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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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How You Can Reduce Project Costs By Scheduling Your Kitchen Renovations Just Right

by Chloe Cooper

Kitchen renovations are perfect for improving the functionality and aesthetics of your kitchen space to suit your preferences and needs. A kitchen remodel is also a great way to add value to your home and increase its resale potential.

Depending on the scope of work that you have in mind for the renovations, these projects are generally quite expensive. However, timing your home renovations just right can help you minimize project costings. How? Here's a look at why you need to carefully plan for the timing of your kitchen remodel.

Buying Construction Material

Like everything else, the cost of construction materials varies throughout different times of the year. To save on your kitchen renovation project, you can plan to have the renovations done when these construction materials are cheap.

Buying Appliances

Appliances are also not an exception to price fluctuations. You can take advantage of promotions and deals on the appliances you need and bring down your costs. It is not a must that you have your project at exactly this time, but you can plan to do so around this time; that is, start a little earlier so that the furnishing stage, usually towards the tail end of your project, coincides with this period of lower prices. Alternatively, you can buy your appliances during this season, keep them in storage and start on your project a little later on.

Contractor Availability

Your kitchen renovations contractor has busy seasons and low seasons. Timing your project to coincide with a season when demand for the contractor is generally lower is well advised for two reasons. For starters, a contractor may turn you away during the peak season simply because they don't have the capacity to cater to your project on account of the company handling other projects for other clients. Secondly, should the contractor agree to take on your project, rest assured that you will be paying a lot more than you would during the slow season when there's little work and the contractor is more flexible in terms of their charges.

Buying materials and appliances when they are being sold at their cheapest and cashing in on your contractor's low season can help you save some big bucks on your kitchen renovation project. With the right choice for a contractor, you can look forward to quality workmanship and getting the projected completed in time, even as you spend a little less.