Transform your apartment - 7 design ideas to elevate spaces and boost value
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by Ballast Point
2d ago
What many apartment owners don't realise is that there is a vast amount of hidden potential in every apartment. Even recently built apartments tend to follow a mass-produced, cookie-cutter approach - one size fits all. Therefore, there is potential to refine their design and, with the right approach, you can really maximise value. We've recently published a blog about renovating within the constraints of the building footprint. This blog was very popular but was specifically written for homeowners. So, we thought: “Which of the principles used in homes can be applied to apartments?” Here are ..read more
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Why it’s the best time in many years to build or renovate
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by Ballast Point
3w ago
There’s no understating that it’s been a brutal time for builders and their clients since we first learnt about Covid - experiencing a complete shutdown, then a wild roller coaster ride that threw many building companies out of the carriage, sending them into bankruptcy. But things have changed, industry data shows a stabilisation in prices, normalisation in markets. We’re able to find staff and subcontractors readily again and suppliers are keen for our business rather than feeling like they’re doing us a favour. Sure there’s no going back in terms of price but once we accept the new normal ..read more
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More Magic Pudding Interiors: 5 more tips for Creating space in your house without extending
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by Ballast Point
2M ago
The best part of our work is helping homeowners envision new possibilities for their existing spaces. And working in the Inner West comes with its own challenges of heritage conservation that might constrain options when renovating. Even when faced with constraints, we believe in helping our clients find creative ways to manufacture the sensation of expansive space from seemingly nothing. The greatest validation? When a client shares that their friends often ask, "How much did you extend the building?" And surprisingly, their response is: "we didn’t."  By reconfiguring the back portion o ..read more
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Apartment Renovation Pitfalls: Navigating the NSW Design and Building Practitioner Act and the associated risks of non-compliance
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by Ballast Point
2M ago
Renovating your apartment in New South Wales? What most people don’t realise is that the legislation set up to protect consumers from unscrupulous developers will now impact something as simple as a bathroom renovation in their apartment and getting the compliance wrong has potential consequences for an apartment owner and the value of the property. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you think about it), even with some simple projects, you’ll need to navigate the complex regulatory landscape efficiently to ensure a successful project that not only enhances your living space but a ..read more
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Magic Pudding Interiors: 5 tips for Creating space in your house without extending
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by Ballast Point
3M ago
There is nothing more pleasing than the satisfaction of your clients to know that you’re on the right track. In on recent project the feedback from our clients was really great validation in achieving what had been the key project objectives: “Once we finished the renovations with Ballast Point our friends kept asking how much we extended the house and they were disbelieving and a little suspicious when we told them it was just an internal reno” ~ Nick and Chloe, Balmain East To overcome planning and heritage restrictions and a desire to preserve outdoor space, Nick and Chloe made their home ..read more
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Why We Begin Each Project with a Half-Day Client Workshop based on UX Design and Google's Design Sprint Methodology
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by Ballast Point
3M ago
Introduction to the Ballast Point Half Day Workshop Ballast Point now kicks off every new project with a half day workshop with our clients. We use design sprint tools including user experience journey mapping to understand our client’s needs and help them set clear project objectives that we can track throughout the project. We have found that doing this significantly reduces design time, number of revision needed as well as frustration during the subsequent phases of design. The workshop helps our team to laser-focus on our client’s key project objectives and lays a solid foundation for the ..read more
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Big Bang Interiors: Creating space in your house out of almost Nothing 
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by Ballast Point
4M ago
The greatest validation? When a client shares that their friends often ask, "How much did you extend the building?" And surprisingly, their response is: "we didn’t."  The home is nestled within a heritage conservation area, making any extension a tricky affair. Not to mention, our clients had already done their best to utilise every possible square metre inside their home. They also cherished their limited outdoor space and didn’t want to give any of it up by extending the building. By reconfiguring the back portion of the home - renovating the kitchen, laundry and bathroom - we made the ..read more
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 Property Investment Multiplier Effect: The Game-Changing Power of Early Design and Planning Advice
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by Ballast Point
5M ago
Introduction: When it comes to property investments, seeking early advice and guidance can be a game-changer. Property is an illiquid asset so good decisions early have a multiplier effect on value over time, poor decisions can take years to correct. Design consultation from experts in architecture and planning has the power to unlock the full potential of your property investments, enabling you to make informed decisions and optimise your returns. In this blog post, we will explore the benefits of early design consultation and how it can play a pivotal role in optimising your property investm ..read more
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BALLAST POINT BLOG: 9 Benefits of Hiring Local Inner West Builders for Your Project
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by Maninder Kaur
5M ago
When it comes to bringing your dream home or renovation project to life in the Inner West and Eastern Suburbs, selecting the right team is paramount. While considering options for architects and builders, it's essential to weigh the advantages of choosing local professionals. In this blog, we'll explore the numerous benefits of hiring local Inner West Builders for your project. Familiarity with Local Regulations: Local Inner West Builders are well-versed in the specific building regulations and council requirements of the area. They understand the nuances that can affect your project, ensur ..read more
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"What Most Vendors Overlook – And How It's Costing Them Big!" 7 reasons to provide Data and sketches when selling your property.
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by Ballast Point
6M ago
If you’re selling a property you need to stop thinking like a vendor and start thinking like a buyer. Ask yourself: what is it that is important to my buyer? Understanding what your buyer needs is the key to maximising value in your sale. The most important thing a buyer needs is certainty - you wouldn’t buy a car without a spec sheet so why would you buy a property without data to back up your purchase decision? Most property vendors worry most about the presentation and the furniture - it’s a bit like selling a car and only worrying about the paintjob, the interior trims What buyers really ..read more
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