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Housing’s top pick of innovative building products for Autumn 2023

Kerryn Ramsey

Content Writer

Made to evolve

When it comes to building a new property, the availability of water, power and gas are priorities for both builders and property buyers. Nowadays, they include another key element – internet access. Data use on the nbn network has tripled in the past six years. As a result, the need for broadband will reach levels never seen before over the next decade. nbn is committed to building the network of the future, which aims to offer upgrades to support emerging technologies, infrastructure and innovation. This means striving to offer the best technology to deliver fast wholesale speeds through quality fibre with extra capacity built in. Find out how nbn can do more for your build. 

Bookkeeping brilliance

Whether you’re starting out or already growing, Reckon’s small business hub is packed with information to help run your company. Keen to gain an overall snapshot of your company’s finance? Time to learn about basic bookkeeping processes? Ready to nail compliance tasks such as payroll? Then explore Reckon’s resource portal. With tools that boost cash flow and simplify compliance, Reckon creates smart cloud-based software. Explore its suite of complimentary digital guides and comprehensive eBooks on topics such as GST, inventory and hiring staff. And take advantage of the free templates, covering all areas of compliance and small business accounting.

Frame of mind

From open-shelf units and enclosed sliding doors to drawer systems and hinged doors, Hettich’s Cadro range is an innovative aluminum frame system. It consists of different aluminum profiles and connecting nodes that provide an endless scope of possibilities. Available in matte black or stainless steel, the frame system is designed for 16mm shelves, 6mm glass shelves and 4mm glass shelves for display cabinets. The Cadro system is customizable with Hettich’s drawer systems, hinges and sliding systems, such as the award-winning Sensys hinge, SlideLine M sliding door, Actro YOU drawer runner and the AvanTech YOU drawer system.

Under the stars

Perfect for a barbie in the backyard or even an outdoor movie theatre, the powerful Littora 200 loudspeakers can liven up any space. Its three products – OD Sat 5, OD Stone 8 and OD Sub 12 – are sculpturally designed, discreet and provide exceptionally high-quality sound. Produced by the French audio brand Focal, the loudspeakers bring sound to outdoor spaces such as gardens, terraces, pool areas and outdoor kitchens. They’re equipped with a power transformer that allows them to be linked together within a 100V system. The transformer’s power can be adapted to manage the volume of each loudspeaker included in the user’s system.

Holding pattern

When it comes to current wallpaper trends, replicating wood, bricks, panels and tiles is a designer’s delight. ‘Geometric arrangements with monochrome colour schemes offer pattern and routine, bringing a sense of tradition and comfort to rooms,’ says Paula Taylor of Superfresco Easy. Featuring a 3D design, the Superfresco Easy Wooden Panel design brings an element of luxury to any space. These wallpapers can be painted or washed, making them easy to maintain and can be easily removed. All available at Bunnings Warehouse.


From the top 

COLORBOND steel is inspired by the Australian landscape. The beauty in our country’s striking colours, textures and light, and the brutality of its diverse environments, together inform COLORBOND steel’s iconic looks and constantly tested durability. Designed to weather the unique Australian land, COLORBOND steel in a Classic finish provides a low-sheen aesthetic. It’s been installed in an abundance of innovative builds around the country, and provides real longevity and durability. With 22 pale, mid- and deep-toned core colours, and six colours also available in a premium matte finish, COLORBOND steel’s striking colour scheme and design palette are ideal when building a quality residential property.

Refined profiles

The Lysaght ZENITH® cladding range is a favourite with Australian builders, trades and installers. The range provides aesthetically appealing and versatile facades backed by the product quality, technical information and service from one of the market’s leading building products manufacturers. With six attractive profiles shaped from COLORBOND® steel available, there’s a ZENITH roofing or walling product to suit almost any architectural style. Lysaght also provides an extensive range of rainwater goods and flashings to complement the ZENITH range. It’s supported with fully detailed technical design and installation guides, product brochures as well as instructional installation videos – all available online.

Timber Technology

Quick-Step’s new Amato range is the world’s first collection of watertight timber flooring. This means that its engineered timber floors can be used throughout the home, even in the kitchen and bathroom. This breakthrough technology is a combination of a surface and edge sealant, preventing water and dirt from penetrating the grain of the surface and the porous joints. Quick-Step Amato will hold its natural look for years, even when installed in high-traffic areas that require frequent cleaning. In addition, even the most stubborn dirt can be quickly removed using nothing more than a damp cloth.

Back pain usually affects the lower back, but it can occur anywhere along the spine. It can be short-term, lasting a few days or weeks, or, for some people, is a long-term condition. Many people will have some form of back pain at some stage in their lives. When joining Bupa Corporate, partnered by HIA, you’ll feel the difference with 100 per cent back on your first massage, physio and chiro service at Bupa recognised providers depending on your cover, up to yearly limits*. And don’t forget Bupa Health Management benefits, including benefits towards some of the costs of gym memberships, personal training and mole mapping at Bupa recognised providers^.

* 100% back is available on one visit with any registered provider for massage, physiotherapy and chiropractic services each year. The eligible services are determined by your specific Extras cover. The benefits paid for a visit count towards your annual limit. Excludes physiotherapy classes and group sessions, and chiropractic X-rays. Waiting periods, fund and policy rules apply.

* Eligibility criteria, yearly limits, waiting periods, fund and policy rules apply. Your eligibility for these benefits will depend on your cover.

Screen time

While Signature Prints has been renowned for its hand-screen printed wallpapers, it now offers a curated range of printed roller blinds. Partnered with leading designers and institutions such as the Australian Museum of Design, the firm has released the Novus Textiles ranges, offering more than 7500 hand-drawn Australian designs. Produced with the latest HP latex printer, the roller blinds utilise excellent print clarity and abrasion resistance. Novus Textiles ranges also provide light filtering and block-out options to fit all window sizes.

Home grown surfaces

Renowned as one of the leading producers of sintered stone surfaces in Europe, Neolith is now accessible in Australia through a new distribution centre in Melbourne. ‘This is a real breakthrough,’ says Neolith CEO José Luis Ramón. ‘The new centre reflects the demand for our products in the Australian market across multiple applications, especially kitchens, bathrooms and interior design decoration.’ Emulating earthy tones, Neolith surfaces are resistant to heat, stains and scratches. In addition, all ranges are manufactured in carbon-neutral conditions and made from 100 per cent natural materials. 

Cleaning up

Whether it’s the result of a major flooding disaster or the usual instances of dirt and debris onsite, a wet and dry vacuum is a versatile tool for tackling clean-ups. With the capacity to clean solid and liquid waste, from drains and spills to dust and scraps, DeWalt’s range offers durability thanks to its hardwearing polyurethane. That’s why these wet and dry vacuums are light and easy to manoeuvre. It’s available in various sizes – from the compact and portable 15L model to the 61L design which features a powerful 1400W motor.

First published on 22 Feb 2023

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