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NSW government moves to legislate on flammable cladding

NSW government moves to legislate on flammable cladding

The NSW government has taken moves to deal with the flammable cladding crisis. A bill introduced to parliament last week means that if any builders use unsafe building materials and found to have done it intentionally, they could face fines of up to $1millon. “These new laws will make it (more…)

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Local council to put 10pm curfew on Airbnb and Stayz guests

Local council to put 10pm curfew on Airbnb and Stayz guests

Another twist in the Airbnb story hit today. Not this time, the problem of unruly guests in apartment blocks with absentee and uncontactable landlords. If that’s a problem you suffer from, a council in Victoria is taking steps that may, just may be adopted in your suburb. ABC radio reports (more…)

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Ten things you really don’t need in a small apartment

Ten things you really don’t need in a small apartment

I’m not about to become one of those hugely successful people who turns suggestions into cleaning or tidying into a best selling book – unfortunately. But focussing on all things small in apartments, I thought a list of things you can do without would be worthwhile. I mean, why waste (more…)

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The sharing economy comes home to co-living

The sharing economy comes home to co-living

OK, housing affordability protesters, grab your placards and let’s get marching and chanting. What do we want? A nice apartment. When do we want it? Now. Where do we want it? In a cool area with lots of cafes and bars. How much will we pay? As little as possible. (more…)

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Where are all the family friendly apartments? Not here!

Where are all the family friendly apartments? Not here!

As you struggle in the lift with your stroller or try to get your kids to school on time without them pressing all the buttons on the lift on the way down, do you every wonder if raising your family in an apartment is harder than it need be? While (more…)

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Seven splashbacks – ideas to replace your tired old tiles

Seven splashbacks  – ideas to replace your tired old tiles

If there was ever a perfect name for something, splashback is it. It’s that area behind your stove, sink, or washbasin that gets splashed and needs regular cleaning to keep the grout in between the tiles from going grotty, as well as the tiles losing their sheen. It’s one of (more…)

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Mailbox thieves cash in on online shopping

Mailbox thieves cash in on online shopping

Recent TV news vision of a blatant thief helping herself to people’s valuables in various Sydney gyms got us thinking again about the perennial problem of mail theft from our external mailboxes. Mail which can sometimes result in entire identities being stolen without the person realising until credit checks reveal (more…)

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Six of the best convertible coffee tables

Six of the best convertible coffee tables

Coffee tables are a major presence in our homes, replacing our ancestors campfire as somewhere to gather to eat and tell stories.  They can reflect our style, they can display our tastes, they are so integral that the Seinfeld episode when Kramer came up with the idea of a coffee (more…)

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Taking the sofabed to a whole new level

Taking the sofabed to a whole new level

I often think being an apartment owner is like being a gypsy. There’s something about the lock and leave mentality that means if you don’t get back there later that night, it’s not a problem. Nothing will happen while you’re gone and you’re free to stay up all night or (more…)

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Five fantastic hacks for your micro flat

Five fantastic hacks for your micro flat

Those of us living in expensive state capitals may have to accept that we might never be able to afford the apartment of our dreams. But don’t despair, because if you’re the type of person that enjoys a gadget (and who isn’t, really?) gets a kick out of things that (more…)

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