David Johnston- The Property Planner’s Golden nugget: if you’re doing a significant renovation to your home, extending out or up or knocking down walls, it’s well worth the investment of engaging an architect and getting some drawings done and talking through your vision. The architect will open your eyes to new ideas and get you thinking in different directions. And getting that vision clearly documented in advance will pay in the long run in terms of the end result.
Cate Bakos – The Property Buyer’s Golden nugget: people who are considering a renovation but are keeping in mind their future ability to sell, crate a product that has mainstream appeal. If by extending out into the backyard compromises the future yard space, you need to think about spending more and going up instead.