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7 styles of windows

There are so many types and styles of windows available and when designing their dream home, our clients often ask what's what. We've identified a few of the most common window styles below:

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Choosing the right windows for your new home

With a huge array of styles, automation, privacy screening and energy efficiency options available today, choosing the right windows plays a major role in your home design decisions.

In order to select the right windows for your new home there are a few components that you should consider. Style and performance are factors that make up your windows.

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A tall order from buyers: do high ceilings mean higher prices?

Few architectural elements add immediate impact like a high ceiling. They deliver a more airy and spacious feel to a room but do they also heighten prices?

Higher ceilings have become the home owner’s expectation in recent years. The Building Code of Australia determines the minimum ceiling height for a habitable room is 2.4m and for a non-habitable room, like the laundry or bathroom, the minimum height is 2.1m.

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The importance of tie down and bracing

Tie down and bracing are an important aspect of any home building project as they ensure the home remains intact in the case of severe storms and weather events.

Prior to the home’s construction approval an engineer and certifier will determine the wind classification, which informs how much tie down and bracing is required. An accurate wind classification is essential to determine the installation standard required so the home is not compromised by environmental conditions.

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A solid foundation: piering beneath the surface

What’s beneath the surface of your home is arguably the most important element to ensuring a safe and solid dwelling that will last the test of time.

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5 minutes with our Custom Design Studio Director Steve Rhodes

This week we launched our new in-house Custom Design Studio, which will provide the next level of architectural design to Kalka.

Design Director Steve Rhodes is heading up this exciting new venture and with over 25 years of experience in design and construction, he brings a wealth of industry knowledge to the team.

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Choosing the perfect sofa: 10 styles from our interior designers

The household sofa is the matriarch when it comes to home furniture, so choosing the right one is important.

It’s a major pivotal point to the interior style of any space, a place of comfort, conversation, graced with the odd dinner in front of the telly, a lounge surfing child or two and time spent with the family pet.

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Window height requirements - why our upstairs bedroom windows are so high

We’re often asked why the windows in our upstairs bedrooms are so high.

There are two reasons for this – to comply with the fall prevention requirements outlined in the National Construction Code (NCC) and to avoid the potential need to comply with the privacy screening requirements for small lot housing.

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Understanding stamp duty: what is it and how much does it cost?

Stamp duty is all part of buying property in Australia – but what is it and how much does it cost?

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Home building considerations: start preparing now and move in by Christmas

Want to build your dream home? It might seem a little ambitious but if you want to move in by Christmas 2018 you need to start preparing now.

Building a new home can take anywhere between 8 – 12 months. Check out this article for more information on home building timeframes.

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