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I really enjoy reading articles about what people's different experiences are after having gone through the process of a renovation, particularly those who have continued to live in the house while the works take place.  I think this one from the Domain website is pretty accurate and number 4 is…

Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Renovate or Build

Monday, 22 February 2016 | Published in Blog
This is an interesting article and gives some good tips to get you thinking about whether or not you should renovate or build, and if you do, what you need to think about before you start the process.  I find that attacking magazines with scissors or printing out photos from…

Using cheap, non compliant building materials

Tuesday, 08 September 2015 | Published in Blog
Budget is a key issue in any project with clients and builders alike always on the lookout for cost effective solutions.  However, sometimes, the lure of cost big savings can be found in using cheaper, imported materials that do not comply with Australian Standards or the Building Code of Australia.…

Housing and Extreme Weather

Sunday, 13 January 2013 | Published in Blog
Given the bushfires currently burning in various areas in Australia, it reminds me how critical it is to consider the environment within which a house sits.  A good designer will consider all these environmental factors, both constant and variable, when designing a home for you.  The home should respond to…

Renovating and asbestos

Wednesday, 07 September 2011 | Published in Blog
Just found an interesting article about the links between renovating and asbestos related diseases.  It's worth a quick read.  I do regularly get questions about removing asbestos and it's not something I'd recommend the novice or home handyman to get involved with.  Leave this to the experts as it needs to…

Side Effect of the Renovation Reality TV Shows

Thursday, 28 July 2011 | Published in Blog
I don't normally watch the Today Tonight/A Current Affair type shows but I had to tune in on Tuesday night for this segment http://au.news.yahoo.com/today-tonight/latest/article/-/9918263/renovating-disasters/ It notes that, amongst other things, one of the side effects of everyone being inspired by the DIY renovation shows is an increase in the number…

The Block (and other reality TV shows)

Tuesday, 12 July 2011 | Published in Blog
It seems that wherever you look on TV these days, we either have people cooking or renovating, often under intense pressure. I often get asked what I think about the various renovation shows, particularly given that “The Block” has just started again. I think they’re great entertainment. They give you…