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BuildHer Collective

Kribashini and Rebeka from BuildHer Collective chatting about all things building and renovating and everyday people making their mark in the building industry.

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It’s one of the many facts of life - the never-ending pile of dirty washing! The laundry is often the least favourite room in a house and understandably, we want to minimize time spent in there. But, you can actually style your laundry to be a beautiful, functional, and efficient space that you love walking into every day. In today’s episode, Rebeka and special guest, Tamara, chat about the set-up of their all-important laundries. Between them, they have 11 children and, as you can imagine, a tonne of washing! They’ve both had to become very efficient and organised in planning their washing, storage, and instilling routines in their children. They talk about Tamara’s renovation that cut into her laundry room, and the ideal solution she found to save on space. Rebeka talks about her love for organisation and how she utilises her hampers for different types of clothes. She even has a Samsung washer and dryer that sends her a text message when the cycles are complete! Now that’s systemised.Storage is very important in a laundry and something you can play around with to find the best solution for your family. Think about the flow of your house and the way the activity moves through your home. By systemising processes and organising the bits and pieces, you’ll be able to accomplish more in less time and get everything on your to-do list done. LINKS:Buy our new book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovatingBuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollectiveBuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & BuildRegister for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer

Dec 1

14 min 42 sec

Have you ever worked with a personal coach?We all have a lot going on in our lives and regardless of what’s happening in your career, your family, or your projects, if things are out of balance, it can get really stressful. In this episode, Rebeka chats with her personal coach, Alexandra Andrews, to talk about what exactly a coach does and the type of work she does with Rebeka to help keep her life in balance. Alexandra talks about taking ownership of your state and how you show up in the world instead of reacting out of stress. She and Rebeka chat about not comparing your life or capabilities to anyone else, but defining what brings YOU joy and not just being busy for busy’s sake.It’s certainly a full time of year with Christmas around the corner and if you’ve got any projects going on, that can add a huge amount of stress. Just remember, too much stress can be counterproductive. Think about how you could bring the different areas of your life into a greater balance. And if that’s something you struggle with, get in touch with Alexandra! She’s been a huge help for Rebeka! LINKS:Australia Build OnlineSydney Build ExpoConnect with Alex:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mypersonalcoach/Website: http://mypersonalcoach.com.au/Buy our new book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovatingBuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollectiveBuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & BuildRegister for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer

Nov 24

22 min 12 sec

Our Rathmines project is complete! We DID it!! The South house is now on the market and we are super excited! All of the little features and design techniques have come together to create an absolutely incredible space. In this episode, Kribashini discusses the process of how the design and build were completed and includes some special shout-outs to members of the BuildHer8 Team, John, and Ben Callery. Kribashini took a moment to enjoy the final product and is still amazed by the natural light and stunning views connecting the inside to all of the nature outside. Whenever you’re working on a project, always take time to just sit in your completed product to truly appreciate how much work has gone into it and how far you’ve come. Throughout this venture, we have filmed an in-depth, behind-the-scenes web series that will be released soon. It will include the process of the build, the designing sessions, the members of the BuildHer8 team, how we managed to keep moving forward throughout all of the challenges that arose from covid. We can’t wait to show you - watch this space! LINKS:Australia Build OnlineSydney Build ExpoBuy our new book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovatingBuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollectiveBuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & BuildRegister for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer

Nov 17

14 min 28 sec

We have something very exciting for you in this episode. Kribashini is talking with six members of the BuildHer8 team about their top takeaways from the Rathmines Project. This discussion is an opportunity for everyone to hear about the challenges and wins along the way and what each member has gained from this experience. Kribashini begins by discussing the big learning moments that each member of the team encountered in this journey. Ivy, Alison, Omar, Priscilla, Louise, and Rachel discuss the knowledge, the unique community, and the camaraderie they have found in the BuildHer8 team. We talk about the confidence they have gained to question the tradies and build a thorough understanding of the entire building process, from conception to completion. We finish off with everyone sharing their favourite parts of the build and the final product. You will love hearing their recounts of adored aspects, including the solar panels on the roof, the pool in the backyard, the unique living spaces, and the amazing kitchen! Enjoy!LINKS:Buy our new book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovatingBuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollectiveBuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & BuildRegister for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer

Nov 10

31 min 6 sec

If you’re a homeowner, you likely have a list as long as your arm of stuff that needs to get done around the place. There’s always something to fix, something to clean, something that needs replacing or tidying up. It can feel like a drag but it doesn’t have to take up all your time and energy. We suggest, if you want your place to feel great and look pristine, create a list of maintenance awesomeness! It’s way more fun than a to-do list. In this episode, Rebeka and Kribashini share a list of the top 10 things you should think about doing every year to keep your house in tip-top condition. From cleaning out the gutters to regrouting tiles and tightening up door handles, we’ve got the basics covered and then some. When you’re done, you’ll be amazed at how much difference it makes and how little time it actually takes to have a pristine home. LINKS:Buy our new book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovatingBuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollectiveBuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & BuildRegister for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer

Nov 8

15 min 36 sec

What do you look for in a builder? It’s not quite a marriage, but the client-builder relationship is a fairly significant one. After all, you’re building a dream home together.. you want to make sure you get along well. On the podcast today, Rebeka chats with builder and developer, Koray Kolege, who is the Director of Rubik’s Cubed. With a background in law, and having started his own conveyancing practice, KLG Group, Koray has a great insight into all areas of building.Koray and Rebeka talk about what makes a great client-builder relationship and the important things to consider when you’re on the hunt for the right one. It all comes down to clarity and communication and when you get that right, expectations are well managed and any difficulty can be worked through with relative ease.Koray talks about how he approaches his projects and why he is very selective about who he works with, ensuring that his projects give him a sense of enjoyment and fulfillment. He prides himself in doing the best possible job and has an emotional connection with each project he takes on. Now that’s the kind of builder you want.LINKS:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rubiks__cubed/Website: http://www.rubikscubed.co/KLG Group Conveyancing https://www.klggroup.com.au/Buy our new book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovatingBuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollectiveBuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & BuildRegister for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer

Nov 3

21 min 52 sec

Have you styled a house for sale before?If you have, you’ll know it takes a certain eye and quite a lot of time and effort to get things just right for photos. We have a bit of a fun episode today as Kribashini interviews Rebeka to talk all things styling for sale because, let’s face it, she’s the pro when it comes to getting houses ready for sale. Rebeka gives an update on the Rathmines project and how we’re only weeks away from being ready for sale. After some serious mood boarding, it’s full steam ahead with furniture selection, organising deliveries and making sure all the details come together at the last minute. Rebeka talks about what a stylist is, the different types of roles out there and how styling for a photoshoot is a whole other ball game to styling for an open home. Selling a house is selling the dream lifestyle for your buyer.What is your buyer dreaming of?TOPICS DISCUSSED AND WHEN TO FIND THEM:LINKS:Grab our free guide on the 9 LOW-COST HIGH-LUX BUILDING MATERIALSBuy our new book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovatingBuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollectiveBuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & BuildRegister for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer

Nov 1

16 min 6 sec

When you’re looking to buy a property, it’s incredibly difficult to know who you can trust and which advice to follow. You can’t do it alone. It takes a crew to buy a property and you need to make sure you have the right team supporting you from the beginning.But how do you find them?In this episode, Kribashini is chatting with Veronica Morgan from the Elephant in the Room and The Home Buyers Academy. We are so excited to have Veronica on the show, she is such a wealth of knowledge and experience in the property industry. Veronica delves into the ten steps within the four phases of their home buying guide within The Home Buyers Academy. These four phases consist of Preparation, Action, Commitment, and Execution. Make sure you have a pen and paper handy! These steps are invaluable to ensure you’re following the correct order, find people you trust to build your crew, and are successful in buying your new home.We talk about the crazy hot market that Australia is experiencing right now and how it has impacted the behaviour of home buyers. There is a serious case of FOMO happening resulting in people not performing their due diligence and potentially buying absolute duds! Veronica has written a new book - ‘Auction ready: How to buy a property at auction even though you’re scared s#itless’. This is a must-read property buying guide that includes Veronica’s expert knowledge to secure your new home or investment property. This is an absolute must-read before you raise your hand at any auction! If you’re looking to buy a new property or sell your house, especially in the current market, we really encourage you to listen to Veronica and head over to her website to check out the resources available. LINKS:Resources mentioned: Book: Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman | 9780141033570 | BooktopiaWhere to find Veronica: Veronica’s Book: Auction ready: How to buy property at auction even though you’re scared s#itless The Home Buyers Academy: Home Buyer Academy | Online course and mentoring for the first home buyerFree mini-course: What should you offer on a house or apartment? (homebuyeracademy.com.au)The Elephant in the Room: The Elephant in the RoomBuy our new book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovatingBuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollectiveBuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & BuildRegister for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer

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Oct 27

38 min 33 sec

Is your project getting you down?With so many decisions to make, it can be overwhelming when it’s all on you. But it doesn’t have to be. There is so much help available out there - you just have to ask for it.In this bitesize episode, Kribashini sends out the message that it’s okay to ask for help! It doesn’t mean you’ll be less involved, giving up control, or letting go of the project. We ask for help all the time! It’s a great way to bounce off ideas, get feedback and find a solution to problems you can’t solve by yourself. If you’ve got a project underway or you’re thinking of starting one in the future, have a think about where you might need some input. There are loads of consultants, designers, suppliers, and tradies out there just waiting for your call. It’s okay to ask for help!LINKS:Buy our new book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovatingBuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollectiveBuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & BuildRegister for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer

Oct 25

6 min 18 sec

We love hearing from everyone in our BuildHer community and our next guest is a shining example of what you can accomplish when you have vision, knowledge, passion, and are surrounded by an amazing support network. In this episode, Kribashini is talking with the remarkable Jan Jamonts, a property lawyer from Canberra and a fellow BuildHer. She will share with you her story, the incredible build she accomplished, and her invaluable insights from the process. You’ll always experience some hairy moments during a build, Jan discusses her own experience and provides some great advice to move through these challenges and maintain a successful working relationship. Jan divulges her sensational hot tips for building your next home. We absolutely love all of these because we talk about them in our collective all the time and they’re essential when beginning any new building project. After listening to Jan share her experience, hop on over to our blog to read all about her build and see the spectacular photos of her new house. LINKS:Buy our new book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovatingBuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollectiveBuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & BuildRegister for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer

Oct 20

14 min 17 sec

What in the world is cladding?? In short, it’s the outside of the building and keeps the weather out. BUT it also creates the whole look and feel of your home or project so it’s essential that you choose the correct style and material. When deciding on the best cladding for your house there are a few different options that you need to consider. In this episode, Rebeka runs you through all of the different materials, styles and textures. We explore both lightweight and heavyweight cladding and the benefits of both. Your choice will make an impact on the cost of your build. So, you must consider the cost of each material and the cost of the labour to install it to make an informed decision that’s still in alignment with the theme you’ve chosen. Often you may love it or hate it! Cladding is the first thing we see when we look at a building so it plays such a vital role in setting the whole tone of the structure. These materials may be facing the strength of the sun all day, so Rebeka will run you through the best products and how to use them so they have longevity and weather the way you visualize. Do some homework! When choosing a cladding, go and look at a tonne of buildings to gather a pool of ideas and photos. You’ll be able to find the perfect look and feel for your project, so all you have to do is follow these steps to decide everything else! LINKS:Buy our new book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovatingBuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollectiveBuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & BuildRegister for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer

Oct 18

11 min 51 sec

There’s nothing quite like the timeless elegance of natural stone. If you walk past a gorgeous stone benchtop or vanity, we dare you not to touch it! It’s too beautiful to resist.We’re nearly at the point of ordering stone for our Rathmies project (excited much?!) and we’ve been helped out by our very own seasoned stone expert, Louie from Signorino. He joins Kribashini on the podcast today to talk all things stone.Signorino Stone Gallery is a state of the art showroom in Melbourne. They showcase an enormous collection of natural stone slabs, curating an experience for customers to go on a journey with their stone selection to choose something they absolutely love. In this episode, Louie shares from his 30 plus years in the industry about the variety of stones out there, the difference between natural stone and reconstituted products, knowing what’s right for your project, and the up and coming trends he’s seeing make their way into the showroom. Stone isn’t cheap, but it will last a lifetime. If you’re thinking about using natural stone in one of your projects, Louie shares his 3 tips to help you make the right decision.LINKS:https://www.signorino.com.au/Buy our new book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovatingBuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollectiveBuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & BuildRegister for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer

Oct 13

26 min 20 sec

Hot house vs cold house - this can be such a heated topic (pun intended!) in so many houses because we all have competing comfort levels. Thermal comfort is a very personal preference, so your heating and cooling system must have the ability to perform throughout every season. In today’s episode we’re talking about all things hot and cold. We’ll fill you in on the different factors responsible for heating and cooling your home and give you plenty of super ideas to explore your thermal options. To wrap everything up we will give you the four most important topics you really need to think about when you’re chatting with your heating and cooling contractor. Thermal comfort has such a huge impact on your home but you don’t notice it until it’s not working. Whether you’re renovating your home or building a new one, if heating and cooling is considered from a very early stage it can be integrated seamlessly into your design and you can save yourself a ton of money with a better energy rating. So if you’re planning your next renovation or build, make sure you listen closely and write these four topics down to make sure you (and everyone else!) feel amazingly comfortable at optimal temperatures all year round. 

Oct 11

14 min 18 sec

Everyone experiences a fork in the road in their career and they have to decide which path to take. If you had the opportunity to keep working for a large corporate company or pave a new path to make a difference, which would you choose? In this episode, Kribashini is chatting with Katya Crema, the Director of Projects and Head of Sales for HIP V. HYPE. HIP V. HYPE is a socially conscious, ethical and environmentally focused project developer, sustainability consultancy, and workshare collective for businesses in Melbourne, Australia. They are creating and developing amazing things in the world of architecture, development and environmentally conscious design. We talk about Katya’s previous career, her educational background, and her journey to joining HIP V. HYPE. Katya was even a professional athlete and competed in two Winter Olympics in Ski Cross! Katya’s passion and drive for sustainability are echoed throughout our conversation and can be seen in their latest project ‘Ferrars and York’, a 22-apartment development site that will be 100% powered by renewable energy. We are so excited, Katya shares the three most important pieces of advice to consider when embarking on your own project, whether it’s your own home or a large development site! Head over to HIP V. HYPE’s website to check out more of their beautiful designs. LINKS:HIP V. HYPE https://www.hipvhype.com/ Buy our new book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovatingBuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollectiveBuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & BuildRegister for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer

Oct 6

25 min 40 sec

What does your dream home look like?Building a home is such an exciting prospect and it can also be really daunting. There are so many options out there and endless possibilities. How do you know what’s right for you?On the show today, Kribashini chats with Sophie, an architect at Stockland, which is one of the largest diversified property groups in Australia. One of the things Stockland does best is to think about their client’s day to day needs and their vision underpinning it all is to create a better way to live. In this episode, Sophie talks about the fantastic Dreamcatcher tool and how was created to help homeowners navigate through the overwhelm and choose exactly what they want in their dream home. This tool is so great because it lets you collate images from real projects within your budget - not just the million-dollar mansions on Pinterest!We also talk about how some aspects of the dream home have changed during covid, and how the simple and local things have become so much more important. Do you really need that massive garage? How else could we use the space to make your day to day living more enjoyable? These are the questions a great architect asks. If you’re looking to build, make sure you check out the Stockland Dreamcatcher tool to gather some of your ideas into a styleboard. LINKS:https://www.stockland.com.au/residential/dreamcatcherBuy our new book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovatingBuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollectiveBuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & BuildRegister for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer

Oct 4

23 min

Crafting beautiful, unique and bespoke interior designs transforms the living space and changes the way a home feels from the moment you walk through the door. A truly skilled interior architect will curate a house that reflects the personality of the owner and doesn’t merely just follow the current trend. In this episode, Rebeka is having a conversation with Georgia Ezra. Georgia is the founder of Studio Ezra, an amazing interior architecture firm that provides personalised service to clients to create homes and spaces that really excite and speak to them. Her incredible talent has overflowed to also running ‘Tiles of Ezra’ and her own podcast - ‘Step up your home with Georgia Ezra’.  We chat about how Georgia feels so passionately about not following trends. She encourages everyone to look at what sparks joy in your life and makes you feel really excited. There is no such thing as right and wrong when it comes to design and everyone should trust and embrace their gut feelings. Georgia expertly guides her clients through the process of building and renovating their homes to consider every aspect of interior architecture. Each feature needs to be built in unison with the idea of the final vision, the furniture, the lifestyle and the way people will use the space. We talk about how difficult it can be for clients to disagree with their builders and contractors when making decisions about their vision. Interior architects like Georgia and her team at Studio Ezra can have all of those awkward conversations for you and have the knowledge to exhaust every option. Georgia’s designs are so amazingly playful, creative and unique. She carefully curates designs and architecture that speak to your soul. Head over to her Instagram page or website and check out her truly inspiring portfolio for more.LINKS:Website: Studio Ezra Instagram: @studio_ezraPodcast: ‎Step Up Your Home with Georgia Ezra on Apple PodcastsBuy our new book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovatingBuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollectiveBuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & BuildRegister for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer

Sep 29

29 min 23 sec

We’re in the midst of a 2 week construction lockdown here in Melbourne. For many people, including us, it’s quite a tricky situation with a lot of problem solving required. With the flow of works put out, builders will be dealing with a compounding effect on manufacturing, deliveries, schedules and more. As we’re in the final stages of our Rathmines project, we thought it might be helpful to share a snapshot of where we’re at, what some of the changes mean and how we’re going to approach the situation. Thankfully our site is watertight, but not so lucky for others who might be dealing with some rectification works when the lockdown has ended. If you’re in the middle of a build right now, good luck to you!  2 weeks delay is frustrating for sure, but let’s keep in mind the gift we have of being able to build our dream homes. Hang in there everyone. TOPICS DISCUSSED AND WHEN TO FIND THEM:LINKS:The Dreamcatcher tool: https://www.stockland.com.au/residential/dreamcatcherBuy our new book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovatingBuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollectiveBuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & BuildRegister for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer

Sep 27

7 min 16 sec

Have you ever wondered how interior designers come up with all of their amazing ideas? In today’s episode, Rebeka is talking with Nicole Rosenberg from Liberty Interiors. We are so grateful to have Nicole on the show, her warmth and passion shine through in our conversation. Her designs are beautifully inspired, vibrant and really set her apart in the industry.But we can hear you asking where all of her ideas come from? What happens if you’re just staring at an empty wall with an even emptier mind? We’re so lucky today as she’s going to give us a tremendous treat by walking us through how she comes up with her designs and the processes she implements to ensure her clients love them. Soak in the inspiration and create your own mood board for your next project today!LINKS:Website: Liberty InteriorsInstagram: @liberty.interiorsBuy our new book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovatingBuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollectiveBuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & BuildRegister for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer

Sep 22

21 min 25 sec

We know it can be very frustrating when you don’t hear back from Tradies. Whether you’re trying to find quotes for a job or are chasing up when a project will be completed, hearing nothing can put a real damper on your timeline.In today’s episode, Kribashini is going to bring us all some clarity and demystify why Tradies aren’t calling you back. The first thing we want to say is - Don’t take it personally!There could be so many reasons but first remember that Tradies are really busy. They often work 7 days a week, are working with tools and may simply not have their phone on them. Kribashini is here to help! She will give you some super easy and quick strategies to use when communicating with your tradie to grab a quote. If you’ve already made contact with a Tradie and all of a sudden they’re not calling you back, don’t feel like you’re bound to them. You’re free to move on to the next Tradie on your list. There are so many different platforms and ways to find tradies. But how do you know if they’re any good? Kribashini shares how to find great personal referrals through creating your own network with your current contacts. Just remember, before paying anyone a deposit, make sure you’re feeling comfortable with their business and ideally, they come from someone you know. Check it out! We are so passionate to help and support our BuildHer community understand all aspects of the building process. LINKS:Buy our new book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovatingBuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollectiveBuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & BuildRegister for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer

Sep 21

9 min 19 sec

One thing our buildhers often struggle with when they start our course is navigating all the different design roles. There are so many specialist designers in the industry. What do they all do? And how do you know which ones you need for your project?We thought it would be really fun to chat with Lauren Li to help shed some light on the different designers in the game and what they all do. Lauren is the Founding Director of Sisalla, a beautiful Melbourne-based interior design studio. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, Lauren spends her time designing, teaching, mentoring, and running courses. Needless to say, she knows her stuff!In this episode, Kribashini and Lauren chat about the different design roles, what they do and how they differ from each other. Lauren also shares her hot tip for designing and creating a space that you love, and that is to do what you want! Don’t worry too much about staying safe or following trends. Think about the way you want to live, and design accordingly. LINKS:Connect with Lauren:Website: https://sisalla.com.au/Instagram: @sisalla_interior_design/Facebook Group: Inside the Interior Design IndustryThe Design SocietyBuy our new book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovatingBuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollectiveBuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & BuildRegister for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer

Sep 15

26 min 33 sec

To pool or not to pool. That is the question.For some people, having a pool is a necessity. For others, it’s an extra responsibility they’d rather not have.Wherever you sit on the scale, if you’re thinking about installing a pool, there are a bunch of things to consider before taking the plunge (see what we did there?). In this episode, Rebeka gives the rundown on some of the considerations that will factor into your decision making process.Some of the factors are:Thinking about the market if you’re renovating for profit. What does your buyer want?How it fits into the overall landscape designSafety requirements, fencing, storage and the equipment you plan to useRebeka also talks about some of the pools we’ve installed in our projects and why. With a little more knowledge and information up your sleeve, you’ll hopefully have a better idea on which direction you want to go. LINKS:Buy our new book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovatingBuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollectiveBuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & BuildRegister for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer

Sep 13

8 min 7 sec

Building sustainable housing is a movement that is growing in momentum in Australia and a topic that we are so passionate about. We understand it can be difficult to know where to begin or how to research all of the design elements that go into a passive house, so we are here to help!  Today Kribashini is chatting with Simone Schenkel from Grun Eco Design. Simone is incredibly passionate about the environment and sustainability and is dedicated to creating homes that are safe, resilient, and unique to the owner’s requirements. We are so grateful to have Simone on the show to share all of her amazing and useful tips to consider when designing a passive home.In this episode, Simone and Kribashini debunk some of the myths associated with passive housing. We talk about energy efficiency, ventilation, passive house principles, and how sustainable homes can still be pretty. Simone shares how she has worked with over 300 clients in their mission to achieve sustainability within any budget. It’s not as expensive as you may think!  Come and join Kribashini and Simone in their conversation about all things sustainability and then check out the Grun Eco Design for ideas and inspiration. LINKS:Simone’s Website: gruenecodesign.com.auSustainable House Day: www.sustainablehouseday.com.au/Buy our new book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovatingBuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollectiveBuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & BuildRegister for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer

Sep 8

28 min 36 sec

We love to have a little fun with colour. It’s amazing how a simple coat of paint completely changes a space and brings it to life. Unless of course, you choose the wrong colour! That’s why we love our trusty friends at Haymes Paint. Their in-depth knowledge of colour and years of experience have guided our colour choices many times and they’ve never failed. In this episode, Rebeka chats with Wendy from Haymes Paint about the do’s and don’t when it comes to painting. Wendy is our go-to for all things paint and colour and she talks about Haymes’ new colour library: Awakening. Wendy describes the 3 colour stories in the range and how they were inspired by recent world events and the different ways we are adjusting to the change. If you’re thinking of changing things up, Wendy shares 3 do’s and don’ts when it comes to painting. We talk about the importance of painting samples and doing a thorough check of the colour in different lighting and times of the day. Rebeka shares her sneaky trick of painting directly onto the wall behind a picture hanging to really see how the colour will look. The most important thing is to have fun. Paint doesn’t have to last 10 years and there’s no need to default to white just because that’s what’s always done. Think about what you love and choose colours that bring you joy. If you’re still not sure, book in a colour consult with Haymes to help you choose the perfect colours to make your home sing.   LINKS: https://www.haymespaint.com.au/   Buy our new book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovating BuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/ BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollective BuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & Build Register for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer  

Sep 6

21 min 14 sec

You may find it hard to believe that you can achieve your property development goals without any money and with zero experience but that is exactly what this next guest has accomplished. Rebeka is chatting with the unstoppable Laura Percy who advises and develops property for a living. Laura began with a pipe dream and no experience. Through hard work and a tremendous amount of effort, she cultivated her career in property development and went on to create and co-found the Kingbella Group - an incredibly successful property development company. Using enormous courage and a kickass attitude, Laura began by negotiating an off-market sale through a real estate agent with zero money down. She then secured the finance through a joint venture partnership with investment partners. Through a lot of hard work, research, time and effort she has now gone on to secure a $30 million deal! In this episode, Laura shares how her mindset has played such an important role in her success and has given her the drive to focus her energy on her goals and where she wants to be. Laura will also be sharing her amazing story in depth in the DevelopHer’s Inner Circle. If you are feeling motivated and inspired by her journey, click the link and sign up.   LINKS: Kingbella Group: Kingbella Group | Bespoke Property Development Buy our new book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovating BuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/ BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollective BuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & Build Register for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer

Sep 1

26 min 23 sec

Renovating and developing for profit sounds like the dream, right? It’s easy to get caught up in the romanticism of it all but even the most incredible vision needs a well thought out strategy and a good amount of flexibility to see it through to the end. Today we’re talking about the most exciting and fun part of your renovation - profit! Kribashini put together a killer list of the top 10 tips for making a profit and in this episode, she spills the beans. We talk about why you need to get your hands on our super trusty feasibility template, practicing the fine art of planning and creating a supportive and experienced team to work with on your build. We also talk about the benefits of getting good advice early on, strategizing with your pre-purchasing team and having a plan B for every phase of the project. If you don’t know this stuff - you have to learn it! Advice is key here and you need to be learning from people that have done it before many times. There will be a right fit for your project, but it may not be the first strategy that comes to your mind. Be open to different suggestions and learn to roll with it. That’s the fun of building! If you’d like to chat about your specific project, book in a consultation with us here. We would absolutely love to hear from you. LINKS:   Buy our Feasibility template for only $7 Buy our new book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovating BuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/ BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollective BuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & Build Register for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer Feasibility Template: https://buildhercollective.com.au/feaso-sale-page/

Aug 30

17 min 37 sec

When you’re embarking on a renovation project you may find yourself running from showroom to showroom trying to get an idea on the myriad of fixtures and fittings that you can use in your home. This is such a time consuming process that can leave you feeling exhausted and overwhelmed. In this episode, Rebeka is talking with Scott Pendlebury from The Renovator Store. The Renovator Store is an online shop that will send quality products directly to the customer without the retailer. This method of cutting out the middle man enables The Renovator Store to sell their products much cheaper than the showrooms and retailers. Scott shares his mission behind creating The Renovator Store and tips for renovating a house and keeping it within your budget. The key is being organised! The Renovator Store offers a return policy on their products so you can purchase knowing that you can return them if you change your mind. If you’re after peace of mind shopping in the online space - check out The Renovator Store for all of the high quality fixtures and fittings you need for your next project. LINKS:   The Renovator Store: https://www.renovatorstore.com.au/ Buy our new book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovating BuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/ BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollective BuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & Build Register for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer  

Aug 25

20 min 17 sec

When you’re looking to renovate a property and engage an architect, you’ll need to obtain a fee proposal from them to help you choose who may fit your budget. This can be quite a tricky stage to navigate as every architect you engage to quote may provide very different costings. So how does an architect charge? When considering how much to charge, an architect will comprehensively look at your ‘fee proposal’ and your project, so it is very important to give them as much detail as possible. An architect can charge as much as they like based on their experience and creative work. Some architects will give you a lump sum price based on your construction budget, so make sure it’s realistic and accurate. The ‘fee proposal’ may be broken down into phases: the initial briefing stage a sight measure the conceptual stage design development the contract and administration stage And they can manage the build for you on your behalf. Remember, you don’t need to engage an architect for the full scope of the project. If you choose, you can engage them just for the conceptual stage to get ideas. There are important considerations to review in your ‘fee proposal’, such as; tax obligations (inclusive or exclusive of tax), hourly rate, and what is defined as ‘out of scope’ works. There are many different ways an architect will give you a fee proposal. It’s really important to have an open conversation about the fee and what is included so you truly understand the service you are buying. LINKS: Buy our new book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovating BuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/ BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollective BuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & Build Register for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer

Aug 23

6 min 43 sec

In this episode, Rebeka chats with Ivy Huang about the developing project she has completed, her experience working with BuildHer, the new project she has commenced, and participating in the BuildHer 8 collaboration project. Ivy has previously spoken to Rebeka last year about dealing with difficult people and hostile energies on the worksite. Through hard work and finding the right people, she is now experiencing a completely different vibe in her current projects. Ivy’s amazing strategising skills helped her to showcase her project in different publications and blogs, including on the cover of Domain magazine! She discusses her love of creating sustainable homes that will stand for over a century by utilising materials with a low carbon footprint, low VOC, are beautiful, and comfortable. Ivy shares advice on learning to spend your life creating something meaningful to you and following your passion.   Money isn’t everything, and finding something you are truly proud of creating is the most important thing.   LINKS: BuildHer 8: Projects - Collaborations - BuildHer Collective. DevelopHer’s Masterclass: Renovate For Profit - BuildHer Collective. Buy our new book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovating BuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/ BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollective BuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & Build Register for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer

Aug 18

20 min 30 sec

If you’re wondering how to choose the right architect for your build, we’ve got some top tips today to help you hone in on what it is you’re looking for. Just like you have to find the right fit with your GP, finding the right architect is a matter of building a relationship with someone who understands you, your build and aligns with your vision. You might look on Pinterest, Instagram or view local architects in your area to start forming an idea of the kind of build you want to accomplish. Architecture AU is an inspiring resource for checking out styles and researching different architects in your area. The Lunchbox Architect is a great affordable resource to research renovations and extensions. The Local Project is another really interesting resource you could look at to get inspiration for your renovations and builds. Check out the downloadable on our website for a list of architects that we love and truly inspire us! We are constantly on the hunt for architects that are doing amazing builds.   LINKS:   Architecture AU: https://architectureau.com/ Lunchbox Architect: https://www.lunchboxarchitect.com/ The Local Project: https://thelocalproject.com.au/ Buy our new book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovating BuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/ BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollective BuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & Build Register for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer

Aug 16

6 min 5 sec

It’s such an amazing feat and accomplishment to build an incredibly successful empire and walk away after 15 years to explore a new creative venture. In this episode, I am talking with Samantha Wills from Samantha Wills Jewellery. She grew an empire with her jewellery pieces all across America, Hollywood, and the red carpet. We discuss how she faced a crossroads in her career and decided to close her business and begin a new path where she can cultivate her creativity and passion. Samantha shares her amazing journey from hand-making her jewellery on her dining room table to leading a successful company and writing her new autobiographical book ‘Of Gold and Dust’. Through the Samantha Wills Foundation, Samantha supports other business owners in their own journey and the realities they face when operating a business.   Samantha shares her advice when starting again and explains how it is incredibly important to listen to your intuition and that little voice in your head that is telling you where you really want to go and what you really want to accomplish.   LINKS: Website: https://samanthawills.com/ Instagram: @samanthawills & @samanthawillsinstitute Buy “Of Gold and Dust” by Samantha Wills here Buy our new book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovating BuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/ BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollective BuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & Build Register for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer

Aug 11

23 min 21 sec

Finding the funds for a renovation can be a difficult and complicated process. There are many different factors to consider and it can be really daunting. In this episode, Rebeka discusses the options available to you when you’re looking at securing funding for your renovation. Whether you’re looking at a construction finance loan, an owner builder situation or funding with cash, there are quite a few things to consider and various complexities involved. Rebeka breaks down how the figures would work in an example scenario and the percentages of funding you’d need to provide. The thing to remember is that your ability to finance is one of the most important considerations when deciding what type of project to take on. Due to the complexity of each person’s situation, it’s difficult to make a general rule for financing. That’s why it’s important to have a really good relationship with your mortgage broker and your accountant to help understand your specific situation, the different options available, and the costs that are involved. Remember, we’re always here to help so if you’re feeling a bit stuck, make sure you take advantage of our free consultation call. LINKS: Buy our new book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovating BuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/ BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollective BuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & Build Register for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer

Aug 9

7 min 4 sec

You are not starting from scratch when you decide to become a Developer. You can be creative and bring your talents and skills from your day-to-day occupation to showcase yourself. The most important driver for your success is a passion for developing which will motivate you throughout the process. In this episode, we will discuss how receiving a lump sum payment at the end of the project can require you to hold a day job to ensure you are keeping on top of household bills. You can utilise your skillset from your day job in your role as a Developer. We will discuss the many different occupations that fit together well and how you can use these skills to be creative and create a network when you are developing.   We are here to tell you that whether you are a teacher, photographer, accountant or copywriter, you can use your skills and talents from these roles in your occupation as a Developer.   LINKS: Buy our new book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovating BuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/ BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollective BuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & Build   Register for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer

Aug 4

15 min 12 sec

Building a house is a super exciting process. So much dreaming and planning goes into every project and most people just can’t wait to move into their brand new home. So how long should you expect to wait before your house is finished? Every home is different and there are so many complexities involved in each project that factor into the time it takes to see it to completion. In this episode, we thought it would be helpful to break the process down into the stages of the build to give you an indication of how long each stage will generally take. We go through each stage including design, tender, site mobilisation, construction and defect and talk about a reasonable timeframe you could expect for each stage. And remember, even after all that is finished, you’ve still got styling and furnishing to do (and does that ever really end?). If you’re thinking about building or renovating, the best thing you can do is work backwards from when you want to move in. And hopefully now with some realistic timeframes, you’ll have a great guide for what to expect. LINKS: Buy our new book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovating BuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/ BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollective BuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & Build Register for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer

Aug 2

12 min 8 sec

Have you ever looked at your garden and thought “where do I start”? Or how do I create an impressive landscape with a limited budget? In this episode, we are talking with Darin Bradbury from Mint Pool and Landscape Design about all things garden and landscape. Mint Pool and Landscape Design is a company in Victoria that specializes in creating modern contemporary designs that seamlessly bring together indoor and outdoor living. Darin discusses how it is important to consult with and/or hire a garden designer early in the building project to aid in cost-effectiveness. He speaks about the practicalities of building pools, of creating intimate and private spaces with plants, and what to really focus on when you have a limited budget.   We encourage you to listen to this episode and hear Darin’s passion when discussing garden and pool design and his excitement may rub off on you in your own projects.   LINKS: Mint Pool and Landscape Design: https://mintdesign.net.au/ Buy our new book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovating BuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/ BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollective BuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & Build Register for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer

Jul 28

26 min

We have a snappy solo episode today as Kribashini shares her journey into joinery on her project marathon. Cabinetry is a point in the build where a lot of people wonder why it has to be so expensive. Does it really have to cost so much? In this episode, Kribashini talks through her process obtaining quotes from cabinet makers, navigating through the wide range of prices she received back and how she arrived at a palatable budget that she was really happy with. She gives an overview of the variables that factor into cabinetry prices including cost of materials, labour components and design. Whether you need an entire home filled with storage or you’re upgrading your laundry, this episode will give you some great insights into what to expect on your joinery journey. Enjoy! LINKS: Buy our new book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovating BuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/ BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollective BuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & Build   Register for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer

Jul 26

6 min 44 sec

Have you ever had an idea that you just couldn’t walk away from? One of those lightning moments? That’s exactly what our guest, Justine Gaitz, Creative Director at Terren, experienced and she didn’t let the idea pass her by. And good on her, because she now has an exciting future in what could be a big player in the building industry. In this episode, Kribashini talks to Justine about the inception and birth of Terren, a company that is changing the rules of the building game. Terren provides limited edition, architectural pre-designed home plans that are fully customised to your site and specifications AND ready to be tendered within weeks. Justine shares her building journey, how she fell in love with the BuildHer Collective and how her experience with a high-end volume builder gave her the inspiration to say yes to the exciting business venture. She enthusiastically shares about Terren, what they offer and how they’ve gone about developing their plans.   We really commend Justine for not letting the idea pass her by. Getting a house built is a huge achievement in and of itself. Starting a business that allows other people to do that with ease is another thing altogether.   LINKS: Terren Website: https://terren.com.au/ Buy our new book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovating BuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/ BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollective BuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & Build Register for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer

Jul 21

26 min 23 sec

We all have different values which shape what we prioritise when it comes to the health of our families and the environment. Are you looking to pursue certification for an off grid passive home made with 100% recycled materials? Or are you adding an extension and happy to be guided by the building code? What does a happy, healthy home look like for you? In this episode, we chat about some of the things to consider when building and renovating to get the outcome that’s important to you. We talk about energy efficiency, water efficiency and the three R’s, reduce, recycle and reuse. When it comes to toxins, there are a few key conditions you want to know about, including lead paint, asbestos, rising damp and mould so we go into a bit of detail about these and how to factor these considerations into your project. If you’re extending and renovating, building new or still thinking about it, we hope this is a great guide to help you get the home you want and make it a healthy, happy one too.   LINKS: Happy Healthy Homes Guide Buy our new book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovating BuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/ BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollective BuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & Build Register for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer

Jul 19

12 min 13 sec

We all think that renovating is the Australian dream. But is it really? Renovating doesn’t happen quickly. It takes a lot of hard work, money and time, all of which are precious resources. If you’re considering a renovation, you need to be realistic about how much time you have and how you want to spend it. In this episode, Rebeka chats with Paula Beavis from Jellis Craig Real Estate about her experience living in a home that she planned to renovate one day. She got as far as installing a split system and then called it...renovating was not for her! Rebeka and Paula chat about the pros and cons of renovating versus buying a home where someone else has done the hard work. They talk about the sacrifices you make when living in an unrenovated home and how small design decisions make such a huge impact on the way you live on a daily basis. It’s about creating those moments and freeing yourself to live in a space that you love. Doesn’t that sound nice!   Renovating might be a dream for some, but it’s certainly not for everyone. You don’t always have to do everything. There are plenty of builders, designers and stylists out there ready to take the load so you can spend your time the way you want to.   LINKS Buy our new book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovating BuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/ BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollective BuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & Build Register for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer

Jul 14

23 min 18 sec

We’ve got a super snappy episode for you today as Rebeka talks about what to do when things go wrong on a project. And trust us, in the building industry, things will go wrong.   It’s about how you respond when they do that makes all the difference.   In this episode, Rebeka talks through a recent bricklaying drama and how she got resourceful to find a solution and keep the program on schedule. When things go wrong, it’s time to spring into action and think on your feet.   You’ve got this!   LINKS: Buy our new book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovating BuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/ BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollective BuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & Build Register for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer

Jul 12

5 min 48 sec

For a lot of people, the idea of getting into property development feels too far out of reach. If you don’t have money for a deposit and ongoing repayments, you couldn’t possibly buy a property, right? Well, our guest today says that’s just not the case if you're able to think resourcefully. In this episode, Kribashini is joined by Rob Flux, a successful property developer, educator, mentor and public speaker on all things property development. Starting his property journey at just 18 years of age, Rob achieved financial freedom and now spends much of his time teaching others to do the same through his company, Developer Network Pty Ltd. Rob shares his journey of getting into the development space and how he built wealth by manufacturing profit rather than relying on the market to create the profit for him. He tells the story of Developer Network’s humble beginnings, starting out with a group of friends literally sitting at his kitchen table and how it expanded to being Australia’s largest property development network group.   If you’re after a few gold nuggets when it comes to property development, look no further. Rob shares his top tips and advice for people getting started. He talks about choosing one strategy and sticking with it, gaining control rather than ownership and most importantly, working on your mindset to let go of limiting beliefs. LINKS: Rob's Website: https://www.robflux.com/ The Development Network: www.developernetwork.com.au The book “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill Buy our new book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovating BuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/ BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollective BuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & Build Register for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer

Jul 7

22 min 14 sec

Are you thinking about buying or selling property off the plan? There are a number of benefits to doing this for both the buyer and seller so today we’re sharing our top tips for how to do it really well. In this episode, Rebeka and Kribashini rattle off their top 6 tips for selling property off the plan. They discuss some of the benefits for buyers and sellers and practical things you can do to help get sales over the line.   They talk about having a really good agent and how this is the key to unlocking the value for both parties. They discuss the importance of demonstrating your value through communication, documentation, 3D renders and having a history of projects in the area. At the end of the day, it comes down to providing confidence for the buyer. The more you show them how amazing the project is going to be, the more confident they will be in signing on the dotted line.   LINKS: Buy our new book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovating BuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/ BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollective BuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & Build Register for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer

Jul 5

10 min 8 sec

Do you feel like being busy runs your life? It can be overwhelming when there’s just so much stuff. If you’ve ever wondered if there’s a better way to live more in line with your values, we’ve got a really special episode for you today. On the podcast today, Rebeka is joined by the lovely Marnie Prowse from Tiny Haus. Having worked in the corporate world for sixteen years and struggling to live up to the expectations of everyone around her, Marnie had a breakdown, or rather a breakthrough. She realised that she wasn’t living the life she wanted to and began the process of simplifying her life. In this episode, Marnie talks about her journey of downsizing and how she and her husband came to the decision that they didn’t need their three-bedroom house and it was time to go tiny. Marnie talks about her 32 square metre home and how she found a sense of peace and fulfilment in her new downsized life.   Marnie now works as a Simplicity Coach, helping others to declutter, slow down, and reassess their values to live in alignment. In this episode, we dive into Marnie’s journey, her shift to a tiny house, and the lessons she learned along the way.  Marnie also shares some great tips for how you can focus on designing your life around your values.   LINKS: Tiny Haus Website: https://www.tinyhaus.com.au Tiny Haus Instagram: @_tinyhaus Buy our new book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovating BuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/ BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollective BuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & Build Register for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer

Jun 30

17 min

Hiring a builder can be one of those incredibly daunting tasks. You’re basically entering into a relationship with only a few interactions and playing with a pretty large sum of money. Is there a secret to knowing which one to go with? In this episode, Rebeka and Kribashini share their ultimate guide to hiring a builder by diving into 8 key things to consider when you’re on the hunt for your perfect match. There are a lot of factors involved, but these areas will help you understand which builder is going to be the right fit for you and hopefully deliver you a better product. We dive into checking registration and licensing, understanding quotes and the scale of your project. We also talk about how and why to get referrals from potential builders and the best questions you can ask a builder to get a feel for how they work. We discuss the all-important contract, making sure your expectations are aligned and one of the most overlooked parts of the process, the handover (you definitely want that to happen smoothly!).   LINKS: Buy our new book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovating BuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/ BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollective BuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & Build Register for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer

Jun 23

27 min 3 sec

Have you been thinking of ways to generate a little extra cash on the side? Well, if you own a lovely home that has some natural light, you might just be onto something. Our two special guests today are Jo Johnson and Bella Edwards from Photoloco, a boutique location management company that represent beautiful residential and commercial locations across Australia. With a never-ending need for marketing material and social media content, Photoloco facilitates a relationship between marketing agencies and homeowners to find that perfect location. In this episode, Rebeka chats to Jo and Bella about what Photoloco does, the kind of homes they look for and how much bang for buck a homeowner gets for hiring out their space. Jo and Bella have built a really unique and wonderful business and it’s a pretty fun way to earn a little money for the jam jar. Did we mention Rebeka’s house is on their list?   LINKS: Website: https://www.photoloco.com.au/ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/photolocoau/ Get in contact by email: https://www.photoloco.com.au/contact/ Buy our new book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovating BuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/ BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollective BuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & Build Register for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer

Jun 16

12 min 34 sec

Are you ready for some insider secrets on how to get your house ready for market looking absolutely amazing? Our guest today is Andy Vance, Head of Marketing and Branding for Jellis Craig, one of Melbourne’s leading real estate groups. In this episode, Andy talks about how she works with homeowners to make sure their properties look their absolute best when presented on the market. She talks about creating the emotional appeal for prospective buyers and how her goal is to offer the vendors a fresh set of eyes.   Rebeka and Andy talk about styling, the difference between a partial style and a full style and Andy shares her advice on the level required to get a house ready for market. She talks through the process of identifying a house's market demographic and assessing how to make it appeal to them.   Andy shares her tips and tricks for getting a house in tip top shape, including the smallest and simplest things you can do to completely change the look and feel of a place. Rebeka and Andy talk about cleaning and decluttering, why these are so essential and how it often makes the owners feel amazing and wonder why they’re selling in the first place.   LINKS: Website: https://www.jelliscraig.com.au Buy our new book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovating BuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/ BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollective BuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & Build Register for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer

Jun 9

30 min 48 sec

We have a special guest on the show today who is one of the renovation superstars featured in our new book. Samantha Sutton joins Rebeka today to talk about the beautiful 1860’s Michigan farmhouse that she and her partner, Sean, have been renovating for the last 4 years. In this episode, Sam shares how the renovation journey has been so far and the work involved in salvaging a boarded up farmhouse that was about to be demolished. She talks about why they decided to do a lot of the work themselves (ok, it was her expensive taste) and how their professional backgrounds were woven into the building and design work. We also talk about Sam’s greatest learning experience throughout the renovation process, how they’ve been handling the budget for the project and what they’ve been looking at in terms of future projects. We know it never stops! You can follow Sam and Sean’s renovation journey on Instagram and be sure to keep an eye out for her soon to be released HD series which follows their journey from demo to finished product.   LINKS: Sam’s Instagram: @afterhoursfarm Sam's Website: https://afterhoursfarm-mi.com/ Buy our new book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovating BuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/ BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollective BuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & Build Register for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer

Jun 2

16 min 31 sec

There’s a mentality around that says you can’t have the home you want without spending a whole bunch of money. But our guest today has some super sneaky tips for things you can do to change the way your existing space feels without blowing the budget. On the podcast today is Jen Bishop, the original interiors addict! Without any formal training in design and out of pure passion, Jen started the Interiors Addict blog as a way to gather all her inspirations into one place. 10 years down the track, Interiors Addict is now Australia’s largest interior design, styling and renovation blog, sharing home and renovation inspiration for everyday Aussies. In this episode, Jen chats about her inspiration for starting the blog in the first place and how not being formally trained enables her to create relatable content and achievable projects for her readers. Jen is currently renovating her home in Sydney and sharing the whole process with her audience from beginning to end so we also chat a bit about that. Jen shares 3 tangible tips for how to make your home look and feel better without digging too deep into your pockets. We talk about the magic of a coat of paint and how you just need to go for it (treat it like hair - it’ll grow back!) Jen and Rebeka also chat about how they love moving furniture and decor around to change things up and how you can improve a whole room by tackling one bothersome part that just doesn’t function properly. LINKS: Jen’s Blog: https://theinteriorsaddict.com/ Jen’s Instagram: @interiorsaddict Buy our new book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovating BuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/ BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollective BuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & Build Register for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer

May 26

18 min 47 sec

Have you ever thought about how much easier interior designers must have it? They’ve got all the knowledge, all the skills, they’ve got all the supplier discounts and industry secrets. For an interior designer, styling and renovating a home must be a sinch, right? Well, not so according to our guest, Alison Lewis from Alison Lewis interiors. In this episode, Rebeka chats with Alison as they dispel all the myths about the clarity and certainty you have, even with years of industry experience up your sleeve. We talk about not getting things exactly right the first time and how you can reassess, reevaluate and design the lifestyle that is right for you in accordance with your values. Alison is an interior designer and property developer based in Melbourne. Like a lot of Victorians, Alison and her husband dreamed of sunny skies by the beach and in this episode, she talks about her decision to relocate her family to Noosa and how the long car ride gave them a lot of thinking time to reconsider. Featuring in our BuildHer book as a case study, Alison talks about her current project in Melbourne, how she dealt with the exterior and landscaping and how she crafted it to wow potential buyers from the entrance.   Rebeka and Alison exchange their thoughts on the beauty of collaboration in the design process, how design is incredibly broad and that figuring it out together fosters synergy and creates great results. We adore Alison and everything she brings to the building industry, so much so that we featured her in our book!   LINKS: Alison’s Website: https://www.alisonlewisinteriors.com.au/ Alison’s Instagram: @alisonlewisinteriors Buy our new book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovating BuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/ BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollective BuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & Build Register for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer

May 19

22 min 56 sec

How much does it cost to build a double-storey house versus a single storey house? This is a question we get asked a lot and as much as we’d love to be able to give a clear cut answer, our reply is usually something to the effect of “how long is a piece of string?” There are so many factors involved in building up (or down) versus sideways and the cost implications depending on what you want to do and how you’re going to do it. With so many things to consider, we thought it would be a really helpful episode to answer the question with a checklist of considerations when thinking about an extension. Rebeka and Kribashini discuss some of the things you need to consider such as site space, how you want the facade to look, the type of existing structure you have and how you want to live in the space. We talk about how many people get stuck when it comes to council restrictions or other building restraints and that it’s important to weigh up your priorities to determine what’s really going to work best for you.   People like to live in their spaces differently and that’s what makes each home so unique. Whether you build up, down, sideways or a combination of all three, understanding the parameters that you’re working within will give you a much better idea of the cost involved. And then, it’s renovation time! LINKS: Buy our new book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovating BuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/ BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollective BuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & Build Register for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer

May 12

16 min 50 sec

Who among us is guilty of a bit of back-seat building? Yelling abuse at those naive couples on The Block? Throwing stones from their outdated, run-down glass houses? It’s very easy to talk the talk, but to walk the walk is a completely different matter; never more true than in the development industry. One does not simply buy, develop and sell without suffering a myriad of preventable headaches. Wouldn’t it be great if we could hear from a dual-trained developer in both property and commerce with a decade of experience in residential property development? Who among us has this angle in the property field? No prizes for guessing… Our guest! In today’s episode, Rebeka chats with Lachie Gibson, one of the directors of Angle, a high-end, suburb-specific, Melbourne-based development agency. We talk all things building, developing and taking the dive to start your own business as a developer. With a background in commerce and years of experience in the development industry, Lachie has a lot of insight to share. Angle specialises in big-budget development and has intentionally niched down into specific suburbs in Melbourne, and we’ll explore how and why they ended up with that model. We also talk more broadly on the importance of choosing a market to work in and knowing that market inside and out, what you should look at first when considering a property and how to find your own niche to work in.   Lachie has a wealth of insight to share with us and if you’re an emerging developer, or a builder looking to hone their knowledge, this episode definitely has something for you.   LINKS: Angle Website: https://www.angle.com.au/ Angle Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ourangle/ Buy our book BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovating BuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/ BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollective BuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & Build Register for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer

May 5

25 min 1 sec