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Saving Your Project Budget | Splitting out Kitchens and Bathrooms from Builder’s Work

Are you thinking that you can save money by managing the kitchen and bathrooms yourself, and getting the builder to finish at lock-up? Watch the video for my tips to

How to find out if your Brisbane home is pre 1946

Do you know why “pre-1946” is so important when renovating or building in the Brisbane City Council area? Well – did you know that the first recorded aerial photograph of Brisbane

Designing a Slow Home with Amelia Lee and Brooke McAlary of Slow Your Home

Are you interested in Slow Home design? And bringing your own personal ‘why’ to how your home is designed, and how it helps you live? This conversation may be for

Is your designer charging you to redraw your existing floor plans?

You already have existing floor plans of your home from when it was built. But the designer wants to charge you to redraw them … and in 3D? Is this

Free Design Services | Do they exist?

Your builder offers free design services as part of building with them. Sounds great – but there’s 2 things to be aware of. I shared this as a Facebook Live

Simple renovation ideas to change the look of a brick home

  22.11.2016   Amelia   #uatip, Ask UA, Design   No comments

Do you have a charmless brick home you want to change the look of? Is render your only option? Here’s some inspiration … In this post, I answer a recent

Do I need Council Approval for my renovation?

I received a question from a member of the UA Community: If I’m using a licensed Building Designer to draw up my renovation plans, will I still need Council Approval?

How to work out the cost of building or renovating your home

What will it cost me to renovate or build my home? This is one of THE MOST common questions I get asked by homeowners. Frustrated homeowners … who … don’t

Spotlight: Creating a new coastal home

  25.10.2016   Amelia   #uatip, Building, Design   2 Comments

This spotlight is on a new home design for a coastal home for a Queensland location. This UA Design Concept was conducted remotely. Using Skype and other technology, I worked with

Spotlight: Fixing the floor plan of a $250,000 home

This spotlight features a Design Audit on a $250,000, new single-storey home. It’s to be built in regional Victoria, near Ballarat. Sometimes you hire a designer, and you’re just not able to nail it, in designing the home