With the growing landscape of amenities and retail options in North Canterbury, we think it’s the place to be, and we’re not the only ones. New subdivisions and developments are bringing loads of opportunities for spec builds, and renovations are as popular as ever.
We’ve all heard the line ‘kitchens and bathrooms sell the house,’ and these are the areas where tiles can really make or break a space. So what to do when deciding on installations with buyers in mind? Will the ‘generic’ buyer-tile cut it these days, or does investing in some wow factor pay off?
Heres our tips for getting the most from your do up…
Who it’s for…
Think about who would likely buy your home. Is it a high end property? Spend the money on marble look or engineered hardwood flooring as your market will appreciate it. Consider large format too. This trend out of Europe is big in high end homes currently.
Building or renovating a family home? Your clients will be looking for durability and low maintenance. Consider a stone look tile that will hide daily dirt from little feet and is easy to clean. Parents will appreciate that!
Dip your toes..
Wow factor isn’t restricted to just tiles. Sometimes a traditional tile will team perfectly with bold paint colours and accessories. This makes it easy for potential buyers to see ways to add their own style later, but still gives you the chance to reflect your personality.
Creativity isn’t just about the tile type…
Instead of using a creative tile, why not get creative with tile arrangements? You can’t go wrong with the classic simplicity of subway tiles, but you’ll get a lot more ‘oh wows!’ from spaces where they are arranged alternatively to the normal brick lay. Right now there’s a lot of herringbone or vertical patterns appearing, which are effective and modern feeling.
Think about your space…
Restoring a villa? Keep the look in line with traditional villa styles. Classic penny rounds might be for you, but try an alternative colour. A modern twist on a classic shape means it’s far less likely to date. Don’t be scared to use ‘modern’ shapes too though! The popular hexagon tile has it’s roots firmly in vintage origins where it was seen in small scale mosaics on villa floors, so it’s right at home in some villa‘do ups’. Use creative license and go bigger if the space calls for it.
Karen Dugdale from the Property Brokers Real Estate team in Rangiora says local trends are pretty mixed with how bathrooms and kitchens are currently presented. Market feedback suggests an intricate mosaic or pattern is best in a smaller space like a splash back or feature wall. Karen suggests sticking to the larger, simple designs for floors and walls to create the illusion of space and add clean lines. Her North Canterbury clients tend to look for that style. “It’s good to be brave and bold with tile choices, but when you’re looking for resale value I recommend sticking to the tried and true. It’s far easier to try and appeal to the masses than the one offs who would be on your exact style page.”
If you’re wanting to see what most people are going for, come and talk to us. We can point out the most popular styles and have a sound understanding of those styles that have been and gone, and those that just stick around. Bring your plans or photos and we can give you our top picks.