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Cockroaches are yucky. Spiders are scary. But termites are just plain sneaky. These critters can steal their way into a house, eat away your walls and then get you where it really hurts: your wallet. Treating an average freestanding house for termites using the leading chemical...

Attics, extensions, second storeys are all created in the quest for more space. Space is the holy grail of renovating. But it’s floorspace, and making the most of the existing footprint within a home that can make a real difference to the sense of space in...

This story will be a load of rubbish - a cheap and environmentally friendly load of rubbish, though, writes Alex Brooks for Sydney Morning Herald. Have you seen the mess a renovation creates? Dust, rubble, broken tiles and even kitchen sinks. The easiest way to get...

Plumbing is a dirty job, but someone has to do it. “Can you imagine what it would be like if you flushed your toilet and it bubbled up into your shower recess?” asks Killara Plumbing’s Greg McElroy. “Going back two centuries, the streets were the sewers....

If computers and televisions can be wireless, why can’t we banish ugly power points and light switches and just, like, turn on our lights by remote control? Oh, that’s right – electricity can fry people. Electricity, for all its wonders, is still a very dangerous thing. It...

Those hard-edged interiors in swanky homes magazines – sleek, minimal rooms with timber floors and high ceilings – might be easy on the eye, but not the ear. An open plan kitchen and living area full of harsh surfaces has the acoustical performance of a conversation-killing...

Here's what the experts say you should do about asbestos, which is likely to be in any home built before 1993, writes Alex Brooks for the Sydney Morning Herald. Hearing the word asbestos frightens the living daylights out of renovators. “People think if they stare at it,...

Most of us have little plans to turn our humble home into something with more space or just a little more modern. Here's how to think about renovating so you get the most bang for your buck. Wouldn’t it be nice to have our dream house...

A nasty old recession might frighten us into worrying about losing jobs or cancelling extravagant holidays but spending more time at home will prompt us to take out the tools and renovate – albeit with a dash of DIY and budget-consciousness. “The doom and gloom of...

The "original features" and "great potential" have you hooked. The price seems right so you get a building inspection report a must for any home buyer but then have palpitations about the list of problems. Alex Brooks explains the problems and solutions to common building...