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We may be a nation of DIYers, but unless you're an experienced renovator, creating an outdoor space can wind up costing more than you anticipate. For tips and tricks from the professionals, take a look at our articles.

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Renovating a Queen Anne Federation style home

Renovating a Queen Anne Federation style home

With turrets and towers, bay windows and bullnoses, ornate fretwork and verandahs, Queen Anne Federation style homes couldn’t be more different to the contemporary box style houses being built all over Australia today.

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Renovating a Queen Anne Federation style home
An innovative and sustainable home design

An innovative and sustainable home design

This Australian weatherboard home renovation embraces passive solar home design and takes the deconstructed look to its ultimate conclusion.

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An innovative and sustainable home design
10 clever ways to lighten up your terrace home

10 clever ways to lighten up your terrace home

Terraced homes in the UK tend to be long and narrow with little light getting into the middle section of the house. But fret not – our light and bright ideas will draw the sunshine into every corner of your home.

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10 clever ways to lighten up your terrace home
A villa makeover in Auckland

A villa makeover in Auckland

Kelly Edwards and her husband Scott Richdale bought their turn-of-the-century transitional villa in Ponsonby about ten years ago. But it wasn’t until they had lived in it for a few years that they realised the interior spaces weren’t working for them.

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A villa makeover in Auckland
An inspirational villa renovation in Auckland

An inspirational villa renovation in Auckland

It’s all about change for this dated villa. With the current layout not suiting the owner’s lifestyle, a redesign improves indoor/outdoor flow and makes dining and entertaining enjoyable.

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An inspirational villa renovation in Auckland
Cottage renovation in Fremantle

Cottage renovation in Fremantle

With an operable skin allowing it to breathe, admit or block light, and respond to environment and circumstance, this renovation offers a lively take on the idea of occupying the threshold between interior and exterior.

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Cottage renovation in Fremantle
Renovating old buildings

Renovating old buildings

Reduce, reuse, recycle is the modern mantra reminding us to limit the amount of waste we create and to live as sustainably as we can.  For most of us, the items we reuse and recycle are small – jam jars, milk containers and weekend newspapers. So perhaps it’s time to think about reducing, reusing and recycling on a much larger scale. How about applying the same principle to buildings?

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Renovating old buildings
A home design perfect for children

A home design perfect for children

Function came first when the team at Austin Maynard Architects designed the same level extension of a terraced weatherboard home in Australia. But that didn’t mean that form was neglected – quite the contrary.

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A home design perfect for children
Modern home renovations in the UK

Modern home renovations in the UK

Contemporary homes come in many shapes and sizes – in every town and city up and down the country. In some cases renovating modern UK houses is about a simple facelift or refresh, in other cases it is about adjusting the layout or extending usable living space. 

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Modern home renovations in the UK
Renovating a pavilion style home

Renovating a pavilion style home

In the mid-20th Century, Ludwig Miles van der Rohe, the renowned German architect, set the trend for pavilion style homes in Australia. These are typically cube-shaped, have a single slanting roof and are oriented and glazed to make the most of their surroundings.

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Renovating a pavilion style home
Glenn Murcutt and more: Renovating a 20th Century modernist property

Glenn Murcutt and more: Renovating a 20th Century modernist property

Glenn Murcutt is among Australia’s most acclaimed architects. Read about what he’s most known for as well as the importance of passive design.  

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Glenn Murcutt and more: Renovating a 20th Century modernist property
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
Indoor outdoor flow renovation experience

Indoor outdoor flow renovation experience

In this column from the Last Word series, Ducan Stuart talks about his experience creating indoor outdoor flow and comments on its common issues. 

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Indoor outdoor flow renovation experience
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 brand new home

Renovating a brand new home

Subtle touches and smart interior decisions transform a brand-new house into a modern family home.

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Renovating a brand new home
Country-inspired ‘outdoor room’ in the middle of London

Country-inspired ‘outdoor room’ in the middle of London

Here, in this six-by-six-metre oasis of calm, it is hard to imagine that you are in the centre of the bustling streets that make up the Inner-London suburb of Notting Hill.

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Country-inspired ‘outdoor room’ in the middle of London

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