Passive home design. Understanding the basics.

If you’re building a new home, there’s never been a more important time to embrace the fundamentals of passive home design. If someone were to tell you that by making a few clever decisions before you build you could reduce energy expenses, increase airflow, live more comfortably, make the most of natural light, save a … Continued

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Essential reading when building your new home: factoring in what matters!

Building your new home from scratch gives you the perfect opportunity to have everything the way you want. But as is often the case, too much freedom has its headaches! With nothing but a clean slate in front of you, what should you choose and what really matters? Let’s help you find out.   First … Continued

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The split-level home

Photo by KUBE architecture – Discover exterior design inspiration Adding architectural flair & interest Split-level homes are just as they sound – built on an uneven or sloping block, the floor levels are staggered, offering advantages that are well worth exploring. For example, if you’re keen to stay or live in a particular suburb but … Continued

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Space-saving design trends for the urban infill home

It’s time to rethink your new home features!   The necessity for urban infill, combined with increasing housing prices has had a profound impact on the way we build our houses today. Aussie homes, once famed for being the most spacious worldwide, are now condensing. Once popular statement features and ‘aspirational’ design elements are quickly … Continued

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Multigenerational homes

  Australia’s extended families are changing the way we design & build our homes Times are a changing. Our kids no longer leave home at 17, parents live longer, and many of us have given up commuting to work and instead work remotely from home. And, housing is less affordable than ever. These changes are … Continued

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5 must-read reasons to knockdown & rebuild a custom home

If you and your family love where you live, but your house is just not ticking all the boxes, have you ever thought it might be time to knock it all down and start again? A ‘knockdown and rebuild’ has some terrific advantages that are well worth considering. The renovation process on an old home … Continued

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8 vital issues to avoid before custom building your dream home

With a bit of clever thinking and planning, custom building your dream home can be a fantastic experience – with the positives far outweighing any negatives. Just take plenty of time to think, talk and read everything through – and listen to those in the know. To get this process started, here are eight vital … Continued

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Get savvy – not scroogey: 10 can-do ways to make a difference to your savings without becoming a misery

Learning how to save money is a great thing to do. But learning how to be a savvy money saver is smarter. There’s almost no reward in mindlessly pinching every penny, so forget about driving to the other side of town to save $2.70, or always leaving your wallet at home so your ‘friends’ can … Continued

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Building your dream home? Here are 5 things to consider before you start!

Building your dream home is probably one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make. And, it’s an exciting one! There’s lots to do and lots to look forward to, but don’t let the excitement blow you away. It’s essential that you keep your feet on the ground and think through as many details as you … Continued

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