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How to Survive a Kitchen Renovation (15 photos)

Serial renovators and people who work in the building and design industries agree that the best way to survive kitchen renovations is to flee the scene and stay somewhere else. But this option is not always viable, so if you plan to live on-site, here is what to expect and how to prepare for it.

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A Smart and Speedy Design Solution for a Growing Family (10 photos)

In this Q&A series, we turn the spotlight on one thought-provoking renovation or extension each week. Here, interior designer and project manager Inna Tempany reveals how she found the perfect design solution for extending this tired, three-bedroom, one-bathroom family home in record time....

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8 Steps to Survive Being an Owner-Builder: Part Two (12 photos)

Choosing to be an owner-builder is not for the faint-hearted; expect to experience sleepless nights, months of worry and physical exhaustion. On the flip side, building and managing the construction of your own home is likely to fill you with a sense of pride and achievement… plus, of course, it can...

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How Do I... Choose the Right Hot-Water System? (8 photos)

In this practical series, we ask experts to answer your burning home and design questions. Here, John Wilkins, product marketing manager at Rheem Australia, reveals how to select the right hot-water system to suit your household’s needs.

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Pro Panel: 10 Kitchen-Layout Blunders and How to Avoid Them (11 photos)

Choosing beautiful finishes and fixtures for your new kitchen is one thing, but get the layout wrong and it will never function as well as you want it to. We’ve asked three design experts to reveal the 10 most common layout errors that kitchen renovators make, and what you can do to avoid them. We’ve...

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Best of the Week: 30 Savvy and Stylish Built-In Joinery Ideas (32 photos)

There’s much to love about built-in joinery – done right, it can deliver perfectly proportioned storage, comfortable seating, an easy-to-use solution for all those children’s toys and more. Today, rather than blending in with its surrounds, on-trend built-in furniture is designed to stand out. Here are...

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Help! My Home Is a Blank Canvas. Where Do I Start? (20 photos)

Moving into a brand-new home often means a space with bare white walls and spaces that are less than ideal. Knowing where to start when creating a homely atmosphere can be daunting. Here are some tips to help you add your style stamp. First, assess your existing colour palette to determine if you will...

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Italy Houzz Tour: An Upside-Down Home That Looks out to Sea (19 photos)

The true treasure of the region around Genoa, Italy, is the Ligurian sea, its breezes and stunning vistas creating the perfect backdrop for any architecture. To fully benefit from this panorama with an open, spacious living room and outdoor terrace, architects Isabella Invernizzi and Beatrice Bonzanigo...

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On the Night Shift: Gardens That Dazzle After Dark (17 photos)

As 19th-century author Robert Louis Stevenson wrote, “Cultivate the garden for the nose, and the eyes will take care of themselves”. Fragrant, night-active plants greatly extend the pleasure of an evening spent outdoors – there’s nothing quite like relaxing outside after the day’s work is...

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Step Inside the Personalised Homes of 6 Jewellery Makers (29 photos)

Making jewellery is a delicate and intricate art that requires precision and creativity. For these six jewellery makers, that handcrafted touch also appears in their homes, which double as their studios. Get inspired by their eclectic and creative work spaces, and their organisation and jewellery display...

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An Ingenious House in Two Halves (15 photos)

In this Q&A series, we turn the spotlight on one thought-provoking project each week. Here, architect Mick Moloney reveals how he got around the challenges of building on an awkward, sloping block with a southerly outlook to produce a family-friendly, four-bedroom, two-bathroom home with a sophisticated,...

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How Do I... Grow Food in Small Spaces? (10 photos)

In this practical series, we ask experts to answer your burning home and garden questions. Here, Angie Thomas, horticulture consultant to Yates, shares her tips for growing fruit and vegetables in a compact home that’s short on outdoor...

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10 Biggest Reno Regrets and How to Avoid Them (11 photos)

You’ve spent years dreaming about your home renovation, followed by several nightmarish months of living through building works… only to feel less than thrilled with the results. The good news is you’re not alone. According to new research from building product manufacturer James...

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Expert Eye: 6 Steps to Plan a Hassle-Free Kitchen Installation (11 photos)

Putting in a new kitchen is one of the most complex home-improvement tasks you can embark on – mainly because of all the different tradespeople involved. Each step of the process has to be perfectly coordinated so the right experts and materials are where they’re meant to be at exactly the right time....

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So You're Tempted to Try Sage Green? (13 photos)

Sage green is experiencing something of a resurgence, as interiors embrace all things soothing and nature-inspired. The wonderfully calming hue sits somewhere between mint and greige. It’s also an incredibly versatile colour that works in just about every spot in the home, both inside and out. Here,...

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Best of the Week: 25 Shiplap Walls to Inspire (28 photos)

Interested in moving beyond a painted feature wall but still want to add interest to a room? Take a look at shiplap walls. Traditionally a wooden board with a rabbet (or groove) cut into the top and bottom, which allows the pieces to fit together snugly, interior designers are now varying board...

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