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If you’re in the market for a brand-new house or significant renovation, you should shop for your builder as carefully as you shop for your home. Here are some factors to consider to help you choose the right builder: Competency – Can your builder meet your every need from the beginning of the building process […]

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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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Pergola Perfection

Adding a feature to your garden or courtyard might include building a pergola. By definition a pergola is a structure or archway with a framework covered in climbing or trailing plants. It consists of posts and beams but no walls or roof. Freestanding or attached to your home, a pergola is usually designed to be […]

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Running Hot

Replacing a hot water system is often done in a hurry in order to avoid weeks of cold showers when the old system finally throws in the towel. Investing a little time to explore the current options, however, will not only save money it’s also likely to be kinder on the environment. Water heating in […]

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Mindfulness is the latest buzzword in psychology and self-help books. "Basically it’s a state of awareness where one is fully attentive to the present moment and it can be practised through meditation," psychologist Sarah Edelman says. Enter Japanese gardens: with their tranquil, meditative feel, they are the perfect fit for this centuries-old Buddhist tradition. And […]

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Make Your Kitchen Work

With a kitchen renovation the key to a fantastic result is making the design work and fit your daily routine. This applies to culinary experts who entertain frequently as well as those just keen to feed their hungry families. Design Hints Latest trends lean towards seamless finishes for bench tops surfaces and cabinetry without handles. […]

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Timber floating floors are now being used in hundreds of thousands of homes across Australia. Some of us are still ‘in the dark’ however, about what they are exactly and how they can be used. A floating timber floor is simply any type of wood floor that has not been nailed, glued or otherwise attached […]

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The Perfect Driveway

Jim Fogarty, one of Australia’s top landscape designers, recently explained some interesting facts about driveway design. In his article Mr Fogarty highlighted the fact that a new driveway can be one of the most costly items in a front garden. However, he believes that budget as well, as good design, are often overlooked in the […]

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Balconies and Balustrades

Balconies and balustrades have come along way over recent years. The choices are now far greater and the safety aspects have improved out of sight. Little ones can no longer easily climb up and wave down precariously at you from your second storey. This is very good news for parents! Glass is currently one of […]

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There aren’t many substantial alterations a tenant can make without written permission from the landlord. There are, however, numerous cosmetic decorating projects for tenants to consider. The following suggestions are quick to complete, inexpensive and allow tenants to reflect their own sense of style. * Changing light shades – this small change can have maximum […]

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