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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...

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...

A Guide to Sustainable Housing

An architect, a builder and an energy rater walked into the Home Show to discuss sustainable housing. In this rare talk, Monica Vandenberg from tiny house enterprise, Nestd, picked the brains of three pre-fab professionals. Nestd is the charity giving 100% profits to Kids Under Cover. [caption id="attachment_8820" align="aligncenter" width="500"]...

5 Tiny Homes Without Wheels

Social enterprise Nestd is reinventing the tiny house without the wheel. Remember the remarkable Peak tiny home launched at the Melbourne Home Show? This architecturally designed home (below) raised the bar for passive technology, smart storage and pristine angles. Nestd is the charity giving 100% profits to Kids Under Cover....

Winning Tips From The Block’s ‘power couple’

Fresh off their first guest bedroom win on The Block, Jesse and Mel shared their winning tips with fans at the Home Show. Day in the life 👷‍♀️ Being on the Block is not a glamorous affair. By Sunday morning, host Scott puts the tools down and gives you a...

Jesse & Mel – How to Get on The Block

Curveballs, bunk beds and raw emotion; Jesse and Mel shared Block secrets, stories and tips at the Home Show. Let's rewind for a second and find out more about The Block's 'power couple'. Before the Block, Jesse Raeburn was a tradie tiler working on luxury apartments including Mirvac, Lendlease and...

7 Questions for a Tiny House Builder

Ric Butler is a straight-talking, veteran tiny house builder who shared his experiences with the Home Show crowd. Our tiny tale begins with four mates who banded together to start Tinyhouse2go. Built by a builder, designer, cabinet maker and a businessman, their homes start at $80,000. The bespoke builds take...

See Your Dream Home in Virtual Reality

With just a simple floor plan, your dream home can be realised in virtual reality (VR) saving money, stress and time. Builders have admitted that 8/10 people struggle to visualise drawings, which complicates projects down the line. For renovators and builders, this causes budget blow-outs, builder/buyer tensions and wasted time....

Why Choose an Architect

"Architect-designed houses are not accessible to all". This is a myth championed by the building industry. Alternatively, why not focus on the key benefits architects bring to a project. Here are a few for you: • Appoint an architect to your project and you’ll gain a home designed for the way...

5 Essentials Before Starting a Building Project

So – you’ve got the plans from the architect to build your dream home. Maybe you’re finally fixing up that fixer-upper? Enthusiasm is high – as is your bank balance – and you’re picturing how good that cup of tea is going to taste 12 months from now as you...

Why is my budget always out of control?

You got the house, well done! Being on the property ladder is a blessing but not the end to all your problems. Running over budget can be the most infuriating parts of home renovation. Too often than not, we all encounter the same renovation mistakes. We like to think that...

Reach For The (Green) Stars

Much like health star ratings on supermarket food packaging, Green Stars illustrate a building’s interior and exterior sustainability. Green Building Council Australia (GBCA) encouraging sustainability in the built environment for over 17 years. GBCA works with governments to architects, universities and even homeowners. Their mission is to set a high...