In this two-part interview with renovations experts Kyal and Kara Demmrich, they offer some tips on renos and talk about the key aspects of a kitchen space. Read Part One below…

 

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Could you tell us a bit about your most recent project, in Toowoon Bay, on the NSW Central Coast?
As most people who know us are aware, we’re just a little obsessed with property and renovating! About two years ago, we purchased a beach shack with plans of knocking over and building a big family home (no, the asbestos shack is unfortunately not worth renovating!). Not long after, we also sold our very first home. After working on plans in collaboration with an architect for our beach shack rebuild we realised we just weren’t ready to build our ‘forever home’.

We started looking for good investment renovations to work on and this great house in Toowoon Bay came on the market! It was half-renovated by previous rental tenants, who had stripped the house bare when they left. Plenty of investors were looking at it for land value only, however we saw the potential in the brick bones! With side driveway access, we also saw the potential to build a second dwelling out the back. With the goal of inspiring others, we have documented the whole renovation, build, and transformation process, which you can view at kyalandkara.com. Our goal has been to create a timeless beach house with plenty of character – and we’re almost there.

We’ve been living in the renovation the whole way through, and dealing with morning sickness [at the time of writing, Kara was in her final trimester] has certainly added a new set of challenges to renovating!

 

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What piece of advice would you give to first-time renovators?
Always remember what your goal is when renovating. Are you renovating your forever home, or are you renovating an investment property? Are you renovating to sell, live in, or rent? You’ll make smarter decisions when it comes to budget and finishes if you have a clear vision and goal in sight. If you’re unsure, doing some market research and seeking advice i.e. from a real estate agent will ensure you’re on the right track.

 

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We interviewed you in 2014 and asked about interior design trends. What trends are hot right now and what do you foresee as being big in 2017?
Marble and marble-look composite products are certainly here to stay – with the trend still going strong in both benchtops and splashbacks. We’ll also see a re-emergence of kitchens with colour! Everyone loves a white kitchen, however it can often be the safe option. Think: deep blues, turquoise, or even some soft pastels! Benchtop profiles are also becoming thinner and more refined. Feature handles are going to be big, too. With so many options, handles are a great way to make a statement. Think: leather, shapes, and timber.

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