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Author Archives: Nicole McGovern


Should I Buy Or Build A House?

Buying or building a home is a huge investment in time, money and emotion. Should your buy outright or build? Let’s look at the pros and cons of buying an established home versus building. Buying an Existing Home PRO: Choice An established area has a mixture of styles, architecture and...

What Kind Of Garage Door Should You Get?

There are three common types of garage doors; sectional, roller and tilt.  Each has its advantages and disadvantages and the one you choose for your garage really depends on your particular situation. Sectional garage doors are the most common type installed today and are ideal in the following situations: The...

The New Tech Keeping Older Generations In Their Homes For Longer

Surveillance technology is raising privacy concerns around Australia, but it may also allow older people to stay in their own homes for longer. Chris Ketts is the primary carer for her 87-year-old mother, Jean Johnston, despite living in a different state. Without texting or calling, Ms Ketts knows if her...

Tips & Tricks For The Perfect Family Portrait

Family portraits don’t need to be boring or stressful; communication is the key to success. When working with a professional photographer, consider these 10 simple tips that will guarantee a hassle free and enjoyable experience! Organise a portrait design session. Consult with your photographer to plan out what your goals...

Why Weatherboards May Be The Choice For You

Everyone loves the look of a traditional, freshly painted weatherboard home. If you’re concerned about the ongoing maintenance and upkeep associated with timber, Formplex has the perfect solution. Since 1981 Formplex has been providing Australian homes with maintenance-free uPVC weatherboards. We’ve recognised the increasing desire for weatherboard facades; however, the...

Tips For Renovating A Small Bathroom

It's easy to feel restricted when designing a small bathroom, but there are ways to create a beautiful and functional space. We take a look at some things to consider for your small bathroom renovation. Keep Colours Light Implementing light-coloured tiles for walls and floors can create a sense of...

Smart Home Trends 2020

Our homes are getting so smart, soon we'll be paying their tuition fees! Here are some genius products graduating out of the next decade. Smart Home Hub Here's a round-up of the new Smart Home Hub feature which contained some pretty impressive voice-controlled tech.  SyncWise Smart Building Solutions The...

11 Hot Tips From House Rulers Pete & Courtney

Professional dancers Pete & Courtney just walked away with $250,000 after a nearly perfect score on House Rules. “We started off as just two people from Melbourne who applied for a TV show. One sitting on their couch doing the application and the other saying ‘let’s do it tomorrow because...

8 Unmissable Home Show Features

From Street of Houses to Eco Town and Ask a Designer, check out these interactive experiences – found only at the Home Show over the last few years. Baahouse Smart tiny home & speaker series  Anyone who attended Brisbane Home Show this year will remember the mesmerising open plan...

House Rules Katie & Alex: Renovating on a Budget

House Rule's favourites Katie and Alex shared down-to-earth advice for improving your home on a budget. When asked about their unexpected loss on series six of the show, Alex replied, "It's all subjective; maybe the pressure got to us! Maybe it was too much for us and the limelight got...

9 Energy Efficient Products Will Save You Thousands

Australia is ranked 18th out of 25 countries for energy-efficient houses; here, we run through 8 energy-saving products. Luke Menzel, CEO of Australia’s Energy Efficiency Council, said, “While this result is disappointing, it points to a huge opportunity. We can quickly cut energy bills while making our homes more comfortable...

Getting Dirty with Landscaper Matthew Daly

Multi-award-winning Perth landscaper, Matthew Daly, shared no-nonsense DIY pointers at the Home Show. Matthew’s landscaping firm MJD Landscapes & Design has been around for over fifteen years and won scores of accolades. Trophy Cabinet ✉️ Invitation to International Melbourne Garden Show x 2 🥇Gold, Silver medal & Peoples choice Perth...