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Child-Friendly Home Tips For Non-Parent Homes

Child-Friendly Home Tips For Non-Parent Homes

You might think that it’s only parents who need to make sure that they have a child-friendly home and safe places for youngsters. But that isn’t actually the case. In fact, it’s worth non-parents trying to create safe havens for young children as well. If you are an auntie or uncle and regularly look after your nieces and nephews, then a child-friendly home is a must. Even if you aren’t related to any young children, you might have close friends who often come around for a visit. Not too sure what you need to do to make a child-friendly home…

5 Hidden Reasons Your House Won’t Sell

5 Hidden Reasons Your House Won’t Sell

When it’s hidden reasons behind your home not selling how are you supposed to figure out why? Here, I expose the top hidden reasons and what you can about them. There’s a big shortage of housing at the moment so people often make the mistake of thinking that it will be easy to sell their house. If there aren’t enough houses for every buyer, surely you won’t struggle to find a buyer? Increased demand has pushed prices up with many buyers struggling to secure a good mortgage. So when they DO have the money, they may be pickier and look…

Property Changes for Opening A Home Bed and Breakfast

Property Changes for Opening A Home Bed and Breakfast

Property changes can be big or small when you decide to share your home with strangers. But why would you do that anyway? Would you enjoy getting up early in the morning and cooking eggs lots of people? Do you long to welcome people from all over the world into your home and stay up late into the night swapping stories over a glass of wine? If so, then you may be one of the many people that dream of running a bed and breakfast business out of their own home. However, before you can turn your private residence into…

The Unexpected Costs of Owning a Home

The Unexpected Costs of Owning a Home

Unexpected costs can completely derail your plans for buying, building or renovating a home. So if you are thinking about owning your first home, there are many different factors that need to be considered. One of the most important areas of unexpected costs is the financial commitment. You must ensure you can afford the expenses associated with home ownership. A lot of people assume they can afford a home without considering all of the unexpected costs entailed. The sale price of the home is just the beginning. It’s after you’ve signed the sale documentation that expenses you may not have…

Top Five Construction Industry Trends for 2018

Top Five Construction Industry Trends for 2018

Top Five Construction Industry Trends for 2018: From Technology to Safety Every year ushers significant changes to the world of construction, and 2018 will be no exception. Modern technology is constantly evolving construction industry trends with many contractors opening up to new ideas and concepts, which is indeed the key to keeping the competitive edge. So, from today’s standpoint, the outlook for the whole industry is bright, and despite few big challenges, it even seems dazzling. In 2018, the engineering prowess will take us to new heights and prompt us to think even bolder. So what are the construction industry…

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…