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By Claire Marshall 23 Dec, 2016
Our Custom-made Doors

Here at Organised Interiors we specialise in manufacturing a range of custom-made doors. This allows you the flexibility to have a wardrobe designed to suit your needs and the doors are made to measure instead of being limited to prefabricated sizes.

It is important that your wardrobe doors work in unison with your wardrobe internals and that the function is suitable for the room.

Because we manufacture your doors individually you have many options regarding the style. You can choose from our range of designer contemporary doors, colonial, timber veneer or laminate as well as paint lacquer finishes or have something custom designed to suit your home.
By Claire Marshall 14 Dec, 2016
Most of us don't have the extra room for a home office and we end up cramming a desk and all our office gadgets in the corner of a living room or bedroom. It doesn't have to be this way. There are ways to live and work in the same space without having the 9-5 take over.
So when your home is your office, a great work space helps put you in the right frame of mind for your 9-5. Getting a professional and sleek office doesn't require another room though - just a spare corner, nook or wall. Integrating a desk with ample room and cabinets that put essentials at your fingertips can make your workday a productive one. And you can't beat the commute home - about three seconds from desk to sofa. And what about the kids..
By Claire Marshall 22 Nov, 2016
Shelves and storage spaces in, around and under staircases are the best design to optimising the space underneath the stairs.  Stair shelves and unconventional storage spaces around your stairs are also clever ways to declutter you home. In this post, we will present solutions that could serve as inspiration when it comes to making your small space a bit more… functional. 
How many of you thought about using the space under your stairs as a working office area? Let me answer that and tell you that not many people have figured this out. It's all about the stairs; they have to be wide enough and straight forward allowing you to place an office benchtop there and some small shelves. A laptop or a PC will fit in there without any major problems. 
The hallway by due to its nature is like a very busy intersection with streets coming from all over the place. This means that this space can be used to store something that has to be at any moment at hand. A very good idea that also comes in quite handy is to transform that space to store your shoes and clothes for the cold\warm season or create a small space mudroom where inside compartments can very easily be divided so every member of the family can have its own place. 
If your staircase faces into your sitting or living room, it can be a great place to hide everyday electronics like speakers, TVs and video games. The internals of the stair steps can also be used for drawers to hold extra storage space. 
By Claire Marshall 07 Nov, 2016

Do you want to pretend you're a tidy person, just want to put the family back in the family room or if you're not naturally gifted in the putting things away department, keeping your living room looking comfortably lived-in yet still put-together can be a bit of a challenge. But fear not, we have a couple of simple tips for organising your main gathering space that will give the impression of aesthetic order.

By Claire Marshall 26 Oct, 2016

The children have left home, retirement is looming and your knees are getting wobbly. Now might be the right time to downsize to a smaller home .

The retirees of today and tomorrow do not think about retirement in the traditional sense, and their lifestyle expectations are very different to their parents' generation. After downsizing, they are looking to enjoy their new lifestyle close to transport, infrastructure and amenities, and be actively involved in their communities.

Advantages can include increased cash flow, more time, lower utility costs and less stress. Disadvantages can include less privacy, the effort required to start in a new area and make new relationships, loss of possessions and less room for guests. One person's pro's is another's con's.

The city centres - once dominated by young singles - are becoming more and more popular with empty nesters looking for low-maintenance living. And for those who wish to downsize close to where they currently live, there are a growing number of apartment developments and retirement resorts located in the suburbs.

Finding a compact home for the next stage of life shouldn't faze you. Simply research costs, find the right location and embrace good storage design. Consider these ideas before downsizing.

Costs

  • If you plan to buy into a body corporate, check out the monthly fees and consider consulting a strata searcher to help you make the right  decision.
  • Depending on where you would like to live, calculate your cost of living, which might be higher in an inner-city environment.
  • Save on your square meter Costs. The less stuff you have, the smaller space you need to store it all. Stop and think about the size of your home, and how much of that space you're actually using. Multi task your furniture with transforming furniture.
  • Save on Utilities, A bigger home means you're spending more every month to heat and cool the space. Not only is this bad for your wallet, but it's also bad for the environment because you're consuming more energy.

Lifestyle 

  • Take the time to thoroughly think about your desired lifestyle after downsizing. Apartment or townhouse living offers better security with little or no lawn to mow, leaving you with less work to do and more time to enjoy yourself.
  • Downsizing comes in several forms. It may simply be a smaller house or unit, villa or micro apartment, perhaps in an over 55's retirement village complete with amenities such as a pool, clubhouse, gym, tennis courts, even a restaurant or cinema.
  • Consider which activities, hobbies or interests you want to pursue. How will you accommodate your hobbies, and what extra storage will you need to do so?

Location 

  •  Choose a location that is close to the places you love and the services you need.
  • If you need to commute to work and prefer to use your car less often, choose a location close to public transport.
  • You may opt to be close to city amenities such as museums, theatres and restaurants, or head for the coast to enjoy water views and sunshine
Functionality 

Regardless of whether you are considering buying an apartment off the plan or downsizing to an independent living unit in a retirement village, always have a close look at the features of your new home.

  • There are a number of factors to consider. Ask yourself: How functional is it? Does it have enough storage options?
  •  Is there a balcony or courtyard that you can use as an outdoor area and additional room in the summer?
  •  What about traffic flow? Will walkways still be wide enough once you have furnished the apartment?
  •  Consider consulting a professional like one of Organised Interiors design consultants to assist you in optimising the existing design according to your needs.
  • Get a feel for the size of your new rooms by comparing them to rooms of similar dimensions in your present home. For instance, your living-room-to-be might be roughly the same size as your current bedroom. You may think you can squeeze in two sofas, but this kind of reality check could help you realize that only one will fit comfortably.
  • Use floor plans to prearrange your furniture before the move. To start, draw plans if you don't have any, and sketch in a layout. Then look at the plans realistically; if you've crammed in side tables, coffee tables and chairs, you need to edit more. Don't wait until after you move to contend with furniture you'll just end up tripping over.
  • Check there is sufficient wardrobe and storage space . Consider an extra room that can serve as study/reading room/guestroom where the room can multi task. Use a wall bed instead of a normal bed to multi task the spare room's space.
Independence 

  • None of us want to think about the days when health conditions might deteriorate, and walking becomes difficult, but those days can come at an advanced age. Make sure your home allows for you to live in it safely, independently and comfortably, so you can 'age in place'.
  • If you intend to stay in your prospective apartment for the next 20 years, for example, have a close look at the details of its design. More questions to consider are: How high are the overhead kitchen cupboards? Are they in easy reach, or do you need a step ladder to get something out of them?
  • How big is the bathroom? Can it be easily updated with safety features, if necessary?
  • If downsizing for retirement, consider single-level properties or those with at least one downstairs bedroom and bathroom, in case climbing stairs becomes a problem in the future

Security

  • The aspect of increased security in an apartment block can play an important role in the decision-making process when downsizing.
  • If you are living on your own, it can be reassuring to know that you are not alone in the building, and that neighbours are within reach in case of an emergency.

Why choose Organised Interiors? Organised Interiors knows small spaces. We know what works and what doesn't. With years of experience collaborating with architects, builders, developers and the home renovator, Organised Interiors can bring a unique and unparalleled perspective to every project. Anything from multi-unit dwellings, single family homes, new construction projects, renovations, retro fits and commercial projects. With a team based approach we offer a wide range of products and services which include design service, space planning, finish selection and a full range of space saving, transforming and complimentary products. It's never too soon to start the conversation. We encourage you to visit one of our showrooms - talk to one of our experts and see the quality of our products for yourself. Call 1300553205 to make an appointment today.

By Claire Marshall 07 Oct, 2016

Now is the best time to spring clean your home

Spring time renovations present the perfect opportunity to give your house a fresh lift in time for Summer. Some years your home can get by with a simple spring clean. The problem is, there is only so much you can do with a cloth and a broom. So if you are yearning for some major changes, it's probably time for a renovation. At Organised Interiors we have attained over the years a number of design ideas that you should consider before renovating:


Renovation for accessibility

Aging in place, the ability for people to stay in their own homes as they grow older should influence your renovation decisions. Accessibility means making choices like eliminating tripping hazards, lowering storage and removing stairs in favor of open designs that maximize mobility.


Renovate resourcefully

A sustainable renovation can reduce costs and greenhouse emissions dramatically. Sure, the internet has made it possible to connect with a friend halfway around the world but it has also provided home owners with unexpected powers in researching eco-friendly and energy efficient materials and suppliers. Heating/cooling, appliances and water are the biggest consumers of household energy and utility bills. So going green not only helps slash your bills but it also allows you to do your bit for the environment.


The connected home

Tablets, smartphones, apps: they have all combined to create the most connected world and home. Look for options that make your life easier. Renovate with a focus on functionality and incorporate intelligent storage solutions, wireless technologies, automated lighting controls and security around your home.


Bespoke construction

Whether or not it's really a one of a kind renovation doesn't matter. Add your own creative spin on a room and don't worry about the standard design rules. Show you true personality through design, colours and materials and turn your small living room into a place you're desperate to invite guests, or convert your spare room into the hobby room you have always wanted.


Building an escape

Renovate your dark, storage filled basement, garage, or attic. Use this unused space for visiting guests, work at home parents, devoted craft/hobby rooms (man-caves) or as a granny flat. These spaces can provide a cost effective option when you are looking at more space for growing families. Our design team have access to various space saving designs like various styles of wall beds that will meet the growing demand for various lifestyle changes.


Decluttering

Tidying up at home most likely will mean that you will find that you have stuff that you may not use during the warmer months. Move unwanted items or your seasonal winter clothes and sports gear into self storage. Decluttering your home and getting items that are not used often into self storage will make your house look larger and will give you space to move, renovate and celebrate in during the warmer months.

Organised Interiors clients are now more informed than ever about the many benefits of renovating and we are happy to work to accommodate these ideas for the best results. We can help provide quicker installation times, great aesthetics and eco-friendly materials to name a few. Our design team have more flex ability and are able to provide design solutions that are more flexible and can better meet your lifestyle needs with the use of unique plans and designs. If you would like to find out more about market trends and methods to maximize the potential of your home, call 1300 553 205 to speak to a consultant today .

By Claire Marshall 16 Sep, 2016

Small apartments have their upsides - lower rent, often a closer proximity to bustling city areas, and a certain irreplaceable cozy charm. That is, if you know how decorate.

Your apartment may be short on space, but that doesn't mean it has to be short on style. Finding the right balance between functionality and style is important to creating a space that you'll be comfortable living in for the foreseeable future. You need to focus on filling your home with items that fit your needs while highlighting your personal aesthetic.

Cultivate Design Co are an Interior design, botanicals and Home Décor practice that encompasses the skill set of two professionals, focusing on delivering great outcomes across the residential and commercial interior sectors. 
Based in Wynnum Queensland, Cultivate Design Co, created a welcoming and calming interior styling for our Micro Apartment project in our Showroom in Eagle Farm. 
By Claire Marshall 02 Sep, 2016

Whether you have just landed your first apartment, or are wrestling with what to do with all your stuff now that your living in a smaller space, micro apartments present some unique challenges. There are many upsides to apartment living, like not having to mow lawns and living in close proximity to the CBD. But they can present a few down sides as well. With only having one room to live in and distinguishing between the kitchen and the bedroom can seem overwhelming. No matter how petite your apartment, room or home is, it is possible to work in efficient storage. Regardless of your storage situation, we have the tips that will help you stream line your life.

We can't all be lucky to have high ceilings and large windows to create the feeling of open space. So instead try to let in as much light as possible in other ways. Avoid heavy curtains and add as many light fixtures to make your apartment seem larger, cleaner and more welcoming. Another smart way also is to boost storage by exploiting dead space and using every imaginable area for simple and sleek storage ideas. For example, areas above doors or stairwells can be great book shelves. Why not use furniture placement to organise furnishings into smaller groups within the apartment? Since you don't have walls to create boundaries, use furniture, rugs, and lighting to create separate areas while still keeping the space open and airy.

Urban living means two things; small spaces and bike friendly commutes. In our display micro apartment , we show how a mode of transportation can also serve as interior decoration while not taking up any valuable floor real estate. When in doubt hang it up. A bench seat on which to perch while taking off or putting on your shoes also provides a classic hideaway storage solution. The seat does double duty where storage ottomans hideaway plenty and tuck neatly under the floating shelf for seating that is there when you need it and out of the way when you don't. If your studio doesn't have an entry way, make your own with some hooks for coats and a shelf for pretty catch all dishes to hold your keys. Or if you have stairs in your hallway instead, why not use underneath your stair landing for cleverly hidden storage.

By Claire Marshall 24 Aug, 2016

An efficiently designed home is one that considers how each square meter will be used. The goal to efficiency is to not only maximise functionality within a home's physical footprint but also to increase the occupant's useability. An interior of a home should always be seen as an opportunity to create a multifunctional space - essentially asking for more function per square meter and potentially reducing square meter age throughout. This would result in an impact on overall building efficiency and design. With efficient design you should take a holistic approach and start with the occupant. Ask yourself, who will be living here? What will your lifestyle be throughout the course of the day, the week, or over the long term? What features and amenities are important to you? And how long will you stay in this home? Some of these answers may be surprising and could affect some critical early stage design decisions.

As our major cities become more crowded, household configurations and lifestyles have become vastly different than 20 years ago. Because of this there is an emerging trend to smaller, better designed apartments. With space for new inner city housing is at a premium, developers are increasingly looking for innovative solutions. Hence we are seeing the emerging worldwide forum of the " micro apartment ". Popular in London, Warsaw, Tokyo, Singapore and New York. These newly emergent micro apartments range from as little as 11.5 square meters. In the last 5 years the median size of a micro apartment in Australia has altered from 52 square meters to 44 square meters. Despite their size, micro apartments are popular because of their inner city location, flexibility and their affordability. To give an equitable comparison a standard one-bedroom hotel room is usually in the vicinity of 32 square meters. With inner city accommodation at a premium, would you sacrifice space for an inner city locale? Young, urban professionals in large numbers are willing to give up a car and pay more per square meter for smaller spaces in order to live in amenity rich buildings in prime social and public transport accessible locations.

By Claire Marshall 04 Aug, 2016

How to attract students to your rental property

"Build it and they will come" is a saying made famous in the 1989 film 'Field of Dreams' and with the current demand for student accommodation in Brisbane it certainly holds true. The rush to accommodate Brisbane's growing student population has boomed on the back of discounted council infrastructure charges and Brisbane's increasingly significant international student population which is the city's largest export industry. However, before you start pouring foundations consider the below design tips and you'll be designing a popular student apartment that will be easy to rent and run for years to come.

Student priorities are different to the investor. Students expect great Wi-Fi, gaming areas and pool tables. Investors want more value and return on investment per square meter. So if you're building from scratch you're probably already speaking with a town planner. They'll tell you what can and can't be built on your site. Armed with the knowledge of how "big" you can build; the question then becomes how to structure your building to maximize yield for student accommodation.

In general Brisbane currently has a very strong demand for ensuited 'queen bed' sized bedrooms and studio apartments in all major student catchments around the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), the University of Queensland (UQ) and Griffith University. The inclusion of ensuites where possible will greatly benefit the property with these apartments always the first to rent despite the higher rental rate they attract. Also building storage and furniture into the design and layout of the apartment from scratch can give the investor the opportunity to rent the apartments fully furnished where they are basically move in ready and require little expense to maintain.

Building efficiently designed student accommodation where opportunity meets function can potentially reduce costs per square meter. By designing for maximum efficiency in storage and multi- functional furniture the overall build and design can help the investor reduce costs through requiring less natural resources to build, less energy to operate and less time and energy to maintain. Just a reminder that utility costs are a large component of running a student accommodation property. Consider building in other cost saving measures such as water efficient fixtures. Electronic timers on external lights and air conditioners are also a must.

When renting to students, it's not about the size, it's what you can do with it. So embrace your inner 18-year-old and include ingenious ways to store, accommodate and live. We recommend that you:

* Use your walls wisely. With lack of floor space, this is where using your walls wisely comes in. Whether you want to build in shelves, storage, or bookcases for the avid student, making the most out of the vertical space available is a good option.

* Consider a Wall bed . Not just for children and teenagers under 15 years old, a wall bed is actually a great way to open up more space in a smaller room.

* Source storage. Use unused areas like in the loft, linen cupboards and under the stairs. Use the corners which are possibly the most frustrating of places that never get used. Use the random spaces for storage or function, like the space between beds and desks and above fridges.

* Build in better clothes storage . It's not always an option to build a full sized wardrobe considering the limited space, so instead design the internal space to be super useful and functional.

* On and over a Desk. Building in office furniture with storage will the number one selling point to any student looking to invest their money in your accommodation.

Organised Interiors knows small spaces. With years of experience collaborating with architects, builders, developers and the home renovator, Organised Interiors can bring unparalleled perspective to any project. We offer a wide range of products and services. It's never too soon to start the conversation. We encourage you to visit one of our showrooms and talk to one of our experts and see the quality of our products for yourself. Call today 1300 553 205

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By Claire Marshall 23 Dec, 2016
Our Custom-made Doors

Here at Organised Interiors we specialise in manufacturing a range of custom-made doors. This allows you the flexibility to have a wardrobe designed to suit your needs and the doors are made to measure instead of being limited to prefabricated sizes.

It is important that your wardrobe doors work in unison with your wardrobe internals and that the function is suitable for the room.

Because we manufacture your doors individually you have many options regarding the style. You can choose from our range of designer contemporary doors, colonial, timber veneer or laminate as well as paint lacquer finishes or have something custom designed to suit your home.
By Claire Marshall 14 Dec, 2016
Most of us don't have the extra room for a home office and we end up cramming a desk and all our office gadgets in the corner of a living room or bedroom. It doesn't have to be this way. There are ways to live and work in the same space without having the 9-5 take over.
So when your home is your office, a great work space helps put you in the right frame of mind for your 9-5. Getting a professional and sleek office doesn't require another room though - just a spare corner, nook or wall. Integrating a desk with ample room and cabinets that put essentials at your fingertips can make your workday a productive one. And you can't beat the commute home - about three seconds from desk to sofa. And what about the kids..
By Claire Marshall 22 Nov, 2016
Shelves and storage spaces in, around and under staircases are the best design to optimising the space underneath the stairs.  Stair shelves and unconventional storage spaces around your stairs are also clever ways to declutter you home. In this post, we will present solutions that could serve as inspiration when it comes to making your small space a bit more… functional. 
How many of you thought about using the space under your stairs as a working office area? Let me answer that and tell you that not many people have figured this out. It's all about the stairs; they have to be wide enough and straight forward allowing you to place an office benchtop there and some small shelves. A laptop or a PC will fit in there without any major problems. 
The hallway by due to its nature is like a very busy intersection with streets coming from all over the place. This means that this space can be used to store something that has to be at any moment at hand. A very good idea that also comes in quite handy is to transform that space to store your shoes and clothes for the cold\warm season or create a small space mudroom where inside compartments can very easily be divided so every member of the family can have its own place. 
If your staircase faces into your sitting or living room, it can be a great place to hide everyday electronics like speakers, TVs and video games. The internals of the stair steps can also be used for drawers to hold extra storage space. 
By Claire Marshall 07 Nov, 2016

Do you want to pretend you're a tidy person, just want to put the family back in the family room or if you're not naturally gifted in the putting things away department, keeping your living room looking comfortably lived-in yet still put-together can be a bit of a challenge. But fear not, we have a couple of simple tips for organising your main gathering space that will give the impression of aesthetic order.

By Claire Marshall 26 Oct, 2016

The children have left home, retirement is looming and your knees are getting wobbly. Now might be the right time to downsize to a smaller home .

The retirees of today and tomorrow do not think about retirement in the traditional sense, and their lifestyle expectations are very different to their parents' generation. After downsizing, they are looking to enjoy their new lifestyle close to transport, infrastructure and amenities, and be actively involved in their communities.

Advantages can include increased cash flow, more time, lower utility costs and less stress. Disadvantages can include less privacy, the effort required to start in a new area and make new relationships, loss of possessions and less room for guests. One person's pro's is another's con's.

The city centres - once dominated by young singles - are becoming more and more popular with empty nesters looking for low-maintenance living. And for those who wish to downsize close to where they currently live, there are a growing number of apartment developments and retirement resorts located in the suburbs.

Finding a compact home for the next stage of life shouldn't faze you. Simply research costs, find the right location and embrace good storage design. Consider these ideas before downsizing.

Costs

  • If you plan to buy into a body corporate, check out the monthly fees and consider consulting a strata searcher to help you make the right  decision.
  • Depending on where you would like to live, calculate your cost of living, which might be higher in an inner-city environment.
  • Save on your square meter Costs. The less stuff you have, the smaller space you need to store it all. Stop and think about the size of your home, and how much of that space you're actually using. Multi task your furniture with transforming furniture.
  • Save on Utilities, A bigger home means you're spending more every month to heat and cool the space. Not only is this bad for your wallet, but it's also bad for the environment because you're consuming more energy.

Lifestyle 

  • Take the time to thoroughly think about your desired lifestyle after downsizing. Apartment or townhouse living offers better security with little or no lawn to mow, leaving you with less work to do and more time to enjoy yourself.
  • Downsizing comes in several forms. It may simply be a smaller house or unit, villa or micro apartment, perhaps in an over 55's retirement village complete with amenities such as a pool, clubhouse, gym, tennis courts, even a restaurant or cinema.
  • Consider which activities, hobbies or interests you want to pursue. How will you accommodate your hobbies, and what extra storage will you need to do so?

Location 

  •  Choose a location that is close to the places you love and the services you need.
  • If you need to commute to work and prefer to use your car less often, choose a location close to public transport.
  • You may opt to be close to city amenities such as museums, theatres and restaurants, or head for the coast to enjoy water views and sunshine
Functionality 

Regardless of whether you are considering buying an apartment off the plan or downsizing to an independent living unit in a retirement village, always have a close look at the features of your new home.

  • There are a number of factors to consider. Ask yourself: How functional is it? Does it have enough storage options?
  •  Is there a balcony or courtyard that you can use as an outdoor area and additional room in the summer?
  •  What about traffic flow? Will walkways still be wide enough once you have furnished the apartment?
  •  Consider consulting a professional like one of Organised Interiors design consultants to assist you in optimising the existing design according to your needs.
  • Get a feel for the size of your new rooms by comparing them to rooms of similar dimensions in your present home. For instance, your living-room-to-be might be roughly the same size as your current bedroom. You may think you can squeeze in two sofas, but this kind of reality check could help you realize that only one will fit comfortably.
  • Use floor plans to prearrange your furniture before the move. To start, draw plans if you don't have any, and sketch in a layout. Then look at the plans realistically; if you've crammed in side tables, coffee tables and chairs, you need to edit more. Don't wait until after you move to contend with furniture you'll just end up tripping over.
  • Check there is sufficient wardrobe and storage space . Consider an extra room that can serve as study/reading room/guestroom where the room can multi task. Use a wall bed instead of a normal bed to multi task the spare room's space.
Independence 

  • None of us want to think about the days when health conditions might deteriorate, and walking becomes difficult, but those days can come at an advanced age. Make sure your home allows for you to live in it safely, independently and comfortably, so you can 'age in place'.
  • If you intend to stay in your prospective apartment for the next 20 years, for example, have a close look at the details of its design. More questions to consider are: How high are the overhead kitchen cupboards? Are they in easy reach, or do you need a step ladder to get something out of them?
  • How big is the bathroom? Can it be easily updated with safety features, if necessary?
  • If downsizing for retirement, consider single-level properties or those with at least one downstairs bedroom and bathroom, in case climbing stairs becomes a problem in the future

Security

  • The aspect of increased security in an apartment block can play an important role in the decision-making process when downsizing.
  • If you are living on your own, it can be reassuring to know that you are not alone in the building, and that neighbours are within reach in case of an emergency.

Why choose Organised Interiors? Organised Interiors knows small spaces. We know what works and what doesn't. With years of experience collaborating with architects, builders, developers and the home renovator, Organised Interiors can bring a unique and unparalleled perspective to every project. Anything from multi-unit dwellings, single family homes, new construction projects, renovations, retro fits and commercial projects. With a team based approach we offer a wide range of products and services which include design service, space planning, finish selection and a full range of space saving, transforming and complimentary products. It's never too soon to start the conversation. We encourage you to visit one of our showrooms - talk to one of our experts and see the quality of our products for yourself. Call 1300553205 to make an appointment today.

By Claire Marshall 07 Oct, 2016

Now is the best time to spring clean your home

Spring time renovations present the perfect opportunity to give your house a fresh lift in time for Summer. Some years your home can get by with a simple spring clean. The problem is, there is only so much you can do with a cloth and a broom. So if you are yearning for some major changes, it's probably time for a renovation. At Organised Interiors we have attained over the years a number of design ideas that you should consider before renovating:


Renovation for accessibility

Aging in place, the ability for people to stay in their own homes as they grow older should influence your renovation decisions. Accessibility means making choices like eliminating tripping hazards, lowering storage and removing stairs in favor of open designs that maximize mobility.


Renovate resourcefully

A sustainable renovation can reduce costs and greenhouse emissions dramatically. Sure, the internet has made it possible to connect with a friend halfway around the world but it has also provided home owners with unexpected powers in researching eco-friendly and energy efficient materials and suppliers. Heating/cooling, appliances and water are the biggest consumers of household energy and utility bills. So going green not only helps slash your bills but it also allows you to do your bit for the environment.


The connected home

Tablets, smartphones, apps: they have all combined to create the most connected world and home. Look for options that make your life easier. Renovate with a focus on functionality and incorporate intelligent storage solutions, wireless technologies, automated lighting controls and security around your home.


Bespoke construction

Whether or not it's really a one of a kind renovation doesn't matter. Add your own creative spin on a room and don't worry about the standard design rules. Show you true personality through design, colours and materials and turn your small living room into a place you're desperate to invite guests, or convert your spare room into the hobby room you have always wanted.


Building an escape

Renovate your dark, storage filled basement, garage, or attic. Use this unused space for visiting guests, work at home parents, devoted craft/hobby rooms (man-caves) or as a granny flat. These spaces can provide a cost effective option when you are looking at more space for growing families. Our design team have access to various space saving designs like various styles of wall beds that will meet the growing demand for various lifestyle changes.


Decluttering

Tidying up at home most likely will mean that you will find that you have stuff that you may not use during the warmer months. Move unwanted items or your seasonal winter clothes and sports gear into self storage. Decluttering your home and getting items that are not used often into self storage will make your house look larger and will give you space to move, renovate and celebrate in during the warmer months.

Organised Interiors clients are now more informed than ever about the many benefits of renovating and we are happy to work to accommodate these ideas for the best results. We can help provide quicker installation times, great aesthetics and eco-friendly materials to name a few. Our design team have more flex ability and are able to provide design solutions that are more flexible and can better meet your lifestyle needs with the use of unique plans and designs. If you would like to find out more about market trends and methods to maximize the potential of your home, call 1300 553 205 to speak to a consultant today .

By Claire Marshall 16 Sep, 2016

Small apartments have their upsides - lower rent, often a closer proximity to bustling city areas, and a certain irreplaceable cozy charm. That is, if you know how decorate.

Your apartment may be short on space, but that doesn't mean it has to be short on style. Finding the right balance between functionality and style is important to creating a space that you'll be comfortable living in for the foreseeable future. You need to focus on filling your home with items that fit your needs while highlighting your personal aesthetic.

Cultivate Design Co are an Interior design, botanicals and Home Décor practice that encompasses the skill set of two professionals, focusing on delivering great outcomes across the residential and commercial interior sectors. 
Based in Wynnum Queensland, Cultivate Design Co, created a welcoming and calming interior styling for our Micro Apartment project in our Showroom in Eagle Farm. 
By Claire Marshall 02 Sep, 2016

Whether you have just landed your first apartment, or are wrestling with what to do with all your stuff now that your living in a smaller space, micro apartments present some unique challenges. There are many upsides to apartment living, like not having to mow lawns and living in close proximity to the CBD. But they can present a few down sides as well. With only having one room to live in and distinguishing between the kitchen and the bedroom can seem overwhelming. No matter how petite your apartment, room or home is, it is possible to work in efficient storage. Regardless of your storage situation, we have the tips that will help you stream line your life.

We can't all be lucky to have high ceilings and large windows to create the feeling of open space. So instead try to let in as much light as possible in other ways. Avoid heavy curtains and add as many light fixtures to make your apartment seem larger, cleaner and more welcoming. Another smart way also is to boost storage by exploiting dead space and using every imaginable area for simple and sleek storage ideas. For example, areas above doors or stairwells can be great book shelves. Why not use furniture placement to organise furnishings into smaller groups within the apartment? Since you don't have walls to create boundaries, use furniture, rugs, and lighting to create separate areas while still keeping the space open and airy.

Urban living means two things; small spaces and bike friendly commutes. In our display micro apartment , we show how a mode of transportation can also serve as interior decoration while not taking up any valuable floor real estate. When in doubt hang it up. A bench seat on which to perch while taking off or putting on your shoes also provides a classic hideaway storage solution. The seat does double duty where storage ottomans hideaway plenty and tuck neatly under the floating shelf for seating that is there when you need it and out of the way when you don't. If your studio doesn't have an entry way, make your own with some hooks for coats and a shelf for pretty catch all dishes to hold your keys. Or if you have stairs in your hallway instead, why not use underneath your stair landing for cleverly hidden storage.

By Claire Marshall 24 Aug, 2016

An efficiently designed home is one that considers how each square meter will be used. The goal to efficiency is to not only maximise functionality within a home's physical footprint but also to increase the occupant's useability. An interior of a home should always be seen as an opportunity to create a multifunctional space - essentially asking for more function per square meter and potentially reducing square meter age throughout. This would result in an impact on overall building efficiency and design. With efficient design you should take a holistic approach and start with the occupant. Ask yourself, who will be living here? What will your lifestyle be throughout the course of the day, the week, or over the long term? What features and amenities are important to you? And how long will you stay in this home? Some of these answers may be surprising and could affect some critical early stage design decisions.

As our major cities become more crowded, household configurations and lifestyles have become vastly different than 20 years ago. Because of this there is an emerging trend to smaller, better designed apartments. With space for new inner city housing is at a premium, developers are increasingly looking for innovative solutions. Hence we are seeing the emerging worldwide forum of the " micro apartment ". Popular in London, Warsaw, Tokyo, Singapore and New York. These newly emergent micro apartments range from as little as 11.5 square meters. In the last 5 years the median size of a micro apartment in Australia has altered from 52 square meters to 44 square meters. Despite their size, micro apartments are popular because of their inner city location, flexibility and their affordability. To give an equitable comparison a standard one-bedroom hotel room is usually in the vicinity of 32 square meters. With inner city accommodation at a premium, would you sacrifice space for an inner city locale? Young, urban professionals in large numbers are willing to give up a car and pay more per square meter for smaller spaces in order to live in amenity rich buildings in prime social and public transport accessible locations.

By Claire Marshall 04 Aug, 2016

How to attract students to your rental property

"Build it and they will come" is a saying made famous in the 1989 film 'Field of Dreams' and with the current demand for student accommodation in Brisbane it certainly holds true. The rush to accommodate Brisbane's growing student population has boomed on the back of discounted council infrastructure charges and Brisbane's increasingly significant international student population which is the city's largest export industry. However, before you start pouring foundations consider the below design tips and you'll be designing a popular student apartment that will be easy to rent and run for years to come.

Student priorities are different to the investor. Students expect great Wi-Fi, gaming areas and pool tables. Investors want more value and return on investment per square meter. So if you're building from scratch you're probably already speaking with a town planner. They'll tell you what can and can't be built on your site. Armed with the knowledge of how "big" you can build; the question then becomes how to structure your building to maximize yield for student accommodation.

In general Brisbane currently has a very strong demand for ensuited 'queen bed' sized bedrooms and studio apartments in all major student catchments around the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), the University of Queensland (UQ) and Griffith University. The inclusion of ensuites where possible will greatly benefit the property with these apartments always the first to rent despite the higher rental rate they attract. Also building storage and furniture into the design and layout of the apartment from scratch can give the investor the opportunity to rent the apartments fully furnished where they are basically move in ready and require little expense to maintain.

Building efficiently designed student accommodation where opportunity meets function can potentially reduce costs per square meter. By designing for maximum efficiency in storage and multi- functional furniture the overall build and design can help the investor reduce costs through requiring less natural resources to build, less energy to operate and less time and energy to maintain. Just a reminder that utility costs are a large component of running a student accommodation property. Consider building in other cost saving measures such as water efficient fixtures. Electronic timers on external lights and air conditioners are also a must.

When renting to students, it's not about the size, it's what you can do with it. So embrace your inner 18-year-old and include ingenious ways to store, accommodate and live. We recommend that you:

* Use your walls wisely. With lack of floor space, this is where using your walls wisely comes in. Whether you want to build in shelves, storage, or bookcases for the avid student, making the most out of the vertical space available is a good option.

* Consider a Wall bed . Not just for children and teenagers under 15 years old, a wall bed is actually a great way to open up more space in a smaller room.

* Source storage. Use unused areas like in the loft, linen cupboards and under the stairs. Use the corners which are possibly the most frustrating of places that never get used. Use the random spaces for storage or function, like the space between beds and desks and above fridges.

* Build in better clothes storage . It's not always an option to build a full sized wardrobe considering the limited space, so instead design the internal space to be super useful and functional.

* On and over a Desk. Building in office furniture with storage will the number one selling point to any student looking to invest their money in your accommodation.

Organised Interiors knows small spaces. With years of experience collaborating with architects, builders, developers and the home renovator, Organised Interiors can bring unparalleled perspective to any project. We offer a wide range of products and services. It's never too soon to start the conversation. We encourage you to visit one of our showrooms and talk to one of our experts and see the quality of our products for yourself. Call today 1300 553 205

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