Adelle Morrissey, the Lew Geffen Sotheby’s Randburg area specialist in Blairgowrie, has a passion for home renovations and is determined to increase the value of the property market in the area, whilst also benefitting the community; whether the interest lies in refurbishing the home for selling, or personal renovation.
She has recently teamed up with Marius Erasmus from the company Divelep, a local design company that focuses on residential renovations and design. Having worked as conceptual designer for some large architectural firms he gained valuable experience in many design areas; such as opulent leisure resorts in Dubai, entertainment venues like Silverstar Casino, and retail malls - think Sandton City - all over South Africa.
Based on firm design principles, every re-vamp is seen as an exciting and rewarding challenge that is handed over with pride to the new owners. Marius's main advice is always “away with the small stuff and in with the big stuff”, emphasising the importance of trends like minimalism and simplicity, even when dealing with lush interiors. For instance, a gorgeous new standing lamp with a tiny shade and foot piece will not add much value to your interior. Another simple example would be small scatter cushions on a couch - go with less, but bigger. When it comes to creating a theme, Marius says, you have to have a plan and a theme and you have to stick to it. His main focus is creating interesting focal points that lead you from one space to another, generating a theme that pulls your interior and exterior together as one: “it should make sense and be as easy as easy reading a book”.
- When renovating for resale, always keep the buyer in mind
- Creating interest and depth in a façade attracts buyers
- Stick with the theme you chose
- Neat and simple garden
- Street appeal always makes you look twice
- Good general flow where possible in both the interior an exterior
- Build up a mood board with ideas, make some sketches and write down some ideas so that you won’t forget
Consistent design dialogue in terms of concept and theme forms the basis of each design and is a simple principle that can be applied by most homeowners to add value to their own home. Be mindful of your colour palette and use different textures and materials to create interest. Another major consideration is the flow of your home. Rooms must “make sense”. Buyers today are savvy buyers, well researched and spoilt for choice. When considering time to sell, make sure you work with area specialists that deal with the public and market on a daily basis.
In recent years Blairgowrie has become a trendy suburb with the average demographic of people moving into the suburb being between 36 and 49 years of age. The average price has moved from R1.6M in 2014 to R1.8M in 2017 and is an excellent area for property investments due to its proximity to Sandton CBD. The suburb features Delta Park where cycling and running enthusiasts are welcomed. Delta Park also hosts the Parkrun every Saturday and is well supported by over 1500 walkers/runners on a weekly basis. There are various smaller parks through the area where families can enjoy walks and picnics.
Contact the Sotheby’s area specialist, Adelle Morissey, for your most current property valuation or any further information on the area.
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