Building + Design

Don’t Sell! Breathe Life Back In To Your Home Instead

Don’t Sell! Breathe Life Back In To Your Home Instead

When something gets stale, you can throw it away or breathe life back in to it. So when it comes to your home, what will you do? It’s not uncommon for a lot of people to start to feel like their home has become stale. After all, when you spend the vast majority of your time somewhere, it starts to fade into the background. A lot of the joy that you initially got out of it can get lost. For a lot of people, the solution to this is to sell their home and start over somewhere new. The problem…

Flex Your Home Design Eco Credentials

Flex Your Home Design Eco Credentials

Do you want to add home design eco credentials to your renovation and home improvement skills? Even first-timers will benefit from knowing how to be more ‘green’ when it comes to their homes. Yes, the buzzwords of the moment are eco-friendly, green and sustainable. These environmentally aware concepts are seemingly permeating every aspect of our lives including our home decor and renovation choices. While you may not have considered ‘going green’ when purchasing a new dishwasher a decade ago, nowadays the focus is on energy efficiency rather than ergonomic design. Home Design Eco Credentials : Star Rating Purchase new appliances…

Fixer Upper Fundamentals You Can’t Afford To Overlook

Fixer Upper Fundamentals You Can’t Afford To Overlook

Fixer Upper is one of my favourite renovation shows. However, Chip and Joanna are real professionals. And even they admit to some mistakes. So here are a couple of fixer upper fundamentals you MUST consider when renovating. The emergence of a raft of property makeover TV shows has made buying a fixer upper to renovate and sell for a profit seem like childs play. While the reality is much tougher, especially with the stagnation of the housing market, there is still money to be made from property. If you have some cash languishing in a savings account, you might be…

New Neighbourhood? How To Settle In Fast!

New Neighbourhood? How To Settle In Fast!

Moving to a new neighbourhood can be a very exciting time for your whole family  indeed. So how can you feel right at home in double quick time? You might think that once you have moved all of your belongings into your new neighbourhood and home, that all the hard work is over – you can start to settle into your new house, right? Well, you are almost there; there is just one last thing you need to do before you start to relax – make yourself at home in your brand new neighbourhood! It can take a lot longer…

My Forever Home. What Do I Need To Consider?

My Forever Home. What Do I Need To Consider?

A forever home is the one you know you will live and love in for a very long time. It’s the dream home that’s no longer a dream… it’s close to being a reality. So what do you need to consider? If your long term dream has been to build your own forever home tailored to your needs, and you are close to the goal, you will have to start thinking about the project in detail. There are plenty of things that can go wrong, especially if you would like to manage everything to save money. Below you will find…

What Makes a Well-Designed Home?

What Makes a Well-Designed Home?

A well-designed home is one that provides the functionality, comfort and desirability that fits your lifestyle. So how can you create all that… and more? Imagine, you have just brought your first home and are striking out into the world on your own (or maybe with a flatmate). Is a well-designed home in the mix for you? It should be. As an independent individual, you want a home that is both functional and beautiful, perfectly reflecting who you are and coming across with a strong personality when family and friends come to visit. A well-designed home is somewhere you look…

Three Home Improvements That Add Great Value

Three Home Improvements That Add Great Value

2019 is fast approaching. Many of us are looking for ways to improve our lives when we turn the fresh page of a new year. But how about some home improvements value as well? Now, many of our resolutions focus on ourselves. But you might want to consider prioritising your property with this year’s resolutions. No matter how much you may love where you live, there’s always room for home improvements value! So, here are just a few home additions that you might want to consider incorporating into your property in the near future! A Garage or Carport If you…

3 Huge Home Building Mistakes

3 Huge Home Building Mistakes

Home building mistakes are the things everyone wants to avoid. However, there are three key areas you must consider and have under control if you are to have a stress-free build. If your home doesn’t suit your needs anymore, it’s time for a move. Moving into a new home involves a lot of big decisions. However, home building mistakes keep many people from building their own home. Building a house is a big project and it takes a lot of hard work but there are certain advantages. You get complete control over the house and you can customize it as…

A Financial Guide to House Renovation

A Financial Guide to House Renovation

Any house renovation will have its challenges. However minimising the financial impact, and understanding the costs, will contribute to a greatly enhanced experienced. Our writer, Lucas Bergman, explores this further. Your house renovation should always be exciting, no matter how nerve-wracking it can sometimes get. In order to avoid – or at least try to reduce – potential stress, you’ll need to carefully approach your proposed renovation. Consider all the ways you can make the entire project easier on everyone involved. Aside from carefully planning out every aspect of a remodel, have a contingency budget for unforeseen items. Because you…

A Guide To Cavity Wall Insulation Problems

A Guide To Cavity Wall Insulation Problems

Problems with cavity wall insulation, unfortunately, are very common.These expert tips will help you to identify and fix cavity wall insulation problems you may encounter. A lot of DIY enthusiasts attempt to perform one of the most difficult renovation projects around with very little knowledge, experience, or equipment that are all vital to successfully installing cavity wall insulation. When the home is experiencing issues relating to draughts and heat loss, it’s usually the insulation at fault. In other cases, however, the actual cavity wall insulation may be to blame for other issues. Problems include damp, where rainwater has managed to…

Dream Home Building and the 7 Tips You Need To Know

Dream Home Building and the 7 Tips You Need To Know

Dream home building is on the wish list of virtually anyone who loves their home life or is addicted to watching reality reno shows. However, dreaming and building are two different things. Building a new house from scratch is challenging and requires a lot of planning. However it does provide you with an opportunity for dream home building. From choosing the perfect location to thinking about décor details, there are plenty of aspects to consider when building your new haven. You should take some time to plan the entire building and designing process in every detail. Dream home building requires…

Create Space With 5 Value-Adding Design Ideas

Create Space With 5 Value-Adding Design Ideas

The desire to create space can be a dilemma in modern homes. Many people around the world live in small or period homes that are not designed for modern life. And it’s not just storage. Our modern lives demand both privacy and communal spaces drenched in sunlight and fabulously functional. If you are struggling with storage or how to create space, there are several design options to make the most of your home without moving. There are options for different budgets to help you gain more comfort and function from your home. Create Space With An Extension The most obvious…

Foolproof Moving House Tips for A Hassle-Free Day

Foolproof Moving House Tips for A Hassle-Free Day

Moving house is a big step in any family’s life, but it’s also one that requires a lot of careful planning and consideration.So you’ll love these foolproof moving house tips to help you. You’re probably very eager to pack your things and move away to start an adventure in a new place, but you need to avoid being too hasty when it comes to weighing up your many options. Moving house can be very costly and stress-inducing, but there are ways to alleviate these burdens. This should be an exciting experience, and a clearly-structured plan will help to ensure that….

Mastering The Art of Home Maintenance

Mastering The Art of Home Maintenance

Are you interested in mastering the art of home maintenance? When many of us think of doing a spot of DIY, mowing the lawn on a Sunday afternoon or fixing a leaky tap, we feel like we are the kings and queens of home maintenance. We might be a tad handy with a spanner, know our way around a flat pack and can spend hours savouring the joys of weeding the garden. However, while you might be a dab hand at the small jobs and you can make a brief foray into the world of home maintenance, what about those…

Builders From Hell… and How To Banish Them

Builders From Hell… and How To Banish Them

Builders from hell are the biggest stress point for people building and renovating a home. As an Interior Designer, I speak with clients who have had awful experiences (luckily not with anyone I have recommended). So what can you do? Choosing the right contractor is vital when you’re building or renovating a house. You need to spend time comparing quotes and asking for recommendations from previous customers to make sure that they’re reliable… and not builders from hell. Even then, there’s the chance that their work won’t be up to scratch or, in some cases, might not be finished. If…