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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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How long does it take to build a new home?

Building a home is a collaborative project. If you’re looking to build a new home, timeframes are probably one of your first considerations.

According to industry experts, the average Australian house takes from four to 12 months to build, but it’s important to note that factors such as the complexity of the project, land and the detail of the floorplan will all affect the timeframe. Of course, the amount of time it takes to build a home also depends on the type of house you’re building – whether it’s a manufactured home, project home, architecturally designed or custom home.

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Packing for storage – the ultimate checklist

Storage is a fantastic asset to have at your disposal while you're building your new home. It takes away some of the stress of having to pack your new home immediately and gives you the flexibility of setting up your home slowly so you can get it right. It also gives you the peace of mind in knowing that all of your treasures are safe, and will be in perfect condition for your new home.

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How to make the most of storage while renovating

We recently spoke with Kent Storage about how to make the most of storage spaces when renovating.

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Snapshot of a small lot home in Brisbane

Designed to make the most of modestly sized blocks, this home is big on style, quality and functionality.

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5 tips for designing an ADHD friendly living space

Children with ADHD are hyperactive, often act without thinking and have difficulty focusing, affecting their ability to function socially, academically and at home. We spoke with Jane Sandwood, who has worked with children with ADHD, and she said the good news is with proper treatment, they can learn to successfully manage their symptoms. Jane said when working with children with ADHD she became acutely aware of the importance of creating a healthy space where children can feel safe. Read More

Livable Housing Design in Australia

Livable housing design is when a home is designed and built to meet the changing needs of occupants across their lifetime.

There are three categories of performance for livable housing, outlined in the Guidelines by Livable Housing Australia. They are silver, gold and platinum—each of which encompass a range of core design elements to provide a more functional, safer and adaptable house.

The core elements outlined in the three categories range are detailed in the Livable Housing Guidelines.

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Balustrades 101: what is balustrading?

Often used as a fall prevention barrier, a balustrade is another name for a railing.

Under the National Construction Code a balustrade is required where someone could fall one metre or more from a floor or accessible roof of a building. Balustrading must be provided alongside any stairway or ramp, floor, corridor, hallway, balcony, veranda mezzanine or path of access to a building that isn’t bound by a wall.

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How to choose the right white paint colours

It might seem like an easy solution to paint your interior walls white – sounds simple, right? Until you look into it. The amount of whites can be just as overwhelming as the amount of colours available.

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Trees of influence: how trees can impact home building

Whether building or developing, trees can have a huge impact on what you can do.

The effects of trees can be a complex issue due to a number of factors including species, root structures, canopies and water intake from reactive soils.

It is possible to have trees on a lot removed, as long as they’re not protected. Brisbane City Council provides information on trees in urban areas under the Natural Assets Local Law 2003 and requires that landowners consult Council to adopt a responsible approach in deciding upon trees to be retained as part of any building or development proposal.

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