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Polished, honed or leather? The latest in natural stone benchtop finishes

In the world of natural stone, what is polished, honed and leather finishings? And how do you know which one to choose?

The stone finish you select will impact the look and feel of your kitchen – and also the maintenance of the stone. Polished surfaces are arguably still the most popular choice of natural stone finish, however an increasingly popular option is now choosing honed or leathered surfaces to their kitchen benches.

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Are marble benchtops in your kitchen right for you?

Marble benchtops are a timeless addition to any kitchen, adding natural elegance and beauty – but are they right for you?

With so many alternative reconstituted stones on the market, we asked George from SNB stone about his thoughts on Marble.

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Take a look at our favourite outdoor kitchen + BBQ designs

Our Queensland climate means much of our everyday lives revolve around embracing the outdoors.

It’s no surprise then that our outdoor entertaining spaces are high on the list of priorities when it comes to designing a new home build. One of the most significant elements to an outdoor space is a purpose built outdoor kitchen, which houses the all-important BBQ. 

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Tips to care for your hardwood flooring

Due to their nature, hardwood flooring can occasionally scratch and mark but the longevity and durability of your floors can be preserved with routine and proper maintenance.

There are so many advantages to timber floors – not only do they look great but they’re also good for allergy sufferers, are soft underfoot and generally camouflage dirt and dust more than carpet.

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How will Bushfire Hazard Areas impact my new home build?

Bushfire Zones are areas of land that are prone or subject to bushfires.

Bushfire Zones are mapped out by the Queensland Government using a state-wide mapping methodology that takes into consideration landscape slopes, vegetation hazard classes, varying weather conditions, grassfire prone areas and many more factors, to determine the different Bushfire Zones and Bushfire attack levels (BAL).

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What is a Residential Private Certifier?

A private certifier is licenced to facilitate and issue the Building Approval (Building Certification) required before the commencement of a new home construction.

Approval, inspections and final certification of building work certification ensure the new home’s construction complies with specific legislation and standards, including the Planning Act 2016, National Construction Code and the Queensland Development Code.

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Legislation change: new home purchasers to pay GST directly to the ATO

From 1 July 2018 the Federal Government’s purchaser GST withholding regime will come into affect.

These changes to GST laws will affect an obligation on purchasers of new residential premises or potential residential land to withhold an amount from the contract price - to be paid directly to the Australian Taxation Office.

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New home foundations – why would you build on stumps?

Although not a very glamorous part of building a new home, the foundations are a crucial part of the construction process.

There are three main reasons why a home would be built on stumps: topography, overland flow path and flood zone areas.

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To bank or to broker? The differences when getting a home loan

When wanting to build a new home is a bank or a mortgage broker better for your home loan? We've put together a summary of the differences.

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Building your own automated smart home

It’s 2018 and everyone seems to be time poor - or at least looking for ways to be more efficient and save time. As science and technology move headfast into the 21st century we’re embracing a new level of home automation – a concept that seemed like sci-fi only a few decades ago.

Home automation systems control lighting, climate, entertainment systems and appliances as well as home security access and alarm systems. They can be centralised and programmable or consist of decentralised and isolated controls such as motion sensors and light controls.

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