BUILDING OR RENOVATING

A curation of expert advice for building and renovating, including from lighting experts, builders and more. Information about latest products, design hacks and more!

Your DIY home security checklist

Supported by Lane Security For many of us, the home is our sanctuary and where we feel most safe but there is a thing or...

15 ways to spruce up your outdoors

Supported by Thomsons Outdoor Pine Our gorgeous climate is made for outdoor living but if your outdoors aren’t exactly inviting, you might like to try...

Reader renovation: Dated ensuite gets a modern hex makeover!

We love seeing your renovation projects and especially love it when you let us share them on the blog! Jane has been following SC since...

Don’t rely on theories about smashed avocadoes to calculate your home...

Supported by People's Choice Credit Union While a certain someone may think it’s our hipster café lifestyle that’s preventing us from affording property, rough calculations...

From dark and moody to stark and crisp, discover the latest...

Always on the forefront of latest interior colour trends and styles, we love discovering the latest volumes in the Haymes Colour Library. They've just released...

Is a marble splashback a good idea?

This week I got an email from a lovely reader asking about my kitchen splashback — is marble hard to maintain, does it stain...

How to choose the right window treatment

Supported by DIY Online Blinds Who would have thought choosing window treatments could be so difficult! Roller blinds, curtains, shutters, venetians, roman, panels and drapes…...

Darren Palmer’s tips for finding your kitchen style

If you've ever had to design or select finishes for a kitchen, you'd know it's no easy task! What seems to make the process even...

Top 10 tile trends for 2016

Supported by Tile Republic Are you building or renovating and feeling a little lost when it comes to selecting tiles? It can be a daunting...

8 Tips to Creating Stylish Budget Kitchens

How do you renovate your kitchen on a budget? It's one of the top questions we get asked and today we're so excited to...

Kitchen Planning: See Gina’s Kitchen Ideas

OK, this is the space I'm finding the trickiest to commit decisions but I can't put it off any longer! You might have read in...

10 electrical and lighting things to consider when building

I can safely say that every day of this home build journey I am learning something new. From small things like discovering new products...

Darren Palmer’s Tips on Using Colour in the Bathroom and Kitchen

We recently attended an event where interior design expert Darren Palmer shared his advice on a broad range of topics from what do to...

How to design a lighting plan for your home: learn the...

Gina is the first person to admit she is completely clueless when it comes to lighting. And needing to layout lighting in her new...

What is the Best Kitchen Splashback? Interior Designer Darren Palmer Shares...

Designing a new kitchen comes with a million and one questions — and if you're in the process or are thinking about updating your...

Katie’s Top 10 Tips on Building Your First Home

Katie and Mitch finished building their first home less than six months ago. During the process, they faced more than their fair share of...

Why I got kicked off site: Construction site safety and my...

Lately I've been spending a lot more time on site of our new build — Bruno is often calling me out to make quick...

Introducing First Time Home Builders Katie and Mitch

Katie and Mitch, a young couple from Brisbane, recently completed building their first home. We sat down with them to hear their experience of...

Need to decide on ensuite design and finishes

That title should actually read 'Need to decide on ensuite design and finishes... HELP!' You all went above and beyond when I asked for your...

DIY concrete countertop: Before and after kitchen makeover

Many people are stuck with an outdated kitchen because it’s just suuuuuuuccchhhh an expensive space to redo! While an entirely new kitchen may be out...

Colour and emotion: How to select colour for the mood you...

We've always been fascinated by colours and how they can influence your mood and thoughts. Wanting to know more about this, we've enlisted the expert...

How to Select Your Kitchen Bench Top

Designing a new kitchen can be one of the most overwhelming experiences. Getting your layout right is just the tip of the iceberg, then comes...