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ancient Roman garden 8 Ancient World Gardening Facts - The art of gardening is an ancient one with a fascinating history. This week, we delve into the past with eight interesting facts about gardening in the ancient world. The world’s oldest form of gardening is forest gardening, which originated in prehistoric times in monsoon regions. Inhabitants would improve their surrounds by cultivating useful tree …
garden How to Make a Shady Garden Work for You - Gardening is all about achieving balance, in terms of placement, moisture and light exposure. If you have a particularly shady spot in your garden, you may have trouble deciding what to plant there, however there are many options to consider. In this week’s blog, we go through some fantastic design ideas for shady gardens. Choose …
a classic hygge interior 5 Hygge Inspired Home Design Ideas for Winter 2017 - This winter, hygge (pronounced hoogah) is the work on every home designer and lifestyle blogger’s lips. Hygge roughly translates as the Danish word for cosy but it’s more like a philosophical approach to life which involves being present in the moment and relishing domestic, daily experiences by creating a warm atmosphere, celebrating simple pleasures, and …
patio garden Essential Tips for Patio Gardening - Gardening isn’t just for people with big backyards – as long as you have sufficient access to water and light you can cultivate a garden pretty much anywhere, including on your patio or porch. In this blog, we impart some useful knowledge designed to help your patio garden thrive. Drainage is important Potted plants like …
A Mediterranean Oasis How to Design a Mediterranean Garden - Now that winter is here, we’ve been dreaming of far off locations where the sun shines from June to September. Places like the French Riviera, the Tuscan Hills and the Spanish coastline. The Mediterranean region is not just a perfect winter holiday destination, it’s unique landscaping traditions have long been a source of inspiration for …
invest in a fire pit this winter! How to Stay Warm in your Garden this Winter - Now that the cooler weather has well and truly set in, the temptation to hibernate indoors next to the heater until next spring leads many Melbournians to abandon their outdoor living areas over the winter months. However, we believe that with a little bit of creative thinking, it’s possible to both make the most of …
Connect with nature in your own backyard 5 Ways you Can Make the World a Greener Place Without Leaving Your Backyard - Yesterday (June 5th) was World Environment Day, an initiative begun by the United Nations in 1974 to promote worldwide awareness of environmental issues and encourage action. The theme for World Environment Day is ‘connecting people to nature- in the city and on the land, from the poles to the equator’ and to celebrate, we thought …
excavation 4 of the Strangest Things Found on Construction Sites - New construction projects are always exciting, not only because of the many prospects a new building or renovation can bring, but also because of the potential for mysteries to be uncovered during excavation. In this blog, we thought we’d explore some of the most fascinating things to be uncovered on construction sites around the world. …
friends toasting marshmallows outdoors How to create a winter-friendly outdoor space - The arrival of winter doesn’t have to mean the end of outdoor entertaining. You can update your outdoor space to make it suitable for year-round comfort. Here are 4 key steps to follow to achieve an outdoor space you can enjoy in both the warmer and cooler months.
Colourful lighting to brighten up winter nights How to Add Colour to your Yard in Winter - When winter comes everything in the garden tends to become pared back and a little bare. Without the sun shining and the flowers blooming, Melbourne backyards tend to look a little depressing between June and September so this week, we through we’d look at a few simple ways you can brighten things up.  Look beyond …
driveway crossover melbourne Do you need to build, modify, remove or repair a driveway crossover? - A driveway crossover (also referred to as a vehicle crossing, vehicular crossing or driveway crossing) is the section of the construction pathway between the road and the property (including any kerb and channel and footpath) which you use to get your vehicle from the road to the driveway on your property. The driveway crossover belongs …
a modern garden landscape The Essential Elements of a Modern Garden Landscape - Regardless of the form it happens to take, design trends tend to reflect the ideas and lifestyles of the age we live in and modern garden landscaping trends are no exception. The garden designs in vogue today are reflective of our busy lifestyles, changing climate, and preference for clean lines and bold design. This week, …
australian backyard The Changing Face of the Australian Backyard - The Australian backyard has changed a lot since the 1980s, with many backyards becoming smaller to accommodate for larger house sizes. In this blog, we look at how the typical Australian backyard has changed over the years, and how homeowners are coming up with innovative designs that maximise the available space. Change at the turn …
Edwardian garden path 4 Vintage Landscaping Trends to Revive in 2017 - Bygone eras have long been used as inspiration for interior design, art and architecture, but one area the vintage trend has never really taken off is in the garden. This is a pity, as although it is less well documented than vintage interiors and fashions, garden designs of the past offer up a wealth of …
renovation Tips for Saving Money On Your Renovation - Although kitchens and bathrooms are the most commonly renovated areas of the home, they also have the potential to be the most expensive. Through careful planning and smart choices, you’ll be able to keep well within your renovation budget – you may even save enough to add another room to your list! Pay attention to …
exposed-aggregate driveway with butterfly Everything you need to know about Exposed Aggregate - One of the latest and most popular trends in driveway design is exposed aggregate. This decorative concrete finish is not only durable, it also adds a major ‘wow’ factor to your home or commercial building. Here are the key facts you need to know about exposed aggregate before using it for your surfaces and the …
garden How to Winter-Proof Your Garden - Winter is just around the corner, so in addition to getting your winter wardrobe ready and investing in some extra blankets, it’s a good idea to weather proof your garden. Here are some great ways to get your garden ready for the winter while the sun’s still out. Look after your lawn Although most lawn …
concrete driveways melbourne exposed aggregate How to choose the right type of concrete driveway for your home - The driveway is one of the main features of your home’s exterior and consequently this space plays a big role in the attractiveness of your property. When choosing the right driveway style for your home, there are several options available should you wish to opt for concrete as the main material. Today we explore 4 …
shutterstock_240007711 Should I build a Granny Flat? - Granny flats have increased in popularity as a renovation option in recent years; they are a great way to add more space (and value) to your home, and are flexible enough to be used for a variety of purposes. In this blog, we take you through the things that need to be considered (specifications, council …
exposed aggregate concrete How to Design an Eco-Friendly Home - When designing or renovating your ideal home, things like water and energy efficiency should be taken into consideration. One of the most common misconceptions about eco-friendly homes is that they are visually unappealing and do not have a welcoming vibe, however this is simply not the case. By making a few changes to your home’s …