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WHAT THE...?

Next time you complain about cleaning the bathroom, consider this! One of the world's biggest houses, this amazing castle in Tuscany has 115 bedrooms - and 100 bathrooms! But when it came up for sale last [...]

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WHAT THE...?
  • 18 Mar 2016

KIT HOME OR PREFAB - IS THERE A DIFFERENCE?

I got into an interesting conversation the other day about different ways to build a home, or additional accommodation, like a granny flat, without doing the whole bricks and mortar thing! The conversation turned [...]

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KIT HOME OR PREFAB - IS THERE A DIFFERENCE?
  • 17 Mar 2016

IS WHAT YOU WANT, WHAT YOU REALLY NEED?

With all the best will in the world, it's easy to get a bit carried away when you start house-hunting, isn't it? You know you should be smart, stick to a budget, be realistic - and all those other ' [...]

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IS WHAT YOU WANT, WHAT YOU REALLY NEED?
  • 09 Mar 2016

NEGATIVE GEARING DEBATE IS HEATING UP

The negative gearing debate continues to ring alarm bells and spark heated conversations amongst investors, politicians and real estate bodies this week. Labor wants to reform negative gearing, and the capital [...]

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NEGATIVE GEARING DEBATE IS HEATING UP
  • 02 Mar 2016

THE BEST ROOM IN THE HOUSE

It's funny, isn't it, whenever we thinking of giving our home a makeover, either to sell or just for ourselves, we never think about the garage. And yet the garage has the potential to be the best room in [...]

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THE BEST ROOM IN THE HOUSE
  • 24 Feb 2016

KEEPING YOUR COOL WHEN THE MERCURY SOARS

With the temperatures as high as they are right now, it's hard to believe that autumn is just around the corner here in Australia. But as we very slowly slide towards cooler temperatures, it's a good time [...]

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KEEPING YOUR COOL WHEN THE MERCURY SOARS
  • 17 Feb 2016

IS IT BETTER TO BUY OR BUILD

Sometimes knowing what to do for the best can be hard. You might be torn between buying a house, or building a house. If you build, does that mean doing it yourself, or buying off the plan? And if you buy, do you [...]

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IS IT BETTER TO BUY OR BUILD
  • 10 Feb 2016

IS 2016 THE YEAR TO GO OFF-GRID?

Going off-grid - that is, not relying on mains electricity, water and sewerage - is not a new concept. A lot of people have been doing it for a lot of years, sometimes by choice but often, in Australia, by nece [...]

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IS 2016 THE YEAR TO GO OFF-GRID?
  • 03 Feb 2016

CREATING A DOG-FRIENDLY GARDEN

There's absolutely no doubt that Australians love their four-legged friends. In fact, Roy Morgan Research revealed that 50% of us live in a household with at least one dog and/or cat, whereas only 35% share [...]

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CREATING A DOG-FRIENDLY GARDEN
  • 27 Jan 2016

MOTIVATION THE KEY TO SUCCESSFUL RENOVATING

It's a funny thing, renovating. The thought of doing it, and the planning, looking through magazines, choosing colours and so on, is lots of fun and you can't wait to get started. But there comes a [...]

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MOTIVATION THE KEY TO SUCCESSFUL RENOVATING
  • 20 Jan 2016