation and now, nearly 6 months later, it’s fully completed! And you know what that means – the master bathroom curse that we discovered over the last month definitely seems to be in play (more on that here). All jokes aside (but really, is the curse a real thing, because it seems like it might be?!), let’s put all of this waiting to an end and get to the goods. Including a source list and a full budget breakdown at the end of this post!
















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Believe it or not, the “after” photo above was taken in virtually the same spot as the “before” picture below. As we said in our kick-off

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Due to COVID-19, a lot of us are stuck inside our homes. If you’re anything like me, staying at home just makes you see that you want a home decor refresh. You need just a few changes to just to spruce up the place a bit. Sometimes just little changes can make a space feel completely new and fresh.

The only problem is because we’re stuck at home, a lot of us have had to tighten our budgets. Plus, stores aren’t open.

Despite our circumstances, there are ways you can have a home decor refresh without spending money and without shopping!

Simply use things you already have around your home to spruce things up and give spaces in your home a fresh new look.

Here are 7 different items that you might already have at home that you can incorporate into your home decor to give your home a refreshed

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Homeownership is one of life’s great milestones, and if you own your own home you have probably spent a long time thinking about the improvements you can make to your space.

One of the biggest hurdles to home improvement is cost, as some remodeling and redecorating work can cost thousands, putting home improvements out of reach for many families.

There are many great improvements you can make on a budget, however, and here we have four of the best tips available.

A Fresh Coat of Paint Can Make a Big Change

You can give your home a whole new and fresh look by giving surfaces and rooms a new coat of paint.

You may have a few old tins lying around you can use for free, but a can or two of paint can be incredibly inexpensive for the change they can bring to space.

This makes paint one of

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As the year draws to a close I try to make a post aggregating the articles which have been updated with new information or photographs; 2015 was the last time I had a chance to do that, my apologies to those of you who have found that useful in the past.

There is a link at the end of this post to “Autumn 2017 Tour” and that will take you to each article with updated photographs, if you then scroll to the bottom of each page there will be a link to the next Autumn 2017 Tour article. My aim is that you will be able to visit the relevant section of each changed article quickly and easily – I hope you find it useful.

We have continued with some major Construction projects this year, but I’ve been holding off creating an article until they were more “complete” – trouble

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A Guide to Effectively Plan Kitchen Renovation Budget

The kitchen adds a lot to the comfort and décor of your home. That is why a kitchen renovation can significantly increase the worth of the home.

How much remodeling a kitchen will cost you depends upon several factors. Minor improvements to major structural changes open the doors to different budget scenarios i.e. $5000 to $ 100,000. Most homeowners spend around $22,000.

The average cost for a kitchen remodel depends upon the size of your kitchen, type of finishes, plumbing conditions, appliances needed, how you plan on tackling the renovations and where you live. Here I have divided kitchen remodeling in three categories to help you tackle your renovation and plan your budget accordingly.

1. Minor Kitchen Remodeling

These kitchen renovations range between $5000-$25,000. They generally involve the addition of new cabinets hardware, light fixtures or addition of backsplashes. The major elements

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Before you dive into renovating your family room or kitchen, you’ll need to know which projects give the best return on investment. That helps you make better choices for the biggest increase in your home’s value.

Kitchen renovations and finished basements and attics are the big winners here, accounting for as much as 10% to 15% of the total value of your home, according to CNN Money. Bathrooms lag behind slightly, accounting for 5% to 15% of property value, but smaller baths such as powder rooms or half baths contribute less.

Use these percentages, and any others that you can find, as guidelines when planning for home improvement projects. If your living room or bedroom is so sad and dated that you can’t imagine living with it for one more day, personal satisfaction can trump ROI to a certain extent.

Costs Related to Typical Projects

Americans love their kitchen renovations.

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