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Style inspo: 6 dreamy bedrooms for sale

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Style inspo: 6 dreamy bedrooms for sale

Need design inspiration for your bedroom? Take a cue from these bold and lush interiors that are up for sale, or better yet just buy the house and make the bedroom your own!

Weekend sleep-ins, snuggling up in bed with a good book or lazy afternoon siestas, what’s not to love about spending time in the bedroom?

Seeing as we spend about a third of our lives sleeping, it only makes sense that our bedroom should be a personalised space where we feel at our most comfortable to enjoy some serious R&R time.

We’ve scoured homely.com.au for some of the most daring and dreamy bedrooms currently up for sale to explore what's on-trend when it comes to interior design in the boudoir.

If you’re dreaming of a bedroom makeover here are six stylish bedrooms to draw inspiration from that’ll quickly turn the bedroom into your favourite room in the house.

Be fresh and flirty

Make an all white bedroom feel warm and inviting by introducing chalky pastel tones. Whether it be blush pink bed linens (as below), mint green artwork or pale yellow throw pillows, pastel tones are the perfect way to add interest and subtle colour to a stark white room.

To take a fresh and flirty white bedroom to the next level bring in shiny surfaces and luscious textiles to make the room romantic instead of sterile. Here, asymmetrical bedside copper pendants and the fluffy faux fur throw rug and cushion are used to great glamorous effect. The oversized barn door mirror to the ensuite is the sparkly light boosting icing on the cake!

Make a statement with paper

Use bold patterned wallpaper in your favourite dark shades to add sophistication and drama to a lacklustre bedroom. As below, it can work especially well and not be too overpowering if hung directly over the bed as a focal point that doubles as a statement bedhead mural and a work of art.

When decorating with charcoal, navy blues and blacks in the bedroom remember to always have enough light shaded elements to balance out the dark to keep the room from feeling too heavy. For this example, the charcoal grey wall and curtains are perfectly balanced out by the white ceiling, light grey carpet, the cream coloured bedspread and light lamp shades.

Get arty with colour

Look to large scale artwork for inspiration for a colour scheme you can use to decorate the whole room. Think blues, greens, greys, pale pinks and other neutral tones to promote a calming and restful environment. Personalise your artwork choice by only selecting a piece that speaks to you and makes you feel at ease. It may be a green rainforest landscape, serene rolling ocean waves or a more abstract piece, whatever it is just make sure it makes you feel relaxed.

Draw out the colours in your favourite peaceful artwork by peppering accessories in similar shades around the room to up the serenity. It also helps to have a gorgeous soaking bath tub close at hand as pictured to amp up the relaxation factor.

Tantalise with timber

For an instant hit of character and warmth introduce some timber panelling to your bedroom walls. With so many varieties, sizes and shades of timber boards to choose from it works for just about any design aesthetic. From industrial, to boho, to country, to Scandinavian or to beachy, timber wall panelling can work wonders to add eye-catching appeal to any space.

Another advantage of timber wall panels is when laid vertically they lead the eye upwards and elongate the room, making it feel bigger and more spacious. For more budget friendly updates look into MDF cladding or timber replica wallpapers to achieve the same look as timber panels at a fraction of the cost.

Up the glam factor

If glitz and glam are your thing go all out and pump up the luxe in your bedroom with sparkly and decadent features galore. You can't beat the shimmer and shine of bedside chandeliers (pictured below) when it comes to the most luxurious of bedroom interiors. Opt for dramatic layered drapes, an open or gas log fireplace, a luscious upholstered bedhead, plush carpeting or parquetry flooring and elegant mirrored French Provincial style side tables to top off the look.

Neutral chic

If you're not a fan of loud colours, bold wall trimmings or glam decor then sticking to a neutral palette may be just what your bedroom needs. A neutral room is soothing and relaxing, so the bedroom is the perfect place to indulge in calming neutral decor. Refresh your bedroom with a coat of paint in a new on-trend neutral shade of greige (grey meets beige), or push the envelope with pale shades of buttery yellow or light green.

To avoid your bedroom looking a bit bland, play with textures and layer on different shades of neutrals rather than just sticking to one tone. As pictured below, start with a beige coat of paint, then layer on crisp monochrome bedding. Next add interest with a chunky brown leather chesterfield ottoman, a natural floor rug, delicate white vases, gold picture frames and a black velvet throw for good measure.

We hope once you've implemented these ideas in your bedroom it makes it harder than ever to get out of bed in the morning. 

For more tips on redecorating your bedroom check out these six ways to revamp your bedroom on a budget and our bedding buying guide.

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How to transform your outdoor area with a patio

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How to transform your outdoor area with a patio

Without a doubt Australians love the outdoors. So, it makes sense that more and more homeowners are transforming their living spaces by merging the indoor world with the outside one. Utilising a well-designed alfresco area is the perfect way to create an additional room within your home. Taking advantage of the fresh air for outdoor living and entertaining makes the decision well worth the investment.

Constructing a patio, outdoor kitchen, sitting area and deck space will add significant value to your home too. Aussies crave an outdoor space that works and serves multiple functions for use throughout all seasons. So, if your outdoor living room needs a makeover or you’re planning on transforming it completely with a new patio, now’s the best time to create your oasis. Here’s how!

A functional attraction

One of the biggest advantages of adding a patio to your outdoor space is how functional and attractive they are. By designing an outdoor living space personalised to your specific tastes and requirements, your house will instantly feel homelier.

Functional and attractive renovations provide the best return on investment too. A well-constructed patio space increases the home’s value, as it is an attractive feature to most renters and buyers. Patios can be customised to complement the home’s existing architecture, allowing you to seamlessly enhance and expand your living space.

Create a picture-perfect patio

To truly create a patio that is tailored to your needs, reflects your tastes and is multi-functional, you need to consider what style to implement. Gable is one of the most popular and cost-effective choices with its pitched roof and sleek appearance, or dome and flat styles are favourable too. Other patio styles include pyramid and hip-end, or pergolas and carports can easily transform the space too.

The products used are another key consideration when creating your picture-perfect patio because they need to withstand harsh weather conditions, patios and pergolas should only be constructed using quality products. Look for a patio building company that uses products from Solarspan, Colorbond and SolarSmart, which are all covered by manufacturer’s warranties. Quality materials will be visually boosting too, and ensure your patio space lasts and can be enjoyed for years and years to come.

Add shade and privacy

To make your patio space comfortable all year round, it’s essential you add shade and privacy. The new ‘hangout zone’ should provide more shelter, privacy and shade to your property. Adding blinds can make the area a practical extension of the home, giving you complete control over comfort and style, as well as protection from the elements. Patio roofs can be made retractable or constructed from Louvre shutters to help block out or let in the sun as needed.

Floating screens, generally made from bamboo, can also be great way to up the privacy and shade. Utilising smart landscape techniques throughout the space can help with keeping cool and protected too. Curtains are an easy way to dress the space up, and they can be drawn or let down to transform the space and provide privacy and shade.

Seating arrangements

An outdoor living and entertaining space wouldn’t be complete without adequate seating. Consider exactly what you’ll be using the area for to help determine what seating arrangements will work best. You can use seating to define different areas within the one patio space too. If the area is tight, try brightly coloured wicker chairs or small benches to open the space up. Think about using furniture that can be utilised as storage solutions for ease and convenience.

Don’t overlook indoor-outdoor living. Everything you see inside can be used outside to create a cosy, more comfortable, multi-functional outdoor room. Opt for furniture that’s high quality, easy to maintain and colour smart. A spacious table and snug chairs bring necessary comfort and function to the outdoor space.

Boost your space with essential accessories

For those that want to create that ‘wow factor’, boost the space with essential accessories. Adding an outdoor kitchen is at the top-end of the luxury scale, and will bring a level of quality and versatility to the home. For smaller spaces, you can invest in a fire pit table which can offer seating arrangements, warmth and visual interest. Decorative planters will help merge the indoor-outdoor spaces together and make a statement with pops of colour and depth.

For more patio makeover inspiration and advice take a look at these relaxing outdoor reading nook ideas, hottest outdoor living designs for 2017 and a guide to patio building permits.

Author bio:
This article is written by Jayde Ferguson, who writes for Patios Plus WA – quality custom patios proudly designed and installed for over 16 years. You can catch her on Google+

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Step back in time: 70s home décor trends making a comeback

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Step back in time: 70s home décor trends making a comeback

It’s boho, it’s glam and downright groovy, 1970s style is set to take interiors by storm this year.

From shag pile rugs, to colourful velvet sofas, retro peacock chairs and house plants galore, there’s something to excite everyone about this fun 70s décor style revival.

So, pull out your flared pants, fire up the record player and dust of your macramé patterns, here are seven easy ways to bring some free-spirited 70s vibes into your home.

Image: Ellie Lillstrom Photography

Image: Ellie Lillstrom Photography

Macramé plant hangers

Bring some swingin’ 70s flare to any room with macramé hangers. Display your fave plant varieties, terrarium or pots in knotted macramé plant holders hung from ceilings, awnings, windowsills, pergolas or verandas. Remember to make sure your cradled pots have adequate drainage to keep the plants happy or bring in fake greenery for no fuss no muss.

Take it a step further and use neon coloured cotton cord macramé hangers to hold your toothbrush in a jar in the bathroom, organise utensils in the kitchen or store stationary over your desk. So many possibilities!

Image: Warp & Weft

Image: Warp & Weft

Get the look-

Make it yourself

$ EdenEve Macrame

$$ Home Vibes

Wall hangings

Don’t just stop at macramé hangers, turn your walls into something special with knotty and chunky woven macramé wall hangings. Think of these groovy tapestries as ‘fibre art’ that adds warmth, texture and life to stark walls. With their growth in popularity of late, woven hangings are available to buy in a huge range of colours, patterns, materials and styles to suit almost any décor scheme.

Alternatively, if you’re feeling crafty why not take a class or buy a kit and learn how to make your own. You can use dip-dyeing, tassels and beads to customise your wall hanging to suit your homes unique style. Use thick black cord for a more contemporary look or work shells and driftwood into an undyed yarn weave for a Hamptons feel.

Some contemporary macramé artists have even used macramé techniques to fashion incredibly intricate chandeliers.

Image: Ran Ran Design

Image: Ran Ran Design

Get the look-

$ Etsy or Milly+Eugene

Wicker furniture

Another staple of 70s households set for a comeback is statement wicker furniture. Keep an eye out for oh so glamorous and exotic peacock chairs, hanging egg chairs, elaborate wicker framed mirrors and curvy wicker bed heads in natural and fresh sorbet hues.

A stately peacock chair would look at home perched on a veranda, in a living room that lacks drama or in an entryway that needs a welcoming focal point. A whitewashed version would be perfect for a beachy aesthetic or opt for a vibrant turquoise or sunny yellow for a show stopper that instantly makes any room pop.

Image: The Family Love Tree

Image: The Family Love Tree

Get the look-

$$$ The Family Love Tree

Shag pile rugs

Draw inspiration from the soft and luxurious shag pile carpet that was all the rage in homes during the 70s by bringing in a contemporary version in rug form. Think about plush textiles like sheepskin rugs and shaggy floor rugs that feel just amazing underfoot to instantly glam up any 21st century bedroom or living area.

If you want something subtle opt for a Beni Ourain rug. They usually feature a white or cream carpet pile and are made from 100 per cent natural wool. Plus, the geometric zig zag design will add interest and warmth to your floors, without being too over the top.

3 Sydenham Street, Seddon, VIC

3 Sydenham Street, Seddon, VIC

Get the look:

$ Kmart

$$ Zanui

$$$ Beni Ourain Rugs

Moroccan poufs

Moroccan leather ottomans are another retro feature coming back in vogue from the 1970s. The Moroccan pouf has a variety of great features. Not only does it look rad, it’s a versatile piece of furniture you can scatter just about anywhere. You can use them as a foot stool, a side table to hold magazines, remotes etc. or as extra seating for a larger gathering.

Amp up Moroccan theming by selecting vibrant colours for your poufs. Think turquoise, bright yellow and even a shimmering gold. Match them with lanterns, berber baskets, Moroccan wedding cushions and pom pom blankets to take the look to the next level.

Image: Barefoot Gypsy

Image: Barefoot Gypsy

Get the look:

$ Kmart

$$ Barefoot Gypsy or Love Moroccan Rugs

Velvet sofas

The 70s were all about playful embellishments and incorporating tantalising textures throughout the home. What better and more luxurious feeling fabric is there than luscious velvet. If your old fabric couch is looking a tad tired why not have it reupholstered in your favourite style of velvet to give it a fresh crisp look.

Image: California Home Design

Image: California Home Design

If you’re not willing to commit 100 per cent to a large velvet statement piece, bring in some velvety throw cushions in jewel stone shades like emerald, canary yellow and amethyst, to play with the trend.

Get the look-

$ Pottery Barn

$$$ Shop Style

Jungle fever

When it came to house plants in the 70s the motto ‘the more the merrier’ certainly rang true, with many living rooms commonly overflowing with plants. Create a lush eclectic 70s inspired urban oasis in your living area by mixing and matching pots of spider plants, cactuses, rubber plants, jade plants, birds nest ferns, fiddle leaf fig trees and mother-in-law’s tongue.

Image: The Family Love Tree

Image: The Family Love Tree

For your bohemian indoor jungle, you want to pick an area that gets adequate sunlight during the day but is away from the heater or heating ducts to keep the temperature consistent. Use a plant stand or bench to display the plants at different heights to make the composition feel and look lush and full.

If you can’t commit to the full jungle look and watering commitment, simply inject a bit of 70s glam and greenery with the odd hanging and potted plant here and there.

Get the look-

$$ Little Fig Co.

[Pricing key-

$- between $10 and $50

$$- $50 to $500

$$$- $500 plus]

For more fresh home decor inspiration take a look at our predictions for the top 5 hottest interior design trends of 2017 and 9 easy ways to makeover your home.

Happy decorating!

The homely.com.au Team

About homely.com.au:

Homely.com.au is a new way to search for St Kilda real estate for sale and properties to rent in Melbourne. With over 340K listings and 500K local reviews and insights, homely.com.au is a faster and easier way to search for property to buy and rent in Australia.

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5 ways to save money on your home reno

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5 ways to save money on your home reno

If your new year’s resolution is to save more money and revamp your home, you’re probably asking yourself how you can tick both off the list. Renovations can be costly - and even with a solid plan of attack, homeowners almost always break the budget. 

Budget tends to be the biggest constraint when it comes to giving your home some TLC. Whilst you want to save money on building costs to afford those ‘wow’ items you’ve been dreaming of, you don't want to jeopardise the quality and finish of your overall project. If you’re planning a renovation in 2017, here’s a few ways you can cut costs.

1. Share landscaping and fencing costs with your neighbour. 

Landscaping and fencing on the dividing line of properties can be split between neighbours to help subsidise the cost. For homeowners that are wanting to install new fencing, this option can cut down costs significantly. But you and your neighbour must agree on the fencing style and materials to move forward with the decision. To make it work for you both, talk to them openly about your renovation ideas. Both homeowners can easily benefit from a joint asset and reduced costs. If more than one homeowner on the street is planning a fence upgrade, some fencing contractors will offer a decent discount to get them done at the same time. So, it’s worth chatting to the neighbours and coming up with a plan!

On the landscaping front, redoing the front yard can be the ultimate kerb appeal booster. Not only does it make your return on investment better when you do decide to sell, but it boosts the appearance and value of the entire street. Planting new trees for screening purposes or updating any landscaping at the front or side of the property where both you and your neighbours can benefit offers a good opportunity to talk about splitting some of the costs.

2. Hit the recycling centre (and be prepared to get creative!).

If you don’t mind a little DIY work then you’ll be able to reap big rewards by visiting the recycling centre. To reduce renovation costs, you’ll be able to make use of recycled building materials, lightly used fixtures or salvage other bits and pieces. Repurposing items gives a unique sense of character and warmth to a home that may not be achieved otherwise. Not to mention the money you’ll be saving in the process!

Be prepared to get creative. Even if you’re not a regular DIYer, you can get many tips online or book a day workshop at the local hardware store. You can make a big impact with affordable updates through salvaged goods. Don’t forget too, anything you’re throwing out from your own renovation can be recycled for others to potentially use. Arrange to have a skip bin delivered during the renovation which will ensure all leftover materials get disposed of correctly.

3. Less really is more.

Bigger isn’t always better and if you’re on a budget, you want to be smart about how you plan your renovation. I’m often surprised by the size of many residential homes in relation to the number of people living there. While ‘big’ can be good, the space is generally underused. This can be a huge waste of money if funds are tight. It’s very possible to make a home feel and look spacious without going overboard. Stick to the saying less really is more and see where you can make necessary cuts. It’s a hard pill to swallow, but compromise is your best friend when renovating. Sometimes expectations just need to be adjusted to suit the budget better – but it doesn’t mean you can’t still create that ‘wow’ factor and give your home some va-va-voom.

4. Make at least one spectacular change.

Look where you can get the biggest bang for your buck and start there. Making at least one major change to the structure or characteristics of your home may not be cheap, but it’ll be life changing. If you’re just sticking to the one impressive change, with minor or less-expensive changes to follow, then you can still fit things within your budget. Opening a ceiling through an attic, pitching a roof or investing in some large open French doors for example can all make a huge difference to a space.

5. Study your lighting needs.

In most cases, it’s more cost-effective to introduce new lights during a remodel than after. Use your renovation project as an opportunity to review your lighting and find ways to cut costs on not just the reno itself, but also on power bills down the track. Avoid recessed light fixtures as they end up costing a lot for both the fixtures and the labour to install them.

Where possible, bring in more natural light by adding windows or enlarging ones that are already there. A cheaper alternative would be to install light tubes. These are fitted between the roof rafters and work by funnelling the sunshine into the living space. LEDs and CFLs are great for cutting down costs and can be installed with dimmers to allow you to control the amount of light as needed. 

6. Don’t underestimate the transformative power of colours.

If your home is craving a refresh but you don’t want to break the bank, stick to the basics of colour transformation. A coat of paint gives immediate gratification and boosts the look and feel of a home in a big way. Opt for fresh modern colours in a neutral palette with some vivid accent colours to brighten the space up. Paint is one of the easiest, fastest and most cost-effective changes you can make. The right colour scheme can be a high-value driver for your property. If you’re unsure about the best colours to work with, most big brand paint companies offer a colour consultant for a small fee which is a worthwhile investment to make.

If you're keen to tackle a large scale home reno project check out the best renovator's delights currently on the market and these hot home reno and decor trends for 2017 for more inspiration.

Author bio:

This article is written by Jayde Ferguson, who writes for Fencemakers – Perth, Western Australia’s complete range of quality fencing, decorative screening and gates installed by skilled fencing contractors. Catch Fencemakers on Facebook!  

About homely.com.au:

Homely.com.au is a new way to search for St Kilda real estate for sale and properties to rent in Melbourne. With over 340K listings and 500K local reviews and insights, homely.com.au is a faster and easier way to search for property to buy and rent in Australia.

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11 ideal homes to fix & flip

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11 ideal homes to fix & flip

We’ve all heard success stories of eagle-eyed investors buying the worst house in the best street, doing up the home and making a tidy profit when they sell it a few months later.

Also, with the huge wins of contestants on the latest season of popular renovation show The Block, fixing and flipping property seems to be a profitable means of wealth creation, especially in hot property markets like Melbourne.

If you’re thinking about renovating for profit in 2017, then look no further. We’ve rounded up some of the best fixer-uppers from desirable suburbs around Australia that are ripe for a reno project.

Inner-city gem- Richmond, VIC

Billed as 'a brilliant opportunity!', this sweet freestanding period home has one bedroom, two living areas, a seperate laundry and a good sized courtyard. It's the perfect fixer-upper in terms of kerb appeal and location, being walking distance to trams, restaurants and cafes, bustling Swan Street and shoppers haven Bridge Road.

Advertised at $800-880k, the asking price is well below booming Richmond's median house price of $1.199 million according to Your Investment Property Mag (YIP). The house will go to auction on February 18.

Solidly built forever home- Ivanhoe, VIC

On a huge 1000m2 allotment in the tightly held Fairy Hills precinct of Ivanhoe, this spacious five bedroom brick home c1921 has the makings for a beautiful family home. Stand out features include high ceilings, bay windows, an open fireplace and city views to name a few. 

With easy access to Ivanhoe shops, cafes and restaurants, LaTrobe Uni, parklands, the Eastern Freeway, Ivanhoe Grammar and Girls Grammer, this residence would be a great investment for a growing family or savvy investor. 

Post-war weatherboard- Stafford, QLD

Listed for the first time in 65 years, this eye-catching north facing home is crying out for some TLC. The ad spruiks three 'good sized bedrooms', an immaculate yard, a sunroom and potential to expose the hardwood timber floors throughout.

Seeking offers over $569,000, which is under the median house price for Stafford of $582,500 (YIP), this place is good buying for such a sizeable block (642sqm) only 7km from Brisbane's CBD.

Historic cottage- Glenorchy, TAS

Your chance to 'own a piece of history'. Just under 10km from the heart of Hobart this quaint cottage circa 1905 is in need of an internal makeover. The home has high ceilings, two bedrooms, one bathroom, a lounge area and open living and dining areas. The kitchen and bathroom are in need of drastic updates, but the bedrooms appear to be in good nick and would only require minor cosmetic freshening.

The listed price range is $180,000-$190,000, much lower than Glenorchy's median house price of $267,000 (YIP). The property will be tenanted until May 5 2017, which gives you plenty of time to plan your reno budget and sort out your finances to snap up this beauty.

1940s charmer- Kensington, WA

Listed from $850,000, this cute 1940s home situated on a 506sqm block has a lot of potential for renovation and even extension. Only the bathroom and kitchen would need a major overhaul, with living areas and bedrooms in good repair.

If you're looking for a home with old school elegance, this residence has a lot of beautiful original features such as high ornate ceilings, dark solid timber flooring and lead light windows and doors.

Only 7km from Perth's CBD with close proximity to Victoria Park, South Perth Foreshore and primary and secondary schools, it's easy to see why Kensington is such a highly sought after suburb.

Beach shack fixer - Sans Souci, NSW

On a level parcel of land approximately 520sqm, this little home is 'ideal to renovate or knockdown and start again'. Marketed as 'offering endless potential for transformation', the home has two bedrooms, a seperate laundry, single car garage and two living areas.

Within walking distance of the beach, shops, cafes and schools, this home is sure to attract a lot of aspiring renovators. It's up for auction on January 21 under instruction from NSW Trustee and Guardian.

Double fronted stone villa- Hindmarsh, SA

Priced at $550,000- $580,000, this incredible character home circa 1918 could be remodelled into something very special. Perfect for a growing family, the home has four bedrooms, a large open kitchen and meals area, off street parking, a large laundry, a seperate living room and a sprawling veranda and patio.

With beautiful polished timber floors throughout and immaculate period cornices and fireplaces, the large garden, and the kitchen and meals areas are the spaces most in need of improvement. The home is going to auction January 21.

Landmark home- Preston, VIC

This grand original home is situated on a large 700sqm corner block of 'prime land with great potential to restore, rebuild or redevelop (STCA)'. The property ad contains no internal images so we suspect the home will require a major overhaul. The listing describes the home as character filled with three bedrooms, a seperate laundry and a kitchen and meals area.

The location is great with public transport (trains, buses and trams), Preston market, schools and parks all within walking distance. 'A great opportunity' looking for buyers in the vicinity of $890,000.

Location, location, location- Forest Lodge, NSW

Only 4km from Sydney's CBD, this adorable white picket fenced dwelling has 'outstanding potential' to 'update and capitalise on its superb address'. Just a stroll to Annandale village, cafes, parks, waterfront, light rail and buses.

With a generously sized courtyard, three double sized bedrooms, a garage with laneway access and additional storage, this home could be transformed into an attractive urban oasis with the right improvements. This place has an asking price of $1,865,000.

Terrific terrace- Redfern, NSW

Advertised for $1.3 million, the listing advises potential buyers to 'get ready to renovate!'. The home has four bedrooms, with a large balcony off the master, a leafy courtyard, large kitchen, period fireplaces, high ceilings, original floorboards, one bathroom and a seperate laundry, all set for a 'complete makeover'.

In one of East Redfern's premier streets, this classic Victorian terrace is close to Surry Hills shops, Crown Street restaurants, Moore Park and Danks Street galleries. This home is the perfect opportunity for a seasoned renovator to roll up their sleeves and reconfigure and construct their dream home. The terrace will go to auction on February 4.

Cosy cottage- Carlton North, VIC

One of Carlton North's 'oldest and most original brick terrace houses', this home is the very definition of a renovator's delight. The first time it has been listed for sale since 1903, the home is billed as 'ready for renovation from top to toe for the next century of ownership'. 

Only 3km from Melbourne's CBD, Rathdowne village, close to trams and buses, this two bedroom residence has loads of potential just waiting to be unlocked.

We hope this list of the best renovator's delights for sale at the moment has inspired you to tackle a home reno project big or small of your own this year.

For more advice on renovating check out our guide to avoid a money guzzling renovation nightmare and tips to keep your home and belongings safe during a reno.

Happy house hunting!

The homely.com.au Team

About homely.com.au:

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5 fibs & the truth about LEDs

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5 fibs & the truth about LEDs

One of the greatest challenges in taking on the lighting for your home is deciphering the vast amount of conflicting lighting advice available online.

In many cases, information portrayed as fact is simply not.

To be fair, often, this is the result of those writing online content - be it marketing or blogs - knowing ‘just enough to be dangerous’ and not a result of an active desire to mislead or misinform.

Image: MINT Lighting

Image: MINT Lighting

I strongly believe that knowledge and understanding is the key, so here we have the first five common fibs I've found online - with simple explanations of the truth.

#1: Upgrading your halogen downlights will save you up to 80%, 70% or 90% off your lighting energy bill.

Kind of - but, no, not really.

This one’s very popular - and untangling the truth from the fiction requires an understanding of how energy is converted to light.

Basically, the truth behind this popular claim is this: To achieve such a significant saving, you must change your 50W halogen lamps to 4W or 5W LED replacements. Which is fine on the energy front, BIG saving - problem is - you'll also end up with HALF or less of the light in your home. So, you'll be saving energy...and needing a torch.

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Image: MINT Lighting

The truth: Upgrading downlights to LED is a great way to save money for minimum investment - and you can even improve the light in your home. The reality is, now with LED technology, you need AT LEAST 9W of energy to generate enough lumens from the luminaire (light fixture: in this case, a downlight) to maintain your current light levels (from 50W MR16 halogen).

#2: 'Our LED downlights are glare free.'

Unlikely.

The problem here is the general understanding of what glare is.

Glare is the result of too great a contrast between a source of light and the surrounding appearance of brightness (luminance: is how bright you perceive a surface to be) and it's the result of a poorly designed luminaire pointing light directly into your eyes.

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When using downlights - unless you use what is commonly known as a ‘darklighter’ (yeah - the lighting industry has some crazy jargon) like the one shown above, you'll have visible brightness in your ceiling from every downlight (I like to call this very special effect Gloom and Glare - dark ceiling, bright lights = nasty).

Technically, when we speak of glare from a luminaire, we're talking about the discomfort caused by light coming from the luminaire at an angle which means it hits you straight in the eye. We all know what that sort of glare looks like - and we all hate it. In fairness, these LED downlight suppliers are not outright lying - their fittings won't cause you true discomfort and they likely comply with the maximum glare ratings set by Australian Standards, but if you want the best from your downlights, and as minimal glare as possible - without losing light (which you do with the fitting shown above as it's lost inside the black casing) you need a downlight with a DEEP RECESS.

The truth: A downlight can be ‘low glare’ or ‘glare free’ and still be awful in your home. You need to use downlights that have the light source (in this case, the LEDs) set BACK into the fitting: an image shows it best...

Those shown are neither the best nor the worst I've seen, the image is provided to explain the concept.

#3: Importing your own luminaires saves money and gets the same outcome.

Admittedly this is not something promoted by lighting supply companies, but it's still a commonly held belief but the answer is...NO NO NO.

There is a good reason why you should buy your lighting from known registered businesses: there are tests and compliance requirements on all luminaires sold in this country to ensure they don't interfere with other electronics in your home, with the electrical supply to your home and that they are electrically safe. A registered business has it in their best interest to supply fully functional, tested and compliant luminaires.

Aside from the fact when you buy from a reputable company you get warranty and customer service - if you don't, how can you be sure that the luminaire you buy is safe? Unfortunately, tests can be faked, documentation can be copied, for the safety of your home and family, you need to know that anything electrical fitted off in your home will both work, and more importantly, not cause damage or danger.

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Image: MINT Lighting

Truth: If you buy your luminaires from reputable local businesses, you can be sure they comply with Australian Standards, will work on our electricity system and be backed up by a warranty and customer service should something fail.

#4: Our LEDs are from XYZ high end chip company, so they're awesome.

Well - maybe.

The way that LED chips are made, there are grades of quality produced by every manufacturer. These are sorted into bins based on performance, colour and many other factors. So, whilst the high-quality manufacturers (such as CREE, Philips, Tridonic, OSRAM, Seol etc.) make excellent LED chips and technology, just because a chip is from a major manufacturer, doesn't necessarily mean it's top bin, and doesn't mean it's great quality.

Cheaper chips from any supplier tend to be less efficient (so, less light made for the energy going in), have reduced colour rendering and have a wider difference in colour appearance.

Image: MINT Lighting

Image: MINT Lighting

The truth: Some companies use branded chips that are excellent quality - and so can rightfully claim the associated benefits. Some do not. How can you tell? Well - if one mob has branded chips for $20 and one have branded chips for $80 - chances are the $80 will be higher quality. But, because price isn't always a great indicator, for a technical analysis you need to start with a check of the CRI value (colour rendering), the SDCM value (the variation in colour appearance) and the efficacy.

#5: 'Quality LEDs', 'highest quality', 'expertly built', 'lighting specialist' etc.

Based on what? Compared to what? Who says?

My father used to tell me a story about quality control...there was factory that made canoes, and they had the best quality control out of all the businesses that made canoes. The first one they made sank - and so did all the rest.  

Quality is a subjective word. What I think of as quality lighting is not the same as what others think of as quality lighting. So, a company that has the best quality - compared to who? Compared to the bloke down the road soldering his own LED downlights from chips purchased for 50 cents online? or compared to the ERCO's and Flos's of the world?

The other one that is tricky is ‘Lighting Specialist’. It's a challenge to establish the grounds upon which people claim this. That said - The Lighting Society of Australia and New Zealand (IESANZ) is the best place to find true Lighting Professionals. Those who have undertaken a minimum of two years of lighting education and proved their skills in the industry over a minimum of four years are given the Post Nominals MIES and are deemed lighting professionals in their field. Companies who meet the requirements of the society to supply compliant luminaires can have Corporate Memberships. Beyond this, we have to take people at their word.  

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Image: MINT Lighting

The truth: Lighting Specialists should have comprehensive understanding of light, both the science and the art, and should be able to give you honest free advice. The final test unfortunately is - Does your home look great with your new lighting...or not. An expensive way to find out. Quality must be seen to be believed - check the luminaires in a dark space and see for yourself if they work - or if they don't.

It's sad to say there are many more fibs out there... and I will do my best to find them all to help you make great choices about lighting in your home. Feel free to leave a comment with any that you've spotted, and I'll be sure to cover them next time.

For your independent professional advice on how to design beautiful, functional and sustainable lighting for your home contact MINT Lighting.

Author bio:

Adele Locke is the owner/director of MINT Lighting. Her background spans from luminaire manufacturing and bespoke lighting design in the 90s to large scale commercial projects, management and architectural lighting design. She is the current President of the Illuminating Engineers Society of Australia and New Zealand, and is also a member of the International Association of Lighting Designers

MINT Lighting was established in 2012 by Adele Locke, to service home owners who wanted more from their lighting than a standard layout of downlights or bare globes on the ceiling. MINT provides accessible design advice that fits your budget and brings beauty to the light in your home. 

Hundreds of homes have been lit by MINT Lighting since 2012. As well, Adele works on small and large commercial projects, from retail to public spaces. Some of her commercial work includes AAMI Park Stadium, University of Newcastle’s’ Great Hall and Melbourne Airport. Regardless of the size of your project, we'd love to hear from you and talk about what great lighting design can do for you.

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New year, new looks to refresh your home

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New year, new looks to refresh your home

You look ahead, and the new year seems shiny, hopeful and promising. Your house, on the other hand, feels drab, boring, uninspiring…or maybe a bit outdated. People use January for a fresh start. Why can’t buildings have the same opportunity? 

Start the year right by revitalising and rejuvenating your home. Not sure where to start? Read on for some stylish and low cost suggestions. 

Start simple

If your homes exterior looks a tad dingy, you’re not necessarily facing an expensive paint project or an even more expensive cladding or rendering job. Begin with the basics. Use a pressure washer to clean all around the outside, even the patio, deck and driveway. Avoid the roof, however. A high-pressure stream of water can damage certain roofing materials.

Buy a washer, and you can make power washing an annual habit. If you’re not ready to commit, rent one to see how the process goes. It may be all you need to spruce up the exterior or your house.

Contemplate curtains

Attractive blinds or curtains brighten up any room. Droopy, dusty or outdated ones drag it down. Wash or dry clean your window treatments — whichever is appropriate. If you think they’re beyond saving, spring for some new window coverings and get an instant boost. You may not realise how dowdy your windows looked until you hang fresh, crisp curtains. Don’t spoil the new look with dirty windows. Make them sparkle as well with a thorough clean inside and out.

Ponder paint

Even if you like the colour of your walls, they should be spiffed up every few years. A fresh coat of paint can invigorate a room. Change the colour, and it’s almost like living someplace new. Don’t stop at the walls. Check baseboards, ceilings and doors to see if they need a makeover too.

Consider colour

A neutral living space is soothing and relaxing. It can also be a bit boring. Add a pop of colour in the new year to liven things up. You don’t need to paint all your walls bright red. A subtler approach is effective but not jarring. Think about:

  • Introducing throw pillows
  • Replacing your bedspread
  • Adding a picture or wall hanging
  • Laying down an area rug
  • Maintaining a large vase filled with flowers

If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, brighten up a room by painting a door or a wall a vibrant colour to add interest.

Clear away chaos

Look around your home. Do you see piles, stacks and jumbles of clutter that have accrued during the last several months? January is a good time to eliminate clutter. Sort through everything that’s just lying around. If you don’t need an item anymore, donate or toss it. Tackle one room at a time so you’re not overwhelmed.

Put everything where it belongs: important papers in file folders, shoes in the closet, books in the bookcase. If a mountain has accumulated because you don’t have a proper storage place — like a CD rack — get one now and start the new year organised.

Undertake an update

For most people, redecorating your entire home isn’t financially feasible. It’s also probably unnecessary. Walk through your rooms and scrutinise the furnishings. Write down everything you’d like to replace. Then decide where you want to start. A new sofa for the living room? A rug in the bedroom? An easy chair for the family room? Changing out one piece at a time makes redecorating much more affordable. Plus, now you have a list for future purchases to work towards.

Spice up the kitchen

The kitchen is a workspace. If you spend a lot of time there, you’d also like it to be inviting. Kitchen renovations are pricey, so if you're on a small budget enliven the room with accent features. Try:

  • Replacing old drawer and cabinet pulls and handles. Stainless steel looks both modern and classic. It’s also affordable and durable.
  • Putting out colourful new dishtowels and accessories (think toasters, kettles, oven mitts, salt and pepper grinders etc.).
  • Adding a decorative bowl or box that’s also useful for storage.

Appraise the air

How are your homes ceiling fans holding up? Do you even have fans? Those whirling blades distribute air properly and can cut both heating and cooling costs. A ceiling fan isn’t exactly subtle. If yours is old and dilapidated, a new one will dress up the room and improve airflow. If you are fan-less, consider installing a few. It’s a great combination: both charming and functional especially for hot stuffy summer nights.

Look at lighting

Proper lighting warms up a room. If you’ve got a dark, gloomy space, bring in the shine. There are lots of options. Some are do-it-yourself; others require an electrician:

  • Replace an old ceiling light with something contemporary.
  • Add a floor or table lamp.
  • Switch out the lamp shade on an existing light.
  • Try a different kind of bulb to change the mood. Go for a soft glow, a bright ray or a fun, unconventional colour.

That should be enough ideas to kick off your new year home makeover. What are you waiting for? Get busy and give your home a new lease on life for 2017!

Author bio:

Kacey Mya is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine.

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How to keep your cool in the bedroom on steamy nights

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How to keep your cool in the bedroom on steamy nights

Don’t let a hot summer night ruin your sleep.

It’s official – the chill of winter is just a memory and we can emerge from our warm, stuffy burrows to sniff the air and greet the sun. Although summer brings an invigorating feeling of freedom from bundling up in woolly layers and hogging the heater, clammy summer nights frequently impair effective sleep. Here’s how to be a cool cat in a bedroom that lowers your temperature, and increases all-important rest time.

Love your linen

Bedlinen has a significant effect on sleep quality. In hot weather, the prime factors are breathability, and moisture-wicking, the ability of fabric to draw moisture from skin to outer layers of clothing or release it into the air. Natural fabrics are more effective at this than blends containing polyester or other synthetics. Cotton and linen are superb for breathability, and bamboo has superior moisture-wicking abilities.

Need a summer duvet? Find one on Houzz

Open wide

It’s been proven that a cool bedroom, around 18 to 20°C, promotes restful sleep, even in winter. A well-ventilated room is essential to prevent a stuffy atmosphere that gets warmer during the night. Without resorting to power-hungry air-con, try opening windows to take advantage of lower night temperatures and fresh air.

Tip: If bedroom windows are exposed to full sun during the day, keep them closed and curtains and blinds drawn to stop heat build-up. Open them when the sun goes down and temperatures drop.

Green your space

Indoor plants are useful for reasons other than their charm. Some plants have a positive effect on air quality, removing toxins and increasing oxygen and moisture content. The snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata), also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, is one of only a few plants that release oxygen into the air at night; it’s the perfect plant to have in your bedroom as you sleep.

Areca palm (Dypsis lutescens), also known as butterfly or golden cane palm, is a natural humidifier, ideal for an arid climate with hot dry air. Also consider placing therapeutic plants like lavender and jasmine within two square metres of your sleeping zone.

Did you know? In India, vetiver (Chrysopogon zizanioides) grass roots are woven into window blinds and curtains. They are sprinkled with water and become a natural coolant when hot air passes through them. Sleeping nets are sometimes wrung out in vetiver water and draped over beds and windows for cooling, fragrant sleep. Vetiver grass plants are available from some organic herb farms and nurseries.

10 hottest indoor plants

Lower the lights

All lights, including light from our technology, exude some heat, so keep reading lights low and turn off other appliances in the room, especially in a small bedroom. Low-wattage lighting in the cool blue spectrum is visually comfortable for bedrooms, so change globes if yours are bright and warm.

Tip: Candlelight may provide enough light to get ready for bed, though not for reading. A few tealights emit a negligible amount of heat – you’d need about 30 burning for several hours before any difference was noticed.

Colour for cool

Practise chromatherapy, the use of colour to create changes in mood. It’s well known that we react to different colours in unique ways. Colour consultant Jacquelene Symond says colour is one of the strongest stimuli we receive and one of the first things we see in any design, no matter how subtle. 'Keep in mind the primary use of your space before choosing a colour palette,' Symond says. 'Fire-engine red, for example, can be arousing and exciting, while light blue can be cooling and relaxing', paler blues heading towards grey are particularly soothing.

Don’t overlook the soothing, cooling response that green evokes. Greens are having a moment, appearing in Dulux’s latest colour trend predictions. Just in time for summer, the coolest green ever, eau de nil, is getting a look-in and is a great shade to introduce to your summer bedroom. Put away the warm-toned throws and cushions and get some green going. Other cool green options are frosty mint, pale and chalky sage or clean and intense emerald.

Did you know? Bedbugs are attracted to red and black sheets but avoid green ones!

White is the classic cooler. Our summer clothes tend towards pale and floaty, so continue this tactic in the bedroom. A complete white-out may verge on sterile, so perk it up with touches of crisp, fresh accent colours – the beauty of white is its unmatched ability to fraternise with so many colours.

Say nightie-night

Sleepers have strong opinions about what to wear to bed, and a survey by mattress company Ergoflex showed only 18 per cent of Australians sleep au naturel. With nothing between you and the sheets, your body temperature regulates itself naturally.

If nocturnal nudity isn’t for you, wear night attire that helps keep you cool. Lightweight cotton is breathable, but not as effective at wicking moisture away from the skin as bamboo and silk. Loose nightwear is good, but not loose enough to wake you up in a tangle.

Go to the net

A bedroom ventilated with unscreened open windows is an invitation to critters that whine and flap, and worse, bite. Mozzie nets allow sleepers to wear as little as they like – sometimes a sheet is too much and all that hot skin attracts unwanted attention from insects. Hang ready-made nets from a ceiling hook, or consider building a timber frame or cane hoop over the bed to drape several metres of muslin or netting. Nets allow you to throw open the windows, and they look breezy and summery.

Join the fan club

Modern fans are becoming more and more efficient – quiet, stylish and brilliant at moving air around. Positioned where a sleeping body enjoys maximum cooling air movement, a fan is a good investment in comfort. A cheaper option is a small standing bedside fan – there are some very cute ones out there, and they add a hint of retro to decor.

Tip: Direct a fan at damp muslin fabric laid over you as you sleep – it’s deliciously cool!

Browse ceiling fans for your bedroom

Picture yourself cool

It’s all in the mind, but images can create sensations of heat or cold in our bodies. Try staring at a picture of leaping flames or a bushfire and see how it makes you feel. Hang water-themed artwork that brings to mind cool ocean depths, translucent glaciers or tranquil lakes. Audio tracks of rain, surf and waterfalls are another way of harnessing water’s cooling influence.

Cut the clutter

Mess causes stress, stress releases chemicals that make you feel hot, and that in turn affects comfortable sleep. A few minutes spent tidying the bedroom, putting away clothes and clearing unnecessary items from bedside tables helps you feel cool, calm and collected come bedtime. You may not want to go as far as this scantily furnished bedroom, but declutter to your personal idea of ‘tidy’.

Splash ’n' sleep

One of the most pleasant ways to hit the sheets with cool skin is a two-minute, just-tepid shower immediately before bedtime. Give extra attention to feet and give them a cold swoosh before you dry off.

Tip: Finish your shower with an after-bath body mist of lightly perfumed cologne that has been chilling in the fridge – citrus, green tea or rose are calming and cooling.

Stay hydrated

Our bodies lose moisture during hot nights and waking up parched and having to get out of bed for water steals precious sleep time. Instead of drinking lots just before bed, sip water continually during the day and keep a carafe or jug of iced water within easy reach of the bed.

Play musical beds

Check out other bedrooms or spaces in your house for night-time temperatures. You may be sleeping – or attempting to – in the hottest room in the house. Swapping sleeping spaces could be the solution to a more relaxing summer.

Be a kid again

Do you have childhood memories of being allowed to sleep outside on hot summer nights? A tent, a torch and a bag of midnight snacks, tucked up under a tree in the garden, was a treat for me and my siblings, and I feel quite nostalgic for those cool nocturnal adventures, snug behind a mozzie net within a reassuring ‘cooee’ of our parents. Recreate a childhood ‘camping-out’ occasion in the garden or in a screened verandah, or on a deck or balcony to stay cool.

How do you cope with hot summer nights at your house? Share your ideas in the comments section below.

This article was originally published on the Houzz.com.au. Read the original article here.

Author bio:

Janet Dunn is a Houzz Australia Contributor, former NZ House & Garden writer and stylist, and avid interior design enthusiast. Ex-restaurateur and caterer, with a Professional Certificate in Gastronomy, University of Adelaide. I spend time in two beautiful places: the Sunshine Coast and the Southern Highlands. I edit and write for Protect Wooli website, a project to re-vegetate and conserve the dune and beach at Wooli on NSW's north coast.

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10 ideas to maximise your bathroom space

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10 ideas to maximise your bathroom space

Whether you have a small bathroom or one that is in dire need of better organisation, at smarterBATHROOMS+ we know there’s one thing that everyone can appreciate: more space.

While many of our clients want to completely renovate the bathroom by knocking down walls to increase their square meterage, that isn’t the only solution. There are quite a few things which homeowners can replace or update to give the impression of more space, while increasing the functionality of their bathroom.

Here are 10 things you can do to maximise your space – and it all starts with one of our favourites:

1. Install a wall-mounted basin and/or vanity

A wall-mounted basin frees up much needed additional floor space. We often install open storage shelves beneath wall-mounted basins that homeowners then fill with towels, baskets and other decorative items, leading us to our next tip…

2. Choose open storage options

Rather than use cabinetry with doors that need to swing out, maximise space by choosing open storage shelving. This type of storage will also free up valuable cupboard space in other areas of the home.

3. Get rid of the clutter

Instantly add more space by getting rid of unnecessary clutter on the floor. This means placing hampers, scales and larger wastebaskets in other rooms.

4. Change the way your door swings

Simple and yet rarely considered, changing the way your door swings can add valuable space to your bathroom. If your bathroom door currently swings into the bathroom, flip it around so that it swings outwards. Better yet, talk to us about installing a pocket door, which glides quietly into the wall and takes up no additional space in your home.

5. Swap-in adjustable lighting

Adjustable lighting allows you to turn your bathroom into a multifunctional space, where you can use brighter lighting to get ready for work in the morning but then dim the lights and enjoy a languid soak in the tub in the evening.

6. Make use of recessed shelving and accessories

Recessed accessory niches are not only on-trend, they’re incredibly useful. Having recessed niches in the shower, above the vanity and around the toilet area creates visual interest, while eliminating the need for having objects protrude out into your valuable floor space.

7. Choose clear glass over shower curtains

Shower curtains are way out of date. While they may not take up a lot of actual space, they visually separate your bathroom and give the impression of it being far smaller than it is. Replace them with a glass enclosure to create a subtle divide which is barely noticeable at first glance. Take it one step further and install a frameless shower screen.

8. Focus on your vertical space

Many of our clients focus on the floor space while leaving a lot of valuable vertical space vastly underused. We look at all potential areas where additional storage and shelving can be added, such as:

  • Above the door
  • Corner shelving units
  • Tall and thin shelving units

9. Pick mirrors over medicine cabinets

While useful, the traditional bathroom medicine cabinet is bulky and intrusive. We often recommend replacing it in favour of a vanity mirror or recessed mirrored shaving cabinet. The mirror is not only functional, but it will reflect light which will visually add space to the room.

10. Update your fixtures

Renovating the bathroom to include smaller modern fixtures will increase the storage capacity of the room while creating a more luxurious and relaxing space.

Don’t let what should be your cosy, intimate sanctuary become overburdened and spatially challenged. Contact smarterBATHROOMS+ today to explore the many ways you can maximise your space.

For more bathroom inspiration check out these 6 bathroom tile trends we're obsessed with and 5 affordable bathroom updates (no reno required)

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smarterBATHROOMS+ is a Registered Domestic Builder based in Port Melbourne, Australia. We are a family owned and run business who have been offering full-service design, build and project management for over 14 years, giving you peace of mind with a turn-key solution to your renovation needs. We pride ourselves on the timely delivery of outstanding building works tailored to your style and your budget. Book a free in-home consultation here.

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Planning for financial success in 2017

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Planning for financial success in 2017

The new year is obviously a time for resolutions. This year however, why not try something other than another fad diet, gym membership, or a commitment to quit partying too hard every weekend?

Financial planning isn’t something people want to think about a great deal, and it’s not the sort of revolutionary, attention grabbing thing that most new year’s resolutions are made of. However, you might find that a bit of a glance at your monetary situation could be exactly what you need to get ahead in the new year. Here are our tips for successful financial planning in 2017.

Consider your wants and needs

What do you want from this year? A new career? A car? A six-month holiday in Thailand? Perhaps just the financial stability to kick your filthy housemates to the curb and get your own place?

Putting a financial plan in place is not a one size fits all proposition; everybody is different. That might sound like a cliché, and it is, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. A person in their thirties with a mortgage, a dog and two and a half kids is going to need to make very different considerations than a 20-year-old student with a laptop, credit card debt and a bag of tomatoes going mouldy in the fridge. 

The key is a budget. First, determine how much cash flow you know you’ll have coming in. Next, make a list of all the expenses you simply must put aside for, things you can’t delay or miss. Rent, food and bills are the obvious candidates, but you could easily have other expenses to allow for as well. Once you have that worked out, everything left over is money you can play with. This is the money that you’ll be putting towards the things you want to achieve this year. Whether this is buying a house or a subscription to Netflix is irrelevant, the point is to know what you want while also knowing how you’re going to afford it. 

Consider alternatives

Odds are good that you’re currently paying some sort of perpetual fee. Insurance for example. Most people set this up and then promptly forget about it until a bill shows up. But apart from grumbling blackly and breaking out the Mi Goreng, what exactly can you do? Bills are bills, and sometimes you just need to suck it up and pay for it. 

Not exactly. Insurance companies and service providers thrive on customers who never think twice about the service they’re getting and what they’re paying for it, which means you’re almost certainly not getting the best deal. However, those self-same companies are always looking at their competitors and wondering how to snatch away their customers. The easiest way is to offer a more competitive product. 

Take a look at what you’re paying for insurance, electricity and entertainment and then spend an afternoon Googling better options. You might be surprised at how much you can save. If you’re not quite sure where to start, there are a host of services out there that can do the job for you, for free! Think Compare the Market, iSelect and others. Remember too that your current provider will be desperate to keep your business. Play the competitors against each other and watch the dollars fall off your bills. 

Don’t ignore debt

Debt is easy to accumulate and hard to get rid of. Instead of paying the minimum amount back, see if there aren’t sacrifices you can make in your budget that will allow you to make bigger repayments. Doing so will reduce the amount of interest you pay, which means that while you might feel a bit poorer in the short term, you can be comforted in the knowledge that you will eventually come out ahead, and sooner than you would have otherwise. 

Of course, not everyone can make bigger repayments on their various debts. Sometimes, there’s nothing left over after essentials. In this case, you’re going to have to be more proactive. Try speaking to a financial advisor about how you can make your money go further, or simply look at ways you can increase your cash flow. Is it time to push for a pay rise, or perhaps even start looking for jobs elsewhere? You decide. 

Invest within your means

Investing your money now so that it will do more for you later is something most people do in some form or another. Apart from superannuation however, it can be difficult to get started in investing, especially when you’re asked to weigh up risk factors, return on investment, affordability and many other challenges. 

That said, investing is almost always worth the hassle. However, you should be confident in your investments, and you must be able to afford it. For a young person just starting out, a long-term savings account or some small-time speculation in shares can be the perfect way in. A young person generally has less money to play with, and therefore it can be a good idea to be cautious with your investments. One too many risky speculations could easily end in a disaster from which it can be tough to recover. For more established people, a diverse investment portfolio can include shares, property, bonds and more. With more reserves to fall back on, the investments can be higher, riskier, and the returns correspondingly bigger. 

Whatever your situation, the new year is the time to finally take a hard look at what you want your money to be doing for you, and to start taking steps towards making that happen. 

Author bio:

Tim Vize is the Strategic Communications Manager for My Wealth Solutions. My Wealth Solutions is a Brisbane based non-institutionally owned financial planning company focused on helping people create, grow and protect their wealth. The team of experienced financial advisors at My Wealth Solutions are able to help with any property investment advice issue you may have.

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How to turn over a new financial leaf in 2017

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How to turn over a new financial leaf in 2017

New Year’s Eve means many things. Celebrations, fireworks, maybe some champagne. When January first hits, it’s time for those new year’s resolutions to start streaming in.

Do yoga 16 times a week. Only eat activated quinoa. Exude calm and tranquillity at all times.

Amongst these (not always realistic) new year’s resolutions will often be some financial goals. In fact, a recent survey from life admin experts iSelect has revealed that the majority (59%) of Australian households say they’re looking to be smarter with their money in the new year.

Nevertheless, while many of us enter the new year with good financial intentions we may not know exactly where to start. But financial resolutions don’t need to be unrealistic. Count down to new years with iSelect expert Laura Crowden as she explains how to turn over a new financial leaf in 2017, ticking off these resolutions quickly and painlessly.

5…Enjoy the endless summer

Whilst the holiday season might be over, summer most definitely isn’t. The most effective way to save money on your energy bills is by ensuring you’re on the best energy plan to begin with.

Reducing your consumption won't necessarily make a significant impact on your energy bill so the best approach is to take the time to assess your energy needs to find the most cost-effective option for you, all year round.

4…Walk on the wild side

But make sure you’re insured with the right health plan. Consider your current and future health needs - a good place to start is by reviewing the events happening in your life right now, or in the offing at some point in 2017. It could be a child on the horizon, a wedding, or the kids moving out of home. These need to be taken into account, as your health insurance policy should change as your lifestyle does.

3…Spend your money on what you want

And make it worth it. When you’re considering health insurance, the value lies in being covered for the extras that you actually need, rather than the many other extras that you are unlikely to claim on. You can also make life easier by considering flexible extras products that combine your separate extras limits into a single annual limit to use across different services.

2…Netflix 'n save

If you’re feeling weak at the knees after a slightly over done New Year’s Eve you might be in the mood to stream some Keeping up with the Kardashians. It's worth looking out for quota-free offers where streaming services like Telstra TV, Netflix, Stan or Presto are included in your plan and don't come out of your data limit. This may enable you to go on a lower data plan than if you had to take your TV streaming into account.

1…Score a home run

…by saving money on your home loan. It seems many mortgage holders prefer to save by cutting back on day to day costs rather than taking the time to see if switching to a different home loan provider could ease the pressure on the household budget. It’s worth seeing what other home loan products might suit you better, as a lower interest rate could end up saving you thousands over the lifetime of the loan.

And there you go – you are set to turn over a new leaf in 2017…financially at least. Maintaining your new exercise regime may not be quite so easy…

Happy New Year!

Author bio:

Laura Crowden works for life admin experts iSelect. When she isn't providing advice on how to find the right energy, broadband or insurance plan, Laura can be found tackling home renovations (to varying degrees of success) or eating ice cream. She loves getting a good deal, sparkly things, her cat & G&Ts.

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What’s new in tile design for 2017

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What’s new in tile design for 2017

2017 is shaping up to be a massive year in the tiling world, with more and more people daring to create stunning feature walls with decorative tiles in their wet areas. Tiles that dare to be different are going to be the new black (or concrete grey) for 2017.

Here are our predictions of the top 6 trends for tile design in 2017:

1. Geometric

2016 saw a rise in the hexagon tile and 2017 is going to take this trend of geometric shapes above and beyond, with more exotic shapes taking centre stage. Look out for stunning picket porcelain tiles in a range of styles and colours. Geometric tiles create a bold, contemporary look. Add a dash of colour to take it to the next level.

Image: Design Tiles

Image: Design Tiles

2. Texture

No longer will you see plain tiles on bathroom and kitchen walls, with textured tiles coming into vogue. You’ll be seeing texture in the form of patterns but also surfaces that have a textured finish that you won't be able to stop yourself touching. This will range from brick lookalikes to classic Spanish patterns. This look will create a fun and inviting space anywhere in the house.

3. Inconsistent colours

Gone are the days of perfectly coloured neat tiles. In 2017 you will notice a rise in patchy, inconsistent colour or worn out looking tiles. This look will create that hand made; authentic feel people are now wanting from their tiles. The beauty will be in the way each tile looks unique as if it is a one off.

Image: Design Tiles

Image: Design Tiles

4. 3D

3D tiles are the new contender for 2017 with people wanting to take their love of geometric tiles up a notch. 3D tiles literally make a room ‘pop’ and provide a feature wall like no other! 3D tiles are taking over the splash back world, as well as feature walls in bathrooms. With a range of different styles coming on the market, including for floors, there'll be a style to suit every project. So dare to be different and stand out (literally!) from the rest with 3D tiles.

Image: Design Tiles

Image: Design Tiles

5. Subways

The ever-faithful subway tile will continue to reign supreme in 2017. However, more styles, colours, textures and finishes are flooding the market with a combination of the first four trends discussed above being incorporated in the subway market. You'll see people taking subway laying to a whole new level with the brick pattern being over shadowed by vertical laying and herringbone becoming the new favourite.

6. Blue/green tones

2017 will see blue/green shades being the colours of the year! Pantone have announced the shade 'Greenery’ as the colour of the year for 2017 and this will be reflected all throughout the design world, including interior tile design.

We hope these bold tile design trends have inspired you to take a more daring approach in your tile selection in 2017. For more inspiration check out these bathroom tile trends we love.

Author bio:

Emily Taylor is the marketing and sales consultant for Design Tiles. She has a background in communication and marketing and recently completed her bachelor’s degree. Since joining the team at Rockdale in August 2016 she has found a real passion for tile design and colour and enjoys helping customers bring their ideas to life.

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Design Tiles is located in Rockdale, NSW and was established in 1999 because of a passion for delivering design, quality and service. With Ibrahim a tiler of 20 years’ experience and Pelin a qualified decorator, they found that when people were undertaking a design project in their home or business, they really needed some expert help to get the results they were really looking for.

Design Tiles offers free 1 hour design consultations with a qualified interior designer to help you bring our project to life. Our showroom in Rockdale showcases a wide variety of tiles including decorative, natural stone, porcelain and mosaics and bathroom ware. Visit our website to see what we stock or visit our showroom to have a chat with one of our friendly staff members.

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Hottest outdoor living designs for 2017

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Hottest outdoor living designs for 2017

Outdoor areas have evolved massively over the last few years and the trend doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. What was once a simple space has progressed into an additional living and entertaining area; an essential room that blends the inside and outside world seamlessly together.

With the beginning of the new year only moments away, it doesn’t hurt to stay ahead of the curve. 2017 has some fantastic outdoor design trends to start implementing into your space today. From retro comebacks to colour splashes, and a focus on sustainability, minimalism and low maintenance; any home maker can create the ultimate outdoor area.

Maintenance free decking

No one wants a space that consumes a lot of their time by having to fix things up every few years. Whilst many homeowners do love tending to their outdoor rooms, 2017 brings with it ease and functionality so you have more time to enjoy your oasis. This is where maintenance free composite decking comes in. Decking is one of those essential outdoor features that completely transforms a space. As pretty as it is, it comes with a lot of upkeep and maintenance requirements to keep it looking good.

Timber decking provides a warmth and sense of character to an outdoor room that’s undeniable. But the drawbacks are that they’re prone to termites, mould and planks splitting. They also need regular staining and repainting. Composite decking is huge for 2017 because it offers the same natural appeal of timber decking without the hassle. Utilising a mix of plastic and wood, composite decking is mould and weather resistant with little to no maintenance needed. For green minded homeowners, it’s a sustainable decision too.

LED mood lighting

Lighting has always played a big role in outdoor designs but next year things are getting a little quirkier with lighting placement and styles. LED lighting is one of the top trends in outdoor lighting for 2017 because it’s both practical and affordable. Set the mood in your space by using LEDs along pathways, under trees, around the pool or other focal points.

Image: On Common Ground Landscapes

Image: On Common Ground Landscapes

Pendant lighting and outdoor floor lamps are hot for 2017 too. Whilst pendant lighting has usually dominated the indoor world, contemporary designs like silhouette bowl pendants are taking over outdoor spaces. For floor lamps, think warm metals utilised for task lighting, like outdoor sitting areas and kitchens.

Retro furniture trends

Outdoor furniture has always been a little more courageous than indoor furniture and the new year still plays on this heavily. Retro trends are back in fashion with groovy tried and trusted 60s items making a reappearance. Still combined with modern comfort, swivel chairs, foldable beach chairs and bold coloured sofas will be all the rage in outdoor spaces in 2017.

Image: Axis Mundi

Image: Axis Mundi

One-of-the-kind furniture adds a unique touch, with the use of recycled and upcycled materials on trend for 2017. Look for feature pieces that have been crafted from fish boat wood and other salvaged supplies to add rustic charm. Dress the furniture up with playful patterns and vivid colours using throws, cushions and rugs.

Image: Small Garden Love

Image: Small Garden Love

Working with nature

Playing with organic matter is going to be big for 2017. As the indoor world merges with the outdoors, this look encourages homeowners to work with nature beyond the typical green wall. The trend explores total organic-ness in outdoor spaces without the need to restrict or control. It embraces a more natural and unstructured process, like overgrown plants hanging over rooftop patios to change the outline of already established shapes. Utilising crisp blues and greens with urban concretes, the trend sees lots of overlapping and layering of foliage and textures.

Fire pits vs. fire pit tables

The last few years have seen fire pits edge their way into outdoor living, but the new year will see fire pit tables play a bigger role in outdoor design. As opposed to its smaller companion, fire pit tables are making more of an impact when it comes to outdoor living. They combine practicality with a decorative element and encourage homeowners to relax by the fire, with the comfort and practicality of table space too.

Fire pit tables can also be utilised during the warmer months as a frameless table surface and can be constructed in metal, stone, aluminium and wrought iron to suit any outdoor area.

Image: All Backyard Fun

Image: All Backyard Fun

For more ways to dress up your outdoor area this summer check out these five alfresco design tips, relaxing outdoor reading nook ideas and how to pimp out your pergola on a budget.

Author bio:

This article is written by Jayde Ferguson, who writes for NewTechWood Australia – a pioneer in the development and manufacture of outdoor composite wood decking, fencing, wall cladding, screening and more. You can catch Jayde on Google+.

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The 5 best materials for kitchen cabinets & joinery

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The 5 best materials for kitchen cabinets & joinery

You can imagine that when I’m asked about materials for kitchen joinery, all the options, styles and textures excite us here at GIA Bathrooms and Kitchens.

It's very hard to choose a favourite or single out just five, as it depends on your individual style, needs and budget. However, we have compiled a list of what we think are the five best materials for kitchen joinery in terms of practicality, budget and durability to help inform your next kitchen project.

Image: GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens

Image: GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens

1) Solid timber

Using solid timber joinery in your kitchen provides the longest lasting finish with the bonus option of simply re sanding, staining or painting to change the look of your kitchen down the track. 

There are so many additional benefits of using this material. Timber rarely shows dirt or ageing and its durable finish is perfect for busy high traffic family kitchens. Another pro of solid timber joinery is that the natural colour pallet of timber ties into almost any style of kitchen, flooring and home decor, instantly creating a feature that does not date.

2) Laminate

You cannot go wrong with using laminate in your kitchen. Not only does this finish provide a very durable surface, it also has an extensive colour range and contemporary textured range to match any style or vision. It’s an extremely cost effective option and looks great in any style of kitchen.

Image: GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens

Image: GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens

3) Black marine plywood

The timber edges of black marine ply are left exposed as a very impressive design feature. The sleek look is a result of how plywood is constructed – by pressing thin layers of timber together. This suits inner-city chic, industrial or ultra-modern kitchen designs and has the added bonuses of remaining a cost-effective option, as well as a very durable material.

Just to give you a little background on plywood, it’s made from thin layers of wood glued together, typically with the grains positioned at different angles for added strength. It’s available in sheets of different sizes and ply types. Though it is dearer than MDF (medium-density fibrewood), plywood is still generally more affordable than solid wood.

Plywood has the following advantages over MDF:

  • Strength
  • Screw support
  • Suitable for exterior jobs
  • Aesthetically better looking in its raw state 
Image: Bodie & Fou Blog

Image: Bodie & Fou Blog

4) Pre-finished veneers

Pre-finished veneers are also a favourite here at GIA Bathrooms and Kitchens. We explain to our clients that what you see is what you get, and that’s always the case! These veneers are 'pre-finished' so you don't need to worry about what the actual veneer colour will result in.

You must remember that most veneers are 'raw finished' in the sample folders, so you're often left surprised at how dark or even red the timber becomes once the two pack lacquer has been applied. Not only are pre-finished veneers very durable, specifically in vertical uses, it’s also great for statements or feature areas in the kitchen.

5) Two pack

Two pack is renowned for being one of the best type of high gloss looks available. As a material, it’s very flexible in uses and can be applied to any material surface/style of doors. For examples; shaker, Provincial, plain, timber and even stainless steel. The most beneficial aspect of using two pack in your kitchen is that you’re able to do an exact colour match with your walls in the home. It’s a classic, high end option, that will always be appreciated.

Image: GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens

Image: GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens

For more advice on getting your kitchen reno right check these 11 kitchen design tips and tricks and our kitchen lighting guide.

Author bio:
Illan Elberg is the Sales & Marketing Manager of GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens. We are a specialist design & renovation company in Melbourne, with over 25 years experience, providing our clients with quality and customised transformation. 

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GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens provide a completed design & construct service. We provide clients with customised designs, and quality workmanship, with out start to finish service. For further information, please visit www.giarenovations.com.au.

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5 dashing home décor trends for 2017

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5 dashing home décor trends for 2017

If you’re renovating, redecorating or building a home in 2017 these are the hottest design trends you need to add to your inspiration board today.

Looking for a bold new look as the new year approaches? Well now’s the perfect time to take stock of up and coming home décor trends that'll be on everyone's radar come 2017.

Image: Siobhan Donoghue Design

Image: Siobhan Donoghue Design

Expect to see a move away from the clean lines of minimalist Scandi styles of 2016, and make way for more eclectic, organic and textural furnishings and finishes in the home. 

With the support of interior design experts here are the home décor trends you’ll be loving in 2017.

Image: Dulux

Image: Dulux

Au naturel

In terms of textiles and soft furnishings natural fibres and materials will dominate 2017 interior design. Invest in rugged and rustic textural homewares that feel like the material they’re made from.

Keep your eyes peeled for woven jute rugs, clay pottery, linen slip covers, terracotta pots and tiles, the revival of cane and rattan furniture, seagrass baskets and bamboo homewares.

Image: Decorpad

Image: Decorpad

According to Dulux Communications Manager and Colour Planner extraordinaire Andrea Lucena-Orr the must-have furniture item for 2017 are pieces made of 'woven leather or woven textiles with an emphasis on tactility'.

'There is so much in texture, from textiles to tiles to floor coverings; it is a key trend in 2017', Andrea explains.

In regards to kitchen design 'we’re seeing stronger colours on higher cabinetry and natural granite and stone in more of an organic appearance (not heavily polished) for benchtops,' Andrea says.

In a move away from copper, rose gold and shiny metallic home fittings, Andrea predicts we’ll see the rise of metals in their natural aged states. She predicts 'burnished and aged metal furnishings and accessories will be on trend' for 2017.

Image: Zip Water

Image: Zip Water

Paint it grey

In relation to fashionable paint colours for 2017 stylist, decorator, homewares buyer and co-founder of The Decorating School Emma Blomfield says that 'grey is here to stay. We saw it come into fashion a couple of years ago and it’s not going anywhere'.

Andrea backs this expectation explaining that 'muted greiges (grey beiges) are growing in popularity'. Andrea suggests the best colour scheme to invest in now is use of 'soft greys for the main colour. Look to the gorgeous shades of Dulux Silkwort, Tranquil Retreat or Dieskau for inspiration. They have great versatility and work with many colours'.

Image: Tailored Space Interiors

Image: Tailored Space Interiors

Preen over green

In line with the organic and natural theming of the moment, soothing foliage-based greens are on the hot colour scheme agenda. Andrea says 'khaki green will take a step forward in 2017, with Dulux’s Army Fatigues taking centre stage'.

Emma also explains we can expect to see 'pastel tones on the walls like sage greens and soft blues' which are great for their calming effects without dominating a space.

Image: Housely

Image: Housely

'Greenery or interior plants are still trending', Andrea points out. When it comes to house plants in 2017 more is more and we can expect lush leafy houseplants and foliage prints taking pride position in interior spaces from bedrooms, bathrooms and living areas alike.

Introduce potted olive trees, palm trees and crocodile ferns for an instant deluxe boost of greenery and life to any interior space.

Image: Period Homes, Inc.

Image: Period Homes, Inc.

The formal dining comeback

We can expect to see a move away from open plan living in 2017 as the impractical realities of this layout have set in. With combined kitchens, meals, living and study areas homeowners are experiencing problems with cooking smells and noise and are moving back towards more traditional defined living layouts.

Cancel your plans to convert that disused formal dining area into a rumpus or cinema room, Emma has seen a shift in people 'opting to bring back the formal dining space in favour of family time around the dinner table and entertaining guests on weekends'.

Andrea says we can anticipate 'entertainment spaces that blur the line between inside and out to still very much be the popular design choice with new builds and renovations'.

Globe-trotting

Mixing eclectic styles from different exotic cultures from around the world is going to be in in a big way in the new year.

Image: Breeze Giannasio Interiors

Image: Breeze Giannasio Interiors

Combine colourful, crafty and intricate artefacts and textiles from your travels to develop your own unique ‘global nomad’ style.

Layer on Moroccan floor cushions, Aztec print rugs, woven tribal baskets and woollen macramé wall hangings to get the look.

Image: Deborah French Designs

Image: Deborah French Designs

In terms of on vogue colour schemes Andrea predicts we’ll see the rise of 'deep oranges and reds such as Dulux’s Temptress and Gold Pheasant inspired by the diversity of cultural influences from as far as South America across to the Middle East'.

Image: Mark Design

Image: Mark Design

Key to nailing design trends of 2017 is the mind-set of ‘imperfect is perfect enough’. Embrace your individuality and have fun with an eclectic mix of natural textures, cultural styles and vibrant colours at home in the new year.

What interior design trend are you most excited for in 2017? Let us know in the comments section below.

Happy decorating!

The homely.com.au Team

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The 7 best Australian towns for a seachange

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The 7 best Australian towns for a seachange

Every year more and more Australians are opting for a slower pace of life and moving from capital cities to settle down in coastal towns, a move commonly referred to as a seachange.

According to The New Daily, around 15,000 Australians annually are seeing if the grass is really greener on the other side by moving from the city to a small town in a tree or sea change.

No longer just a venture for retirees, the ABS found that 79 per cent of seachangers moving to coastal communities are aged under 50, with half aged under 30.

If you’re tired of the hustle and bustle of city living, sick of sitting in rush hour traffic, unhappy living a little too close for comfort to neighbours, and dreaming of more affordable housing and wide open spaces, a seachange may be the worth considering.

To inform your decision, The New Daily released a list of the best seachange towns in Australia. A town planner and urban geographer looked at 11 criteria when combing Australia for these coastal gems including employment prospects, vibrancy, natural beauty, beach quality, housing affordability, infrastructure and climate.

Here's what you need to know about the top seven best Aussie towns for a seachange if you're considering whether a big move and change of lifestyle is right for you.

1. Noosa Heads, QLD

As the number one Aussie town for a seachange Noosa Heads has a lot of things going for it. Highlights include a breathtaking coastline, its national park, nature walks, rainforest views, resorts, restaurants, shopping, surf beaches, great fishing, water skiing and farmers markets, just to name a few! Our local experts describe it as 'the ideal seachange' where 'the lifestyle is relaxed, the people friendly and the community is really engaged in maintaining what makes Noosa special'.

Distance to a capital city- Situated on the Sunshine Coast 135km north of Brisbane or a one hour and 50 min drive.

Stats- $795k Median House Price (MHP) & 3.06% Annual Capital Growth (ACG) (Your Investment Property Mag).

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2. Terrigal, NSW

With postcard perfect beaches, serene lagoons that are a hit with families, paddleboaders, kayakers, kite surfers and fishermen alike, its easy to see the attraction Terrigal holds for many in search of a beachy small town feel. Local experts sing praise of this 'awesome little towns' relaxing vibe, 'great coffee culture and amazing holiday feel!'. Residents report that living there is 'like being on a permanent holiday'.

Distance to a capital city- Located 88km north-east of Sydney, about an hour and a half drive. 

Stats- $811,250 MHP & 4.19% ACG.

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3. Warrnambool, VIC

For those looking for a seachange in Victoria with affordable housing and some of the most stunning coastline in the country in mind, then look no further than Warrnambool. For families Warrnambool has great prospects for eduction, hosting three primary schools, four high schools, a TAFE and university. Additional drawcards include whale watching, good job prospects and an excellent local art scene. Locals say it's 'a wonderful seaside town for a seachange' and 'it’s a top spot to surf for those that love the beach lifestyle'.

Distance to a capital city- 257km south-west of Melbourne or just over 3 hours drive along the Great Ocean Road.

Stats- $324,000 MHP & 1.99% ACG.

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4. Kingscliff, NSW

A great location for nature and beach lovers, Kingscliff is home to lush rainforests, several great beaches and Cudgen Creek. If you love staying active you can go diving with turtles, whale watching, paddleboarding, fishing, bike riding, hiking or surfing. Foodies will delight in the main street cafes, restaurants and Kingscliff markets showcasing local produce and gourmet foods. Residents say Kingscliff is 'A great place to bring up your kids!' and 'a safe community, quiet and very friendly'.

Distance to a capital city- Set on the northern NSW Tweed Cost, about 115km south-east of Brisbane or an hour and half drive and just a 15 min drive to Gold Coast airport. 

Stats- $852,500 MHP & 4.92% ACG.

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5. Byron Bay, NSW

A vibrant tourist destination thanks to the wonderful reefs, beaches, whale watching, hinterland and events, Byron Bay is also increasingly a place where many people are opting to make the move permanently. The great surfing, snorkelling and diving opportunities, and huge variety of annual festivals (Falls Festival, Spirit Festival, Bluesfest, Writers' Festival, Surf Festival and Splendour in the Grass) are sure to keep you entertained.

One local describes it as 'a friendly hippy town with great surf, a unique range of fabulous food and a friendly atmosphere welcoming all'. Another resident suggests it 'is becoming more and more popular both for tourists and those wishing to escape the city life and move somewhere peaceful'.

Distance to a capital city- 166km south-east of Brisbane or just under two hours drive.

Stats- $1,005,000 MHP & 6.44% ACG.

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6. Port Douglas, QLD

The year round warm weather and magnificent scenery of the far north Queensland town of Port Douglas are two major drawcards for tourists and new residents alike. With the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef on your doorstep residents are spoiled for choice with natural wonders and outdoor activities around every corner. There's also cosmopolitan touches including award-winning dining options, boutique shops and weekly markets, so you won't miss city living too much! Locals describe it as 'perfection in the tropics', having a 'friendly village atmosphere' and 'paradise'.

Distance to a capital city- Located 1,746 km north-west of Brisbane or a 2 hour 20 min flight. A 45 min drive to Cairns.

Stats- $504,500 MHP & -0.31 ACG. 

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7. Lennox Head, NSW

A surfers haven, Lennox Head is home to a 7.2km stretch of beach with a world-famous right hand point break. Other attractions include dolphin spotting, the coffee culture, burgeoning art scene and the sleepy laid back small town atmosphere. Locals say Lennox Head is a 'gorgeous village, with great community feel', offering 'an amazing lifestyle...golden sand beaches, community spirit, relaxed environment and wonderful food are a few points to wet your appetite to come and live and or invest here'.

Distance to a capital city- 185km south-east of Brisbane or a 2 hour 20 min drive. 

Stats- $770k MHP & 4.39% ACG.

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For more help deciding whether or not a seachange could suit you take a read of the pros and cons of country living.

Happy house hunting!

The homely.com.au Team

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Understanding the building process in WA: What’s involved in building your new home?

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Understanding the building process in WA: What’s involved in building your new home?

Building a new home is one of the most exciting and stressful moments you’ll experience. If you’re new to property development and building the house of your dreams, then the whole thing can seem daunting to say the least.

Choosing your own home is one of the biggest advantages of building from scratch. From the choice of site to the layout, colour schemes, fittings and landscapes – it’s all there for you to decide. 

There’s nothing like the thrill of planning, designing, building and moving into your own creation. It’s an opportunity to build your dream home based on your needs, wants and budget, and deck it out exactly as you want it. But in the middle of the fun and rewards that come with building your new home, there’s some serious decisions that need to be made and questions to be asked. Make sure you're armed with all the necessary information to avoid any nasty surprises come handover time.

Pre-construction

Once your piece of land has been purchased and before construction begins, all legalities will need to be finalised. Pre-construction can start up to 26 weeks before actual construction and includes finance approval, building licence and water corporation approval and land settlement; which usually all happens between 13 to 26 weeks. 8 to 12 weeks prior to construction, plans will be drawn up following a finance interview, the preliminary agreement is finalised and the title is organised.

Site plans are put together during the pre-construction process too. The concept plan (what can be achieved), the DA plans (full development application plans) and CC plans (construction certificate plans which must be approved by the council) will all be achieved in this part. Once consent has been given to both the DA and CC plans and finance has been approved, your builder can start the construction process. 

The 5 stages of the construction process

Whilst the construction process is very extensive, it can be broken down into five main areas. 

1. Base

The first stage of construction is site clearing. This happens in the first week of construction and involves getting the land ready for building. Earthworks are carried out to remove any existing structure, topsoil, vegetation and tree removal. Excavation will be done for trenches and the foundation. Planning of the earthwork is important for a successful project.

Once the earthworks have been completed, a surveyor will come to the land and peg everything out. Sometimes retaining walls will also be built, if required. The slab will be laid down to set the foundation of the house, with plumbing installed underneath. If you’re looking to build a sustainable home, consider laying down concrete slabs for the base because they’re high in thermal and cut down on energy bills by providing good insulation.

2. Frame

Once the slabs are laid the frames and roof trusses are prepared. Generally, the frames are put together before being delivered to site and can be erected quickly (within one to two days). Once the frames are up, you’ll be able to walk around and get a feel for the size of the rooms too! Most Australian homes are built with light frame construction methods – for example; timber and steel. Steel frames are more durable and eliminate the risk of termites, but tend to be more expensive than timber and can be risky in coastal environments.

3. Lockup

Lockup is the exciting moment when the doors and windows of your home can now be locked and your house is starting to feel like a home. Appliances and fittings aren’t installed until after the lockup stage because construction sites are a goldmine for thieves. Before lockup can happen though, there’s a few other construction essentials that will be finalised. These include roof tiling or metal sheet roofing, brickwork, rough ins (electrical and plumbing wiring and pipes), internal linings (insulation of walls and ceilings), waterproofing and tiling and timber mould out, which involves carpenters installing skirting boards, door jams, doors and kitchens. After the site is finalised for lockup and all external doors including the garage is secure, the PC (Prime Cost) fit out takes place. This is where all internal installations like tapware, bathtubs, mirrors, vanities and other accessories and fittings are put in.

4. Fixing

At this stage of construction, your home is at what we call practical completion. The building will be inspected at this stage to ensure everything is how it should be. You’ll be able to walk through the property with the site manager and point out anything that still needs attention. To avoid any nasty surprises at this stage, it’s imperative you put a clause in your contract that any deviations from the plan must always be approved by yourself. The more detail you provide in the contract about what you want where, the better this stage will be for you. It’s wise to have a third party professional building consultant come out at this point to guarantee the building is built properly.

5. Completion and handover

Once the loose ends have been tied up and the property is ready to go, it’ll be deemed as completed and handed over. Handover will only happen once you’re happy all required construction as per your plans has been finalised. The builder’s final invoice will be paid and keys will be handed over. 

On average, your new home should be ready in approximately 44 to 48 weeks. To make sure your home is completed according to plans within this time frame, choose a committed builder that has the tick of approval across all relevant certifications. With the right builder, designer and construction process knowledge – you will be on your way to the home of your dreams in no time.

For more tips of building a new home check out our guide to finding the right builder and the pros and cons of building your first home.

Author bio:

This article is written by Jayde Ferguson, who writes for DM Civil based in Perth, Western Australia – providing the most tailored and sustainable land development services to Australia’s leading construction companies.

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Making the switch to LED lighting: Is it worth it?

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Making the switch to LED lighting: Is it worth it?

What’s at stake when illuminating your home? The incandescent soft white of the past is just that, as the LED pushes its way forward to brighten up our homes at half the cost. But for some, it takes a little more convincing. After all, you’re leaving behind a familiar friend, the old-fashioned tungsten light bulb, the one that provided the warm glow in the living room – and on a cold night, who doesn’t like a little nostalgia?

So, is it worth the switch?

Lighting uses a lot of power. In fact, it can contribute a lot more to your power bill than you may suspect. The LEDs, which were as much as $30 a pop, have now fallen dramatically in price as the manufacturing of them has progressed. You can also find literature out there suggesting that making the switch to an LED lighting system can save you around $120 to $130 in replacement costs and energy bills per bulb. So, in the dollar context, making the switch is difficult to argue.

But incandescent light has that warmth about it

It sure does. But comparably, so does the LED. A lot of people are still a little gun-shy of changing the light bulb after experiencing the harsh light emitted from the compact fluorescents (CFLs), back in the day.

A bulb’s colour temperature is measured in Kelvins. The incandescent light bulb, known for the soft light it projected into a room, would have a colour temperature of about 2700 K, replicating an early sunrise light. Whereas, on the other hand, the CFL, known for the harsh blue light that it emitted, would measure in around 4500 K, almost twice the amount. This would replicate direct sunlight or a camera flash – something that would normally cause us to reach for our sunglasses. In effect, the cooler the light, the higher the bulb would measure in colour temperature.

Now enter the LED and we’re back to a comfortable 2700K, much like our old incandescent friend.

The ceiling’s the limit

The versatility of the LED is as limited as your imagination. Technology has advanced and so too has the light bulb. The LED can do things that a standard old-fashioned bulb can’t do. There’s a certain elegance to an LED, particularly when they’re recessed into the ceiling or display cabinets.

LEDs also come in various forms, including the floodlight and spotlight, directional light and omnidirectional light. At the end of the day, it’s a buyer’s preference, but one that isn’t limited.

You also have the option of Wi-Fi connectivity, either through your smart devices or smartphone, and coupled with several hues of colour to consider, you can make the night when it’s your turn to entertain, just that little more personal.

If the redecorating, entertaining and gadget playing isn’t enough, take heart when you sit back and enjoy your new LED lighting addition. Bask in the replicated sunrise glow, knowing that It’ll be another 10 years before you have to contemplate ever changing them again.

For more advice on lighting your home check out our guide to kitchen lighting and tips for getting your home cinema just right.

Author bio:

Simon Mundine is the director of LED World. Based in Sydney, Australia, they specialise in commercial lighting, retail lighting & lighting design.

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Top 20 poolside entertaining essentials

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Top 20 poolside entertaining essentials

In Australia, December marks the official start of summer. It’s the time to enjoy the warm weather, relax and put that swimming pool to use!

It’s also the perfect season to hang by the pool with friends and loved-ones. Whether you’re having a BBQ, pool party or just soaking up the sun, don’t forget these 20 poolside entertaining essentials to help you kick off summer with a bang.

1. Sunscreen

Keep your skin protected from the harmful effects of sun exposure by keeping the sunscreen handy. Apply 15 minutes before going under the sun and don't forget to reapply.

2. Fire pit

Special memories are often made around a bonfire. Set this up outdoors so you and your friends can gather around to share some stories and even roast marshmallows on a cooler summer night.

3. BBQ

What’s an Australian summer without a barbecue? A party by the pool sounds fun, but the excitement is kicked up a notch with the glorious smell of steaks and sausages sizzling away on the grill.

4. Citronella candles

While summer means fun, you should not forget about the bugs and mozzies around you. Bug bites hurt, but you can avoid getting bitten by surrounding the pool area with citronella candles--and oh, they make for great romantic pool decorations too!

5. Hammock

Find a nice place to relax without using too much outdoor space with a comfortable hammock--just perfect for a quick rest after a dip in the pool. Just remember to install it securely to avoid falls and tip overs.

6. Awesome lighting

Planning to party poolside long into the night? There are a lot of great lighting options out there like bamboo torches, LEDs, lanterns and fairy lights to enhance the party atmosphere.

7. Beverage dispenser

People can get very thirsty during a sunny day. With a large beverage dispenser and an esky, serving refreshments to guests is a piece of cake.

8. Bluetooth speaker

Make party time ace by pumping some feel-good tunes. A high-quality bluetooth speaker comes in handy especially when power points outdoors are in short supply. Bluetooth systems allow you to skip hazardous wires and kick your heels up with your guests trip free.

9. Large patio umbrella

It’s fun under the sun--but of course, not too much! As much as you love the outdoors, you’ve got to seek shade and refuge from the harmful UV rays from time to time. You can get the ‘sun-relief’ that you need with a large patio umbrella or two dotted around your deck or patio.

10. Fans

If citronella candles just don’t suit you, plug in fans and turn on ceiling fans to keep mozzies away. Enough airflow will make it difficult for mosquitoes to fly so make sure to set up fans in areas where you expect more people to settle in.

11. Cocktail cart

Serving up tasty food and beverages poolside isn’t that easy, especially with drinks that may spill and food that can easily get knocked over. Good thing there is a cocktail cart to help you wheel out and serve up treats and beverages in a snap. TIP: Leave it in one corner and let guests help themselves like a mini buffet.

12. Inflatable flamingo

Love the pool, but not yet ready to get soaked? Get a cute flamingo inflatable pool toy. It looks pretty and is large enough for you to lay out on.

13. Adjustable folding tables

An adjustable folding table is a ripper when hosting poolside gatherings, as it allows transfer from one space to another without any fuss. Much more, it’s easy to set up, clean and store away in cooler months for maximum convenience.

14. Cool pool games & toys

Take fun and excitement to another level by coming up with swimming pool games that everyone’s sure to enjoy. Make arvos more exciting by being more creative in planning games and prizes for the kids and big kids at heart. Think underwater treasure hunts, noodle races, Marco Polo, whirlpool and cannon ball contests for hours of summer fun.

15. All-weather furnishings

A well-furnished poolside is key to an awesome outdoor gathering. Give all-weather furnishings a burl as they're the most practical choice and will last you for summers to come.

16. Mason jars

While mason jars are already popular as drinking glasses, they also have many versatile uses that are just perfect for laid back poolside parties. Make outdoor spaces more charming when you use them to hold beverages, as DIY lanterns, or as personalised table centrepieces with fresh flowers.

17. Party drinks & appetisers

Poolside parties wouldn’t be complete without party drinks and appetisers. Make sure that you and your guests are not sun baked and stay hydrated. Cold drinks and chilled fruits are great thirst quenching choices, since summer is also the season for an abundance of sweet in season fresh fruits and veggies. Try putting frozen grapes into white wine to keep it chilled without watering it down.

18. Turkish towels

Turkish towels make use of a moisture-wicking material, which makes it a convenient option for poolside gatherings. But aside from that, these towels can also wrap you up in comfort during a backyard bonfire. You can also lay it out on the poolside, to sit on when taking a break. When having guests over for a dip roll up your luxury beach towels and place them on your sun lounges for a cool resort style flourish.

19. Underwater camera

Save your non-water resistant smartphone from unruly splashes and accidents by investing in a waterproof or underwater camera to capture all the happy underwater and poolside memories with your friends and loved ones over the silly season.

20. Outdoor pillows

There are practical pieces that are just too important to be missed for poolside gatherings. Simple things like outdoor pillows and throw blankets make it more convenient and comfortable to relax and take a rest poolside.

Do you have anything to add to this list of poolside entertaining essentials? Share with us by commenting below.

If you're considering installing or renovating a pool check out our 7 tips for successful pool design.

Author bio:

Micah De Jesus is a Digital Marketing Professional. She works as the Managing Director of GrowthScout, a digital marketing firm and Media Manager for Australian Spas and Pools, a reputable swimming pool and spa builders in Melbourne.

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Australian Spas and Pools (ASAP) is a Melbourne based company that offers innovative and cutting edge design in spa and swimming pool construction and renovation. Whether renovating an existing swimming pool, or building a new one, allow our professional pool builders to help you customise your home, and your lifestyle.

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The 10 best Australian homes listed in 2016

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The 10 best Australian homes listed in 2016

From show-stopping contemporary architecture to beautifully restored Victorian relics, there’s no doubt Australia is home to some of the most inspiring and extraordinary residences in the world.

We thought it’d be enjoyable to take a wander down memory lane by looking back at some of the most eye-catching, daring and magnificent homes that hit the market this past year.

Based on homely.com.au's Instagram likes and comments here are your favourite Australian homes from 2016.

1. A simple cottage for two.

Surprisingly our most liked home for the year was not an opulent oceanside palace or a vast edgy architect designed mansion, but this charm-filled Victorian cottage. The humble home featuring two bedrooms, a fireplace, cosy courtyard and French doors sold for $1.19 million in February this year.

56 Aberdeen Road, Prahran, VIC

56 Aberdeen Road, Prahran, VIC

2. Architect designed modern triumph.

'Balmain House' was one of our personal favourites to hit the market this year because of its impeccable timber finishes, lush courtyard, polished concrete flooring and fabulously private laneway location. Designed by Fox Johnston architects and winner of the NSW AIA Design Award and Timber Design Award 2013, scrolling through the listing gallery its easy to see why this exquisitely crafted home fetched $2.51 million in early 2016.

3. A remarkable Sydney estate. 

Originally listed in January this year with $14 million to $15 million plus hopes, after failing to sell the double titled harbour estate has come back onto the market last month. The luxurious 1670sqm property features the main three storey Federation house, a double storey guesthouse, heated pool, four garages, a sandstone wine cellar and billiards room, plus spectacular Sydney skyline views.

4. Masterfully extended grand Victorian.

Making old things new again seems to be a running theme of our favourite homes of 2016 and this stunningly renovated Victorian residence is no exception. Sold for $4.6 million in July, the home features beautifully preserved period archways, cornices and ceiling roses alongside stunning modern upgrades including an entertaining terrace, electric blinds, a built-in audio system and an internal lift.

5. A terrace and former factory transformed.

Sold in June for $3,985,000 this striking family oasis really has something for everyone. It's only a short stroll to Glebe village, has a central garden, heated pool, cricket pitch, stainless steel chef's kitchen, music room, study and poolside cabana. Inner city perfection!

54 Bellevue Street, Glebe, NSW

54 Bellevue Street, Glebe, NSW

6. Hamptons style riverfront opulence

A finalist in the 2015 Master Builders Queensland Housing and Construction awards, this tri-level riverfront home is currently listed for sale, with a $2.9 million plus asking price. Only 7km from Brisbane's CBD in one of the most prestigious streets in Chelmer, we tip this attractive abode will sell for a pretty penny in no time.

7. Resort style 5 bedroom mansion.

This sprawling 80 square mansion last sold in 2014 for $2.25 million and has recently come back onto the market. With vast open plan living, formal living and dining, media room, an outdoor kitchen and entertaining terrace, a large kitchen with Miele appliances and butler's pantry. This home would make for the perfect Xmas present for any entertainer at heart, might be a bit difficult to gift wrap though!

6266 Broken Hills Drive, Sanctuary Cove, QLD

6266 Broken Hills Drive, Sanctuary Cove, QLD

8. Tamborine Mountain hideaway with wow factor.

First listed in January this year this majestic home has come back onto the market recently, now advertised with a huge price reduction. The one of a kind residence has a lot to offer with five guest suites, soaring ceilings, cinema room, panic room, open fire place, dams, horse facilities and coastal views.

9. Bayside contemporary stunner.

This bayside beauty sold in January for $2.95 million. Highlights include 4 generous ensuited bedrooms, a dressing room, open living and outdoor entertaining, gas fireplaces and a heated pool.

10. A riverfront dream.

This incredible home was listed for rent in March for $3000 a week. The glam residence boasts jaw dropping views of the Swan River, an inviting swimming pool, entertaining terraces, a private master with balcony and substantial ensuite and an open fireplace.

127 Point Walter Road, Bicton, WA

127 Point Walter Road, Bicton, WA

For more dreamy Australian architecture check out trophy homes of Australia's 10 richest suburbs, ultimate luxury bachelorette pads for rent and seven sumptuous wine cellars for sale.

Happy house hunting!

The homely.com.au Team

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