When we think of building, we tend to think of what will go above the ground on a plot of land. How many people consider what is below when contemplating their build? In this edition, we look at what lies beneath and why knowing this is so important for your project. We explore the ins…

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5 Specialist trades you can’t do without when renovating: it’s the law! Thinking of renovating? You will quickly discover that you will be calling a variety of trades your new best friends. Depending on the nature and extent of your project, cabinetmakers, tilers, plasterers, painters, glaziers and bricklayers will all play a role. But do…

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Have you ever noticed that when you walk past a construction site, there’s often music playing from a stereo somewhere, and sometimes if you’re lucky (okay maybe that’s a bit of a stretch), you’ll even hear the dulcet voices of the site staff singing away as they’re working? There have been many studies and papers…

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When German chemist Justus von Liebig developed a process in 1835 for applying a thin layer of metallic silver to one side of a pane of clear glass, he created what we today know as the modern-day mirror. Ground-breaking for his time his method finally allowed for the mass production of what would soon become…

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Hard to believe the end of the Financial Year has been and gone (and hopefully some tax refunds making their way to you), we are now into the month of July and in the latter part of the year. With what has transpired in the beginning months of 2020 how many of you have decided…

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There are state-specific regulatory governing authorities that issue trade licences and each state has different governing bodies. Most are easily sourced via the internet or via enquiry calls. As there are quite a few, we’ve correlated some useful links and resources to help you. Remember to do your due diligence as errors or incidences from…

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Well, hello there! How have you been? It’s been a tough few months, hasn’t it? Recent global events are proof that while we often like to think that we live in a fairly ordered word which we control, the truth is a little more complex. Hot on the heels of a horrendous bushfire experience and…

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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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Changes to the body are inevitable as we get older, but did you know that many people loose the ability to distinguish colours as they age? The eye structure changes – pupils may decrease in size and respond more slowly to darkness or bright light and the lens becomes yellowed and slightly cloudy. It looks…

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It is standard practice in Europe that apartments come complete with quality kitchens, and given the increasing popularity in downsizing from the family home to an inner-city apartment, the kitchen is becoming one of the main focal points in design. The scenario is simple and for some familiar – the children have grown up and…

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