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Better Home and Gardens just released the results of a national survey asking two distinct sets of homeowners what they want to change in their home for 2018. Make achieving thermal comfort with the lowest ongoing operating cost central to your decision making at every stage. Passive heating and cooling is free to operate but upgrading a home to achieve better thermal comfort (more stars under the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS)) does cost money but rewards with lower energy bills — particularly in climates with high auxiliary heating or cooling needs (see Design for climate).

You can spend endless cash on anything from redecorating to extending and even redesigning the entire floor plan of the house, but it’s important that whatever you do, you add value to your home so any improvement is an investment, rather than simply an indulgence. Here are some tips to keep your house … Read more

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Home renovating tips for anyone wanting to DIY on a tiny budget, or looking to find a tradie and add a whole new floor. Why it pays off: Adding central air to an average 2,400-square-foot house could cost upward of $10,000 and boost your home’s value by 10 to 20 percent, says appraiser Leslie Sellers. And central air-conditioning is energy-efficient too. Centralized units have an average energy-efficiency rating (EER) of 11.5, compared with an 8.5 EER in single-window models, making them less expensive to run. What’s more, central air won’t block the view the way a window unit does.

Kitchens and bathrooms are known to give the best boost in value, so these are the two areas of the home where renovation costs can be more readily recouped. In fact, you should make back between 65% and 75% of your costs of remodelling a full bathroom and around 65% of … Read more

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Home renovating tips for anyone wanting to DIY on a tiny budget, or looking to find a tradie and add a whole new floor. Anyone who has watched the show knows that producers like to feature people who have an inspiring story or have faced a challenge they’ve worked to rise above. Their story must also be related to their homes in some way; in one episode, a family with a special-needs child had home improvements made to incorporate design and architecture that would enhance the child’s — and the family’s — quality of life.

You will also be able to choose from a range of kitchen units and worktops, a wet wall splash back will be used in place of wall tiles. There may be occasion where we will be forced to knock through a pantry wall. This will only be done when we are unable to meet the … Read more