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The 7 Sure Signs of Termite Activity in Your Home

For most home owners, there is one particular 'T-word' that strikes terror into the heart: termites. That's because these little critters are an awful lot more than a nuisance - they can cause terminal damage to your valuable home, investment or business premises. Worse still, many signs of termite activity can go pretty much unnoticed to the untrained eye until thousands of dollars worth of damage is done - damage so severe that the basic safety structure of your home can even be irreparably co..

How To Unblock A Sink Drain In Your Kitchen Or Bathroom

We all routinely clear that rack of dirty dishes and clean our teeth. But there's something we don't think about until there's a problem: How to unblock a sink. That's because in the kitchen, bathroom, laundry and beyond, we rely on the smooth operation of drains day in and day out - without stopping to consider what might happen if it all goes wrong. Do you have a blocked kitchen sink? Is your bathroom sink gurgling? Then you'll know. It's nasty. Blocked kitchen sinks in particular st..

Types of Timber Flooring & What’s Best

When it comes to types of timber flooring there are a number of options to consider. These depend on the foundation you’re working with, your budget, and the appearance you want. Each has it’s own unique look and benefits. Let’s examine each. Types of Timber Floor Installations Solid Timber Flooring Traditional boards are types of timber flooring  laid on bearers or joists above the ground. These typically come in 100mm and 150mm widths and various lengths. The standard thickness is ..

How Much Does a Kitchen Renovation Cost?

Anyone who has walked into a brand new kitchen thinks to themselves: "Wonderful!" But they also wonder what that beautiful kitchen renovation cost. How much to renovate a kitchen? Well, how long is a ball of string? You get the point. Of course, it's really just a matter of what you consider a kitchen renovation to be. Are you going to finally replace a few dilapidated features from the 1960s? Is that major overhaul going to be done on as tight a budget as possible? Or are you going to go..

7 of the Best Outdoor Entertaining Ideas for Summer

As the weather starts warming up for summer, building or improving your outdoor entertaining area can help you enjoy dining and relaxing in your own backyard. Whether you’re thinking of luxurious features or adding a more natural touch, these ideas will help you create a stylish outdoor entertaining space for summer. French Doors Also known as bi-fold doors, French doors are made of large glass panels which can fold into each other and create an opening in your home. These are ideal ..

Doorless Shower Designs: Pros And Cons For Your Bathroom

In recent years, doorless (or walk-in) showers have been in vogue. While walk-in showers have been used for several years in other forms, this contemporary doorless shower is increasingly becoming famous as a result of its effectiveness as well as aesthetic value. Nevertheless, while some may find a doorless shower as impressive, others may dislike it. So, it is understandable to see some sitting on the fence concerning choosing between the door or doorless option for your shower. Consequ..

5 Major Types Of Plumbing Pipes In Your Home

In some cases, due to the different kinds of plumbing pipes available, it can be confusing to work on a DIY plumbing project all by yourself without the experience and knowledge of a qualified plumber. Sometimes the wrong type of pipe will fit but not suit the purpose well and could fail. Choosing the kinds of pipes to be used for drainage system, water supply or sewer can be more challenging compared to the old days when only galvanised steel, or cast-iron pipes were the major pipes used in..

5 DIY Decorating Trends for 2019

Just as fashions change, so too do trends in home decor, and for people who enjoy the DIY project, the changing trends are always an opportunity to tinker around and modernise the environment. With 2019 shaping up to be a particularly interesting year for decor trends, there’s going to be plenty to do to keep yourself busy. Some of the key trends to keep in mind when planning your own projects include: 1. Metal is back in vogue Metal as an aesthetic choice ebbs and flows in popularity..

7 Tips for Designing an Energy-Efficient Solar Home

When it comes to energy efficiency and eco-friendliness, nothing comes close to a home that makes effective use of the most powerful energy source we have: the sun. Designing an energy-efficient solar home is about much more than just solar panels, though. You’ll also need to consider the orientation of your home, how well windows make use of heat and light, and the layout of the rooms inside. So if you’re looking to use the sun as effectively as possible and create an energy-effic..