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Getting a Foot on the Property Ladder

The First Home Loan Deposit Scheme (FHLDS) is an Australian Government initiative to support eligible first home buyers to purchase a home sooner.  The scheme allows Australians to have the government act as "guarantor" on their loan with a deposit as little as 5 per cent, allowing first home buyers to avoid 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"]...

How I Met Your Mother Quiz

THE Apartment Everyone except Barney has lived here at one point or another over the nine seasons. Conveniently situated right above Maclaren's Pub, it's the number one social hub where parties like 'Puzzles' (why is it called Puzzles?) filled it to the brim. Initially, it was a post-uni lad pad...

Elderly Loneliness And Tablet Addiction

Wall-E or Ex Machina? Cute or creepy? Useful or gimmicky? With a world robot population of 414,000, we’re at a turning point in history where robotics are now entering our lives, but are they welcome in our homes? The reality Whether it’s Will Smith’s I-Robot, Steven Spielberg’s A.I. Artificial Intelligence...

Ducted Central Vacuum System: An Investment; Not a Cost.

A high percentage of architects and builders are already specifying the Ducted Central Vacuum System as a Standard Inclusion for their homes they are designing and building. Lately, there has been increased public awareness about the benefits, advantages and added value of installing a Ducted Central Vacuum System. The system's benefits motivate more and...

5 Kitchen Design Trends to Consider in 2017!

From classic colour palettes to innovations that will maximise your budget, we share the top five kitchen design trends that renovators should consider. Classic Colour Palettes Colour palettes revolving around white and neutral shades will continue to be popular. Features such as timber and black or copper accents add interest. Focusing on...

Ceiling Fan Blades: 3, 4, or 5 | Does It Really Matter for the Average Buyer?

Ceiling fans are much more effective than pedestal fans at cooling your family members down. They also come with the added bonus of operating at a fraction of the cost of air-conditioners. Most ceiling fans now come equipped with reverse cycle technology for all seasonal usage, leaving no reason not to...

Unlocking space in your home

Discover how easy it is to increase the space in your home by thinking outside of the box? If you love where you live but feel like you are running out of room, the answer could be right above your head! Gaining safe and simple access to your roof space...

How to style your home with black

Most of us have an idea about how we’d like to style our homes, including colours, fabrics, materials and everything in between. While we know what we like, sometimes going about it can be more difficult than it first seems. Styling your home with black has met mixed receptions in...

The rise of the kitchen: a guide to kitchen design

Ahh - the humble kitchen… the casual hangout, the homework station, the dumping ground – the heart of the home. The last 10 years have seen the kitchen rise from the lowly back room to the showpiece of the home. Gone are the days of the closed in, poorly lit...

Five reasons your next home should be custom built

We’ve heard them all before: Home is where you hang your heart, home sweet home, or as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz put it – There’s no place like home. Cringe worthy idioms aside – there’s something to be said about the concept of “home”. It’s your sanctuary, your...

When is the best time to install ducted air conditioning?

When you are building a new home, there are so many things to think about. Unfortunately, installing ducted air conditioning usually isn’t one of them. In fact, it’s often one of the last things on a home builder’s mind… until they have actually moved in that is, and then more...