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Batman House wins 'Excellence in Use of Steel' at BDAV awards     by   Jacob Harris

11 August 2016

Sited on an ex-pastoral 1.2 hectare allotment, the rural setting offers magnificent views to Australia’s first ‘cable-stayed’ Batman Bridge. Importantly, its architectural form connects the cues taken from the distinctive landmark Bridge...

Aussies love their outdoor spaces     by   Jacob Harris

24 March 2017

The Australian love affair with entertaining and outdoor living is showing no signs of waning, with 63% of Aussie homeowners planning to either make improvements or undertake new projects in their outdoor space this year...

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Three DIY projects to spice up your backyard     by   Jacob Harris

10 March 2017

Good lighting and seating are essential for outdoor entertaining but it’s also important to look at the foundations of the backyard to ensure the space is used to its full potential. “Upgrading the backyard doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming...

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Building blunders     by   Jacob Harris

27 February 2017

We all make mistakes. And at BUILD we thought it’d be worthwhile having a look at some common issues in new buildings and how they can be avoided...

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Summer colour trends     by   Jacob Harris

14 February 2017

This summer, interiors will be inspired by a global flavour with a combination of adventurous and exotic colours marking the season. According to Dulux, the colour trend for summer 2017 will encompass warm, deep hues such as red, burgundy and orange...

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Bathroom Trends for 2017     by   Jacob Harris

13 February 2017

The bathroom is a highly intimate place where we both begin and end our days - spending a little time on ourselves to help prepare for the busy day ahead and reflect on the day just passed...

6 tips to keep your air conditioner cooling as it should     by   Jacob Harris

30 January 2017

A poorly maintained air conditioner needs to work much harder to keep the home cool during the hotter months, particularly after running a reverse cycle air conditioner throughout winter. Over time, a significant volume of dust accumulates on the filter...

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500 new colours from Dulux     by   Jacob Harris

30 January 2017

For the first time in a decade, Dulux has introduced over 500 new colours to its range for Australian and New Zealand design professionals, launched as Dulux World of Colour Series II...

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2017 interior design trends forecast report     by   Jacob Harris

30 January 2017

Trends we can expect to see more of this year include new forms of tiling, revamped feature walls, a rise in wine cellars, more matte black finishes and marble surfaces along with greater demand for galley kitchens...

Win an automated garage door opener!     by   Jacob Harris

30 January 2017

BUILD, together with Chamberlain, is giving readers the chance to win a PowerLift MyQ garage door opener valued at $599! All you have to do is go to BUILD to answer this simple question: What qualities should a good garage door have?...

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Amp up your home’s curb appeal with a new front door     by   Jacob Harris

16 January 2017

A grand front entrance can tell a story that intrigues guests and passers-by, while also providing a glimpse into the homeowner’s interior style and adding to the value of the property...

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How to get the art deco look     by   Jacob Harris

16 January 2017

By Bec Sparky Art deco interiors are making a comeback. The good news is while this style is characterised by a luxurious feel there are many ways to get the art deco look. Think bold A pop of colour can bring an art deco flair to your home...

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The 12 days of Christmas guide to preparing the backyard     by   Jacob Harris

16 December 2016

With Christmas fast approaching, the lead up to the big day can often be a frantic time with last minute shopping, cooking and cleaning, not to mention preparing the backyard for an influx of friends and family. But don’t despair...

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Google Home and Amazon Echo on infinite loop     by   Jacob Harris

06 December 2016

With voice control touted to be the next big thing in home automation, many worry that the robots are about to take over. Seriously, if they can talk to us, what's going to happen if they start talking to each other?

Home automation explained     by   Jacob Harris

05 December 2016

By Paul Skelton. You’ve probably heard about home automation, the smart home, the connected home, residential technology, custom integration and home control. You may even have ignored these concepts, thinking they were irrelevant to your build or, worse still, a passing fad...

Energy saving apps     by   Jacob Harris

05 December 2016

The price of energy never seems to be too far from our minds. And when building or renovating, the lighting and appliances we choose can make a lasting impact on our overall power consumption for months and years to follow...

Karkalla beach house project      by   Jacob Harris

21 November 2016

The television series Top Property follows the journey of homeowner and renovators Chris Blaber and father Ray Blaber through the various stages and struggles of purchasing a rundown property and turning it into a gorgeous modern home...

Re-roof or restore?     by   Jacob Harris

21 November 2016

One of the most critical factors in any renovation is the long term health of the roof. It’s the important question facing every renovator: restore or replace? When it comes to tiled roofs, the decision is heavily guided by future plans for the home...

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Top tips to get your barbeque area smoking     by   Jacob Harris

08 November 2016

It's barbeque season again and here at BUILD we're pretty excited about it. So to usher in the warmer weather we thought we'd put together a list of tips to help you ensure your barbeque area is smoking this summer. 1...

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8 amazing decks     by   Jacob Harris

07 November 2016

There are few things more enjoyable than the simple pleasure of spending a warm summer day lazing on your deck with family and friends...

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