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With over half the population under lockdown restrictions across multiple states in Australia, the outlook is grim for the rest of the year as the crisis deepens across all business sectors. Victoria has now crossed a grim milestone of 200 lockdown days since the beginning of 2020. As resilient as any business or industry can be, it is impossible to be immune to such a globally catastrophic event. (more…)

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In our last article, we discussed the impending supply chain crisis and how that can start to cause major havoc and disruptions to many sectors, in particular the construction industry. The rippling effects of the supply chain disruptions are now well underway with many builders feeling the painful pinch of having to honour fixed price contracts whilst basic materials such as timber skyrocket in prices. (more…)

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We are at crossroads and within an arm’s length to falling off a cliff towards the disparity between supply and demand of raw materials. The stimulus-fuelled demand for real-estate and straining supply chain as disruptions continue to pose challenges globally is coming up to an almighty squeeze as raw materials are being depleted at a rapid rate. This will have a significant impact on various industries with the construction industry being the centre-piece of the crisis. (more…)

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Crossing paths with tradies is unavoidable, whether you are actioning renovations or building a new house. How to find and identify a good one is another story altogether. Let us explore and share some useful tips on how to identify and tell which ones are better fit. (more…)

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As we approach a COVID-normal summer in Australia whilst the rest of the world struggles to contain their winter outbreaks in the northern hemisphere, the chances of Australians having a COVID-normal Christmas is increasingly likely thanks to our brutal but effective suppression strategy. This also means that businesses in the building and construction industries are beginning to go back to semi-normal operations, after a year like no other in recent history. (more…)

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As Victoria ease out of lockdown with extreme caution, the outlook and sentiment is somewhat confused and contradictory. Whilst house prices in Melbourne have softened by average of around 5% in the last quarter, many affordable pockets around greater Melbourne have surged in demand and pricing, due to its relative affordability. (more…)

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As we descend into another lockdown period of 6-weeks with the Pandemic looking like it will get worse before it gets better, many of us are left grappling what other surprises the remainder of 2020 will throw at us. The inevitable financial cliff at the end of September is just one of the things on everyone’s minds. What kind of position are you in? Do you have financial stability to be able to take advantage of downturn round 2? (more…)

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With the arrival of 2020, we brace for another eventful yet exciting year ahead. The year of 2020 will see some of the interior trends stay and mature while others move out of fashion. Below are some of top trends to watch for this year, whether you are building a new home or renovating an existing space. (more…)

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After an unchanged official cash rate since 2016, the RBA has just announced a rate cut of 25 basis points.

What does this mean for you? The answer is, it is good news for most. Whether you are a business, real-estate agent, exporters or property owners, the rate cut will put extra cash savings back into your pocket. Although with a rate drop it may improve housing affordability, it will not make a huge difference as prices has already been on a down-wards trend.

Whilst the rate drop may stabilise the real-estate economy, it still makes selling in the immediate future grim due to how much prices have dropped already in the last 24 months. The extra cash savings however will produce a nice buffer and extra budget to action more of those renovations that are months or years overdue. What better time to do renovations than when:

– You have extra cash savings from your existing mortgage due to the rate cut
– Contractors have a lot more availability due to the current housing down-turn
– House prices are slowly stabilising however are still in a dipped state

As with every change, there are always losers. In this case, the savers who has cash in a savings account will be feeling the rate cut in a negative way. Property prices stabilising may also spell trouble for First Home Buyers in terms of affordability especially in major cities like Melbourne and Sydney where current prices are already out of reach of many.

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As we move swiftly into 2019, another year comes together with all the new year resolutions that we promise ourselves to embark on between now and 2020. 2019 is going to be an interesting year for all of us, with much happening around the world.
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Whether it’s a renovation or a new house, one of the the most challenging to design for is the bathroom. It is often the area with the minimum amount of space and lighting with the most number of necessities to cram in.

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Have you ever wanted to let your imagination run wild and see how various aspects of your house will look with different material? Advancements in software technologies and 3D rendering means that conceptual ideas and reality has never been so close to each other.

Various modelling software such as SketchUp makes it a relatively painless experience to conceptualise your ideal kitchen or bathroom prior to renovation work; no more excuses for not knowing how things will turn out anymore as advanced modelling can pretty accurately visualise what previously was just pure imagination.

Stuck for ideas? Here are the most popular ones to give you a jump-start:

  • Over-sized / Dual showers with a large shower screen – magnify that space and never cramp in a small confined cubicle again.
  • Kitchen splashback colour – matching your splashback to your kitchen theme is extremely important; pick the right colour to match and the glass splashback will look clean, modern and elegant.
  • Lucky enough to have a swimming pool in your backyard? Enhance the beautiful colour of the water in the pool with minimalistic but strong glass fencing.
  • 2-storey house? Make your stairs stand out and your corridor open-up with a classy glass stair case.

Do not confine yourself and think outside the box. Glass is ideal to use in many different places around your home; take advantage of its inherent unique properties hard to find in other substituting materials.

If you are still not sure about how or where glass can help, get in touch with Simply Frameless and we will be more than happy to assist where we can.

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Have your eye on a bathroom renovation or designing your brand new house and need some ideas? Check out these popular ideas that will hopefully give you some fresh new ideas on bathrooms styles that last 2018 and beyond.

The trend of late for homes have been increasingly open and modern to give the spacious and sophisticated feeling. Bathrooms are no exception to this and, much like the kitchen, we like our space and feeling of a beautifully large and modern area.

Some factors essential in achieving the modern and spacious effects to consider are the height of the roof, colour, placement of mirrors and the use of glass. Without actually increasing the size of your bathroom, these components have a powerful ability in influencing how space is perceived and can magnify even a tight space if used correctly.

Oversized Bathroom Tiles are widely used and trendy as it gives a more positive perception of space compared to smaller conventional tiles which seem tightly mapped and crowded. Larger tiles are also a lot easier to clean which is a big deal when it comes to bathrooms as this is the place where they will be continually exposed to moisture and water. Choose a modern colour matching other components of the bathroom to get that perfect modern look and feel.

Glass with Timber Combo; the ageless combo. And this isn’t exclusively coming into trend in 2018, it has already been widely used previously. This combination never seems to get old and is the perfect look in almost all parts of the house including the bathroom. Magnify and stress the beautiful timber and wooden elements of your bathroom as well as other parts of the house by positioning glass elements in front, behind or on top of element viewing angles.

Ceiling Showers have been used extensively in luxury hotels and resorts world-wide. Why not give yourself the feeling of luxury at home by implementing ceiling showers? Not only is the feeling of water coming down from overhead enjoyable, it is also elegant and a space saver.

Catch onto these trends in 2018 and make sure you future-proof the bathroom of your dreams!

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As we enjoy booming prices of properties in Melbourne, more and more signs are pointed at market corrections and decrease in prices for both houses and apartments in 2018. What does this mean for you as property developers?

With the trend of property prices looking increasingly likely that it has peaked, many of us are bracing ourselves for a dip / correction, which may translate to slower market sales in 2018.

With the market slowly shifting in favour of the buyers, property developers need to ensure projects that are set to kick off in 2018/2019 are top notch all-round. In an increasingly competitive market the quality of the finished product is more important than ever before. Buyers’ expectations will be high and the quality can potentially influence buyers to sway for or against your product.

Ensuring maximum quality in design and build will boost buyer confidence.
Do not take an unnecessary risk, get in touch with us today to see how we can help you with all your frameless glass and mirror needs.

Happy Australia Day weekend from the team at Simply Frameless.