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What is the best use of floor space for a living area? What are the design rules for creating the best flow? Our helpful articles bring you inspiration and advice on creating your own open-plan space.

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Does the weather affect your renovation plans?

Does the weather affect your renovation plans?

Stephen Cox, renovation consultant at Refresh Renovations, tells us why the weather matters when planning a home renovation. 

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Does the weather affect your renovation plans?
How your home can contribute to your retirement plan

How your home can contribute to your retirement plan

Deborah Carlyon, authorised financial adviser, explains why renovating a home is becoming a key part of a retirement strategy and gives some options for efficient financial planning. 

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How your home can contribute to your retirement plan
Rockingham, WA renovation builders

Rockingham, WA renovation builders

Famous for fabulous beaches and Shoalwater’s superb Marine Park, the City of Rockingham offers residents a great lifestyle, just 40 minutes’ drive from Perth.

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Rockingham, WA renovation builders
The great Australian avocado incident

The great Australian avocado incident

Deborah Carlyon, authorised financial adviser, responds to the social media storm created by a recent column in The Australian newspaper that suggested millennials save the money spent on ‘smashed avocado’ and buy a house instead. 

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The great Australian avocado incident
London renovation builders

London renovation builders

Renovating in London is becoming increasingly popular but with many layers of history and different architectural styles there are a host of regulations to comply with. As a result, renovation builders are becoming sought after to help renovators avoid the headaches and pitfalls that can come with their renovation. 

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London renovation builders
Central Coast renovation builders

Central Coast renovation builders

With pressure on housing in Sydney, the Central Coast is experiencing both a building boom and a rise in people moving in and wanting to renovate.  

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Central Coast renovation builders
Fremantle, WA renovation builders

Fremantle, WA renovation builders

Situated at the mouth of the Swan Harbour, Fremantle is WA’s largest working port and is famous for its history and heritage, its spectacular waterfront, beaches and cool youthful vibe.

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Fremantle, WA renovation builders
Tauranga renovation builders

Tauranga renovation builders

The city of Tauranga embodies all the qualities one might expect from a region known as the Bay of Plenty. With its sweeping arc of ocean beach, restful harbour, high sunshine hours and close proximity to so many North Island main centres, it is no wonder that this is also one of the fastest growing areas in the country.

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Tauranga renovation builders
Asbestos removal in Australia

Asbestos removal in Australia

Asbestos removal can be a health risk. That’s why we are giving you some information on how to safely remove it from your home when you plan to renovate.

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Asbestos removal in Australia
Local authorities glossary

Local authorities glossary

Depending on the scope of a build or renovation project, different local authorities may have to be involved. Learn more about their power, duties and responsibilities. 

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Local authorities glossary
Franklin renovation builders

Franklin renovation builders

Auckland meets Waikato in Franklin, a largely rural region that stretches from the wild-wet Awhitu Peninsular to the soporific Firth of Thames. Famed for its rich soils and plentiful sunshine, agriculture is Franklin’s backbone. Yet even farmers like some luxuries and big city sophistication mixes easy with the rarefied country air.

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Franklin renovation builders
Project management glossary

Project management glossary

Coming to terms with who’s who on a renovation project can be confusing, particularly as many of the job descriptions applied to occupations in the construction and building industries cross over, with different ‘titles’ requiring similar areas of expertise.

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Project management glossary
Renovation builders in Albany, WA

Renovation builders in Albany, WA

Known for its spectacular surroundings, historical heritage and strong community spirit, Albany is a city many renovators are proud to call home.

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Renovation builders in Albany, WA
Bunbury, WA renovation builders

Bunbury, WA renovation builders

Beloved for its beautiful beaches and the pods of bottlenose dolphins that swim and play in its coastal waters, the lively port city of Bunbury is a great place to live, work – and renovate. 

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Bunbury, WA renovation builders
New Zealand approvals process glossary

New Zealand approvals process glossary

The many legal requirements involved in a home renovation means there are lots of terms that need clarification. We take a look at some of the vocabulary used throughout the building consent process.

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New Zealand approvals process glossary
Renovating shipping containers into a home

Renovating shipping containers into a home

When Malcolm McLean launched his proto-shipping containers in 1956, who could have guessed that over half a century later they would become one of the most fiercely debated forms of residential architecture?

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Renovating shipping containers into a home

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