Much as we love our little ones, keeping them occupied can sometimes be a chore. One creative fix is to build a playroom for them. It keeps them out of your hair, but at the same time, it offers peace of mind, because you know exactly where they are, and they remain within your reach. Giving them a dedicated play space can be helpful in other ways. Knowing it’s a room of their own offers autonomy, independence, and self-esteem.
The answer is simple, yes. It is a common misconception that termites will not penetrate concrete constructions. Even though wooden homes are more prone to termite infestations, these household pests can enter through brick holes and slab cracks, doing great damage to a home as the critters often go unnoticed for a long time.
Rats, rats, and more rats! Rats have inhabited Australia long before humankind and long before the First Fleet settled in Sydney. It was previously believed that rats were introduced to Australia by the First Fleet, stowing away on supply ships. This was recently challenged by a Florida scientist who claims that rats first migrated to Australia from Asia over 5 million years ago. The rats travelled over the sea by clinging to floating flora, until eventually reaching Australia and into what is now your neighbourhood.
When it comes to home heating, there is a lot of debate as to which fuel source is the best. Do you choose good old fashioned wood or do you for gas or electricity? Each fuel source has its pros and cons. Out of the three fuel sources, my favourite would have to be gas. Don't get me wrong, wood and electricity are also great, but gas seems to suit my home and lifestyle more than the other two and here's why.
Winter time is the perfect opportunity to renovate your pool. During the colder months, your pool is not in use which makes it a great time to give it a revamp or some much-needed maintenance and renovations. Whether you want to improve the overall look of your backyard pool or require maintenance, wintertime is ideal to drain your pool and rustle up some contractors to get the job done.
There has always been the need to keep your home warm during the winter months. While solving the heat problem is essential, the need to do it while managing to keep spending to a certain minimum has continued to be key.
As life is full of surprises, the place we stay in might sometimes be one of transition. If you have to set up a temporary home, renting furniture is a very good alternative to buying, as it is not only convenient but also cost-effective. At a small fraction of the money you would have to spend on furnishing a whole place, you can rent stylish and comfortable furniture and personalise your temporary residence in a way that meets your style and budget.
In olden days (and in some indigenous communities), roofs were made from leaves and grass thatch. This made it easy to spot a leak, because you’d see the light peeking in. This concept still applies for people who live in low-cost housing with plastic roofs or corrugated sheeting.
Roller shutters and blinds seem like completely different products, but they’re not that divergent. They’re both window dressings that use slats to function. Blinds can easily be pulled open or shut using a drawstring. Shutters can be operated manually by yanking the lower slat, or they can be mechanised for electronic operation. Both have to be custom-fitted to your window size, and they’re not exactly DIY projects. So how do you choose?
Water tanks are an essential part of Australian living. Even though we are an island nation that is surrounded by water, we have one rainy season a year, and a lot of our internal water bodies contain salt water. This makes it crucial for us to conserve rain water when we can get it. In addition to our limited rain, much of Australia is peri-urban.