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Get the most out of your wood heater

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Having received a lot of questions following my previous blog post on wood heating, I’ve decided to answer a few of them here. I am an advocate of wood heaters and am personally glad to see them in more homes I visit across Australia. The Danish concept of hygge is picking up over the country this Autumn/Winter, following its takeover in the US and UK. The term hygge is all about perfecting the art of getting cosy; sitting in front of a warm, welcoming fire with a hot chocolate in one hand and a book in the other – the…

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Sustainable heating at home this winter

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It’s official. Winter is here. It’s a time we all dread with the looming thoughts of cold, dark mornings and heating bills through the roof. In our house, there is no doubt about it. It’s time to fire up the wood heater, something that has become a bit of a family tradition over the years and always coincides with a hot chocolate and marshmallows. As many of you may know, The Du Bois family  love our wood fire and  I am a bit of an advocate of wood heating, I have set a goal to take our home totally off…

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Barry Du Bois’s top renovation tips

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Barry “Baz” Du Bois has 30 years of designer/builder experience notched onto his tool belt. Here he takes time out of his role co-hosting Channel 10’s show The Living Room to share his advice for renovation success. What advice would you give homeowners who are looking to renovate for profit? A good part of the profit comes with the property, so the better quality property you buy, the sooner you will be in the black. Be cautious that you’re not paying for personalised improvements. Often people will tailor a property to suit their needs at the time, for example adding…

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Money, Money, Money

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Your home is a sanctuary a place of solitude, for love, families, guests & warmth. Why then is the only thing I read every week and see every night on the telly the importance of the FINANCIAL VALUE of your suburb or how much more your home is worth. Has it increased or decreased which one of us are financial winners or losers. Unfortunately in Australian society the value of your property is nothing more than a tool to increase debt to buy things we can’t really afford. The Australian population has a obsession with property like none other in…

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The day that changed everything!

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It was around Christmas 2010. One of those perfect summer days. I was down the south coast with my brother and nephew surfing one morning when I went under a right-hander and heard a terrific crack in my neck. Hearing the sound, especially under water, was surreal. I felt my neck freeze right up, pins and needles set in and I thought ‘Ah bugger, that’ll be a trip to the physio’. For the next three months I had an incredible headache I just couldn’t shake. March approached, and I was about to head off overseas, to India on our fifth attempt…

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Barry Du Bois’ Home Improvement Tips

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February 18, 2016 In a letter to a friend in 1898 Mark Twain wrote: “Our house was not insentient matter. It had a heart and a soul and eyes to see us with … We never came home from an absence that its face did not light up and speak out its eloquent welcome, and we could not enter it unmoved.” Much of my inspiration comes from quotes like this. I refer to this one often when designing or rethinking a space. Call me an old romantic, but for me, Twain has hit the nail on the head with his…

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What is Mould

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What is Mould? We all know Mould is bad in our home, but what is it? Mould can be identified by its musty odour and by the distinctive discolouration of whatever it is growing on. Mould is a collection of lots of tiny fungi and can grow both indoors and outdoors and it exists everywhere in nature to breakdown organic matter by consuming it. Mould needs 3 critical things to grow. Removing one of these 3 things will reduce or even eliminate mould growth. 1. Source of food Mould likes to eat Carbon atoms in organic material such as leather and soil along with cellulose such…

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Sustainable Living

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A great way to start your journey to a more sustainable home is to take some of the toxins that come in everyday Cleaning products and building materials. The three main household toxins of concern are: Benzene Formaldehyde Trichloroethylene These carcinogenic chemicals are used in the manufacturing of synthetic substances and materials and are off-gased from new materials for some time (up to several years, depending on the material of product in question). The great news is that there are several plants that both live well indoors and not only absorb these toxins they help move purified air around you…

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The life that Barry built

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With his swept-back hair, tanned face and the insouciance of a world traveller, Barry Du Bois looks as though he’s just stepped off a yacht, something he’s done a lot of in the past few years. His own yacht is in Turkey right now and he’s a bit landlocked here at Channel Ten in Sydney, but he’s ready and willing to take us on a journey, and a quite amazing one. He’s had wonderful times – the freedom and joy of the boat features heavily and, always, his family – and he’s faced tough times with both he and his…

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The Logies

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A great moment in my TV Career is no doubt the 2015 TV week Logies, Winning “Best Lifestyle Show” is a real highlight and being able to share this experience as a we did together was really amazing. The relationship the four of us share is very special to me, the belief respect and love we have for one and other is at times overwhelming. We love that we get to share our experience, with you all.      

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