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Restraints for Internal Partition Walls

Published 31 October 2016

Restraints for Internal Partition Walls
A recent audit of north Queensland building sites by the QBCC revealed widespread use of non-compliant practices in relation to restraints on the tops of internal partition walls. The QBCC identified a number of builders restraining the tops of internal timber walls by firing framing nails into metal… Read More

Encasing Deck Framing

Published 31 October 2016

Encasing Deck Framing
There appears to be a growing trend, probably for aesthetic reasons, to encase timber deck bearers and posts and other structural members in either masonry veneers or rendered 'blue board' type external surfaces. As can be seen in the photograph below, this trend is resulting in premature decay failure… Read More

Women's Advisory Council Introduction

Published 28 October 2016

Women's Advisory Council Introduction
At the 2016 Home Timber & Hardware Group National Conference a group of women from all corners of Australia met and immediately formed a bond. Through conversation they discovered that they shared similar challenges and found, that via their different strengths and areas of expertise, they were able… Read More

World's tallest timber building

Published 12 October 2016

World's tallest timber building
The world's tallest timber building has been completed in Canada - four months ahead of schedule. Expecting to accommodate 700 students by September 2017, the 18-storey tall building Brock Commons at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver got under way in November last year.  It is the first… Read More

Employers Should Empower Workers More

Published 16 September 2016

Employers Should Empower Workers More
Up to one-quarter of employers do not frequently empower their workers through active consultation around safety and do not always treat their workers justly – especially when investigating accidents, according to Safe Work Australia research. Furthermore, small businesses in particular are less likely… Read More

METCASH BUYS HOME TIMBER & HARDWARE

Published 24 August 2016

METCASH BUYS HOME TIMBER & HARDWARE
Big news from the Home Timber & Hardware Group. Metcash Limited (Mitre 10) will acquire 100% of the HTH Group Business. See below for further details on the sale.  James AylenGeneral Manager, Home Timber & Hardware Group  24 August 2016 Refer to the ASX announcements for further information Read More

Setting An Upright

Published 23 August 2016

Setting An Upright
Using stirrups or uprights to support a post out of the ground is a great way to provide longevity for your fence or structure as the wooden post is less likely to suffer any rot.   If you are setting uprights or stirrups to install a pergola post or posts to support a roof structure please refer to… Read More

Simon Home Legends

Published 17 August 2016

Simon Home Legends
At the Queensland Industry Award Night held on July 23rd at the Tivoli in Bowen Hills, Special Guest MC Chris 'Bomber' Bombalas had to keep repeating SIMON HOME as he announced the awards. Meet our 'legends'. While our lads might not be the most photogenic bunch, they're definitely some of the most… Read More

HTH Group and Metcash

Published 10 August 2016

HTH Group and Metcash
Today the ACCC announced its ruling by advising that they would not oppose a bid by Metcash (parent entity of Mitre 10) to acquire HTH Group. You can view a copy of the media release here. Read More

Renovating?

Published 24 June 2016

Renovating?
Moving or renovating your house can be very exciting but for many it also proves to be one of the more stressful chapters of life. At SIMON HOME TIMBER & HARDWARE we'll equip you with all you need to make renovating fun and stress free. Whether your renovation project is considered more of a simple… Read More

SIMON HOME MAKE RENOVATING EASY

Published 15 June 2016

SIMON HOME MAKE RENOVATING EASY
SIMON HOME TIMBER & HARDWARE has an extensive range of products to assist with your renovation project and you’ll also find knowledgeable staff to ensure you’ll choose the right product to get the job done right the first time. If you’ve never been to our store before, we think you’ll be surprised,… Read More

SIMON HOME FRAME & TRUSS MODERNISATION UPDATE

Published 7 June 2016

SIMON HOME FRAME & TRUSS MODERNISATION UPDATE
The Sunshine Coast Daily's Business & Development Journalist Nicky Moffat interviewed SIMON's Operations Manager Paul McDonald to find out the reason behind the latest $1.5m upgrade to it's 5000m2 Frame & Truss plant at Coolum Beach. Read the article below. Paul McDonald at Simon Home in Coolum. COMMIT… Read More

A NEW EASY WAY TO PAVE WITH AZEK

Published 27 May 2016

A NEW EASY WAY TO PAVE WITH AZEK
This new product is a DIYer's dream: If you're looking for an easy and attractive paving solution to enhance your property, look no further.   We recently introduced Azek Pavers at the Toowoomba Spring Home Show.  The interest was amazing with visitors ordering for a multitude of purposes.  They are… Read More

TOOWOOMBA FRAME AND TRUSS

Published 26 April 2016

TOOWOOMBA FRAME AND TRUSS
If you're a Toowoomba Builder or Tradie you've most likely heard of SIMON HOME TIMBER & HARDWARE.  We used to go under the name of SID'S PLACE. We've been around for a very long time, supplying locals with great quality building material & timber.   Unfortunately, many building suppliers in the region… Read More

FRAME AND TRUSS PLANT MODERNISATION

Published 21 April 2016

FRAME AND TRUSS PLANT MODERNISATION
READ OUR LATEST UPDATE HERE The Coolum Beach Frame and Truss plant modernisation and upgrade has been running full steam ahead in April with the arrival and installation of the third phase of the production improvements, the Flo-Max conveyer system. Following on from Phase 1, the installation of the… Read More

HTH Significant Player in Australian Hardware Market

Published 1 April 2016

HTH Significant Player in Australian Hardware Market
In the official press release sent out to media following the event, Home Timber & Hardware Group's (HTHG) said its recent National Conference brought together the largest gathering of industry leaders and key influencers. It said it delivered a record sales event that helped to confirm the group's position… Read More

From Floor Sweeper to Professional Chatterbox

Published 2 February 2016

From Floor Sweeper to Professional Chatterbox
Ian Glover - A Legend within Simon's Home Timber & Hardware 50 Years in the making! Ian Glover has managed to do what very few employee's can do nowadays, clocking up a massive 50 years with Simon Home Timber & Hardware. Starting out as an eager 16 year old tasked with the job of floor sweep, he has… Read More

QBCC Outlaws Nail Guns for Framing Anchors and Straps

Published 21 January 2016

QBCC Outlaws Nail Guns for Framing Anchors and Straps
Contrary to HIA advice the QBCC have decided that any use of nail guns for framing anchors and straps will be deemed to be defective work and be directed to be replaced: hand nailing only will be acceptable.  While there may be issues with the inappropriate fitting of these fixtures in some cases, banning… Read More

GOODBYE ROSS, HELLO JOHN

Published 4 January 2016

GOODBYE ROSS, HELLO JOHN
A Farewell Lunch was held for CEO Ross Simon, with newly appointed Company General Manager John Ryan joining the festivities at Toowoomba Golf Club on December 14th, albeit not officially taking on this role until 11th January.  Also attending were many members of the Simon family, the company directors… Read More

Karuna

Published 4 December 2015

Karuna
  Karuna has for 23 years been enhancing the quality of life of terminally ill clients, their carers and families. We were glad to support this year's Christmas market, which was deemed the best ever, raising attention and funds for their cause. This year's Karuna Christmas Market was held on 20th… Read More

Celebrating Our 19th Annual Race Day

Published 2 November 2015

Celebrating Our 19th Annual Race Day
For 19 years we've held a Race Day at the Toowoomba Turf Club , together with many of our major suppliers, to thank our Customers for their loyalty and support.Being on Halloween this year, some customers and suppliers really got into the 'spirit' of things.Sadly, this is CEO's Ross Simon's last Race… Read More

HOW TO: Service your Lawn Mower

Published 30 October 2015

HOW TO: Service your Lawn Mower
It's the weekend and you want to quickly get this job out of the way so you can really start your weekend. So, there's nothing worse to find that your mower is playing up, right? . To ensure that your lawn mower is always ready to go and to maximise its life span, here are some easy to follow mower… Read More

Retain-IT

Published 21 October 2015

Retain-IT
Thinking of building a retaining wall? Whether you're in the building / landscaping business or a DIYer, here's an easy to use solution for creating solid, aesthetically pleasing retaining walls from timber sleepers. Proudly developed and designed in Australia. Below view the step-by-step video and… Read More

Simon Home Timber & Hardware celebrates 1st Birthday with Ipswich Jets

Published 19 October 2015

Simon Home Timber & Hardware celebrates 1st Birthday with Ipswich Jets
While Simon Home Timber & Hardware has been around for four generations, previously known as Sid's Place, since rebranding, the Ipswich branch celebrated its 1st Birthday in great company. The Ipswich Jets made this milestone very special indeed.  We thank the Ipswich Jets for their participation in… Read More

Toowoomba Grand Opening April 2015 Videos

Published 19 October 2015

Toowoomba Grand Opening April 2015 Videos
While Sid's Place has been around for four generations of Simons in Toowoomba, on 18th April 2015 the company relaunched itself as SIMON HOME TIMBER & HARDWARE, having joined the HOME TIMBER & HARDWARE group. Here are a few videos capturing some of the atmosphere and activities on the day. We… Read More

Simon Home Frame & Truss celebrates 10th Anniversary

Published 19 October 2015

Simon Home Frame & Truss celebrates 10th Anniversary
In October 2014, our Frame & Truss plant in Coolum Beach, Sunshine Coast celebrated its 10th Anniversary with staff enjoying great food from The Paella Man. Read More

Toowoomba Annual Race Day 2014

Published 19 October 2015

Toowoomba Annual Race Day 2014
Each year, Simon Home organises a fun Annual Race Day in Toowoomba for its 100 Top Customers on the Saturday before Melbourne Cup Day.   Our next Annual Race Day is on October 31st 2015 - watch this space for photos and videos.     Read More

Glennie School - A Northbuild Project

Published 16 October 2015

Glennie School - A Northbuild Project
  Simon Home is proud to be part of this project, supplying the roof trusses for the new Senior Science Building at the Glennie School in Herries Street. Toowoomba. Quoted and detailed in Toowoomba. Manufactured by our frame and truss plant in Coolum Beach.   Building - Senior Science Building Architect… Read More

WORK A TRADE IN IPSWICH?

Published 14 October 2015

WORK A TRADE IN IPSWICH?
SIMON HOME Timber & Hardware is a trusted, fourth generation, family owned building material and hardware business with branches in Ipswich & Toowoomba. If you work a trade, there are many reasons why you should consider us as your preferred supplier of your materials. See below.   JOIN US FOR A… Read More

CEO ROSS SIMON DECIDES TO RETIRE AT END OF YEAR

Published 12 October 2015

CEO ROSS SIMON DECIDES TO RETIRE AT END OF YEAR
After having informed staff of his retirement plans at the end of this year, Ross Simon informed customers and suppliers.  The response has been bitter-sweet.  There is no doubt that everone who has dealt with Ross over the past 37 years, will miss him. But there is also much understanding for his wish… Read More

Bushfire Season: Are you ready?

Published 6 October 2015

Bushfire Season: Are you ready?
It's only the beginning of October and already temperatures are soaring to record highs for this time of year. Is your Bushfire Survival Plan in place?  Even the simplest of things, like internal fire alarms in your home, can save the life of you and your loved ones. And don't forget to have a first-aid-kit… Read More

SEEKING HELP FROM FELLOW TRADIES & LOCAL BUSINESSES

Published 16 September 2015

We are seeking help from fellow tradies and the Toowoomba media and business community to make a contribution or sponsor items for a planned Xmas Appeal Auction to be held on Saturday 28th November. Mitch is a young Toowoomba Tradie - his family a long-time customer of Simon Home - who is suffering… Read More

5 QUESTIONS EVERY HOME OWNER SHOULD ASK

Published 4 September 2015

5 QUESTIONS EVERY HOME OWNER SHOULD ASK
While this article focuses mainly on the Sydney & Melbourne Property markets, the questions a property owner should ask if thinking of selling are pretty universal.  - When is the right time to sell?- What kind of properties are in high demand in the market?- What are some of the things to look for… Read More

Hidden Talent at Simon Home Toowoomba

Published 1 September 2015

  We always knew that we have some very talented people at SIMON HOME but now we also have an award-winning artist amongst us. Emily won her division AND Grand Champion at the Gatton Show recently with her entry "DESPAIR" When I asked her what had inspired her, she was kind enough to share a very… Read More

SNEAK PREVIEW OF NEW OUTDOOR LIVING RANGE

Published 1 September 2015

SNEAK PREVIEW OF NEW OUTDOOR LIVING RANGE
While the sale doesn't start until 16th September, we've managed to get a forward copy of the catalogue. We just love the Argyle Deluxe combined sofa & dining set. Not just space saving, but no need to spend money on two different settings. It's like having your cake and eating it too.   Check it out… Read More

Interest rates help lift renovations higher

Published 28 August 2015

Interest rates help lift renovations higher
HIA MEDIA RELEASE 28 August 2015   CLICK ON IMAGE ABOVE TO READ & PRINT ARTICLE  Don't miss out on future housing updates. Join our Mailing List.  Read More

Customer DIY Project: Garden Feature

Published 20 August 2015

Customer DIY Project: Garden Feature
  This DIY project was undertaken by  CBA business manager Geoff Reid, enhancing his garden at his home in Top Camp (Hodgson Vale) with this lovely feature area.  He used Simon Home Timber & Hardware timber for the edging in his project. See the process here.            Read More

BUILDERS & TRADIES BEWARE & AWARE

Published 14 August 2015

BUILDERS & TRADIES BEWARE & AWARE
Safety alert issued after discovery of asbestos in building panels Reported by Haydee | 11:14am, Wednesday 12 August, 2015   Photo: SafetyCulture Library A prohibition notice has been issued to a building site in Sydney after asbestos in fibrous building panels has been discovered. Tests conducted… Read More

Toowoomba Second Range Crossing - Media Release

Published 6 July 2015

Toowoomba Second Range Crossing - Media Release
 Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and Minister for Energy and Water Supply The Honourable Mark Bailey   Toowoomba Second Range Crossing preferred tenderer announced Nexus was today announced as the preferred tenderer to deliver the $1.6 billion Toowoomba Second Range Crossing project. Deputy… Read More

The Big Three-Hearted Economy

Published 1 July 2015

The Big Three-Hearted Economy
Economic situation is complex in 2015/16   - Glenn Stevens calls Sydney house prices "crazy" -   Forecasting the housing market has become something of a shared preoccupation for much of Australia. The Australian economy is still in a weak stage of recovery - its recuperation not helped by various… Read More

Housing Affordability Can Be Fixed

Published 10 June 2015

Housing Affordability Can Be Fixed
Public speculation about a housing bubble ignores the real culprits of Australia's housing affordability problems, says the Housing Industry Association (HIA). "We wouldn't be having this conversation if Australia would get the disproportionately high level of taxation off new homes and improve the… Read More

Major Changes to Domestic Building Contract Laws

Published 10 June 2015

Major Changes to Domestic Building Contract Laws
Builders and Home Buyers need to be aware that as of 1st July 2015 existing HIA Building Contacts and Legal Documents will be superseded The Queensland Building and Construction Commission Amendment Bill passed Parliament earlier this year. As a consequence there will be some major changes to domestic… Read More

Target Housing Supply Not Negative Gearing

Published 30 April 2015

Target Housing Supply Not Negative Gearing
Restricting access to negative gearing for residential property would reduce investment in housing, erode housing affordability and put upward pressure on rents, said Housing Industry Association, the voice of Australia's residential building industry. Read the full article here Tell us what you think… Read More

This Offer is Not Too Good To Be True

Published 30 January 2015

This Offer is Not Too Good To Be True
Ipswich residents: Imagine being able to help your kid's school, your favourite charity or even sporting club raise dire-needed funds without more effort than simply doing what you normally do.  And, if we told you that by helping without any extra effort on your part, you could even win a BBQ Party… Read More

Improving Outlook in Home Renovations

Published 2 January 2015

Improving Outlook in Home Renovations
The Housing Industry Association, the voice of Australia’s residential building industry, has released the inaugural edition of Renovations Roundup, a comprehensive insight into the nation’s home renovations sector. The Renovations Roundup report includes the results of a unique HIA survey of Australia’s… Read More

Land Values vs Housing Values

Published 2 January 2015

Land Values vs Housing Values
Housing Boom? The cost of construction has remained steady for the last quarter century; the entire housing price boom has been in the land component. Effectively what these graphs mean is that while the current housing bubble (as defined by Macrobusiness) does provide some boost to home improvement,… Read More

Feature News

Restraints for Internal Partition Walls

Published 31 October 2016

Restraints for Internal Partition Walls
A recent audit of north Queensland building sites by the QBCC revealed widespread use of non-compliant practices in relation to restraints on the tops of internal partition walls. The QBCC identified a number of builders restraining the tops of internal timber walls by firing framing nails into metal… Read More

Encasing Deck Framing

Published 31 October 2016

Encasing Deck Framing
There appears to be a growing trend, probably for aesthetic reasons, to encase timber deck bearers and posts and other structural members in either masonry veneers or rendered 'blue board' type external surfaces. As can be seen in the photograph below, this trend is resulting in premature decay failure… Read More

World's tallest timber building

Published 12 October 2016

World's tallest timber building
The world's tallest timber building has been completed in Canada - four months ahead of schedule. Expecting to accommodate 700 students by September 2017, the 18-storey tall building Brock Commons at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver got under way in November last year.  It is the first… Read More

METCASH BUYS HOME TIMBER & HARDWARE

Published 24 August 2016

METCASH BUYS HOME TIMBER & HARDWARE
Big news from the Home Timber & Hardware Group. Metcash Limited (Mitre 10) will acquire 100% of the HTH Group Business. See below for further details on the sale.  James AylenGeneral Manager, Home Timber & Hardware Group  24 August 2016 Refer to the ASX announcements for further information Read More

Setting An Upright

Published 23 August 2016

Setting An Upright
Using stirrups or uprights to support a post out of the ground is a great way to provide longevity for your fence or structure as the wooden post is less likely to suffer any rot.   If you are setting uprights or stirrups to install a pergola post or posts to support a roof structure please refer to… Read More

HTH Group and Metcash

Published 10 August 2016

HTH Group and Metcash
Today the ACCC announced its ruling by advising that they would not oppose a bid by Metcash (parent entity of Mitre 10) to acquire HTH Group. You can view a copy of the media release here. Read More

Renovating?

Published 24 June 2016

Renovating?
Moving or renovating your house can be very exciting but for many it also proves to be one of the more stressful chapters of life. At SIMON HOME TIMBER & HARDWARE we'll equip you with all you need to make renovating fun and stress free. Whether your renovation project is considered more of a simple… Read More

SIMON HOME MAKE RENOVATING EASY

Published 15 June 2016

SIMON HOME MAKE RENOVATING EASY
SIMON HOME TIMBER & HARDWARE has an extensive range of products to assist with your renovation project and you’ll also find knowledgeable staff to ensure you’ll choose the right product to get the job done right the first time. If you’ve never been to our store before, we think you’ll be surprised,… Read More

SIMON HOME FRAME & TRUSS MODERNISATION UPDATE

Published 7 June 2016

SIMON HOME FRAME & TRUSS MODERNISATION UPDATE
The Sunshine Coast Daily's Business & Development Journalist Nicky Moffat interviewed SIMON's Operations Manager Paul McDonald to find out the reason behind the latest $1.5m upgrade to it's 5000m2 Frame & Truss plant at Coolum Beach. Read the article below. Paul McDonald at Simon Home in Coolum. COMMIT… Read More

FRAME AND TRUSS PLANT MODERNISATION

Published 21 April 2016

FRAME AND TRUSS PLANT MODERNISATION
READ OUR LATEST UPDATE HERE The Coolum Beach Frame and Truss plant modernisation and upgrade has been running full steam ahead in April with the arrival and installation of the third phase of the production improvements, the Flo-Max conveyer system. Following on from Phase 1, the installation of the… Read More

HTH Significant Player in Australian Hardware Market

Published 1 April 2016

HTH Significant Player in Australian Hardware Market
In the official press release sent out to media following the event, Home Timber & Hardware Group's (HTHG) said its recent National Conference brought together the largest gathering of industry leaders and key influencers. It said it delivered a record sales event that helped to confirm the group's position… Read More

From Floor Sweeper to Professional Chatterbox

Published 2 February 2016

From Floor Sweeper to Professional Chatterbox
Ian Glover - A Legend within Simon's Home Timber & Hardware 50 Years in the making! Ian Glover has managed to do what very few employee's can do nowadays, clocking up a massive 50 years with Simon Home Timber & Hardware. Starting out as an eager 16 year old tasked with the job of floor sweep, he has… Read More

QBCC Outlaws Nail Guns for Framing Anchors and Straps

Published 21 January 2016

QBCC Outlaws Nail Guns for Framing Anchors and Straps
Contrary to HIA advice the QBCC have decided that any use of nail guns for framing anchors and straps will be deemed to be defective work and be directed to be replaced: hand nailing only will be acceptable.  While there may be issues with the inappropriate fitting of these fixtures in some cases, banning… Read More

GOODBYE ROSS, HELLO JOHN

Published 4 January 2016

GOODBYE ROSS, HELLO JOHN
A Farewell Lunch was held for CEO Ross Simon, with newly appointed Company General Manager John Ryan joining the festivities at Toowoomba Golf Club on December 14th, albeit not officially taking on this role until 11th January.  Also attending were many members of the Simon family, the company directors… Read More

Karuna

Published 4 December 2015

Karuna
  Karuna has for 23 years been enhancing the quality of life of terminally ill clients, their carers and families. We were glad to support this year's Christmas market, which was deemed the best ever, raising attention and funds for their cause. This year's Karuna Christmas Market was held on 20th… Read More

Simon Home Timber & Hardware celebrates 1st Birthday with Ipswich Jets

Published 19 October 2015

Simon Home Timber & Hardware celebrates 1st Birthday with Ipswich Jets
While Simon Home Timber & Hardware has been around for four generations, previously known as Sid's Place, since rebranding, the Ipswich branch celebrated its 1st Birthday in great company. The Ipswich Jets made this milestone very special indeed.  We thank the Ipswich Jets for their participation in… Read More

Glennie School - A Northbuild Project

Published 16 October 2015

Glennie School - A Northbuild Project
  Simon Home is proud to be part of this project, supplying the roof trusses for the new Senior Science Building at the Glennie School in Herries Street. Toowoomba. Quoted and detailed in Toowoomba. Manufactured by our frame and truss plant in Coolum Beach.   Building - Senior Science Building Architect… Read More

CEO ROSS SIMON DECIDES TO RETIRE AT END OF YEAR

Published 12 October 2015

CEO ROSS SIMON DECIDES TO RETIRE AT END OF YEAR
After having informed staff of his retirement plans at the end of this year, Ross Simon informed customers and suppliers.  The response has been bitter-sweet.  There is no doubt that everone who has dealt with Ross over the past 37 years, will miss him. But there is also much understanding for his wish… Read More

Bushfire Season: Are you ready?

Published 6 October 2015

Bushfire Season: Are you ready?
It's only the beginning of October and already temperatures are soaring to record highs for this time of year. Is your Bushfire Survival Plan in place?  Even the simplest of things, like internal fire alarms in your home, can save the life of you and your loved ones. And don't forget to have a first-aid-kit… Read More

BUILDERS & TRADIES BEWARE & AWARE

Published 14 August 2015

BUILDERS & TRADIES BEWARE & AWARE
Safety alert issued after discovery of asbestos in building panels Reported by Haydee | 11:14am, Wednesday 12 August, 2015   Photo: SafetyCulture Library A prohibition notice has been issued to a building site in Sydney after asbestos in fibrous building panels has been discovered. Tests conducted… Read More

Housing Affordability Can Be Fixed

Published 10 June 2015

Housing Affordability Can Be Fixed
Public speculation about a housing bubble ignores the real culprits of Australia's housing affordability problems, says the Housing Industry Association (HIA). "We wouldn't be having this conversation if Australia would get the disproportionately high level of taxation off new homes and improve the… Read More

Improving Outlook in Home Renovations

Published 2 January 2015

Improving Outlook in Home Renovations
The Housing Industry Association, the voice of Australia’s residential building industry, has released the inaugural edition of Renovations Roundup, a comprehensive insight into the nation’s home renovations sector. The Renovations Roundup report includes the results of a unique HIA survey of Australia’s… Read More

Land Values vs Housing Values

Published 2 January 2015

Land Values vs Housing Values
Housing Boom? The cost of construction has remained steady for the last quarter century; the entire housing price boom has been in the land component. Effectively what these graphs mean is that while the current housing bubble (as defined by Macrobusiness) does provide some boost to home improvement,… Read More