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Natural Daylight – The Wow Factor

Interior designers are constantly seeking ways to incorporate elements of natural light inside buildings. Natural daylight transforms a space and enhances the stunning features and overall liveability of indoor spaces. If you are planning on renovating, building, selling or simply upgrading your home, consider adding skylights! They’re a great way...

9 Energy Efficient Products Will Save You Thousands

Australia is ranked 18th out of 25 countries for energy-efficient houses; here, we run through 8 energy-saving products. Luke Menzel, CEO of Australia’s Energy Efficiency Council, said, “While this result is disappointing, it points to a huge opportunity. We can quickly cut energy bills while making our homes more comfortable...

A Guide to Sustainable Housing

An architect, a builder and an energy rater walked into the Home Show to discuss sustainable housing. In this rare talk, Monica Vandenberg from tiny house enterprise, Nestd, picked the brains of three pre-fab professionals. Nestd is the charity giving 100% profits to Kids Under Cover. [caption id="attachment_8820" align="aligncenter" width="500"]...

5 Tiny Homes Without Wheels

Social enterprise Nestd is reinventing the tiny house without the wheel. Remember the remarkable Peak tiny home launched at the Melbourne Home Show? This architecturally designed home (below) raised the bar for passive technology, smart storage and pristine angles. Nestd is the charity giving 100% profits to Kids Under Cover....

7 Questions for a Tiny House Builder

Ric Butler is a straight-talking, veteran tiny house builder who shared his experiences with the Home Show crowd. Our tiny tale begins with four mates who banded together to start Tinyhouse2go. Built by a builder, designer, cabinet maker and a businessman, their homes start at $80,000. The bespoke builds take...

Keeping up with the New Joneses

The New Joneses showcased their tiny home at the Home Show to champion their lifestyle ‘big life, little footprint'. The story begins with Tamara DiMattina, a powerful PR and communications magnate for fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG). Blunt and to the point, she said, "My job was to get people to...

The A – Z of Energy Efficient Homes

In the aftermath of Sustainable House Day, we run through the alphabet of energy-saving products featured at the Home Show.  Wait, there's a day for sustainable houses? Yes! But unlike other days including #WorldMigratoryBirdDay or #WorldTurtleDay, you get to check out some pretty impressive feats of architecture. #neato. In 2018,...

Make Your Garden a Castle with Inge Jabara

Just off the back of her award-winning display at the Melbourne Garden Show, 'lady tradie' Inge Jabara shone some light at the Home Show. Inge is no stranger to getting her hands dirty. At five-years-old, just a little seedling, she would work beside her grandfather on the family garden. With...

This Solar Panel Makes Water From Thin Air

A company based in the US desert presented a way to produce drinking water from thin air at the Home Show. It sounds biblical, but it's actually very scientific. Simplified, SOURCE Hydropanels is a cross between dehumidifier and solar panel, though they’re a little more complicated than that. Wake up...

The Great Australian Tiny House Dream

The Great Australian Dream is rooted in the tiny house revolution, which proclaims that we have the right to ‘life, liberty and the pursuit to live comfortably.’ Elle Paton is something of a tiny house enthusiast, to put it lightly. In just a few short years, she’s founded the Australian...

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint with Garden Trees

While Queensland faces a land clearing catastrophe, people across Australia are taking matters in their own hands by planting millions of trees in their back yards. The Ugly ? Anyone watching David Attenborough’s series, Our Planet, will know Australia is facing a land clearing catastrophe. So bad in fact, WWE...

Reach For The (Green) Stars

Much like health star ratings on supermarket food packaging, Green Stars illustrate a building’s interior and exterior sustainability. Green Building Council Australia (GBCA) encouraging sustainability in the built environment for over 17 years. GBCA works with governments to architects, universities and even homeowners. Their mission is to set a high...