Renovation and Home Design

Practical Completion Inspection


The Practical Completion Inspection (PCI) is probably the most important inspection as it’s a chance to identify any faults and get them fixed before handover. It’s a lot simpler to get them fixed before you move in!

If you have employed an architect or project manager for the whole project, or you get an inspector [read more…]

10 Things Before You Pay The Deposit

OK you have looked round lots of show houses and found one you like. The representative is now asking for a $500, or more, deposit. Do you pay straight away?……..Well you are currently in your best position to negotiate so don’t rush! ………….Here is what I would do next:

Tell them you need a week [read more…]

Ghost Houses


Sometimes when you are driving round a housing estate you see a Ghost House. The house that was under construction and then for some reason everything stopped. Three, five, sometimes even ten or more years later its still half built.

I walk past this one every day that has been at lock up for more [read more…]

Starting House Design 3

Downscroft plan

In two other posts (Bubble Diagrams 1 and Bubble Diagram 2) I have described how you can start a design using bubble diagrams.When you are happy with the bubble diagrams then you can start working on how the floor plan will look.

At this stage use graph paper to make it easy to draw things [read more…]

Covenant Removal

A previous post talked about the restrictions placed on block by covenants

So what if you have found the perfect block but it has a covenant restricting the amount of buildings to 50% and your dream plan will occupy more?

Well removal of covenants can be tricky and it may be best to talk with [read more…]

Using Friends for Building Work

Some people say “never lend a friend money”, or “sell them a car”. If things go wrong it can end a friendship! I think it might be the same with getting them to do building work for you.

Here are the things you need to think about before you get a ‘friend’ to do work [read more…]

Before You Move In

Once you get the keys for your new house you will probably want to move in straight away.

Here are a few reasons why it’s best to stage your move:

There may be things that have been missed that need attending to. It was only when I started putting up light fittings I realised one [read more…]

Accessible Design

Accessible design is making a house suitable to be lived in or visited by a disabled person.

If you don’t think this is important remember that one in five Australians has a disability.

For Instance:

You might be fine now but what if you or a family member has an accident? How will you manage [read more…]