How to Save Money on AC Usage in the Home

Home & Garden Blog

Australian summers can be unbearably hot and humid. In the summer months, air conditioning is not a choice but a necessity so that you can feel comfortable, and so you can prevent yourself from becoming fatigued or even suffering from heat exhaustion. However essential air conditioning in the home might be, it still represents a huge portion of any energy bill. But fortunately, if you wish to reduce the cost of pumping cool air throughout your home, there are some actions you can take.

26 May 2015

How to Make Pleated Roman Blinds

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Pleated Roman blinds are a stylish and practical addition to any home, and are especially useful for small windows in kitchens, bathrooms and home offices. What's more, they're easy to make. What you'll need: Fabric:  Measure up the window to be covered by the blind. If you are going to install it inside a recess, your blind must be 1cm narrower than the recess so that the blind doesn't catch as you lower and raise it.

7 May 2015

Signs That Your Property Needs Remedial Waterproofing Services

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The threat of water damage can pose a grave danger to your property. Water damage can be brought about by many factors: among them poor plumbing and lack of proper maintenance. At other times, water damage is simply a consequence of old architecture due to the nature of building materials used back then. Luckily, most cases of water damage can be treated through an array of options. The important first step for you, however, is to know that you have water damage in your property.

21 April 2015

Innovative Ideas for New Kitchens

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New kitchens in today's homes are nothing like kitchens of old; they are bigger in order to accommodate the whole family, and feature affordable materials for surfaces as well as personalised touches that make the space unique. If you're considering a remodel for your kitchen, note a few innovative ideas that you may want to discuss with your contractor or investigate yourself if you're doing the work on your own.

13 April 2015

How A Newly Built Home Can Be More Cost Effective Than A Home For Sale

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Before you buy a new home, you may want to think about the option of having a home built for yourself. You may assume that a home for sale is the more cost-effective option—and in some cases it may be more expensive on the outset to hire a home builder—but this thinking can be shortsighted. Remember that a home is an investment that you'll have for years, if not decades, and it's good to think of those long-term costs when considering the best option.

26 March 2015

Ducted Vacuums: Why Choose Them Over Traditional Vacuums?


Ducted vacuum systems are continually gaining entry to more homes all across the globe. They are being embraced now more than ever and that probably makes you wonder why they are attracting so much attention. A ducted vacuum system is integrated into the walls and the units are placed strategically throughout the house. All you do is plug your vacuum hose to the inlet valves that activate the vacuuming action and clean away.

13 March 2015

How The Openness Factor Could Affect Your Choice Of Roller Blind

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If you just closed a deal on a beautiful new home with stunning views out over the Sydney Opera House, you need to cherish that aspect. Yet the sun can also shine very brightly through those windows, causing a lot of glare inside. What should you do? Solar shades are the answer and specifically a light filtering roller shade. The sheer weave of a solar shade is designed specifically for situations like this.

27 February 2015

4 Tips for Increasing the Security of Your Home's Garage

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Your home's garage can be a very vulnerable point on your property. This is because an attached garage gives a thief or intruder cover from the prying eyes of neighbors, and a thief can also easily slip into your garage, steal your posessions, and be gone before you even know someone is on your property. To increase the security of your home's electric garage door, note a few important tips.

19 February 2015

House Restumping And How To Tell Whether You Need House Restumping

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An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure so they say. This adage rings true as far as house restumping is concerned. The truth is that if you own a home that is resting on aged stumps, it's time you have them assessed at the very least. What are stumps? Stumps are basically thick, robust, vertical wooden timbers (nowadays they are available in steel or concrete forms) that are embedded into the ground and on which a home is constructed.

9 February 2015

Preparing Your Garden For A Move

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Although most people, when moving house, plan and account for all of their stuff in the house, it can sometimes be easy to forget about doing the same with the garden equipment. Not allowing enough time for the safe packing away of some garden equipment can cause leakages as well as broken or missing items. This article looks at effective ways to pack away some garden equipment and may be useful to incorporate some of this information into an overall plan when moving house.

27 January 2015