Great Interior Design Results From Great Ideas
Great Interior Design Results From Great Ideas Function, form, purpose and vision are all integral factors in great interior design. As is when renovating or updating an existing space, treading lightly with respect to the past, present and future. I’ve always been a fan of great retail and store design that, when done well really […]
Does Poor Design Cause Building Leaks?
Does Poor Design Cause Building Leaks? This is a question I have been asked more than once by frustrated building owners, even owners of new buildings. Poor design can certainly be a contributory factor in leaking buildings, particularly modern buildings. “Surely modern buildings are less likely to leak than older buildings” is a not uncommon response […]
How to get the best from your Tradies
How to get the best from your Tradies If you are planning a renovation friends and family will no doubt have relayed tales of building work gone wrong, large budget blowouts and shoddy workmanship. Invariably it is the poor old tradie that gets the blame, but is this fair? In any profession you’ll find people operating […]
What projects will add value before selling?
What projects will add value before selling? Clients who are planning to sell their property often ask me for advice about small renovation projects. It is often a difficult one to answer, but there is one golden rule. You need to make sure that you don’t over-invest your time or money. From what I’ve seen […]
Why did my kitchen cabinets fall off the wall?
Why did my kitchen cabinets fall off the wall? Having just completed a report for a homeowner who woke to a resounding crash the evening after her new kitchen cabinets had been installed, I thought this was an item worth covering. A quick search on Google will show you that this is a surprisingly common […]
A quick coat of paint? I can do that.
A quick coat of paint? I can do that. Professionals, whether they are painters, singers, footballers or even baristas, make what they do for a living look easy. So much so that us mere mortals often fall into the trap of thinking we can do it just as well. Taking on a DIY painting project, whether […]
Fixing Buildings – it’s a very visual thing
Fixing Buildings – it’s a very visual thing This might sound an odd statement to make, but take a look at some renovations or heritage building restorations around Melbourne and you will see what I mean. The devil is very often in the detail. The issue for building owners planning a renovation or restoration is […]
Handyman or Carpenter?
Handyman or carpenter? Which do I need for my job? I recently heard the phrase ‘jack of all trades and master of none’ used to describe someone who calls himself a handyman. The context was a friend enquiring as to whether I thought they would be best employing a carpenter or a handyman to complete […]
Why is my building still defective?
Why is my building still defective? To the building owner their problem often appears to be obvious – cracking of internal walls, damp or build up of moisture or sticking doors for example. While all of these can appear to be a simple fix, without accurate diagnosis of what is causing the problem, the fix […]
Art Installation Tips and Tricks
Art installation tips and tricks Even for art lovers, hanging paintings or works of art can be a complicated and stressful experience. Not only is there the physical mounting of the artwork to consider, but also there is the right hanging height and both positioning and relating the artwork to both furniture and other works […]