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easter update

At Arkitektika we have seen a marked increase in multi-residential and residential projects coupled with re-invigorated industry confidence in the first quarter of this year. Now we have the statistics to back up why the smart developers are starting to bring projects online. Always looking for the good news for our economy and industry we share with you some news that has come out over the Easter period about the economy and the housing market: Increased housing starts: Residential building approvals rose 3% in February ... Read more

Sanctuary Cove house starts

On a recent wet afternoon (and there have been a few!) we were proud to witness our satisfied clients along with the builder, Daniel Thompson of Latitude 28, ceremonially "turn the soil" to mark the start of construction for their new home. The clients have been excited throughout Arkitektika's design and documentation processes about their new home and the lifestyle they will enjoy in the custom designed house. Tailored to suit their needs and budget, the home will feature multiple indoor and outdoor ... Read more

queensland coastal management plan

Will they or won’t they repeal it? Despite a lot of noise before the recent state election, the Queensland Coastal Management Plan is still with us. Whether a climate change believer or sceptic, the legislation is there and as an industry we need to ensure preventative and protective measures implemented. Given the time scale of the life of our developments and projects, the risk is too great not to take action. The good news is that the line has been redrawn and detached dwellings ... Read more

the road to recovery…

Residential property analyst and commentator, Michael Matusik, in one of his recent “missive” asserts that the Brisbane residential property market has turned. In making this claim he lists 10 milestones or measures to support the claim: Offers are made before a property goes “public” Multiple offers are made – by different buyers – on the same property after listing Properties start to sell above listed or reserve price New properties start to sell above their resale value Tightening vacancy rate & rising rents The amount of established ... Read more

qld residential building turns corner….

In the March 2012 quarter the seasonally adjusted values of both residential building work and private non-residential building work in Queensland both increased – by 6.3% and 1.4% respectively. These increases are the first in some 18 months and go against the national trend. Indicators for approvals and borrowings also suggest further increases for both residential and non-residential building work for the remainder of 2012. Source: UDIA Queensland Read more

arki update

Industry groups and commentators alike are suddenly appearing more positive. After several years of continuous business and development uncertainty it is a wonderful relief. Despite the doom and gloom merchants and media, and the worry of the global economy and eurozone, these parties are refreshingly positive about both the current and future for a change. Analysts are reporting improving real estate markets in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast, and improving building activity in both residential and non-residential markets. Combined with the lowering ... Read more

lessons from “the dead” … part 1

Floating around our studio the last few weeks has been a new book “Everything I know about business I learned from the Grateful Dead”. This book by Barry Barnes relates the “long, strange trip” of The Grateful Dead to broader business changes and discusses how the band were innovators in business. We are relieved to note we have also followed in many of their footsteps by design, desire, or intuition, and in true Grateful Dead spirit are pleased to share the first few ... Read more

semi precious solid surfaces

An exciting product that we were shown recently features semi-precious stones incorporated into a translucent solid surface. This new generation of solid surface from ceasarstone incorporates different colours of agates, quartzes, amethyst, even petrified wood. Able to be backlit or used in a standard application these new ranges are versatile and stunning. Caesarstone Read more

3d board – textured internal feature lining

Another amazing internal feature lining we have seen recently is a panel system from 3d board. Constructed primarily from plant fibre utilising environmentally friendly technology for a cleaner, greener, product, 3D BOARD is a new, high quality, artistic, durable and environmentally friendly product. Feature walls no longer need to be restricted to a mere splash of colour. 3D BOARD provides a cost effective way to create just the right atmosphere in any room of your home or business. 3d board Read more

prefinished internal feature lining

One of the recent products that has been shown to us is a range of textured feature linings. Adhesive backed these are flexible and suitable for a wide range of applications from product design, furniture and joinery to walls and doors, in residential, commercial, retail, healthcare and hospitality. The product features an incredible variety of stunning finishes - from leather to metallics, tiles to embossed floral designs. SIBU Design Read more
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