Is my Home up to Speed with Smoke Alarms?

New smoke alarm legislation will make Queensland households the safest in Australia in relation to fire safety. QFES has long recommended photoelectric, interconnected smoke alarms to be hard-wired into homes and the decision to mandate this in what is the strongest legislation of its kind in the country, will see more Queensland lives saved. The new legislation specifies that all Queensland dwellings will be required to have interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms in the following areas: All bedrooms In hallways that connect bedrooms with the rest of the [...]

By | 2017-10-18T18:05:50+00:00 August 2nd, 2017|Categories: News, Residential, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

Top Tax Return Tips for Small Businesses

If your turnover is less than two million dollars, you would be classed as a small business entity (SBE). This tax time, the ATO is making things easier for small businesses. Whether you use a registered tax agent or manage your own tax affairs, here are some tips to help you: Timing If you are preparing your own tax return you must lodge by 31 October 2017. If you are using a registered tax agent they will have different lodgment dates. If you are using a tax [...]

By | 2017-10-18T18:06:46+00:00 June 27th, 2017|Categories: News, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

The Real Reason Why We Can’t Afford to Buy New Houses?

The high cost of housing raises questions about why Australians seem to be paying so much more than the rest of the world. The International Monetary Fund's (IMF) Global Housing Watch survey found that Australian housing had the second-widest gap (out of 24 developed nations) between house prices and average income. The average price of a residential dwelling is now sitting well over half a million dollars. Here are a few reasons why housing has become so expensive: Taxes - The costs associated with buying a property, such [...]

By | 2017-10-18T18:07:59+00:00 June 18th, 2017|Categories: Residential, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Queensland’s New Planning System (2017)

From 3 July 2017, Queensland will operate under new planning legislation which will replace the Sustainable Planning Act 2009. The new planning scheme provides the basis for securing the liveability, sustainability, and prosperity of our communities. The legislation aims to deliver a more transparent and efficient system that not only contributes to investment and jobs but embraces genuine community engagement. Who will benefit from the new planning System? Better for the Community New bounded code assessment with clear and unambiguous code provisions will give the industry and community [...]

By | 2017-10-18T18:08:41+00:00 June 9th, 2017|Categories: Commercial, Concepts, News, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

Building versus Renovating?

Whether you are thinking of renovating an existing house or building a brand new home it is important to do some research before you decide. You may find that your original ideas change once you have done your homework. For example, if you want to build a house but there are budget constraints, is renovating your existing house an option?  Or maybe building a ready-made project home is the answer if you’re time-poor. The following may provide some guidance and could help you decide: Estimate Costs Renovating [...]

By | 2017-10-18T18:11:31+00:00 February 19th, 2017|Categories: Design, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

Finding the Right Building Designer for Your Project

Thinking about building or renovating and looking for the right building designer to complete your drawings and guide you through the design and construction process? Then consider the following points to help you make the right decision. Firstly, make sure that you select a building designer who is licensed by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (www.qbcc.qld.gov.au). Next, you should ensure that the building designer can demonstrate a certain level of experience and success in projects similar to yours. In some cases, choosing a building designer who [...]

By | 2017-10-18T18:18:22+00:00 October 14th, 2016|Categories: Design, Opinion, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

AMBD Building Design Services Gold Coast Australia

Andre Melville Building Design & Drafting Services Well, this is the first Blog for Andre Melville Building Design & Drafting Services, we also like to call our self’s AMBD for short, as you can imagine saying the company name every time you answer the phone feels like it sometimes takes forever. AMBD is a small architectural Building Designer & Drafting firm specializing in Building Design & Drafting services from small renovations to large commercial and multi-residential projects. Our team consists of Qualified Building Designers, Draftsman, Contract Draftsman, Project Managers, Interior [...]