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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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Eco-living

Eco-living

When planning a renovation, it certainly pays to look into ways to make your home work better.

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Eco-living
Renovating a ranch style home

Renovating a ranch style home

Ranches are less fashionable these days, but since they typically offer a reasonable amount of living space on a good-sized flat block and are generally oriented to make the most of the outdoor space, they can be an excellent buy for renovators. If you are lucky enough to own, or be able to buy, a ranch style property, here are our tips for turning it into a place that feels like home.

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Renovating a ranch style home
Regional gabled cottages

Regional gabled cottages

Looking for an affordable property to renovate? Don’t overlook the gabled cottages that were built towards the end of the last century and are still plentiful in many Australian suburbs. 

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Regional gabled cottages
Renovating a student flat

Renovating a student flat

Owning a student flat can be both a rewarding and challenging investment. Considering how and when to renovate that student flat is another thing. If you’re thinking of upgrading your student flat, there are various things to consider when your investment property is tenanted by students.

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Renovating a student flat
Top 5 renovation pitfalls

Top 5 renovation pitfalls

Excited about planning your home renovation? These are the top 5 pitfalls you need to avoid to achieve your goal.

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Top 5 renovation pitfalls
Delicate negotiations

Delicate negotiations

In this column from the Last Word series, Duncan Stuart shares his findings about how couples make renovation and new kitchen decisions. 

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Delicate negotiations
Renovating state houses

Renovating state houses

Renovating a typical state house -that piece of New Zealand history which any Kiwi will recognise- can be both a challenge and a rewarding experience.

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Renovating state houses
Geraldton, WA renovation builders

Geraldton, WA renovation builders

Combining the facilities of a city with the relaxed lifestyle of a country town, Geraldton offers renovators the best of both worlds.

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Geraldton, WA renovation builders
Against the grain

Against the grain

When it comes to a building material that ticks all the boxes timber is the natural choice providing warmth, character and value –while looking better with age.  

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Against the grain
The certainty of the new, the mystery of the old

The certainty of the new, the mystery of the old

In this column from the Last Word series, Duncan Stuart reflects on how renovation work can be a head-on collision between dreams and realities. 

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The certainty of the new, the mystery of the old
How to renovate a California bungalow

How to renovate a California bungalow

With their simple interior layout, loads of character and charm and large yards, California bungalows allow plenty of options for renovating and extending to suit modern family life.

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How to renovate a California bungalow
Kalgoorlie, WA renovation builders

Kalgoorlie, WA renovation builders

The largest city in the Australian Outback and the hub of the Western Australian Goldfields, Kalgoorlie-Boulder has grown from humble beginnings to become a cosmopolitan centre with a character all its own.

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Kalgoorlie, WA renovation builders
Renovating your rental

Renovating your rental

These are your realistic options if you’re dying to renovate or make some handy additions to your rental home. 

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Renovating your rental
Natural stone lookalikes

Natural stone lookalikes

Forget kitchens and bathrooms, modern and natural-looking stone tiles have found their way into most spaces within homes, including living rooms and bedrooms. 

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Natural stone lookalikes
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

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