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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How to choose your Builder or Tradesperson

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions!  Starting a new project is always an exciting time with changes and new beginnings. The flipside of the coin is that with any project, there will be a multitude of decisions that will need to be made. This can range from the tile selection, colour paint, wood finishes to the more complex…

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The Art of Renovating Bathrooms

The Build in Common Bathroom and Laundry Renovation Toolkit will be released later this month. Although the Romans used baths and natural springs for years, the concept of a bathroom is a relatively modern one.  The industrial revolution modernised internal plumbing and with running water becoming more commonplace, this enabled toilets and bathtubs to be moved indoors as permanent fixtures. Today it…

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Top 5 Impediments to Building

If the New Year has you fired up to finally get that renovation or building project underway, rest assured you are not alone! Yet despite best intentions, feeling uncertain about where and how to start, and focusing unduly on the impediments and perceived challenges, appears to be a common hurdle for Australian home owners. A short survey of our Build…

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Empower One – Empower many

We recently spoke to Willow Aliento and Jobsite to talk about the need for great mentors and how to be one. For the construction industry to continue to thrive, evolve and grow, encouraging and inspiring the next generation of construction professionals requires more than just excellent leaders. It requires great mentors. Mentors are those that…

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Sky News Real Estate Interview

Sky News Real Estate Anchor Bridie Barry and co-host James Treble recently spoke to us about how Build in Common is making it easier for women to become consumers within the construction industry and learn the jargon they need to get involved in property renovating and development. Watch this segment to see what needs to…

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