Is House Rules Realistic?

House Rules and The Block are hugely popular reality TV series inspiring millions of Australians to renovate and re-design their homes. Contestants on House Rules have 7 days to completely renovate run-down homes, with the ultimate prize being a paid-for mortgage....

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You no longer need a granny to have a granny flat in the act!

Following regulation changes in 2013, you no longer need a granny to have a granny flat in your backyard in the ACT. While granny flats used to be restricted to caring for an older relative or family member, they are now used for a wide variety of purposes including:...

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How much does demolition cost?

So, you’ve decided to do a knock down rebuild on your block. You’ve signed the building contract, designed your new home, and it’s time to prepare for demolishing your house. What now? Here is everything you need to know about the demolition process… Approvals and...

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What are my rights when my neighbour is building?

Life is good. You love your house, your street, and your suburb. You’re used to the way things look, and you’d be happy if everything stayed just as it is, forever. Then one day you come home from work and there it is…a fence around your neighbour’s house with a big...

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Top 3 Interior Design Trends for 2018

You may have read our recent blog post about our win at the HIA-CSR ACT & Southern NSW Housing Awards for Custom Built Home of the Year. The interior of that home in Yarralumla was designed by multi award-winning interior designer Melinda Boag, whose amazing...

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What is a Building Covenant and Why Should You Care?

When you’re embarking on a new home build, the sheer volume of regulations can feel a little overwhelming. Obtaining Development Application (DA) approval already requires your building designer to comply with an extensive set of rules concerning the size of your home...

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What to allow for in your build budget

For most people, building a new home is the single largest financial investment they will ever make. And given the fact that they will likely only do it once, it’s understandable that decisions about budget and inclusions weigh heavily on their mind. Finance is a...

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Designing the Perfect Outdoor Space for a Canberra Summer

Living in Canberra, we’ve all experienced our fair share of extreme weather. One minute you’re freezing cold, teeth chattering as you crank up the heater. The next, you’re ditching the layers, buying up iceblocks and rolling out the fans. With the closest ocean beach...

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