Renovating to Sell or Renovating to Stay…

There are two types of Renovation Projects…. Renovating to Sell and Renovating with the intention of staying.  We have come across both types of Renovations although a high percentage of our projects are with those who are wanting longevity out of their renovations and not just a quick fix.


Each of these markets is very different and how we approach these renovations differs significantly.  For example, when a client is renovating to sell we look at what can be done in most cases to reach a broad market of buyers being careful not to overspend so the client doesn’t overcapitalise.  You need to look at Renovating $$ as an investment.  In an ideal world, you are investing in creating a highly appealing home that is going to be of more interest to buyers and in turn sell in a shorter amount of time for a greater sale price (making back the money you have spent plus profit).  Renovating tips on spaces to Renovate would involve renovating the main wet areas including the kitchen, flooring, paint and minor structural changes that can be done to improve the floor plan if required.  Also freshening up the façade for a better first impression and updating/cleaning up the outdoor spaces including gardens – all of which assists with kerb appeal.  We all know its hard to change our mindset when we drive passed a property that doesnt look overly appealing, we just keep driving in the hope one ticks the boxes from its first impression.  This of course is all done on a smaller budget and is not personalised to the clients tastes and lifestyle.  From an Interior Designers point of view also suggesting a much more neutral colour scheme works well so potential buyers can see themselves living in the property with the ability of them adding their own flavour to it.  Don’t forget once you have renovated, ensure you style the property accordingly as furniture can not only visually add appeal but will make spaces look bigger and assist buyers determine how spaces can be best laid out.


When we are renovating for a client who intends to stay in the property, a lot more factors are taken into consideration.  Things such as how the family uses the space, do extensions for extra space need to be addressed, does the existing floor plan flow, are the spaces that currently exist functional and practical for its occupants, is the kitchen in proportion with the overall property (kitchens have been said to sell houses!), are the bathrooms big enough or laid out in the most practical way possible, do you need to inject some more of your personality into the home…. I could go on but we don’t have all day!  Most of our renovations involve structural changes moving or adding/removing walls, completing gutting interiors so the entire home is brand new internally and updating the exterior with new paint to roof, gutter, fascia, eaves, new front entry door, landscaping, driveways etc.  Being the Interior Designer I work very closely with the owners to gain an insight into their personalities, styles and tastes in order to put together a design that reflects them perfectly as well as exuding wow factor that leaves visitors with a positive lasting impression.  Staying in a home for a longer period after renovating also allows for a bigger investment outlay initially as the market fluctuates over the years and you are actually getting to appreciate your investment for all those years living in it, so overcapitalising is less of an issue long term as the market catches up.  We absolutely love renovating homes for homeowners who are staying there for the long haul… its very rewarding to see a run down or outdated home get the kicker it needs to go from ugly duckling to a home fit for a king and hearing/seeing years down the track how happy they still are with their homes and how the investment was worth every cent.


Here’s some before and after pics of a gorgeous Renovation we recently completed for some homeowners who are staying!



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Have a great day!

Lise, Brad & the FR Team x


The Year That Was 2018....

Goodbye 2018.....  Goodbye Bay Haven Homes, Welcome Fusion Reconstruct


And there it goes... 2018 has come and gone so quickly.  This year after 10 years in business we decided we wanted to approach the next 10 years with a fresh new approach and hot new brand - alas Fusion Reconstruct was introduced!  Fusion Reconstruct aligns us with a majority of our market which is the Renovation market.  Its bustling and it makes up 80% of our enquiry.  Our new brand Fusion Reconstruct launched on 3rd December and it has been really well received.  Of course we are still happy to indulge in New Home construction along with Swimming Pools and Extensions.  We love the Renovation Industry.... fusing old with new to create beautiful homes our clients are exceedingly willing to show off!  There is no better feeling than to bring a clients dreams and visions to reality.  To us its Priceless.

To meet such amazing people who trust you with their biggest asset is truly heartwarming and makes all the hours of hard work totally worth it.  I dont want to get all soppy as its about the Christmas Cheer as we head graciously into Holidays.  But I do want to thank our Clients because without their endless support we would not have a business.  We are proud to consider so many of them now friends, and look forward to working with you all again in the future.  I know some will be sooner rather than later LOL.


We have projects already locked in for the New Year commencing in January so make sure you contact us if you are looking to lock your project in for 2019!  We have lots of new branding rolling out so keep an eye open for our new marketing collateral, site signage and new vehicles splashed with Fusion Reconstruct - I doubt you will miss them!


We will also have a BLOG every month so make sure you check them out!


Last but not least we wish absolutely everyone an amazing Christmas.  Remember to be kind, love like there's no tomorrow, make lasting memories and stay safe.

From Brad, Lisa & the FR Team.



Why it’s a Great idea to choose your Custom Builder before you engage an Architect

We have dealt with it in the past with clients and I’m sure we will at some stage come across it in the future, but its often debated whether you should engage the services of a builder or the architect at the start of the decision phase when renovating or building.

The decision in our eyes is quite simple.  A custom builder should be appointed before engaging an Architect to work on your house design.  I like to put it like this:  “Architects design dreams, Builders design reality”. 

Architects are extremely talented individuals and are fantastic at designing homes that tick all the boxes but that’s where the Builders’ input can often be the make of break when it comes to budget.  Builders look at the overall functionality in design and also look at the cost of elements across the design process so working with the builder before engaging an Architect can work to your advantage.  Once you appoint a Builder you can then get the builder and architect to work together to create a beautiful home that’s aesthetically pleasing but is also functional, practical and adheres to your budget constraints – all of which is extremely important.

We have come across it before where a client has gone direct to an architect had their plans and all their selections chosen (all selections were extremely high end) and then come to see us to quote the project only to be disappointed that the selections put forward to them by the Architect were way above their allocated budget.  This then forced the clients to go back to the Architect causing delays in the process and dampening the overall experience.

The design process is about coming up with a seamless beautiful design that is within your budget not coming up with a design and then thinking about the budget afterwards.

Architects and Builders can work wonderfully together and the fusion of experience between all parties can make the design process come together a lot quicker and on point rather than the alternative.  Something to think about when your planning your next big project!


Happy Easter!!  From our family to yours, we hope the Easter Bunny brings some lovely treats.


Lise, Brad & The BHH Team.