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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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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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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Separating rooms

 

A great way to use cabinets to separate rooms … so clean and gives the sense of space

Take a leaf out of the Japanese design books. This extreme design in Fukushima Prefecture is actually a twist on the centuries-old Japanese custom of combining staircases with storage to maximise living space. It makes our understair cupboards look positively archaic.

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Council guidelines:
Look closely at council guild lines to see what you are allowed to do. For example, you may be able to add and upper bedroom in ceiling space if you don’t interfere with the roof form.

Sites potential:
Don’t underestimate the sites potential for inspiration. For example, if you have a magnificent tree, keep it and make it a focus. Removing trees can sometimes cause more damage to property than if you left them in place. In some area’s a large, attractive tree can often add value to your property.

Sites:
Beware of steep sites as the excavation costs are exorbitant.

Old meets new:
Don’t be afraid to blend old with new. The older parts of a building can add character. Don’t add an extension without thinking carefully about the exterior. Renovations should be sympathetic to the original building.

Walls:
Create an open-plan living area by taking out interior walls.

Kitchen:
When revamping your kitchen use more compact, modern appliances, space efficient storage and a window that looks onto the garden.

Windows:
Installing bigger windows in your renovation will take advantage of views. A wall of windows brightens a room and draws the eye out into the landscape or yard.

Open up doorways
Renovate doorways, making them as wide and tall as possible .Amplify the look by adding wide molding or side lights. “People tend to think in terms of removing entire walls when enlarging a door can make a huge
difference.

Outdoor space:
The trend is for outdoor living, when doing this type of renovation try to create a usable outdoor space.

A. No.  Any additional tradespeople not directly working with Quantum Build will not be covered by insurance.  Any damage that they may cause on the renovation will also not be covered by insurance.  Speak with your Site Manager to devise the best course of action prior to employing additional tradespeople.