Doug's Home and Garden Development Blog

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Doug's Home and Garden Development Blog

Hello, my name is Doug and in this is my home and garden development blog. On this blog, I will be passing on everything I have learnt about designing, building and maintaining your dream home and garden. And believe me, I know a lot. I am not a professional contractor, but I have spent the last 2 years working with a range of different contractors to develop my home and garden. The guys have done a fantastic job and I am really pleased with the results they have generated. I hope you find this blog useful and enjoyable to read.


How to Restump Your House Properly

10 September 2015
 Categories: Home & Garden, Blog

Restumping is a process of replacing rotten or moving wooden and concrete stumps that form the house sub-floor. Many tenants and house owners spend their lifetime without undertaking this renovation, but in swampy and coastal areas, it is a common activity. The following is a guide to properly restumping your house: Choosing the right stumps – Most property owners choose wooden stumps because they are cheaper than concrete ones. If you choose wooden stumps, the Victorian red gum is a good choice since it is more resistant to termites and moisture. Read More …

Merits and Demerits of Split System Air Handlers

26 August 2015
 Categories: Home & Garden, Blog

Air conditioning technology offers many solutions to the problems of heat during the warm season and cold during the cooler months. Most systems offer either of these two solutions, but the most preferable offer both. These dual air conditioning systems, also known as split systems, offer air conditioning solutions through specialised filtration units to improve not only the ambient temperatures, but also the air quality. Merits of split system air handlers Read More …

Brilliant Budget Bathrooms | 3 Small-Budget Bathroom Renovation Ideas with Big Pay-Offs

14 August 2015
 Categories: Home & Garden, Blog

With the average cost of bathroom renovations hovering between $15,500 and $16,000, it's not always possible to give your outdated bathroom a major overhaul. But just because you don't have the big bucks to spare doesn't mean you have to live with a timeworn bathroom. Smart changes can transform the look of an old bathroom without costing you a fortune. Here are some small-budget bathroom remodeling ideas with big payoffs for the intelligent homeowner: Read More …

3 Services Hardware Stores Provide that Make Your DIY Projects Easier

30 July 2015
 Categories: Home & Garden, Blog

The concept of a hardware store brings to mind lumber, pipes, and tools. In some cases, you may think of a small amount of mercantile being housed in a hardware store as well. The truth is, most hardware stores offer services that every DIY project enthusiasts wish they had. If you are a DIY projects enthusiast and you want to make them easier, consider these following hardware store services you should know about: Read More …

Renovate Your Small Kitchen to Make it Appear Larger

22 July 2015
 Categories: Home & Garden, Blog

People choosing to renovate a smaller kitchen often want to make it seem a little bit bigger than it really is. This makes it feel more comfortable to cook in, as well as more inviting for visitors and potential buyers. Here's how to make it happen: Lighten Up If you want to make a kitchen look larger, start by making it lighter. If your renovation can cover the cost of enlarging a window or adding a skylight, you'll swear that you've actually added square-footage, but other tricks can be utilised to a similar effect. Read More …