The Smithy Blog - all things Renovating!

Matt Black Tapware is Here to Stay

Posted Wednesday, 1 July 2020

It has been a number of years now since black tapware started appearing in homes. Rather than being an evanescent trend, matt black seems set to stay and it’s not just the high-end market getting in on the act. Black tapeware might be something you’d expect in an industrial-style kitchen or an uber-glam bathroom but with the myriad styles and designs now readily available there’s a matt black tap to suit most homes.

Frienza's sleek KOKO mixer…
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No More Aussie Loo – Express Yourself with a Glam New Powder Room

Posted Thursday, 14 May 2020

Remember your childhood toilet? If you’re anything like me your family had a room with white-ish paint, white-ish tiles, a white-ish loo and just enough room to turn around in as you closed the door behind you. Most of the loos of my childhood had small sliding rectangular windows which, more often than not, looked out onto the outdoor entertaining area. After stealthily sliding the teeny window closed for privacy and going about their business, guests had to venture into the family bathroom to wash their hands. The bathrooms of the seventies, eighties and nineties—whether ubiquitous beige, off-white with scattered feature picture tiles, or pastel blue, pink or lavender—generally lacked storage and functionality. Your guest might encounter sudsy kids’ toys draining in the bath, toothpaste smeared on the basin, a soggy bath mat, and a cup of family toothbrushes beside the tap. Not exactly glamorous.…
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Get your home ‘Entertaining Ready’ with Smith & Sons

Posted Friday, 8 May 2020

Following the recent announcement from the National Cabinet of a three-step plan set to ease Coronavirus restrictions, it is now apparent that the number of people allowed to visit a home will increase over the coming months. So, if you, like so many of us, are looking forward to entertaining your friends and family again, now is a great time to get your home up to scratch!

Here is a room-by-room breakdown of recommendations from our team on how you can get your home ‘entertaining ready’.…
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Need More Space? A Garage Conversion Might Do The Trick.

Posted Wednesday, 15 April 2020

A full or partial garage conversion might be a pain-free way to increase the living or working space in your home. Whether you’d like a guest room, a man cave, a playroom for the kids, or a much-needed home office, the garage might be the solution. Here are some key things that you and your builder will need to consider during a garage conversion.


First things first. You can’t give up your garage unless you have your parking situation sorted. Widening your driveway or adding a carport might be sufficient.…
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How to create more space at your place

Posted Tuesday, 31 March 2020
One of the major reasons Aussie families decide to renovate or extend is the simple fact they are running out of space. Smith & Sons offers a variety of solutions for creating more space at your place, including: Second-storey additions

Why move out when you can move up! With block sizes shrinking and families growing, building up is a great way to create more space. Adding a second-storey can literally double the size of your home without changing its footprint on your block.…
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Stay Sane While Working From Home

Posted Tuesday, 31 March 2020

There's a Whole New Meaning to Work From Home

Last year many of us might have been excited about the prospect of working from home—lounging in our jimmie-jams, knuckling down to it by ten o’clock, piling documents onto the couch or coffee table. Sadly, the home office has taken on a whole new meaning in the harsh light of 2020 and many of us are ill-prepared.

Smashing out emails and focusing on Zoom meetings can be difficult (let’s face it, it can be downright impossible) amid the chaos of a locked-in family. As tensions rise and we adapt to the circumstances as best we can, experts are suggesting that the way we work may be irrevocably changed. The use of video conferencing is necessarily on the rise and it may be here to stay post-corona virus. If that’s the case, many people will find that their current home office set-up is woefully inadequate.…
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COVID-19 Update

Posted Friday, 20 March 2020

With the global impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) growing each day across the globe, we just wanted to update everyone out there on how we are responding to all recent updates by minimising any impact on you our customers, our specialists and trades, plus friends and family so we can continue to deliver great service and provide you with a comfortable, safe and stylish home to live in.

First things first – yes, we are still open for business and in fact have been very busy, so if you are looking to renovate, please get in touch.…
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A checklist to help you pick the right builder

Posted Friday, 22 November 2019

We understand that most people shop around before deciding on a builder to renovate their home. Some builders may quote a cheaper price for a similar renovation by underestimating the actual work required, not considering any possible problem areas and skimping on the quality of materials. We have developed a user-friendly checklist that will give you peace of mind when comparing quotes from builders and to ensure nothing is overlooked when making your comparisons.

Use this list to avoid getting caught out by the ‘tricks of the trade’!

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How to survive a kitchen renovation

Posted Friday, 8 November 2019

When the heart of your home is ripped apart, you can expect some stress from within your family. The average kitchen renovation takes between four and six weeks meaning this stress is not short-lived... However, with a bit of preparation, the process can be a lot easier for you and your family.

These are our top tips for surviving a kitchen renovation!

Keep only the essentials out

When it comes to packing up the items in your old kitchen before a renovation, you will be faced with the question of what to pack and what to keep out. Our advice is to keep only the essentials out. This means packing up or throwing out the items that don't get used every day and keeping out the items that do. Depending on your family's cooking habits, these could include the food processor, the electric stove, the microwave, a chopping board, a few good knives and basic cooking and eating utensils. By keeping only the essentials out, you will reduce clutter and stay more organised.…
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14 outdoor entertainment areas that will inspire your next renovation!

Posted Friday, 25 October 2019
Do you want to enjoy beautiful weather from a beautiful outdoor entertainment area this summer? Of course you do, and Smith & Sons can help!

Whatever your style, space and budget, we can assist in bringing your outdoor renovation dreams to life. Here are 14 of our past projects to inspire your future project… Enjoy!

1. Indoor-Outdoor Elegance

Folding doors create a practical and aesthetically pleasing flow from the indoors to the outdoors, perfect for entertaining!…
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Bathroom Renovation Tips

Posted Friday, 4 October 2019

Bathroom Renovation Tips

Those of you who are looking to renovate a bathroom but are unsure of where to start, these tips from our Smith and Sons experts will get you moving in the right direction.

1. Establish the layout of the bathroom.

Ask yourself if you need to rearrange the floor plan? You could save money by not redesigning the layout of your bathroom by keeping the existing piping in its original place.

Also, consider where the natural light is coming from and what you can do to enhance it with windows and doorway entrances.…
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Let Us Take You To The Hamptons

Posted Friday, 27 September 2019

We may be across the world from the affluent seaside community, but that hasn’t stopped us from drawing inspiration from the famous Hamptons style housing. In fact, as the style becomes increasingly popular, our team is completing more and more projects with the Hamptons in mind.

So, what is ‘Hamptons’ style?…
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Be 'kitchenspired' with these splashbacks!

Posted Friday, 13 September 2019

The role of splashbacks is changing within the kitchen. No longer an afterthought, splashbacks are becoming a focal point for many kitchens. With so many new and exciting materials to choose from, we thought we’d show you a few of our favourites.


Tiles may be the traditional choice for kitchen splashbacks, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a place in a modern kitchen. We are loving subway style tiles for that trendy yet timeless look.

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Why you should consider incorporating an indoor-outdoor serving bar into your next kitchen renovation

Posted Wednesday, 28 August 2019
Creating flow between indoors and outdoors can change the way you experience everyday life at home. It can make your home feel more expansive, light and air filled.

With the kitchen being the heart of the home, it is the perfect place to start in creating this flow and luckily for us, Australia’s climate is ideal for bringing the outdoors in! One design solution that is rising in popularity and we’re loving is the indoor-outdoor serving bar, also known as the pass-through window. This solution is easily defined as a window that opens on to an outdoor space, usually a patio or deck, and has a wide sill. It is perfect for passing food and drinks through, for sitting at and for speeding up the cleanup process when it’s time to bring everything in. It also allows the people preparing food or cleaning up in the kitchen to be included in all the outdoor action!…
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The benefits of having your home renovated by a franchise builder

Posted Friday, 23 August 2019
So, you’re ready to renovate and it’s time to hire a builder…

It’ an exciting time but naturally, you’re feeling nervous. After all, you’re making a big investment and entrusting your largest asset to someone you don’t know. Fortunately, if you’re reading this blog, you’re on the right path to finding the perfect builder for your job. Here’s why…

Smith & Sons is a franchise model business. This means that there are hundreds of builders across Australia, New Zealand and Canada operating under the same brand name. For you, this means that you will be dealing with a builder who shows the passion and pride of a small business…
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The 4 stages of a kitchen renovation

Posted Thursday, 1 August 2019

When planning a home renovation, the kitchen often tops the list of rooms to tackle. Despite it being a common renovation, it can be quite a complex one as there are multiple stages and tradespeople that need to be coordinated to ensure a satisfactory outcome. Luckily, Smith & Sons’ unique Design – Plan – Construct process takes care of all this, making the process as stress-free as possible and the outcome beyond satisfactory!…
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Choosing a colour palette for your renovation

Posted Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Smith & Sons’ unique Design – Plan – Construct process integrates the various stages of a renovation project, meaning we manage the entire process from start to finish and save you time and money!

The first stage of the renovation journey, ‘Design’, is the creative one. We venture to find out all about you, your living situation, your family and even your pets! With this in mind, we then explore ideas, designs, materials, colours and a myriad of other items that suit your current and future living situations.…
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How modern technology is helping to overcome traditional challenges in the kitchen

Posted Wednesday, 22 May 2019

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where families gather, conversations are held, homework is completed and of course, where food is prepared. With so much life and activity, it’s no wonder the kitchen is often the first room in the home that people decide to pump new life into with a renovation.

If you’re thinking of renovating your kitchen, consider how technology can be incorporated to help overcome some of the challenges you face daily. Leading supplier of innovative kitchen products,
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Key Features of 4 Popular Kitchen Layouts Explained

Posted Friday, 5 April 2019
Galley Key features:

The most functional of the kitchen layouts, the galley kitchen can be found in many commercial kitchens and increasingly in residential kitchens. It is characterised by a narrow passage between two parallel walls of cabinetry and benchtops. Normally, one wall features cooking components and appliances, while the other is reserved for preparation and cleaning areas. This layout is the most efficient for cooking as it allows the shortest access to all areas of the kitchen.…
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Are any of these 5 things stopping you from renovating? See how Smith & Sons can help!

Posted Friday, 15 March 2019
5 reasons you may not proceed with a renovation
and our service solutions for overcoming them…

1. You don't know where to start.

Our unique Design-Plan-Construct system was developed for people who are looking for answers and to be guided through the renovation process. So, whether you have no idea where to start, you have a full set of plans ready to go or you’re somewhere in between, Smith & Sons will be able to help! It all starts with making contact……
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4 products that will add value to your main bathroom

Posted Thursday, 28 February 2019

Is 2019 the year that you renovate or revamp your main bathroom?

Discover what Reece deems four of the best products to increase the value, livability and luxe factor of your bathroom and make the best of your renovation.

Upgrade the shower

Showers are considered one of the most important features of a bathroom as they occupy a lot of space and get used daily.

Reece suggests investing in a twin shower, like the sleek Grohe Power & Soul Twin Shower…
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3 tips for choosing exterior paint colours for your home

Posted Friday, 15 February 2019

Choosing colours for the exterior of your home during a renovation can be a stressful process. The colours should reflect your style, set the tone for what’s inside and work well with your home’s surroundings… No pressure, right?

Luckily, we are here to help! During the first phase of our renovation process, ‘Design’, we assist with colour selection. We ask you a lot of questions to ensure the finished result of your renovation ticks all the boxes.…
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Where the Feeling of Home Really Comes From

Posted Friday, 14 December 2018

Ikea’s recently released report ‘Beyond Four Walls’ presents findings about how people live in and relate to their homes. They surveyed 22,000 people in 22 countries to harbour a deep curiosity about where the feeling of home really comes from…
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The Benefits of a Butler's Pantry

Posted Friday, 30 November 2018

Butler’s pantries are slowly reemerging in modern Australian kitchens and it’s easy to understand why! The little room located just off the kitchen or dining room usually houses benchtops for food preparation and cabinetry for storage. In more luxurious examples, butler’s pantries may also contain a dishwasher, a small fridge or a sink. Either way, they offer several benefits, making them seemingly worthwhile to anyone with a big enough space and budget.…
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13 Outdoor Entertaining Areas That Will Inspire You This Summer

Posted Wednesday, 14 November 2018
It’s that time of year again; time to embrace the outdoors, entertain and unwind! Whether you have a spacious garden, a modest balcony or something in between, these thirteen outdoor entertaining areas created by the teams at Smith & Sons will inspire you!

1.Smith & Sons Hornsby made this home for entertaining! Complete with an outdoor dining area, an inground swimming pool, indoor-outdoor flow and a cosy firepit by the pool.…
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What Costs Are Involved In Renovating?

Posted Friday, 2 November 2018
What Costs Are Involved In Renovating?

When planning a renovation, one of the most common questions people ask themselves is “how much will this cost?”. A quick Google search will reveal a plethora of articles offering the “average price of a kitchen renovation” or “price per square meter of a second-storey addition”. As convenient as it may seem to have this information at our fingertips, it is simply inaccurate and misleading.

That’s why, at Smith & Sons, we do not have a “one size fits all” price list. Instead, we recognise that there are a variety of factors that can influence the price of a renovation – including the quality and quantity of materials used – and take the time to assess the individual needs of each project.…
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Smith & Sons NSW $500 ‘Warm Up Your Wallet’ Giveaway

Posted Friday, 6 July 2018

Smith and Sons Renovations and Extensions is offering the chance for two lucky people to win a $250 Bunnings Warehouse gift voucher! Entering is easy, just follow these two simple steps:

‘Like’ Smith & Sons Renovations and Extensions NSW on Facebook Comment on the competition post!

The winners will be randomly selected and announced on Friday 27 July 2018. GOOD LUCK!…
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Defining Popular Interior Styles

Posted Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Home renovation and interior restyling often go hand in hand. A theme for paint, tiles and flooring is chosen with a set style in mind, and new furniture and decor are bought to complement it. But if you’re at the stage of trying to decide what your style is, it can be quite challenging to define. That’s why we have listed four common interior styles, and outlined some of their common characteristics!

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Why You Should Choose Smith & Sons to Take Care of Your Renovation?

Posted Friday, 15 June 2018

What makes us different from other design and build companies?

We are a specialist design and build company. This means the process of designing and building your construction project is integrated and managed by a single company, from start to finish.

Why is this beneficial?

Choosing a single company to manage the design and build of your renovation rather than several different companies can be far more efficient and cost effective throughout the entire process. This is especially true when ensuring that the initial design will fit within your budget, rather than the typical scenario where the architect designs something beautiful and amazing, which you simply cannot afford and therefore have already wasted time and money before even getting started. We ensure that all aspects of your renovation project work in sync to provide you the ultimate renovation within budget.…
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How to make your outdoor entertaining area winter friendly!

Posted Friday, 15 June 2018

Entertaining friends and family outdoors comes with two major benefits – more space and less mess! In the warmer months, it’s easy. The days are longer, the weather is nicer, the food can be cooked on the barbie and the kids can play on the lawn. However, as the colder months creep in, most people retreat to the warmth inside their homes. If you’re like us and prefer entertaining outdoors, we have some good news for you! There are a range of things you can do to make your outdoor entertaining area winter friendly, no matter what the budget. Check out these five Smith & Sons projects for inspiration:…
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Renovating Made Easy

Posted Friday, 8 June 2018

Making Renovations easy with our Design, Plan, Construct and process.

So, you are looking to renovate your home but don’t know where to start? Smith & Sons unique Design – Plan – Construct renovation building system caters for wherever you are in your home renovation journey. The Design, Plan, Construct system was designed for you and hundreds of people like you who are out there looking for answers and to be guided through the renovation process.…
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4 Renovation Rules You Should Never Break!

Posted Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Home renovating is not always a smooth & easy process, so it always helps to have a little extra info from the professionals to help you start well!

So, what are the 4Renovation Rules You Should Never Break?

·Plan Ahead

Don’t start with delays! Unless you’ve hired seasoned renovation professionals likeSmith & Sons…
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The KEY to a Successful Renovation!

Posted Saturday, 16 December 2017

Looking for the KEY to a Successful Renovation?

AtSmith & Sons Renovations & Extensions, we hold the key, and while you might not be ready to hire a renovation professional just yet – we can certainly help you start your home renovation on the right foot.

Something we see time and again is people with approved plans that find they cannot afford to complete the build. There are many reasons why a budget might overrun, and lets face it, with a renovation it’s hard to be able to plan for everything! The chances of this happening are greatly reduced if you work with a designer and builder together while planning a renovation.…
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Understanding Builder’s Quotes (Jargon Buster!)

Posted Thursday, 14 December 2017

Understanding Builder’s Quotes

(Jargon Buster!)

Everyone wants to know they are getting good value; it’s not just about the price, but also the quality of the build. To cut through the building jargon, here is a basic layout of how the charges are calculated for any renovation work:

Labour– This is the charge for the number of hours completed by each tradesman and/or labourer on your project. On a fixed-price Contract, the number of hours that will be allowed for in the quote, should be appropriate to the works that are to be completed. For some services, such a plumbing or electrical, the labour may be included in their service charge, but should be made clear to you by your Builder, prior to contract signing.…
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7 Tips to Spruce Up Your Home (without breaking the bank!)

Posted Friday, 24 November 2017

Fresh coat of paint

If you’re already quite pleased with your wall colour at present, you might consider adding a splash of colour and creating an accent wall. When you paint (or even wallpaper!) a section of the room, you create a new focal point, adding some interest to the space. Or, if you hate your current walls, you might look at toning the room down with some whites and neutrals; a fresh coat is always inexpensive and high impact so if you aren’t quite ready to hire professional renovators…
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How to: Create 'Timeless Kitchen'

Posted Monday, 23 October 2017

If you’ve made the decision to turn your house into your ‘forever home’ by way of renovations to last a lifetime, here are some great design elements worth considering for a timeless kitchen that you’ll simply love forever!

The kitchen is one of the most important spaces in the house and one that tends to date quickly (if you’re not in the know)! If you’re planning to stay in the house and love it for a long time to come, your kitchen renovation will need some serious consideration in terms of styling and design. No matter what changes in trends, there are some timeless elements you can incorporate in your kitchen design to keep it living for longer!…
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7 Preparation Tips for Your Renovation

Posted Tuesday, 10 October 2017

There’s so much to think about when you undertake a renovation project. It takes serious planning and preparation - but the satisfaction of creating a space that’s completely bespoke for you and your family makes it so worth it! These tips will serve as a great starting point for those about to start this "adventure".…
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Our Top 10 Bathroom Renovation Tips!

Posted Sunday, 8 October 2017
Bathroom renovations are a great way to add value to your home. Whether you're renovating to sell or renovating to stay, there's certainly a lot to consider. At Smith & Sons Renovations & Extensions Australia our expert renovators and project managers work with you every step of the way. From discussing your initial bathroom design ideas, to producing plans and giving workable solutions to tricky renovations. Having an expert on hand ensures that planning a bathroom becomes a smooth, stress-free process through to the impressive end results. Our renovators will manage the construction for you, ensuring that your bathroom is completed on time and on budget and you're left with a huge smile on your face! We have renovating teams nation wide. We have renovation specialists and offices across Queensland, New South Whales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia & Western Australia. Looking for an office near you? Find it here…
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A Better Life - And Not At A Price

Posted Thursday, 23 February 2017

‘A Better Life With Smith & Sons’

That’s what our Smith & Sons is all about. So last week we sat down to do a bold thing – reposition the business for growth to give clients a better life.

At Smith & Sons we want to make it better, building our way to a better life and like any person, to do this you need to take control and lead by example.

It’s a great story at Smith & Sons and that’s what we want to concentrate on – the big picture. Building on our demonstrated success of being ‘the’ one stop shop when it comes to renovations and extensions.…
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