Completing a quality home renovation on a budget

Achieving a quality home renovation on a budget requires some very careful planning and a good depth of experience. It’s critical at the beginning of a project to identify which aspects of the renovation will have the biggest impact on achieving a beautiful end result while spending your budget wisely. On top of all this, you’ll want to ensure that your home renovation is a quality project that improves the home and adds value for the future.

Whether we’re working on a large high-end home or a more modest renovation our aim is to help our clients achieve the best end result tailored for their budget and the project goals. Here’s an example of a home renovation that made the most of the budget and achieved maximum value at sale.

Pakuranga Town House 

Brief :  Re-clad the dated exterior of this plaster town house, add new joinery and carry out an interior renovation. The goal is to maximise value and prepare it for market.

Style : Modern meets classic 

Before and after shot of home renovation
Before and after this significant home renovation

We renovated and prepared for market this 3 bedroom 1 bathroom townhouse in Pakuranga. The brief was to maximise the value of the home and increase its saleability. We were also set a strict budget to ensure we avoided overcapitalising. Because of the size and value of the home our target market was couples, and potentially young families.

Exterior focus

Originally built in the late 90’s, the home was run down, in need of a reclad, and also needed a complete facelift to increase its appeal for sale. We had a clear vision for the re-clad and interior renovation which focused on transforming the home by carefully investing in the right areas.

Located on the back section of a development of 4 town houses, the home had a private garden with a well established hedge which provided privacy to the upstairs bedrooms. It also enjoyed great orientation for sunlight and a green screen of privacy, so we planned the renovation around these positives.

Total makeover

The tile roof was still in excellent condition so we saved budget here by simply updating the terracotta colour and painting it Resene Friar Grey to give the home a modern look, and to blend in with the new exterior. For the exterior we chose bevel back weatherboards with window facings to give the home (which was a square shape with little detail) a modern yet classic style. The facings were an extra spend not needed for the re-clad but were an element we knew would add market appeal to the home. We painted the weather board Resene half Friar Grey, the window facings Resene Alabaster and joinery Advantage Titania.

In addition, new insulation was installed alongside new double glazed joinery which dramatically increased the liveability and temperature control of the home.

Window and Bi-fold Joinery Placement 

Interior showing large doors and windows out to deck

The window and door joinery placement and selection was one of the most important details in creating an inviting home with excellent light and an open airy living space. The goal was to make this compact home feel larger and more welcoming. 

New Zealanders love outdoor living and dining so for the internal renovation making outdoor areas easily accessible was a priority. Indoor outdoor flow was created by installing large wide bi-folding doors giving the impression of doubling the space. Windows were made larger with lower sill heights to let sunlight light steam in, further maximising the space. 

Extra budget was allocated to the joinery and the build for these areas. This added instant appeal setting the home apart from other properties in the area and showcasing the quality of the build for prospective buyers.

Interior living area of home renovation

An inexpensive pine deck was built outside the bifold doors and stained in a warm shade. The result was the feeling of doubling the living space – creating spaces for entertaining, relaxing and for young kids to play and ride trikes.  


Interior focus

With extra spend allocated to the joinery we looked to make savings on the interior of this home renovation.   

Kitchen showing cabinetry and windows

Because of its importance as the heart of the home the kitchen is often the place to generate the most impact. A well designed kitchen sets the tone of a home and adds value and livability.

For this project a new kitchen wasn’t necessary and with extra budget having been allocated to the joinery, the original kitchen was simply given a smart but inexpensive update to create appeal for buyers. 

Minimum spend for maximum impact

The existing cabinetry was tired and in an unattractive shade of olive with matching melamine bench top. It also included a small sink, basic taps and aged appliances. Our simple but cost effective update included re-spraying the cabinets with Resene Alabaster and updating with new square brushed chrome handles which worked with the placement of the original holes in the cabinetry. 

Black granite was selected for the bench top for a luxury finish and as a modern contrast to the white cabinets. The new bench top was designed with an area for two stools. (We sourced an end of line stone, reducing the cost to be only a little more than melamine). A large (but inexpensive) undermount square sink with a sleek modern tap completed the bench. We also sourced and installed more modestly priced appliances including; oven, cook top, dishwasher and extractor. 

The existing floor was buffed and waxed. Subway tiles and feature glass lights were installed to complete the update and create a modern inviting kitchen. 

Kitchen bench and white tiling

The Family Bathroom

The small family bathroom needed updating. Being the only bathroom in the house it was important it was made to feel  inviting, spacious clean and modern.  To achieve this a well priced acrylic free standing bath was selected as a luxury item. To save on space a corner shower was installed along with a floating vanity to create the illusion of a larger room.  Sleek square modern tapware completed the modern clean look. 

Bathroom with bath toilet and shower

With little budget left for the bathroom, it was time to get creative. Expensive tiles weren’t an option so we selected larger tiles (to save on installation) in a neutral shade which worked perfectly with the interior colour. Half the bathroom was tiled, and the remainder gibbed to save on costs. The result is a clean, modern and neutral bathroom with quality but affordable fittings and a little luxury. 

The Bedrooms 

Window sizing and placement was updated and designed to maximise privacy. The sides facing the driveway were given smaller windows up high, while we made the windows facing into the property larger and with lower sills to let light in and make the rooms appear larger. Wardrobes and doors were updated with new hardware in keeping with the modern look.

Bed and large windows to outdoor view

Other interior details

A wider than standard architrave and skirting was selected to create a feeling of quality and luxury (depending on the profile selected this doesn’t add a huge cost and has a large impact) and painted with Resene Alabaster. The interior of the home was painted Resene Half Truffle which is easy to live in neutral. A feature light was installed in the stairwell to add appeal and style to the interior entrance.

This home renovation was completed in 8 weeks to a carefully planned programme. The result was a beautiful home with strong appeal and details that set it apart from other homes of a similar size in the area. The sale price exceeded our clients expectations with a large number of bidders attending the auction. 

Check out our Essential Renovation Guide with everything you need to know for a beautiful home renovation.

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