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How To Clean Tile Grout Effectively

Clean tile grout is a secret behind a neat tile floor, walls and backsplashes. While tiles resist stains and dirt, since grout is porous, it can easily absorb dirt and get stained. Grout is usually stained by dirt and grime at an entry. Generally, in the kitchen, spills are the most causes of dirty grout while in the bathroom, the soap, mildew, and mould usually give a dirty appearance to it. But don't worry, if hiring professional cleaning services is not an option, we have a sure-fire w..

Bathroom Waterproofing and Tiling: DIY Guide

After you are all done with the linings of the ceiling and the plastering of the internal walls, waterproofing is usually the next step. You will need to waterproof your bathroom, laundry, kitchen, and powder room. You may decide to waterproof your basements (if you have one). Australian homeowners, over time, have been victims of damage caused by waterproofing systems installed incorrectly. And to fix this, the waterproofing requirements have continued to evolve. DIY Waterproofing If y..

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..

6 Ways Your Small Remodel Can Get Out of Control

Updating your home can bring your house to a whole new level with better design, more room or new appliances. According to the National Association of Realtors' 2017 remodeling impact report, 75 percent of homeowners have an increased desire to be in their home after they've remodeled, showing the personal payoff is there. Even small remodels are worth the effort, but they can get out of hand quickly. Certain mistakes can cause your project to cost unexpected time, money and stress. But i..

7 of the Best Outdoor Entertaining Ideas for Summer

As the weather warms 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 for outdo..

8 Ways of Soundproofing a House that Actually Work

For those who stay in metro cities, it can be a nightmare to suffer from the entire disturbance created because of the noise outside. Moreover, if you happen to share a wall with your neighbours then things get even worse. A good way of dealing with this problem is to soundproof your house. There are several budget-friendly ideas that you can incorporate. To begin with, you can determine the source of noise and then work on the areas of your house which are the closest to it. Below are the top 8..

Kitchen Renovation Projects that Bring More Value to Your Home

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...

5 Tips for Saving Money on Cooling Your Home

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..

How to Design a Home That Uses Land Efficiently

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..