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home - head or heart
08 March 2016 / building

Follow your heart or your head? What matters most when choosing how to build your home

Before modern-day manufactured building materials, homes were constructed of whatever natural materials were available.  Animal skins, mud, grass, wood or bark were all used to construct traditional dwellings.  These materials were not chosen for design aesthetic but because they were the best available material for keeping the inhabitants as comfortable as possible.  Folks were happy …

choosing a builder
17 February 2016 / building

Finding your perfect match: what you need to know about choosing a builder

If you think about all the important relationships in your life – your partner, your children, your dog – would you consider your builder to be of similar importance?  If you have been through a house-building project, you’d probably say yes.   During the building process, your builder is the most important person in your life.  …

house sale
20 January 2016 / selling

How to prepare your house for sale

Selling your house?  Then it’s time to scrub up. In a busy market, a well-presented house is the one that will stand out from the rest.  And the house that attracts the most attention has the best chance of achieving a high sale price.   But, isn’t there more to it than that? Surely, it’s …

building headache
12 January 2016 / building

The online solution saving you from Building Amendment Act headaches

There are many tools a builder can’t survive without. In the quest for perfect corners and straight walls, there are a few essential pieces of kit that a builder wouldn’t leave home without.  And in the quest to keep up with paperwork and admin tasks, there are a couple of tools that are equally as …

photo frames
19 December 2015 / Psychology

How Does a House Become a Home?

“Home is home, and everything else… is not home” House conjures up the notion of building materials, design, location or furniture.  But a home evokes different thoughts.  The difference between a house and a home is as huge as it is subtle. In Western society, it’s common for people to move many times throughout their …

12 December 2015 / building

Why the new Building Amendment Act is an excellent marketing opportunity

Your opinion of the recently introduced Building Amendment Act 2013 may depend on whether you’re a glass half-full or a glass half-empty kind of person.  At the end of a big day on the tools (and about halfway through that first beer), the thought of sitting down to a mountain of paperwork and prospecting for …

brain behaviour homes
01 December 2015 / new home

The emotional factors at play when you buy a house

I recently read an article by a Real Estate Agent in the US.  She worked with a client who ended up paying way too much for a property because the carpet in the bedroom was the exact shade of pink as the carpet of her childhood home.  Sweet childhood memories flooded her brain as she …

03 November 2015 / new home

Finding your happy place: 8 questions to ask yourself before you choose where to live

Last year’s Quality of Life survey questioned residents of six of New Zealand’s biggest councils – Auckland, Wellington, Porirua, Hutt, Christchurch and Dunedin – on the state of their well-being.  A rather pleasing 82% of all respondents rated their overall quality of life as positive.  An overwhelming 96% said they felt safe in their home …

29 August 2015 / Psychology

Why do we ‘Spring Clean’?

The days are getting longer, warmer and we’re starting to awake from our quasi-hibernation over Winter.   Suddenly you feel the urge to clean, organise and declutter your home… But why do we ‘Spring Clean’?    Is it a biological compulsion, a deeply rooted tradition, or because of the psychological benefits we feel as a result of …

home heating
26 August 2015 / Heating

Why do we heat our homes?

The answer to this might seem fairly obvious and you’re probably right.  We heat our homes so that the rooms become warmer.  However, have you ever thought about what is happening within your home when you are heating it? When air is heated it increases in pressure due to the kinetic energy of the air …