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  • 2021 How much does a metal pergola cost?

    Posted 2021-09-14 05:00:00 by: bossgate

    There was a time when most people snubbed metal pergolas in favour of timber pergolas. That time has passed, as metal pergolas today are stylish and come in a range of colours, making them a popular choice over traditional timber pergolas. If you're considering a metal pergola for your home, you're probably wondering how much does a metal pergola cost? Read this guide to find out: Why choose a metal pergola?  How much does a metal pergola cost? Cost to install a metal pergola Choosing the perfect pergola Custom pergola or kit? Can I build a pergola myself? Do I need council approval for a pergola? Getting quotes from pergola builders Why choose a metal pergola? If you imagine metal pergolas to be a featureless pergola made with galvanised steel, you've only seen the most basic styles. Metal pergolas today come in a range of powder coated colours, designs and sizes, and can be a stylish addition to your yard. A pergola can have benefits all year round. It can provide shade that keeps the house cooler in summer. In winter, a pergola gives you a place to enjoy the outdoors even when it's raining. It can be the perfect spot for a barbecue and you don't have to rely on good weather to enjoy a barbecued meal. A metal pergola is an inexpensive way to improve your home and it will add value if you decide to sell your home later. As a bonus, a metal pergola is easy to maintain. Just wash it down if it gets dirty. There's no need to refinish it every few years as you would have to do with a timber pergola. How much does a metal pergola cost?* Metal pergola costs can vary depending on the size of your pergola, the type of roof you have and whether you choose a custom build or pergola kit. At the lower end of the scale, a small 3 metre deep by 6 metre long metal pergola can cost around $1800, or $100 per square metre. This type of pergola will have a flat roof and come in kit form. For comparison, a timber kit of the same size ...

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  • 2021 How much does a flat pack kitchen cost?

    Posted 2021-09-13 23:00:00 by: bossgate

    If you're looking for a cost-effective way to renovate your kitchen, consider flat pack kitchens. This is because flat pack kitchens cost less than a pre-assembled or custom kitchen and can be just as high quality. The average cost of a flat pack kitchen can be anywhere from $2000 to $14,000, depending on the size of your kitchen and what manufacturer you opt for, but there can be other costs involved too. Read this guide to find out about: Types of flat pack kitchens Why choose a flat pack kitchen? Planning your flat pack kitchen How much does a flat pack kitchen cost? How much does a flat pack kitchen cost to install? How much does an IKEA kitchen cost? Does my flat pack kitchen installer need to be licensed? Getting quotes from flat pack kitchen installers Types of flat pack kitchens Flat pack kitchens may be modular/off the shelf kitchens or made to measure, depending on the supplier. In Australia, leading flat pack kitchen brands include Bunnings, IKEA, Freedom and Kaboodle. All produce modular/off the shelf kitchens with cabinets and cupboards in a range of standard sizes. Some may be customised with your choice of fixtures or materials. Other suppliers will manufacture flat pack cabinetry to order, based on your measurements. A made to measure flat pack kitchen costs more. Why choose a flat pack kitchen? Flat pack kitchens are faster to install and considerably cheaper than a custom kitchen. Depending on the size and quality of the kitchen you choose, a flat pack kitchen could help you to save anywhere from 20% to 50% on the price of a custom kitchen. Home renovators often shy away from flat pack kitchens because they're worried about poor construction and limited design options, but these kitchens have come a long way in recent years. Flat pack kitchen designs now offer more options for customisation, so you can choose from a range of cabinet facings, benchtop materials and cabinet hardware and materials, as well as fancy ...

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  • 2021 How much does it cost to install downlights?

    Posted 2021-09-13 23:00:00 by: bossgate

    Thinking of installing downlights? Downlights can add more light or change the mood of a space, and are a popular option if you have the right ceiling. In order to install downlights, holes have to be drilled into your ceiling to house them, and the wiring fed and connected to a wall switch. While you can change lightbulbs and purchase downlights yourself, you will still have to hire an electrician to install them. Replacing or retrofitting halogen downlights with LED downlights is an increasingly popular option, with energy savings and longevity being the obvious drawcards. Read this guide to find out more about: Why install LED lighting? How much do downlights cost? How much does it cost to install downlights? Downlight running costs Downlight safety Hiring an electrician Getting quotes for downlight installation Why install LED lighting? In some cases, people replace overhead lighting with downlights or replace existing halogen downlights with more energy efficient LEDs. LED lighting has been widely adopted for a number of reasons, including: - Being extremely energy efficient (up to 85% cheaper to run than an incandescent bulb) - Producing relatively little heat compared to halogen bulbs, making it safer for use in ceiling cavities - Having impressive longevity How much do downlights cost?* When you're installing new downlights, the first step is to determine if your existing downlights are 240V (GU10) or 12V (MR16). This will determine what type of LED bulb you need to buy. You can buy downlight kits that include the bulb, driver, fitting, lead and plug. Some typical prices are: $18 for a 12W downlight kit (single unit, low profile and dimmable) $25 for a 13W LED downlight kit (single unit, dimmable) Expect LED lights to come with a 5 year warranty and last up to 50,000 hours. How much does it cost to install downlights?* When electricians give you a quote to install downlights, they will generally base their quote on the ...

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  • 2021 How much does ducted gas heating cost?

    Posted 2021-09-13 23:00:00 by: bossgate

    If you're thinking about installing a heating system in your home, consider installing ducted gas heating. Clean, safe and cost-effective, gas has many advantages over electricity, but how much does ducted gas heating cost to install and run? Read this guide to find out about: Advantages of ducted gas heating Ducted gas heating running costs How much does ducted gas heating cost to install? Getting quotes for ducted gas heating Environmental considerations with ducted gas heating Advantages of ducted gas heating If you're debating between different ways to heat your home, it's important to consider the initial supply and installation costs as well as the long-term running costs. All things considered, you will probably find that gas is a better choice than electricity for several reasons, namely: Lower installation costs Lower running costs Reduced greenhouse emissions Ducted gas heating is a whole home heating solution that will be customised to your home and your preferences. The main heating unit may be installed outside, in the loft or under the floor, with outlets and ducts hidden inside floors and ceilings where they don't take up vital space. Ducted gas heating running costs* Many people switch from electric to gas heating to reduce heating costs, and it's easy to see why. Ducted gas heating systems can be used with either natural gas or LPG, and while LPG is more expensive than natural gas, it's still cheaper than electricity. Electricity rates are based on kilowatt hours (kWh), while most gas rates are based on megajoules per hour (MJ/h). When MJ/h rates are converted to kWh, a clear comparison emerges. Rates and tariffs will vary, but typically: Electricity costs an average of 30 cents per kWh to run LPG running cost is around 17–20 cents per kWh Natural gas costs about 11–15 cents per kWh to run For an idea of what this can mean for your energy bills, heating a 170 square metre home can ...

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  • 2021 How much does pergola roofing cost?

    Posted 2021-09-13 23:00:00 by: bossgate

    When you're having a pergola built or assembling a pergola kit, one of the most important considerations is the roof. A pergola roof can be a major part of the cost of a pergola, so you'll naturally want to know how much a pergola roof costs. Here's what you need to know about: How much does pergola roofing cost? Types of pergola roofing materials Pergola roofing profiles Getting quotes from pergola builders How much does pergola roofing cost?* The cheapest pergolas come without roofs, but adding a roof will give you shade and shelter from the elements and make your pergola useable all year round. When you're calculating pergola roofing cost, you need to account for the cost of materials and labour to install it. The cost of pergola roofing per metre largely depends on the material you choose. Expect to pay around: $16–$23 per metre for polycarbonate roofing $18 per metre for Colorbond or zincalume roofing $24 per metre for double-sided Colorbond roofing Other options include: Thatch roofing from $14–$22.50 per sheet Shade sails from $150 for a 3m x 5m rectangular sail Pergola builders charge $45–$60 per hour, depending on rates where you live. Read more: Council approvals for building a pergola Types of pergola roofing materials* There's more to consider than cost alone when choosing pergola roof materials. You also need to consider how well they will stand up to the elements and whether they match the rest of your pergola, your home and your landscaping. Pergolas can have conventional roofs similar to a house, including tiles, but most pergolas today are made with low to moderately priced roofing materials designed specifically for pergolas, patios and other structures that don't have ceilings to conceal the underside of the roof. A few of the most popular materials include: Polycarbonate roofing Polycarbonate roofing can be as clear as glass, opaque or block light completely. A drawback ...

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  • 2021 How much does landscape architecture cost?

    Posted 2021-09-13 23:00:00 by: bossgate

    How much does landscape architecture cost? It's not an easy question to answer. Landscape architects quote prices according to the scale of the project. Better known landscape architects will charge more than those who are just starting out. We look at a variety of landscapes and the approximate costs. Landscape architecture design costs Hiring a landscape architect to supervise a project Choosing a landscape architect Landscape architecture design costs It is possible to have a landscape architect prepare a design only. At the low end of the scale, a landscape architect might charge $80-$150 per hour for this service. At the higher end of the scale, a landscape architect might charge $120-$150 per hour.  They work out their rates according to the time they estimate the garden design will take them and their level of expertise. A landscape architect who is starting their business will be at the lower end of the scale. An established landscape architect will be at the higher end of the scale.  Another way a landscape architect may work out design charges is to calculate the scope of the project and charge accordingly. They do this because one job can be quite simple, but another project can be complex, involving many landscaping aspects. For example, on a sloping block, retaining walls may be needed. If water features, structures and other features are needed, these will take longer to design and the cost may be higher. How much will a typical landscape design cost? For a small garden, the fee might be free, if the landscape designer is also going to manage the project. If they are only going to design the garden, the fee can be between $500 and $1500. For a mid-level design, the fee might be between $1500 and $3500. A more complex design for a larger space might cost up to $6500. A large and more complex job might cost $10,000 or more. A landscape architect can discuss your job with you and give a cost estimate or quote. How ...

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  • 2021 How much do kitchen splashbacks cost?

    Posted 2021-09-13 23:00:00 by: bossgate

    Planning on a new kitchen splashback? The good news is that you're spoiled for choice, with a range of splashback materials to suit every kitchen and any budget. But how much do kitchen splashbacks cost? And what are your material options? Let's take a look at the cost of kitchen splashbacks and see what materials are right for your kitchen and your pocket. Read more about: How much does a kitchen splashback cost? Types of kitchen splashbacks Kitchen splashback safety Hiring a splashback installer Does my splashback installer need to be licenced? Getting quotes for kitchen splashback costs How much does a kitchen splashback cost?* Read more: Glass splashback cost  The cost of your new kitchen splashback will depend on several factors, specifically: The material you choose The size of your splashback How many cut-outs you require. The biggest influencer on price will be the material. Expect to pay around: $45–$250 per square metre for tile splashbacks, depending on their quality $230 per square metre for laminate splashbacks $247 per square metre for acrylic splashbacks $300–$350 per square metre for Metaline® splashbacks $330 per square metre for painted clear glass splashbacks $330 per square metre for satin finish stainless steel splashbacks (3.0mm) $390 per square meter for engineered stone splashbacks $420 per square metre for painted Starfire glass splashbacks You can expect to pay anywhere from $450 to $900 for kitchen splashback installation cost, depending on the complexity of your job and the number of cut-outs you splashback requires. Cut-outs are mainly for power points and will cost anywhere from $50 each or more depending on the material. Read more: What is the cost of a kitchen renovation? Types of kitchen splashbacks* Your kitchen splashback doesn't only protect your walls, it can also be a feature of your kitchen, so you should consider more than just price when choosing the ...

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  • 2021 How much does a pool safety inspection cost?

    Posted 2021-09-13 23:00:00 by: bossgate

    In an effort to curb the alarming number of children who drown each year in backyard pools in Australia, state and local governments have tightened pool safety regulations. To ensure compliance, they have mandated that pool safety inspections should be carried out by licensed pool inspectors. When do you need to have an inspection carried out and how much does a pool safety inspection cost? To find out what you need to know, read this guide about: When is a pool safety inspection needed? How much does a pool safety inspection cost? Getting quotes for pool safety inspections What does a pool safety inspection cover? When is a pool safety inspection needed? There are three situations when a pool safety inspection will be required:  After building a new pool  When you sell your home  When you lease or rent your property When selling, the pool safety inspection must be carried out before contract settlement. If this is not possible, a "notice of no pool safety certificate" or its equivalent must be submitted and the certificate must be issued within 90 days of final settlement. If you lease or rent your home, a safety inspection must be carried out every time a new tenant occupies your property. In some cases, such as apartments and condominiums, inspections are required yearly. How much does a pool safety inspection cost?* Your pool safety inspection cost can vary depending on the type of pool fence installation you have and other factors. Services and rates offered by inspection services include: Residential pool safety inspection, including up to two gates: $175–$200 Second inspection (usually if the first inspection reveals alterations are needed to comply with regulations): $120 Pool safety certificate, if your pool complies with regulations: $30–$35 Repeat inspections of shared pools, such as apartment complexes: $150 Large pools and shared pools may incur higher costs up to around $250 Other ...

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  • 2021 Costs of converting a carport to a garage

    Posted 2021-09-13 23:00:00 by: bossgate

    Carports and garages both serve the same basic function – to protect vehicles from the elements. The main differences are that a fully enclosed garage offers better protection and a much greater level of security. If you already have a carport, but feel a garage would serve you better, converting a carport to a garage could be a more cost-effective option than tearing it down and having a garage built from scratch. Read this guide to find out what you need to know about turning a carport into a garage, including: Why convert a carport to a garage? How much does carport to garage conversion cost? How much does cladding cost? Converting carport to garage: step by step Getting quotes from carport builders Alternatives to turning a carport into a garage Why convert a carport to a garage? Carports are cheaper to build than garages, since they usually have no walls, but they do have their limitations. Common reasons for converting carport to garage are: Better protection from the elements Security for vehicles and other contents Storage space for bicycles, sports equipment, garden tools and other objects More harmonious appearance with your house architecture Adding more value to your property While a carport to garage conversion is usually possible, it doesn't come cheap, so you need to consider whether the rewards are worth the investment. Read more: Carport vs garage How much does carport to garage conversion cost?* Converting a carport to a garage is usually around 20% cheaper than building a garage from scratch. The cost to convert a carport to a garage can total $25,000 to $60,000 when using a professional carport builder. This includes all labour and material costs of the project, including: Frame and siding materials Windows Garage door Entry door Electrical installation Permits and approvals Disposal costs You could pay $12,000 to $16,000 for labour alone, or twice as much for a double garage. The cost will be ...

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  • 2021 What's the cost of exposed aggregate concrete?

    Posted 2021-09-13 14:00:00 by: bossgate

    If you're interested in an exposed aggregate finish for your concrete driveway or paving, one of the first questions you'll need to answer is how much does exposed aggregate concrete cost. Exposed aggregate concrete is a popular decorative effect achieved by adding stone to concrete. As well as being attractive, this can give a durable finish to driveways, patios and pathways. You can expect an exposed aggregate finish to cost anywhere from $100 to $150 per square metre, but you need to budget for other costs too. This article will help you to understand: What is exposed aggregate concrete? How much does exposed aggregate concrete cost per square metre? How much does exposed aggregate concrete cost per cubic metre? What factors affect exposed aggregate concrete cost? How is exposed aggregate concrete made? Understanding concrete grades and strengths Ordering exposed aggregate concrete Getting quotes from concreters What is exposed aggregate concrete? Exposed aggregate concrete (also called pebblecrete) has different sized and coloured gravel or stones added (known as aggregate in the trade). This gives the surface more of an interesting texture and appearance, as concrete is typically a neutral grey. Exposed aggregate makes a great surface for cars, which is why exposed aggregate driveways are so popular. Concrete aggregates are available in many different colours and sizes, with the option of choosing contrasting or complementary colours to create a huge range of different effects. Exposed aggregate concrete costs may be given in square metres (m2) or cubic metres (m3). How much does exposed aggregate concrete cost per square metre?* If you're having your concrete professionally installed, expect it to cost anywhere from $100 to $150 per square metre. Compare this to what you could pay for normal class concrete ($60–$85 per m2) or reinforced concrete ($65–$90 per m2). Concreters charge an average of $67.50 per hour, ...

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