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A Home Base course can set you on the path to a successful project


It’s not every day that we sit down to read a house plan, head into a paint store to select a brand-new colour scheme or create a complex planting plan for our back garden.

In fact, each of these tasks is usually well out of our comfort zone and requires more than a quick internet search and a ‘come-what-may’ attitude to complete successfully.

Luckily, Home Base is here to help with a comprehensive education program featuring a year-long, rotating schedule of 10 short courses and seminars designed for anyone looking to commence their building, renovating or design-related project.

A little inside knowledge, combined with timely, expert advice from local industry professionals as well as hands-on activities, extensive course notes and additional resources are all on offer to give you a head start on your project.

For anyone looking to build, Home Base is a great starting point. Owner-building is still proving a popular choice in WA, with the biggest draw cards being the chance to save money, a greater level of control over the end result and the ability to build the home you want, rather than choose from a catalogue of designs and finishes as determined by the builder.

The one-day Owner-Builder course walks prospective owner-builders through the process – focusing on the often complicated initial application stages as well as offering plenty of advice regarding the design and construction stages of building a new home or undertaking a major renovation.

Take it one step further with the six-week Building and Renovating course, offering a step-by-step guide through the entire design and construction process of building a new home or undertaking a renovation project.

For those considering signing with a building company, one day is all it takes to get a head start. The New Homes course is presented by a panel of independent industry experts, offering guidance and insider information.

It covers topics such as obtaining finance and managing budgets, looks at what you are really agreeing to as part of your building contract, offers design advice, explains the pre-start selection process and guides you on when and where you should spend and save.

The range of design courses on offer at Home Base have been created to inspire you with the latest ideas – and offer plenty of industry advice for you to take away and apply to your next project.

Often referred to ‘the hub’ of the home, the kitchen is the place where the family get together at the beginning and end of each day.

Creating a space that is functional, stylish and complements the style of the home as well as the lifestyle of those who use it is by no means an easy task – but it can be achieved with the right advice and some inspiration through the one-day Kitchen Design course.

Whether you are starting from scratch with a new home or are thinking of renovating your existing kitchen, the course allows you to explore the basics of design and current trends – including the latest appliances – and learn how to avoid common design mistakes.

If you are looking to style your interior spaces, the six-week Interior Design course is the perfect introduction to all of the crucial design principles, including flooring and lighting, storage solutions, colour theory and paint selections, planning out rooms and much more.

For the all-important outdoor zone, the four-week Garden Design course will help you develop your green thumb and give you the confidence to put your mark on your front yard, backyard or even your courtyard.

Explore popular garden themes and styles and learn about soil types, preparing soil and mulches for your new garden, and selecting plants suitable for Perth conditions. Even try your hand at drawing scaled plans with this interactive course.

The Home Base range of building and design-related short courses will help you imagine the possibilities, give you the confidence to bring the dream to life, inspire you with the latest ideas and give you all of the expert knowledge needed to create your perfect home.

Visit the Home Base courses page to find out more.