Renovate for the life you live

Renovate for the life you live

Houzz recently ran a listicle about avoiding design mistakes. It was a bunch of great suggestions on every aspect of design and renovation from Houzz…

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The unexpected romance of rubbish removal

The unexpected romance of rubbish removal

Not long after JD and I started seeing each other, he told me had something special planned for a Saturday morning. He’s not one for…

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The difference between reality TV and reality

The difference between reality TV and reality

Back in the olden days before we met and life turned into non-stop unicorn meat with sparkle gravy for dinner, JD was involved in a…

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What it takes to build an award-winning home

What it takes to build an award-winning home

A couple of years ago my father and his wife sold their stunning property in a little town in Tasmania, and moved into a hay…

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How to get ready for your renovation

How to get ready for your renovation

It’s pretty exciting when you first start thinking about doing a renovation or decent-sized project around the house. You start tearing pages out of magazines…

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Who do you need on your renovating team?

Who do you need on your renovating team?

  If you’ve been playing along with The Builderette for a while, you know that I’m a big believer in a renovating or building project…

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23 things that are more fun than renovating

23 things that are more fun than renovating

  You’ve heard me say it before, but undertaking a renovation or large building project (or sometimes even a small one) can be stressful. So…

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How to defy gravity

How to defy gravity

I heard a wonderful interview with engineer Bill Lawson on a podcast the other day (Richard Fidler’s Conversations) where he talked about how engineering is…

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Why we love small building jobs

Why we love small building jobs

  When I first met JD about seven years ago, as a residential builder he was focussing on larger renovations and the occasional new, luxury…

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5 simple ways to renovate a rental property

5 simple ways to renovate a rental property

If you live in one of Australia’s capital cities you’ve probably noticed that real estate has been a little out of control lately (Sydney, I’m…

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Alix Davis

I’m an almost-architect by training, a magazine editor by career and now I work alongside my husband JD in our building company 5to50. I’m here to demystify the building process – whether your job is big or small