PROFESSIONAL RENOVATIONS COMPANY

We are a professional Southern Suburbs based home improvement company with many years of experience in the renovations industry.  We offer our clients a unique and dynamic experience with a holistic view to your remodeling requirements.

Our services include but are not limited to:

Planning and kitchen design

Kitchen renovations and new kitchen installations

Bathroom renovations and remodelling

Living space remodelling, including bedrooms, studies, lounges and TV Rooms

Interior design and soft furnishings

Interior building services including our own plumbing, electrical and tiling professionals

Commercial and other large scale renovations

TIPS TO CONSIDER

1. SET YOUR PRIORITIES
If you’re considering several projects, rank them in order of importance, bearing in mind maintenance items should be given priority. You will want to fix your leaky roof before we lay a new wooden floor below.

2. KNOW WHAT IS POSSIBLE
and consider the strengths and weaknesses of your property. We are an experienced team and can assist with these decisions.

3. ESTABLISH BUDGET PARAMETERS
Can you afford to renovate, or NOT to renovate?! Any credible company should require budget parameters in order to prepare an accurate proposal. The biggest costs in the process are labour and since it entails more than simply redecorating, they require many hours of professional work.

4. CONSIDER YOU FINISHES
and the look you like, the textures you like. Investigate online through the various channels ideas that you like, so that we have a guideline within which to work.

5. ARE WE THE RIGHT PEOPLE FOR THE JOB?
Many small jobs can be done by your local handyman and at a great saving. The same applies to replacement components or small upgrades. If in doubt please call us and we can advise you on the best route to follow.

6. ENSURE YOU UNDERSTAND THE PAPERWORK
so that we are all working from the same page

7. DON’T WORRY ABOUT THE MESS!
It’s no fun at all living in a construction site, so first consideration with a major renovation should be to move out! Alternatively speak to us about confinement of the mess and what is and is not possible.

8. ONCE YOU HAVE GIVEN THE THUMBS UP
leave it to us and we’ll worry about the rest.

Where to now?

At Black Stone work through a 4 phase process in order to simplify the view to your renovation. Our goal is to assist you in defining and transforming your space into that “dream space” within a realistic and affordable budget. We believe in constant communication from the start of the renovation to the final finishing touches, keeping you in control of the entire design and renovation process.

PHASE ONE: INITIAL CONSULTATION

At the initial, free of charge consultation, we gain insight into the nature and scope of the project by discussing factors such as planning and design, themes, materials, timelines and budgetary parameters.

PHASE TWO: DESIGN PROCESS

During this phase a proposal for the project is presented and thereafter sketches and samples to assist you in visualising the actual space. Revisions are prepared if necessary and adjustments made. On acceptance a retainer is payable to secure your preferred dates.

PHASE THREE: INSTALLATION

Once the project is accepted and approved, a contract that includes the costs, payment schedule, and all other related details is prepared and signed. The delivery and installation schedule is discussed and thereafter we coordinate with our project manager, builder and/or installers to carry out the renovation.

PHASE FOUR: FINISHING TOUCHES

At Black Stone we are committed to getting the job done right. Upon completion we take the time required to ensure complete customer satisfaction and will make any finishing touches necessary. We do guarantee our integrity and attention to detail along with the ability to exceed our clients expectations.

KITCHENS

Your kitchen is far more than just a selection of cabinets with a countertop and doors. The kitchen is the heart of the home and we view your kitchen in its entirety and take every aspect into consideration – from design, your preferences in terms of layout, where your plumbing goes and what electrical points need to be installed, through to how high your counter tops need to be and how wide your floor spaces are.

TIPS TO CONSIDER

• Distances in the preparation and cooking area should be kept as short as possible to make your kitchen a pleasure to work in.

• Do you have an existing kitchen that you don’t like? What don’t you like about it?

• What items do you want to put the most money towards or what items or areas are you prepared to save on?

• Have you thought of food storage? This would depend on whether you shop daily, weekly or monthly.

• Lighting and ventilation must be high on your priority list. There are many lighting facets to a kitchen that can be incorporated into the design.

• An island or breakfast counter. Both are great to haves, but do you really have the space, is it going to be a functional part of your kitchen or an added seating area.

• Are there walls that could be removed to open your kitchen to create a greater flow of living space?

Black Stone Renovations - Kitchen Cupboard Installations

BATHROOMS

Being such small spaces bathrooms can prove tricky to renovate.

We enjoy the challenge that bathrooms give us and love to take out of your hands the worry of humidity, old plumbing, poor wall conditions and spaces that were not built with the modern focus on hygiene and comfort. Bathrooms require particular attention and peculiar skill to ensure that after the renovation you are not faced with issues that you were battling with before.

Our team of project managers are on hand to offer you their wealth of knowledge gained from years of renovation experience.  We will assist you with your choices of bathroom finishes so that you are certain of choosing products that match your budget while not compromising on quality.

TIPS TO CONSIDER

•  Your geyser: Consideration must be made regarding your hot water heating system (geyser). Is it new, are you keen on a new energy source such as solar water heating, or to save costs with a geyser control unit? Many systems are old and need replacement before the process of remodelling your bathroom. The last thing you would want is for your tank to burst once your bathroom is complete.

•  Design: Do you really have the space for everything you would like to fit in your bathroom?

•  Tiles: Choices of tile range from ceramics, to porcelain, polished porcelain, travertine, terra cotta and slate which can all be combined with an enormous choice of mosaics, listellos (borders) and cut patterns.

•  Vanity units: Ranging from “off the shelf” units which include a basin to custom designed units manufactured from various products. These could be floor standing or floating (wall mounted).

•  Sanitary ware and taps: The choice seems endless. We can point you in the right direction to make affordable choices of taps, mixers, baths, basins, toilets and accessories.

•  Lighting and Extraction: Is your bathroom well ventilated and well lit? If not you should consider extraction and lighting upgrades to provide adequate light, day and night. Many bathrooms have the smallest window in the house or apartment.

FAQ

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What are the steps to take in the design and project process?

We start by listening and handle all the details from concept to completion. We use our four phase process to ensure a smooth flow of work from start to finish.

What makes you different?

At Black Stone we are a small business. Each of our projects is handled by one of our partners, and therefore gives you the absolute peace of mind that we see your project through to your entire satisfaction. We have a wealth of knowledge and experience and are very good at bringing your ideas to life.

How do you deal with Body Corporates?

More than 50% of our renovation and remodeling contracts take place in apartments and flats. We understand that each Body Corporate has its own “House Rules” and to these we abide. Any pre-authorisations, structural reports or design changes will be passed on to you to present to your Body Corporate for approval.

How much does a Kitchen or Bathroom cost?

A question often asked, but it is not possible for us to give a generalised answer. We will work through the four phase process and the “cost” is based on the ultimate scope of work and finishes chosen. Obviously we will work within your budget from entry level to high end luxury.

Can I change my mind about something?

Yes as long as we have not committed financially to secure labour or products. Cost implications may arise though should a certain amount of work have been already carried out and you decide to proceed differently.

Can I do some of the work myself?

Yes you can DIY! It is often the case that peoples budgets do not extend as far as they would like ! In these instances many of our clients have carried out either the demolishing or finishing themselves.

Can I provide my own sanitary ware?

Yes you may purchase your own sink, taps, bath tubs, basin etc and hand them to us for installation. We do however make allowances for all these items in you proposal.

How long will the renovation take?

This depends again in the scope of work. A small bathroom or kitchen can take up to three weeks, once consideration has been made to stripping, plumbing, electrical, building, tiling, cabinetry, counter tops and other finishes.

Can you assist us in choosing appliances?

Yes we can assist in choosing the right appliance and can make recommendations based on your budget.

What are your payment terms?

Depending on the scope of the project our payment process is;
1. A retainer (5%) at the acceptance of proposal phase (phase two of our four phase process),
2. A deposit to provide working capital prior to commencement
3. Progression payments spread out over the duration of the project as detailed in the contract and balance on completion.

CONTACT US

Professional Renovations Company

Contact Details

Tel: 021 712 2626
Cell: 082 900 6963 (Tanya)
Cell: 076 500 5312 (Rob)

Feel free to contact us regarding any of our renovation services. We love what we do and look forward to assisting you.

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