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Building an extension for my mother-in-law

I love my mother-in-law but I never planned on living with her permanently. I have been enjoying her living with us now that we have kids but I feel like we all need some extra space so I am getting a granny flat built at the back of our block. This should allow us to have some extra space to make sure everyone has the privacy that they need whilst we can still be a family. This block has some tip on the process of building a granny flat including how to choose a contractor and how to get the council approval for the build.


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4 budget friendly ways to renovate your kitchen space

by Chloe Cooper

Whether it's buying new kitchen appliances, adding new cabinet knobs or applying a fresh coat of paint, renovating a kitchen not only gives you peace of mind, it also adds to the value of your house. Do you know you don't have to break the bank for your kitchen renovations? Homeowners who wish to renovate their outdated kitchen spaces should capitalize on the following 4 budget-friendly kitchen renovation ideas. You can do these upgrades on your own, but any contractor in your neighbourhood would be ready to help you with these fairly quick renovations.

Paint those kitchen cabinets  Though it may seem obvious, but applying a fresh coat of paint on your kitchen cabinets can give a huge facelift to your kitchen. Everyday use, combined with all sorts of dirt that buildup from cooking, cutting and chopping in the kitchen can make your cabinets appear dull and old. A new coat of paint will have your cabinets looking brand new. 

Add or replace kitchen backsplash

The backsplash is undoubtely the trending kitchen update at the moment. Homewoners are preferring to accentuate the section abive their sink or cooking area as the highlight spot of their kitchen space. Backsplashes are available in different materials including wood, porcelain, ceramic, vinyl, tiles and glass. Of all these options, glass is the most popular among homeowners. Apart from their unmatched beauty, glass splashbacks are hygienic, stain resistant and durable. Remember, this is what you'll be looking at while you prepare meals and clean utensils, so you better make it eye-catching with glass backsplash.

Open kitchen shelves 

Open shelving is another popular kitchen update to consider. Open shelves afford narrow and smaller kitchen spaces a sense of an open and spacious layout. You will need to take out the doors from your kitchen cabinets and apply a new coat of paint for a fresh look.  With the open cabinets, you should buy colorful plates and cups. This way, as visitors take a peep at your kitchen, they can appreciate your personality as evident throughout the kitchen. Furthermore, open shelving often frees up significant space throughout the kitchen.

Install swing-out cabinets 

Adding swing-out cabinets to your kitchen will help you create more storage space. Most homes have deep cabinets with utensils and stuff that they don't even know are placed there, but swing-out cabinets will showcase all your stuff right in front of your eyes. Additionally, they will also significantly declutter your kitchen space which is commonly a busy area. This update is synonymous with corner cabinets, however you can alter any kitchen cabinet using new wood, extra nails and some rails.