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You don't have to spend money on calling in a handyman to do simple fixes or taking furniture and other household items to be repaired. Learn how to solve common problems around the home and repurpose tools and materials in creative ways. Think outside the square to save time and money.
It's a lot easier than you think to make your furniture from scratch. Have the pieces cut by the supplier or measure up and do it yourself to assemble coffee and dining tables, sofas, storage boxes and more. You can make pieces to suit the size of your rooms and finish them to match the style of your home.
The timber deck is an outdoor living staple and an easy way to add value to your home. Modern decks are designed as an extension of indoor living spaces and take many shapes and forms. If you're building a new deck or renovating an existing one, we have tons of inspiration and step-by-step projects.
Whether it's a bench in the garage or a shed dedicated to DIY a workshop needs to be organised to be efficient. Make workbenches, shelving and wall-mounted racks to store tools and keep them near to hand. Use storage bins and labelled containers to keep hardware and other small items sorted.
Get your home in tip-top shape with our simple, step-by-step guides to cleaning and decluttering. Learn foolproof techniques to bust grime and indoors and out, the best products on the shelves and how to make your own green cleaners. Plus banish stains and clutter without fuss.
One of the busiest rooms in the house, the bathroom is also usually the smallest and is expensive to gut and renovate. Find out how to cost the bathroom reno and design a layout that maximises the space. Plus check out our bathroom fixes and DIY cosmetic upgrades to save money.
Update your lounge and dining areas to improve your lifestyle and add value to your home. We show you how to make big changes like installing French doors and laying new flooring, plus take care of small DIY jobs like wall-mounting a TV. Get the...
Whether you're buying a brand new home or an investment property, or planning to borrow money to renovate, we can help you get your finances on track. Plus, follow our expert guides to flipping houses as a profession, renovating your place to sell or add long-term value, and boosting kerb appeal.
Set the mood with lighting. Choose the best types of lighting for each space, from downlights in living areas to a pendant light over a dining table. Install task lighting in kitchens and bathrooms, and use lamps as both functional and decorative items. Plus find out how to be more energy efficient.
Give furniture a new lease of life with our easy step-by-step projects. Learn how to sand, paint and stain tables, chairs, bookshelves, beds, cabinets and more. Repair cracks in timber, patch old veneer, reupholster chairs, and replace knobs or handles to update hand-me-down or secondhand pieces.
You don't need to hire an interior designer to make your home beautiful. We share advice from the experts so you can create a space that works for your decorating taste and budget. With just little know-how you can make your home a functional place that is also a pleasure to be in.
Celebrate the holidays and special occasions with DIY decorations. Deck out your home for Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Australia Day, birthdays and parties with our simple step-by-step decorating and craft projects. And make special gifts for Mother's Day and Father's Day.
From a tool shed to a greenhouse or a guest cabin we give you step-by-step instructions on how to build what you need in the backyard. With tools and materials lists you can take to the hardware store and diagrams for reference, you'll find it simple to give outdoor areas a DIY upgrade.
Living with a pet is rewarding but they need looking after. We give you advice on how to choose an animal companion and the facts about pet insurance. Plus how to build a doghouse step by step, what you need to raise chickens in the backyard and the best ways to pet-proof your home and garden.
A swimming pool turns the backyard into a mini resort. Get info on putting in a new pool or renovating an old one, plus follow our guides on keeping the water crystal clear without calling in the pros, what to plant poolside, how to lay paving as a surround and installing a safety fence DIY.
Upgrade your lifestyle by extending your living spaces to the outdoors, keeping all the style and comfort of the indoors. You can create an outdoor room to use for cooking, eating or relaxing, or one for all three. Get tips on designing and styling these space plus DIY advice on how to makeover and maintain them.
How does your garden grow? We show you how to make the most of your space whether it's a big backyard or a compact courtyard. Learn tips and techniques for planting, pruning, propagating and more. Follow our easy step-by-step projects and be inspired by great design ideas you can try at home.
Keep the garden in leaf and bloom all year with our seasonal guides on what to grow and when to sow. With just a little planning you can enjoy the sight and smell of flowers during every month of the year. Get planting for blooms you can enjoy in the ground, in pots and out, or as cut flowers.
From windowsill herbs to a kitchen garden our step-by-step growing guides make it easy to raise fresh food at home. You can have a tomato plant in a pot, rows of vegies in the ground or a mini orchard of citrus trees. Learn when to sow, transplant, water, feed and prune to harvest crops year-round.