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DIY home design. Read this set of articles and learn how to design your own house.

How to read plans. Read this article to learn how to read construction plans.

DIY house plans. After you learn how to read plans (see article above), why not try creating your own plans?

Cost effective DIY fencing. Learn how a typical backyard fence is constructed. Includes information for traditional timber paling, tubular fencing and rendered panel fencing.

3D wall panels. Until recently there has been a limited selection of internal wall lining types in Australia. Many people building or renovating are unaware that there are other choices besides Gyprock. Well now there are! Three dimensional wall linings are now available in Australia. To save money you can easily install this eco-friendly product yourself.

Owner-builder. DIY home construction, learn what it takes.

DIY kitchen design. Does your kitchen need a full re-design or just a makeover?

Kitchen cost calculator. Estimate what it will cost to build or renovate a kitchen.

DIY bathroom renovation. DIY renovations can be a satisfying and cost saving process, but should you do it all yourself? Most DIY renovators do the project management, demolition, colour scheme selection, source the fixtures and fittings, remove and install most fittings such as hooks and towel rails and paint. However, unless they are really skilled...

DIY floor tiling. With the 3 "p's", patience, practice and persistence, you can save a lot of money by doing your own floor tiling. It is worth the effort if you are on a tight budget and are even a little "handy".

DIY paving. Learn to lay your own pavers in 4 easy steps.

Installing wood flooring over concrete. Installing a wooden floor over a concrete slab is not difficult. By following the DIY steps in this article you will get your floorboards down in no time.

Bathroom cost calculator. Estimate what it will cost to build or renovate a bathroom.

DIY your home office. If you're lucky enough to be able to work from home, then you probably already know how important it is to have the right home office set up. It's amazing how much a work environment can affect productivity and quality of work...

DIY interior design. Why can some people make their home look stylish, cozy or just plain brilliant when others, no matter how hard they try, simply make a mess of it?

DIY wallpaper. Gone are the days when you hear the word "wallpaper" and you think of old English homes with a faded floral brocade on every wall. In fact, if we look further into the past, we'd be surprised about the extent to which wallpaper was used in homes to create glamour and decadence...

DIY wall decals. Install your own removable wall decals - its much easier than wallpaper.

DIY house inspection. DIY your own building inspection for a potential new home.

DIY retaining walls. Unfortunately constructing a retaining wall is not a small job, but if you are willing to do some digging and lifting, and enjoy working in the garden, it is manageable as a DIY project...

A home in the sun. Here's a quick guide to help you work out optimal positioning of rooms in your house.

Frequently asked questions. Answers questions like: "What will it cost?", "What council fees are there?".

DIY deck. Building a timber or wooden deck is really not that hard if you keep it simple...

Twelve most common mistakes made when building a deck. Avoid future pain if you are planning on building your own deck. Read this article.

Design tips. Miscellaneous home and interior design tips.

DIY your home office. Learn how to set-up your home office the right way.

DIY timber steps. There is often a need for steps as an access to a deck or for use between decks with different levels. A basic open stairway consists of the two stringers and two or more treads. The supporting members of a stair are the stringers. These are used in pairs spaced one metre apart (approximatly)...

Repairing holes in plaster. One of the common problems people undertaking a home DIY project will encounter is repairing holes in plaster. But repairing them is suprisingly easy...

Laying carpet. This article describes the procedures for installing your own carpet.

DIY attached carport. Save money and learn how to build your own attached carport.

Timber floor repairs. Learn how to repair timber floors.

Underfloor heating tips for the DIYer. Underfloor heating tips for the DIY'er. Electric or hydronic? Off-the-shelf versus custom. The right system for your floor type. Controlling the temperature. And more...

The DIYers toolkit essentials. This article outlines the DIYers toolkit essentials as well as provides a short guide to buying tools.

DIY painting preparation. Painting around the home? Learn how to prepare the surface correctly.

DIY interior painting. DIY article explaining how to paint the interior of your home.

DIY exterior painting. Learn how to paint the exterior of your home.

DIY window maintenance. This article describes how to maintain various types of windows around the home.

DIY curtains Learn almost everything about curtains and how to create and install your own.

DIY Christmas decorations. How to decorate for Christmas without going overboard.

DIY Tiled Kitchen Splashback. Learn how to easily tile your own kitchen splashback.

DIY blinds. Learn how to install great looking blinds in your home in as little as one weekend.

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How to create the illusion of space. Open your mind and open up your living quarters with these 5 simple DIY tips.