The home buyers with a pathway to cut energy bills by 20 per cent

The home buyers with a pathway to cut energy bills by 20 per cent

Retrofitting a home to make it more energy efficient can be harder than expected. Here’s one way to make it easier to upgrade over time.

  • byKate Burke

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Not so sweet:Portarlington locals say they are chocablock with development

Not so sweet:Portarlington locals say they are chocablock with development

A chocolate factory may not seem like an obvious symptom of a town undergoing rapid change but a proposal to build one on the outskirts of Portarlington has raised eyebrows among locals.

  • byTom Cowie
‘Gross overdevelopment’:Amber Symond’s in legal fight over Potts Point reno

‘Gross overdevelopment’:Amber Symond’s in legal fight over Potts Point reno

The wife of one of Australia’s richest men has launched legal action over her multimillion-dollar renovation plans,which neighbours say will have an impact on their privacy,views and the heritage of the area.

  • byAndrew Taylor
Golden triangle icon receives a fancy facelift

Golden triangle icon receives a fancy facelift

The Claremont Hotel’s management is teasing punters with sparse information at this stage,but they say a new selection of spaces will be perfect for “footy with a parmi and pint” and “Saturday brunch or a cheeky Sunday session.”

  • byElliahn Blenkinsop
As govt mulls granny flat rentals,council says communities must have say

As govt mulls granny flat rentals,council says communities must have say

Meanwhile,emergency housing body Q Shelter says experts in affordable housing are needed to guide the best ideas to improve housing affordability.

  • byTony Moore
Turning mountains of landfill into the ultimate renovation rescue
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Turning mountains of landfill into the ultimate renovation rescue

Football fields worth of good furniture and household items were going to landfills. Now they’re being used to turn houses into homes.

  • byJulie Power
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As the clock ticks,cost of South Freo power station redevelopment rises

As the clock ticks,cost of South Freo power station redevelopment rises

Curtin University Professor Abhijit Mukherjee is confident the power station can be repaired:“We have the technology.”

  • byHamish Hastie
‘Difficult trade-offs’:Sydney neighbourhoods with the most heritage homes

‘Difficult trade-offs’:Sydney neighbourhoods with the most heritage homes

Heritage listings create economic value for homeowners in some suburbs but can prevent more housing being built in some sought-after neighbourhoods.

  • byNigel Gladstone andTawar Razaghi
‘Excessive’ apartment plans rejected,as one of the city’s worst eyesores lives on

‘Excessive’ apartment plans rejected,as one of the city’s worst eyesores lives on

A planning application for apartments in a 13-storey tower on the site of the dilapidated former Cancer Council offices was rejected as being too tall for Carlton.

  • byTom Cowie
Inside the boardroom fight that could kill off a new Melbourne suburb

Inside the boardroom fight that could kill off a new Melbourne suburb

A handful of people running for the Melbourne Racing Club board might scupper plans for what could be the single biggest housing development in Melbourne.

  • byClay Lucas
Crowded house(s):Can New Zealand’s planning reforms show Sydney the way?

Crowded house(s):Can New Zealand’s planning reforms show Sydney the way?

Across the ditch,the national government has given big-city councils a mandate to significantly increase housing density.

  • byMichael Koziol