Home Renovation Questions Answered | Balnei & Colina

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Everything you need to know about renovating your home

1. Experience

With over 20 years of experience and a team of skilled design and trade experts, we’ve built a long list of happy clients. We are specialists in bathroom, kitchen and home renovation, and all aspects of home joinery including:

  • Laundries
  • Built-in wardrobes
  • Walk in wardrobes
  • Buffets
  • Entertainment units
  • Storage and shelving
  • Suspended shelving
  • Fireplaces
  • Home bars
  • Home wine cellars

2. Complete home projects

We can complete an entire interior home renovation. Many of our clients prefer to renovate their kitchen, bathroom, laundry and cabinetry throughout their home simultaneously. If you need some structural work included, we can also handle this as part of the overall project. 

3. Dedicated project manager

We’ll appoint a dedicated project manager to see you through your project from start to finish. This makes your life easier, so you can sit back, relax and let us take care of everything.

We give you a start and finish date for your project, allowing you to easily plan your life around your renovation.

4. Team of Experts

When you engage our design team, you’ll have access to expert designers with a wealth of knowledge, experience and advice.

5. Warranties

Rest easy, because we’ll guarantee waterproofing for 6 years and cabinetry for 10 years. We also offer 12 months warranty on trade works.

6. After-Sales Service

We have a dedicated team of professionals who handle any warranty claims you may have. Our service department will make resolving issues easy and hassle-free.

You’ll find our kitchens, bathrooms and joinery all across Sydney.

And don’t worry if you can’t find your suburb below – chances are, we’ll be happy to visit.

So call us at 1300 450 320 or contact us online, and let’s discover how the team at Balnei & Colina can help with an upcoming project.

Sydney Metro: Pyrmont, Waterloo, Balmain, Newtown, Haymarket, Ultimo, Glebe, Rozelle, Alexandria, Camperdown, Redfern, Chippendale, Moore Park, Zetland, Darlington, Millers Point

Eastern Suburbs: Randwick, Coogee, Maroubra, Heffron, Vaucluse, Waverley, Woollahra, Bronte, Bondi, Bellevue Hill, Point Piper, Paddington, Surry Hills, Darlinghurst, Watsons Bay, Edgecliff, Double Bay

Inner West; Burwood, Croydon, Summer Hill, Ashfield, Canada Bay, Concord, Balmain, Camperdown, Dulwich Hill, Enmore, Haberfield, Leichhardt, Lewisham, Lilyfield, Marrickville, Newtown, Petersham, Rozelle, St Peters, Stanmore, Sydenham, Tempe, Strathfield, Abbotsford, Breakfast Point, Chiswick, Drummoyne, Five Dock, Liberty Grove, Russell Lea, Wareemba, Mortlake

Lower North Shore; Chatswood, Castlecrag, East Willoughby, Lane Cove, North Bridge, St Leonards, Roseville, Cremorne, Cammeray, Crows Nest, Kirribiulli, Kurraba Point, Lavender Bay, McMahons Point, Milsons Point, Neutral Bay, North Sydney, St Leonards, Waverton, Balmoral, Mosman, Greenwich, Longueville, Northwood, Riverview, Gore Hill

Northern Suburbs: Gladesville, Hunters Hill, Woolwich, Ryde, Denistone, Epping

Southern Sydney; Arncliffe, Earlwood, Bardwell Park, Bexley, Botany Bay, Brighton-Le-Sands, Carlton, Kogarah, Dolls Point, Eastgardens, Monterey, Ramsgate, Sandringham, Sans Souci, Rosebery, Carss Park, Connells Point, Hurstville, Kyle Bay, Mortdale, Lugarno, Oatley, Penshurst, South Hurstville, Caringbah, Como, Gymea, Lilli Pilli, Miranda, Sylvania Waters, Woolooware, Cronulla, Yowie Bay, Miranda, Jannali, Burraneer, Kyle Bay, Kangaroo Point

Firstly, determine a budget and look for inspiration – online, in magazines or from other homes. Our project gallery is also a good place to start.

Then, get in touch with us to chat about your project.

Definitely, one of our experienced designers and a project manager will be dedicated to your project and will be with you to ensure you are fully informed and consulted every step of the way.

Our process is finely tuned, so you can be confident that your renovation will result in a stunning new look within which to relax, share and enjoy your home.

1. Get inspired and set a realistic budget

Check out online resources for inspiration, ideas and the latest trends. Our projects are a great place to start. It’s important to determine your budget from the outset to help with the initial consultation.

2. Initial consultation

One of our designers will review your renovation ideas, recommend a design solution specific to your unique needs and budget, and provide a proposal with an initial cost estimate. They will help you set a realistic budget to ensure you don’t over-stretch your finances or fall short of your expectations.

3. Onsite visit and final quotation

If you are happy with the initial design proposal and estimate, our designer will book a time for an onsite or Studio visit, where they will refine our initial proposal and estimate and complete a detailed plan of your new project, including design specifications, materials, fixtures, fittings and finishes. We’ll also set a start date and plan a schedule for completion at this time.

4. Building inspection

Your dedicated project manager will conduct a comprehensive building inspection and check measurements to ensure your new project fits perfectly so we avoid any nasty surprises.

5. Your renovation begins

We’ll carefully prepare your home for building, arrange delivery of components and promptly commence renovations. We’ll update you each week with a schedule of precisely who’s turning up and when.

6. Celebrate in your beautiful new space

Once complete, your project manager will inspect all components of the work against our comprehensive checklist to ensure your satisfaction. And then it’s time to enjoy your beautifully renovated home.

This depends on the extent of the renovation. Once we’ve scoped your project, our detailed estimate will give you a start and end date so you know exactly how long it will take.

However generally:

  • A standard bathroom renovation with no structural work takes approximately 3 weeks from project commencement
  • A standard kitchen renovation with no structural work can take 2 to 3 weeks from project commencement
  • Cabinetry works vary depending on the project; however, a standard walk-in wardrobe with no structural work can take 2 to 3 days from project commencement.

The only way to really estimate the cost of your project is to have one of our designers visit you and assess your renovation requirements.

We have included a rough guide below, based on an average-sized bathroom, kitchen and cabinetry:

Kitchen Renovations:

$35,000 - $55,000 A stylish renovation of your existing kitchen
$45,000 – $65,000 A design or layout change to your kitchen or a more highly specified product
70,000+ Luxury Kitchen

Bathroom Renovations:

$25,000 – $35,000 A stylish renovation of your existing bathroom
$35,000 – $45,000 A design or layout change to your bathroom
45,000+ Luxury bathroom

Custom Joinery:

$15,000+ Stylish cabinetry makeovers ranging from entertainment units and buffets to standard wardrobes
$25,000+ Larger and more complex cabinetry design, for example, large walk-in robes, cellars, bars, complex shelving and storage

NB: Prices may be lower or higher depending on the size of your room and the scope of work involved.

The estimates above include design concept, project management costs, all trades, removal and disposal of existing works, materials, insurance and permits required.

The estimates exclude appliances, fixtures, fittings, benchtops, and structural works.

Many of our clients renovate their kitchens, bathrooms, laundries and other rooms in their homes at the same time. The advantages to doing this include:

1. Convenience

It’s much easier to move out for a few weeks and then return to your newly renovated home rather than completing one project at a time, which takes longer.

2. Financial

You may enjoy economies of scale when the bathroom and kitchen remodel is rolled into one. You save on insurance, permits, bins, time for trades, house protection, cleaning, and more.

3. One look for your home

A common design theme can be woven through your home renovation when completed at the same time. Your cabinetry, fixtures and fittings are the same or similar throughout each room, creating consistency that can also add value to your home.

4. One company

Having one company complete your entire renovation simplifies things for you. Instead of working with and managing several tradespeople, you have one designer, one set of paperwork, and one project manager, alleviating the stress and saving you time and money. 

You can choose to stay in your home throughout the renovation. Our team of professionals will endeavour to respect your space during the renovation period.

However, it is important to note that your kitchen and bathroom will be out of action during the renovation process. Some clients decide to move out during the beginning of the renovation for convenience, especially in the case of bathroom renovations where they lose the use of their only bathroom.

If you have more than one bathroom, we can renovate one at a time so that you can save on offsite accommodation.

In the case of larger-scale renovations, we usually recommend you stay elsewhere during the renovation — it’s no fun living in a construction site.

All of our work is backed by a full, 6-year waterproofing guarantee, 10 years on cabinetry and 12 months on trades.

We have an efficient after-sales team who will swiftly handle any of your queries.

Absolutely. All the tradespeople required for your renovation are organised by us – in fact, most work for us exclusively. So you only have to deal with our friendly design consultants and project managers.

You can choose anything you like, within reason and as long as it’s practical. The only limitation will be your budget. We’ll support you in your design choices, creating your home exactly how you want it.

We are the experts at kitchen, bathroom and laundry renovations, as well as custom joinery throughout your home, such as:

  • Walk in wardrobes
  • Built-in wardrobes
  • Bookshelves
  • Entertainment units
  • Buffets
  • Bars
  • Wine storage
  • Outdoor kitchens
  • Outdoor storage
  • Study areas
  • Bench seating

We can design and renovate every room in your home, including:

  • Kitchen
  • Laundry
  • Bathroom
  • Ensuite
  • Powder room
  • Living room
  • Lounge room
  • Rumpus
  • Storage rooms
  • Wet rooms
  • Bar
  • Wine cellars
  • Dining rooms
  • Bedrooms
  • Outdoor areas
  • Alfresco areas
  • Study areas
  • Home Office

If you’ve accidentally scratched or chipped your doors, replacement doors can be made in our Sydney factory to replace the damaged ones. Just let us know, and we’ll assist you.

For an average-sized kitchen, single benchtop installation usually takes between 2 to 4 hours, sometimes half a day, depending on the size and complexity of the job.

Yes, definitely. We understand that most of our clients are not available during business hours, so we will come and see you at your convenience.

We appoint a dedicated project manager to you after design completion. This makes it easy for you to know exactly what is happening and when. If you have a question, you have one point of contact, so you know exactly who to speak with, making the experience smooth and hassle-free. 

No. Many clients organise access for us, and we can complete your new kitchen, bathroom or home renovation without you having to be on site.

We do not specialise or recommend this kind of kitchen makeover. In our experience, it doesn’t offer clients the best value for money and, more often than not, there is a lack of quality and finish in the completed job. You will need to approach a kitchen makeover business to complete this type of project.

We cannot advise you on whether it is worth investing in a new kitchen. However, a new kitchen can add between 5% and 15% to the value of your home. It is the most used room in the home and is definitely one of the most important factors when buyers are choosing a home. 

You can pay by electronic funds transfer or bank cheque, and we accept Mastercard or Visa. Please make cheques payable to Balnei & Colina.

Please note you will need to check with your credit card provider for credit card fees. Surcharges apply when using a credit facility. Please ensure you refer to relevant terms and conditions before using your credit card for payments.

How Can We Help?

From an entire interior home renovation, to a new kitchen, we take care of everything. Call us today on 1300 450 320 or leave your details below to book your custom design consultation.

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