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Renovating with the Home Builders Grant
posted on 24 August 2020 03:01 PM

With the Morrison Government’s Home Builder initiative, a $668 million plan from the Property Council of Australia as part of its seven-point plan to the National Cabinet for starting up construction again and boosting the economy. Though many people are jumping on this as a chance to secure their first home, there are a great many of us that are more inclined to utilise this opportunity to invest in improving the value of the home we currently live in. In these current times, we can sometimes feel unsure about whether spending such a large amount of money is the ‘safe’ option. We can then begin to question, when will we be given this kind of opportunity to take advantage of such a grant again? Primarily, the most vital goal that anyone should want to achieve with any renovation, is to assess if the work will in fact be a good investment that can help to increase the value of the home and/or the value of your lifestyle. For some, heading into retirement and planning to downsize is a cause to want to enhance the value of their home preparing for sale. For others, a growing family can require the need for additional space meaning that the plan to renovate and/or extend the home would have been coming in the future anyway. Then there are some well loved old homes that are just in the perfect place but just need that something extra to bring them back to life.As exciting as this all can be we do need to be aware that are some restrictions to the grant. For renovations, you will need to spend more than $150,000 (making it $125,000 of your own money). The building works must improve the livability, accessibility or safety of your home. This means there will no grants given for the building of pools, spas, tennis courts, garages or sheds. In addition to the grant motivating the movement of the economy, there is also the hope that these renovations will motivate owners to make their homes more resilient to natural disasters and allow families to have space for growing.  When considering what renovations are best for your home, it can be beneficial to research the local property market and assess the cost of houses compared to you own home so to determine  what additional features can increase the value of your own home. It is worthwhile to investigate what kind of value one extra bathroom or bedroom can do to impact the value. Then there is the aesthetics of the property. Are the facades outdated? Do they show signs of age or damage? Can the installation of a better wall system not only improve the appearance of the house but also improve insulation therefore reducing energy costs and better protection from adverse weather? Installing skylights can also become a value-added investment that can reduce energy costs. Sometimes these changes can really go a long way. Even if you are not planning to sell and intend to stay, you will still get the benefit of enjoying these renovations to your home. Do keep in mind that the grant is only available for a limited time, it will be available to all who are eligible who sign their contract for works before 31st December 2020. All works must commence within 3 months of signing the building contract. If you are considering to take advantage of the grant and would like us to help you, get in touch with us today. 

The New Wall with Dulux Exsulite
posted on 15 July 2020 03:28 PM

Dulux Exsulite® is a fully integrated, lightweight facade system that delivers a weatherproof external building envelope with a self-draining cavity for moisture management and high thermal performance. What does that mean exactly?Suitable for 1 to 2 storey houses, this nifty product basically is a cavity wall cladding system. It can also be used as a remedial facade system for renovation projects with the appropriate design. The purpose of this system is to provide a practical and versatile External Insulation and Finishing System. Killing two birds with one stone, you get a strong finished exterior surface that is weatherproof plus insulation and great moisture management simply from this one installation. It is probably relevant to note that it is suitable for residential buildings in BAL29 regions.What are the components that make Dulux Exsulite®?Using Dulux Exsulite® also gives you access to a wide range of Dulux® colours and Dulux AcraTex® Texture Coatings completing the appearance of your project. Integration of system design, components and installation is delivered through a national Dulux AcraTex, Exsulite Trained & Registered Installer like us here at Auscape Exterior Transformations, to ensure the build meets design specification. How is Dulux Exsulite® installed?  click on the image below to view video.Exsulite® is CodeMark® certified as a fully integrated Building Systems in compliance with the Building Code of Australia (Volume Two, Class 1 and 10 Residential Buildings). An Exsulite® Certificate of Installation from a registered Exsulite® Installer provides peace of mind that the system “as built” meets Design Specification. If you are looking for a new and modern way to improve the façade of your home, planning an extension or even a new build, this certainly is a very practical option to consider. If you feel that this is the perfect solution for you, please get in contact with us so we can help you get started.

Living Outdoors at Home
posted on 05 July 2020 08:38 PM

Looking to create or revamp an outdoor area ready for the warmer months? Now is the time to start! Outdoor living is an integral part of the Australian lifestyle. On the Central Coast, not only do we love our sunny days, we also have the advantage of wonderful sea breezes that flow through our towns which are especially welcoming in the summertime. It is not unusual to see many of us dining & relaxing outdoors for the better half of the year. Australian’s have always loved the relaxed and vibrant feel of being in an outdoor dining or lounge area and this has been a strong influence in many of our transformations at Auscape Exterior Transformations.Having a home with those additional outdoor areas not only brings value to your home, but also encourages a healthier lifestyle. Bringing the outdoors into your daily life allows you to get more time to spend in the fresh air, relax and enjoy time with family and friends and even get some vitamin D. Even the simplest extension can drastically improve the aesthetic of your home and alter your way of living motivating you to spend more time taking advantage of the outdoors in the comfort of your own home.There are numerous ways to incorporate beautiful outdoor areas into your home that can be as extravagant or as simple as you like. Some of the most common options are extending off an existing indoor zone creating a patio or alfresco area bringing the indoors out. This is probably one of the best ways to enlarge the look of your home and provide an attractive area for dining, lounging and entertaining guests. It can often be a small investment that adds greater value to your property. Pergolas, Pavilions or Gazebos are another neat little addition to a backyard that can present as an inviting space where you can really appreciate your garden. It is often a favourite for those who frequently love a good BBQ cook up and, in some cases, a convenient dining zone alongside an outdoor firewood oven. These types of additions can be not so invasive to build as it is usually detached from your house.Another value-added installation on your home can be a balcony or a deck. Building a lower level deck can sometimes be a less costly project that can enlarge the look of an existing living area the same way an alfresco or patio would but providing an airy sunlit space to enjoy. Upper level balconies are an option that can really add style to the look of your home. They can be made to be used as an extravagant open area to entertain guests or an intimate little zone to sneak out onto from your bedroom to enjoy a quiet cup of tea and relax. Whatever ideas you have in mind, get in touch with us and we can help make them a reality.

A Big Thank You
posted on 16 June 2020 09:11 AM

2020 has brought us a lot of very interesting things, some of which have been extraordinary and some quite tragic. One big event for us, was the completion of a 5-year long contract we had achieved at the beginning of the year. Located on the idyllic Mid North Coast of NSW, Laurieton Residential Resort contains over 300 beautiful new homes. The team at Auscape Exterior Transformations meticulously provided this massive project with the service of installing Cladding Systems with Dulux Exsulite, applying Rendering and Exterior Painting on all the buildings in the resort. We have received very positive feedback from our client who acknowledged the attention to detail and the efficient execution of work done by the team.We would like to extend a big Thank You to our Auscape Exterior Transformations team on this project, namely Scott Sutherland, Dirk Sexton-Holdsworth, Jade Massey, Nathan Kemp, Zac Unsworth, Corey Bowmaker, Johno McCleod, Karl Hoyle, Andrew Johnson, Blake Unsworth, Luke Green, Hamish Clarke, James Lewis, Cori Andrews and Paul Noble. Your hard work, dedication and effort truly showed throughout the 5 years of this project and we are very proud to have you all on the Auscape Exterior Transformations Team.