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Keeping Cool

Published 1 December 2016

Keeping Cool
How to beat the heat, even if you don't have an airconditioner!     1. Choose cotton. Save the ooh-la-la satin, silk, or polyester sheets for cooler nights. Light-colored bed linens made of lightweight cotton (Egyptian or otherwise) are breathable and excellent for promoting ventilation and… Read More

WIN the Ultimate Bucket List

Published 23 November 2016

WIN the Ultimate Bucket List
Weathertex, a Leader in Timber Cladding, are giving Builders & Tradies the chance to win the ultimate bucket list experience. How would you like to attend the 2017 US Masters in the USA a with a mate? The amazing package includes Two tickets to spend a week in the USA Attend the US Masters Meet… Read More

Quick Chippy Pro

Published 22 November 2016

Quick Chippy Pro
Home Timber & Hardware has proudly partnered with the Quick Chippy Pro App, reinforcing our trade know-how to thousands of carpenters Australia-wide. Quick Chippy Pro was designed by a carpenter and includes: Carpentry calculators Building stage cheklists Supplies/Materials lists Team chat for… Read More

First Ladies DIY Night a Big Hit

Published 9 November 2016

First Ladies DIY Night a Big Hit
On November 7th the Toowoomba SIMON HOME TIMBER & HARDWARE store held their very first Ladies DIY Night.  The Ladies attending not only picked up some great paint knowledge and painting skills but had a real fun night. The lovely Jodie from Valspar hosted the Painting & Timber Stain workshop and happily… Read More

Tall timber tower passes key test in USA

Published 31 October 2016

Tall timber tower passes key test in USA
  CONSTANTLY "putting out fires" is no way to run a major political campaign, but advocates of tall wood construction are happy to do it if it will win over the many doubters of their product. This month, the designers behind Framework, a 12 storey, mass-timber tower in Portland OR, just put out several… Read More

Increased supply solution to housing affordability

Published 31 October 2016

Increased supply solution to housing affordability
MASTER Builders Australia welcomes the Treasurer’s announcement of a way forward to tackling housing aff ordability. “The Treasurer Scott Morrison has correctly identifi ed the role supply side constraints play in artifi cially pushing up the price of housing. Tackling housing aff ordability by addressing… Read More

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

Win a Fabulous Houseboat Getaway

Published 15 August 2016

Win a Fabulous Houseboat Getaway
Dreaming of a Houseboat Getaway? Enter SIMON HOME'S latest prize draw and you're in with a pretty good chance to win.  Perfect for a fun and relaxing short family holiday or a fabulous fishing trip with your mates.  You can choose from a Long Weekend (3 nights) or Midweek Getaway (4 nights) on the fabulous… Read More

FIND EMILY SELFIE COMPETITION

Published 11 August 2016

FIND EMILY SELFIE COMPETITION
Forget finding Pokémons! Find Emily during the month of August at our SIMON HOME Toowoomba store and snap a Selfie with her and you could be the lucky winner of prizes totalling $750.  * Please note you must be 18+ years to enter. Don't forget, Father's Day is just around the corner, so you might… 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

Fathers Day

Published 9 August 2016

Fathers Day
The eternal question is rearing its ugly head again.  What to get dad for Father's Day? Instead of racing to the shops, wracking your brains and still running the risk of NOT getting what he really wants, let SIMON HOME make life easy for you. Give Dad a SIMON HOME Gift Card and watch him smile! With… 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

Stress

Published 23 June 2016

Stress
Not too many people have built a new home and considered the experience stress free.  But has anyone considered the stresses on their builder? Workplace Health and Safety has for many years focused on the safety side of the construction site. It is time to focus on the health part as well.  If you google… Read More

What the State Budget means for business

Published 15 June 2016

What the State Budget means for business
Source: Timber Queensland - TQ Alert Issue 16 | 15 June 2016 Treasurer Curtis Pitt has handed down his second Budget with a number of positive aspects, particularly with regard to infrastructure, jobs and innovation spending, but also a number of risks tied to optimistic revenue growth. Key Budget… 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

Trade Survey

Published 14 June 2016

Trade Survey
Your Feedback helps us to provide the products, services and events that you really want. Thank you for taking the time (approx. 2-3 min.) to complete this short survey. Please note that the information you provide is treated confidentially and will not be shared with any other parties or used for any… Read More

Brighter Outlook for Queensland's Forest and Timber Industry

Published 14 June 2016

Brighter Outlook for Queensland's Forest and Timber Industry
  9 June 2016 MEDIA RELEASE  For immediate release  Brighter outlook for Queensland’s forest and timber industry  With a record breaking year in new housing activity in Queensland in 2015, innovations in wood technology and new laws allowing taller timber buildings, the future for the State’s… 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

Steady Federal Budget Good for Builders

Published 10 May 2016

Steady Federal Budget Good for Builders
The Federal Budget announced last week will benefit home buyers and the building industry, but doesn't include any specific measures for the forest products industry.  HIA says the Budget reflects a measured path to budget recovery that should add to the confidence that the home building industry and… Read More

Update on HTH Group sales process

Published 10 May 2016

Update on HTH Group sales process
Simon Pty Ltd trading as Simon Home Timber & Hardware and Simon Home Frame & Truss is not affected by the impending sale of Home Timber and Hardware by Woolworths. 100% family owned for 66 years, we're not going anywhere.  Please read the latest update communicated by the HTH Group to us below. VIEW… Read More

TRADE E-NEWS MAY 2016

Published 9 May 2016

TRADE E-NEWS MAY 2016
What's inside our MAY TRADE E-NEWS? Tinny Winners Revealed! Construction Industry Winners in 2016 Budget Update: Sunshine Coast Frame & Truss Plant Modernisation and what's in it for you. SAVE with our May Trade Specials Frame & Truss Plant Toowoomba Update Workwear Shop NOW OPEN at Ipswich Branch Ipswich… Read More

Budget 2016

Published 9 May 2016

Budget 2016
While last night’s Budget was anything but revolutionary, with little to affect property investors and the world of real estate, one sector that will benefit, according to Master Builders Australia, is the construction industry. “Tradies and builders in the nation’s $200 billion building industry are… Read More

Meet our $1000 Gardening Package Winners

Published 6 May 2016

Meet our $1000 Gardening Package Winners
Every quarter SIMON HOME have a beaut prize up for grabs. In our Feb-April Prize Draw entrants from Toowoomba, Ipswich & Sunshine Coast had a chance to win a fabulous $1000 Gardening Package. Meet our lucky Winners and see what they won!   Janine and Col Gilmour of Bli Bli couldn't believe their… Read More

Silent Auction Fundraising Results

Published 4 May 2016

Silent Auction Fundraising Results
SIMON HOME TIMBER & HARDWARE Toowoomba have been fundraising to help chronically ill tradie Mitch Kronk suffering from a debilitating rare kidney disease.  The latest fundraiser, a Silent Auction and Appeal on My Cause, produced proceeds of $1,668.10 to help with Mitch's medical expenses.   We again… Read More

$1000 Home Make-Over Package

Published 3 May 2016

$1000 Home Make-Over Package
We've just launched our new exciting Prize Draw for May to July. If your home needs a bit of TLC but the budget's a bit tight, then you're going to love this prize: A $1000 Home Make-Over Package. CLICK HERE TO ENTER.   To find out about future Prize Draws LIKE us on Facebook and/or join our Mailing… Read More

Toowoomba Branch Celebrates Milestone

Published 27 April 2016

Toowoomba Branch Celebrates Milestone
Hard to believe that it's been a year since our rebranding from Sid's Place to SIMON HOME TIMBER & HARDWARE. We celebrated with a mega 40% Off Sale and Family Fun Day, which was a huge with our customers. Take a look. Sandy. Trevor MCDonald (HTH Business Manager) John Ryan (CGM) & Rusty The Lucky… Read More

Queensland Renovations

Published 27 April 2016

Queensland Renovations
After a long period of sitting in the doldrums, the Queensland renovation market is finally on the rise - up 13.2% during the past year. Master Builders figures show that during 2015 Queensland homeowners spent $1.66 billion on renovations with most of the activity in South East Queensland - reflecting… 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

Labor's Proposal to Negative Gearing Changes

Published 16 February 2016

Labor's Proposal to Negative Gearing Changes
There are lots of expert opinions around about Labor's proposal to make changes to Negative Gearing; strangely they seem to differ in opinion. So would it be good or bad for the economy?        The negative gearing hotspots likely to suffer if tax laws change Cap on negative gearing and… Read More

Customer Testimonial

Published 9 February 2016

Customer Testimonial
We appreciate feedback from our customers, so it was particularly nice to find that a new customer, who had visited our Toowoomba store for the very first time, was impressed enough to make the effort to post a review on Google+. Thanks Mick for your kind words. 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

HIA RESIDENTIAL OUTLOOK FOR 2016

Published 19 January 2016

HIA RESIDENTIAL OUTLOOK FOR 2016
HIA say 2016 will be another very healthy year for residential construction. Other key points in their Outlook for 2016 include:  Renovations activity is only managing to grind out a recovery, but there is promise ahead. The rate of growth in residential property prices has peaked in Sydney and Melbourne,… Read More

TINNY SUNSHINE COAST

Published 13 January 2016

TINNY SUNSHINE COAST
SIMON HOME FRAME & TRUSS Sunshine Coast are offering trade customers (existing and new) a chance to win a beaut fishing tinny & trailer package valued at $6,400. See the Flyer below for all information of how to enter.   Check out the actual tinny/trailer package at SIMON HOME FRAME & TRUSS at 9 Quanda… Read More

TINNY TOOWOOMBA

Published 13 January 2016

TINNY TOOWOOMBA
SIMON HOME TIMBER & HARDWARE Toowoomba are offering trade customers and those that open an account in February to April, a chance to win a beaut fishing tinny & trailer package valued at $6,400. See the Flyer below for all information of how to enter.   Check out the actual tinny/trailer package at… Read More

TINNY IPSWICH

Published 13 January 2016

TINNY IPSWICH
SIMON HOME TIMBER & HARDWARE Ipswich are offering trade customers and attendees of their fortnightly BBQ Breakfasts a chance to win a beaut fishing tinny & trailer package valued at $6,400. See the Flyer below for all information of how to enter. Scroll down for BBQ Breakfast dates and times. Check… Read More

TINNY WINNERS

Published 13 January 2016

TINNY WINNERS
SIMON HOME TIMBER & HARDWARE Toowoomba & Ipswich and SIMON HOME FRAME & TRUSS Sunshine Coast are very happy to announce the lucky winners of the 3x $6,400 beaut Tinny Packages: TOOWOOMBA WINNER:  Chris Hart of CNH Constructions SUNSHINE COAST: Ausmar Group IPSWICH: Andrew Seymour of ACM Constructions Congratulations!     Between… 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

Silent Auction

Published 4 December 2015

Silent Auction
We're holding a Silent Fundraising Auction in Toowoomba for Tradie Mitch Kronk, who is suffering from a rare and horrible kidney disease, between January and April 2016. NRL Legend Billy Moore has signed a special edition 1995 State of Origin jersey, which we've had beautifully framed.  Entry fee is… 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

Father's Day Fundraising Raffle

Published 9 July 2015

Father's Day Fundraising Raffle
WIN IT FOR DAD! WIN IT FOR MITCH.Our Toowoomba store at Wilkinson Street, Toowoomba is holding a Father's Day Fundraising Raffle for Mitch Kronk, a local tradie with a rare kidney disease. He and his young wife are struggling to meet the ever increasing burden of Mitch's medical bills and we hope this… 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

HUGE FAMILY FUN DAY GRAND OPENING CELEBRATIONS

Published 15 April 2015

HUGE FAMILY FUN DAY GRAND OPENING CELEBRATIONS
    Simon Home Timber & Hardware Toowoomba are celebrating their Grand Opening with a huge Family Fun Day. NRL Legend Billy Moore will be there, delight your tastebuds at ourFood Fair,  heaps of fun stuff for the kids, big toys for the big boys, prizes galore. Click on the image above to read our… 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

Population Growth Receding from Peak

Published 2 January 2015

Population Growth Receding from Peak
The demographic statistics released by the ABS today imply strong demographic demand for housing even although the pace of growth is slowing, said the Housing Industry Association (HIA), the voice of Australia’s residential building industry. READ HIA PRESS RELEASE HERE   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

Hardware Store of the Year!

Published 24 November 2014

Hardware Store of the Year!
HOME TIMBER & HARDWARE BACK-TO-BACK WINNERS OF CUSTOMER SATISFACTION AWARDS Roy Morgan Customer Satisfaction Survey awards Home Timber & Hardware ‘Hardware Store of the Year’ for the second time.   Home Timber & Hardware has been crowned the 2013 ‘Hardware Store of the Year’ at the recent Roy Morgan… Read More

Feature News

Keeping Cool

Published 1 December 2016

Keeping Cool
How to beat the heat, even if you don't have an airconditioner!     1. Choose cotton. Save the ooh-la-la satin, silk, or polyester sheets for cooler nights. Light-colored bed linens made of lightweight cotton (Egyptian or otherwise) are breathable and excellent for promoting ventilation and… Read More

Quick Chippy Pro

Published 22 November 2016

Quick Chippy Pro
Home Timber & Hardware has proudly partnered with the Quick Chippy Pro App, reinforcing our trade know-how to thousands of carpenters Australia-wide. Quick Chippy Pro was designed by a carpenter and includes: Carpentry calculators Building stage cheklists Supplies/Materials lists Team chat for… Read More

First Ladies DIY Night a Big Hit

Published 9 November 2016

First Ladies DIY Night a Big Hit
On November 7th the Toowoomba SIMON HOME TIMBER & HARDWARE store held their very first Ladies DIY Night.  The Ladies attending not only picked up some great paint knowledge and painting skills but had a real fun night. The lovely Jodie from Valspar hosted the Painting & Timber Stain workshop and happily… Read More

Tall timber tower passes key test in USA

Published 31 October 2016

Tall timber tower passes key test in USA
  CONSTANTLY "putting out fires" is no way to run a major political campaign, but advocates of tall wood construction are happy to do it if it will win over the many doubters of their product. This month, the designers behind Framework, a 12 storey, mass-timber tower in Portland OR, just put out several… Read More

Increased supply solution to housing affordability

Published 31 October 2016

Increased supply solution to housing affordability
MASTER Builders Australia welcomes the Treasurer’s announcement of a way forward to tackling housing aff ordability. “The Treasurer Scott Morrison has correctly identifi ed the role supply side constraints play in artifi cially pushing up the price of housing. Tackling housing aff ordability by addressing… Read More

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

Win a Fabulous Houseboat Getaway

Published 15 August 2016

Win a Fabulous Houseboat Getaway
Dreaming of a Houseboat Getaway? Enter SIMON HOME'S latest prize draw and you're in with a pretty good chance to win.  Perfect for a fun and relaxing short family holiday or a fabulous fishing trip with your mates.  You can choose from a Long Weekend (3 nights) or Midweek Getaway (4 nights) on the fabulous… Read More

FIND EMILY SELFIE COMPETITION

Published 11 August 2016

FIND EMILY SELFIE COMPETITION
Forget finding Pokémons! Find Emily during the month of August at our SIMON HOME Toowoomba store and snap a Selfie with her and you could be the lucky winner of prizes totalling $750.  * Please note you must be 18+ years to enter. Don't forget, Father's Day is just around the corner, so you might… 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

Stress

Published 23 June 2016

Stress
Not too many people have built a new home and considered the experience stress free.  But has anyone considered the stresses on their builder? Workplace Health and Safety has for many years focused on the safety side of the construction site. It is time to focus on the health part as well.  If you google… Read More

What the State Budget means for business

Published 15 June 2016

What the State Budget means for business
Source: Timber Queensland - TQ Alert Issue 16 | 15 June 2016 Treasurer Curtis Pitt has handed down his second Budget with a number of positive aspects, particularly with regard to infrastructure, jobs and innovation spending, but also a number of risks tied to optimistic revenue growth. Key Budget… 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

Brighter Outlook for Queensland's Forest and Timber Industry

Published 14 June 2016

Brighter Outlook for Queensland's Forest and Timber Industry
  9 June 2016 MEDIA RELEASE  For immediate release  Brighter outlook for Queensland’s forest and timber industry  With a record breaking year in new housing activity in Queensland in 2015, innovations in wood technology and new laws allowing taller timber buildings, the future for the State’s… 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

Steady Federal Budget Good for Builders

Published 10 May 2016

Steady Federal Budget Good for Builders
The Federal Budget announced last week will benefit home buyers and the building industry, but doesn't include any specific measures for the forest products industry.  HIA says the Budget reflects a measured path to budget recovery that should add to the confidence that the home building industry and… Read More

Update on HTH Group sales process

Published 10 May 2016

Update on HTH Group sales process
Simon Pty Ltd trading as Simon Home Timber & Hardware and Simon Home Frame & Truss is not affected by the impending sale of Home Timber and Hardware by Woolworths. 100% family owned for 66 years, we're not going anywhere.  Please read the latest update communicated by the HTH Group to us below. VIEW… Read More

Budget 2016

Published 9 May 2016

Budget 2016
While last night’s Budget was anything but revolutionary, with little to affect property investors and the world of real estate, one sector that will benefit, according to Master Builders Australia, is the construction industry. “Tradies and builders in the nation’s $200 billion building industry are… Read More

Meet our $1000 Gardening Package Winners

Published 6 May 2016

Meet our $1000 Gardening Package Winners
Every quarter SIMON HOME have a beaut prize up for grabs. In our Feb-April Prize Draw entrants from Toowoomba, Ipswich & Sunshine Coast had a chance to win a fabulous $1000 Gardening Package. Meet our lucky Winners and see what they won!   Janine and Col Gilmour of Bli Bli couldn't believe their… Read More

Silent Auction Fundraising Results

Published 4 May 2016

Silent Auction Fundraising Results
SIMON HOME TIMBER & HARDWARE Toowoomba have been fundraising to help chronically ill tradie Mitch Kronk suffering from a debilitating rare kidney disease.  The latest fundraiser, a Silent Auction and Appeal on My Cause, produced proceeds of $1,668.10 to help with Mitch's medical expenses.   We again… 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

Labor's Proposal to Negative Gearing Changes

Published 16 February 2016

Labor's Proposal to Negative Gearing Changes
There are lots of expert opinions around about Labor's proposal to make changes to Negative Gearing; strangely they seem to differ in opinion. So would it be good or bad for the economy?        The negative gearing hotspots likely to suffer if tax laws change Cap on negative gearing and… Read More

Customer Testimonial

Published 9 February 2016

Customer Testimonial
We appreciate feedback from our customers, so it was particularly nice to find that a new customer, who had visited our Toowoomba store for the very first time, was impressed enough to make the effort to post a review on Google+. Thanks Mick for your kind words. 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

HIA RESIDENTIAL OUTLOOK FOR 2016

Published 19 January 2016

HIA RESIDENTIAL OUTLOOK FOR 2016
HIA say 2016 will be another very healthy year for residential construction. Other key points in their Outlook for 2016 include:  Renovations activity is only managing to grind out a recovery, but there is promise ahead. The rate of growth in residential property prices has peaked in Sydney and Melbourne,… 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

Silent Auction

Published 4 December 2015

Silent Auction
We're holding a Silent Fundraising Auction in Toowoomba for Tradie Mitch Kronk, who is suffering from a rare and horrible kidney disease, between January and April 2016. NRL Legend Billy Moore has signed a special edition 1995 State of Origin jersey, which we've had beautifully framed.  Entry fee is… 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