A Basic Guide To Underground Drainage Systems

When building your dream home, there seems to be a million critical items on your checklist that you must consider, otherwise, the project won’t be entirely successful. One of these is underground drainage.  Before jumping in to purchase the necessary equipment and lay the pipes, you need to have some background information on what underground […]

How to turn your home garage into a DIY workshop

The garage is the hub of all home DIY projects. It’s the place where tools are stored and the important cuts and measurements take place, so it’s essential it’s a space you can use safely and reliably. If you plan on renovating your home, start by getting your garage set up will help your renovations […]

Three Home Remodelling Projects That Will Add Real Value…

Bathroom remodelling can be a great investment

Remodelling to add value to a property is very different from renovating for lifestyle. If it’s your ‘forever home’, you will gain emotional and physical comfort from your expenditure. But if you are remodelling to sell – to increase the value of your property – you need to think hard before committing. Home owners who […]

How To Choose The Best Software For Floor Plans

Getting the best out of the space in your home is important. The way you organize your floor plan can make a huge difference in practicality and the atmosphere of your home. Because of this, it’s important to design it on paper or, better yet, on your device.   Drawing out floor plans takes a lot […]

Choosing the Best Security Camera for Your Home

Choosing a security camera isn’t as easy as you might think. There are countless systems out there and not all of them will fit your budget or requirements. We’ve rounded up the best in the market to help you make the right choice.

What Tools Does a Homeowner Definitely Need?

When you own a home, you need tools. Even if you don’t plan to DIY any major home improvements or repairs, there will still be minor things you’ll need to take care of — hanging pictures, putting together flat-pack furniture, and doing minor repairs. But what tools do you absolutely need to buy right away, […]

Awesome aquarium and fish pond ideas for your backyard

Having a pond or aquarium in your backyard doesn’t have to be an expensive project. Glass aquariums are pricey, requires constant maintenance, and are not always attractive especially outdoors. Well, there are other options that are just as visually attractive if not more at a fraction of the price of the conventional aquariums. You can […]

Upcycled Soda Crate Projects

Soda Crates

Modern packaging may have it’s advantages, but it certainly lacks lasting appeal. Somehow, we just can’t see cardboard or shrinkwrap looking this good in another 30 years!  Does the rustic look fit your taste? Then soda crate projects will definitely suit your home! It seems everybody is jumping on the vintage bandwagon these days with  an […]

Recycled Rim BBQ Fire Pit

People love to barbecue. That’s both a generalization and a plain fact.  We all have different reasons for enjoying outdoor cooking and dining. Food cooked over an open fire outdoors is naturally fresher. And a good outdoor grill just makes the entire cooking and dining experience a big event. You might say grilling outdoors is […]

Upcycle ceiling fan blades into giant dragonflies

Ceiling Fan Blades Dragonflies

Let giant dragonflies invade your garden or yard by upcycling old ceiling fan blades! This outdoor decor is sure to make passers-by take a second look… Don’t have an old ceiling fan? Why not search your local thrift store? And while you’re there, go look for a straight but carved table leg because you’ll be needing it, […]

Ten clever ways to re-purpose wine bottles

Drink a bottle of wine, throw the empty in the recycling bin, right? Don’t drink wine? Then empty wine bottles are still pretty easy to come by!  A couple of quick calls and you’ll probably have all you need… Here are some great projects you can do with those empty bottles that will make you […]

Trellis From Recycled Materials

Trellis made from old spring bed.

If you are looking for a way to organize or spruce up your  garden, then a trellis would be the thing for you. Trellises come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They can differ in their design, purpose, and material. The one thing all have in common is that they will cost you. Need a […]

Paint your house solar!

Paint yourself some free energy. Take the titanium oxide that is already in most paints, throw in a little molybdenum-sulphide and humidity and drive away in your hydrogen powered car!

We wrote some years back about early research into solar paints. At that time, the research was aimed at making the paint act as photo-electric collectors in the same way that conventional solar panels work. We’ve seen nothing since about that research but Melbourne’s RMIT has now developed a a paint that might just power your […]

Clever old screen door ideas

Even old screen doors can be re-purposed into a number of clever and beautiful ways! If you have one, then you’ve got to see these ideas… Old and weathered screen doors may look ugly for an entry door, but re-purposing or upcycling is a great way for bringing out their beauty. So don’t throw away […]

Repurposed Pot Lid Projects

Repurposed Pot Lids

Pots and pans and lids! Have you noticed that it’s never the lids that wear out? But we tend to throw out both pot and lid since what good is a lid without a saucepan, right? Wrong. In fact, there are lots of projects that you can make with those lids. Here are just a few […]

Foods You Can Re-Grow Yourself From Kitchen Scraps

Grow basic food ingredients in your own yard from kitchen scraps! Most of these don’t need a lot of gardens space to grow. Some you can grow right in your windowsill! Growing your own produce doesn’t just save you money… it ensures you and your family get to enjoy the freshest of the ingredients in your cooking. And of course, […]

Seven solid reasons for using bamboo flooring

Bamboo flooring has many advantages to offer a homeowner

Bamboo flooring is becoming an increasingly popular option in new homes and in renovations. Before deciding whether to install a bamboo floor , it’s important that you know and understand the advantages and disadvantages of using this material for your project. The Advantages of Bamboo Flooring There are many advantages to bamboo including its environmental friendliness, […]

Look… No Triangles!

Each corbelled bamboo beam member is bolted to the column which helps achieve a rigid frame

By Guest Blogger Munir Vahanvati The use of triangles is one of the fundamental principles for bamboo construction which is commonly used in most bamboo structures for stability and rigidity. Keeping with our principle of exploring new designs and connections in every project we decided to challenge the notion of using triangulation for structural stability. […]

The Owner-Builder’s Sanity Saving Checklist!

Being prepared is the key to a successful owner-build project

The two most daunting questions in the minds of first time owner builders are: What are the steps or process I need to follow to build a house as an owner builder? and What are the stages of building a house as an owner builder?   How great would it be if you had a […]

Seven Tips for Successful Owner-Building

Attitude is 90% of the game so make sure yours is right before starting your owner-built project.

We choose to owner-build for many and varied reasons. Sometimes, it’s because we have a limited budget and want to save as much as possible. Other times it’s because we want something unique that we feel a commercial builder won’t be able to deliver. And then there’s, what may be the best motivation and reason […]

Build a cat castle to keep your pets busy!

DIY Cat Castle

Do you have a cat at home that you want to keep from climbing your furniture? A cat castle like any of these is sure to do the trick! All pets need a place of their own indoors, just like every family member needs their own space. Cats, specifically, love spending time in high places which is why a […]

The Transatron Project by Patrick Buckle

Transatron Project by Patrick Buckle

Having purchased a small vacant block of land I was keen to find an affordable and comfortable solution to make use of the beautiful mountain location and escape the city for weekends and holidays. After a career of building things to be delivered quickly and efficiently in theatre, I began a search for compact and […]

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