Adelle King's blog

As the editor of BUILD I have a keen interest in sustainable housing and new technologies.

Questions people forget to ask their builder     by   Adelle King

19 July 2018

You’ve probably seen all the usual questions you should be asking your builder before you contract them, including asking about licensing and references...


What are the subdivision costs in Australia?     by   Adelle King

13 July 2018

Subdivision costs in Australia vary slightly from state to state. The greatest variations in these costs will be state specific planning and application fees, contributions and fees to local governments and councils, and utility provider access costs...


What is the process of subdividing land in Australia?      by   Adelle King

12 July 2018

The process of subdividing land is a very particular and methodical process, with differences from state to state. The major differences from state to state are the stakeholders and decision making bodies that administer the subdivision process and issue titles...


Can I subdivide my land?     by   Adelle King

11 July 2018

The subdivision potential of a parent lot of land in most Australian states is generally determined by three main factors...


A gold rush in the suburban backyard      by   Adelle King

10 July 2018

Subdividing land in Victoria Victorians are subdividing land at an exceptional pace- backyard developers are key players in the state government’s ambitious housing infill targets...


Subdividing property in Australia     by   Adelle King

09 July 2018

Subdivision is a complex process, involving elements of planning, building compliance, project management and legal work. Additionally, the process is slightly different in each state so it can be hard for home owners to find accurate information that covers all aspects of the process...


The Simpsons' living room in six different styles     by   Adelle King

02 July 2018

One of the most familiar living rooms on TV is the one belonging to the Simpsons family, with the decor unchanged since the show first aired in 1989. The design has been synonymous with American suburbia for 29 years so it’s hard to imagine the iconic room in any other style...


Brand new home checklist     by   Adelle King

29 June 2018

Designing and building your own home is an exciting process but it’s one that does take a while, which means by the time the developer hands over the keys all you want to do is settle in...


Tax deductions for home owners     by   Adelle King

27 June 2018

Tax time is coming up and it’s not just landlords or investment property owners who can save money on tax thanks to their assets. As a home owner there are also legitimate deductions you can make that could help put extra cash in your pocket...


Tax deductions for landlords     by   Adelle King

27 June 2018

As the end of the financial year approaches comparison site, has released research into how landlords can minimise personal income tax through deductions...


Beyond six star design     by   Adelle King

18 June 2018

The ‘green’ building revolution is well and truly under way in Australia as construction costs and energy prices continue to increase...

Case study: The Hemp House     by   Adelle King

18 June 2018

Hemp House in Mullumbimby, NSW was designed by Barefoot Sustainable Design to accommodate a small family of 4 and to fit on a small residential block. Industrial hemp, although related to cannabis, is a durable plant that could play a pivotal role in the future of the building sector...

Case study: Kinship      by   Adelle King

14 June 2018

Green buildings, which incorporate the principles of sustainable development are becoming increasingly popular in Australia and now represent 34% of the total share of construction activity in the country, according to Dodge Data and Analytic’s World Green Building Trends 2016 SmartMarket Report ...

Future city skylines     by   Adelle King

12 June 2018

Architecture and technology are advancing rapidly and this is impacting on our cities, changing the way they look and feel. At the same time, urban populations are growing and by 2050 it is predicted that 66% of the world’s population will live in urban areas, compared to 54% today...

Match your fire pit to your garden style      by   Adelle King

06 June 2018

Last month we published a post about the results of the 2018 Adbri Masonry Great Australian Backyard survey that found backyard designs are inspired by holiday destinations including the Hamptons and Japan...


Winterfy your garden      by   Adelle King

04 June 2018

Some gardeners use cold weather as the perfect excuse to take a well-earned break from their garden, however, horticulturist, garden writer and TV presenter Melissa King says there is little downtime for gardeners in winter despite it being a slow growth season...


Winter maintenance     by   Adelle King

01 June 2018

Temperatures are beginning to fall and today marks the first official day of winter for Australians, the season where home maintenance tasks you’ve been putting off become apparent...

Case study: The Cape     by   Adelle King

31 May 2018

In May, the Department of Environment and Energy published new quarterly emissions data that showed greenhouse gas emissions increased 0.8% in the December 2017 quarter...

Luxaflex unveils new window covering     by   Adelle King

16 May 2018

Luxaflex has announced a new range of window coverings that hang like curtains but operate with the functionality of blinds. Veri Shades feature curved vanes made from a durable fabric and have been specially designed to provide advanced privacy, light filtering and air flow...


Dulux Colour Award winners announced     by   Adelle King

11 May 2018

The 32nd Dulux Colour Awards took place last night at a Gala event at the National Gallery of Victoria, where Fitzroy Crossing Renal Hostel in WA by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects was awarded the Grand Prix, as well as the Commercial Exterior Award. Photographer: Peter Bennetts...