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Author Archives: Ash Miranda


Are you prepared for surprises when renovating?

As first-time renovators perhaps you might be expecting that everything will go according to plan. Without alarming you, it would be prudent to allow for unforeseen costs before committing yourself financially and having your existing home in disarray. For example, it is frequently the case that the first floorboards removed...

Internal Blinds: More than meets the eye!

Blinds that never need cleaning or maintenance – sounds too good to be true, right? Not with internal blinds encapsulated between two panes of glass. Internal Venetian blinds are a growing trend in Australia. But how do they work and why would you choose them over traditional timber or aluminium...

Should you choose a sectional, rolling or tilt door for your garage?

There are three common types of garage doors, and the one you choose for your garage is typically dependent on your situation. Sectional Garage Doors Sectional garage doors are the most common type of garage door installed today and are ideal in a number of scenarios. From the look and material...

Using an architect design over a standard home builder design

Imagine a design uniquely yours emerging from those first tentative sketches on the back of an envelope; an architectural solution which encompasses your lifestyle, environment and dreams. A design mindful of energy efficiency and sustainability, aesthetics, composition and relating one detail to another. Architects provide individual, specialised services over and...

The best kitchen trends for 2019

Your kitchen is the heart and soul of your home – and where you’re likely to spend a good proportion of your time. A well-designed, on-trend space can set the scene for your entire house – but keeping up with the latest kitchen trends can be exhausting and costly. Staying...

#1 tip for buying your first home by private treaty

Buying your first home is a significant investment and if you’re like most people, it’s the largest financial decision you will have to make at any one time. So, it pays to make sure you have the right purchasing strategy in place to ensure you buy at the right price...

Advantages of Steel Frame Kit Homes

People often wonder why they should opt for a steel frame kit home as opposed to a contractor's spec home or a custom-built design. In addition to them being very affordable, steel frame kit homes offer many advantages to homeowners. With a kit home there is no waste and no additional...

The Great Outdoors

We’re all drawn to the great outdoors - there really is nothing better than a backyard BBQ on a balmy summer night. But why stop there? Plan your outdoor kitchen well and you’ll enjoy year-round cooking and entertaining outdoors, even when summer is a distant memory. Here are five key tips...

Creating a place of sanctuary at home

Great design makes a house ‘fit for living’ and allows a family to thrive, providing areas for active play and quiet reflection. Jodie Cummins, director at Redcoop Architects knows a well-designed home can put a spring in your step when you leave in the morning and calm you when you...

Can Spring Cleaning Improve Your Health?

A nice, clean and organised home is enough to put anyone’s mind at ease and make you feel all warm inside – but what if we told you there were actual, solid health benefits from a Spring clean? Let’s explore the top three ways a Spring clean can improve your...

Why is roof ventilation so important?

Keeping your home cool during summer can be a struggle for any homeowner throughout Queensland. Your ceiling alone accounts for 25% - 35% of heat gains inside your home during summer. Avoid using air conditioning one evening and before you go to bed, step outside and feel how cool it...

Hay fever? How to prepare your home this pollen season

If you experience hay fever symptoms during spring, like a runny nose, itchy or watery eyes or sneezing, it’s important to keep your home healthy by cutting down on allergens. Pollen season typically strikes South East Australia between 1 October and 31 December with pollen levels tending to be higher...