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Dealing with approved tradesmen

A guide to approved tradesmen negotiation: an owner builder's view

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Six Rail Farm Gate: DIY

Easy wooden farm gate construction

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Using waterproof shade sails to extend eaves

Waterproof shade sails added sun and rain protection to my kit home

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Installing Blaze wood heaters

Wood heaters are the best option for a high cost power future

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Deck builder

Seems the sleepers are resting in the soil. What is the moisture content of that particular area as the wood will begain to rot and or the screws will

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Build an easy wooden pergola

This wooden pergola dresses my kit home nicely: includes wooden pergola plans

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Incredible pre-fab homes take just three weeks to build

They start at £54,000... but you'll need to buy the land first The Wee House Company homes are available as studio, one-bed and two-bed properties A studio

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Off-grid tiny house keeps toes toasty in the coldest climes

Quebec's Minimaliste, the firm behind the Sakura tiny house, recently completed another towable dwelling that can handle very cold weather. The difference

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Owner Builder Network founder answers questions about custom home building

Sheila Marler, founder of custom home agency Owner Builder Network, answers questions about custom home building. Why would someone build a home rather

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Developing Affordable Passive Houses

A new house in a Melbourne suburban street has demonstrated that affordable Passive House construction looks within reach in Australia. Until now passive

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Australia Must Break Through Prefabrication Barriers

Ask many Aussies about prefabricated homes and they will conjure up images about substandard stock from the 80s or 90s noted for its lack of character.

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Pole Barn Homes: Everything You Need to Know

Many people dream of retiring to the country, moving into a new home, and living a peaceful, agrarian life. Tim McGraw even wrote a song about it. If,

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Choosing a Kit-Home

Choosing the correct kit-home can be daunting: here are 3 Easy Steps to get started

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DIY Kit Homes: Starting Issues

All DIY kit homes require a starting point, let's work through the starting issues

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Preparing for our prefab future

A burgeoning U.S. prefab market has much to learn from Japan. In the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a massive post-military industrial compound of warehouses converted

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Use your first-home buyers grant Building a Granny Flay

Can't afford a house? If you're in Queensland, you can use the $20,000 first-home buyer grant to put towards building a granny flat instead. As bizarre

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Log cabin kits let you build your dream mountain retreat

Whether you’ve always wanted a cabin in the woods or if you pine after the ski chalets in glossy magazines, there’s no fighting the allure of the log cabin.

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Yurt camping could be the solution to making everyone happy

Satisfying everyone from diehard outdoorspeople to high-maintenance glampers, yurt camping may be the perfect middle ground for keeping everyone stoked

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Master Granny Flats Announces High Standard Custom Design Granny Flats

Master Granny Flats, a renowned Sydney based real estate company, has announced their unique, custom design granny flats to be built throughout the Sydney.

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Supportive service, great product

Thank you Ezy Homes! I'm a mid 50's woman from Melbourne with absolutely no experience in building. Not only did the team at Ezy Homes help me design

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Energy-positive prefab housing can tackle Australia’s big issues

An innovative Australian company is tackling a number of our pressing problems in one flat-packed prefab package – supporting regional communities and

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Prefabricated vs Conventional Building – Which Will Win Out?

My colleague’s husband has worked as a builder in Brisbane for the past 15 years. When he heard we were working on a project about the future of the construction

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NSW Building Consumers Hit with Thousands in Unexpected Payments

Residential building customers in New South Wales are being forced to cough up with thousands of dollars in payments over and above what they believed

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The Rise Of The Prefabricated Building

Developers, general contractors and subcontractors swap stories that sound too good to be true about prefabricated construction: a student housing project

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New 56 tiny home neighborhood is underway in northwest Charlotte

You’ve probably watched “Tiny House” on HGTV. Now developer Kelvin Young has announced he is throwing the option into the mix here in Charlotte. This type

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Sustainable home builders tell council to step up

Auckland Council likes to make a song and dance about sustainability. Get free advice on how to make your business more sustainable; Conserve energy, reduce

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Balgownie builder gives granny flats a makeover

Balgownie builder gives granny flats a Japanese makeover as land costs soar, kids stay at home. House prices are at record highs, renovations cost a fortune

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Requirements change for owner-builders

The requirements for owner-builder applications have been reformed. The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) will now accept construction induction cards

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When Sears sold the American dream

Long before you could buy a flat-pack bedroom set from IKEA and spend an afternoon sweating and swearing as you put it together at home, Americans were

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Planting grass seed: Pidgeon-proof method!

My idea of planting grass seed when broadcasting fails

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