Modular construction: What are the advantages?

Modular construction or “offsite construction” is today seen as the new affordable housing. Modular construction is the construction of prefabricated buildings off work sites. These modules are then transported and assembled on site. Modular buildings offer a wide range of structures such as houses, apartment buildings, offices, etc. The Affordable Housing Working Group encourages the [...]

10 reasons why you should use precast concrete

Precast concrete uses Australian materials and labour. The design of precast concrete can save up to 30% in the volume of concrete usually used for a standard suspended floor. The thermal mass absorbs and releases heat slowly which ends up saving up to 25% on heating and cooling costs. Precast can be manufactured off site [...]

Architectural drafting checklist to help you define your needs

When it comes to building a house, every person has different tastes, expectations and needs. We have developed a checklist to help you envision your perfect home. You can also refer to our post Tips on how to help you decide your house design. Grab a paper and pen and tick the items that are most [...]

Outdoor living spaces

Outdoor living spaces are very popular in Australia and we emphasise their potential as not only do they create convivial and welcoming living spaces, but also add value to your home. See below some different types of outdoor spaces for you to consider for your future home. Porches These are considered transitioning spaces, connecting your [...]

Design ideas for your deck

Including a deck in your home is the perfect option to extend your living area and get a hint of the outdoors. Here are some design ideas you may like to incorporate. All-in-built deck Play with levels by adding some built-in-benches, planter boxes and steps with the same clad material of the deck. Levelling the [...]

Practical Completion Inspection: how to do it right?

Once the construction is completed, you will attend an inspection with the builder for a Practical Completion Inspection (PCI). The inspection will allow you to go through the house with the builder and ensure all work has been done properly. Go through our key points below to do it right! Check the whole property: as [...]

Renovate or demolish, 5 key points to consider

You are planning on buying an old house and are still undecided on whether you want to renovate it or completely knock it down and rebuild a new one. Here are some tips to keep in mind before you make your final decision. Cost First of all, consider the price for both options. To do [...]

Tips on how to help you decide your house design

When it comes time to think about the right house design, there is a variety of options you could go for and you might get lost. Our building designers have selected some tips to help you know what to look for. Define your lifestyle Ask yourself: what is your lifestyle? Are you planning to extend [...]

Tips to add character to your home

From storage ideas to materials, get inspired by some of the tips we share with you to enhance the character in your home. Clever storage: utilise the “dead space”, such as, the often omitted space between the top of furniture and the room’s ceiling or you can fit ample storages under the stairs. Wall: use [...]

Why renovating is more expensive than building?

Many people think that renovating is cheaper than building. Surprisingly here, we think that building from scratch is actually more affordable, faster and a smoother process than renovating. Find out below some things you should know about the renovation. Demolition The demolition has a significant impact on the cost as it involves a lot of [...]