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Winning Tips From The Block’s ‘power couple’

Fresh off their first guest bedroom win on The Block, Jesse and Mel shared their winning tips with fans at the Home Show. Day in the life 👷‍♀️ Being on the Block is not a glamorous affair. By Sunday morning, host Scott puts the tools down and gives you a...

The Granny Flat Boom Is Not Slowing Down

100 granny flats a week are being constructed in Sydney (up 300% in five years) as homeowners see a growing opportunity to earn up to $420 per week in rental income or accommodate their elderly family. ‘Granny flat’, ‘grannexe’ or ‘fonzie flat’; there are many names but the concept is...

Elderly Loneliness And Tablet Addiction

Wall-E or Ex Machina? Cute or creepy? Useful or gimmicky? With a world robot population of 414,000, we’re at a turning point in history where robotics are now entering our lives, but are they welcome in our homes? The reality Whether it’s Will Smith’s I-Robot, Steven Spielberg’s A.I. Artificial Intelligence...

Bathroom trends

Any great bathroom is a harmonious balance of new and old. This year, we will see bold colours, patterns and textures dominate new renovations and commercial fit-outs in place of neutral themes and ‘safe’ design work — it is safe to say, 2018 is the year of the ‘brave’ bathroom....

Hottest interior trends for 2018

While 2017 saw us drifting into calm atmospheres of muted hues, and handcrafted shapes and organic dimensions, 2018 will slowly transport us into a world of uplifting colours and more interesting and bold geometrics with a burst of luxe, while maintaining a bohemian style. Bespoke will become a word more...

Revamp Old Furniture With A Modern Industrial Feel

Recycling and renovating are the pleasures of DIYers across the country, and there are always new ideas to try. Revamping old furniture is one of them. It seems every garage sale and swap meet offers loads of wooden furniture in various degrees of disrepair. From kitchen tables to consoles, there...

Build or Renovate your Best Bathroom Yet in 2017!

2017 is the year to finally get on top of your bathroom renovation or new build. We are seeing amazing design trends, new products and innovative new ways to create the illusion off space without sacrificing luxury. Freestanding Bathtubs. Image: Decina Bathroomware You've no doubt seen these beauties everywhere -...

Child window safety devices – NSW legislation

Legislation The Strata Schemes Management Amendment (Child Window Safety Devices) Bill 2013 stipulates Owners Corporations in NSW must have secure screens or window safety devices installed on any openable bedroom window that: Has a 2 metre (or greater) fall height to the ground; and Is situated 1.7 metres (or less)...

Mid-rise apartments gain the “feel good” factor of timber

Recent changes to The National Construction Code now makes it easier to develop timber-framed and mass timber mid-rise apartments. On May 1st 2016 Australia joined leading countries around the world with changes to the National Construction Code. The changes simplified the use of timber construction in taller structures up to 8...

Don’t forget the windows in your renovation plans

Windows are an integral part of the design of older buildings but are often overlooked or mistreated when renovation plans are made. Complete replacement of old windows with new joinery or PVC windows is an expensive alternative to replacing and upgrading existing wooden windows. The fact is that even the...

What’s all the fuss about granny flats?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years you would have noticed a lot of fuss about granny flats. It seems wherever you look there is another granny flat popping up and it’s not hard to see why. Ever since the introduction of the “Affordable Housing...

Handing property over to the kids

Parents who want to help their kids get on the real estate ladder may consider giving them an investment property or selling it to them at a special price. Let’s look at how you can do this, assuming you no longer have a mortgage on the property. Your first step...