Building & Renovating News

Innovative products and ideas to transform your home, from the ground on up.

Modern Farmhouse

Fighting for the forgotten charm of traditional barn doors, Rustica Hardware supplies premium custom-made barn doors and hardware, unlike anything that’s on the market. Each piece is designed and handmade to fit your needs and specifications. Their design identity hinges on valuing true craftsmanship, innovation, quality and style. Now available in Australia, this classic product would suit rural, industral and contemporary spaces with equal appeal.

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Small Parts

Small but with a big personality, BIT PART knows how to make an impact. The handcrafted, architectural door handles, made from high-quality materials, provide a strong sense of style and sophistication. Longevity, sustainability and resolved aesthetics sit at the forefront of BIT PART’s design philosophy so that you can expect pure practicality with a point of difference. The range features a classic colour palette but is teamed with favoured fashion hues, creating a charming geometry and a design style that can be easily adopted to any home. Solid, timeless and minimalistic, each piece within the collection is refined in its beauty.

Hamptons Inspired

Add a fresh look with the Hamptons door by Newport Custom Shutters. Available with either moveable or fixed louvres, these beautiful doors can be customised to suit your spatial requirements, and offer a classic appeal.

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Made in the Shade

The Arizona range by Shutterflex offers a stylish pergola design, combining the strength of powder-coated aluminium with the beauty of a timber look. It’s the perfect choice when you are wanting shade and filtered light.

Alluring Edge

Australia’s most trusted brick and paver company Austral Bricks have exceeded all design expectations with the new Allure collection, which simply oozes opulence. There’s six stunning metallic shades to choose from – evoke a sense of elegance with the midnight shade Ciara or opt for a modern twist on the classic white with Lulu. It’s a building material that is pure sophistication, quality and style. The possibilities are endless.

Renovating 101

Award-winning Queensland home builder, kalka, has launched a dedicated renovation arm – Renovations by kalka, offering Queensland home owners an easy way to renovate with kalka’s in-house design team. From professional advice on floor plans and design, home interiors and exteriors, fixtures, fittings and finishes, they cover the lot. For more information visit

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Natural Warmth

Replicate the look of real timber with the Cognac tiles from Urban Tiles, a warm blend of timber style tiles offering a resilient and maintainence-free surface. They’re suitable for use in all areas of the home, inside and out.

Catch the Breeze

The Safebreeze ventilation panel provides a door or sidelight with ventilation, with a hinged glass door internally, screened with fixed stainless steel protective mesh externally. The system permits air to flow into the house without the need to install unattractive security doors. Safebreeze can be fitted to new or existing doors and is manufactured in Cedar timber grain aluminium, only from Woodworkers.

Innovative New Solar-Powered Awning

The newly launched Photon One Solar Powered Motor for Luxaflex® Evo Awnings and Luxaflex® System 2000 Awnings from Luxaflex Window Fashions is an innovative system and energy-efficient solution that harnesses the power of the sun for its operation, helping to manage the internal temperature of the home without any ongoing expenditure. The motor is powered by a built-in battery pack, which is charged by the sunlight, and operated via remote control. Call 13 LUXAFLEX (13 58 92) or visit

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