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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

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

MasterChef and cutting edge design

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The guest chefs combine flavours, textures and colours in new and unexpected ways. Their dishes are plated with a presentation that makes their food new and exciting. Over time many of these dishes will filter down into mainstream everyday cooking and become part of our diet. Think of how meat and three vegetables has now been … Read more