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HOUSING

Welcome to HOUSING Online, your home for business tricks, industry tips, people we admire and homes that inspire.
We deliver stories that make you feel part of a vibrant community of like-minded industry professionals, building for Australian families and our future.

If you have a story you’d like us to consider or a topic you’d like to share, reach out to our team at housing@hia.com.au

Featured articles

Hidden gem

Designer Gavin Hepper explains the importance of form vs function and his approach to designing an award-winning, coastal-inspired kitchen.

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The Collectors

When a Tasmanian couple wanted to incorporate salvaged pieces into their new home, Luke Davies was thrilled to take on this build.

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Projects

Building developments Renovations Residential
Village people
When a Melbourne client wanted to transform her inner-suburban cottage into a multi-generational farmhouse-style enclave, Spence Construction was prepared to take on the challenge. Photos: Derek Swalwell
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Awards Inspiration Bathroom
Nature calling
An Adelaide owner with a love of serenity turned to Desyn Homes to produce a one-of-a-kind bathing experience.  Photos: Fotovision
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Design Inspiration Outdoor
Resort-style living
This impressive family home built by SX Constructions on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast perfectly captures the laidback beachside lifestyle of its location.
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Awards Design Inspiration
Small changes, big impact
This beautifully designed accessible home by O’Shea and Sons Builders shows simple changes can make a big difference to the livability and functionality of home for all stages of life – or changes in circumstance.Photos: Shoot to ...
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Kitchens Awards Design
Hidden gem
Housing chats to designer Gavin Hepper about the importance of form vs function and his approach to designing an award-winning, coastal-inspired kitchen that is both subtle and sublime.
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Bathroom Design Sustainability
The Collectors
When a Tasmanian couple wanted to incorporate salvaged pieces into their new home, Luke Davies was thrilled to take on this build.
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Kitchens Inspiration Renovations
Back to Black
When award-winning builder and designer Darren James and his team transform a kitchen, they really know how to make a show-stopping statement. Photography: Cathy Schusler
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Compounding stamp duty
Creating a house and land package from raw land (known as a "Greenfields development") involves a number of transactions, including the transfer of land, on at least two or three occasions.
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NT State Election 2020 Policy Imperatives
Housing Territorians sets out HIA’s key policy imperatives to guide an incoming government in rebuilding a vibrant and viable housing industry in the Territory.
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Products and innovation

Design Trends Bathroom
On Trend Spring 2022
Housing presents the latest products on the market today.
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Kitchens Bathroom Trends
K&B: where are we going?
Kitchen and bathroom projects boomed during the first two years of the pandemic but is that changing? Here’s a snapshot of the HIA Kitchens and Bathrooms Report 2021-22 about what we can now expect, plus a closer look at two dynam...
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Kitchens Bathroom Design
What's around the bend?
A dramatic collection of surfaces, materials, appliances and technology went on display at the incomparable design fair, Salone del Mobile.Milano in Italy. Housing talks about the latest design possibilities coming from Europe wit...
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Innovation Installation Livable Housing
Keeping cool
When the mercury rises, HIA explores some design strategies and products we can use to help homeowners (and the planet) keep their cool. 
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Renovations Livable Housing Residential
What homeowners want in 2022
During lockdown life, the desire to stay and renovate has been high on the housing agenda. But what do homeowners want tomorrow and beyond? Housing talks to Houzz Australia’s Tony Been, who reveals current shifts on the horizon.
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Plasterboard Construction Inspiration
How to master plaster
Knowing residential buildings do’s and don’ts is a given. But what about building myths? When it comes to plastering compounds not all tales are the truth. Pro Plaster are here to set the record straight.
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Concrete Insulation Timber
The magnificent 7
Discover innovative products that are flying off the shelves. Don’t miss out on these best-selling favourites and must-have essentials in the building and construction industry.
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Renovations Innovation Financial planning
Renovation nation
Australia's love affair with home renovations is nothing new. Binge-watching renovation programs and trips to the local DIY store are something of a national sport for us, but when COVID hit many predicted that would grind to a ha...
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Installation Innovation Environment
Force of Nature
Housing takes a look at some of the construction techniques and products that will help you create high-endurance homes that will weather the weather for years to come. 
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Insulation Installation Standards
The Right Protection
A home’s insulation is its sustainability shield, necessary for comfort and climate control. If it’s not installed right, call backs will follow. Luckily, there is a free app and advice to help.
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Inspiration Renovations Financial planning
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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Design Environment Innovation
Enduring building design
Bushfires and drought ravaged our country last year, so how can we curb the increasing impacts of climate change and build sustainable and enduring homes? The answer might be closer than you think.
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Inspiration Financial planning
Choose the best option
When it’s time to purchase a new business car or ute, let HIA Vehicles help navigate all the available finance options to ensure you get the best deal.
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Energy efficiency Environment Innovation Plumbing
Sense of Solar
Ask any Australian and they’ll tell you the sun shines brightly in our country. It simply makes sense to harness the Australian sun for long-term savings and comfort with renewable solar energy for your hot-water system.
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Business operations Design Innovation
On Trend August
HOUSING's top pick of innovative building products for August 2021
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Accounting Administration Business systems
Management must haves
While you do the heavy lifting and make the hard decisions, having the right software solutions in place can help lighten the workload and take your business to the next level.
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Innovation Residential Construction
On Trend - May
HOUSING's top pick of innovative building products of May 2021
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Timber Walls Innovation
Wonder wall
WoodWall by Elton Group is a prefinished timber veneer that can be applied just like wallpaper and comes supplied ready to hang.
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Industry focus

Estimating Planning Construction
Home ownership matters
With a new election on the horizon, HIA has compiled nine imperatives that will keep the incoming government on its toes. 
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Record keeping Trends
More homes needed
Demand for housing is currently strong despite slower population growth. But what will happen during the next two years? Our two-part feature helps members be prepared for the rocky years ahead.
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Energy efficiency Standards Insulation
Sweeping changes
Strap in – NCC 2022 will be a bumpy ride. HOUSING shows how all the proposed reforms will significantly affect all residential buildings
Aug 20
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Energy efficiency National Construction Code (NCC) Legal
Getting a positive resolution
Among the raft of significant and far-reaching NCC 2022 changes, HIA has been leading the charge on a range of other reforms through the NCC and Australian Standards. These reforms will minimise the impacts and get positive reform...
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Networking Work Health and Safety (WHS) Workplace policies
Working hard for HIA members
HIA has responded to the challenges of 2021 by providing quality advice and services to help members during this time of uncertainty. 
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Workplace policies Team building Managing staff
Survive and thrive
Despite the complexities of working in a male-dominated building sector, two women – one working in the steel reinforcement industry and the other running a construction business – have seen a positive shift. Photo courtesy McHug...
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Regulations Safety Work Health and Safety (WHS) Silica Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)
Silica: Exposure in the spotlight
The re-emerging trend of workers contracting silica-related diseases continues to be a key workplace health and safety priority.
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Financial planning Affordable
Finance that gets you moving
Financing your new business assets comes with a myriad of tangible benefits; these tips may help your business not only survive - but thrive.
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Sustainability Environment Energy efficiency
Breaking ground
When the Suburban Land Agency wanted its latest display village to be built for the future, it turned to HIA for GreenSmart guidance.
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Business and digital

Construction How-to Planning
By the book
Arriving at almost 70 years of experience, Western Australia’s Rawlinsons have been a key figure in cost consultancy as well as quantity surveying for Australia’s bustling building industry. HIA speaks to Business Manager Kirsty M...
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Financial planning Fees Insurance
Fixer upper finance
There is nothing more frustrating for you or your client than delays. Don’t let your renovation project face a financial setback – Handypay is here to help.  
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Sustainability Environment Wellbeing
More time for what moves you
We all know you can’t buy happiness but there’s something else you can’t acquire – time. So what if you could have more of both? HOUSING speaks to Ben Silver, co-founder of Benzina Zero, on creating time for what matters most.
Mar 21
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Social media Website How-to
Plugged In: Website success stories
Is your website failing to win over prospective clients? Here are some inside tips from four HIA members whose businesses have attracted website visitors and converted them into customers. 
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Work Health and Safety (WHS) Employee conditions
Why mind over mental health matters
How’s your ‘mental health literacy’? Do you know how to protect your own mental wellbeing, or recognise signs a mate might be in trouble? Dr Grant Blashki from Beyond Blue shares his insights into ways that housing professionals c...
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Construction Inspiration Workmanship
The Light Choice
The HIA Housing team talk to Isuzu light truck owners about their experience with their vehicle and how the dealer network and HIA relationship helped seal the deal.
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Inspiration Innovation Residential
David Reid Homes: How to build your business
David Reid Homes is positioned in the luxury home building market throughout Australia – and becoming a franchisee is a great way to fast track your business.
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Expenses Financial planning
Getting back on the horse
The 2021-22 Federal Budget will be announced on Tuesday 11 May. What can we expect for residential building?
Nov 21
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Administration Financial planning
When equity opportunity knocks
As the industry murmurings around renovation and regional investment grow into a roar, the key to getting on board may just lie in leveraging today’s low interest rates to borrow or refinance.
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Design Inspiration Installation
Do your clients want a pool? Take the Plungie!
As more clients add a pool to the list of must-haves, expensive and labour-intensive installations are being abandoned. Precast pools are more than just a fast, easy and cost-effective solution. They exude style, luxury and insta-...
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Apprentice Hiring
Paving the way
For school leavers and young workers, beginning a career path is challenging. When extra help is needed, HIA is here to lend a hand.
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Employee conditions Human Relations (HR) Work Health and Safety (WHS)
Mentally healthy workplaces
From Beyond Blue’s Lead Clinical Advisor - Dr Grant Blashki
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Apprentice Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Safety
Making sensei
HIA and icare NSW join forces to help reduce the high rates of injury among young - and often tentative – workers and apprentices who work on construction sites.
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Having the hard conversations
Mental illness is having a devastating impact on the lives of housing professionals, their colleagues and their families. But by working collectively to challenge cultural norms, and support ourselves and our mates, we can effect ...
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People

Apprentice Awards Construction
Going places
One of the building industry’s most promising apprentices started out at a young age, his love for design and construction only growing alongside his abilities. Meet Brayden Burgess, the 2022 HIA Jim Brookes Australian Apprentice ...
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GreenSmart Environment Sustainability
Green Guru
Janine Strachan, 2021 HIA Australian GreenSmart Professional award winner, looks at the shift in sustainable housing during her career and reveals why she’s so passionate about it.
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Wellbeing Work Health and Safety (WHS) Mental health
Taking a stand
Sometimes our start in life can inhibit our ability to succeed. For one prime soccer player and business owner, he had to master his own direction to score goals - on his own terms.
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Inspiration Innovation Social media
When instinct meets innovation
With his roots firmly locked in travel, tech and entrepreneurship, Gus Balbontin shares his business know-how following decades of work with companies both big and small. 
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Inspiration Awards Construction
Taking care of business
As co-owner and office manager of Highwater Homes, Elizabeth Searle is enjoying a double celebration this year with her business’s 10-year anniversary and her win of the 2021 HIA Australian Business Partner award.
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Business operations Construction Planning
Industry insiders
HOUSING spoke with our insiders about the issues that may affect the residential building industry as we move into 2021, and how they are navigating the impact of the pandemic.
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Sustainability Inspiration Innovation
Race for zero waste
The building industry is responsible for over 40% of the waste created in Australia. One woman is transforming some of this waste into sustainable building products – welcome to the materials revolution. 
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Design Inspiration
Wellbeing warrior
After overcoming mental illness and coping with the suicide of her plumber brother, this community nurse now supports and guides others who have mental health issues.
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Design Inspiration
Dynamic duo
HIA’s new National President Alwyn Even and Vice-president Debbie Johnson are renowned for their business acumen but their passion for building.
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Design Inspiration
Black book of secrets
Renowned for his daring designs, Sydney architect Scott Weston reveals inside tips to help builders, designers and craftspeople work together seamlessly. Photos: Nicholas Watt
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Design Construction Innovation
Open and agile
HIA award-winning interior designer Jasmine McClelland is one to take new challenges, pursuing her creative flair all the way into a housing industry.
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Inspiration Human Relations (HR)
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.
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Construction Planning Inspiration
Master of illusion
How does a design professional go about creating a custom home with liveable solutions? For Robert Kirkovski of Rural Building Co, it’s all about flexible thinking to create a forever space.
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Sustainability Environment
Green for the mainstream
How do you plan and build an affordable, water-wise, energy-efficient home? Environmental scientist and media professional Dr Josh Byrne has the right green guide to help.
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Residential
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.
Feb 21
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Innovation Construction Staffing
Industry Insiders
With 2022 approaching, five industry leaders look at the complex issues and challenges affecting our members now – and in the future. 
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Better living

Mental health Work Health and Safety (WHS) Wellbeing
Mindfulness over matter
A respected mindfulness and meditation coach can teach anyone – be it a carpenter or a CEO – the value of mental health.
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Employee conditions Construction Work Health and Safety (WHS)
Having the hard conversations
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Inspiration Outdoor Wellbeing
Gold Coast's new wave
From Surfers Paradise to Coolangatta, the Gold Coast has been beautifully revitalised, bringing a new sense of panache to this cruisy coastal strip.
Dec 21
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Outdoor Mental health Inspiration
Freedom to Torque
While extensive travel is off the cards, for now, when it comes time to put down the tools, how about bursts of adventures in your own backyard, with a cool link to legacy? 
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