Difficult blocks? No, interesting challenges!

Builders either love difficult blocks, or hate them…there is no middle ground. That’s because while some Brisbane home builders think of them as problems, others look at them as opportunities. Civic Steel Homes are in the latter group, in fact over the years we have become the difficult block specialists who simply don’t have a ‘too hard basket’. We believe …

The amazing flexibility of Steel Framed Homes

As ironic as it may sound, very few building products are as flexible as steel framing. Naturally we’re not talking about physical flexibility here – after all steel home designs is as strong as they come – but rather flexibility of design. Building steel framed homes offers numerous advantages: Versatility Strength Longevity Light weight Sustainable Termite proof Using steel framing …

Contemporary homes Brisbane: Everything old is new…again.

Contemporary home design in Brisbane has gone full circle. Wallpaper is back in vogue, taking the design scene by storm with stylish patterns and eye-popping colours that resonate with contemporary yet timeless styles. They boast for example sleek chrome, vibrant shades, geometric shapes, bold floral patterns and stripes. Designers never really stopped using wallpaper to add interest and style to …

Brief Bigger Than Budget?

After 15 years in the custom building industry I am yet to meet anyone whose brief isn’t bigger than their building budget. It is human nature to want far more than you wish to pay for. However don’t despair; your custom builder is there to help you build smarter. Four main factors that can strain a build budget are: • …

A Brisbane builder’s thoughts on great bathroom design

At Civic Steel Homes, we’ve helped many people create fantastic bathrooms as part of their new homes. And like any room, we believe that when designing your bathroom it’s important to concentrate on functionality — then the visual elements will follow. Here are two key points to consider when planning your new bathroom… Home builder tip 1: Divide up your …

Insulation — the secret to cool summer living in your sustainable home

In the sweltering summer heat, we Queenslanders are constantly trying to keep our homes pleasantly cool. So when designing your new sustainable home, you want to ensure that achieving a comfortable, LIVEABLE space is as easy, affordable and environmentally friendly as possible. [See “10 Tips for Energy Efficient Home Design“] Insulation plays a huge role in maintaining the right temperature …

Tips from a sustainable home builder: How to make the most of cooling breezes

As an eco home builder in Queensland, we are often asked the question: “Can my house be designed to capture natural cooling breezes?” As you’ll discover when you read our eBook: “10 Tips For Energy Efficient Home Design“, the answer is yes — with careful planning, it can! With good home design, the key to getting breeze optimisation (and other …