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beautiful doorway 5 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for the Easter Holidays March 21, 2017 - Have you got family and friends coming over during the looming Easter break? Here are fabulous 5 ways you can prepare your home for guests and enjoy the added features and benefits long after your loved ones have left.
backyard Great Ideas for Updating your Small Backyard March 8, 2017 - If you have a relatively small backyard, you may feel resigned in the fact that you don’t have much to work with when it comes to DIY or backyard makeovers, however you probably have a lot more options available to you than you realise. There are many ways you can update your small backyard to …
renovation contractors Even More Common Renovation Regrets March 6, 2017 - In our last blog we took you through some of the most common renovation regrets including not allocating enough time to do a thorough job and placing design aesthetics above practical use. Because there are so many different factors to consider when renovating your home, we thought we’d revisit the topic with a few more …
renovation 4 of the Biggest Renovation Regrets March 2, 2017 - Renovating is an exciting prospect for any household, however careful planning and consideration needs to be a large part of the renovation process. It’s easy to undertake a renovation with the latest design trends in mind, however when taking this approach, you may find that your choices weren’t especially practical, or that they date quickly. …
backyard diy 5 Great DIY Backyard Projects February 24, 2017 - Although, summer is drawing to a close, there’s still time to take advantage of the warmer weather and embark on a few DIY projects before the winter sets in. These great outdoor DIY projects are a great way to get busy in the garden over the coming weeks. Refurbish your outdoor furniture  If you’re not prepared …
House with coloured concrete driveway 5 Ways to Give Your Home’s Exterior a Personality February 15, 2017 - Unless you give your home your own unique touch it is possible that it will simply blend in with the houses in the rest of the street. If you want your home to stand out from the rest, there are a few ideal features you add or change which not only reflect your particular style …
concrete patio Update your Patio Area by Merging Indoors and Outdoors January 30, 2017 - If you’re redecorating your outdoor area in 2017, be sure to stay ahead of the latest trend: blurring the line between indoor and outdoor aesthetics. In this blog, we tell you some great ways to bring the indoors outdoors, transforming your concrete patio into an extension of your home. Create shelter By upgrading your concrete …
Chic home design Home Design Blogs You Should Follow January 27, 2017 - If you’ve been feeling the renovating (or landscaping) itch but can’t quite put your finger on what it is you want to change, it can be hard to find a source of inspiration. This week, we decided to do a roundup of our favourite digital home design inspiration sources. The Design Files www.thedesignfiles.net A Melbourne …
summer renovation pool surrounds 3 Great Summer Renovation Ideas January 16, 2017 - Now that the rush of the silly season is over, you’ll likely have more free time to take on a new project or hobby. If you’re looking for a renovation project to get stuck into this summer, why not get on board with one of these four great summer renovation ideas. Not only will you …
Pantone's Greenery 5 Ways to Incorporate Pantone’s Greenery into your Interior January 11, 2017 - Pantone’s colour of the year for 2017 is ‘Greenery’, and whilst we covered the ins and outs of introducing last years’ pastel tones into your home, working this bright, lush shade of green into your existing décor is a whole different kettle of fish. This week, we run through five simple ways you can bring …
driveway shade 3 Ways to Summer Proof your Concrete Driveway January 9, 2017 - The summer months bring with them harsh weather conditions, which can be damaging to your concrete driveway. To extend the life of your driveway, as well as make it more foot and car friendly, try these three summer-proofing tips. Install shade sails If you frequently have guests over, or prefer to park your car in …
What will our gardens look like in 2017? Key Landscaping Trends for 2017 December 16, 2016 - As the year winds down, we begin to look toward what landscaping trends will shape our outdoor living spaces in 2017. 2016 has been a year of bold minimalism, with polished or metallic surfaces, and a focus on foliage. By contrast, 2017 is set to be all about a natural aesthetic and a sustainable approach …
Perfect the art of outdoor Christmas dining Planning the Perfect Alfresco Christmas Lunch December 15, 2016 - Whilst Melbourne is never likely to witness a white Christmas, celebrating the festive season in the Southern Hemisphere has certain advantages, namely that you can make the most of the beautiful summer weather. Over the years, Australia has developed its own Christmas traditions appropriate to the summer season such as seafood dining, mango based desserts, …
driveway safety Important Safety Tips for Your Driveway December 9, 2016 - During the summer months, it’s likely that your children will be taking every opportunity to play outside, so it’s important to enforce some driveway safety strategies.  We’ve come up with a few ways for you to improve your driveway’s safety this summer. Educate your children on driveway safety It’s really important to talk about driveway …
shutterstock_154527008 3 Ways to Add A little Christmas Spirit to Your Driveway November 30, 2016 - The Christmas holidays are an extremely busy time of year for most families, with presents to buy, gatherings to organise and relatives to contact. With all these things to take care of it can be hard to find the time to put up Christmas decorations, however we’ve come up with a few quick and easy …
shutterstock_524719873 4 Questions to Ask Yourself When Renovating your Backyard November 29, 2016 - As a house proud nation, Australians love nothing more than an opportunity to create living spaces that are uniquely their own. Despite this enthusiasm, many homeowners struggle when it comes to landscape renovation. If you’re currently considering giving your backyard a makeover, here are four essential questions you need to consider before breaking ground. What …
street appeal driveway 5 Easy Ways to Increase Your Home’s Street Appeal November 22, 2016 - You don’t need to undertake a full on renovation in order to increase the value of your home. Increasing the overall value of your property can be as simple as sprucing up your front yard. A front yard makeover is a fantastic way to add to the street appeal of your home, so here are …
shutterstock_305639768 7 Quick Tips For Laid Back Outdoor Entertaining November 18, 2016 - So you’ve got the beautiful patio area with the lighting, barbecue, outdoor lounge, and lush decorative greenery. Now it’s time to test out your outdoor entertaining area with a few spring barbecues and alfresco dinner parties. This week, we run through 7 quick tips to ensure your next outdoor entertaining event runs smoothly. 1.Keep it …
shutterstock_406860298 How to Create the Perfect Outdoor Grilling Station November 17, 2016 - Now that the weather is warmer, it’s time to start planning a few weekends of easy outdoor entertaining around the barbecue. Barbecuing is a great Australian tradition and although you can enjoy an impromptu barbecue with no more than some sausages on sticks over an open fire, a home grilling setup should be a little …
shutterstock_137064227 4 Steps to Maximise your Driveway Security November 16, 2016 - With the holiday season fast approaching, you may be planning a family getaway for the summer months. Whether you’re embarking on a road trip to the coast, or plan to take a well-deserved break overseas, it’s important to fortify your home security before leaving. While there are many technologies to install within the home, it’s …
shutterstock_294276386 5 Reasons Why Exposed Aggregate is the Ideal Driveway Material November 4, 2016 - Exposed aggregate is probably the most popular decorative surfacing solution that we are asked to install and it’s easy to see why; exposed aggregate combines aesthetics with many functional qualities that mean it is a more effective driveway surfacing solution than traditional brushed concrete. This week, we explore exactly why exposed aggregate is such a …
shutterstock_439606618 4 Classic Concrete Myths November 2, 2016 - In the last few years, concrete has experienced somewhat of a renaissance in the interior design and architecture community. It’s surprising then to note that for such a popular construction and finishing material, there are a wealth of misconceptions surrounding concrete’s aesthetic and material properties. This week, we debunk four of the most common myths regarding …
maintaining your concrete driveway An Easy Guide to Maintaining Your Concrete Driveway October 28, 2016 - Concrete is a fantastic choice of material for your driveway: it’s sturdy, visually appealing and long lasting. To keep your concrete driveway in tip-top condition for many years to come, we’ve compiled a list of easy maintenance tips. Read on and discover how best to care for your concrete driveway. Regularly clean your concrete driveway …
concrete patio Give Your Patio a Concrete Makeover October 21, 2016 - If you’re planning on renewing your outdoor area or patio this summer, consider undertaking a concrete makeover. Concrete backyards are a great alternative to regular lawn, as they are low energy, low maintenance and can be designed to complement the overall aesthetic of your home. Read on for 3 reasons to swap your lawn for …
house with concrete driveway 5 ways to beautify your concrete driveway October 21, 2016 - Renovating your outdoor area or driveway is a great way to add street appeal to your home and prepare for the upcoming entertainment season. We’ve come up with a few ways you can add instant appeal to your concrete driveway, from a simple tidy-up, to decorative features, right through to driveway redesign. Read on for …
outdoor entertainting Get your outdoor area ready for spring entertaining October 11, 2016 - As the days get longer and temperatures rise, so do the opportunities for outdoor entertaining. Whether you’re planning a casual BBQ with friends, or a candle lit outdoor dinner party, there are a number of ways you can prepare your outdoor area to make it entertainment friendly this spring. Here are 6 simple tips to …
shutterstock_209827123 4 Key Advantages of Having an Australian Native Garden October 5, 2016 - At A Better Driveway, we’re all about landscaping solutions that are both hardy and aesthetically pleasing. In the botanical kingdom, no style of garden is better at balancing these two considerations better than an Australian native garden. This week, we take a look at four key advantages of choosing local flora over the most ostentatious …