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Choosing the best kitchen benchtop material

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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Colouring our world as we age

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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Boiling it down: The ultimate downsizer kitchen

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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20 Building and Home Shows in 2019

New trends, recent innovations and new products mean more choices! If you are planning a renovation or building project this year, you may want to consider visiting one of the many home and building exhibitions that are being offered around Australia in 2019. These events are always a great way to: 1.     Learn about trends…

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Dulux Colour Forecast 2019

When the world is so busy and the influences so many, how do we filter out the noise and focus on what matters? The Dulux Colour Forecast 2019 is all about creating your happy place and living your best life, it’s about more than colour, it helps bring trends to life in your home through…

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Doors: the finishing touch to every home

A great deal of time, effort and attention to detail goes into building or renovating a home, not to mention money. When it comes to the finishing touches, like doors, it pays to take a little extra time to consider how influential door design and form can be to the overall look, feel and functionality…

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Finding & engaging a design consultant

Design assistance and technical advice can be provided in many different ways by a range of consultants. It will depend on your experience, capacity and/or desire to manage the work yourself as well as your budget. The extent of the work, the complexity of the build, the level of detail you require in the documentation…

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5 Specialist trades you can’t do without

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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10 Questions to ask your tradie

10 Questions to ask your tradie before you say “YES”! How do you know if the tradesperson who shows up on your front door or calls you back, is the right person for the job? How can you tell the good from the bad?  Should you simply be grateful that they showed up and claim…

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Female property developers

As a young female leading a property development company, in a male dominated industry, I am passionate about encouraging other women to step into their power. I work for View Bank Homes a family owned and operated business, started by my parents in the nineties. We develop land and build housing estates predominately in Melbourne’s…

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