What you should  know about fencing your home

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There are numerous reasons for a fence – privacy, security, and street appeal – but how do you know what's yours and your neighbours? Everything you need to know is below.

According to the Brisbane City Council (BCC) a fence doesn’t just mean a line of posts, wire or panels, rather, it’s anything that encloses an area of land. This includes things like gates, hedges, embankments or even creeks. In order to be a ‘fence’ it also doesn’t need to extend along the entire boundary of your land.

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Kalkodians treck 96km for the Kokoda Foundation

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Four of our Kalka staff, affectionately known as the ‘Kalkodians’, took on the gruelling 96km Gold Coast Kokoda Challenge – commonly referred to as Australia’s toughest team endurance event.

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Landscaping your new home

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Landscaping is one of the best investments you can make in your new home.

The planning and design of your outdoor space should be considered an integral part of your new home. Landscaping addresses aesthetics, amenity and water management as well as air quality, climate modification, biodiversity. It can also help warm and cool your new home, not to mention enhance your street appeal and increase the value of your home.

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

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

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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

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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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Considerations when embarking on a new home building journey

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Our new home consultants are often the first team member you’ll meet on your new home building journey.

We sat down with Barry, one of our long standing consultants, who shared three important things to consider when embarking on your build process.

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How long does it take to build a new home?

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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

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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

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

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