This month we shine the spotlight on kitchens; after all, it’s the heart of a home is it not? Annually Australian’s invest thousands of dollars into upgrading and renovating their kitchens. As with any building project, it’s really important that you understand what to expect in terms of cost. The average value of a kitchen…

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Kitchen splashbacks are nothing new. They are designed to protect your walls from splatters and spills around the central cooking areas in your kitchen. Usually installed behind the stovetop, sink or food prep areas, from a functional perspective they are a great way to reduce cleaning and permanent stains or marks from oil splatter, mixing…

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Want to renovate your kitchen? Everyone loves a good before and after – in fact, we are bombarded with them on TV, social media and every good house magazine! Interestingly, often the details of the how, why and logistics are overlooked in-lieu of some dramatic ‘wow’ photos. Before embarking on your own journey of a…

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Safety always comes first when we talk renovating or building, right? But have you ever felt underwhelmed by the limited choices when it comes to work boots or safety wear specifically designed for women? Well, you are probably not alone! The options aren’t great; at least, they weren’t until Stacey Head entered the game. In…

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Unfortunately, renovating a kitchen tends to be messy, time-consuming and can be expensive if not planned right. Why? Because almost all key trades are involved in making your new kitchen a reality. You will have plumbers, electricians, cabinet makers, benchtop experts, painters, plasterers, flooring and maybe even window, door and tiling specialists visit your home.…

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  Renovating in winter could save you time and money. If you have been toying with the idea of renovating or fixing up your home, but are hanging out for Spring, perhaps you should think again. The winter months can actually be an excellent time to get those interior upgrades out of the way. There…

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As an owner and CEO of a construction company, I’m often asked ‘technical construction’ questions on someone’s build or project, which makes sense as that’s what my company and team do. We construct. So, therefore, experts in this field. When I’m asked material selection or design questions, the obvious answer would be that I refer…

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With stone benchtops being the go-to in most contemporary homes, HouseLab explores the options in giving a kitchen that solid, natural feel. *Header image M House by DKO Architecture featuring Maximum Moon benchtops. Photograph by Peter Bennetts.   Engineered stone and reconstituted stone The terms “engineered stone” and “reconstituted stone” are used interchangeably to describe…

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Online photos of your property are often the first-place buyers look before deciding to visit a property. If your home doesn’t grab their attention it will be passed by and not given a chance. This is where home staging or home styling can make all the difference, both in attracting buyers to view your home…

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So, you’ve decided to buy a home. The big question is, should you buy established or off-the-plan? As both options have their pros and cons, deciding which is right for you can be a challenge. To help you decide whether to buy a townhouse off the plan, we’ve created this guide. Buying established For many…

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