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Top Tips for Bright Sunshine All Year ‘Round

Top Tips for Bright Sunshine All Year ‘Round

Bright sunshine filling your home all year ’round will certainly be a panacea for the winter blues. With three great tips you’re own your way to eternal sunshine. For most people, being able to add a conservatory or an extension to their home is a luxury. The addition of a room that fills the house with bright sunshine can be a game-changer on how the space your home is used. A conservatory is usually considered to be a ‘summer room’, because expansive glass windows cover most of the room allowing sun to shine in. This heats the room and, with…

Home Perfection: Fall In Love All Over Again

Home Perfection: Fall In Love All Over Again

Has your home perfection slipped from your grasp? Has your sparkling castle become tarnished? When you first move into your perfect home you’re likely to love everything about it. You’ll think it’s home perfection on a stick. If there were any issues, you will have most likely of noticed them before buying, and fixed them as early as possible. But we all know all too well what happens after a few years. You’ll start to notice annoying little issues that get on your nerves, yet you never seem to have enough time to fix them. Are we right? Well, with…

‘The Block’ Winning Rooms from the 2017 Blockbuster

‘The Block’ Winning Rooms from the 2017 Blockbuster

The winning rooms from this years reality renovation show, ‘The Block’, have been keenly anticipated. The southeast suburb of Elsternwick in Melbourne has never been as high-profile with the latest season of ‘The Block’ taking over an entire street. Five weatherboard homes… OK… complete wrecks… were transported and positioned side-by-side to be transformed into winning rooms and complete homes by first-time, amateur, and semi-pro house renovators. With home renovations at an all-time high, viewers were taken on a rollercoaster ride of inspiration, drama, let-downs, and hysterics. But somehow the five weatherboard houses, some without floors and ceilings, were transformed into…

3 Dreamy Renovations To Squeeze Out of The Budget

3 Dreamy Renovations To Squeeze Out of The Budget

We all have dreamy renovations we’d LOVE to include in our home improvement projects, right? Are these three on your list? There’s renovations and then there are add-ons. Your dreamy renovations may include a luscious walk-in wardrobe in the bedroom, a beautiful pool in your backyard, a wonderful water fountain in your front garden, or perhaps a bubbling jacuzzi in the bathroom. You may even be thinking about adding an extension such as a conservatory onto your home. But, while we all have desires like this, not everyone has the money for such dreamy renovations. So, this article explains the…

Don’t Curb Your Enthusiasm… Make An Impression

Don’t Curb Your Enthusiasm… Make An Impression

Don’t curb your enthusiasm when it comes to creating the right first impression for the front of your home. 4 easy ideas will make all the difference. In life and in our homes, first impressions matter. Whether you’re looking to sell your home or simply looking to make it look nicer from the outside, then improving your curb appeal can be money well spent. So don’t curb your enthusiasm for some weekend projects. Having said that, it doesn’t need to cost very much to make the front of your home look better. It can make all of the difference, though,…

Prioritise Safety To Prevent Common Household Threats

Prioritise Safety To Prevent Common Household Threats

To prioritise safety when it comes to your family and your home can work hand-in-hand with redecorating or, in some cases, come first. All homeowners want their properties to look and feel great. Before thinking about the addition of new furniture and cool designs, though, you must prioritise safety. Until you have those elements sorted, the other issues will seem almost redundant. Make sure that your property ticks the five boxes below, and you should be just fine. Prioritise Safety #1 : Prevent Burglaries Theft is the first concern that springs to mind when considering home safety and protection. In…

Reduce Water Bills : Tips To Stop Money Going Down The Drain

Reduce Water Bills : Tips To Stop Money Going Down The Drain

Reducing your water bills is both great for your wallet and the environment at the same time, so there is no reason whatsoever why you shouldn’t be aiming to do this wherever possible. Of course, the solutions for reducing your water bills range from the simple, like not leaving the tap on while you are brushing your teeth, to the more complicated, like installing solar water systems from www.solarark.com.au. Here, we will be looking at a few of the different areas of the house where you can stop letting money go down the drain. Save Water Bills in the Kitchen…

Dream Home Design Build From The Floor Up

Dream Home Design Build From The Floor Up

Your dream home design build has four key areas that involve the planning and execution of the house you hope will be your home for a long time. When it comes to house hunting, you will begin to see how difficult it is to find the perfect property. Many will completely miss the mark. Others will be passable. Some will be frustratingly close to exactly what you want but have one or two flaws that you find it difficult to overlook. The answer to ensuring that the home you move into is ideal from the floorboards up is a dream…

Where Technology Meets Interior Design

Where Technology Meets Interior Design

Where technology meets interior design. What happens when these two worlds collide? There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that technology has drastically affected the way in which we live in many ways. It would be challenging to try and list all the ways that this is true. But one thing we can be sure of is that it when technology meets interior design our homes and lifestyles change significantly. For interior designers like me, responding to the ever-changing cultural landscape is an integral part of the design process. This must inevitably include paying respect to the developments in technology…

Increase Home Value With 5 Bright Ideas

Increase Home Value With 5 Bright Ideas

To increase home value you’ll need bright ideas and elbow grease. So do you need a few ideas to get you started? Home-improvement and renovation projects are an excellent way to increase home value. Some renovation projects provide a greater value than the others, but at the same time, a small improvement task can quickly turn into major renovation work and deplete your entire budget if you’re not careful. Projects such as bathroom and kitchen renovations are always appreciating. However, adding a music studio greatly decreases your chance of finding the right buyer easily. That said, what type of improvements…

New Home Building : Three Vital Tips

New Home Building : Three Vital Tips

New home building has always been popular even though there is a huge resurgence in home renovations. Land parcels are opening up outside city limits so the CBD is no longer the focus for many families. The flexibility for new home building in even semi-rural areas has gained popularity. Communications and ease of travel mean many former employees are starting their own business and working from home. In moving away from the city and starting a business many new home building projects are also managed by owner-builders. However, there are still three vital areas owner-builders MUST have covered. New Home…

Yes, That Money Pit You Bought CAN Be Transformed

Yes, That Money Pit You Bought CAN Be Transformed

The typical money pit often sucks the life out of your wallet usually because the purchase and renovation were not well thought out. But a money pit CAN be transformed. When it comes to buying a new house, either your first property or just the most recent, there’s a lot of thought that goes into its purchase – location, comfort, price, suitability, potential. But do you ever think that your dream home may just become a money pit? Probably not. You’re likely looking for something that’s perfect for you, at least right now. And it has to tick certain boxes….

4 Unintentional Property Renovation Results

4 Unintentional Property Renovation Results

Any property renovation is a BIG decision. And whilst you may love the designer results, there are other results you may not be expecting. When a homeowner redecorates, they have a goal in mind. Typically, it is to add value with a property renovation or to turn their property into a dream home. However, for every action, there is a reaction. So, when a property renovation takes place, there are always unintentional results with which a homeowner has to deal. It’s important to know what these are so you can avoid them or find a solution for the next time….

Three House Moving Decisions To Make After Selling

Three House Moving Decisions To Make After Selling

House moving decisions are still to come even after the ink is dry on your real estate contract. Are you ready to make more decisions? It might have taken months of negotiations and weeks of searching for the right place. Moving house is never easy, it’s always very stressful, and you still have more house moving decisions to make. But once the mortgage has been set up and the sale agreed, it’s time to move on. You might have just a few more days before you need to hand over the keys. Completion is coming, and you have 3 very…

House Moving From A to B is As Simple as 1,2,3

House Moving From A to B is As Simple as 1,2,3

House moving from one property to another is reportedly one of the most stressful activities in which most of us will engage at some point in our lives. After all, house moving means you have to pack up your whole life into boxes and shift everything from one place to another in as simple and timely a manner as possible.That’s the aim, anyway. The longer you’ve lived in the property you’re leaving behind, the more work you’re going to have on your hands. But all hope isn’t lost. Here are a few sage pieces of advice that will help you…