Mirror Mirror on the wall: Who is the smartest of them all?

When German chemist Justus von Liebig developed a process in 1835 for applying a thin layer of metallic silver to one side of a pane of clear glass, he created what we today know as the modern-day mirror. Ground-breaking for his time his method finally allowed for the mass production of what would soon become…

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Tilting the balance: Welcome to our new eMag

Welcome to our new look e-magazine! If you have been following our journey since we launched in late 2017 you will have heard us speak about our passion for change, empowerment and engagement in an industry that is very traditional, technical and all too often lacks a consumer centric approach. Enter “TILT”. Our vision is…

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HouseLab: A new digital home management platform

Managing a home, renovation or the handover of a new build can be complicated. Email chains, document storage, calendars, contacts and product information sit in numerous locations and the challenge has always been keeping everyone on the same page – but really, it doesn’t have to be that hard. Launched in December 2017, HouseLab brings…

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The risk of using plans without permission

In the recent case of Milankov Designs & Project Management v Di Latte, the WA Supreme Court ordered 2 home owners and an architect they engaged to pay a designer almost $160,000 in damages for the unauthorised use of house plans. Mr and Mrs Di Latte engaged Milankov Designs & Project Management to design and…

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Just released: Home Extension Toolkit

As Australian property prices inch up and the cost of moving is often prohibitive, renovating and extending your home can be a very attractive option. The thought of more space, with greater functionality and a bespoke design to suit your needs is no doubt exciting. However, now that you have made this decision, how will…

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Partnering with a Renovation Rookie

Deborah Hutton really needs no introduction – as a well known Australian media personality, Deborah has over the years graced countless magazine covers and television screens as a presenter, ambassador, spokesmodel and designer of her own brand of home wares “Living with Deborah Hutton”. Among all this Deborah also found the time to launch “Balance by Deborah Hutton”…

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Do you know what your time is worth?

How often have you made an appointment with a tradesperson for a particular time and place, organising your work day around that appointment, only to have them show up hours later or not at all? Sound familiar? While we all understand that the unexpected can happen, we also know how frustrating and annoying this can…

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Mentoring & Celebrating Women

Over the last month a number of female mentoring and awards programs have opened up around the country. We thought it particularly worthwhile to shine the spotlight on the Women Building Australia Mentoring Program led by Master Builders Australia. We love the message that “the future of the building industry isn’t what. It’s who!”   Hence a program to…

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What to do when your Walls Start Sweating!

A female renovator recently contacted us at Build in Common saying that her walls had started “sweating” a few weeks after she had her house freshly repainted. As part of what turned out to be a beautiful kitchen renovation, she had decided to repaint her entire house.  The only problem was that her walls had…

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Breaking through the Concrete Ceiling

Almost half of all property investors now are women, but many were still being short-changed out of millions because of the “blokey” nature of builders. Latest industry data showed that higher levels of working women, lone person and single parent households, divorce and longer lifespans were seeing almost as many females own property as males. …

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