Posts in THE RENO SCHOOL
FLASHBACK TO BONNIE’S OPEN HOME

Ooooh, boy! The excitement is mounting for Sophie’s open home already and all this chat about it has me flashing back to Bonnie’s first (and last!) open home on that glorious winter day last year.

It was such a thrill to meet so many keen and lovely Reno Schoolers who came from far and wide to have a squiz at Bon’s place. Excuse all my gratuitous shoulder rubs as you arrived, I was so pumped to have you all there in the flesh!

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HOLY TRANSFORMATION! DO NOT MISS THIS AWARD WINNING WEATHERBOARD RENO!

You don’t have to be an expert to see why this renovation by Reno School student, Kate Potter, won top prize at the Building Designers Association of Australia Awards.

Not only did it take out first place in its category, it beat out large commercial-scale projects to take overall first prize in the Greater Sydney Chapter Awards!

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LITTLE LUXURIES I CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT

Flashback to week one of Reno School… that’s when I first had my ‘ta-da’ moment. I’d been a keen pinner and saver of images well before I signed up for the course, and had enough inspiration of how I wanted our family home to look, to fill an entire gallery. But it was when I was working through the first Reno School modules and got to the question “How do you want to feel in your home? Insert whichever happy words come to mind here!” that something really clicked for me.

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HOW I CHOSE THE PERFECT BUILDER & WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Where we live, renovating is the new black. Everyone’s doing it. So, decent builders with any availability are a rare commodity. In fact, I’d heard that finding a builder who can start when you want is a bit like the show, Wheel of Fortune. Give the wheel a big spin and hope for the best. You get what you get, or you wait a while and have another spin. 

In our case, finding our builder was actually more like an episode of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. And I was in the Hot Seat. We were ready to submit our plans to Council for DA approval and the questions were coming thick and fast from my architect, engineers, council… and my husband. They all wanted to know who was actually going to build the dream home we’d been meticulously planning for the past year.

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WIN A PRIVATE LUNCH WITH BONNIE, ERIN + LANA TO DISCUSS YOUR PROJECT

We'll wine and dine you (and your partner in crime), answering all your questions about YOUR personal project. Bring along your plans, colour swatches, tile choices, quotes, Pinterest boards... you name it. Bring whatever you like (or nothing at all) and we'll give you as much feedback and as many ideas as we can over a 2 hour delicious lunch in Sydney. 

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5 FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING BLINDS

Setting yourself up for a successful reno is all about how you manage the process. And hiring the right people for your reno is SO essential – it’s the magic that enables us to complete our renos quickly. Believe me when I tell you it’s a hell of a lot easier to spend extra time during the hiring process to find the right person than it is to get the wrong person to do a good job

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DON'T MAKE THIS DECISION LATE!

Setting yourself up for a successful reno is all about how you manage the process. And hiring the right people for your reno is SO essential – it’s the magic that enables us to complete our renos quickly. Believe me when I tell you it’s a hell of a lot easier to spend extra time during the hiring process to find the right person than it is to get the wrong person to do a good job

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HOW BONNIE HANDLED HER FIRST AND LAST OPEN HOME

If you’re anything like me, browsing houses online is a favourite pastime, but there’s just something special about seeing a home in the flesh #realdeal #loveanopenhome

So, when I suggested to Bon that we invite our Reno School students over to her #moderncoastalbarn for a look-see, she hesitated …. And then jumped at the idea.

We had an overwhelming response and could hardly believe our eyes when we scanned the guest list to find we had students flying in from New Zealand, Perth, Melbourne, Far North Queensland, and …. even Singapore! Yep, just a 6,500km journey to view our latest project #commitment #humbled #loveourrenoschoolers

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MASTERING KITCHENS

Of all the spaces someone can renovate, I think the kitchen can be the most challenging. It’s usually the heart of the home and whether you’re a MasterChef or ReluctantChef, it’s a major feature of your space, so you want it to look good. Yes, there are ways to renovate a kitchen on a budget but it is still usually one of the most expensive rooms in a home, so you need to be happy with the end result. And if all that wasn’t pressure enough, we know that ‘kitchens sell houses’ so this is a real reno moment where you can add some serious value #kaching #kaching.

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OUR BEST BATHROOM SECRETS

Bathroom renos are hugely popular and for good reason too. They’re a discreet space that can be transformed without having to do the rest of the house. At Three Birds we’ve had our fair share of bathroom reno learnings. With over 13 bathrooms under our belts, here are some of our best bathroom secrets to help you achieve your dream bathroom.

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