Projects

On the dunes

Nestled in the sand dunes, this copper-roofed house on Sydney’s northern peninsula is anchored by solid buttresses, making it sympathetic with its environment.

Island escape

When a fourth-generation builder took on a project on Magnetic Island, he brought in his long-time design and construction team and acquired local materials to make the complex build run smoothly.

Family bonds

Often used in commercial buildings, precast concrete panels became the main building fabric in a daring new home in North Perth.

Reno revolution

As the kitchen-and-bathroom renovation scene continues to boom, HOUSING analyses the latest forecast and
reveals the hottest trends in the market.

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Hats off

Inspired by the broad brim of an Akubra Hat, this sustainable property on a NSW cattle farm was designed to capture the surrounding rural vista and exist self-sufficiently within its landscape.

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In Focus

Why contractors are key

Independent contracting is thriving in the residential building sector but it’s regularly under attack.

Residential land

That's a wrap

While HomeBuilder exceeded everyone’s expectations, the industry is now prepared for the busiest period of new home building in Australia’s history.

Next big thing?

Now the ‘build to rent’ housing model has arrived in Australia, the potential for the sector may be huge. So, will the foundations of Australia’s private rental market change?

Boom time

Instead of property prices falling off a cliff last year, Australia’s housing market is in the midst of a boom. Is this a sustainable rise or an artificial bubble that will inevitably burst?

People

Forever home

From drafting to designing, Katie Shortland-Webb of Perth’s KTR Creations has honed her skills of working with natural materials and various tones, catching the eye of her client and making their house a home.

Race for zero waste

The building industry is a major contributor to the waste created in Australia. One woman is transforming some of this waste into sustainable building products – welcome to the green building revolution.

Disarming depression

When Jake's father died in a workplace accident, the tragic loss marked the beginning of his descent into despondency and depression. Jake shares his experience and inspirational journey to recovery.

Monique Juratovac

A cut above the rest

Monique Juratovac threw convention out the window when she signed up for a bricklaying apprenticeship. Despite the naysayers, she is determined to carve out her own path in the construction industry.

Products

Fit-out to fit you

When building a kitchen or bathroom there are many aspects that need consideration but that doesn’t have to drain your time and bank balance.

On Trend

HOUSING's top pick of innovative building products for May 2021.

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Industry inventions

HOUSING rounds up some clever and resource efficient building products developed by HIA members for the industry.

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Projecting the future

Are we entering the age of virtual homes sales? A new projection studio in Adelaide is proving homeowners are content to buy house and land packages without setting foot in a display home.

Kitchens, Bathrooms and Interiors

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Diamonds in the rough

While Phoenix Tapware is known for timeless design and robust construction, it is its specifically designed Builders Collection that provides cost saving and pre-selection installation solutions.

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Sustainability reimagined

Meticulously constructed from a diverse range of reclaimed materials, this eclectic, highly liveable home demonstrates its builder’s love of design and holistic approach to sustainability.

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Perfectly formed

Flawlessly married marble, steel and timber elements came together to create the 2020 HIA Australian Bathroom of the Year.

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Secret ingredients

With its pared-back take on industrial design, the Australian Kitchen of the Year exudes warmth and depth in the heart of an architect’s Adelaide home.

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Divide and conquer

Open-plan living has become increasingly popular over recent years. But there are times it can limit privacy and make it harder to zone areas. Here are a few ideas to help divide a space without putting up walls.

Business

Bupa Corporate plan

Discover the new Bupa Corporate plan: Discounts and more

HIA members and their staff now have access to discounted premiums, enhanced benefits and six weeks’ free cover* with Bupa Corporate Health Insurance. Here’s everything you need to know.

Smooth operator

The New HiLux is all strength with enhanced driver comfort inside.

Resources 2021

Looking for technical information or design inspiration? HOUSING has rounded up a few supporting tools to narrow your search and advance your knowledge.

Helping the next gen

It takes a team to build an apprentice from green to go. HOUSING talks to field officers and apprentice managers who explain what it takes to keep their journey a positive one.

Awards

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Winners revealed: 2020 HIA Australian GreenSmart Awards

The winners of the 2020 HIA Australian GreenSmart Awards were announced on 8 September.

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2020 HIA Australian GreenSmart Home and GreenSmart Display/Project Home

Is this Australia’s most sustainable home? The 2020 HIA Australia GreenSmart Home was awarded to an impressive certified Passive House project by Blue Mountains builder Blue Eco Homes.

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2020 HIA Australian GreenSmart Renovation/Addition Project

The winner of the 2020 HIA Australian GreenSmart Renovation/Addition Project award is a formerly dilapidated Canberra property that was transformed into an energy-efficient family home.

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2020 HIA Australian GreenSmart Custom Built Home

Reminiscent of an upside down Akubra hat, this unusual rural property has been designed to operate off-grid and is the 2020 HIA Australian GreenSmart Custom Built Home winner.

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2020 HIA Australian GreenSmart Multi Dwelling Development

A thoughtful intergenerational project by Light House Architecture & Science and 360 Building Solutions is the winner of the 2020 HIA Australian GreenSmart Multi Dwelling Development award.

Features

Business blueprint

Your business blueprint

2020 created unexpected complications, so where to now in 2021? HOUSING has collated some products that may help you secure your game plan to ensure future control and success.

Outdoor Kitchens

Take it outside

Outdoor dining is more than just a four burner, an ice bucket and a plastic table – it is a communal environment made for entertaining year-round. HOUSING explores what makes this space great.

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Building for bushfire

The 2019-2020 bushfire season was shocking for its ferocity and widespread destruction. It tested our resilience and endurance, strained our firefighting resources and left a devastating rebuilding effort for affected communities.

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A plumb Australian legend

For more than 80 years Rheem has been delivering reliable and resourceful hot water solutions to Australian homes. From historical to the contemporary, what is it that makes Rheem an Aussie icon?

Lifestyles

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No one likes a negative Nancy

Moods of workers are highly contagious so managing the spread of unhelpful negativity will go a long way in improving the quality of your workplace.

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Green living

There are plenty of ways to make your home more eco-friendly without expending much effort. Here are four ideas you can easily introduce at your place over the summer break.

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Balkan beauty

The pristine allure of Croatia’s meandering shores and rugged inland provinces are drawing visitors by the millions to experience the cultural delights of this formerly austere tourist spot. HOUSING’s Editor recently returned to her homeland for a family ‘vacay’ and explains why this bustling destination is currently all the rage.

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Encouraging healthy thinking

While there is particular attention of mental health during October, it’s important to manage the responsibility of workplace mental health throughout the year.

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