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Reality renovating

Much as ‘Master Chef’ has taught a nation of fans about verjus and how to “plate up”, the combination of home renovation and reality television in The Block has created a country of armchair experts in screeding, concrete polishing and interior design. When considering the mysteriously helpful army of tradesmen scurrying away in the background, […]

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Bricks or Weatherboards?

Some homeowners embarking on a renovation or building a new house face the decision between using weatherboards or bricks. Whilst this choice often comes down to personal preference and the style of house, there are a few considerations worth bearing in mind. • Brick walls are known for their strength and durability over time. • […]

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Autumn Gardening

Autumn can be a productive time in the garden. It is an opportunity for planting all kinds of trees and shrubs. The air is cooler but the soil still holds warmth – ideal conditions for plants to establish themselves. Plant shade trees now, and pick out your favourite sasanqua camellias and roses while they’re in […]

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Many of us could spend hours (possibly weeks) pouring over pictures of hip homes in interiors magazines, and dreaming … If you’ve ever pondered the secrets of these pads’ photogenic success and wanted to emulate them, here are a couple of general tips: Story time: Most photoshoots capture pictorial vignettes – the sofa, the casually […]

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RBA boss not concerned about house prices

Reserve Bank of Australia chief Glenn Stevens says he is not “terribly troubled” about the level of house prices in Australia. Mr Stevens said the ratio of income to house prices in Australia was “not exceptional by global standards” at a short question and answer session at a business lunch in London.“I don’t think we […]

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Is your house toxic?

What would you do if you found out your home sits on a contaminated site?That was the news that 2000 residents of Adelaide woke up to last week when they found out – mostly via the media – that under their homes the groundwater was awash with poisons that had been leaching from a sizeable […]

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Tips to cool down the house

It took a while but summer has finally arrived in all its hot gusto. I mean real summer where it’s so hot you can’t sleep at night, and the flies are beating at your back door trying to find a cooler place to muck in.The mercury has been hitting 43 degrees in some parts of […]

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Melbourne, Sydney lead house price gains

Melbourne and Sydney led house price gains across the country last year although the pace of the increase tapered off towards the end of the year, a real estate research group says.Among the major cities, Melbourne’s median house prices rose 8.4 per cent in 2010 and 1.1 per cent, seasonally adjusted, in the final three […]

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Is a beach house worth it?

Holidays will do it to you. Hours of sitting on the sand, or lazing on the deck sipping sundowners. That decision. “Let’s buy a holiday house”. Seems like a good idea at the time – when the air is warm, fellow holidaymakers’ smiles are wide and you’re in a relaxed mode. But is it something […]

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A house for Christmas?

Will there be a house under your Christmas tree? If you are thinking of buying property in 2011, the Christmas break could be the perfect time to reflect on how you will go about it.Will you stay or will you go now? The very first thing to do is to look at your decision to […]

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