Renovation and Home Design



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Laundries – The Latest Source Of Profit

Over the years I have seen many builders put up many reasons for making houses bigger and more expensive. . . . which means more profit for them.laundry

When they can’t think of another room then its how can they make a room more expensive.

A typical laundry used to be a washing machine, drier and a trough a bit like this.

Additional Costs

Some of the laundries I see these days are huge rooms with:

  • Built in cupboards
  • Stone counter tops
  • Expensive floor to ceiling tiles
  • Downlights

All this can mean several thousand extra dollars on the price of your house.

Yes is does look nice . . . but how many people are you going to be showing round the laundry?

Thanks to Maegan Tintari  for the photo which was on her Flickr page.



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Balancing Barn

Balancing Barn suffolk 1

This unusual silver building hanging over a shallow valley in Suffolk, UK. is known as the ‘Balancing Barn’.

It was designed by MVRDV, from Holland who are well known for the ingenuity of their designs.

It is actually rented out as a holiday home sleeping up to 8 people.

Want to know more check out this link:


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Kitchen Costs – Sinks

SinksOne of the most expensive rooms in your new house will be the kitchen.

For the purposes of research I spent an hour looking through my local Bunnings.

Just concentrating on stainless steel double drainer sinks I found they stock over 20 different types.

Prices range from $118 right through to $1,553.

That’s 1300% increase.

Want a ceramic sink and you could double the cost again. . . . and that is just one small part of the kitchen.

You have got to select taps, counter tops, cupboards, cook tops, ovens, range hoods.

I’m not saying select the cheapest of everything . . . just remember the more you spend on the kitchen the less you will have to spend on the rest of the house, or you may finish up with an horrendous mortgage.



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Superpod Houses


This building reminds me a little of one of those 1950’s beach house . . .  but its actually from one of the latest Australian sustainable house companies.

The Superpod system is largely pre-fabricated so houses can be built quickly, but are built to the PassivHaus Standard, which means it is likely to use 90% less energy in cooling and heating compared to a typical Australian home.

The Superpod system is not just this particular house but can be adopted to many layouts and looks.

Want to find out more? . . then check out this website: Superpod


Disclosure I haven’t been paid for this post It is a result of meeting the Founding Director of Superpod at the Melbourne UnConvention run by The Entourage.


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Childproof House

inflatable house

Just make sure it is well tied down!


I found this photo on


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Why Display Homes Are An Attractive Option For Home Buyers

Guest post by Hubert Dwight

Homeownership is something that many of us aspire towards, and something that offers us the opportunity to secure our future and the future of our family.

The only problem is that homeownership is becoming more and more expensive as property prices rise and the market becomes more and more crowded.

Thankfully, to meet the growing demands being placed on the market, there are a number of innovative solutions being created to meet this opportunity.

We’ve all seen the property estates that are popping up in cities with a range of beautiful brand new homes available to purchase, often for a greatly reduced price as compared to the established homes within the city.

These estates are usually located within commuter distance of the city – another key selling point of many buyers and investors.

Display Home HomemakersWhat you might not know however, is that it’s possible to purchase the actual display home that is used to showcase the houses available from the developers.

Yes, developers are building their showcase display homes and are offering these for sale to prospective buyers as a savvy way to achieve a great return on a property from the very beginning.

A display home is an attractive option for home buyers and we’ve created a short list of points as to why.

Take a look here to find out why buying a display home might be a great option for you.

Secure Your Future

Buying an investment property is a goal for many investors as they seek to diversify their assets and to gain greater financial freedom.

An investment property that is a display home, means that you’re securing a great property which is landscaped and complete with fittings and furnishings.

How it works is that you purchase the display home, and the company then rents it back from you and continues to use it as a display home for a set period of time.

You can then use the rent to pay your mortgage.

This equates to a positive cash flow property with a very reliable tenant from the get-go!

During this time, the developer will also pay the outgoings like insurance, gas, rates and electricity.

When the rental period is complete, you’ll have the option available to you to move into your beautiful home; to sell it; or rent out the property to a tenant.

No Waiting Period

When you’re buying an off-the-plan home, the process is such that you pay a deposit on the home or land based on the price at the time, and then you make incremental payments during the life of the property as the building process continues.

Often, you’ll find that the property has already increased in value by the time your build is complete and you’ll be left with some equity – a huge bonus for any investor.

The only problem is that while you’re waiting for the build to be completed, you’re not obtaining any rental return on your property, so there is that to consider.

The perks of buying a display home is that you’re getting rental return immediately, and you’re also enjoying any capital gains that might occur on the property during the rental time.

Beautiful Home

A display home is the jewel in the crown of any estate.

It’s the house that prospective buyers are going to be seeing when they’re looking to buy, so it’s in the best interests of the developers to make sure that the display home is a stunning example of their best work.

What this means for you is that you’re going to be the proud owner of the best of the best as far as their houses go – which means that you’ll have a top-quality home with exceptional fittings, fixtures and coverings.

Well, these are just a couple of excellent bonuses that you’ll get when you purchase a display home, so perhaps take thee into consideration if you’re an investor looking to buy and seeking a positive cash-flow option for your portfolio.

Happy investing!


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Power Tower

Power Tower 1I’ve just been for a few days holiday in New Zealand and of course couldn’t resist looking round a new house.

I just had to share this with you as it is one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a kitchen for a while

See the kitchen power outlet?

Its that round stainless steel disk set into the counter.

Just press that disc and you can then pull up the power tower, which looks like this

Power tower 2These cost $199 plus delivery, and come with a couple of power outlets and a USB charging point.

It seems just the thing if you want a bench with waterfall ends, as you don’t want to spoil the ends with power outlets.

To find out more check this link :


Disclosure: I have not been paid for this post I just thought it was a cool idea.

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