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6 Ways to renovate a 1950s home.


Is your home feeling outdated and in need of a remodel or renovation? There are several ways that you can create a more open plan feel throughout your home.

Many homes in well established suburbs like Hamilton, Adamstown, New Lambton, Merewether, Tighes Hill and surrounding Newcastle areas of the Hunter region were built back in the 1950’s era when homes were designed and constructed with separate rooms for cooking, eating and watching television.  Although some home owners still love the layout of their traditional home, we find that most people now prefer a more open plan flow between the kitchen and dining areas of their home.

Below are some ideas to inspire you to renovate a 1950s home.

1. Connect the kitchen and dining space by removing walls

It’s common for 1950’s style homes to have a separate kitchen to the rest of the living space.  In most cases it’s easy enough to knock out internal walls and open up the kitchen to connect the dining space which instantly modernises a home. The image below is a recent large scale renovation project that we completed for a client in Hamilton South.

living-dining-room2. Add a larger window or a skylight in the kitchen area

Natural light transforms a dull dark kitchen immediately. Look at options to increase the current window size, install an overhead window, add in a skylight, or if you kitchen runs along an external wall you could consider adding a window splashback to let light in.

Look at how light filled this new kitchen below is! This is another image from our Hamilton South renovation project. The addition of an overhead window makes all the difference when it comes to maximising use of natural light.

overhead-kitchen-window3. Indoor/Outdoor Entertaining

Open up your home so that it connects you to the outdoors. This is a great solution to increase the amount of natural light coming into your home and it creates a relaxed entertaining environment. Depending on the style of your home and the position of the rooms, you could consider adding a set of bifold doors, french doors or sliding stacker doors to the rear of the property to connect you to outdoor spaces such as decks and patios.

1950s-house-renovation-hamilton-south4. Change the current room layout

Consider swapping your rooms around or re-configuring your existing internal layout to suit your current needs.  Ideas include creating an informal living space off the kitchen and dining area to the rear of the home so that you can position large windows or doors to overlook the backyard and connect the outdoors. Utilise excess space to create a study nook, a new walk in robe or add a new ensuite bathroom.

5. Decide what to do with an old fireplace

Many older homes in Newcastle and the Hunter region have fireplaces. You could consider making the most of the existing fireplace by installing a new gas log fireplace, which not only looks great but is also practical. If you don’t intend to use the fireplace in the future you can ask you builder to seal the fireplace flue and look at cladding over the fireplace in a suitable product. Old fireplaces can be removed, but be mindful that they are usually structural and can be quite costly to remove.

6. Create more built-in storage or add a study nook

When re-modelling an older home, don’t forget to find smart ways to incorporate built-in storage solutions.  Storage options include creating cupboards under staircases, creating storage in ceiling spaces, utilising excess space in hallways and bedrooms.  Adding a study nook such as this one in our recent renovation project works a treat!

study-nookIf you are ready to modernise and renovate a 1950s home in the Newcastle region call Amaze Building on 0484 335 978.

Amaze Building – Renovations, Extensions, New Homes.

Service Areas, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Hunter Valley & Port Stephens. 

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June 1, 2016 |

Built-in Cabinetry – Storage Solutions for Your Home


Built-in cabinetry is so hot right now! A quick Google search will show you just how popular custom-made options for storage in the home are. And rightly so – customising your storage space makes perfect sense, allowing you to maximise every inch of available space in your home and at the same time create something really special.

Here are just some ideas of how built-in cabinetry can be used in some of the rooms of your home.

Master Bedroom

  • Custom-made drawers to fit under your bed
  • Walk-in wardrobes with designated spaces for everything from shoes to ties & jewellery – making it easy to get dressed in the morning

storage1Kids Bedrooms

  • Carpenters can build bunk beds with built-in desks or bookcases
  • Deep drawers are great for hiding toys away
  • Bookshelves will keep the room tidy

Living Areas

  • Built-in TV units and bookcases are increasingly common in both old and new houses. There are so many different designs, from options that will hide everything away, to decorative floor-to-ceiling units where everything is on display


  • Cupboards or drawers to hide children’s school bags or shoes
  • Hooks for hanging coats and umbrellas


  • Kitchen designers can maximise space by using drawers instead of cupboards
  • Ventilated drawers for non-refrigerated foods
  • Integrated garbage bins
  • Island benches custom-designed to suit your needs


  • Fold-out ironing boards
  • Hidden clothes hampers
  • Linen cupboards


  • Narrow shelving above toilet cisterns
  • Custom-made vanities
  • Storage hidden behind mirrors

There are so many options available. Don’t forget to make use of the area under the stairs – it can be perfect for a cellar, bookcase or home office. Home offices can also be built into a kitchen or bedroom. Consider utilising the ceiling space or underneath the floor to store items that you don’t need to access regularly.

Sites like Pinterest give hundreds of examples of how you can maximise the space in your home with custom-made cabinetry. Often these solutions are as beautiful as they are practical. For general storage solutions for your home check out Build Local’s Carpenters, Builders and Kitchen renovation companies listings or feel free to give us a call on 02 49366732 if you need some help.

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December 30, 2014 |

You Can Never Have Enough Storage


When you are planning a renovation or new build project always look for ways to create useful storage space in your home.

If you are thinking of renovating your home, look for opportunities to install built-in cabinetry if possible where your renovating budget permits.  Built-in cabinetry not only looks great but you can get a large range of door styles to compliment any style of home.  Your local kitchen renovation or joinery company will be able to custom build a solution to suit your home.

If you are building a project home straight off the plan, you will most likely find that there is a lack of adequate linen storage space.  Take a good look at the plans early on to see where additional storage can be accommodated and consider installing a built in broom cupboard in your laundry to store mops, vacuum cleaners and cleaning products.  You may also want to consider extending the garage to accommodate cupboards, a  work bench or an area for bikes. Most off the plan project builders only offer a standard sized double garage which does not allow space for storage.  It is worthwhile asking for a quote to extend the garage and install additional built-in storage whilst you are in the early planning stage to see if these options are within your budget and achievable.

For those of us who don’t have the room or budget to install built-in cabinetry another great way to maximise the use of your existing cabinetry is to visit Howards Storage, your local hardware store or a kitchen supplier where you will find a huge range of storage solutions for inside your cupboards and drawers.  You will be surprised at the large range of racks, shelves, hooks and door organisers available.


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