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Expert Tips – Toilets

  The humble toilet has come a long way from its exile to an outhouse to today’s contemporary, water-efficient designs that are an integral part of bathroom design. Whether it’s organic in shape, geometric in line or minimalist in form, consider taking advantage of the latest technology in sleek, seamless in-wall cisterns and sophisticated touch-free flush plates. Close Coupled Back-to-Wall Toilet Suites A close coupled toilet suite features the cistern fitted directly to the pan so that it becomes a complete unit. This avoids the need for visible connection pipes and has a traditional look. Concealed toilets Concealed toilets are on-trend […]

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By mel gardener / November 17, 2015 / helpful hints / No Comments

Heated Towel Rails

Heated towel rails are not only practical but add that extra touch of luxury to your bathroom. There is nothing more comforting than a toasty warm towel after a wonderfully relaxing shower. And for those colder winter months, a heated towel rail can dry your wet towels quickly and conveniently. Types of Heated Towel Rails Wall mounted: The wall mount is fixed to the wall and is a popular type of heated towel rail. It saves space in smaller bathrooms as it fits out of the way. Freestanding: This type of heated towel rail is fantastic as it can be positioned anywhere […]

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By mel gardener / November 2, 2015 / helpful hints / No Comments

Ask our Expert – Renovations v Makeovers

Lets take a look at why a renovation will serve you much better than a makeover in the long term. A makeover will enhance the ambiance of the space and can make it look fresh and new. But re-tiling or re-surfacing – even if you change a couple of major items like vanities or baths – generally won’t give you a better layout or make better use of the available space. This is because makeovers don’t generally allow you the flexibility to change the location of fixtures and fittings (which is why a makeover will mostly be cheaper). If you […]

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By mel gardener / October 19, 2015 / helpful hints / No Comments

Choosing a shower screen

Planning a bathroom renovation? It’s a great idea to take a look at options for your shower before you start. Your shower is the place where you start and finish your day which is why creating the perfect showering environment is so important. Take your shower experience to new levels with the flexibility of a shower rail, the elegance of an overhead shower or, for the best of both worlds, a twin shower rail. When choosing a glass for your shower screen you have two options: Starphire glass or conventional glass. Starphire glass is the ultimate in clear glass technology. […]

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By mel gardener / October 9, 2015 / helpful hints / 1 Comment

Which bath is right for you?

Choosing the perfect bath for your bathroom renovation in Sydney is an important decision. What role does your bath play in your life? Is it the luxury of a deep, relaxing soak after a long day? Or does it offer the ultimate convenience of getting the kids cleaned up and into bed? Baths come in many shapes, styles and sizes, so you can find the perfect solution to fit your bathroom life. And for the ultimate in relaxation therapy, consider a spa for that extra touch of luxury and pampering. Freestanding or built-in? Both have advantages and your choice will […]

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By mel gardener / September 16, 2015 / helpful hints / No Comments

Water Efficiency Labeling and Standards Scheme

Choosing fittings and fixtures for your bathroom requires consideration of many factors but the main areas you want to consider are cost, style, performance and quality. Here’s where the government’s Water Efficiency Labeling and Standards Scheme can help make your choice much easier. Saving water and saving money on your water and energy bills means your household will be much more environmentally-friendly and efficient. What is WELS? WELS is Australia’s water efficiency labeling scheme. The scheme helps consumers compare the water efficiency of various products – including toilets, tapware, washing machines and dishwashers – to make the choice that best […]

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By admin / August 25, 2015 / helpful hints / No Comments

Global trends direct from Europe

Last week, Certified Bathroom Designer John Spiteri attended a special briefing by Reece on the latest trends from the ISH 2015 bathroom fair in Germany and the Milan Furniture Fair in Italy. It was a very informative afternoon with some exciting new global trends revealed. Here are the top 5 trends in bathrooms , courtesy of Reece: Fine lines Elegant and sleek, fine lines are transforming the aesthetic and design of both our home and bathroom spaces, encompassing thin design profiles across all types of products, from blade-like taps to slim-line toilet seats, seamless joinery and silky-smooth finishes. Beyond basins […]

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By admin / July 9, 2015 / helpful hints / No Comments

Ask our Expert – Bathroom design

Did you know…plumbing moves can significantly increase the price of your bathroom renovation? Working with your bathroom designer, first assess the current layout of the bathroom. It may be that the main items are in a workable location but the look and feel of the bathroom needs to be updated. If you can get away with making none – or only a few – plumbing moves you could save yourself valuable dollars to put towards a “must have” item. Did you know…smaller bathrooms are harder to design than larger bathrooms? The bathroom is often the smallest room in the house […]

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By admin / March 31, 2015 / helpful hints / No Comments

FAQ – Bathroom Design & Renovation

John Spiteri, Certified Bathroom Designer and licensed builder, answers all your questions about what to expect when you renovate your bathroom. Q: What is the average cost to renovate a bathroom? A: It’s very difficult to give an average price as every bathroom is different but there are a number of things that will affect the final price, such as: Will you do a full renovation or simply a small makeover? A makeover won’t give you a better layout but it might look nicer. Or you can invest in the functionality and looks of the bathroom and go for a […]

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By admin / October 17, 2014 / helpful hints / No Comments

FAQ – before you meet your bathroom designer

Essential steps before you meet your bathroom designer Decided to renovate your bathroom and booked an appointment with a designer? Great! Here’s what you need to do in preparation for your first meeting. Create a scrapbook – either online or on paper, it doesn’t matter. Collect as many images as you can from as many places as you can that show the style of bathroom you’d like. The images can show overall design or individual items. This will give the designer a great starting point to best meet your expectations. Check the website – get online and check out the […]

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By admin / August 26, 2014 / helpful hints / No Comments

FAQ – choosing the right vanity.

Vanities come in all shapes and sizes but their main purpose is storage so how do you ensure you choose the correct one?  Here is some useful information from Brindabella Home Improvements with a photo gallery to get you started. The vanity is mostly the only storage space in the bathroom so it’s vital to consider all your storage needs – both now and in the future – before you make a choice. You’ll need to think about who uses the bathroom, what they need to access every day, what items are accessed less often and how many people need to […]

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By admin / August 21, 2014 / helpful hints / No Comments

FAQ – Bathroom facts: problems & solutions

8 bathroom facts – problems & solutions 1. PVC curtains: According to new findings, PVC or vinyl shower curtains may give off toxic fumes, causing asthma and headaches. Solution – Use a frameless or semi-frameless glass shower screen instead. Glass is much more durable, and so much easier to clean, than a plastic “curtain”. It enhances the look of your bathroom and allows light to flow making the space appear larger. Glass is also much safer for children using the bathroom. 2. Showerheads: Showerheads accumulate biofilms if not cleaned regularly, covering you in bacteria every time you shower. Solution – […]

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By admin / March 8, 2014 / helpful hints / No Comments

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