Space can be tight in Sydney to squeeze in a swimming pool! This month Renovating Mums chatted to Jess Canabou about how she went installing a small plunge pool in her back yard in the Northern Beaches. To help her budget Jess managed her pool installation as an Owner Builder…read on >>> Installing a small…

The approvals process for a renovation or build can be a minefield of confusion; does my project need a DA? Or can I submit a CDC? Or is it even Exempt Development? And what do all of these actually mean?!! Renovating Mums chatted to Gregg from Rapid Plans on what each of the different development…

We all want to stay in control of our renovation budget, and a fixed price building contract allows you to do just that. We chatted to the experts from Cape Cod Australia on what a fixed price building contract is, and why it really matters… Your architect or builder will likely give you a “ballpark”…

Looking to create more living space for your family in a semi-detached house? Renovating and adding a second storey addition is a popular option in many of Sydney’s suburbs. However, renovating a semi comes with its own unique form of challenges; common wall neighbours! We chatted to the experts from Cape Cod Australia for their…

If you are planning a bathroom renovation then your budget is the first thing you need to lock down. We asked Mary Todarello from Total Bathroom Centre in Killara, for her expert advice So how much will my bathroom renovation cost? According to freelance journalist for Choice, Kylie Matthews, the Housing Industry Association (HIA) estimates…

When renovating, it’s easy to get so caught up in the design decisions and aesthetic details that you lose sight of the functional aspects. While choosing paint colours, flooring, tiles and tapware are all important decisions, a successful home renovation comes down to foresight, planning and really thinking about what you want out of the…

Tips to avoid home building regrets… Building a house is a HUGE ask! Lots of planning and critical decisions; size of rooms, placement of windows, ceiling heights…let alone the fun pretty stuff like paint colours, fixtures and finishes. And you know what? Sometimes we make a mistake…we rush, feel pressured, skip a big decision, leave…

How to find and manage a great tradie? We all know how daunting it is to begin the renovating process. There is the uncertainty of how to find a great tradie to assist with your project, and the fear you’ll be taken for a ride by someone dodgy. So how do you find a great tradie? Sort the wheat from…