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.


Couch Turf Care in Winter

6 July 2015
 Categories: Home & Garden, Blog

When winter arrives, couch turf grass suffers more than any other lawn varieties primarily because it has a very fine leaf blade. By having an understanding of why couch turf loses its colour during winter or dies off in some areas, you will be able to provide proper care to it. Here's some general information about couch turfs as well as how to properly take care of them. Sunlight requirement Read More …

3 Essential Care Steps for Cleaning Curtains and Blinds

1 July 2015
 Categories: Home & Garden, Blog

Your window dressings are a major part of your interior d├ęcor. The curtains and blinds you have in each of your rooms are no small investment. The standalone cost of purchase is high, and it's even higher if you have had them professionally installed. The last thing you need is to damage them during the cleaning process. In light of that, follow the tips outlined here and your blinds and curtains will last you longer. Read More …

5 Steps on How to Reinstall a Verandah on Your House

9 June 2015
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

Wrap-around open verandahs were part of the traditional look of an Australian house, and formed an important part of the entertaining space. Unfortunately over time many of the wonderful verandahs got demolished, as people grew reluctant to maintain sagging structures or simply wanted an updated 1970s styled house. If you are looking to restore your houses appearance with a verandah, here is how to go about the project. 1. Check how the old verandah was removed Read More …

What Are the Benefits of Using Engineered Exterior Products When Building a Home?

21 May 2015
 Categories: Home & Garden, Blog

Today, homeowners have an unlimited choice of materials to use when finishing the exterior sections of their new homes. They can use natural products like hardwood or they can use engineered (manufactured) products like faux stone. This article discusses some of the benefits you can get when you use engineered products as finishes for your new home. Better Fire Resistance Many homeowners would like to use natural wood as an external finish, but they are wary of the fire hazard that wood presents. Read More …

Building A Home: Site Factors that Increase Expenses

4 May 2015
 Categories: Home & Garden, Blog

Quality residential buildings are not cheap investments but there are certain site elements that contribute to an increase in the project costs. It is crucial for you to understand these aspects if you are thinking about building a new home. This information is vital in creating a realistic construction budget and in making appropriate decisions with regard to the building. Here are the main cost factors you and your home builders must consider prior to the purchase of land: Read More …