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How to Build a Pergola

by Greg on January 18, 2016
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Pergolas are unique architectural features that combine the best of indoor and outdoor living. They are an ideal solution for extending your living space outdoors without the expense of building a larger, freestanding structure. Their classical columns and elegant wooden lattice add visual appeal to any home. While the open rafters won’t protect you from […]

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Extend your home on a budget with an outdoor room

by Greg on November 4, 2015
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Households have a way of expanding. Whether that’s because of an increase in family members or an increase in possessions, we often find the home feeling cluttered and cramped, with no quick and cheap solution in sight. Get ready to discover a few tricks to creating a stunning and smart outdoor room on a budget. […]

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5 Best Ways to Expand Your House Out and Up

by Greg on September 23, 2015
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Owning a house is a privilege in today’s economy and people who live in apartments think that any house can house everything they own. However, for a family with a couple of children and a pet, or a couple who owns an abundance of things and a car, for example, any house just will not […]

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All About Masonry Anchors

by Greg on January 20, 2015
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Accessories have been needed for concrete since the beginning of civilisation. They add security and safety to our homes today, just as much as they did do hundreds of years ago. At the turn of the 20th century, the carpenter, builder or homeowner were certainly not spoilt for choice when it came to masonry anchors. […]

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How to make the most of your Build and Renovating Expo visit

by Chris Lang on July 4, 2014
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I went to the Expo last year and was simply blown away by the extent of this event and the amount of information being offered. With so many exhibitors it’s easy to get lost, or get distracted and miss the ones you intended to visit, to check out things that are really important to your […]

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Who Won Free Tickets to Build and Renovating Expo 2014 in Melbourne?

by Chris Lang on June 24, 2014
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Our giveaway of double passes to the Build and Renovating Expo 2014 in Melbourne is now closed. I’m happy to announce the 5 winners whose names came up in the draw. The Expo is an awesome opportunity to see the latest trends, smart solutions, pick up ideas you can implement in your own projects, totally […]

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Free Tickets to Build and Renovating Expo 2014 in Melbourne

by Chris Lang on June 16, 2014
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Build and Renovating Expo is an annual event, much anticipated by all – home buyers, renovators, owner builders, trade professionals, basically anyone interested in improving the appearance, performance and energy efficiency of their property. Build and Renovating Expo 2014 is your perfect opportunity to see the latest trends, techniques and products from leading brands in […]

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Buying a Block: Can You Build On Fill?

by Greg on September 30, 2013
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It’s not unusual for a Site Investigation of a house block to reveal fill materials on top of the original soils. Even if there is no fill the builder may need to level a sloping site using ‘Cut and Fill’ methods. There are two types of Fill: Ordinary Fill and Controlled Fill Ordinary Fill Ordinary […]

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Buying a Block: Storm Water Discharge Point

by Greg on September 23, 2013
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One check that is often forgotten when buying a property is how storm water is removed from the site. Fifty or more years ago when land was cheaper it was not unusual for blocks to be quite large compared with the size of the house. This meant that disposing of storm water in the garden […]

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Buying a Block: 8 Things To Check On The Nature Strip

by Chris Lang on September 19, 2013
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If you are shopping for a block of land, and worried that you aren’t being told everything you need to know, you’re probably right! Make sure you check the Nature Strip as it can affect what you can do with the block and the general livability of your new home. Here is what to think […]

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Building a New House: Choose the Right Heating and Cooling

by Greg on July 10, 2013
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Most project builder’s standard provisions for heating and cooling in new homes are Ducted Heating Evaporative Cooling Basically the reason for this is they are low cost systems compared with other alternatives that provide systems for the whole of house. Ducted Heating I have found ducted heating provides very acceptable performance, as long as you […]

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