When it comes to renovating a home, it’s easy to be swept away with grand plans. You may want to start knocking down walls and sizing up massive extensions however its often the budget that may not be able to meet your dream home expectations. In saying that, you don’t need to spend a fortune to update your home and the house that we’re about to take you through is proof of that. With an insanely impressive budget of only $35,000AUD to upgrade an entire 3 bedroom home and garden. Is that even possible? There’s only one way to find out…
Before the renovation this was a typical 90s home that was a little bit drab and dated. There were a few questionable colours, tiles and fixtures that were in need of an update. Ultimately it was prime for a modern makeover. This was not just any renovation however, led by the team at Bunnings who hand picked 13 super trendy influencers and let them loose inside this pad to create their dream home. I must admit, when I first heard this I thought it sounded like a recipe for disaster. Would 13 different creatives with very different styles actually be able to pull off a cohesive aesthetic? Turns out, they can. Overall the style of the home is young and energetic. It does not shy away from colour and texture which I love and there are touches of coastal vibes throughout.
Due to the limited budget they made sure to be smart with their money. They saved money by up-cycling a lot of high ticket furniture items like the coffee table, dining table, seating and bedheads. Being able to breathe new life into old pieces allowed them to shave a lot of money from the budget. When it came to the big ticket rooms such as the kitchen and the bathroom, they saved money by simply changing out the fixtures and fittings rather than changing the layout. The reason being that as soon as you change the position of a sink or bathtub that immediately means re-plumbing, waterproofing, retiling… all of which cost money! So instead of changing the layout they have instead modernised what already exists, saving them thousands in both labour and materials.
So the big question is, did they actually manage to renovate the entire home and garden for $35,000? Nearly! They only went over budget by $3000, coming in at a total spend of $38,000. That includes everything you see in the home including appliances and trades they were not able to do themselves such as electrician and plumbing. Everything else was DIY, clever up-cycling and being smart with what was already there. Hats off the team at Bunnings and all those involved for pulling off a very impressive reno on a budget!