Industrial Design Look

There are a number of outlets in this regions that  have sourced some fascinating pieces. Have a weekend up here, take in one of our Open Inspections and enjoy checking out all that Castlemaine and Maldon, in particular, have to offer.

There are a number of outlets in this regions that have sourced some fascinating pieces. Have a weekend up here, take in one of our Open Inspections and enjoy checking out all that Castlemaine and Maldon, in particular, have to offer.

Industrial decorations are becoming increasingly popular today. The industrial is all about material in its raw state. It gives an unfinished look that often includes unpainted walls and bare appliances with a steely profile.

Industrial bedroom design combines authenticity with simplicity. It’s an individual, personal, and somewhat eccentric look that showcases several different components without losing its character or charm. Industrial bedroom design combines a utilitarian element that utilizes rough textures, basic components, and aged wood. It can assume a modern appearance, but it has a major impact aesthetically with its use of unfinished and raw materials.

The walls and flooring are often concrete when following the industrial theme, and brick walls often serve as a backdrop. This theme frequently incorporates wooden beams, open air conditioning and heating ducts, water pipes, ceiling sprinkler systems, metal lighting grids, and bare stainless steel. These elements add a great deal to the overall industrial feel of the space.

If you are drawn to this look check out this article in Impressive Interior Design and take a moment to look at our Pinterest Board featuring a range of Industrial Design ideas.

Common Home Inspection Issues

WiringThe home buying process wouldn’t be complete without a home inspection. This inspection turns up any problems with the home that the buyers might not have been aware of. Depending on what types of problems show up and how serious they are, a buyer might decide not to purchase the home.

These are some of the most common home inspection issues that come up:

  • Water damage. This is among the most serious problems that home inspectors find. Water damage can range from unsightly stains to mold growth or foundation issues, which are very costly to repair.
  • Faulty wiring. This is a common problem in older homes, where the electrical system isn’t able to handle modern electrical demands. Exposed wires can also pose a potential fire risk, since they are more prone to damage than concealed wires.
  • Roof problems. Roof issues can range from replacing a missing or loose tile to needing the entire roof replaced due to aging, improper installation or excessive water damage.
  • Plumbing problems. Leaks are among the most common home inspection issues. Depending on how serious the leak is and how long it’s been going on, repairing it can be a minor fix or a much more expensive one.
  • Poor attic insulation and ventilation. These problems lead to the home losing more heat in winter and letting in more hot air during summer, which causes higher energy bills.
  • HVAC issues. Problems caused by heating and cooling systems that are older or haven’t been properly maintained are also commonly found during home inspections. HVAC issues can also occur if the system wasn’t properly installed.


The Great Train Race – Sunday Nov 2


As major sponsors of the Great Train Race we are enthusiastically counting down to starting time. This event was a huge success last year and we are hoping it will be even better this year.

The ‘Race’ will start in Castlemaine and finish in Maldon. It will provide competitive cyclists an opportunity to race the train, and each other, with the lure of line honors as well as a cash prize pool for category winners who beat the train in the process.

The race begins at the Old Castlemaine Gaol in Bowden Street at 11:55 and covers a distance of 17.6kms (20.8kms finishing at the Maldon Historic Railway Station, Hornsby Street, Maldon VIC 3463

Be inspired by the photographs that were taken at last year’s event

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Good News First Time Home Buyers

Good news for First Home Buyers

Good news for First Home Buyers

Victorian first home buyers will receive a 50 per cent discount on stamp duty as of TODAY.

The state government says eligible home owners will save up to $15,535 in stamp duty on dwellings valued up to $600,000, and will save 26,000 Victorians a total of $200 million over the next year.

First home builders will also benefit with a $10,000 grant for newly constructed homes, which will apply along with the stamp duty cut.

Victorian Treasurer Michael O’Brien says the cut, which has been increased from 40 per cent, will have a number of benefits.

“This is a very important measure which will make home ownership more affordable for tens of thousands of Victorians,” he said.

“It will ensure that we see more young families moving into that first home.”

Mr O’Brien said it would also support jobs in the construction industry, which was one of the state’s biggest employers with about 250,000 people working in the sector.


Houzz For Interior Design

Houzz features everything from the garden studio to luxurious home design.

Houzz features everything from the garden studio to luxurious home design.

By nearly any measure, Houzz is growing at an incredible rate. The four-year-old online home remodeling and design community has grown to more than 15 million monthly unique users – 90 percent of which are homeowners – and has more than 10 million downloads of its iOS app. On the other side, the platform can boast more than 250,000 designers and contractors across 60 professional categories from architects to carpenters to interior decorators.

But it’s not the sheer number of people using Houzz, be it as a daily obsession or an integral part of their business, that’s so impressive. It’s the level of content that this audience outputs and the rate at which it’s accelerating. Today, Houzz announced that it has surpassed 2 million HD design and remodeling images available on its platform. It took the company more than three years to see the first 1 million images uploaded, and yet it doubled that amount in just the eight months since the beginning of the year.

This growth is significant because it speaks to Houzz’s success in digitizing and organizing the design knowledge that has previously been locked away in the minds of industry professionals, or teased superficially in the pages of glossy magazines. Houzz’s users have flocked to this rapidly growing inspiration library, saving the above images to ideabooks 289 million times, up from just 155 million as of January 2013. All images on Houzz are uploaded by its professionals, who show off their real-world projects, while providing instruction and answering questions from members of the community.

Among the more fun and unusual spaces are 4,479 man caves, 52 indoor climbing walls, 4 indoor slides, 2 mouse houses, and 1 James Bond tree house, according to the company.

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Historic Harcourt Icon

High Street Harcourt

Once the home adjoining the original Harcourt General Store, this premium, historic Harcourt icon remains an important, identifiable part of the Harcourt streetscape. Set on a spacious block, with a highly attractive, adjacent stone and weatherboard building this property is in a prize location in Harcourt.

Today the facade and front rooms have been painstakingly restored and the property has been extended to provide comfortable living for a growing family.

Sustainable design (also called environmental design, environmentally sustainable design, environmentally conscious design, etc.) is the philosophy of designing physical objects, the built environment, and services to comply with the principles of social, economic, and ecological sustainability. In undertaking the restoration and extension the owners have applied sustainable design features. Sustainable design features include double glazed windows, north facing passive solar design and the use of polystyrene foam with insulating qualities. A high level of insulation has been used, particularly in the roof and walls. Other features include solar hot water, raised vegie beds with dripper systems linked to grey water.

This is an opportunity to enter the Harcourt market and enjoy all the benefits of living and perhaps raising a family in this vibrant community.

Cleaning the Fireplace

Fireplace provides a distinctive charm to the place where there is extremely cold weather and snow most of the time. It feels wonderful while sipping the hot tea or coffee in front of fireplace. Fireplace definitely is a most exotic thing that adds a charm to home’s interior as well apart from protecting from cold. Installation of fireplace is not tedious but what makes lazy is its maintenance which is important and necessary.

Cleaning the fireplace is essential not only for the sake of cleaning but also for health and hygiene because soot and dirt that collects nearby the fireplace tends to make unhealthy conditions for housemates. Therefore, to keep up the hygiene and for better ambience cleaning of fireplace is important for which you just need some time and require few things. We are now going to discuss how you clean up your fireplace properly, read out some tips:

To clean fireplace, you require few things such as: Glass Cleaner, Oven Cleaner, Vacuum, Hand Gloves, Few old Newspaper, Water, Bleach, Scrub Brush and Rags.

Method of cleaning:

  • Wear the glove and clean out the debris inside the fireplace as it can’t be vacuumed. Now with the vacuum cleaner vacuum the entire area to remove accumulated soot and ash.
  • Cover the hearth and nearby area of fireplace with tarp and then place newspaper on the tarp and on the fireplace.
  • Take a gallon of warm water and add a cup full of bleach powder into it.
  • This chemical water is now used to remove hard soot and dirt inside the fireplace with the help of scrub brush.
  • FireplaceUse rags to throw out excess water.
  • After cleaning the soot and ash inside the fireplace, clean the floor of the fireplace by removing newspaper.
  • Now turn to fireplace grates to clean them. Place some newspaper on the clean surface and place fireplace grates on it.
  • Clean the grates with water-bleach solution or over-cleaner and scrubber.
  • Also clean fireplace glass with help of glass spray cleaner and newspaper.

Applied Sound Local Knowledge

“We would like to thank Leah for the professional and courteous service she provided from the initial listing and eventual sale of our property. We greatly appreciated her ability to apply her local knowledge in setting the asking price. She provided us with clear advice about our advertising and open house strategies. Her feedback after inspections was timely, honest and realistic and she showed a genuine willingness to achieve the best result for us.

Tiny House Movement

Tiny House Info-graphic

What are Tiny Houses? The Tiny House Movement? Tiny Living?

Simply put it is a social movement where people are downsizing the space that they live in. The movement began in America. The typical American home is around 2600 square feet, while the typical small or tiny house is around 100-400 square feet. Tiny Houses come in all shapes, sizes and forms but they focus on smaller spaces and simplified living.

People are joining this movement for many reasons, but the most popular reasons are because of environmental concerns, financial concerns and seeking more time and freedom.  For most Americans 1/3 to 1/2 of their income is dedicated to the roof over their heads; This translates to 15 years of working over your life time just to pay for it and because of it 76% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck.

So what is the alternative?  One might be to live smaller.  While we don’t think tiny houses are for everyone, there are lessons to be learned and applied to escape the cycle of debt where almost 70% of Americans are trapped in right now.

The small house movement is gaining ground around the world with its vision of living simply and sustainably in small spaces. Here in Castlemaine there are a number being built.

Want to see more? Check our Pinterest page for ideas and begin here and learn more about Tiny Living.


The Whole Package Delights

Campbell Street CastlemaineOver the years this couple have bought and sold seventeen homes so they are well and truly familiar with real estate practices. They bought this home from Wallers, through Tom Robertson, three years ago and set about restoring it.

When it came to selling again it was a ‘no brainer’. They returned to Wallers and Tom Robertson. Tom found them the home that would meet their current needs and sealed the deal with this  one.

Stan and Heather were delighted with the process and speak very highly of Tom and his professional approach. They felt that one of Tom’s strengths was his quiet, calm approach. In contrast to many agents they really appreciated that he let them do the talking and let them tell him what they wanted. They found that he listened, was responsive to their needs and consistently provided appropriate guidance and support. 

In terms of the whole marketing/sales package Stan and Heather were very impressed. They were particularly impressed with the photography and the responsiveness of office staff. They valued the web presentation both on the Waller site and via the personalised web site that was set up to help extend the reach.

This couple will tell anyone to use the services of Wallers and Tom Robertson.

Premium Heritage Restoration with Artist’s Flair


46 Campbell Street Castlemaine

Prior to an extensive renovation and restoration by the current owners this 150 year old cottage at 46 Campbell Street Castlemaine was a historically significant property in one of the most prized, historic precincts of Castlemaine.

Now this stone cottage is an iconic show piece. The current owners painstakingly restored this picturesque cottage and garden with the view of establishing an artist studio and gallery. In undertaking this project they have taken great care to retain the historic features of this stone jewel. No expense has been spared and the meticulous attention to detail, the quality of all the refurbishments is obvious. This property has the touch of an artist and is genuinely complete, ready for an artist or a family seeking dual occupancy and comfortable living to move in.

This is an opportunity that will not present again soon in this tightly held part of town.

Knows The Market

High Street ChewtonThe owner of this property in Chewton initially selected Wallers to provide an appraisal for the sale of his property because of their reputation for doing a top job. He took the next step and signed up with Nick Haslam because, unlike others who came, Nick took the time to see what was actually being offered, took in all the detail, saw the potentialities and crunched a realistic figure that was in line with what the property was actually worth.

It was very clear that Nick understood the market and the owners sensed that they could trust him.

To affirm his sense that this agent was truly operating for him the owner wants to share that he had a ‘stake out’ when the place was open for inspection. From the stakeout he established the interest level for himself, but perhaps most importantly, saw that Nick genuinely spent quality time with all of the people who came. He observed that Nick displayed genuine interest in the property and ‘worked’!

“People want to know this kind of information” said this owner. “They want to know that an agent and the agency can be trusted to give their all and work for them.”

Nick came up trumps! “He brokered a good deal for all parties, called it correctly, exuded confidence, acted as an excellent third party broker, gave his all and sold within seven weeks”.

Iconic Maldon Treasure

28 Adair Street Maldon

Maldon is justifiably proud of its history. The tapestry of the town is fascinating! Maldon is s a town characterised by diversity. It is a place with joy filled events and an eclectic mix of fascinating individuals. Those who love the town and come regularly also admire the diversity of architecture and the rich variety of homes that fill its spacious streets.

Turn into this prized section of Adair Street and you cannot miss the stunning palms that seem to watch over number 28. This wonderful house has a style of her own and is indisputably a premium example of Maldon’s historic past. Palm House, as she has come to be known, is surrounded by magnificent gardens, designed and developed by a well known horticulturalist.

The current owners found this home to be a lovely canvas upon which to work. They set about ensuring that this circa 1897 home was carefully restored with flair and quality workmanship. The end result is a home that is welcoming, warm, with lots of functional and highly attractive spaces in which to live and work.

Quiet on even the busiest of Maldon weekends, this home has proved to be a tranquil oasis, a haven and a truly lovely place to come home to.


Delightful Miners Cottage

Cottage for Lease

This delightful cottage in Van Heurck Street, adjacent to the weekly Wesley Hill Market, is the perfect rental for a professional couple or single person. The living areas are compact but highly functional and the spacious kitchen, dining area, with a large feature window that enjoys views of the spacious yard, makes a very comfortable hub.

Well fenced, providing roomy off street parking and a roomy back yard in which to entertain, this home offers genuine lifestyle for someone wanting to live in this highly popular part of town.

The market space is busy of a Saturday morning but what a bonus to be able to wander across and do your weekly shopping, meet friends for a coffee and enjoy the colour and life that it adds to this otherwise quiet part of town.

With the Albion Hotel, Bold Cafe and the Wesley Hill Bakery all within short walking distance this really is a much sought after location.

To get further leasing details contact Brooke or Cecilia at the office and arrange an inspection!
03 5470 5811

Gracious Winton Beckons

123 High Street Maldon

You only have to pick up copies of Slow Magazine and Country Style to read about the streams of people who are choosing to move to places where they can engage in a community and live at a slower pace. Maldon is one of the places that people are drawn to.

It really is not every day that a home as tastefully and elegantly renovated as 123 High Street Maldon comes on to the market. The sale of this classic home, in a prime, prestigious part of Maldon, is the opportunity to make a lifestyle choice at an affordable price. This is genuinely a home where all the work has been done and which offers residents truly liveable spaces.

Winton has been lovingly renovated, keeping the Victorian facade intact, and offering a beautifully balanced mixture of French Provincial, Country Farm House and Victorian decor within. No part of the property has been overlooked and it is the attention to detail both in the house and within the garden which captures ones attention.

This pristinely presented home offers not only gracious living within but the added bonus of an idyllic studio for anyone seeking to work from home.

Is it you she is calling to make her home?


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