6 Preparation Steps Before You Build Your New Home

When you finally decide to become a homeowner, you have two options: buy or build. Both options have their perks. For instance, buying is often the quicker option, but when you build your own home, you get to choose every detail and make it truly yours.  Building a home is no small feat, and it […]

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, […]

Six Beautiful Australian Timber Varieties

Australian Beech is a pale brown with an occassional pinkish tinge.

The Australian bush is a biologic wonderland, home to many, many unique timber species. From the clean Blackbutt to the sophisticated Red Mahogany, you’re sure to discover a variety that matches your styling aesthetic. Australian timbers are hard and extremely durable as well as drop-dead gorgeous when correctly finished. Used as flooring, they can withstand […]

Living Concrete

Bioconcrete

Concrete is all around us. Chances are that you’re reading this in a building at least partially constructed with concrete. Even though concrete is one of the most ubiquitous and useful building materials around, it is not without problems, chief amongst them being that it has a tendency to crack and those cracks can fill […]

Not Just Another Brick On The Wall…

Climate change is real. Our world is getting warmer. It’s happening and it’s not going away unless we actually live the advocacy for a greener and sustainable environment. And just like what we value most in our lives, care for the environment starts at home, literally. Is your home green? We’re not talking about the color […]

6 Steps To Build An Awesome DIY Gabion — Rock Walls Without Concrete

Gabion Walls

Do you have heaps of rocks on your property or around your area? Did you know that you could use those rocks to build garden walls and fences — without using concrete? This type of fencing is actually better than concrete walls in a number of ways. They are called Gabions — wire cages or baskets filled with rocks […]

New building panels could mean big savings for home-owners

These NU-TEK panels could mean big time and money savings for home-owners

A panel-based structural building system developed in South Australia promises to transform the building industry by dramatically reducing the time and cost required to produce a finished home. The innovative approach to home construction, developed by NU-TEK  Building Systems, involves the use of structural, load-bearing wall panels whose edges are embedded with interlocking steel beams. The […]

Amazing Timber Finished Floors – Which One Is Right For You?

Bamboo flooring is very durable and available in a range of colours

OK, the carpet may be soft underfoot but there are so many reasons why it’s time for a change. If you have ever been present when the carpet is pulled up, you have seen the mountains of dirt you thought you’d vacuumed away with your weekly clean! Those millions and millions of fibers are wonderful […]

Laminate flooring – a saga of smoke, noise and frustration

Narrow board laminate flooring showing a typical 'click' connection.

It seems obvious, doesn’t it? Laminate? Well, to cut laminate you use the finest tooth blade you can get and I had almost 200 m2 of flooring to get down. So when I started cutting my Formica brand flooring and discovered my (not so sharp) 60 tooth blade was grinding through the 10mm boards, I invested […]

The Log That Isn’t

Everlogs – anywhere you want them, Ma’am  –  Everlogs.com Vegetarians don’t eat meat. Any meat. Yet they find products like ‘Not Bacon’, ‘Not Sausage’ and ‘Nut Meat’ sitting forlornly on supermarket shelves as though trying to convince vegetarians they haven’t really eaten unless something resembling meat is on their plate!  Does a log home aficionado […]

Australian Hardwood Floors

Australian Beech

There is something very appealing about a timber floor.  The warmth and feel underfoot is unique.  And, of course, the dust and dust mites have a hard time hiding – important if there are any allergies or asthma in the family.  Here you’ll find a selection of the major Australian hardwoods, complete with a guide to pricing. […]