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At Last – An Architect Who Knows How to Get DA's Through Councils Quickly! When going through the motions of building a new home, one of the most frustrating experiences is the long and tedious process of getting one’s DA (Development Application) through the Council....

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Power of Feng Shui

Sabrina Muysken Sydney Observer's resident spirtual medium Kerrie Erwin has released her latest book - Sacred Space: Finding Harmony with Feng Shui. Kerrie's sixth publication takes an in-depth look at the power of the ancient Chinese practise of feng shui and how...

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Get Your Lawn Ready for Summer

Alex Dalland With the weather heating up, now is the perfect time to prepare your lawn for the hot summers it is about to endure. Sydney Observer has some top tips, as well as advice from one of Australia's leading gardeners and former host of 'Burke's Backyard', Don...

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Will the Construction Boom Continue?

Alex Dalland Around the country, new homes and apartments are springing up overnight – with Ku-ring-gai being no exception to this development phenomenon. But while the New South Wales government is applauding an all-time high on construction spending across the...

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Renovate or relocate?

Stephanie Stefanovic It’s certainly not uncommon to hear of retirees selling their homes and moving into condos or retirement villages. In fact, it’s often expected. After all, more space means more upkeep, which can seem like unnecessary hassle if the space is going...

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Chatting with Jane

Stephanie Stefanovic chats with Jane Meakins, Arts and Cultural Coordinator of Ku-ring-gai Art Centre. Jane talks life, art and the North Shore. What’s a regular day in your life like? “Usually I get up early, then hit the gym or go for a walk. I go to work at the Art...

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Ultimate Barbecue Guide

Alex Dalland Nothing quite matches the taste and texture of a perfectly grilled barbecue meal. While a barbecue can be one of the most versatile ways to cook anything from a tender roast dinner to a crispy bacon and egg roll, it also takes know-how and understanding...

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Grow it yourself!

Landart Landscapes With organic, health eating on the rise Matt Leacy and the Landart team have seen an increase in households creating their own veggie gardens or micro herb beds. “A lot of our clients are families, and there's nothing nicer than being able to show...

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Blossoming North Shore

Hope William-Smith Jacaranda blossoms are taking full bloom in your favourite areas. Destination NSW has named the North Shore as one of the top jacaranda areas in the state. The quiet leafy suburbs from the city to Berowra are fast becoming popular jacaranda hotspots...

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Is Asbestos hiding in your home?

Stephanie Stefanovic We've all heard about asbestos, the fibre commonly used in building materials in the 1970s and earlier that was later found to be carcinogenic. It's usually found in places like ceiling tiles, pipe insulation, wall paper and vinyl flooring, but...

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