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6 of the world's best games rooms     by   Darcy Wilson

22 July 2014

 

You don't have to be dripping with money to appreciate the appeal of a dedicated games room - and there's no hard and fast rule that says what kind of games it has to accommodate. This week we're showcasing six of the most interesting dedicated games rooms we've seen for a while. Enjoy!

 

1. Michael Jackson's games room
www.pinsane2.com/pinorama/events/MJ_09/kr/michael_jackson_arcade_entry.html (virtual tour)

Spot the difference: rendered or real?     by   Darcy Wilson

27 June 2014

Here's an interesting secret about those perfect houses that you look at in catalogues and on sites like Pinterest: more and more of them are fake.

Lots of big companies (and design and architecture firms) looking to show off their work are turning to seriously convincing 3D computer renderings as a way both to cut costs, and create the 'perfect' picture of what they're selling. Not convinced? IKEA used computer renderings for more than 25% of the pictures in its 2013 catalogue... most people just can't tell the difference.

Vote for the BDAV 'People's Choice' 2014     by   Darcy Wilson

02 June 2014

 

The title says it all really - I got an email this morning saying that the voting's open for this year's BDAV People's Choice Awards. The People's Choice Awards are a chance for the rest of us to vote for our favourites from the projects nominated for the Building Designers Association of Victoria (BDAV) Building Design Awards 2014.

There are some incredible houses nominated this year (have included a couple of examples below) - drop over, have a look through and vote for your favourite design here:

25 amazing ideas for kids bedrooms     by   Darcy Wilson

19 May 2014

There's plenty of scope for clever design when it comes to kids' bedrooms - not just to make things look fun, but also to make the most of space, to give them a place to play, and - more importantly - to build the kinds of brilliant things we'd love to have in our bedrooms as adults if people weren't likely to judge us for it...

Here are some of the best we've seen:

 

Climbing walls

A fantastic idea if your kids are half-monkey - but probably only sensible if you have high ceilings and you're able to put in some safety measures underneath.

10 of Australia's best 'face saving' renovations     by   Darcy Wilson

05 May 2014

 

It can be hard to let go of a nice old house, no matter how much you want to drag it into the 21st century. Sometimes it's a nostalgic thing. Other times, it's because your local council wants to prevent you from expressing your bold 'tastes' in ways that are likely to make the neighbours squirm.

16 incredible renovation finds     by   Darcy Wilson

23 April 2014

 

In the backs of our minds, we're all quietly hoping to uncover something a bit special when we renovate an old house. 99% of the time something interesting does turn up, but 99% of the time it's either:

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Winners gallery: houses from the Dulux Colour Awards, 2014     by   Darcy Wilson

28 March 2014

 

Each year Dulux holds its Dulux Colour Awards to honour architects and designers who use colour in innovative ways - and to showcase the excellent work they've been doing.

As well as being a good way to highlight the clever work done by some of our better local architects and designers, the awards are also a good opportunity to see what's happening in terms of colour and design trends for houses - and perhaps to find a bit of inspiration (or maybe a designer or architect) for your own place.

9 of the world's most incredible back yards     by   Darcy Wilson

25 March 2014

I won't surprise anyone by saying that here in Australia we love our back yards. We've got the weather for it, a whole host of TV shows, radio shows and magazines dedicated to them - and the space and expendable incomes necessary to do create some amazing things.

For no other reason than the fact that it's genuinely fascinating, this week we thought we'd put up a quick blog showing off some of the amazing (non-garden) things people build in their back yards:

 

1. The Boulder Creek Tramway (Tasmania)

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How Google wants to control your home     by   Darcy Wilson

20 February 2014

 

For years, people have spoken with great conviction and excitement about a big surge towards pervasive, high tech home automation. If you look at the way microprocessor technology and the internet have crept into every other facet of our lives - and at how obsessed most of us are with comfort, convenience and efficiency (particularly at home) it's been a safe conclusion to draw for as long as anyone's drawn it.

Quick and easy ways to cool your house     by   Darcy Wilson

13 January 2014

It's going to be an brutally hot week in Melbourne, Adelaide and a few other places - and if you're living in an old, unrenovated house that isn't already built with hot weather in mind, there's an excellent chance you'll have liquified into a murky flesh puddle on your living room floor by Friday.

Who has Australia's best Christmas lights?     by   Darcy Wilson

18 December 2013

You have to be amazed at how much effort people put into decorating their yards with Christmas lights. I could never really understand the motivation, but some of these places are breathtaking.

Just wanted to share this Australian house with you - it holds the world record for the most Christmas lights. We're assuming that at the very least, the Richards family won't need the aircon this summer due to the strong breeze their electricity meter's probably creating:

How to prepare your home for bushfires     by   Darcy Wilson

28 October 2013

 

Bushfires are a part of life in Australia, but all indications suggest they're only going to become more dramatic and more frequent as climate change leads to more extreme weather - and all signs point to the fact that we're in for  a sweaty summer.

9 of Australia's best man-caves     by   Darcy Wilson

14 October 2013

It could just be the abundance of space here in Australia. Or a case of generous expendable incomes and free time. Or a heightened sense of primal territorial pride and a yearning for our hands-on, built-to-last roots in an increasingly disposable plastic world.

Whatever it is, we seem to have more than our fair share of outstanding mancaves here in Australia - and this week we're glad to bring you nine of the best:

 

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8 projects to tackle in spring     by   Darcy Wilson

16 September 2013

T-shirt weather seems to be sliding in down in the southern states (everyone in the NT and FNQ can ignore this post and go get an iced coffee or something). Normally when the weather starts to pick up like this, it means it's the ideal time to put on your war face and commit to the renovation ideas you've been spouting off loudly about all winter.

Paint colour trends for 2014     by   Darcy Wilson

16 September 2013

According to these dot tests, I'm way too colourblind to be writing a blog post about paint colours. I also tell people at every opportunity that unless they know what they're doing they should probably paint their houses with the tamest shades they can find, so they don't end up living in an unsellable house that looks like a packet of melted Skittles.

2013's best kitchens and bathrooms     by   Darcy Wilson

27 August 2013

It's no big secret that kitchens and bathrooms hog the limelight when it comes to renovations - so when the Kitchen and Bathroom Designers Institute (the KBDi) announces its national awards for Australia's best kitchen and bathroom designers, we're always keen to put together a gallery showcasing the winning entries.

Not really much more to say - enjoy, and hope you find some inspiration below!

 

WIN: 25 double passes to the Sunday Home Show in Brisbane!     by   Darcy Wilson

26 August 2013

 

BUILD has 25 double passes to give away to the Sunday Mail Home Show in Brisbane.

  • WHERE: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
  • WHEN: 6th - 8th September, 2013
  • NORMAL PRICE: $13 online, $16 at the door

 

 

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A kitchen bench to charge your phone     by   Darcy Wilson

23 August 2013

Here's an interesting one - DuPont has just announced it'll be making Corian benchtops with technology embedded in them to wirelessly charge devices like phones, tablets and notebook computers (much like the Powermat does).

Corian has a few different uses, but it's mostly used to make kitchen benches - so in theory, with this technology charging your phone could be as easy as just setting it down on the bench.

15 secrets to renovating small kitchens     by   Darcy Wilson

15 August 2013

A lot of smaller houses and apartments people move into these days were designed in a very different era. One in which:

10 stunning houses from the 2013 BDAV Awards     by   Darcy Wilson

30 July 2013

We were lucky enough to be at the BDAV's 2013 Awards night last weekend in the Great Hall at the National Gallery of Victoria - and we were treated to a display of some spectacular, unusual and very clever homes and designs from building designers from across Australia.

Pictures tell a thousand words where houses are concerned, of course - so in the spirit of sharing (and perhaps to give you some inspiration for your own project) we've compiled a gallery of the winning homes from the 2013 BDAV Awards below. Enjoy!

 

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