4 Tips to Consider When Shopping for a Builder

4 Tips to Consider When Shopping for a BuilderWhen it comes to selecting a builder for your property project, it’s important to find someone you trust. But if this is your first home, first renovation project or first investment, how do you know who you can trust and who you can’t?

According to Property Observer, it’s all in the homework.

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How to Get the Most from Your Small Living Spaces

How to Get the Most from Your Small Living SpacesWith house prices getting more and more expensive, expansive living spaces are simply out of reach for many. The good news is that lack of space doesn’t have to mean lack of style.

According to the Ottawa Citizen, preparation is the key to small living and with careful planning, even the tiniest of spaces can work with your lifestyle. Ways to make the most of your space include:

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Why Bamboo is a Great Material for the Home

Why Bamboo is a Great Material for the HomeIf you are looking for a material that is sustainable, affordable and above all stylish, it’s hard to go past bamboo. Bamboo is a fast-growing perennial grass, a natural resource that’s ideal for creating structure in the home that’s sensitive to the environment. It can be used for a range of decor, including headboards, chairs, mirrors and tables through to bedding, towels and cushions. For many though, it’s in flooring where bamboo truly excels.

According to the Charlotte Observer, bamboo is one of the most affordable green flooring options. You can expect to pay a similar price to that you would for any hardwood, even with its eco-friendly qualities.

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Saying Goodbye to the Traditional Dining Room

Saying Goodbye to the Traditional Dining RoomOnce upon a time, a dining room gave a sense of opulence to a home and was a must for many homeowners. The dining room saw family dinners, important discussions and grand dinner parties with extravagant centrepieces. These days, however, a dining room is no longer an essential part of a home’s design.

According to the Wall Street Journal, more and more families eat at the kitchen island, table or in front of the TV, and the dining room has become the least used room in the house. As a result, many dining rooms are being turned into dens, libraries and “living pavilions” where the occasional dinner is served.

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Neutral vs Bright Colours for Your Bathroom Decor

Neutral vs Bright Colours for Your Bathroom DecorColour has its place in the home and can give great insight into the kind of person who lives there and what their life represents. Colour can also help influence a person’s mood, as a red wall may get the blood flowing and increase the heart rate while a green room can instantly soothe you. But does colour have a place in the bathroom?

According to many experts, no it doesn’t.

Bold colours tend to advance upon a room, drawing it in to feel closed and small. When you are trying to wash away your stresses and relax, you want the space to feel as open as possible. This is not the only reason, however. Other benefits of neutral colours in a bathroom include:

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The Front Door: Your Home’s First Impression

The Front Door: Your Home’s First ImpressionCreating curb appeal is essential when establishing your home. What people see from the street is the first impression of your home and, as you know, first impressions count.

The best way to review your curb appeal is to stand in front of your home as if you are seeing it for the first time. Take a look at the surroundings and make note of any changes that should be made. Your home’s front should:

Be free from clutter - Using your front lawn or porch to store kids toys, tools and sporting equipment will make your home look like a cluttered mess. Pack things away neatly in the garden shed and ensure hoses and hose reels are put away.

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Choosing Wallpaper for Beginners

There are so many styles of wallpaper available now that choosing the perfect roll for your room can seem an impossible task.

Some of the most popular looks are covered in this handy guide from, so you can narrow down the options to the one that’s right for you.
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Using Colour to Brighten the Home

Changing the look of your home is possible even if you’re on a budget. Colour can make a huge difference to how a room looks and feels, and can be as simple as applying a coat of paint, according to the Chronicle Express.

Painting the walls may be the most obvious way to brighten up a tired room, but it’s by no means the only way of adding colour and freshness. Wooden furniture that has seen better days can usually be painted to give it a whole new look – just remember to put in the prep work before you begin painting for a longer-lasting finish.
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The 4% Building Allowance and How to Get It

Property investors could be eligible for a higher Building Allowance than they realise. This Building Allowance (which is also sometimes referred to as the Capital Works Deduction) allows property investors to offset the costs of hard construction against their income.

There are two options to consider for investors wanting to qualify for the 4% Building Allowance instead of the 2.5% Building Allowance, according to
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The Benefits of Building a Steel-Framed House

The Benefits of Building a Steel Framed HouseSteel frame buildings are fast becoming a popular choice among builders, who understand the many benefits that come from using steel. Steel framing lasts longer, is light and easy to transport and is proven to withstand extreme temperatures of more than 1000ºC.

Here’s a closer look at just some of the benefits of using steel framing:

1. Easy Installation

Steel frames are accurately engineered to fit simultaneously, meaning no exceptional fasteners are required. This means fewer workers putting frames together, no cutting, retaining or hammering long, bulky planks synchronously.

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