## The Flying Triangle

A triangular building supported by a tripod like arrangement 2m above a park…..Weird or what? This is the Emerald Street Community Centre in Essendon. Originally erected in 1963 as an infant welfare centre it was designed by Garnet Price, the…

## How Do Solar Panels Increase the Value of the Property?

Guest Post By Aaron Campbell The world is fast-changing, and many are looking at the ways and means of maintaining our ecosystem while living comfortably. Many sources of energy are associated with the negative impacts on the environment and the…

## Insulation Basics – Calculating R Values

A previous post –introduced R and U values In this post we will demonstrate how to calculate R values. Well it all starts with the thermal conductivity of the building material. The ‘k’ value. This is a measure of how fast…

## Insulation Basics – ‘R’ and ‘U’ Value

R Value R1.5 Batts, R2.0 Batts……. all the way up to R6.0 Batts, but what does it all mean? The R value is a measure of the thermal resistance of the component of the material. In other word how hard…

## Being A Good Neighbour – Noise

Somethings that can spoil you life in a new home is falling out with the neighbours! One way to reduce the chance of arguments is to make sure you show consideration to your new neighbours with regard to Noise. What is…

## 12 Industry Interior Decorating Secrets

Guest Post By Emma Williams Some people have a natural eye for interior design. If you’re not one of them, it’s good to have an interior designer on speed dial. Planning to undertake some renovations on your home? Here are…

## Comparing House Sizes

Since 1988 SI, or metric units, have been the sole legal units of measurement in Australia. However many builders and real estate agents still quote property in squares, which is an Imperial measurement. Are they trying to confuse you or…

## Bedroom Makeover: The Best Bedding Materials for Each Season

Guest Post by Dennis Hamming Part of building a new home or renovating an existing home is getting the chance to decorate the bedroom of your dreams. While it is fun to pick out new colors for your walls and other…

## Wood Wall Disaster

I recently saw this photo on the Home Design Library It’s a reminder that tall retaining walls are a serious matter with significant loads. Also its a warning that materials like timber might seem OK initially but over time can…

## Asphalt vs. Concrete Driveway: What It Costs to Repair and How They’re Best Fixed

Guest Post by Andrea Estrada Driveway repairs aren’t a simple DIY unless you are familiar with the necessary tools and are capable of hard physical labour. We explore what it would cost you to hire a professional who won’t sacrifice quality…