But we’re also seeing the return of weather extremes that tend to visit Australia at this time of year.
Check out these tips from Houzz to weatherproof your home from flood, heat, storms and bushfires.
- Heat: The wraparound veranda that is the trademark of quintessential Queenslanders was built with the heat in mind. Maximising cool breezes and shade, this has helped generations of Brisbanites beat the summer heat. Modern designers have added to this with heat-resistant features such as double glazing, ceiling and floor insulation and cool housing colours (no black roofs please!).
- Floods: Sadly many Brisbanites are no strangers to floods. If your home is in a flood zone, you may know all too well the hazards that lurk with heavy rain. There are some tips you can consider if you’re building in a flood prone area including choice of building materials and placement of electrical goods. Check out Houzz’ 12 tips to protect your home from floods.
- Storms: Keep your yard clean and your gutters clear, seal window and door gaps and trim overhanging trees. Also check your roof is in good condition.
- Bushfires: Those in bushfire prone areas should learn more about Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) ratings and materials recommended for building in these areas. Also connect with your local fire services to learn more about developing bush fire safety plans for your property.