Home, garden renovations, killing dead space in your home

Killing dead space in your home should be at the top of your to-do list, now that summer is coming to an end.

That’s the opinion of one of Australia’s most popular garden experts, Melissa King, from Channel 7’s Better Homes and Gardens, with a majority of Aussies looking for the best way to improve their homes.

With life in something of a holding pattern due to COVID-19 restrictions, online tradie platform hipages said the demand for tradies had doubled based on year-on-year figures.

Builders and real estate agents also said they can’t keep up with the clamour for the newest must-have status symbol: a cool pool.

“It’s been amazing to watch for me in the industry to see people embrace the home and garden like they have,” Ms King said.

“You want to make the most of your pool all year round with heating options … and also look at integrating them seamlessly into the landscape.

“People want their houses to be much more than a home, they want it to be a haven and a retreat.

“And this is about making the most of those areas you don’t make the most of, or simply don’t use.

“Including garden areas, those small courtyard areas. It will change the way you enjoy your garden and your home.”

A pool can change how you use your garden and your whole home. It becomes the heart of everything.

That’s where the relaunched At Home magazine comes in.

From today, At Home, with its new national section, joins real estate as a flipbook magazine, delivering cover to cover property news and inspiration to build your dream life.

“Our homes have become very much a retreat and a resort, but also a place where we can go about our working lives,” At Home editor Kelly Baker said.

“It’s been a dramatic realignment for many over the past year and it presents incredible opportunities.

Improving our home isn’t just about improving our lifestyle, it can also add considerable value to our most important asset.

“That’s what At Home is all about: bringing you everything you need to know, and the inspiration and motivation, to reinvent, reimagine or to simply just tweak your home.”

At Home features expert talent from around the country who will help inspire and inform readers on core themes; building, renovating, gardening and decorating.

“We’re making a big splash in our launch issue with star-powered help from landscape designer Charlie Albone – former host of Selling Houses Australia – and his role as a judge in our exclusive list of Australia’s 100 Cool Pools,” Ms Baker said.

“COVID-19 has changed the way we live and the way we want to live, and though life won’t be ‘back to normal’ for quite a while, that doesn’t mean we can’t make the most of it.”

Don’t miss our new look At Home magazine with your newspaper today (Saturday February 13) on online At Home.

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