Entries by Karen

HOW YOUNG JOHN OXLEY STARTED HIS BUILDING CAREER

Ever wondered what makes an exceptional builder? Some of us have the rare good fortune to do something we love for a living, and for our own John Oxley, the passion to build, fix, and make things started early in life. 43 years ago, a kindly local builder, called Bob Ryan took young John under […]

OCEAN THUNDER WITH SYDNEY BEACH HOMES

The Ocean Thunder Series is an annual professional surfboat racing series of events held at Dee Why Beach, Sydney, attracting the best surf rowers in the world. Surfboat rowing may not the best-known water sport in Australia but it is certainly one of the most spectacular. Teams of five athletes (4 rowers and one sweep) […]

BUYING TO RENOVATE? HERE’S 6 COMMON FOUNDATION PROBLEMS TO AVOID

When buying to renovate, it’s the problem that all property purchasers dread discovering: foundation problems. If you are buying a fixer-upper, issues with the foundations of your property can be expensive and time consuming to renovate – worse, it can make your property unstable and dangerous. When looking to invest in an existing property it’s […]

CONTEMPORARY BEACH HOME STYLE

When is a beach home not a beach home? Well, arguably, when it’s a shimmering monument to the ultimate in sleek  modern minimalism. Of course, a property like this may will be a beach home in every literal sense if it is in fact a home and it’s located by the beach. It’s interesting, that […]

SMART TECHNOLOGIES FOR A GREENER HOME

Whether you are building a brand new home, or thinking about a significant renovation, it would be smart to consider some of these product innovations to help cut your ongoing utility costs and enjoy a greener home. They may not all be new, but they are improving in efficiency all the time and if you’ve […]

ON TOP OF THE WORLD IN WOOLAHRA

So great to get some more amazing photos of our work on this Woolahra project from our friends at Lime Photography. This incredibly spacious apartment needed a full refurbishment, including significant remedial work, requiring some major demolition of internal walls and installation of structural steel to create airy, open-plan spaces. At a generous 900 square […]

BE WARY OF BUILDERS OFFERING FREE QUOTES

So, you’re ready to build the house of your dreams and its time to find the right builder – you might expect to get free quotes before you appoint a builder, but read on to discover why this is not a good idea… It’s tempting to put the job out to tender, but although it feels […]

THE GRANNY FLAT REINVENTED AS THE ULTIMATE GARDEN STUDIO

The humble Granny Flat has been reinvented as the ultimate garden studio and has blossomed to become one of the most popular additions to the family home. The ever-rising property market has certainly stimulated an increase in renovations and additions in recent years as the affordability of moving and upsizing has been under considerable pressure. At […]