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Unpacking the world of display homes

This month we sat down with Jenna Bills, Co-Founder and Director of yourdisplayhomes.com.au to talk about the ins and outs of Display Homes.   Why visit a display home? There are many reasons you would visit a display home and many benefits to be gained from a visit prior to planning your new build. Inspiration…

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Process makes perfect

  Having recently completed the Blade House on the NSW South Coast – Brent Dunn and Katharina Hendel of TAKT | Studio For Architecture talked to HouseLab about re-engaging with the process of collectively creating a dream.   There is no question, the landscape of architectural practice has shifted. The rise of design in popular…

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How to make the most of your Toolkit

You finally sprung into action and managed to get hold of a Build in Common Toolkit. Now what? Here are 6 easy tips on how to get the most out of your investment:   As a start, read through the key sections of the Toolkit to understand the major stages you will be working through.…

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5 hints for project success

As a Co-founder and CEO of a commercial construction company, I am often asked what it is that the Rodine team does that ensures continued successful delivery of a project. We consider a successful project to be one that is built on time, to budget and with a client who is happy with the end…

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The lighter side of living

Having a professional create the lighting of your home means more than simply selecting the right pendants, downlights and light fittings. A lighting designer considers all the details of your build – working with your architect and builder to achieve a perfectly lit result. From the quality and type of light you need for creating…

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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 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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Secondary builds: the why and the how

How did a tall, young man building designer, and an older, short woman come to design and build a small home of 35sq meters, with a dynamic Geelong team of tradies and builder? When Dan Procházka came to live in my 3 bedroom house in Geelong, while he completed his final year at Deakin Uni…

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The recipe of a well thought out design

Two beef paddies’, lettuce, onion, mayo on a sesame seed bun – a relatively small number of ingredients comprising what is probably one of the most popular burgers throughout history. Is it these individual ingredients we think of when we give into our cravings? No, we want a burger, (maybe some fries and a milkshake…

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Jargon busting property development

Click, Print & Keep Access our handy JARGON BUSTING guides – designed to help demystify and empower you!         Simply click here to download and save a copy of our latest contribution to this resource set. If you already have a copy of one of our Build in Common Toolkits, add this…

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