Welcome to our podcast. We are super excited to talk about all things building because we believe that building is fun. Super fun. Soooo much fun!!!
BuildHer Collective was created to help women with building and renovating. We believe that with the right tools everyone can build. For us, it's all about encouraging women to TAKE BACK control of the building process and achieve their dreams.
We are women in the building industry and as developers, builders and project managers, it's our passion to share everything we know with other women doing the same. That’s why we’ve created this podcast for you.
So... if you love all things building, you're into design, keen on the numbers, about to renovate, thinking and dreaming of what your forever home would look like, OR even developing for profit - then you have found your family! Subscribe to our podcast and follow our journey - we'll have some fun!
Listen to the episode that launched it all...
Who & What Are BuildHer Collective?
Hi there and welcome! We're kicking off our podcast journey with a little bit about ourselves. It's a quick chat about how we met each other (we've known each other for ages), where the idea of BuildHer was born (late night chats over pizza and wine in Italy turned out to be super productive!!!) and not only that - it was all recorded one afternoon while we were in bed (it seems that one of us is always pregnant, and on this particular day it was THE comfiest spot in a house still being renovated)!
Click on the picture of us (Kribashini on the left and Rebeka on the right) to have a listen to how our 'BuildHer' journey all began.
Listen to the latest episodes...
Haven Interiors - It's Possitively Heaven!
It's unrealistic for most of us to think about being on holidays every single day, BUT how about creating a home that has a warm, breezy and coastal holiday feel about it all the time instead!
This week on the podcast Rebeka chats to Katrina Lumsden from Haven Interiors who helps clients create thier own slice of heaven right in their home. She also shares her 5 step formula to help clients identify their own style, create a clear picture of what they want and stick to the budget that they've set for themselves!
Immerse yourself in coastal vibes (if just for a short time) by clicking on the picture above.
Evan talks window furnishings & industry disruption with Rebeka!
On the podcast today is Evan from DIY Blinds, a supplier we love and have been using now for years! Evan talks about how DIY Blinds has blown up and how they've disrupted the industry by taking a traditional bricks and mortar shopping experience online!
Throw in pros and cons of thinking about your window furnishings early on, think customising anything you want, and how home automation has also found its way into the industry and you've got yourself a winning window chat!
Click on the picture of Evan above to listen along.
Out of the Woods and into the Clear with Anita!
How to you find a way to build during a year where there's a global pandemic, your city is in lockdown (twice!) for months at a time and there are roadblocks popping up left, right and centre? When your a DevelopHer you'll find a way. Just like Anita did!!!
In 2018 there were a few of us from BuildHer team and the Masterclass participants who were lucky enough to see the moment Anita was the successful purchaser of this now finished property. It was pretty darn excited, but not as exciting as it is now, 2 years later, to see the finished product and celebrate her achievement and we're excited to talk to Anita about it.
Click on the picture of Anita above to listen along.
Drafty Dreams with Natasha Levan!
When you’re first embarking on your renovation journey, it can be tricky to decide whether you need (or can afford) an architect to bring your reno to life, or whether a draftsperson will do the job. Our guest today, Natasha Levan from Levan Design has managed to bring these two roles together to create a design firm that suits a wide range of clients.
Natasha has a real passion for art and architecture and has achieved some truly incredible results for her clients. Go and check out her website for a look at the stunning projects she has helped bring to life.
Click on the picture of Natasha above to listen along.
Everyone needs a Sonia!
There's nothing we LOVE more than chatting to our DevelopHers about their journeys and asking them to share their stories on our podcast. We get to share with your amazing stories and there's a whole lot of "we're so proud of these ladies and what they're doing" thrown in there as well!
In this episode we Kribashini chat's to Sonia De Gregorio from Gama Homes who ditched the corporate finance job in favour of working alongside her husband Ricardo in their building business. Bringing her unique skills with her the business is nothing but better for it!
Listen to Sonia's DevelopHers tale by clicking on the above picture.
Hello Dream Crushers!
Kribashini and Rebeka crush some dreams this week - well it was really Rebeka - but sometimes, to keep you on track and on budget with your build or renovation, there are dreams to be crushed. We all know dreams are free, but more often than not, reality does bite!
In this episode we chat about the realities of building for profit and being able to balance the values, design intent and livability to work within the parameters of your budget without sacrificing the architectural integrity of the project. Sounds like fun right? Join us for an interesting chat.
Click on the picture of Rebeka and Kribashini to find out why sometimes you just have to say no!
Meet Suzanne - Another Passive House Convert!
Our guest today discovered her passion for sustainability during the process of designing and building her passive house in Melbourne. Not only is Suzanne one of our talented and industrious BuildHers, she is also the Engineering Strategy Manager at Ford Motor Company, wife and mother of two young boys. To say she is amazing is an understatement!
Once investigations started into a passive home design, Suzanne and her husband were hooked and undertook the construction of a thoughtfully designed passive house with sustainability at the heart of everything. Not only that, this house was literally up in only 4 days - amazing!
Click on the picture of Suzanne to find out more about her building experience!
Talking Building with Rob from Graya!
So many great things to talk about in this podcast episode with Rebeka and Rob Gray, half of Brisbane-based building and development company Graya, who's point of difference is that not only will they generate plans based on customer briefs and manage a build, but they can assist in the entire development process from selection and acquisition of the the site to choosing the structure, assembling the dream team and building your vision.
Throw in a little discussion around the importance of prioritising branding and marketing, ensuring your precious budget is being utilised in the most efficient manner and that customer satisfaction is their top priority... well then you've got a great chat.
Click on the picture of Rob above to find out more!
Living in a Renovation!
Is this you and just exactly how long has this situation been going on??? In this week's podcast Rebeka & Kribashini talk about living in a renovation. The practicalities involved and the lessons they've learned through their numerous personal renovation experiences.
Things that will get you through include a sense of humour, coming to grips with the fact that there will be dust everywhere and noisy tradies constantly coming in and out. In this episode we talk about how to get through it, why it's important to reach out to friends and family and the fact that it's ok to sneak away for a cheeky weekend or two if you can manage it!
Click on the picture of Rebeka painting her floors above to find out more!
Plant Musings with Jacqui & Alana from Ivy Muse
Let's talk plants! Now more than ever, with so many of us spending more time in our homes during 2020, people are craving the outdoors, and thus bringing the outdoors inside in the way of indoor plants.
Two ladies who know a lot about indoor plants are Jacqui & Alana from Ivy Muse, a plant emporium here in Melbourne. These two besties not only offer plants for purchase but a vast array of plant knowledge, e-plant styling sessions and a range of products from their own twice yearly released collections.
Click on the picture of Jacqui & Alana above to deep dive into plant musings!
Passive Solar Passion!
This week Rebeka talks to our oh so stylish and thoughtful BuildHer, Rachel Harris about the recent renovation of her family home - a California Bungalow in Preston, Melbourne. Before she started renovating, Rachel was able to take her time throughout the design phase to carefully research what she and her family really wanted and needed.
The outcome of her research has led to an amazing extension where passive solar principles were incorporated. These include elements like cross-ventilation, heat pumps, a solar chimney (to name a few), which result in a home that is comfortable all year round!
Click on the picture of Rachel above to find out more about her family home design and build story!
DevelopHering for Your Lifestyle!
A topic that comes up a lot for us is the building lifestyle... "How do I transition out of my day job and start supplementing my income with building and renovating for profit?"
Rebeka and Kribashini not only talk about their love of building and the lifestyle it affords them, they also talk about the DevelopHer's group that they create which is just for women developing for profit, sharing their journey and learning as much from each other and the group as they can to avoid common pitfalls. To say we are passionate about this group and the people in it is the understatement of the century!
Click on the picture of R&K above to find out more about this lifestyle!
Mark Greenberg from Lambert Capital
There are so many roadblocks along the building and development journey and finance is one of the first things that can bring a project to a grinding halt. So what do you do when the bank has said no but you’re not ready to give up on your project?
In this week's episode Kribashini talks to Mark Greenberg, a Director of Lambert Capital about private funding and non-traditional lending - how it works and how it differs from big bank lending.
Click on the picture of Mark above to find out more about development finance!
Melissa Lunardon - Interior Designer AND mentor!
So much to talk about in this week's Building with BuildHer podcast episode with the talented Melissa. Hers is one of the longer resumes and one better experienced by exploring the trail of purposefully and creatively styled homes left in the wake of hurricane Melissa.
Kribashini and Melissa talk about her beginnings as a designer, her entrepreneurial transition, and how she became a mentor in the field. They then move into the design space touching on capturing personality in design, and tactics to approach a job, before finishing up with Melissa’s mentoring program and the perks of business ownership.
Click on the picture of Melissa above to find out more about her interior design story!
Option Anxiety - It's a real thing!
Anyone who has undertaken a building, renovation or styling project will understand the dilemma you can experience when you just don’t know what to do anymore. Option anxiety is a real thing and sometimes it can be so difficult, and often stressful, to make decisions that will impact the space you’ll be living in for years to come.
In this week's episode, you'll hear Alison's approach to forming her mood boards and how they're a helpful resource to refer back to when things start to go haywire! Listen to her hot tips and discover how she adopted the slogan "a little bit posh and a little bit pov"!
Click on the picture above to get the inside scope on this interior designer's creative process!
Referrals & Recommendations - Why we LOVE it!
One of the most common questions we get asked is "can I get a referral or a recommendation?" and in all honesty, it give us a nervous tick! They're a large part of the building industry, but it's not always as simple as passing on a phone number - no.
There are a number of factors to consider when thinking about referring someone and in this episode, we're going to share some key things to think about before handing over the digits!
Click on the picture above to get our take on the whole thing!
Sarah & Richard from Bryant Alsop!
In this episode, Kribashini chats with Sarah and Richard Bryant from Bryant Alsop, a Melbourne based architecture firm who take a highly personalised approach to delivering carefully considered designs to their clients. They share about their approach to the design process and how placing the client’s needs at the core of every project is absolutely vital.
One of our very own BuildHer’s, Susie, was fortunate to have Bryant Alsop design her forever home. When we popped in to see the site, we were blown away by the level of detailing and the amazing spaces they’ve created.
Click on the picture above to find out more about them and about Susie's amazing build!
Variations - Dirty Word?
Nothing is more certain than uncertainty. When building or renovating, never have those words been more true and unfortunately there is no crystal ball that will illuminate those unforeseen mishaps that can happen along the way!
So variations ARE something we need to think about and talk about. In this week's episode Rebeka and Kribashini talk about variations - how to think about them and how to handle them. This is a great building chat - jump on board and have a listen to understand what it's all about.
Click on the picture above to find out more than you ever wanted to know about variations!
Mood Board Magic!
Anyone old enough to remember (no not us - we've just heard about it - LOL) would remember the days when creating a mood board meant getting out the magazines and cutting and pasting like you were still in kindergarten, right?
Well those days are long gone and this week we talk to Lisa Cousens who made the whole process and experience oh so simple with her website "Style Sourcebook". If you haven't tried it, you might just want to after listening to this episode.
Click on the picture of Lisa to find out what Style Sourcebook is all about.
Conman Capers with Ivy!
In this episode we talk to the sizzling Ivy, a BuildHer masterclass member. Her recent Armadale renovation of a beautiful Edwardian had some amazing press exposure and a winning result was well deserved.
As well as talking about her renovation, how it all came about and the process she undertook (and what she'd do differently the next time around - let'a all say plan, plan, plan), we also have a chat about her run-in with a con artist - one well known to Police and having been featured on A Current Affair. Want to find out more???
Click on the picture of Ivy above to hear all about Ivy's 'Conman Capers'!
Things CAN and WILL go wrong when building!
Ok - put you're hand up if you've ever had a delay, human or weather related, whilst building - I'll bet that's every one of you right?
In this podcast episode we talk about building delays, why they happen and the approach we need to take in dealing with issues on site. Kribashini even talks us through her decision matrix and how it helps her in the problem-solving process! Find out all about Rebeka's steel window woes in this episode of Building with BuildHer.
Click on the picture above to hear about the saga that was steel windows!
Cheryl Leong - Co Creating Lives and Communities!
We're excited to bring you our chat with Cheryl today, the "Chief Impact Officer" at Big Impact Group. With community considerations at the forefront, we talk about the co-living spaces being built in Sydney and we dive deep into the details of how it all works on a community level and from a financial perspective.
In addition, these co-living spaces also offer an opportunity for individuals to invest a smaller sum of money into a high cash investment. Awesome right!
Click on the picture of Cheryl above to hear more about this unique project!
Ali Waight Shares 5 Simple Things you can do to Give your Home a Refresh!
When thinking about styling a property we know it's just not as simple as adding throws and cushions, flowers and perhaps some new curtains - even though we've all seen the shows that make it look all so easy!!! This is the episode you want to listen to if you want to know Ali's 5 simple tips to give your home a little refresh - for well under a million bucks!
Click on the picture of Ali above to get all of the inside scoop of styling within a budget!
Our Very Own Social Unicorn's Building Tale!
Have you met Tamara yet? She's BuildHer's Social Media and Marketing Unicorn! As well as working with us part time, she also has 4 young children AND (along with her husband Ben) is in the process of building two luxury houses intended for Airbnb holiday rentals in the beautiful and historic Victorian town of Beechworth.
How does whe manage it all? Have a listen to find out!
Click on the picture of Tamara above to listen and get inspired!
It's Time to Get Organised with Erin!
Do you need a coach for the clutter, a judge for the junk, a hero for the heap, a sherpa for the s##t… okay, I think you get it! This week Rebeka chats with Erin Boyce, owner and operator of Your Organised Life - a company centred around home/office/garage decluttering and organisation.
Want to get the cruicial tips and tricks needed to get started on this journey, then have a listen.
Click on the picture of Erin above and get yourself organised!
When a collective of passionate and hardworking people come together with a common goal, it’s almost limitless what they can achieve. When building or renovating on your own, you can be limited by finances and resources but when you start looking outside the box to collaborate with others, the dream for a profitable architectural build can become a reality - and it can be really fun too!
How does a group of 8 women come together to build two high end homes? Listen to find out more.
Click on the picture above to the BuildHer8 origin story!
New Directions for Alisa & Lysandra
Starting out as Police Officers in South Australia and then moving into the world of building and interior design, you might recognise this week's podcast guests from their appearances on the TV show 'The Block'. They have however transitioned once again into a whole new venture - their own product line of body products al.live.
How did they manage to launch their brand and a successful product in an already saturated market, well you'll just have to listen to find out!
Click on the picture above to listen to building and body brand talk with Alisa and Lysandra!
Pip Brett - How to NOT Build a Humdrum Home!
From humble beginnings as a tiny store in Orange NSW, Pip Brett grew Jumbled with one rule and one rule only: to only stock things that made her heart sing! She has now shifted this strategy to building her house with husband Nick and today we chat with Pip about her building process. From working out what you actually want, finding the right designer and seeing the process through to the end, Pip shares some great insights into how she is approaching the build, making sure that her home is really well thought through to reflect the things she loves, her family’s needs and be something that they will enjoy long term.
Click on the picture above to listen to this fun chat with Pip!
7 Things to Do in ISO to progress Your Reno or Build
Does isolation mean stagnation? Absolutely not! Isolation means spending more time with yourself. It means more time for a bit of life administration, getting your house in order, and sorting out your finances, so you can emerge from isolation like a recently serviced car ready to hit the road.
Kribashini and post-partum Rebeka lay it all out for you in this episode to set you off on your 7-step journey to isolation renovation domination!
So turn off Netflix, put down that 3rd or 6th glass of wine, wash your hands, and tune in to listen to the quarantine queens deliver their strategic address on avoiding isolation devastation.
Click on the picture above ladies to get organised in ISO!
Nicole Jacobs - We're SOLD!
Successful musicians and actors don't negotiate their own deals, do they? They employ an agent. They do this to make sure they have the right person representing them in the highly-competitive search for new contracts. This analogy could not be more applicable to a buyer's advocate who can source, negotiate and purchase a property on your behalf. Nicole Jacobs buyer's advocate and property developer, belongs to this critical bunch of people and she joins us on the show to tell you, first and foremost, why you should employ a buyer's advocate for your next property purchase.
Click on the picture above to listen to Nicole and Rebeka talk about buying property and her new book SOLD!
Jodie J Hill - sheSELLS and sheLORDS!
Sometimes all you can do is laugh. Whether it is at an underwhelming sale price at auction, at a problematic build where it’s always everybody else’s fault according to the contractors, at the unexpected crippling of the economy, or even at your real estate agent. In the latter, this is rarely a good scenario - “it went for how much under market???” - unless of course, your fabulous real estate agent is our guest today, ex-comic Jodie J Hill.
Click on the picture above to listen if your up for a laugh with us!
An Owner-BuildHer Tale with Angela!
Thought you knew what ‘busy’ was? Try being an owner-builder in the process of moving in, project manager to an investment property project, and owner of a gorgeous little squishy newborn baby (in fact, her second). Our guest today, Angela “Ange” Tsoumanis, didn’t intend for all these bucket-list-worthy milestones to line up however end-2019 building delays made it inevitable, so she soldiered on with the help of BuildHer Collective and created something magical for her family.
Click on the picture above to listen to her inspiration story about a mum building her dream home!
What's the Secret Formula???
What do Coke, McDonalds, KFC, Dr Pepper (and many others) all have in common? Besides calories, they all have a secret, well-protected formula behind their biggest selling items. A closely-guarded recipe to success. Well on today’s episode, Kentucky Fried Kribashini and Dr Rebeka open their vault and reveal their 11 secret herbs and spices on designing, renovating and building for profit.
Click on the picture above to find out what it is!
Property in the Time of COVID-19
No one can predict the future. No one can process the complexities of the synchronous dual pandemics of COVID-19 and fear. No one can foretell the impact they will have on the economy, let alone the specific effect they will have on the housing market.
Predictions are best avoided and in their place, preparation and innovation must be adopted. Our guest today is Amy Lunardi - licensed real estate agent and buyer’s advocate. Join Amy and Rebeka as they don their masks, brandish their soap, and get the #stayathome picket sign out to fend off misinformation and ignorance, and keep you breathing the fresh air of property investing confidence.
Click on the picture above to listen to Amy and Rebeka talk about the state of play in property right now.
Property Before Prada!
Property before Prada, houses before handbags, developments before diamonds. These are some of the messages being delivered by our mortgage-broking, numbers-nerd, lending-wizard Katherine Persoglia (the powerhouse behind Property Before Prada) as she chats to Building with BuildHer’s own Kribashini about property finance.
Click on the picture above to listen to the Katherine's finance journey.
Interiors with Style!
How do you make a house into a home? What is that indescribable feeling you get from a beautifully, purposefully styled space and how can you create it in your projects? How many questions can I throw at you before you get sick of this teaser? The answers to these questions and more in this week’s episode of Building with BuildHer featuring Tara Wokulski - an accomplished interior stylist and founder of Melbourne-based interior styling studio, Coco Camellia.
Click on the picture above to listen to the Rebeka & Tara chat all things interiors.
The Kitchen Queen!
Our guest today is Rachel Collard (get ready for the accolades) - a BuildHer Collective member, a qualified interior stylist, with an award-winning career in kitchen design, a stint on The Block, mother of three, and formally trained psychologist (phew!). This woman knows how to understand clients’ needs in the kitchen and how to put that into practice. More importantly, she knows well the functionality that is so dearly needed in a great kitchen. Now supplying ALL of her kitchen tips to our members, Our Style Guru delve deep into all things kitchens.
Click on the picture above to listen to the kitchen chit chat.
I call BULLSHIT!
Who here trusts their bullshit-detector? Their in-built radar that picks up lies, false-promises, exaggerations, inflated sales-speak, and the untrustworthy. We have all got one and this particular piece of kit is one you need by your side on every job site. Join Rebeka and Kribashini as they shoot for the Guinness world record for saying “Bullshit” the most in a single podcast episode.
Click on the picture above to listen to the bullshit banter.
It's NEVER too Late to Learn!
Today’s guest is a BuildHer all rounder: developing for profit, managing interiors, styling and of course the building - Anna Crawford does it all. She is a BuildHer, DevelopHer and a loved member of Rebeka and Kribashini’s Inner Circle.
So come on over.... it's well worth a listen.
Click on the picture above to listen to our chat with Anna.
Light Me Up!
Our artist this week is Danielle Mastro, the lighting maestro from Lights Lights Lights with 13 years of industry experience. This bulb whisperer is physically unable to darken anyone’s doorway (unless of course, it needed it). She joins BuildHer’s Rebeka to talk about the importance of lighting and when devote time to it in your build.
Click on the picture above to listen to Danielle and light up your life.
A BuildHer Building Tale with Yolanda Aarons
Episode 6 sees Rebeka and Kribashini talking with protégé and Master BuildHer Yolanda Aarons. By day, she demolishes cancer as a radiation therapist, and by night (you guessed it) she demo’s houses. Her latest project at 123 Clarke St, Northcote is proving to be a challenging, yet satisfying and emotional job that Yolanda confesses she will find it difficult to move on from. Join us as we discuss 123 Clarke St and being a female builder (and BuildHer) in general.
Click on the picture above to listen to our chat with Yolanda.
The Woo Woo Factor!
Have you walked into a house and noticed a welcoming, warm feel? Or a cold, clinical feel? It might feel a bit “woo woo”, but today on the podcast we are talking about how to get the right energy and feeling throughout your home. Join us in exploring the “woo woo” side of building and learn how to create intimate moments by designing energy into your project.
Click on the picture above to listen to the woo woo too.
Designing, Renovating Air BnB's using Recycled Materials... Annie Brereton
Annie and her husband Shane quit their jobs in search of adventure. What they found was a passion for renovating using recycled materials and from there, this dynamic duo create unique, authentic living spaces using salvaged materials for their very happy clients.
Click on the picture above to listen to our chat with Annie.
Designing Homes for the People that Live in Them...
In this episode we get to know architect Lisa Breeze. Bringing a personal touch to architecture, Lisa not only designs homes for and with the people who live in them but she also shares her passion for craft and detail and thrives on the creative process, working in a partnership with her clients to bring their homes to life. Sounds amazing right?
Click on the picture above to listen to our chat with Lisa.
How many people does it actually take to build a house? We’ve crunched the numbers and we've worked it out - 121. That’s a lot of people, right? In this episode, we’re giving you some insight into who those people are, what they do on-site and what their lives might look like... and Rebeka and Kribashini goe toe to toe to see who can name the most trades - fun!
Click on the picture above to have a listen.
A BuildHer Building Tale with Karen Roebuck
Karen Roebuck (from Kadabra Group - a Victorian-based building company) didn’t start out as a builder. In episode 12 of Building with BuildHer, Karen talks of her entry into the building world from an unlikely origin in accounting and marketing; her career-change prompted by the joy and satisfaction she drew from project managing her own family home.
Click on the picture above to listen to Karen's unique building tale.