Ask RiotACT: Renovating in Kingston – recommendations please?

Amanda 12 April 2017 4
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Hi RiotACT,

I have just moved into my flat which is the size of a shoebox, has no storage and is decorated in lovely 70s shades of brown.

I can do the painting but I need lots of help with the other problems.

I would like to have the floor recovered with a floating timber floor, have the bathroom redesigned, install built in wardrobes, double glazing and have some shelves fitted. I have decided on an Ikea kitchen as my budget is going to be stretched to the limit.

Can anyone help me with recommendations for wardrobe installation, bathroom renovators, flooring, double glazing and cabinet makers please? Also, an electrician who can install some decent lighting. I would really appreciate it as I haven’t a clue.

You may be wondering why I bought the place if there is so much wrong with it – the location is perfect, it is full of light, there are two very private balconies, the building is secure and I could see it had potential.

Thank you all, in anticipation.

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4 Responses to Ask RiotACT: Renovating in Kingston – recommendations please?
Masquara Masquara 9:57 pm 16 Apr 17

What is the existing floor? Unless you have high ceilings, you’ll notice the loss of room height from a floating floor … it sounds as though you could consider paying a consultant to scope out what you need. Phone the Master Builders’ Association and get some recommendations -it should cost you less than a grand including tradie recommendations – and make sure you have a proper contract. Double glazing might be over-engineering: I have honeycomb blinds, pelmets and heavy drapes and they are nearly as good as double-glazing. If your flat is on the top storey, add good insulation to the things to scope out. Good luck with it all!

Maya123 Maya123 10:10 am 16 Apr 17

Does the body corporate need to give permission to change your windows?

When you get your double glazed windows, if the frame is metal, make sure it has a thermal bridge.

dungfungus dungfungus 9:59 am 16 Apr 17

I hope you have at least a $150K budget to do all that. This is Canberra, not Sydney.

K_c24 K_c24 7:09 am 16 Apr 17

You should really reconsider the IKEA kitchen until you’ve spoken to a custom kitchen place. You’d be surprised how comparable they are and being custom, you will get a better end result and won’t have to compromise over things like blind cupboards or not quite right colour choices.

Same applies to wardrobes before you go assuming putting in the IKEA choice will save time/money. My builder brother has spent two days (charged to the customer) trying to shoehorn an IKEA wardrobe into a bedroom where a custom job would have slotted straight in, with half a day labour.

Always remember: price, quality, time. Pick two.

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