• Brilliant White Kitchen Laundry Area

    Placing your laundry center in the kitchen makes it simple to do a quick load of wash while preparing a meal or cleaning up.

    Blend your laundry area with your kitchen by hiding it behind a set of doors. Here, even when the doors are open, the clean white washer matches the colour scheme of the kitchen.

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If you’re adding to your home with additions or extensions, or just need to update its interior look and feel, getting inspiration has never been easier. There are countless websites offering inspiration, but we’ve done the hard work for you and put together this list of the 7 Best Home Design Inspiration Sites.

1) Houzz

Houzz

Houzz is amazing, with over 5 million lush images that you can browse and sort by room, style, budget and more. Originally US-only, there’s now an Australian site, for local design inspiration.

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2) The Design Files

Design Files

Another Australian site, The Design Files is a blog-style site that profiles ‘real’ homes as opposed to the ‘fantasy’ $20-million + homes that are out of reach of most people. If your style is a little more quirky, artistic or retro, you’ll love this site.

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3) Remodelista

Remodelista

A beautifully-designed international site, Remodelista calls itself a ‘sourcebook for considered living’. It’s full of great ideas and gorgeous photography and will keep you in the loop with international interior design trends.

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4) Complete Home

Complete Home

An Australian site produced by Universal Magazines, publishers of Home Design, Home Renovation, Grand Designs Australia, Top Homes, Australian Period Style and many more magazines, it’s chock full of quality articles and photography with an extensive section on renovations, extensions and additions.

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5) Interiors Addict

Interiors Addict

With the tag line ‘Style without the snobbery’, Interiors Addict is a site for Aussies looking for achievable home design ideas. With plenty of local photography, expert tips and links to where you can buy products locally, it’s a very handy resource.

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6) Freshome

Freshome

Leaning towards the upper-end of the design market, Freshome is an international design site featuring stunning interior design and photography.

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7) Pinterest

Pinterest

The Home Décor page on Pinterest is a veritable feast of inspiration, with a constantly-changing smorgasbord of images across selectable categories.

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Benefits to you

1. The pinnacle of energy efficiency

When it comes to choosing energy efficient lights, the decision usually comes down to LEDs and CFL (compact fluorescent lighting) bulb. But LEDs have the edge. Some LEDs can use up to 90% less energy that traditional incandescent bulbs and last 25% longer. LEDs even outdo CFL bulbs in efficiency, mainly because they have double the lifespan.

So why are LEDs so much more efficient than incandescent and CFL bubs?  It comes down to the direction of the light. LEDs emit light in a targeted direction rather than dispersing it in all directions, and they don’t require or emit high levels of heat. You can expect 80% of the energy to be emitted as light and 20% to be released as heat. In contrast, CFL and incandescent bulbs release between 80% and 90% of their energy as heat. The efficiency of LED lighting is rising fast, so by replacing conventional incandescent bulbs with LED lights, you are actively reducing your energy consumption and reducing your impact on the environment.

2. New dimension in LED design

LED lights have been around for years, but only recently have they been designed for domestic use. In the past they had a reputation for giving off poor light, but we are seeing exciting developments in LED lighting and a phenomenal improvement in light output. You no longer need to compromise on bright lights to get exceptional energy efficiency. Some leading Australian companies are releasing architecturally designed LED lights, making them a more attractive choice for renovations or additions. You can choose LED downlights that are modern and sleek, and are designed to go anywhere where halogen downlights are used. LED strip lights can be used for recessed lighting, architectural lighting,  windows and archways. The list is endless, and it’s growing.

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WHY TILES

Ceramic tiles are one of the most practical building materials ever made. They have proven their durability and flexibility over thousands of years.

Floors tiled in ancient Rome are still in use today. The Romans were prolific users of ceramics to tile walls, floors and to create magnificent decorative effects in their palaces and public areas.

However, today there are so many tiles for so many purposes that it is important that you choose the right ones for your project. We can use tiles today in every area of our homes. Bathrooms, kitchens and laundries are no longer the sole area of attention. Bedrooms, patios, balconies, swimming pools, garages, and passage ways all benefit from being tiled rather than using alternative coverings.

Skid Resistance

Almost any flooring can become slippery when wet, and ceramic tiles are no exception. Surface dust can also contribute to this. Floor mats help in both circumstances.

Tiles with a skid resistant surface on a floor can reduce this tendency, but the advantages are offset by a rough surface being more difficult to clean.

How Much Should I Pay For My Tiles?

Always ensure that you buy the best quality products available. Tiles last for a long time and the few dollars saved on inferior product will haunt you much longer than the satisfaction of saving a few dollars.

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Cool bunk beds

Bunk beds are a childhood favourite and a great space-saver – and oh boy, have they come a long way! This is a amazing and beautiful bunk beds.

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Paving for Courtyards

Courtyards have become integral to urban living, an intimate area to eat, relax and entertain. Efficient use of space and thoughtful design can turn your outdoor courtyard area into an inviting oasis. Paving an outdoor area will minimize maintenance and bring a clean, fresh look to complement the adjoining home. The area can be dressed up with potted foliage and comfy furniture to complete the look.

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Base Board – Introducing a brand new innovation in lightweight building material.

With pressure on local manufacturers to deliver evermore affordable building products, this product was developed as a tough yet lightweight solution for insulation cladding. Branded. Base Board, this flat panel arrives on-site with a pre-finished, low-build render system – ready to install.

Each panel measures a standard 2400 mm x 1200 mm and the pre-rendered finish saves on labour costs on-site. Builders can also simply use their carpentry teams to install the Base Board and get the project to lock up quickly and easily.

As a lightweight cladding, it’s fantastic. It is subject to less movement and has good insulation qualities.  The product to be easy to work with and quick to install, “The Base Board can be set straight and plumb quickly and cuts to size very easily.”

Once fixed, Uni-Mesh is applied over all joins and a skim coat of an approved Unitex Render and a Unitex Finish coat of choice is applied. This system is known as the Unitex Lightweight Board Insulation System (LBIS).

Base Board, a high-quality cladding alternative that helps build your dream – even on a tight budge.

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LIGHTING

Just as you carefully choose your decor, so should you spend time considering the style of lighting you want in your home – as it has a direct influence on your mood. Think about the overall effect you’re trying to create, be it a lively ambiance or a cosier feel accented with subtle shadows or romantic corners. Pendants and chandeliers make stunning focal points, down lights are perfect for general lighting, table and floor lamps add a warm glow, and wall lights illuminate artwork or favorite pieces, or become a decorative feature by themselves.

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The Tile Advantage

Ceramic tiles are one of the most practical building materials ever made. They have proven their durability and flexibility over thousands of years.

Floors tiled in ancient Rome are still in use today. The Romans were prolific users of ceramics to tile walls, floors and to create magnificent decorative effects in their palaces and public areas.

However, today there are so many tiles for so many purposes that it is important that you choose the right ones for your project. We can use tiles today in every area of our homes. Bathrooms, kitchens and laundries are no longer the sole area of attention. Bedrooms, patios, balconies, swimming pools, garages, and passage ways all benefit from being tiled rather than using alternative coverings.

Investment

Ceramic tiles should become an integral part of your home. Careful selection will enhance and protect your home and add to its capital value. Consider your tiling as a long term investment, even though it is an economical exercise.

Skid Resistance

Almost any flooring can become slippery when wet, and ceramic tiles are no exception. Surface dust can also contribute to this. Floor mats help in both circumstances.

Tiles with a skid resistant surface on a floor can reduce this tendency, but the advantages are offset by a rough surface being more difficult to clean.

How Much Should I Pay For My Tiles?

Always ensure that you buy the best quality products available. Tiles last for a long time and the few dollars saved on inferior product will haunt you much longer than the satisfaction of saving a few dollars.

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A  great outdoor space is about clever design.

1. Go for a timber deck

If you’re after creating a style statement than timber decking is just for you! Installing a deck is cost-effective way to add flavour to any outdoor living area.

Materials:  You have a choice of using durable hardwoods such as blackbutt or softwoods such as treated pine. Most commonly used among  the designers is the Spotted gum and Tallowwood. Teak, although a little more expensive because of it’s durability and it’s weathering benefits,  is one of the best decking timbers on the market.
Given their natural resistant  to termites, Australian hardwood species are a great decking option.

Finishing: The finishing on your deck really depends on individual preference, for a rich lustre finish, we recommend you oil the decking, or you can simply have the timber weather naturally. It is important to note how much maintenance you are prepared to complete when deciding on finishing. For example: an oiled deck, to remain looking rich, will require, re-application once to twice a year (depending on how regularly it is used).

Design: Like any inside space, you should take the same approach for an outdoor living area. Simple design with maximum usage. An area for eating/socialising and comfortable bold furniture are a must. If you like to host a slightly bigger gathering, consider deep and wide stairs that can be used for seating, top it all off with some in-built lighting to create a relaxed environment.

2. Shade arrangements 

For any outdoor area, shade is essential and is ideal if it can be created naturally. If you’re after a cost effective method, vegetation or a well positioned tree work well. Other options, depending if your area faces north, south, east or west, include a Pergola (with a perspex roof which stands a defence against rain), Plasterboard Ceilings, Timber Slats or even an oversized umbrella, a great look for spring and summer.

3. Furniture Settings

Out with the old, in with the new! Outdoor furniture trends have recently shifted to a more casual approach with comfortable seating as opposed to formal dining.

Consider Comfort: With the vast range of outdoor settings, it is easy to get lost in which to choose, when deciding, keep in mind that comfort comes first. Choose the setting that best fits your lifestyle and don’t restrict yourself for the norm, consider other seating options, such as; swinging chairs, hammocks or even beanbags!

Ideal Fabrics: Because of it’s style and durability, Synthetic Wicker remains a popular choice. Shop around for the best deal, there are fantastic cushion options with solution-dyed acrylic fabrics that work well too.

4. Keep it bright

If your outdoor area is starting to look less sophisticated, especially if your decoration arrangements were completed over a year ago, it’s time you injected splashes of colour to create a sense of excitement. This cost effective method to counteract the inevitable weathering process, is great for those who like to keep it fresh. Update your lifeless space by adding some bright pillows, paint a courtyard wall  or even replace the bench of your barbecue.

Paint: Vibrant greens that are influenced by nature  and shades of purple and indigo are this seasons outdoor colour trends. It is important to plan carefully before you paint, consider what paint finishes works best for you, finishes that have a textured or an aged look are currently popular.

5. Store it Smarter

Get the most out of your outdoor living area. If your outdoor area is small, than built-in furniture is ideal for saving space. Use the same timber as your decking to create a beach or even consider bench seats that open up to provide extra storage for kid’s toys, garden essentials or even to put away the cushions when they’re not used.

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