bathrooms

Types of Bathrooms you can choose for your home

by Greg on November 21, 2017
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Whether you are building a new home, or renovating, you should know exactly what types of bathrooms exist on the market so you can make an informed decision. This infographic by Luxury Commercial Bath gives you a good roundup.

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Household Horrors: A Guide to the Perils and Pitfalls of Bathroom Renovations (and How to Avoid Them)

by Greg on December 13, 2016
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There are hoards of renovation horror stories out there, and if you want to ensure that you and your bathroom aren’t added to those lists then go ahead and read our article on just what can go wrong and how you can hopefully avoid the trouble and expenses that come with them. Be Prepared for […]

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Making the most of a smaller bathroom

by Greg on March 26, 2016
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The bathroom is one of the hardest rooms when it comes to practicality. When deciding what goes where, there are so many different things to consider, such as space to stand at the sink, enough room for the toilet area, and then there’s the clearance for the shower or bath. With all of these practicalities […]

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Australian Kitchen and Bathroom Of The Year 2013

by Chris Lang on August 8, 2013
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I just love looking at pictures of beautiful kitchens and bathrooms. These two are admittedly the most expensive components of a house, and getting them right when building a new house, or renovating an old one is very important. So let’s turn to the winners of awards for the best Australian bathroom and kitchen of […]

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The Block Sky High: a doorless ensuite, are you serious?

by Chris Lang on May 22, 2013
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I’ve been watching The Block Sky High, week one, where 5 couples had to renovate a bedroom with ensuite and whoever does the best job wins money to use towards the next room they will be renovating. All the couples did a good job, some went to the extremes of design extravaganza, others kept it […]

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The Block: bathrooms where the ‘wow factor’ replaced practicality and common sense

by Chris Lang on March 4, 2013
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If you watched “The Block All Stars” during the “bathroom week”, you’ll know what I’m talking about. For those unfamiliar with “The Block”, it’s a television show about home renovation where people compete for the best-looking reno project. They are given an unbelievable amount of work and unrealistic time constraints and have to do their […]

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Australian Kitchen and Bathroom of the Year 2012

by Chris Lang on September 4, 2012
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If you’re looking for some inspiration to kick-start your kitchen or bathroom reno project – look no further. The ideas you’re about to see won the HIA Australian Kitchen and Bathroom of the Year 2012 Award – and it’s easy to see why. Everyday Homes Pty Ltd won the Australian Bathroom of the Year. The […]

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Kitchens and Bathrooms 2010 – What’s hot and what’s not

by Chris Lang on December 15, 2010
Kitchens and Bathrooms 2010 - What's hot and what's not

“Australians Spend Record Dollars on Kitchens and Bathrooms” was the headline of the latest report by HIA (Housing Industry Association). The K&B industry is booming, apparently – an unimaginable amount of $6.9 billion was spent on new and renovated kitchens in 2009/10. The new and renovated bathrooms follow the kitchens closely with $4.2 billion. I […]

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How Aussies like their kitchens and bathrooms

by Chris Lang on January 11, 2010
How Aussies like their kitchens and bathrooms

Bathroom In 2 words? Bigger and better, that’s how Aussies like their kitchens and bathrooms.

Just to give you an idea of what people are prepared to spend on their kitchens and bathrooms, here is a quote from the HIA report: they predict that the amount spent on renovations and installations of kitchens and bathrooms will hit a record $12 billion by 2012.

But what exactly IS a better kitchen? The top-end hardware and storage solutions.

Lazy Susan Kitchen Cabinet People like lazy susans – if you’re not familiar with the term, it’s a circular revolving shelf installed in your cupboards to utilize the space better. Often they are installed in corner cabinets to solve the so-damn-hard-to-reach-pots problem.

Another favorite is the soft closing drawers and cabinet doors. Push them as hard as you like – there will never be a “bang”, very helpful for people with little babies or folks recovering from the night before.

Lift-up doors are very popular, because of the ease of access to the cabinets’ contents and for safety reasons – these doors you can’t walk into (well, unless you try very hard). Touch-opening doors and drawers are in demand as well – imagine cabinet doors with no handles, how cool is that!

Kitchen also includes the appliances installed with it – and people are choosing to have wine fridges, LCD/ Plasma TVs, dishwashers, water filtration systems and free-standing stoves in their kitchens.

As for the kitchen bench tops, nowadays the preferred material is granite – and stainless steel or timber become less and less popular.

Giving their bathroom a makeover, most often people replace the basins with modern-looking ones, replace the older vanity units, tap ware and tiles. Apparently semi-frameless shower screens are a hit, and there is a growing trend for multiple basins and multiple shower heads.

That’s it from me, now it’s your turn to speak up – what does your dream kitchen or bathroom look like?

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How to buy a house – Part 2

by Chris Lang on September 26, 2008
How to buy a house - Part 2

In the part one of “How to buy a house” series I covered the first three stages of the process: sniffing around, how to determine your budget and where would you like to live. So coming to the stage four you would have a list of candidate suburbs, one of which should ideally become your home.

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What is the right price for a house?

by Chris Lang on September 12, 2008
What is the right price for a house?

What’s the right price for this house? If you’re looking to buy a house, you are going to ask yourself this question – a lot. This is your task number one in this whole process and here is why. Let’s say you’ve assessed the value of the house, made a mistake and paid more for it – then you have killed any possibility of capital growth on the spot

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