With the beginning of a new financial year I bet many of us are thinking about our money, future and investments so I thought it would be appropriate to discuss three beneficial tips to reduce the risk of investing in property. My first tip of advice would be to get an independent valuation. Whilst a $50 valuation may save you money and give you some idea, a full $500-600 valuation, including a complete comprehensive property inspection, will almost guarantee that you do not over pay for your investment. You can also get valuation for properties that have been built. In this scenario the architecture and building plans are reviewed with the corresponding suburb data to produce an accurate valuation. Secondly, I suggest you take out a building inspection. If you yourself are not in the building trade then you will need to get a full building inspection performed for every property before...

Swimming is one of the most beneficial exercises anyone can perform, and can be performed at all ages and ability. However, one drawback is it’s often difficult to find somewhere to swim a few laps. Public pools are often too crowded to get a good workout in and not all homeowners have easy access to public swimming places. This month I would like to discuss the unknown benefits of installing a lap pool on your properties. I am sure by now you are all thinking a lap pool is far too expensive to have in the backyard. While there are some high-end lap pools that may push the family-budget, there are also plenty or more cost effective options that are far more affordable than the traditional backyard pools. Above-ground portable lap pools installed with a deck are not only versatile in design, but can also be installed at a fraction of...

It has come to my attention that DIY jobs are becoming increasingly popular, however with home jobs often comes very crucial, yet easily avoidable mistakes. This month I would like to highlight typical DIY mistakes that I have come across and helpful tips to avoid having a quick DIY job turn into a time consuming mess. 1 – Not taking our the required permits Although it may seem like a time consuming bother, acquiring permits actually serve a greater purpose than just adding wealth to the government. Permits allow DIY-ers to complete a job correctly and safely. It also ensures your insurance actually covers you, as un-permitted projects will void your policy. 2 – Not checking you have the correct tools and materials There is nothing worse than starting a job and not having the right equipment to do it properly, or let alone finish it. So I recommend doing your research. Determine what your...

Laminate flooring has come a long way over the years so the decision on whether to go for traditional timber or endeavour into laminate is no longer so straightforward. Laminate is such a feasible option for those who love the look of traditional flooring without having to pay for its price. But do they really compare? The term laminate still evokes some negative emotions – often related to being cheap and nasty. However, the material has come a long way from plastic-looking boards, which were hard to arrange. Today, we have the option of beautiful panels, that are hard to tell apart from the real thing and they also outperform traditional wood flooring in every way. Laminate floor boards are, in a nutshell, fibreboard with a high-resolution photo of real wood, laid on top. This is then layered with multiple layers of transparent melamine designed to resit wear and tear. So what...

This month I am going to explore the different types of materials you can use for the fences surrounding your home and the differing benefits they can offer Fencing is featured to create privacy and ensure our property is contained from the outside. Some fencing is implemented to be soundproof, especially if you live on a busy street. While the materials for fencing may vary, the design remains the same; to keep intruders out. Aside from stone, wooden fencing is the most popular and the longest used material for privacy. Wood is the simplest material to construct with and is the most convenient material to custom design height, angles and  add decorative purposes.  If you are on a budget, I would suggest opting for paling fences to secure your property as they are very cost effective and can be dressed simply to suit your property. Brushwood fences are a great product to use as...

The beginning of every renovation brings an overhaul of studying the latest interior trends. While the attention is usually focussed on furniture, or wall colours and prints, id like to focus this month on current flooring trends. Floors are often an overlooked space but they can really set the tone for your homes interior, and introducing grey tones is a great way to introduce added texture and a homely feeling to a space. The biggest flooring trend for 2017 would have to be timber and hardwood flooring. This is a swing back to a traditional flooring option, gravitating away from the floating floorboard trend. Opposed to the traditional blonde and dark brown colours, timber and hardwood floors are now popular in grey tones – both light and dark shades. I find these colours not only bring a modern twist, but are also a great way to create space and light. You can get...

Having the latest home designs and trends is everyone’s desire; to stay hip and distinguish our homes. However its not always flash – many new home trends are geared to pair maintenance and energy use and aren’t always practical. So this month, I would like to discuss some great housing trends, which are also practical. Open plan living has been popular for quite some time now, but it does not seem to be changing. Open plan living is so practical – it centralises the room we use most, the kitchen, is great for distributing heating and cooling throughout the home and creates a great sense of space. I have increasingly seen freestanding tubs implemented in homes in 2015. Freestanding tubs conjure imagery of Victorian-era abundance; however the latest trend shows bath-tubs looking a cool sculptural hand. There is an element of unpracticality with climbing in and out of the tub however. What...

Being a builder in the local area, I often come across projects where clients want to build extensions off their existing homes which often creates the challenge of merging the new structure with the old home. In my experience, I have learnt you can either remain faithful to the original style and architecture or you can modernise the project by fusing the old elements into contemporary ones. Once you have established your design, the process becomes so much easier. To remain faithful to the original design, consider the placement of the extensions, the materials you plan to use and the impact the extension will have on the overall look of your home. At the same time, it is still important to consider contemporary spatial planning and sustainable design to meet today’s living needs – especially when considering selling your home in the future. If you want to update the entire home, your...

This month I’d like to talk about pest control and the importance of protecting your home and your health from this problem. After working in the building industry for the past 15 years, I have come across numerous sightings of the dilapidation pests can cause to people’s homes, their finances and most importantly, their health. Upon reflection, I’ve determined pest inspections and ongoing pest management are an important part of maintaining the quality of your home and livelihood. Household pests can include a variety of creatures; from pestering moths to dirty cockroaches to destructive termites. If you are not yet a home owner but are in the market, I’d highly recommend hiring a building and pest inspection specialist to examine the property as a precaution. Being well aware of any defects in the building, as well as any past pest infestations will aid you in choosing to buy or walk from the...

A recent trend I have come to love is utilizing all wall space in the house by featuring niches and alcoves among the walls. I have found people sometimes find their functionality awkward and not sure how to use them correctly. This month I would like to cover some fool proof ways to fill, conceal, feature and turn negative awkward spaces into positive ones. A classic and functional use for a niche near a fireplace is to turn it into firewood storage. Sorting clean, uniformly cut wood creates a beautiful rustic effect, even if you don’t actually burn the logs. If you want a more contemporary look, consider painting the ends of the logs with bright shades or add some art. Another great idea is to span shelves across shallow wall niches. This will provide you with extra storage in your home and make great display space. This will make a generally...

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