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Sea or Tree Change to the Sunshine Coast

Retirees or downsizers with homes in a capital city are selling up and moving to a sea or tree change in regional coastal towns. New analysis commissioned by the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) from Bernard Salt AM uses the latest Census data to identify tree and sea change hotspots for Australian retirees [1]. … Read more

10 Questions to Ask Potential Builders

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Do you have any concerns or foresee any problems with what we are planning? If your potential builder sees a problem in what you are planning you need to know about it as early as possible. A builder might raise questions about your existing house and structural system or have some useful feedback about the … Read more

Saving Costs in your construction project

Costs often spiral out of control in construction budgets, and the extra costs are not always where you think they might be. A building project requires the owners to make many choices on fixtures, fittings, floors and colours. It is not unusual for clients to spend $30,000 to $40,000 over their initial construction budget on … Read more

Solar Panels – is it worth it?

Installing solar power at our family home in Sunrise Beach, Queensland We installed a 3.0Kw solar array in June 2011. Our power bills each quarter were between $750 to $900 and rising. We are a household of 4 and run a home office, pool pump and occasionally air-conditioning in winter for heating and in summer for cooling. … Read more

Design solutions for hard to sell blocks

As part of our work, we provide design solutions for parcels of land that may be difficult to sell. Some examples of the work we can do for developers or real estate agents: Design solution for a parking space at the boardwalk in Coolum On this housing estate the developer wanted to sell the car … Read more

How to Effectively Brief a Designer

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Briefing a designer is a balancing act between on the one hand fully communicating your aesthetic preferences and functional requirements, and on the other not limiting the designer’s creative output. The contribution of the building designer to a finished home, garden or commercial building extends far beyond the appearance of the structure or outdoor environment. … Read more

Top 10 Home Renovation Dont’s

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1. Don’t make your decisions after you begin. It is often tempting to just get started. However, if you want your renovation to go smoothly, the best approach is to make every single decision before work starts. Of course, there will be situations that crop up and cause delays – and a good builder can … Read more


Golden Key International Honour Society This is the world’s premier academic honour society that exists to unlock and enliven excellence within its members. In 2013 Paul Hindes, was selected to be part of it. Golden Key is the world’s largest collegiate honor society. Membership into the Society is by invitation only and applies to the … Read more