After many years at the top of the buyer’s checklists, the kitchen and bathroom are still the kings of the home. Whether you’re renovating to sell, or you just want to increase the value of your home in the long term, these are still the most important areas to focus on. It’s no surprise buyers prioritise the kitchen given how much time they expect to spend in it, so much so that many are willing to pay an additional percentage of a home’s selling price for something modern and on-trend...
Water leaks in your plumbing can seem like a small concern, but they could quickly turn into a bigger problem. Small leaks can contribute to slow, consistent water damage over time, weakening your home’s structure and adding to your water costs. Plumbing leaks commonly occur in and around fixtures and appliances, such as sinks, showers and washing machines, and can lead to blockages in your homes plumbing. Serious leaks due to burst pipes can be especially costly and may be more difficult t..
On a blistering afternoon when the sun is beating down, hot and suffocating, there are few greater pleasures than returning to the comfort of a cool home. But reviewing the monthly utility bill can leave you frozen. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to maximize your energy efficiency. Many of the suggestions in this article take next to no effort to implement, most are inexpensive, and others are even free! With a few easy changes and a fix here and there, you can cool your home in a cost..
Designing your dream home is equal parts exciting and challenging. But before you even begin the build, it’s important to examine how the land you’re using will impact the type of home you design. If you are yet to purchase land, understanding how your choice impacts house design is going to put you on the front foot when choosing blocks or considering land subdivisions. There’s a lot to consider, but to break it down a little, here are four factors to keep in mind. 1. Slope and ste..
Concrete is one of the most common building products. It is an essential element of house slabs, pavings, driveways, swimming pools and more. Concrete helps reduce building costs due to its abundance and ease of use which allows concreters to complete large areas within a short period. However, stencil concrete and aggregate concrete can also be used to make great designs and effects on a property, especially when used for flooring. How much is concrete per cubic metre? Concreting costs can be..
If you have a roof over your head, you also use sinks, toilets, showers, and baths every day - and they're all linked to your home's plumbing system. Now, if you need significant plumbing work done, you'll probably need to call a licensed plumber. But there are things that you or your knowledgeable mate can actually do yourself. And to get it done, you'll need a toolbox with some basic plumbing tools inside. What plumbing work can you DIY? For most plumbing and drainage work, you'll need t..
Homeownership comes with a laundry list of responsibilities. One day you're unclogging a drain, the next you're cleaning gutters. The week after that, you're unclogging the drain again. These issues cover only a few of the fixtures in your home, to say nothing of the other devices you rely on to keep the place in working order. In that regard, no amount of post-it note reminders will suffice. There's simply not enough space on your fridge. But if you prioritize your duties, household maintena..
Arguably, there is no better way to style a home like a pro interior designer than to actually pick the brains of one, or several. If you’re looking to bring in that “wow, who’s your designer I must have their number” effect from every guest that sets foot into your home, then you’re going to have to take a more calculated approach and redefine every space for maximum aesthetic appeal and functionality. Usually, though, one tends to overshadow the other, especially when you’re mov..
Melbourne - there's plenty to love about it. It's stylish, it's seriously street-arty, and it's totally dynamic. It's the cultural capital of Australia, with its distinctive Gold Rush architecture, excellent museums, edgy night venues, endless sports. But visiting is one thing, and moving to Melbourne is quite another. What's for sure is that you will eventually settle into and love the cosmopolitan rhythm of Melbourne life. But if only you had a magic wand to produce a list of things you wis..