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A Brief Look at a Modern History

The Modern Group was originally founded in the 1970’s by Ron and Tina Bayley as a roof steam cleaning business and over the past 40 years it has grown into one of Australia’s largest and best home improvement companies. During the 70’s Modern, which was then trading under the name Bramalco, serviced residential and commercial […]

What Exactly Is A Roof Restoration?

The list of responsibilities a homeowner has is a long one. Of course, you are responsible for maintaining almost everything under your roof, but have you ever considered what maintenance your actual roof might need? If you notice the occasional leak, feel a strange draft or just haven’t had a look at what’s going on […]

Keep Enjoying your Backyard This Winter!

Now that summer is drawing to a close and winter is creeping up with its cold temperatures and wet weather, it only feels natural to want to hide indoors under a blanket with a warm cup of tea. After a summer filled with gatherings in the backyard, it seems a shame to have to retire […]

Warm up your home this Winter

Warm-up with Colour and Texture Winter is the perfect time to change up the colour scheme of your home. The colder weather is ideal for embracing rich colours such as dark green, jewel tones, reds, and oranges. A lux Fabric selection will also help create all the cosy ‘vibes’. Velvet, wool, soft cotton and (faux) […]

Take Care of Your Home Post Rainfall

It’s no secret Australia is home to some of the worlds most extreme weather. From bushfires to floods and 40 degrees celsius to minus 10, Australians and their homes can be pushed to the limits. Recently, the eastern parts of Queensland and New South Wales have received unprecedented rainfall. Breaking river banks and records it […]

What to Look For When Choosing A Roofing Company

When you start your search for a roofing company, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with your options. There are many roofing companies across Australia that offer similar services, but it is important to remember that you do get what you pay for. Slick Rick from down the road might give you a great deal… but […]

Improve Your Home Security With Roller Shutters

There is nothing more important than the safety of your family. When you are at home, you want to feel safe in the knowledge that everyone and everything inside is protected from intruders. Crime statistics show that over 20% of households have experienced a break in at some point with numbers steadily increasing. Currently, Australia […]

Are Outdoor Blinds the Solution You’ve Been Searching For?

No one can deny Summer in Australia is beautiful. With some of the best beaches in the world our days are spent soaking up the sun and lounging on the beach. It’s also hard to deny that it gets hot in Australia… very hot. By mid December, the thermostat can easily push past the 40 […]

7 Reasons Why House Roof Restoration Is Necessary

Your roof us easily one of the most important aspects of your home’s exterior. A roof in good condition will protect you and your family from the elements, increase the efficiency of your air conditioners and enhance the overall curb appeal and value of your home. In poor shape, a roof can leak, develop harmful mould […]

Keep Your Cool This Summer

Right now we’re all feeling the full effects of the Aussie summer. With our days reaching the mid-thirties and the nights not dipping too far below that. So how do we keep cool without running the air conditioner 24/7? Here are our top tips for insulating your home and minimising your electricity bill! Control the […]

Home Cleaning Hacks to Make your Life Easier

The current state of the world commands a whole new level of hygiene and cleanliness. We all want to keep our families safe and be able to enjoy our homes, especially now that we are all spending more time there. Keeping up with kids or even just yourself can be time consuming and feel like a […]

Home Design Trends for 2021

Now that we have fresh new year to look forward to we also have some fresh new home trends to be inspired by! Here is a curated peak at what 2021 has in store for our interior and exterior design! Cottage core A favourite of 2020, cottage core will be back with a fresh twist! […]

Simple Ways To Refresh Your Home For The New Year

They say a change is as good as a holiday, and after 2020 everyone could do with a bit of both. We’ve all spent more time at home than many of us could have imagined and potentially even moved some furniture around two or three times just to keep things interesting -and give us something […]

Tips for the perfect Aussie Christmas

Tis’ the Season! We’ve finally made it to the end of the year! *Phew* After the year that was we all deserve to put our feet up and have a well-earned break with our family and loved ones, and there is no better way to do that than with the perfect Aussie Christmas day. The […]

How To: Make the Most of Your Backyard This Summer

This year we’re in for a hot summer, and you’ll want to make sure that you are getting as much enjoyment out of your backyard as possible! Here are some extra ideas on how to make the most of your backyard this summer! Invest in good furniture. Whether it be for a big dinner party […]

How To: The Perfect Aussie BBQ

This years been tough for us all. We have all had to make changes and tough sacrifices for the greater good and health of our communities. Coming out of lockdown, one of the best things we will all be able to do again is spend time with our friends and family. Following advice given, one […]

Be Bushfire Ready

The 2019/2020 Australian bushfires are something this generation will not soon forget. From June 2019 to May 2020, bushfires burned out of control across 18.5 million hectares  and destroyed 2,476 homes with black smoke clouding the normally blue summer skies all the way to New Zealand.   As summer approaches us again, it serves as a […]

Preparing your home for Storms

As an adult, one of the most frustrating things you can experience is the feeling you get when something happens you know you could have stopped had you listened to that little nagging voice in your head. “I need to remember to get my tires replaced…” “I really should see the dentist….” “ I should […]

Top Tips for Winning Photos!

One of our favourite things about Modern, is that we get to help people create their dream homes and we want to celebrate it! If you have a Modern product you love and want to show off, our new competition is for you!   Take a photo of your Modern product and upload it to […]

Make Sure You’re Covered by your Insurance this Storm Season

From droughts to floods, fires and cyclones, Australian weather can be unforgiving. Australians know the importance of having insurance on their homes to protect themselves and their properties from the trials and tests of our weather systems. Your home insurance should make you feel confident that if the worst were to happen, you are protected […]

Stay warm and cosy without breaking the bank this winter

There is nothing nicer than having a cosy house in winter. Somewhere warm and dry to escape the cold weather and rain is comforting and something to look forward to at the end of a long chilly day. Unfortunately, for the months you enjoy the heater, there is often an expensive electricity bill looming in […]

Help Support Camp Quality

      Modern Group are a proud prize partner helping to support Camp Quality Help us raise $250,000 to give kids facing cancer the chance to be kids again. The next event is being held 4th to 5th July 2020 so register now, getting camping and help support this amazing charity,  you’ll be in the running […]

A Guide to Getting Your House Winter Ready

After a long hot summer enjoying sun-soaked morning walks and lazy afternoons by the pool, winter is slowly sneaking up. While we still have time before we swap our shorts for jeans and iced drinks for hot chocolate, it is a good idea to prepare you home for the colder months. Make sure your roof […]

How To Add Value To Your Home

Whether you have a brand new home, investment property, or are thinking of selling  your family home, adding extra value where you can is always beneficial. While this may conjure up visions of expensive renovations, this doesn’t have to be the case. Regardless of your budget, adding extra value to your property is always possible.  […]

Plantation Shutters: Wood vs. Plastic vs. Insulite

What are Plantation Shutters Plantation shutters were originally designed for stately homes in the southern states of America, where winters are mild, but summers are extremely hot and humid. Traditional window furnishings, like curtains, became far too stifling in the subtropical climate, and so the plantation-style shutter was developed. With signature wide slats, plantation shutters […]

5 Tips to Spruce up Your Garden This Spring

  If you live in a home with any type of garden, you’ll know that keeping your backyard in shape is one of the most overwhelming things to do. So, that’s why we’ve put together these tips to help cover what to clean this spring. From cleaning up fallen plants to a big wipedown, you’ll […]

Outdoor Louvre shutters – What are your options?

Making aesthetic improvements to the outside areas of your home can quickly get overwhelming!   A great place to start is with outdoor shutters such as louvre shutters. While this option can be cheaper than other renovations, it ends up making a huge impact. We’re here to help you navigate the different types of louvre shutters […]

Which is better for your outdoor space: ENVIROTEX vs Café Blinds

Blue skies and warmth entice families to spend more time outdoors. Enjoying the wonderful weather Australia gifts us with depends on acquiring the proper gear and accessories to remain comfortable outdoors. Home additions like outdoor blinds help make outdoor spaces more gratifying. ENVIROTEX and Café Blinds are popular outdoor blinds that help homeowners achieve an […]

Factors To Consider If You Are Planning To Replace Your Roof

As the structure covering the top of your house, the roof protects the entirety of the building against rain, sunlight and the extremes of temperatures. A cosy and leak-free home is highly dependent on the state of the roof, which is why the maintenance of this structure is very crucial for your well-being. Many variables […]

3 Things You Need To Know About Modern Shutters

Everything about a home should be for the supreme well-being of the people who live there. With that said, windows and doors can play a very important role in your welfare and sense of safety but can also help to improve the look and feel of your home. Most Australians now opt for shutters for […]

Top Tips for Choosing Outdoor Blinds for Your Home

When living in a beautiful climate like the one that Australia has to offer, most homeowners will find themselves spending more and more time relaxing outdoors. With outdoor blinds, there is no reason to shut yourself inside, as you can make spending time in your outdoor space more enjoyable. Creating your own outdoor haven can [...]

Increase Your Home’s Value with Roller Shutters

Window treatments can add warmth and character to your home. One of the best window treatment ideas that you should consider turning into a reality is the addition of roller shutters. If you are contemplating how roller shutters can help your home, here is what you need to know: Roller shutters provide an added level [...]

10 Ways to Modernise Your Kitchen

Whether you are thinking of investing in a full kitchen remodel or simple and quick changes, there are a couple of things you can do to make your kitchen modern. One of the main reasons you may want to do this is if you are planning to sell your home. Modernising the kitchen helps you [...]

Turn Your Home Green – 6 Ways to Become More Environmentally Friendly

There are many important reasons why you should want to go green. As it is today, there are limited resources and the number of people using them is increasing. Anyone who is conscious about the future of the planet would want their descendants to be able to enjoy the same or better quality of life [...]

Nursery and Kids Interior Design and Window Covering Ideas

A child’s bedroom is one of the places where they spend most of their time. It follows then that you want the space to reflect the personality of your child. Decorating your child’s room also opens up a world of creativity and has the potential to be one of the most fun and colourful projects [...]

Create the Ultimate Outdoor BBQ Area in Time for Christmas

Nothing beats a good old barbecue in Australia. In the warmer months, you get the opportunity to enjoy your outdoor space more frequently. With an outdoor barbecue, you can enjoy a relaxed weekend or afternoon with your family. You get to bond and catch up on each other’s lives while enjoying the privacy of your [...]

7 Easy Ways to Secure Your Home

Putting in place systems to meet your home security needs can seem like a daunting and expensive task, however, without a security system you can be more at risk than those who have a security system in place. For starters, without a secure home, your family is in danger of harm from intruders, whether they [...]

How Louvre Shutters Can Help Create the Perfect Outdoor Environment for Your Pet

Moving from living in a townhouse or apartment into a house with a big backyard can be exciting and filled with many possibilities…Do you plant trees? Do you take up gardening? Do you add a pond or a walkway? The options are endless. For dog owners, they must also consider their four-legged friends as they [...]

6 Outdoor Items You Need This Summer

The winter is finally over, and you are just beginning to catch on to the excitement of spring. As you think of ways to enjoy the outdoors, one place to start is your backyard. On days when you are in no mood for a hike or a visit to the beach, you can curl up [...]

5 Selling Tips to Increase Home Value & Price at Auction

Preparing your house for auction may seem like a daunting task. But with help of a good agent and some creative home improvements, the process can be quite simple. By doing whatever you can to present your home in its best possible light, you are significantly improving the chances of a successful sale when auction [...]

6 Ways You Can Brighten Up a Dark Room

We all have that one room of the house that’s just… dreary. And it seems like no matter what you do, the room is just dark and somewhat depressing. Fortunately, there are a number of incredibly simple things that you can do that will brighten up a dark room. Here are some of our favourites: [...]

4 Points to Consider When Decorating a Room

When decorating a room, there are a number of things to think about if you want to get it perfect. What’s important is that everything works together in harmony. In this post, we’re going to cover 4 points to consider when decorating a room to ensure a beautifully-harmonized room. 1. Lighting The first thing you want [...]

5 Ways to Summer Proof Your Outdoor Area

Summer is the season of entertaining. Christmas lunches, family barbecues and play dates can sneak up on you, so now is the time to set up your outdoor space. Invest in an awning Nothing puts a damper on an event like the scorching sun. Too much heat can make your guests feel tired and fatigued, [...]

Transform Any Room With Lighting

You spend a hefty budget making your home reflect who you are. From the colours of the pillows to the accent rugs, everything has to come together just right to give your home an authentic and unique look. But if you are focusing on colours and patterns, you are missing the one key thing that [...]

Renovating for Profit- Here’s What You Need to Consider

Home renovations can be daunting but, if done properly, they should be a rewarding undertaking. Whether you flip houses to earn an income, rent out your property and hope to earn more, or want to renovate your home for your own comfort and enjoyment, the end goal of home renovations is to add value. After [...]

10 Quick Tips About Roller Shutters

Thinking about having shutters fitted in your home? Then consider roller shutters. Roller shutters have become one of the most popular choices for homes. These are made from metal and are fitted above doors and windows. Not only do these shutters protect from weather but these also provide more security and will add value to [...]

4 Reasons To Consider Louvre Shutters For Outdoors

Is there any better place to entertain guests than in a beautiful outdoor area? Summer barbecues, warm winter dinners, and family game nights—there’s so much that happens while out on the patio. If you’re looking to give your al fresco area an upgrade, louvre shutters are the perfect place to start. Not only will they [...]

How Roller Shutters Can Reduce Your Cost of Living

Your home should be your happy place, but high energy costs and constant bills can make it seem less than perfect. If you’re ready to lower your cost of living while increasing your home’s aesthetic, it might be time to consider roller shutters. What contributes to cost of living Many people save for years before [...]

Plantation Shutters vs Curtains and Blinds – Which is Better?

Whether you’re after lower energy bills, elevated style or protection from sun, there are plenty of reasons to add window treatments to your home. You might be researching your choices and wondering which new addition is right for your home. Here’s what you should know about curtains, blinds and plantation shutters. Curtains and blinds in your [...]

The History of Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters have been around for many years. Dating back to ancient times, plantation shutters have have always been used for the same reasons, to keep light out and still ventilate a room or a home. While this may seem obvious, have you ever wondered about what plantation shutters were originally made of or how [...]

Everything you need to know about Plantation Shutters

There are tons of reasons you might want to add plantation shutters to your home. Whether you enjoy the aesthetic appeal, the practicality, or the functionality, plantation shutters can be a great addition to the look and quality of your property. There’s a huge number of plantation shutters on the market, and you might be [...]

Manual Roller Shutters vs Electric Roller Shutters

If you are looking for another level of security to add to your home then look no further, roller shutters are your answer. They are a great home security option while still managing to be attractive, stylish and timeless. You have two options when choosing roller shutters, electric and manual. Which one is best for [...]

3 reasons to choose Roller Shutters over sliding doors

Roller shutters are the perfect window solution to provide security and protection from the outside world. Many homes have this type of shutters fitted to windows, but why should roller shutters only be used on external windows? Roller shutters are perfect for external doors around your home, providing another layer of protection. Not sure if [...]

5 things to consider before a roof restoration

Without the proper knowledge, it can be hard to know when your roof needs to be restored. From the ground your roof can look in perfect condition but on closer inspection you may find your roof needs a makeover. At Modern we know what is involved with a good roof restoration and what you need to look [...]

Winter-Proof Your Home With Roofing & Shutters

Preparing your home for winter is something that many home owners seem to neglect. After your home has endured a very hot summer you need to make sure your house is ready to deal with a cold winter. There are a few things you can do to make sure your home is ready to deal [...]

Shutters Terminology Guide (2017)

At Modern we are proud to be Australia’s biggest manufacturer of shutters with a large and knowledgeable team of expert installers. While we aim to explain everything in thorough detail we understand that some things may get lost in translation. Industry jargon is something we try to avoid but there are certain things that we [...]

Prepare Your Roof For Winter

It isn’t too long until Winter will hit us with full force. While it’s often hard for us to re-adjust to the new cooler climate, did you know that your roof also needs some attention? Autumn is the perfect time to check the health of your roof and make sure that it is winter ready. [...]

Why You Should Team Your Plantation Shutters With Curtains

We all know how stunning and timeless plantation shutters look in any home. Favoured among coastal areas, plantation shutters provide the maximum amount of light and air control for any room. There are many home owners who choose not to install plantation shutters due to the fact that they can’t give up their love for [...]

Top 5 Plantation Shutters Ideas for 2017

Interested in plantation shutters but not completely convinced? We have put together our top 5 plantation shutter ideas for 2017. We have some great ideas to keep up with modern living but with a touch of privacy and control. There are even some ideas of what you can do with old plantation shutters! 1. Choose [...]

Beat the Heat this Summer with Roller Shutters

Summer has well and truly arrived. The long hot days are here and they’re not being kind. Like most Australian’s you are probably spending a lot more time outdoors, wearing the least amount of clothing legally possible. Once it is time to come back inside the house is usually so hot that a late night [...]

What Are Solar Batteries & Why You Should Be Using Them

Have you ever found yourself in the supermarket looking for a new set of batteries? Most likely the answer to this question is yes. You know exactly what you were looking for, how many you needed, the size of the battery and of course, the different brands available. With over 500 million batteries used in [...]

What Electricity Companies Aren’t Telling You About Solar

Electricity Tariff Reform in South Australia – What does this REALLY mean to 750,000 homeowners already struggling with some of the highest electricity prices in the world? Well, it’s not all good news, except if you own an electricity company of course. Consumers are going to a pricing structure known as ‘cost reflective pricing’. What [...]

Introduction to Roller Shutters

Did you know that 70% of all home break-ins are through vulnerable window openings? It comes as no surprise that windows are considered the target of choice for intruders when planning a home intrusion. So what can Aussie home-owners do to protect themselves and their families from this potential threat? Residential roller shutters have become [...]

How to Pick the Best Window Covering for Your Home

The best window covering is the one that matches your interior design, serves the purpose of your room, and meets your budget. We've compared the pros and cons of each window covering below to help you make the best decision when it comes to picking your window furnishings. Curtains & Drapes Function: Style: Affordability: Maintenance: [...]

The 7 Biggest Solar Power Myths in Australia Debunked

Which solar power facts are true, and which are just myths? Depending on who you talk to, their agenda and their level of knowledge - You'll hear a different story. Get the facts straight below. Myth 1: 'High Power Prices is Solar's Fault' This myth that solar subsidies and incentive schemes cause high power bills [...]

Preparing your home against Bushfires

As temperatures reach over 40-degrees and strong winds pick up, the terrifying reality of bushfires in Australia are all too prevalent across all states and everyone needs to have a plan to keep their family and property safe during bushfire season. While you cannot control most elements of a bushfire that is threatening your property, [...]

5 Reusable Plantation Shutter Ideas


6 Ways Plantation Shutters Increase Home Value

More and more Australian’s are falling in love with Plantation Shutters. Far from a passing fad, plantations seem to check just about every box, making them the ultimate window covering. They look great, are easy to clean, fantastic for privacy, insulation and light control. The best part, they are more affordable than you think and [...]

Protect your roof from potential hail damage

  As a homeowner, you want to do everything you can to protect your home from damage. Repairs can be costly, and, if you’re not covered by insurance for certain events, there could potentially be a large out-of-pocket expense you may not be expecting. Hail, in particular, is a common weather event in Australia that […]

A Case for Solar: Australia’s Carbon Footprint Infographic

A recent analysis by global risk advisory firm Maplecroft looks at per capita CO2 emissions by country; sadly, for Australia, the findings are not good. Here, Modern Solar takes a look at the results of the report and offers a glimpse of the difference installing solar power can make on Australian carbon emissions and electricity [...]

The History of Solar Technology Infographic

Solar technology has come a long way since the first solar cell was created in the late 19th Century. The efficiency, cost and viability of solar power in Australia have improved significantly – so much so that more than half a million Australian rooftops now feature solar panel systems. Here, Modern Solar looks back at [...]

Solar Power Myths and facts

Which solar power facts are true, and which are just myths? Depending on who you talk to, their agenda and their level of knowledge - You'll hear a different story. Get the facts straight below. Myth 1: 'High Power Prices is Solar's Fault' This myth that solar subsidies and incentive schemes cause high power bills [...]

Solar-roofing; Is this the future of Australian solar?

Roofing, insulation and solar power could be an all-in-one installation in the future. Sounds too good to be true, but Australian steel company Bluescope has ambititions on making it happen. Bluescope has its sights on making Australia a world leader in low-cost solar for residential and commercial rooftop design and construction. The project, backed by [...]

Home Improvement Tips

Any homeowner knows that a home is more than just a house. For most of us, our homes are a reflection of ourselves, our families and our histories, full of memories and promise for the future. Home improvement can be one of the best investments of time, effort or money that you make. A good [...]

On trend with stylish Plantation Shutters

Over the last few years plantation shutters have been one of the most stylish and highly sought after choices for window treatments. And it’s not only style savvy homeowners who are installing plantation shutters. Homeowners looking to increase the value of the their property know that plantation shutters are highly sought after and can push the price [...]

Renewable Energy Information

The Government has already set challenging targets for reducing Australia's national emissions. The ambitious target range of 5–15 per cent on 2000 levels, which was announced in the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme White Paper, involves reducing the carbon emissions of every Australian by at least a third over the next decade. The Government has committed [...]

The Grass is Always Greener with Synthetic Lawn

Do you feel like you’ve spent all summer mowing your lawn, watering, weeding, whipper snipping and hedging? Almost a full time job just to keep your lawn green and alive! Get your life back with no maintenance and always green synthetic lawn from Modern. The Forevergreen synthetic lawn range by Modernis highly durable, realistic and affordable [...]

Don’t leave your roof vulnerable during a bushfire

Preparedness, maintenance and good planning are the key to saving property and life in the event of a bushfire. Your roof may prove to be a major weak point of your home during a bushfire. Ill-maintained and damaged tiles, gutters and roofs allow embers to ignite flammable materials and enter roof gamps as small as [...]