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Category: Heritage

7 ways to identify trouble in older homes

If you’re thinking about buying an older home, it’s essential you conduct a building inspection to check if there are any flaws. Even if issues are revealed, you may still decide to go ahead with the purchase, but it’s important you have a solid idea about the cost of any repairs.  Discuss with your builder…
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6 reasons why we love 70s homes

Unique, rebellious house design was as good a reason to love the 1970s as any fondue dinner party, David Cassidy album, Farrah Fawcett hair-do, or pair of flared jeans. Architects broke away from convention in the 70s, designing homes that did not conform to a style beyond being eclectic and original. While these homes eschewed…
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Should you render your home?

Rendering is one of the most popular options to brighten the street appeal of a brick house. Over the past decade, many suburbs have had their character fundamentally changed by owners who have either rendered existing houses or rebuilt with a render finish. Render gives a home a modern appearance and is worth considering if…
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Why heritage homes love tuck pointing

If you own one of Australia’s favourite architectural designs – Federation, Queen Anne or a Californian bungalow – then you’ll likely to know all about tuck-pointing. It’s the art of restoring bricks, mortar and stonework by grinding back loose or compromised materials and replacing them seamlessly so your home looks as good as new. The…
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Fireplaces are a hot item with buyers

Few features warm the hearts of prospective property buyers more in cooler months than a fireplace. From a purchaser’s perspective, a beautifully presented fireplace – especially one that retains the style of the original architecture, adds character and warmth to any room. Whether you have a period or modern home, fireplaces can be a major…
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9 ways to rejuvenate an Federation home

Renovating a Federation home can be a labour of love but will add significant value to your home if it’s done authentically. Federation architecture, popular in pockets of many inner-city suburbs, dates from 1901 to 1910, the same time as federation in Australia. It aligns with the British style of architecture known as Edwardian named…
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A guide to Australian property styles

The rich history of architecture that Australia has enjoyed since settlement can make house-hunting a fascinating and rewarding experience if you love to step inside homes of bygone eras. Even a basic understanding of this nation’s architectural history will help guide you towards your ideal home, and provide a better idea of a property’s true…
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weatherboard house in Balmain

7 ways to smarten your weatherboard

Here’s a quick checklist of the ways you can maximise the value of your weatherboard home.

Why we love Federation homes

Federation homes are a distinct Australian style of home that are beautiful as well as valuable.

Why we love Queen Anne-style cottages

Period houses offer top-value because they are finite in number, have been built to last and have a strong sense of heritage and history.  In Adelaide, Queen Anne-style cottages, villas and bungalows enjoy strong demand. Experts say houses built before WWII are now proving to be strong investments because supply is increasingly limited as buyers…
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