TILT eMag: August is upon us

We conducted a recent poll with our networks and found that the majority of us when renovating dread the idea of the building phase more than the initial design stage. No real surprise we hear you say? Designing and conceptualising what your new living space or home will look like is meant to be fun…

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My Tiny House: from dream to reality

I first saw the concept of Tiny Houses on a TV commercial about 3.5 years ago and fell in love with the concept. The idea of building something of your own designed completely for you by you, no mortgage and to possibly live off the grid and away from the hustle and bustle of the…

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Doors: the finishing touch to every home

A great deal of time, effort and attention to detail goes into building or renovating a home, not to mention money. When it comes to the finishing touches, like doors, it pays to take a little extra time to consider how influential door design and form can be to the overall look, feel and functionality…

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Auction tips for buying & selling

BUYERS: Auctions are a level playing field for buyers and give you a chance to gauge the competition. Buying a home at auction is an exciting time – the crowd and competitive atmosphere means it’s easy to get caught up in the passionate bidding, so take a look at these tips to make sure you’re…

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5 Essentials when negotiating with a Building Designer or Architect

Print, Click & Keep Once you have chosen your preferred architect, design consultant or technical draughtsperson, get an agreement in place before doing anything further. The agreement or contract should set out a number of essential items. Take a look at our handy template to use as a guide when negotiating with a Building Designer…

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Finding & engaging a design consultant

Design assistance and technical advice can be provided in many different ways by a range of consultants. It will depend on your experience, capacity and/or desire to manage the work yourself as well as your budget. The extent of the work, the complexity of the build, the level of detail you require in the documentation…

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5 Specialist trades you can’t do without

5 Specialist trades you can’t do without when renovating: it’s the law! Thinking of renovating? You will quickly discover that you will be calling a variety of trades your new best friends. Depending on the nature and extent of your project, cabinetmakers, tilers, plasterers, painters, glaziers and bricklayers will all play a role. But do…

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Ask more – know more – build more

Welcome to our July edition of TILT. Soggy gardens, leaking roofs and roaring fireplaces; all conjure up different aspects of the colder winter months around Australia. While some of us truly need to embrace underfloor heating and log fires for the coming few months, for others it may simply mean not having to turn the…

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Building contract basics: Part 1

This series of articles is aimed at explaining some of the basics about how building contracts work, and some of the choices you will need to make when entering into a building contract, and how those choices affect what will happen on your build. In this first article, we explain some of the basic concepts…

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Progress payments: click, print & keep

Every build may be slightly different and ultimately the terms of your building contract will stipulate how and when progress payments are to be made. Each State and Territory has slightly different regulations with limits as to what a deposit or progress payment may be in terms of total percentage of the build. Whatever you…

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