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  • Keeping Your Wood Burning Fireplace Working Safely

    There’s nothing like curling up next to a roaring fire. But if you’re burning wood, here are some important safety tips to remember: Chimney Sweeping Not just a Mary Poppins-esque fantasy, having your chimney swept recently is an important part of fireplace maintenance. It’s an important way to keep on top of your creosote build up (see below) and is the most important thing you can do to keep your chimney safe and to prevent chimney fires. Make sure this happens at least every two years- and remember that sweeping services get very busy as Winter approaches so book early!...

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  • Can You Convert Your Fireplace?

    Converting an existing fireplace isn’t just an aesthetic choice! While an older-style wood burning fireplace is lovely, they do require upkeep and having an evening fire means really committing to that fire for the evening. For families with small children or pets, there can also be safety concerns with a traditional fireplace, and so these fireplaces may not be the best option. A modern fireplace has a number of advantages. One is that you can turn them on- or off- as the mood strikes. Outside of Winter, or ‘fire season’, if you strike an especially cool evening, it’s no problem...

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  • The Supreme I30: Sneddon’s Package Offer

    It’s suddenly getting cold in Melbourne and it’s time to get serious about Winter. A lot of older houses have a fireplace which isn’t in use. An open fire can be lovely, but if you have pets, young children or don’t want to devote the time each evening to lighting and tending a fire, inserting a Balanced Flue fireplace into the gap could be your perfect option! And we’ve put together the perfect package to see you right- before Winter really sets in. The Supreme I30 is a Balanced Flue fireplace designed as an insert into existing fireplaces, featuring a...

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  • Choosing a Green Builder- What Questions to Ask

    When you’re looking to build or renovate your home in a sustainable manner, choosing a builder becomes especially important. Because the word ‘green’ is open to interpretation before you begin you need to have some healthy conversation about expectations and outcomes- and make sure this is reflected in all of your documentation and contracting.     Background Research Know what your goals are and how you want these to be met. Having an understanding of green building codes will really help you to make a good decision. Knowing your materials is really important- have an idea of what you’d like...

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  • Woods for Interiors- Arakaria

    Timber is one of the most popular building materials in the home and for good reason – it’s strong, durable and attractive. However, timber can also pose an environmental liability if it is taken from the wrong source. Sustainable management of forests and plantations is the only efficient way to meet our demand for wood. Sustainable timber is timber that has been harvested in an ecologically responsible way. Sustainable timber can be either softwood or hardwood, and it is available in a huge range of species.  Bamboo (technically a grass) is classed as a sustainable hardwood because it grows very...

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