Tips & How To's
We decided to do polished concrete down in our kitchen for a few reasons. Firstly it is incredibly easy to maintain and secondly as the area gets a lot of natural sunlight, concrete will help to retain the heat in the house in winter and keep the area cool in summer.
By the time you pay for materials and labour the outlay is roughly the same. The finished product, however, is in my opinion, one hundred times more stunning than any tile you could possibly lay! By the time you pay for materials and labour the outlay is roughly the same. The finished product, however, is in my opinion, one hundred times more stunning than any tile you could possibly lay!
As you become a more experienced renovator or builder, eventually you will build up a list of trades who you trust and can wholeheartedly rely on. Unfortunately, it may take a few 'frogs' to find your prince!
Whether you have an existing powder room you want to transform or are knocking down closet walls to create a new full-suite shower, it can be a challenge to get the right design with limited space. Combine the right color scheme with the perfect small-space fixtures and a decorating ideal that leans toward the simplistic. These tips should help you come up with a plan that is both comfortable and attractive for your new bathroom.
I’ve been following Adrian from @iseeadrian on Instagram for the past year or so and have been absolutely blown away by some of his incredible renovations. I decided it was time to sit down and figure out the secret to his success.
If you’re thinking of buying a property to flip but you’re not really sure what to look for or how to find a gem, then you’re not alone. In my short time as an on-the-side house flipper, I have learnt some invaluable lessons that I felt I must share.
Before buying your first project home, keep these tips in mind to ensure you stay in the green and not the red.
When we discovered that our only bathroom was leaking, and leaking bad we decided it was time for the whole room to go...we asked eight plumbers and bathroom renovators to come and give us a quote. Two of them showed up. One of them actually followed up with a quote. For $35 000. So we cleared our schedules for a few weeks and hopped to it ourselves.
As the partner of a tradie, and someone who regularly spends time with tradies (Callum’s friends), I often hear the gripes and groans of tradie life. And I’m going to let you in on a little secret…look after your bloody tradies!
Building or renovating with a loved one. Are you sure………
It needs to be a considered decision to take the step to build or renovate a property with someone you love, especially if it’s someone you want to love at the end of the process.
Looking at our blank canvas, we figured the most affordable, low maintenance and quick approach would be to lay down some turf and turn the brown to green! The best part about it, the whole backyard renovation cost us $1500 (including the new chicken coop) and it’s practically unrecognisable!
I don’t believe I’m the only person who enjoys a good movie, right? For me nothing beats being able to cosy up at home on the weekend and catch a movie or two. Callum and I both share a passion for movie watching and popcorn (this has been a recent addiction for me). For this reason, we have decided to put a home theatre in the new place. This provides the opportunity to save some money (eventually it will pay itself off), add value to the property and entertain boring guests (hehe).
You've inspired me to keep going
Caitlin and co, thank you for your hilarious posts and honest truth about renovating, we are doing our place up at the moment and some days I feel as though nothing is going to give - it is nice to know we're not alone!
— Clare, Perth
Honest, and real
Your tips and advice are great, I love following the blog and reading new content each week - keep it coming!
— Zana, Brisbane
You're right, we can do it ourselves - I started my renovation very hesitant and believe I would need to rely on multiple trades to get sh*t done - you just don't! Keep up the DIY blog posts, it keeps me going at our own joint.
— Emily, Canberra