Building + Design

2018: The Year Ahead in Luxury Real Estate

2018: The Year Ahead in Luxury Real Estate

The luxury real estate market will be dominated by more than a few distinctive trends in 2018. The increased interest of investors in luxury real estate is a driving force behind innovative, high-end changes, ranging from state-of-the-art amenities and luxe design trends to exciting retail stores and lush hotels. While new luxury real estate trends are coming to the forefront, some old ones are gaining an even more luxurious dimension. Here’s what you can expect to see on the luxury real estate market in 2018.   Image source: mansion-global-app.s3.amazonaws.com Luxurious retail property Retail property is a segment of luxury real…

Pergola Design Ideas to Enhance Your Outdoor Living Experience

Pergola Design Ideas to Enhance Your Outdoor Living Experience

Pergola design is the mainstay of liveable outdoor spaces. With so many options, how do you find the right pergola design for your lifestyle? Giving your outdoors a make-over isn’t always that easy. In fact, most homeowners tend to forget the outdoor living space when remodelling their home. Yet outdoor life and pergola design are vital components of our lifestyle. Redesigning outdoor spaces can enhance your lifestyle while promoting the aesthetics of your property. Pergolas are an important element but can seem pretty empty without the right decorative design. Taking care of this can boost a decorative look while adding…

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…

Designing A Sustainable Outdoor Space

Designing A Sustainable Outdoor Space

A sustainable outdoor space can be achieved by following expert advice from the horticulture and landscaping professionals who have been applying eco-friendly ethods for many years. According to the Great Australian Backyard Survey 2017, 36% of homeowners said sustainable outdoor home improvement projects were important to them. So I’ve asked celebrity landscaper, Jason Hodges, to provide his best tips for designing a sustainable outdoor space. You may know Jason from the Channel Seven lifestyle TV show Better Homes and Gardens and as a Brand Ambasador for AdBri, Australia’s leading masonry manufacturer. Jason is also a four time Melbourne International Flower…

Sustainable Living With Four Starter Ideas

Sustainable Living With Four Starter Ideas

Sustainable living has certainly had a great increase in profile over the last 20 years. If you’re new to the idea, then try these four sustainable living ideas to get you started. I’m sure we can all agree that climate change is one of the biggest problems facing humanity right now. It’s making headlines all over the world, and there are some startling changes to the weather occurring in most regions. Lots of people want to do their bit to try and prevent any more catastrophic climate changes, but is that really possible? Well, if this is something that is…

Gracious Living Like J-Lo Is Within Your Reach

Gracious Living Like J-Lo Is Within Your Reach

Gracious living isn’t about 24-carat gold tapware and endless money to spend on decor (although that would be nice). No, gracious living is about how to enjoy sumptuous sunsets in historic apartments that ooze class, charm, and uniqueness. There comes a time in many people’s lives when they just want a change for gracious living. And not the kind of change that will satisfy them for a short period of time, but something so drastic that perhaps their entire outlook on life changes as well. The way we live, eat, and communicate with other people is all based on the…

Entrance Elegance: Divine Doors for Decoration

Entrance Elegance: Divine Doors for Decoration

Entrance elegance can be the first thing people see when they come to your front door. It could be the innovative garage door. Or it could be the surprise behind the decorous door on the inside of your home. When many people decorate and design their home, they often ignore one key area – entrance elegance. It’s an integral part of the home because every room has one, and they are essential in modern homes. No other component of a house has quite the same impact as a door. This makes it a greater shame that people forget to focus…

Love Interior Design? So Do Nosy Passersby!

Love Interior Design? So Do Nosy Passersby!

Of course you love interior design; you probably wouldn’t be reading this if you didn’t. But do you live in a neighbourhood whereby your interior design is on display? You love interior design concepts to enhance your home for you, your family, and your visitors. It is not for the enjoyment of people who walk past your home. However, if you live in a residential area, then you might have curious people looking in your windows, especially if there’s little space between your property and the footpath. It’s not their fault: if your house is on display and looks good,…

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…

An Environmental Home That’s Sustainable

An Environmental Home That’s Sustainable

Having an environmental home could be easier than you think. It’s not all about new build either, you can retro fit any home to be more environmentally friendly and sustainable. Sustainability is something at which homeowners are now looking. As well as helping to protect the environment, you are also cutting down on your monthly bills so it is a win-win situation. Now is the perfect time to create an environmental home with these improvements. Environmental Home: Insulation One of the best ways of retaining heat in the home is through insulation, and this can be done in walls, ceilings…

Beware The Hidden Costs of Buying A House

Beware The Hidden Costs of Buying A House

Hidden costs are never a good surprise. Buying anything should have transparent costs and no more so than buying your biggest purchase; a home. If you are ever expecting something in life to be expensive, then it is buying a home. But in truth, buying a home can end up costing more than you intended due to hidden costs. Hidden costs can be over ten per cent of the home purchase price. These need to be included and budgeted for when applying for a mortgage. But what are the hidden costs? Here are some of the things for which you…

Steel Pergolas: Strength + Styling With Low Maintenance

Steel Pergolas: Strength + Styling With Low Maintenance

Steel pergolas can be very modern and cool or they can be styled to look rustic and warm. But what about their other advantages? Pergolas have always added to the aesthetic beauty of properties and gardens. They are primarily for beautification and shading with options using recycled wood, engineered stone, pine, steel pergolas, and more. Also perfect for sipping discounted wine delivered straight to your door from Vinomofo.   So, have you considered steel pergolas? Some pros and cons you should consider. If you have space in your garden or patio, you can always create a stylish and functional pergola…

DIY Home Renovation Projects. 3 Expert Tips

DIY Home Renovation Projects. 3 Expert Tips

DIY Home Renovation Projects Sometimes there’s nothing more rewarding than knowing that you put your blood sweat and tears into a project. That’s definitely the case with DIY home renovation projects. That’s why today, Don’t Call Me Penny is teaming up with Australian Heritage Homes, to discuss DIY home renovation projects for you and your families to explore. Whether you’re working on a budget, a compressed timeline, or you’re going all in, there’s a home renovation project perfect for every situation. Let’s look at a few common scenarios: You’ve just moved in, and there’s nothing personal about the place –…

Pretty Things To Do For Increased Home Protection

Pretty Things To Do For Increased Home Protection

Increased home protection is something with which many people keep up-to-date primarily to keep loved ones safe not necessarily possessions; although both may be considered important. There is no argument that protecting your home and family is very important. Whether you want to focus on protecting them from thieves, natural disasters, accidents, or something else, you don’t want to compromise on your style to do so. You still want a house that looks beautiful, helping to keep you and your loved ones safe at the same time. With that in mind, here are seven pretty things you can do for…

Stylish Living Without Living In Debt

Stylish Living Without Living In Debt

Stylish living and debt don’t have to go hand-in-hand. Whilst many people wish to live in a more stylish home, one of the main reasons stopping them is the cost of everything. Many readers of Don’t Call Me Penny are seeking interior decorating and home maintenance advice that’s within their budget. Adding up all the costs can be a little daunting, but this shouldn’t stop you from seeking stylish living. After all, ‘style’ is subjective. In reality, there are lots of ways in which you can save a surprising amount of money and still live in relative style and a…