Saturday, May 28, 2016

Fun Ways You Can Reinvent Your Garage Space

There’s one room in the home that is almost always neglected in the home, and that’s the garage. Most of us probably don’t even consider it a room. It’s a space. A space that we can store any junk or rubbish that doesn’t fit in our house. Or, a space where we can keep the car safe from the worst of the weather. Although most people won’t have the car in the garage because it’s so cluttered with junk! They probably won’t even be able to get the garage door open. Allow us to show you just what you’re missing out on by not using your garage. There are so many different uses this space could have and some brilliant concepts you could make a reality.

Like Magic

If you don’t have space for your car in the garage, you’re missing out on a great opportunity. Just imagine pulling up to your house and like magic, the garage door rolls up ready to welcome you home. You’ve obviously clicked a button in your car or hit a sensor. But to anyone watch it does look like a feat of magic. It’s these welcoming touches that make a house really feel like home. You can have a look at possibilities like this from companies such as WA Roller Doors. There you’ll be able to browse a whole selection of stunning garage doors including ones that can open automatically.

A Mechanics Masterpiece

Or how about setting up your garage for a brilliant place to work on your car and get down and dirty? You can buy plenty of different tools with some hooks so that you can hang them on the wall. You can even install equipment for lifting the car to see under it. There’s nothing but your imagination stopping your garage becoming your personal auto shop. We know you love this idea, and you can start looking into the possibility online right now.

This Will Be My Man Room

Alternately how about just converting your garage into the one room in your home for you? If you have kids or even just a partner, you’ll know that finding time and space in the home isn’t easy. You’ll constantly be crowded and questioned, asked to do chores and other jobs. If you set up your garage as a man cave, it can be the ultimate escape. You can have everything you need set it up in there from a flat screen tv to a pool table.

Time To Get Fit?

Have you been putting off getting in shape? We bet you have, probably because you don’t want to go to the gym. Well, you can set up a home gym in your garage! Clear out the junk and buy some awesome equipment. The best part is that your garage provides the perfect environment for a gym. It will be cold enough that you’ll be able to keep working out even after you start to build up a sweat.

You see, your garage provides a great opportunity you’re missing out on so start the conversion process today!


Thursday, May 19, 2016

DIY Disasters: The Ones You Can Laugh About After They Have Happened

We can sometimes have the best intentions, can’t we? We think we are perfectly capable of painting that room, building that piece of furniture and even putting up those floating shelves. But, more often than not, the skills we think we have in our heads don’t always turn into reality. This can be quite a cause for argument amongst some couples or friends. There may be a lot of “I told you so” comments. But most of the time you end up laughing about those very obvious DIY disasters that take place. So I thought it would be nice to look at some of the things that happen most often when it comes to DIY, I wonder how many you will be nodding your head to?


Wonky shelves

Admit it! We have all been there, right? Putting up shelves and they don’t quite match. Or perhaps they align, but both seem to have a bit of an incline. It happens. Putting up shelves is tricky business. At the time, you may be infuriated with yourself or your partner if they did it. But over time, if it has been one of them things you have left, you will always look at those shelves and giggle. I think it’s a safe bet that many houses in this country will have it’s fair share of wonky shelves.

Paint spillage

You do all that you can to be careful with the paint. One false move and you're a goner. Then it happens. The paint goes everywhere. It’s a real easy mistake to make, and it’s not something that’s down to skill either. Mostly, this will just be a simple error or mistake. Sometimes we can just have a bit of bad luck. While it’s something you will want to get cleaned up straight away, it’s worth calling in a paint spill removal service. However, in the future you will look back on that now clean patch and smile, I assure you.

Flat pack furniture

The dreaded flat pack furniture. The ones with unreadable instructions and a million different pieces. The disaster being that you are so sure that you can put it together, without checking the instructions that you do so in the wrong way. You end up with screws and pieces left over and the furniture certainly doesn’t look like the picture. But, it’s more hassle than it’s worth to take it apart and rebuild than just leaving it how it is. It’s functional. It does a job. While you may look at it with anger or resentment at first, you will grow to become very fond of that piece of furniture in the future.

I think we all have our DIY disasters at some point in our lives. Some may be big epic fails, and others not so bad. It’s how we learn I suppose. They also say that a couple who can get through flat pack furniture and paint spillage disasters are a couple that stays together. At least for the laughs anyway.


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

3 Ways To Create A Kid-Friendly Garden

A garden is the perfect place for kid’s to play and learn more about the natural world. They can play outdoor games, discover animals and enjoy being in the great outdoors. If you’re a parent or from a large family, it’s likely you will have children playing in your garden a lot. Whether it’s at birthday parties or family get-togethers. So you need to make sure it is safe, fun and enjoyable for them to use for any occasion. To create a fabulous kid-friendly garden that encourages fun and creativity, use these ideas to help get you started.

Create a home for wildlife

Children love exploring, especially when animals are involved. So make your garden a hub of animal activity that they can enjoy and discover. You could install bird feeders, baths and houses at different points in your garden. Or you might want to add plants that certain insects are attracted to. Add rocks or create piles of twigs and leaves to create a home for insects and small animals. This will not only be excellent for the children but can also make your garden look better as a result. Do your research to discover which animals live in your neighborhood and how to make your garden appeal to them.

Make it secure

Kid-friendly gardens need to be fun, but they also need to be safe. Check the perimeter of your garden to ensure there are no gaps which they can crawl through. This is particularly important if you live near to busy roads and railway lines. Remove plants and flowers that have sharp stems and branches. Add lighting to walkways and decks so it is easy for the children to see steps and rocks they might trip over. You should also consider adding a screen door to your back door. This will enhance your view and lets you keep a better eye on their playtime from indoors. Never leave kids unattended when near to pools or water. Take a look at Central Screens security screen doors or outdoor lighting specialists for further details.

Introduce a kid zone

Sectioning your garden is a fantastic idea as it lets you have an area of adults and kids to use. Choose an area or corner of your garden that provides sufficient space for them to use. You could create a kid zone that includes a tree house or playhouse. Teepees are also a brilliant option you should consider. Or you could build your own mini kitchen or supermarket using old wood and plastic toys. Think about your children or any other children use your garden and consider their interest. For instance, if they like pirates you could create a ship like structure and use blue flowers to replicate the ocean. The possibilities are endless so get creative.

These are a few ways in which you can make your garden instantly more child-friendly. Safety should be a priority to put your mind at ease and to make their playtime even more enjoyable. Talk to your children or family members to see what other additions you could introduce into the space. It will be hard to get your children to spend any time indoors with a garden this fun.


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Decorating Your Home? Think About These Cool Materials

There is so much stuff to organize when you are redecorating! Which color should you do the walls? What style furniture? There are so many things you will need to figure out! One thing that people totally forget about is the materials that they use in their rooms. Forgetting this isn’t such a big deal. But if you do take it into consideration, your room will look incredibly well thought out and designed. So which materials should you consider using? Here are some to think about.


If you want a natural feel to your rooms, think about using a lot of natural wood. You will be able to find it at a fair price at your local timber shop. There are many ways you can incorporate it into your design. One of the easiest ways is to buy wooden furniture. If you want to a DIY project, you could try covering some of your walls in wooden panels. It’ll make your room super cozy!


Granite can add a touch of class to your kitchen and bathroom. It is often used to make kitchen worktops as it is very easy to wipe clean. It is also very durable, so it is possible to chop all your ingredients directly on it. Many people also choose to use granite in their bathrooms. This is for the same reason that it is very easy to wipe down and clean. This material can be fairly expensive. However, it will last a very long time, so see it as a good investment.


Think about placing mirrors on your walls. This will help to make your rooms feel larger than they are. Another way to create the feeling of space is to have large windows. Natural light will flood into your rooms and help to make them feel very spacious. You can also get creative and use glass in your interior design. If your home needs some structural work doing to it, why not replace a brick wall for a glass one?!


Steel will help you achieve an industrial look, which is all the rage these days. You could buy furnishings that feature a lot of steel in them. It shouldn’t be too difficult to find chairs with metal legs or tables that also use a lot of steel in their design. You could always use the material to make new banister rails up your stairs. This is the ideal material to use in your decor. Think about buying mirror or photo frames that are made from steel.


Don’t forget that your homes should be super comfy! One way to add extra comfort is to use lots of soft fabrics. Think about shaggy rugs, fleece blankets, and plush cushions. Adding these to your rooms is a great way of adding color as well! Not only that, but you will be able to snuggle up with them while you’re relaxing on the sofa!

Hopefully, this blog post will help you get creative with materials!


Don't forget to check your plumbing!!

The house in our backyard is going strong, we have all draining and underground plumbing completed, we have our slab and also some of the framework up, it is so exciting to watch it all come together, although it seems to be taking FOREVER. I just want to live in it already! My 2.5 year old daughter spends most of her days standing at the back door watching them work. She loves it, and I secretly think think they love it too, who wouldn't want to say hi to a little girl in her pajamas every morning who is waving at you like crazy, always with a huge smile on her face. I wake up each morning to her yelling out to let me know the builders are here!

Watching them work hard to get our house built made me think about the house we are living in now, it is a little older, we have done some major renovations, moving walls, adding rooms, moving wardrobes etc. Our biggest project has been the ensuite, we had to knock out a wardrobe to use the space in the ensuite, move the wardrobe to another wall in our bedroom and then of course complete a bathroom from scratch. Everything went pretty smoothly, took us forever but aside from time restraints, the bathroom looks great. There was only one problem......our original plumbing is terrible!
We didn't know this when we bought the house but our plumbing and hot water is not connected to the mains water system. We have an old school hot water system in the roof of our house, it has a 90 litre storage tank that fills up over night, the system then works to heat the water, and that is our hot water each day. I kept thinking 90 litres, that's not enough for a family of 4! But we have never run out of hot water, luckily. The other problem with this hot water system is that we have installed mixer taps for our showers and our kitchen sink and bathroom sinks, apparently these don't work very well when using an old hot water system. Our hot water pressure is terrible and trying to get the shower and bath to the right temperature is excruciating......its hilarious listening to my husband in the morning when he took the mixer tap that little bit too far. The water goes freezing cold and you have to start all over again very slowly moving the tap to get warm water. I never thought having a good hot water system would be so important.

We have already decided that next time we move house (one that we haven't built of course) we will be getting a plumber in the have a look at the water system, we are not living with another one of these hot water systems, that's for sure. I think it is something very important that everyone should do. Include it in the building inspection, that everyone should do before buying a house, get a plumber in to have a look and make sure everything is working perfectly. Check out plumbing services Sydney, plumbing services Melbourne or where ever you are located. Yes it is an added cost but it is definitely worth it in the long run. Make sure you add them to you list of handymen contacts in your phone, refer to my previous post here if you don't know what I'm talking about. It's always great to have contacts in your phone, just in case something goes wrong and you need a quick fix.

I have a friend who has moved house several times, and each time she moves into a new place she buys and has new toilets installed, she does this the day she moves in, it makes me laugh every time but not a bad idea really. Have you got any little changes you make when you move house? or have you had any mishaps when you've just moved in?? Please share so I don't feel alone with my stupid hot water system!


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