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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…

Owner Builder Keys To Success

Owner Builder Keys To Success

Being an Owner Builder is a great responsibility to ensure your dream home is built on-time, on-budget, and on design. A lot of people are taking the decision to be the owner builder of their homes these days – and for excellent reasons. You can save yourself hundreds of thousands of dollars, create the perfect environment to suit your family lifestyle, and then sell for a respectable profit when the time comes. However, going down the owner builder route isn’t always as simple as it might seem. There are a number of pitfalls that can get in your way, quash…

New Home Build Pro’s and Con’s

New Home Build Pro’s and Con’s

A new home build can be the most exciting and creative process designed to provide you with a dream residence. Or is it all it’s cracked up to be, both negative AND positive? Building your own home doesn’t have to be something that you treat as a daunting or unthinkable option. Many people rule it out without even knowing the pros and cons of taking this path forward. On the other hand, you shouldn’t rush into a new home build without being aware of what it all entails. So, to ensure that you’re fully aware of what’s involved in all…

Pest Extermination In Hard To See Places

Pest Extermination In Hard To See Places

Pest extermination isn’t anything most of us want to face. From possums in the roof to stray cats preying on your birdlife, it’s easier to get rid of pests you can easily see. But what about small and tiny pests, especially when you don’t know how they gaining access. No one wants to find that their house is now also home to a family of pests or vermin. Unfortunately, most homeowners don’t act until it’s too late and they find that they have an infestation on their hands. But, you shouldn’t let pest extermination get to that point. There are…

Mobility Loss: Build A Winning Home Anyway

Mobility Loss: Build A Winning Home Anyway

Mobility loss is often something home owners don’t anticipate when they build or buy their dream home. But it doesn’t mean you have to sell. Becoming less mobile is something that impacts millions. Whether it’s due to age, injuries, or trauma doesn’t matter. It can make life a little more difficult. Thankfully, there are ways to overcome mobility loss and enjoy your home. Here are five mobility loss ideas that can help you restore maximum enjoyment of your property. In turn, they establish the perfect foundations for a satisfying life too. What are you waiting for? Let’s get to work….

Home Emergency Tips So You’ll Sleep Easier

Home Emergency Tips So You’ll Sleep Easier

Does the thought of a random home emergency keep you up at night? Do you have the skills to fix most things that may go wrong with your home? There’s nothing worse than having to deal with a home emergency. Annoyingly, you are often completely unable to predict when an emergency is going to unfold. And when one does happen, it can be all too easy for the panic to set in, making it impossible to think with any common sense. As a result, you might not act in the best possible way! Don’t worry, though, I’ve collected some great…

Can Your Home Handle The Heat?

Can Your Home Handle The Heat?

How will your home handle the heat when the summer rays come beating down? It’s not only about cooling down when the weather heats up. Now that summer is finally in full swing around half the world; you may come to realize something – your home was never ready for it! How is it going to handle the heat? Even when you’ve been counting down the months, looking forwards to the longer days and lighter nights, and planning your weekends out in the sunshine, you never thought to consider your home. And why would you? With all the excitement of…

Nightmare Tenants? Here’s How To Salvage Your Property

Nightmare Tenants? Here’s How To Salvage Your Property

Nightmare tenants are those that turn up on television tabloid news shows, usually running away from the camera. They are the ones you DON’T want renting your property. These days, lots of people are investing in property and it can make sense. One of the most popular ways to make a healthy turnover from property investment is to rent it out to either long-term or short-term tenants. Whether you go for long-term or short-term tenants is up to you. People who live in tourist hotspots often prepare to rent out their property as a holiday let. However, those who don’t…