Rustic Homes, forerunner of timber home design and construction in South Africa and leader in the field since the 1980s, has recently undergone a change of ownership.
In celebration of Youth Month 2017, PPG Group company Prominent Paints, has launched its second #feelgood fundraising campaign in support of non-profit organisation – Cotlands.
With Women’s Month fast approaching, the Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA), spotlights three of its female members, who share their experiences as women in construction.
Here's your chance to win the ultimate sander for dad. Enter the draw to win a Bosch PRR 250 Sanding Roller and give your dad the greatest gift.
Women have revolutionised the DIY sector by injecting creativity, enthusiasm, and a will to succeed. Bosch, as a major sponsor of some the biggest household names in the South African DIY industry, understands that power tools are no longer the exclusive domain of men.
Marlene Cronje, our current DIY Diva in Pretoria, will be leaving at the end of May and the Pretoria DIY Divas workshops will be hosted by Nancy Muchangwa.
South Africa’s most supportive art and design competition, the PPC Imaginarium Awards, announced its Overall Winners.
There's no place like home. It’s your pride and joy, the place that evokes a sigh of relief when you walk through the door, and where your heart is. The 2017 Port Elizabeth HOMEMAKERS Expo celebrates your home with the theme 'A Tribute to Your Home'.
Bathroom specialists, Kohler, have collaborated with expert designers at Design Joburg from 12 – 14 May 2017, where their design innovations will be showcased.
As cities around the world implement green canopy strategies, Treepedia have developed a metric to evaluate and compare canopy cover. The World Economic Forum recently added Cape Town, Durban and Joburg as its first African cities.
Saint-Gobain Gyproc South Africa has announced a three-year sponsorship of the SANParks Honorary Rangers aimed at furthering efforts to protect rhinos and augment anti-poaching strategies.
Over the past 10 years, we have seen over 7,000 ladies and guys at our DIY Divas workshops around the country. We'd like to ask for your feedback, and in return we have an amazing product hamper to say Thank You.
Prominent Paints is addressing the skills shortage within the local paint industry, offering free paint courses to experienced and inexperienced painters.
Ask any mom who has attended a DIY Divas workshop what she would like to receive for Mother's Day, and the answer is sure to be... power tools!
If you want to make your own furniture but don't know how or where to start, now's your chance to sign up for a DIY Divas Workshop in Cape Town, Joburg or Pretoria.
LG was a big winner at the 2017 Red Dot Design Awards, earning an impressive 20 total Red Dot Awards for excellence in design, including two Best of the Best awards.
Design Joburg is Joburg’s latest premier event showcasing the leaders in décor and design. The show brings together the long-established Rooms on View exhibition with the bold new Design Joburg brand.
Join the DIY Divas [Randpark Ridge] on Saturday 15 April for paint techniques workshop where you will make a Vintage Mirror Frame to take home.
Now there's a way to drill through steel even faster... with Alpen's Sprint Master and Alpen Pro
The country’s most supportive art and design prize has once again garnered unprecedented attention from aspiring creatives, achieving a record number of entries into the competition – with an impressive 869 registered entries received.
According to eNCA, Nelson Mandela Bay is on the verge of being declared a disaster area as a result of low water levels in the city dams.
Whether you like to holiday at the coast or go globe trotting, Airbnb helps make accommodation easy, enjoyable and safe. Plus, you can earn extra income at the same time.
Kari de Villiers, a 4th year BA Honours student, was announced the overall winner of the 2016 Festool sponsored University of Johannesburg faculty of Art Design, Architecture, and Industrial Design challenge.
Working with Wood in association with Spiros Mica have planned a feast of exciting activities for the Cape Show. Blue chip international brands from all over the world will have their latest top range and tools on display.
Get creative and let Dremel tools unleash your imagination at this year's Hobby-X on Friday 3 March 2017.
The installation of fibre optic has started and it won't be long before clients can experience the speed and versatility of fibre optic or FTTH (fibre-to-the-home).
Amateur or advanced woodworkers have the opportunity to win a full set of all Triton products currently available in South Africa.
There's no place like home. It’s your pride and joy, the place that evokes a sigh of relief when you walk through the door, and where your heart is. We pay a tribute to your home at the Johannesburg Homemakers Expo 23 to 26 February 2017 at Ticketpro Dome.
As water restrictions continue around the country, and water shortages loom on the horizon, there's never been more incentive to install a water tank for rainwater or greywater harvesting.
Woodoc Totim is a water-borne exterior sealer that is ideal for all exterior wooden surfaces exposed to severe weather conditions.
This year, the PPC Imaginarium Awards has assembled an extraordinary group of some of the industry’s most influential and outstanding creatives on the national and regional judging panel, who will evaluate the various category submissions, choose category finalists and the overall winner.
As the South African construction market experiences a shortage of structural timber, imports of the material have become necessary and are on the rise. In the light of this, the Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA) stresses that all structural timber destined for – and employed by – the South African market must be compliant with local legislation.
Vermont Sales, a leading supply company in the Power Tool and Accessory business, has, probably, the largest selection of blue chip international brands and huge product range, has cemented a name for itself in the industry over the past 30 years, winning numerous awards.
According to scientists, the coming of La Nina will bring extremely wet weather and possible flooding. Is your home prepared?
Prominent Paints, is lending a helping hand to non-profit organisation – Cotlands
Now you can exercise and do your laundry at the same time with the Bike Washing Machine.
This is the event where you will find all your home inspiration, where you will find beautiful interiors, breath-taking gardens, handmade gifts and irresistible kitchens.
Don't miss the Cape Homemakers Expo from 15 to 18 September at the CTICC. From up-to-the-minute kitchens to state-of-the-art appliances, on-trend DIY to beautiful interiors and décor ideas, you will find it all under one roof.
Celebrate the imminent arrival of Spring with the Tools4Wood Spring Competition and you could win a Bosch PSR Select driver and Kreg K3 pocket hole jig.
Introducing the LockLatch window or door security. LockLatch offers a new layer of improved door and window security to stop opportunistic theft so that you and your family can live in safety and sleep peacefully at night.
The Wedding Expo, South Africa’s premier bridal event takes place in Durban on 6th and 7th August at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Diarize Saturday 3 September for the Working with Wood Show, in association with the Woodworking Fair - East Rand.
Tork Craft offers a wide selection of PLC cases to protect your valuables. These cases are water and dust proof and are fitted with wheels for mobility.
The plunging rand and the effects of one of the worst droughts in living memory will make 2016 a tough year for SA consumers. It's fairly obvious that South Africans are going to be severely affected by the downturn in the economy.
Inspire - Create - Innovate with ideas for your home at the Homemakers Expo, The Boardwalk Exhibition Centre in Port Elizabeth from 28 to 31 July 2016. Experience a year’s worth of shopping - all packed under one roof - for four days.
This year’s Working with Wood Show to be held at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Saasveld, George, from August 26 to 28 promises something for the ladies.
Decorex Joburg is the ultimate one-stop shop for all things home. In line with its brand-new theme, ‘Take it Home, Make it Home’, this year’s show will provide everything the homeowner needs to renovate, restore, build or decorate a home.
On Saturday 25 June, 2016 the DIY Divas were proud to present a Ladies Day workshop at the DaVinci Hotel in Sandton in aid of #blowthewhistle
To celebrate Father's Day, Prominent Paints have a product hamper to the value of R1000 up for grabs. The competition closes 30 June 2016.
Bookings are now open at the Vermont Sales Training Academy. Book for airbrush training, drill bit science, wood and metalworking, and a selection of other workshops.
If your kids are distracted by cell phones and tablets, take advantage of this craze and to get your children to do some practical, hands-on work – by using social media on their devices to connect to the DIY Kidz show on YouTube.
Make Your Home is a wonderful book filled with hand-made items that inspire creativity and make you want to start crafting immediately.
100 percent Design South Africa from 5 to 9 August 2016 at Gallagher Convention Centre. Expect to see exciting new work and ranges from a stellar exhibitor list of top local and global brands.
Here's a chance to win a Bosch PLR 50 C for Father's Day. The Bosch PLR 50 C Laser Measure lets you measure lengths, heights, distances and angles with millimetre accuracy.
The Tools4Wood Leap Year competition has closed and the winners announced. Congratulations to all those who won an amazing prize.
Here's your chance to discover the versatility of owning a Dremel MultiTool, plus a handy Workstation. There's never been a better time to start crafting and DIY.
Vermont Sales' Working with Wood Show and Austro from 8th to 11th June at Austro, 1125 Leader Avenue, Roodepoort
In a recent article that I wrote on power tools for women, the Bosch PSB 10,8 volt Impact Driver was high on my list of must-have tools. That's why I was so happy when Bosch agreed to sponsor one of these amazing tools for our Mother's Day Giveaway.
Our precious planet is losing over 15 Billion trees each year. Planting trees absorb excess and harmful CO2 from our atmosphere. By planting the right trees, we can help counteract the loss of species, as well as provide increased habitat connectivity between regional forests.
Catch the DIY Divas at Grand Designs Live and enjoy 3 days of inspiration! Grand Designs Live returns to the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg, 20 to 22 May 2016.
'Picture Africa' includes work by leading African photographers, top South African fashionistas, and innovative textile designers from all over Africa.
In celebration of Leap Year Tools4Wood, in conjunction with Bosch, Home-Dzine and Home Handyman Magazine, are running their biggest competition yet.
Vermont Sales has a brand new head office - designed and built to their own specifications, that incorporates a variety of green design elements, and is 40 percent larger than their old premises.
DoggyDo is an app that lists all the dog friendly restaurants, accommodation, camping spots and more throughout South Africa.
Asbestos is a dangerous material. In addition to being the only known cause of mesothelioma, it can lead to other deadly diseases. Unfortunately, not all homeowners are aware of the dangers of asbestos.
Never have to worry about losing the key, or forgetting the combination. Master Lock Bluetooth Padlocks use the power of your smart phone!
Homemakers Expo Johannesburg returns in 2016 from 25 to 28 February at the Ticketpro Dome in Northgate. We have 10 double tickets up for grabs!
The contents of your home are valuable, both in terms of money, and sentimental value. If you plan on taking a holiday this year, make sure your home contents are fully insured and that payments are up to date.
If you haven't yet seen the Builders 'love your home' mini-magazines these are definitely worth a peek. Each edition is packed with DIY projects, advice and helpful tips for decorating and home improvement projects.
This year the Ideas magazine annual Trunk Show that will take place from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 July 2015 at Simondium Country Lodge in Franschhoek.
Cape Town's leading home expo celebrates 20 years in 20. The Cape Homemakers Expo takes place from 27 to 30 August at the CTICC. You have an opportunity to win 1 of 10 tickets to 2015 Cape Homemakers Expo.
Limited edition beaded knobs add an African spin and a burst of colour to your cabinets and cupboards. Sandile Sithole, Zulu craftsman has created a range of beaded knobs that enhance neutral kitchen designs and provide a contrast with brighter colour schemes, giving cabinets and cupboards an instant pick-me up.
Prominent Paints is addressing the industry skills shortage within the local paint industry through its Training Academy. Since its inception almost 35 years ago, the academy has invested in the training of almost 12 000 learners; a number the Group is committed to growing.
It's lightweight and easy to use, but more than that, your Mom can make incredible projects with the Dremel Micro and here's your chance to win one of these for Mother's Day
I have reached my limit for being without power during load shedding. It's time to join the Gennie Generation and power up when the power is down!
This Mother’s Day surprise your mom and give her a gift that if properly applied, will keep on giving for up to seven years before it needs attention. A R1 000 hamper could be yours this Mother's Day.
The new www.tools4wood.co.za website is up and running and they would like to invite you to pop onto the new site and take a look around.
With the reality of load shedding, the conversation has moved from ‘Why Eskom’ to ‘How do I get power?’ While the immediate reaction to power outages is to rush off and buy a generator - these appear to be the most popular choice because they seem to be the most widely known. But what about investing in an Inverter?
Decorex Durban has set up a pop up night market that’s going to take the festivities right through to 9pm. The Friday Great Idea Sale at Decorex Durban, with exhibitors offering shoppers discounts and bargains that are available on that day only.
South African cities are experiencing a growing influx of people which has a massive impact on the quality of urban life. According to the Worldbank, South Africa’s urban population for 2013 was a staggering 64%. Never before in the history of mankind have so many people relocated to cities on such a scale.
Most homes have cupboards, closets, and even entire rooms, that are filled with clutter that's no longer needed. Why not organise all these areas and earn a bit of extra cash for items no longer in use and spoil yourself with something you need.
Energizer Light Fusion technology allows you to light up in so many ways. Creativity can hit at any time of the day, and since many DIY-ers work in garages, workshops - or even outdoors - lighting up your work area is now easy - even when the power goes out.
Hobby-X, South Africa's favourite craft and hobby expo, takes place at The Dome, Northgate from 5 to 8 March 2015. From mosaics to baking and DIY décor to woodworking you'll find something to suit every taste!
Taking place from 23 to 28 June 2015, Sustainability week is all about advancing the Green Economy through the sharing of knowledge. The event takes place at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria.
In today's world, finding a reliable and competent contractor can be challenging. That's why online services such as that offered by Handyman Direct are a lifesaver. They can assist you with a handyman for all your building and property maintenance needs.
Decorex, South Africa's leading decor, design and lifestyle expo, kicks off in Durban on Thursday 19 March.
Having access to schedules for planned shedding is all fine and well, but also turning into a boon for criminals.
Every year Plascon shows the ways to enrich our lives with colour. This year Plascon celebrates colour with a week-long festival from 1 to 7 September, 2014. This festival is an opportunity to stop and think about what the colours in our world mean to us and the powerful effect that colour has on our lives. In conjunction with Plascon Colour Week, Plascon is challenging everyone to perform Random Acts of Colour.
When you take on any home improvement projects it is essential to wear proper safety gear and also to take safety precautions when working with harmful or toxic products. As we move towards using safer products it makes sense to use those that don't put our health at risk. That's why we recommend using Pattex Contact Adhesives.
Ideas magazine has announced the dates for this year's annual Trunk Show that will take place on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 July 2014 at Simondium Country Lodge in Franschhoek.See the pages from Ideas magazine come to life at this unique exhibition that showcases the talents of over 25 exhibitors. Handmade crafts, authentic goods and one-of-a-kind crafts will be on display for you to browse and buy.
Pattex have recently launched a new product and I decided to put it to the test. Pattex Repair Gel and Glue are suitable for use indoor and outdoors, since both products are waterproof once cured. The bonding is also flexible and can resist temperatures between -50°C and 80°C, which is why I decided to try this out on the seal around my fridge door.
In celebration of colour, design and creativity, South Africa’s leading paint company, Plascon, has launched an exciting new competition that will demonstrate how creative thinkers have the ability to make a positive impact on the built environment. Known as the Plascon Colour Design Awards, the competition has grown out of the previous Plascon Prism Awards, which Plascon supported for several years as part of its ongoing commitment to further the architectural and design industries.
Although it's difficult to spot when buying laminated pine, do be aware that I recently bought 8 sheets of laminated pine, and 4 of the sheets have popped open along the seams when being cut.
It's always exciting to see someone use a Dremel Trio for the first time. At a recent workshop the Divas made a key rack using pine finished off with a decorative edge using the Dremel Trio. If you make your own furniture, a Dremel Trio is definitely a tool to invest in.
Don't miss out on this year's 2013 Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival taking place from 28 June to 7 July 2013. This annual event is one of South Africa's most popular festivals.
Green Office Week takes place in South Africa in April every year and in 2013 it will be from Monday 22 to 26 April. This national campaign is designed to motivate and inspire you and your work colleagues to adopt
behaviours which respect the environment. The aim is to get everyone to look at how we can Recycle, Reduce, Reuse, and save
I found a post on that shows how to extend the life of a bicycle tyre using Neutral Cure Silicone. Parents of young children will appreciate the fact that it claims to extend the life of a bicycle tyre, which can be a costly exercise if you have two or more children riding a bicycle, so I thought what the heck... give it a try!
This past week was an eye-opener for my family as far as ABSA is concerned. After having his salary deposited into his cheque account, my hubby was dismayed when he could no longer withdraw cash from the account. He tried repeatedly, at different ATMs, and on different days, to withdraw from his cheque account, only to be offered a receipt that said there were problems with his account.
Before heading out to do you holiday shopping take stock of what is in your wallet, purse or handbag and leave non-essentials at home. The more lightweight your personal items, the easier it will be to handle and look after.
While an artificial Christmas tree may not be considered an eco-friendly or sustainable option, when carefully packed and stored away at the end of the festive season, an artificial tree will provide enjoyment for your family for years to come.
The Woodlands Boulevard Ladies Club got together on Wednesday 31 October, 2012, to make tug-along toyboxes for the Jakaranda Childrens Home. The event was organised by Woodlands Boulevard centre management, sponsored by Builders Warehouse at Woodlands Boulevard and held at the Woodlands Boulevard Spur.
I love and hate receiving the weekly newsletter from Property24. On the one hand I get to see inside some of South Africa's most expensive homes, and on the other hand I want to sell up and move. It's not that I hate my house, but it's human nature to want something you can't have...!
The boundaries between your properties mark where your rights end and your neighbours' begin. Having a knowledge of each others' rights and obligations is the first step in establishing a good relationship with your neighbours and enjoying your rights to the full.
Whether you live in a townhouse, cluster development or free-standing home, at one time or another you may have or have to put up with noisy neighbours. What does the law say about dealing with noisy neighbours and do you have to put up with it?
Although it's the law that home sellers have to be up front about defects, it's amazing what a coat of paint will cover up and you will only start noticing problems six months down the line - when it's too late for recourse.
With the bulk of South Africa's electricity being generated from low-quality coal, Wits researchers have reported that electric cars will not reduce greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming.
Just when you thought nothing else could go wrong, imagine your GPS exploding, or even your cellphone. While new battery technology is more eco-friendly than older NiCad batteries, if you leave them switched on or plugged in for too long they could explode due to excess heat.
Don’t be put off by the ugly old-fashioned options in many of our homes. There are many more designs to choose from these days, and Trellidor has some attractive suggestions.
Microdot technology is a groundbreaking innovation in vehicle identification created to solve the problem of identifying stolen or hijacked vehicles... And it looks certain to revolutionise the motor insurance industry.
If problems arise with rented properties, especially those in the residential sector, they frequently revolve around maintenance issues.
The macro economic climate presented in the 2012 National Budget suggests that the South African property market will in the next year, continue to trade in an environment characterised by uncertain and subdued economic growth.
If you're planning a decorating project in the near future, be sure that when your redecorating project is done, you haven't overspent to achieve that look. While you want everyone who sees it to think it looks like a million bucks, woe to your wallet - and possibly your credit - if you spend too much.
Let's face it, 2011 was a tough year for all. Fuel prices going up, unemployment, groceries costing more, all contributing to a year we would rather forget. While the outlook for 2012 doesn’t look much better, with every new year comes a new chance to change one’s own circumstances... new year, new start.
Renovation is a ‘dirty’ word, not only for the dust and mess, but also as a cause of serious stress. Indeed, additions and alterations have been known to reduce grown men to tears and strong women to helpless rage.
The value of a home can increase significantly following extensive remodelling or renovation work. When you are carrying out any serious work to your home it is vital to contact the insurer of your property to ensure that your coverage is still correct.
House prices and interest rates have fallen to such a great extent, that the monthly cost of owning a home is now more affordable than at any point in the past 15 years and less expensive than renting in a number of South African suburbs.
Working from home certainly has its perks, especially if your home office enables you to reclaim your hard-earned money back from the taxman.
So far this year we haven't seen much rain up here in Gauteng, but that may change in the next couple of months and perhaps now is a good time to prepare for any eventuality.
Everyone looks forward to going away on holiday - including burglars. The SAPS provide you with some tips on ways to protect your home and possessions.
A new survey reveals that it is almost 30% cheaper to buy an existing house than rebuild one. As a result, it is vital that you consider the rebuild cost when insuring rather than the market value or you may be left underinsured.
Winning World Design Capital 2014 is a win not just for Cape Town – it’s for the region, the country, the continent.
Andrew Myers blends modern material with classical figurative technique. It is his unification of these three characteristics that results in the innovative and modern artwork that captivates viewers and has been so highly acclaimed nationwide.
The new CPA (Consumer Protection Act) poses many benefits to the South African public, however, the act itself does enforce legislation that could negatively affect landlords and property managers earning a living in the rental market.
There can be few things in life that are theoretically more satisfying than designing, or even remodelling, your own home.
Diwali, popularly known as the “Festival of Lights”, is an important annual Hindu festival that is celebrated by families performing traditional activities together in their homes.
In the Cape Town suburb of Plumstead stands a house poisoned by the over-application of a pesticide by a fumigation company some 11 months ago.
We highlight things you need to know about the new National Credit Act.
Making sure everyone knows where to go in case of an emergency, can be the key to protecting your home and family.
When you buy a home the bank requests that you take out a comprehensive insurance policy to the value of your home. This home owners insurance covers the replacement cost of builders should anything occur.
The ocean has always been viewed as a bottomless resource but the reality is that marine resources are finite. What can you do to make a difference?
Are you paying too much for your motor vehicle insurance? Do you review your policy at least once each year?
Water damage is the most common cause of household insurance claims. Not surprisingly, it is also the area in which most damages claims are rejected by insurers.
The City of Cape Town is the first municipality in South Africa to launch a large scale pilot - with plans for a city wide roll-out - of a door to door recycling collection service.
The City of Cape Town is the first municipality in South Africa to launch a large scale pilot - with plans for a city wide roll-out - of a door to door recycling collection service.
I have seen myself what women, often in the toughest circumstances, can achieve for their families and societies if they are given the opportunity. The strength, industry and wisdom of women remain humanity’s greatest untapped resource.
During her recent visit to South Africa, America’s First Lady, Michelle Obama, scheduled visits to Day Care Centres in Zandspruit.
What most of us want is a nice property in an area to which we can easily and quickly travel to and from work.
Incandescent light bulbs are to be banned in South Africa and all users will have to switch to other sources of light such as the more energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs that are considerably more expensive.
Buying a home is risky business. After a lengthy search, you’ve found your perfect house in the right suburb but neglected to investigate what lies beneath the surface.
The Pick 'n Pay smart shopper card is a rewards card that gives you cash back on just about everything in your trolley. Simply swipe your card and for every rand spent, we give you 1 smart point.
Are rats really the dread disease-carriers they're said to be, and , even if they're not, what can you do to keep them off your property?
With most of my waking hours divided between sitting in front of my PC and surfing the net and doing DIY projects, I know how tricky it can be to avoid getting a virus. Here are some tips to help you stay virus-free.
We’ve all seen images of birds and fish, with plastic grocery bags in mouth. The toxins they carry are nearly impossible to eliminate as we don’t really know how if ever they break down naturally.
Puchasing a home is one of the biggest financial decisions you will make during your lifetime. Managed well, it can be a very rewarding investment over the long term.
After hearing rumours, stories and goings-on about our water supply, and the purity thereof, I decided that it was time to take a closer look at the situation.