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textured concrete The Advantages of Textured Concrete  December 12, 2017 - When creating a patio, driveway or walkway, you want a material that is durable, cost-effective and aesthetically pleasing. With so many options to choose from though, how do you know which is the right choice? Well, textured concrete is a great option with lots of different benefits. In this week’s blog, we discuss the advantages …
garden summer Summer Gardening Tips  November 28, 2017 - The Australian summer can be brutal on your garden. And with summer just around the corner, its important that you prepare your plants for the harsh Aussie summer. In this week’s blog, we share our top five summer gardening tips.   1) Care for budding plants  In summertime, it’s typical for buds and flowers to suddenly fall of as a result …
herb garden 3 Reasons To Start A Herb Garden November 23, 2017 - For extra pizazz and sparkle in your dishes, you can’t go wrong with herbs. More than simply adding a burst of freshness, herbs add a bundle of flavour without adding anything nasty. Natural, healthy and fairly frugal, there’s never been a better time to make yourself acquainted with basil, thyme, coriander, mint, or any of …
clean driveway How To Clean Your Driveway November 16, 2017 - The driveway is one of the first things people see from the outside of your home. So with that being said, it’s important that your driveway is clean. In this week’s blog, we share our top tips on cleaning your driveway.  1) Clear the area  The first thing you want to do before cleaning your …
shutterstock_157604201 The Science Behind Coloured Concrete November 14, 2017 - If the word concrete is mentioned, what do you think of? Do images of cold, grey stone appear in your mind? Is it overly sterile and kind of oppressive? A lot of the time, concrete is the utilitarian choice in building materials- so much so that aesthetics get left behind. At A Better Driveway, we’re …
poolsafety How To Make Sure Your Pool Is Safe October 24, 2017 - It’s getting warmer, which means pool weather is coming! However, in Australia, roughly 50% of child drowning cases happen in the home. That’s why it’s so important to make sure your home pool is safe for children. It may sound simple, but there are several things to keep track of. In this article, we’ve created …
abetterdriveway 3 Ways To Brighten Up Your Outdoor Area October 19, 2017 - As the weather heats up, many Australians are looking forward to the sizzling summer months. If you enjoy spending the summers lazing by the pool or cooking up a storm on the barbeque, it may be time to consider updating your outdoor entertainment area. So in this week’s blog, we’ve put together three ways to …
driveway design Driveway Design Tips  October 10, 2017 - Your driveway is one of the first things people see upon arriving at your home. With this in mind, it’s essential that you research and think carefully about what you want your driveway to look like. There are lots of different ways to create a driveway that is not only aesthetically pleasing but also practical. …
concrete What is Concrete? October 8, 2017 - From coloured concrete to exposed aggregate, concrete is used in many areas of our home. Have you ever wondered what makes up this amazing substance? In this week’s blog, we’ll be running through the main properties of concrete and what role they play. Cement As the main binding element, cement essentially forms a glue for …
stunning concrete home 7 Ways To Use Concrete In Your Home   September 29, 2017 - Concrete is becoming an increasingly popular material to use both inside and outside one’s home. Aside from the refined, stunning finish concrete offers, it is also a highly durable material, making it extremely cost-effective. In this week’s blog, we discuss seven different ways you can enhance your home by using concrete.  1) Polished concrete floors  …
shutterstock_655253197 How To Achieve Unity In Your Landscaping Design September 19, 2017 - In an increasingly digital age, many of us are seeking respite in our gardens. Whether that means gardening, or simply sitting outside with a cup of tea, our gardens can be sanctuaries; a place to find peace and harmony in our busy lives. That’s why landscaping design can be so important, as this determines what …
driveway Best Materials To Pave Your Driveway With   September 12, 2017 - A stunning driveway is crucial to the design of your home. Although sometimes forgotten or neglected, the driveway is the first thing people see when they enter your property and should therefore be given careful consideration. It is essential that the material you choose for your driveway aligns with the aesthetic of your home. Not …
shutterstock_214071070 Gardening Genius Piet Oudolf: A Profile September 5, 2017 - Gardening is all about balance. It’s a fluid interaction between freedom and control, of mixing neatly trimmed hedges and equally spaced plants with some sense of wilderness. Over the past 25 years, Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf has been incredibly influential in redefining what we may consider naturalism in planting practices. In this article, we’ll …
shutterstock_384426322 Update Your Garden This Spring With These Tips August 29, 2017 - Spring is the perfect time to turn over a new leaf in many aspects of your life, including your garden. You can start a vegetable garden, spruce up areas you may have neglected, renovate your lawns and plant new blooms to inspire as we head into the warmer months. In this article, we’re going to …
shutterstock_202639798 What Is Geometric Design? August 29, 2017 - What does Pythagoras have to do with architectural design? Some say that architecture begins with geometry, and as it turns out, geometric design was founded in Pythagoras’ general principles around symmetry and balance. It’s a creative way to mix shapes, lines and curves together for a simple, yet beautiful effect. As one of the leading …
shutterstock_662542399 Checklist For The Perfect Driveway August 29, 2017 - The most well constructed driveways last for 20 years or more, so early signs of wear and tear can indicate that your driveway may not have been designed or built correctly. There are certain things you need to be aware of when constructing a new driveway, so we’ve compiled a short checklist to make sure …
landscaping myths 4 Classic Landscaping Myths Dispelled August 9, 2017 - This week, we thought we’d dispel 4 of the most common myths about garden landscaping. Concrete is ugly In traditional garden landscaping, having a lawn and a garden was essential and hardscaping elements such as concreting were used for practical, rather than aesthetic purposes. Over time, this translated to the perception that concrete landscaping is …
A beginner's  guide to garden landscaping DIY Landscaping from Scratch: A Newbie’s Guide August 4, 2017 - If you’ve just bought your first home with an outdoor space- congratulations! Creating your own outdoor living area can be an incredibly fulfilling and enjoyable process. However, if you’ve never owned a garden before, the prospect of landscaping from scratch can be daunting. In fact, many new homeowners end up neglecting landscaping projects as they …
kitsch garden ornaments were a huge landscaping trend in the 1950s Be Inspired by These Landscaping Trends from Bygone Eras July 24, 2017 -   Retro and antique design trends have been a source of inspiration for interior designers and architects since time immemorial. And although many landscaping designs encompass elements of older trends, you rarely come across a garden that is explicitly inspired by a bygone era. This week, we look at four retro landscaping trends which are …
colour How to Inject a Flash of Colour into your Backyard July 12, 2017 - If the winter weather has you feeling a little grey, one of the best way to brighten your mood is by injecting some colour into your life, either through your outfit choices, through interior design, or through your garden. In this blog, we explore a few inventive ways you can make your garden more vibrant. …
light some candles and embrace hygge What is Hygge and How do I Get it? July 4, 2017 - In 2016, the Danish word hygge was shortlisted by the Oxford Dictionary as work of year and now that winter has well and truly arrived in Melbourne, this hard to pronounce word (hoogah is the correct pronunciation) is being dropped by every interior designer and lifestyle blogger in the city. This week, we thought we’d …
container gardening Patio and Balcony Gardening Tips June 28, 2017 - As we’ve often said on this blog, having only a limited, paved outdoor area doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the delights of a beautiful garden. This week, we give you a few helpful tips for patio and balcony gardens. Start with a good base Having a clean, well maintained paved area to begin with makes …
create your own Tuscan garden with these simple tips The Essential Elements of a Tuscan Garden June 20, 2017 - The Tuscan garden is one of the most popular design styles of all time. Simple, drought tolerant, and ideally suited to small spaces as well as city living, the Tuscan aesthetic lends itself very well to Melbourne gardens. This week, we examine the essential elements that make up the Tuscan garden.  Plants Mediterranean plant species …
Did you know tulips were once worth more than gold in Holland? 10 Things you Didn’t Know About Gardening June 14, 2017 - If you’re feeling uninspired by your winter garden, these ten fun facts may reignite your fascination with the art of plant cultivation. Plants were first domesticated 10,000 years ago They were cultivated by a Neolithic people in the Fertile Crescent of the Near and Middle East in around 8000 BC. Some of the first plant …
garden nook How to Create a Cosy Garden Nook June 8, 2017 - A garden nook is the perfect focal point for any garden and is a great way to ensure you’ll spend more time outdoors. Whether you have a big backyard in need of some interesting features, or a small space that could be better utilised, a garden nook is a great and easy way to update …
outdoor kitchen ideas exposed aggregate melbourne 5 Awesome Ways to Transform your Patio June 5, 2017 - Winter is the ideal time to upgrade your patio, courtyard or backyard. Invest a little time now and you can have a fantastic outdoor entertaining space to enjoy come the warmer months. Today we reveal 5 exciting ways you can give your patio a makeover and ensure that your whole family will want to spend …
French landscaping How to Design a French Style Garden May 25, 2017 - French style landscaping is all about creating a series of geometrically ‘rooms’ divided by clipped boxwood and delineated with gravel or stone pathways. Whilst there’s room for romantic touches and expressions of individual style, the French garden is all about neatness, balance and simplicity. This week, we look at some of the key elements of …
winter maintenance Essential Winter Maintenance Tips for Your Backyard May 24, 2017 - Winter is almost upon us in Melbourne, so now is the time to prepare your backyard for the months ahead with some essential winter maintenance. These maintenance tips will keep your outdoor area functional and looking tidy throughout the winter, and reduce the amount of work needed come springtime. Trim the trees Before the wild …
exposed aggregate melbourne swimming pool surrounds 4 Ways you Can Enhance your Home’s Exterior with Exposed Aggregate May 15, 2017 - Exposed aggregate is a hard-wearing surface with a designer edge that has earned the title of the ‘king of driveway materials’ in Australia in recent years. There are several different ways this popular form of concrete can be used on residential properties. Today we learn about 4 different ways you can use exposed aggregate to …
Utilising the shady part of your garden can be tricky What to do with the Shady Part of your Garden May 4, 2017 - Effectively utilising the shady part of your garden is a distinct challenge that can cause even seasoned gardeners a degree of angst. This week, we look at a few different ways you can turn the shady area of your garden into a unique outdoor space.   Get rid of the grass   Grass needs sunlight …
landscaping Three Landscaping Projects to Transform your Home April 28, 2017 - Although you may not be thinking of renovating now that the cold weather has set in, it’s never too early to start planning (and indeed, saving up for) your next major project. In this blog, we look at three prominent 2017 landscaping trends that are worth saving for. Embrace the outdoor kitchen As backyards continue …
space saving How to Save Space Around the Home April 18, 2017 - Whether you need to create extra space around the home for practical reasons, or you just want to create a more open look, there are many ways you can maximise the surface area of each room. Read on for some great space saving ideas that are not only practical, but also very on trend. Make …
patio Continue to Enjoy Your Outdoor Area in Winter with The Tips April 10, 2017 - Anyone with an outdoor living area knows how hard it is to stay cooped up inside during the cold months, but the good news is it doesn’t have to be this way! By following these handy tips, you’ll be able to make use of your concrete patio all year round, which will surely help to …
renovating Renovations that will Boost Your Home’s Value April 4, 2017 - Renovations are not only a great way to modernise your home and make it more livable, they also help to increase your home’s value – so when you eventually go to sell, you’ll come out with a profit. When renovating, choose to update features or areas that will be of value to prospective buyers, and …
meg-nielson-121431 Quick Hacks to Make your Garden Look Lush March 30, 2017 -   If you’re a homeowner with an outdoor area, you no doubt have a vision in the back of your mind of what you’d like your yard to ultimately look like, whether that be a tropical paradise, or a classic English garden filled with rambling wildflowers. However, dream gardens take time and whilst your roses …
autumn How to Get Your House Ready For Autumn March 29, 2017 - Although Melburnians have been lucky enough to enjoy an extended summer, the cooler weather is just around the corner, so it’s time to start thinking about how you can “autumn proof” your home. Make the most of the final days of sun and get your home ready for autumn with these easy tips. Pay special …
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 …