Tips, Tricks and Tools to Manage Your Renovation Like a Pro


A renovation can be a challenging and expensive affair if it’s not managed efficiently. However, with the use of the right tools and tricks, it is possible to create your dream modern home without breaking the bank. Try these handy tips, tricks and tools to you help bring your vision to life.


Managing your budget is one of the most important considerations of any renovation, and planning and tracking your spending proficiently from beginning to end is an essential part of the process. One of the key tools of the trade during a renovation is an online budget calculator – easy to use and accessible on the go, these clever resources will help you to create and stick to a budget and ensure your dream modern home is within reach.

There are a few handy online calculators that provide an assessment of what you can expect to spend – asks which area you plan to renovate, the measurements of the space and its current quality and condition to offer a renovation estimate, while Home Design Directory asks similar questions in their construction cost calculator. Please keep in mind that these are indicative only and you should always consult a professional for the most accurate appraisal.


Pinterest and Instagram are great resources to find and save inspiration for your renovation, offering ideas on everything from exterior cladding to interior design. Start by making a Pinterest board for each area in your home you plan to renovate, for example, Exterior, Kitchen, Bathroom and Deck – this will help you to narrow in on a precise vision of your renovation, from the overall build through to decorating. By ‘pinning’ images from other users or directly from websites, you can save and organise your ideas – visit the James Hadie Au Pinterest page for boards dedicated to everything from coloured cladding to mixed material facade

Instagram is another fantastic tool for sourcing and saving ideas. Follow your favourite accounts and seek out architects, interior designers and landscape gardeners whose work you love. Save images to the ‘saved posts’ page in your profile by clicking the bookmark icon underneath the image, using Instagram Collections to create folders such as ‘Modern Extension’ or ‘Home Facade’ to organise your saved images. Visit the James Hardie Au Instagram account for modern architecture inspiration including one-of-a-kind facade and outdoor entertaining areas. James-Hardie-Au-Pinterest-board

Looking for inspiration for your next renovation? Our Instagram community has over 86K followers with regular contributions from Three Birds Renovations to inspire you! Join the community today!


The best way to visualise your future home is by creating an exact picture of how you imagine it will look – and James Hardie’s Inspiration Gallery is an excellent tool to help you do this. Pin your favourite looks, from the overall look to smaller details such as colour and product names, using your saved design as a reference to share with your builder or architect so that you can communicate the exact style you want. JamesHardie-Inspiration-Gallery-1600x743

Start by selecting the look you love – from country Hamptons to mid-century modern – then select the shape, size and additional features. Once you’ve got the basics sorted, you can begin to choose colours, materials like Linea™ Weatherboard Cladding or the Axon™ Cladding, and features that will make your modern home one of a kind. Bringing your vision to life online will help to keep you focused and remind you of the end goal – it also ensures that you are considering the bigger picture when it comes to your renovation.

Planning your renovation doesn’t need to be a stressful – it all starts with managing your budget, knowing the exact look you want, and having a few clever tools and tricks on hand!

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