Large or ‘Character’

large living room

Lots of people say they like character . . . . but build houses with these huge open plan living rooms.

Modern Living Room by Perth Design & Construction Firms Cambuild

Some of the display houses I see do look light and airy. . . . but to me have all the character of an [read more…]

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Roof Access Hatch – 5 Considerations

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Guest post by Hubert Dwight

If you are considering building a house with a flat roof or very low pitched roof (2-5 degrees) perhaps you should think about a roof access hatch.

If you are thinking about installing a roof access hatch in your new home, here are some important things [read more…]

Shipping Container Homes

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Ever thought you would like your new house to be made from Shipping Containers?

There are certainly some stunning Shipping Container Homes around.

Both of these photographs are from the Container Home Plans Website.

The site sells a Guide Of How To Build Using Containers.

One thing to be aware of if you [read more…]

Fridge Location

fridge

You may be out shopping for a new fridge to go in the new house

or

You may just want to check your existing fridge fits in the alcove in your new kitchen.

Whichever it is . . . . . Don’t forget to leave room around the fridge!

Ventilation

Both refrigerators and [read more…]

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Saline Ground Conditions

"Valley of Salt" - Salinity in the Western Australian wheatbelt near Bruce Rock, WA.

“Valley of Salt” – Salinity in the Western Australian wheatbelt near Bruce Rock, WA. photo by CSIRO

Salinity doesn’t have to be as bad as in this photograph to cause problems in new homes.

It’s also quite common for land that has not got salinity issues to develop salinity over several years.

Building Problems [read more…]

Worldhouse 101

Worldhome 101

Do you want to build a real ‘Eco Friendly’ home?

Do you like the house in this picture?

Perhaps you should have a look at theworldhouseproject.com.

The house is a well thought out design, for a 3 bedroom house, based on a small (100m2) footprint.

I check out lots of magazines and websites. . [read more…]

Under Slab Membranes

This photo shows a plastic membrane underneath a slab. . . . but what sort of membrane?

Vapour Barrier

The Building Code of Australia requires the installation of a Vapour Barrier with the following characteristics

Medium Impact Resistant Polyethylene Film 0.2mm thick, under slab and up sides to ground level. 200mm Overlaps at joints. All [read more…]

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More Storage Space . . . . or Too Much Stuff?

modular storage

Read the House Magazines or watch TV Programs and you will often notice quotes like:

“You can never have too much storage space.”

Well I think that’s BULLDUST!

If you think you need more storage space; then think about getting rid of some STUFF.

Get too much [read more…]