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What Houzz contributors are saying:
“We have always supported other local businesses in our community through our newsletter,” Osofsky says. “Supporting each other now is how we’ll all get through this.” Janet Price of Bearded Builders says that while they’ve shut down their operations temporarily for safety, they’re staying connected to clients and potential clients online. This includes encouraging support for local businesses and advice on how to do so. “We have also recently hosted a drawing where we gave away a restaurant gift card to one of our followers,” Price says. “Everyone is in this together. For the most part, we are all trying to stay positive amidst all of the uncertainty.”
At this stage, the initiative is focused on collecting the names of architects who are willing to share their expertise. Ultimately, it aims to connect these design professionals with individuals who have lost their homes but don’t have sufficient means to rebuild them. “Next week the website will include an interactive map that allows architects to indicate the regions they’ve worked in and their specialist skills – because remember it’s not just houses being lost in the fires, but bridges, infrastructure and schools too,” says Cambage.
2. Get plant-savvyNo plant is completely fireproof, but some are less flammable than others. So it pays to have even a basic knowledge of what’s growing in your garden – and how much of a fire danger each plant poses. Trees that are known to ignite quickly (or even explode) include tea tree, cyprus, pines, eucalypts and various other natives.If you have a well-established eucalyptus tree in your garden (which might also be home to local wild life) you probably won’t want to remove it. But you can make it safer and reduce the fire risk it poses by pruning it back (especially any dead branches) and clearing the area around the trunk. Be sure to check with your local council as to how much of a tree you can remove each year.If you can’t identify all the trees and plants in your garden, consider engaging a professional to help you.
… But be carefulBe careful when bringing a dog into a house with children. Until you really know your new dog, especially if he or she is a grown up, you need to ensure children act with care and treat him or her with respect. The dog must also know its place in the pack and not think he or she is above the children. Or, if bringing a new baby into a home with a dog that’s already established there, exercise caution until the new baby has settled in.
Go nativeIt may not be practical to have a sheep or two and a kangaroo, but having lots of gum trees is definitely possible. If you’re building or extending and have eucalypts on your land, keep as many of them in place as you can or plant more, even if it means picking up dead leaves and fallen branches now and then. Why? Because they’re beautiful to look at, undeniably Australian, and take us back to our roots.