Indoor plants not only look great but also have some excellent health benefits such as:
Cleaning the air by eliminating harmful toxins: The spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is one of the best plants for this purpose and is also one of the easiest indoor plants to keep alive.
Plants are natural humidifiers, which is particularly helpful during Canberra’s cold, dry Winters – try a Areca palm to put out a little extra moisture into your air
Studies have shown that having plants in your home or office can reduce stress and fatigue and enhance productivity – Our favourite office plant is the Ctenanthe (pictured) which has interesting stripey leaves!
The Return of the Red Brick
Red brick is a key feature of Australia’s streetscapes, most notably seen in the 1950s bungalows that can be found in country and city towns alike. They have continued to be a staple of construction due to their versatility, durability and longevity.
Take a look at 3 versatile ways to play with red brick in your design:
Channel Frank Lloyd Wright and play with brick size, shape and layout to create interesting patterns and shadows -140 Maiden Lane - Frank Lloyd Wright (Acroterior/Wikimedia Commons)
Internal exposed brick can add complement modern designs and add a rustic feel to your room - Exposed red brick internal wall (Gambrick.com)
Contrast traditional brick with contemporary finishes like concrete and black framing to soften or add warmth to an exterior - Contemporary Brick Home - Architecture: NOJI - Photography: Alice Clancy
Explore the range of options and visit our supplier at PGH Bricks. PGH Bricks
Heka Hoods are Australian designed and manufactured;
They come in five standard widths to complement your design and protection needs – 300mm, 450mm, 600mm, 900mm and 1200mm
They have a wide range of colours ranging from the expected Colorbond colours through to the fun and bright solid colour range – Duratec Intensity.
Within these colour ranges are a number of different finishes including matt, satin, pearl and flat.
Discover the range of colours and designs from the Heka Hoods website
SoundScreen high-density acoustic insulation has been designed to greatly reduce unwanted noise transferring through internal walls and mid floors.
Standard internal walls are hollow with a thin layer of plasterboard on each side, SoundScreen high-density acoustic insulation fills this empty space, effectively absorbing unwanted noise transfer between rooms
The best time to install SoundScreen acoustic insulation is during construction, we are happy to offer this upgrade in our inclusions process.
For more information on Bradfield SoundScreen acoustic insulation visit their website
uPVC is a natural insulator and has low conductivity of heat. uPVC windows and doors insulate your home by keeping air sealed tightly within the system. This leads to less reliance on air conditioning units and heaters to regulate the temperature within your home. uPVC windows and doors, therefore conserve energy and save money in the long run while ensuring a comfortable living climate.
uPVC frames never rot or corrode and are unaffected by salt corrosion, which makes them perfect for coastal dwellers. They are highly durable and are UV resistant, meaning that they won’t fade in the unforgiving Australian sunshine.
Come in a wide variety of finishes – wood embossed, metallic, matt and brushed – to complement any style.
At the end of its life cycle the old window components are used to make new ones through KÖMMERLING’s recycling initiative which facilitates a sustainable materials cycle.
KÖMMERLING Window and door designs perform at the top of industry standards for thermal insulation, sound insulation and burglary resistance – for more information talk to Monaro Windows or visit their website
Hempcrete is material mixed from shredded hemp with a lime binder. It is formed around a standard timber frame and usually finished with a lime render. It can be left natural or painted for a finished look much the same as a regular plastered wall.
The material is fire-resistant, termite-proof, pest-proof.
Hempcrete is a composite construction material and building method that is carbon positive. It locks up around 110kg of CO2 per m3 of wall and provides one of the best value materials for low impact, sustainable and commercially viable construction.
It is one of the few materials with both effective thermal mass and insulative properties – meaning when used within a good passive design it can help to keep your home cooler in Summer and warmer in Winter.
For more information on this versatile material visit:
Rugs For Good have chosen to support the Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project. A registered Not-for-Profit organisation to help children in India through education, leadership and compassion. Make your next home improvement a worthy cause.
A rug can brighten up a room, define space, or create cosiness while protecting your footsies from cold, hard surfaces in winter
The Australian owned social enterprise, Rugs for Good donates all profits to supporting disadvantaged children in India with their education
Rugs for Good has a wide range of contemporary and traditional designs in a range of sizes and shapes.
For more information about their good work and to browse the range visit the website
There’s nothing more Christmassy than the smell of a real Christmas tree. If this alone doesn’t convince you to go for the real thing this year, here are a few more reasons to consider:
A real tree is 100% biodegradable and recyclable
While growing, pine trees filter the air and provide habitats for birds and insects, and because they’re locally grown, they have a smaller carbon footprint than artificial trees that have been imported from overseas.
You can support the RSPCA by purchasing a tree at the RSPCA in Weston open 9am-5pm until the 23rd of December.
If the annual investment in a real tree puts you off, why not invest in a potted tree you can re-use every year!
Ideal for small spaces as they enable light to pass through them and take up minimal floor space
Come in a wide variety of steel and wood finishes
We love this Steel Spine Back staircase by Flight Stairways, which features blackbutt treads, a neutral-toned support spine and glass toughened glass balustrade which also allows for uninterrupted light to enter the space below.
Cupolex® Thermal Wrap is a 100% Australian product designed and engineered for the Australian climate. It is a concrete underlay that provides effective moisture control and thermal insulation.
For use in both Residential and Commercial applications, Cupolex® Thermal Wrap is designed to ensure that your building exceeds the minimum requirements in both hot and cold climates for slab construction.
Designed specifically to meet the requirements of the concrete industry & insulated slabs.
Outer reflective layers of 99%+ pure aluminium.
An easy to transport and quick to install alternative to waffle pad sub-floor insulants.
Reduced on site wastage and improved coverage compared to other products.
Whether you are looking to incorporate modern security features in your home, or integrating convenience into an everyday item. Ideal for all homes and especially short term let arrangements, the Lockwood Keyless Wireless Digital Deadbolt is a solution you should consider.
Safety - Never carry keys: Keyless PIN code access ensures security whilst away and allows people entrusted with a PIN code to gain entry with the simple push of a button.
Security - Resting easy all night long: Privacy mode provides ease of mind by disabling the keypad to ensure that no one can enter the property from outside while you are sleeping.
Wireless Network Connectivity: This product can be integrated with building automation systems when used with ZigBee HA1.2 wireless network module. When connected to a network the lock can be controlled remotely.
Convenience - Trigger other devices: Integration with Remote Management Software will enable you to turn on other devices when you open the door using your unique PIN code including, Unlock all doors, turn on the interior house lights, close the curtains.
Thinking of building and can't decide on which material to use for construction?
Here are some key features that make bricks a product that has stood the test of time, providing an abundance of benefits loved by all homeowners.
Bricks are low-maintenance, they won’t rot, fade, peel or disintegrate over time nor do they require painting, sealing or protection from termites.
Offer thermal properties in the manner of thermal mass, helping you to achieve a high energy efficiency home.
Bricks are made from natural products, they are created with minimal waste, all of which can be reused in future products.
Great protection from fire, wind and moisture.
Bricks suit every design style, from grand Victorian residences to ultra-modern homes and mid-century masterpieces. Versatile and tactile, they come in a huge range of colours, finishes and textures, allowing home builders to create their own unique home.
Did you know 87% of your homes heat gain occurs through windows?
Internal curtains limit direct sunlight into rooms, however they do little to reduce heat transference via windows. External shading stops heat from entering your home - resulting in less need for AC, lowering your power bills.
Awning blinds are an effective solution that can be tailored to compliment the design of your home. We like the Luxaflex Ventura Folding Arm Awning in this classic stripe as it makes you feel like you’re on holiday in Capri!
For the whole Luxaflex curtain and blind range and more, visit Riteway in Fyshwick.
Due to Weatherboard's extreme durability, it is a great option for those looking to protect their home from severe weather conditions. Unlike standard brickwork or rendering, cladding is unlikely to become damaged or stained over time due to rain and other weather conditions.
Weathertex Range comes in a variety of options:
Classic: Iconic Australian weatherboard
Selflok: Similar to the classic but with a flat-paneled appearance
Primelok: Very similar in appearance to the Classic but with easier install – great for one-man jobs or DIYers.
Weathergroove: Modern vertical lines and a flat-paneled appearance
Rubix Panels: Large square or rectangular panels, which can be laid horizontally or vertically to create an array of geometric patterns.
EcoWall Panels: EcoWall Smooth Architectural panel provides a smooth flat surface finish. EcoWall contains absolutely no grooves on the profile. However, when installed, a 6 mm deep, 14mm wide groove is formed by the separation of the boards.
All of these options are primed and can be painted to complement any design scheme. Weatherboard panels are also available in a range of widths and textured finishes.
If you prefer a natural look, Weathertex Natural is made from Australian hardwoods with a wood grain finish.
Natural Cladding can be stained and sealed or left to silver off. Maintenance will vary depending on what finish you decide on but rest easy knowing Weathertex Natural comes with a 10 year warranty not to rot, split or crack.
To see an example of Weathertex Natural as exterior cladding, check out our 1210 extension design.