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Health is one of the quality of life factors that are measured regularly in the Happiness Index, and part of the definition is a balance between mind and body and between people and the environment. We know sleep, exercise and eating well are important, but what we often haven’t paid enough attention to is the role our environment plays in our own and our family’s health. We cannot always control ...

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First Home Buyers and builders are the big winners in the Western Australia budget. The budget lifts the first owner grant for those buying a newly built home or building a new home, by $3000 to $10,000. The increase takes effect from September 15, bringing WA into line with other states and territories introducing measures to boost the take-up of new homes as the population expands. Master Builders Association housing ...

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According to recent studies, homes in Australia are the largest in the world. Until recently the US  - widely known for their bigger is better mentality laid claim to the biggest homes, but now it seems US homes are becoming smaller whilst Australians are building large homes for what would appear to be a number of varied reasons.  In the early 1900’s records show that family sizes were larger but ...

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Building a home today includes careful planning of the master suite. No longer just a bedroom¸ today’s master suites have become a statement of luxury. The traditional ‘parents retreats’ popular in home designs of the 90′s are now being merged into one magnificent room, that resembles that of a luxury hotel suite. Today’s master suites are spacious enough to include a sleeping area (of course), sitting area, media space, walk-in ...

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A house built with all the luxuries and amenities in the world still wouldn’t be much of a house if the setting wasn’t right. Too often the whole building budget is allocated to the internal finishes of a new home. When it comes to the exterior, the ‘we’ll do it when we have some more money’ is an all too frequent approach. Whilst you struggle to find the money, time ...

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