Why a geotechnical report is a good idea

What is geotechnical work? Not quite geology and not quite geo-engineering, nor structural engineering. Think of it a little like a less exciting version of the hit TV show, CSI. However, rather than gruesome crimes scenes, we examine your potential building site to figure out your design, based on the following sub fields of geology;…

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Building Contract Basics: Part 3

This is the third in our series of articles is aimed at explaining some of the basics about how building contracts work. This article will deal with payment mechanisms in your building contract. In entering into any building contract, you should determine what payments you will need to make, and when.  You will need to…

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Top 5 tips when buying a Christmas tree

When choosing the best Christmas Tree, there are 5 factors that are essential to consider to ensure the tree fits beautifully into your home or workspace.   1. HEIGHT OF YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE Consider the height of your ceilings. A minimum distance between the top of the tree and the ceiling height should be 15cm.…

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Frequently Asked Questions about our Toolkits

1. WHAT ARE BUILD IN COMMON TOOLKITS? Our Toolkits are hard copy project guides designed to give you the practical knowledge and confidence to plan, organise and manage your building or renovation project. Our Toolkits provide all the questions you need to ask yourself AND of building professionals before and during the project cycle. No…

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November 2018 TILT

“We don’t mean to alarm you, but there are only 47 sleeps left until Christmas! If you are anything like us, this means a frantic effort writing lists to remember presents, food and what’s left to do to get the house and garden ready for entertaining, fun and festivities. To help a little in this…

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HouseLab : Upload once | Find forever

Build in Common have expanded our industry partnerships by teaming up with HouseLab, a digital disrupter in the residential construction space. HouseLab have created a secure personalised online hub that will significantly reduce handover and post-handover costs as well as simplifying a homeowners’ life. A simple and elegant solution to creating a digital set of…

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Christmas trends 2018 by My Christmas

Each year the team at My Christmas identify the major themes or trends for the coming Christmas season.  In 2018 there is a return to fun whimsical styling, as well as the continued interest in non-traditional Christmas colours including pinks and blues. Just as it does in homewares, Christmas trends can sometimes come out of…

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Building for your future

Five years ago it seemed every second person used to say “safe as houses”, or you would hear a story at a barbecue of a couple who made hundreds of thousands with the sale of a home that they sold just two years after purchasing, adding only a lick of paint. This was the norm…

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Summer is coming : Some TLC for your air conditioning

With Summer approaching it is important to think about the cooling systems in your home whether renovating or building. It always pays to ask an expert. Here are some tips on air conditioning to keep you cool. Renovations to an existing home: I’m renovating, do I need to replace my air conditioning system? How do I…

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The lowdown on landscaping

We asked the team at Tim Davies Landscaping for the landscaping lowdown and answers to their most commonly asked questions.   What are the top considerations when planning a new garden or outdoor feature area? The first consideration is budget, how much are you willing to spend on this project? This will obviously impact the…

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