Preparing Your Home for Storm Season

Queensland is known for it's wild weather and summer is the time for storms in South-East Queensland. As a child I loved watching the brilliant blue lightning that always accompanied these storms flash across our paddock, illuminating the gum trees in our front yard. However, if you've ever had a large branch or tree fall down in your yard it can be quite a frightening experience.


These severe storm can come unexpectedly, at any time and can cause a lot of damage to properties, homes and even result in injury or loss of life. With January right around the corner, and memories of the floods that ravished much of Brisbane and Toowoomba in the summer of 2010-2011 still fresh in our minds, now is the time to get your home prepared before the storm season comes in full force.


Home maintenance before storm season

There are a few simple things that you can do around your home to minimize the potential impact of storms this summer.


4 Aussie Recipes that You'll Love!

Australian Dessert Pavlova with Strawberries


1. Pavlova

Just about everyone loves a pavlova at Christmas. It's a real hit! Here's a simple recipe from to get you started. - Image Source: Wikipedia

5 Ways to Fireproof Your House

Are you wondering how you can protect your home against the bushfire season?

We have 5 Handy Tips on how you can fire proof your home against fires this summer.

Protect Your Home from Fires this Bush Fire Season

It’s that time of the year again, summer, in sweltering, hot Queensland. Recent bushfires in

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South Australia have many of us thinking about how we can safeguard our homes against the Australian heat this summer. Ember attacks are one of the most common ways that houses can catch fire. So how can you protect your home from a bushfire this summer? We have five helpful tips to help fireproof your house against the Australian bush fire season.


Christmas is a great time to make something special for your family or friends.

We asked our staff to share some of their favourite Christmas recipes.

Shelley says that her family love these Ginger Macadamia Nut Balls and they are always popular at Christmas time.

Christmas Ginger Macadamia Nut Balls

Cottage Carpentry Christmas Coconut Ginger Balls


  • 250 grams gingernut biscuits, crushed
  • 125 grams roasted macadamia nuts, chopped
  • 3/4 cup condensed milk
  • 60 grams butter
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut
  • 1 tablespoon golden syrup


  1. Combine biscuits and nuts in bowl.
  2. Add the condensed milk, butter and golden syrup to a saucepan and stir over a low heat until combined.
  3. Stir into biscuit mixture.
  4. Form into balls and then roll in coconut.
  5. Refrigerate.


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In Summer, Australians (especially Queenslanders) will spend more time entertaining on their decks than anywhere else in their house. Whether you have a pool deck, outdoor kitchens, extravagant patios or large decks, they become the entertaining hubbub of the house. Although deck living can be casual, fun and easy going, wood and composite decks still need regular maintenance and care to keep them looking great and functional.

Even treated wood will deteriorate over time, and the impact of water, humidity and sun exposure can have your awesome wooden oasis looking dirty and dingy after one season. Cottage Carpentry gives us 5 tips on how we can look after our decks and give it the tender loving care it deserves

Quick Fact: Did You Know?

Installing a deck could net you an 80 to 90 percent return on investment when you go to sell your home [source: Quality Smith].

We know that our decks take a lot of punishment from water, sunlight, traffic from kids and pets, and those pretty plants that often lack proper air flow but sit prettily on our deck. All of these factors put pressure on our decks and we start to see small signs of wear and tear.

Here's our tips ...

Our happy customers

Eric Leese at Mascotbridge repaired my investment property at Deception Bay and his team were really amazing. I didn’t know what was wrong and thought it had to be torn down and rebuilt but because of their skill they repaired the supports to the balcony and other parts of my house to make it solid, safe and functional without any fuss and in short time. I was able to sell that house at a significant profit. Thanks Eric.


What We Do

Our services include:

  • Carpentry
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Lock smithing
  • Maintenance

About Us

Cottage Carpentry is an award winning company specialising in a wide range of building maintenance and repairs for the Queensland State Government, Local Councils, Not for Profit and Community Groups, Education Facilities, Commercial properties and Residential homes.

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