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..
When speaking of interior design, you need to know that there are a lot of rules regarding almost every single aspect of it. From colour combos to furniture placement and size, there just seems to be plenty of dos and don’ts you need to be aware of. But, you know what? Rules are there to be broken, so don’t hesitate to rely more on your gut feeling and follow your heart when decorating, because only that way you will be able to create a space that truly feels personal. Therefore, let’s ..
Moving heralds changing times, and while you may look toward a bright future, the moving process brings along its stresses for the ride. You budget for your new living expenses, but then need to factor in your moving expenses, finding moving boxes and packing everything up before the truck arrives. A recent study from ING found the average cost of moving in Australia is $1,618, which many people fail to plan for. Fortunately, you still have the power of choice to cut costs. Here are eight way..