Nov 27, 2015

Bathroom Renovation on a Budget in Australia

Most of us often hold off revamping our bathrooms fearing that it would cost us the earth. There are many things to consider in improving the look and functionality of your bathroom, making it more difficult to keep yourself within the budget. Of course we want our bathroom to look bigger, brighter, and cleaner. They say that it’s the most expensive area of the house to renovate because you get touch on about every trade. But it is certain that it will add value to your property whether it’s your own or an investment property.

But the question is how much would it cost you to renovate a bathroom? According to an HIA survey, the average cost for a bathroom renovation in Australia is $10,000 - $20,000 while others have done a simple renovation in under $5000. But before I talk numbers, let me help you decide where you can cut back and splurge on your renovation process.
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Before you start contacting tilers, the first thing you need to do is find the tiles you want and then get quotes from tilers because their quotes will depend on what type of tiles they’re going  to lay. Vinyl tile is the easiest to lay and cheaper while the ceramic tiling costs about $80 per square meter. However, ceramic tiles come in variety of colours and styles plus it’s durable and easy to clean.


In order to achieve a full-bathroom renovation look, you should replace your toilet and taps. It’s important to make sure that your toilet, basins, taps, and showers are installed by licensed professional plumbers in Sydney. The amount that will cost you to install those fixtures would be between $300 – $500 depending on the brand and model. Consider replacing your toilet or basin cabinet if you need to, but don’t move them to at least cut down the cost.

Fixtures and fittings

A flat wall mirror is more affordable and the installation is also minimal so you might want to choose that over the mirror cabinet. A semi-frameless shower screen is better because they’re more durable and won’t chip on the corners compared to the frameless ones. Also, the price difference is not too big. Fixtures and fittings would actually make or break your budget. This means you have to spend more on quality to avoid having falling shower head and dripping tap in the future.


For safety reasons, a proper bathroom lighting, switches and exhaust fans should be handled by an electrician.If you are looking for budget lighting, standard LED oyster light would only cost you $50-$100 and it’s extremely energy efficient. For all-in-one solution for lighting, heating and exhaust functions, IXL 3in1 light/heater/fan fitting in Bunnings would be a good choice.

You might not be able to do everything at once, so take your time in choosing the best brands, style and materials. Do not try to do it yourself to avoid extra work in the long run. Seek help from licensed traders especially for plumbing and electricals and make sure to organize them in the correct order. The only thing you can probably attempt doing yourself would be removing and installing simple fixtures.Make a list of the things that will work on your bathroom before you go shopping. And lastly, expect that there will be delays and disasters along the way so make sure to coordinate with your tradies very well because misunderstandings cost money. Therefore, do you best and plan ahead. 

Author: Twinkle Serrano-Dela Pena is a Marketing Strategist from Australia who loves exploring home improvement and residential and commercial plumbing solutions. She is currently collaborating with plumbing services Sydney. 

Nov 26, 2015

Germs Found Inside Your House and How to Exterminate Them

There is much to be said about a huge home and its wide expanse of a room. But what we are not aware of is that, aside from us taking residency within these safe walls, there are also microbes and bacteria residing in the hidden corners of a home, very much to our dismay.

Even with the seemingly spotless clean interior, there may still be germs lurking in concealed spaces. A county club home in Tagaytay makes sure that all of the rooms are spotlessly clean and that germs are eradicated.

Germs live in humid and dark areas while bacteria linger on some unexpected places. But of course, to remedy that, here are some tips on how to exterminate these health pests which are found surprisingly in these areas of your home.

In Your Kitchen

The sink, is the most probable area of the kitchen that houses more germs and bacteria considering this is where you wash your dirty dishes and wash away the foreign remnants in your food such as vegetables and fruits. Your cutting boards are also hiding some bacteria from the raw meats you cut and slice. Sponges and dish towels are also two of the obvious items hoarding germs so to rid them off of germs is making sure to apply citric juices from lemons, limes, and oranges. Soak them good with this acidic liquid which will help disinfect your items of germs and bacteria.

In Your Bathroom

Bathrooms are without a doubt the main lair for germs and bacteria residing in a home. Bathtubs and toilets are breeding places for mucks and grimes which are notable living environment for germs and bacteria and the perfect breeding ground for these harmful things.  Cleaning the tubs and toilet seats, opt for using hot water and baking soda. They are also very effective as cleaning agents. Cleaning the bathroom floors should also be an everyday routine and make sure to use a sanitizing cleaning solution to effectively disinfect the floors.

In Your Living Room
Any potential allergens and microbes can be found in the areas of your living room. Carpets and rugs for one can collect dust overtime which can only mean that it is an accountable source of allergens. Aside from that, fungi are found on the sides of pots of your indoor plants since moisture is constant and bacteria and fungi fester on moist and humid areas. If you have a regular maintenance of carpet cleaning this will prevent from dust and allergens collecting. Plus, opt for easily maintained indoor plants rather than the large ones where it acquires more space and emits more moisture inside.

Electronic equipment and window curtains if not cleaned or dusted properly can also gain germs overtime and accumulate allergens. Make sure to thoroughly wash your curtains since it covers a majority of your windows and block and traps dusts from entering inside the room. Also, make sure to clean the remote of every electronic equipment since you use it almost every single day. Items like these are great carriers of germs and quickly transfer them from person to person who uses it.

You can be assured that with regular and meticulous cleaning can help make sure that your house is a safe place to live in. Keep in mind that a safe home is a clean home, which every family is deserving of.

Author Bio

Randolph Hoover and his family were originally from San Diego California but he is currently studying Business Administration in Umea University in Sweden. Aside from being a student, he also helps his parents with their home maintenance business in their home in Umea. He is also one of the marketing guy for Tagaytay Highlands.

Nov 23, 2015

Make the Best Choice of 2Pac Kitchen Doors

From the aesthetic point of view, kitchen doors are one of the most significant parts of a kitchen. Whenever you think of an imposing and impressive kitchen, it is the style and quality of the kitchen door that comes in our mind. This is the reason why the kitchen doors make a big difference.

Though the options are many, but today, 2-Pac Painted Doors are one of the most preferred materials for the kitchen doors. Reasons could be may be the beautiful finish that these doors provide, or it may be the unlimited color range that these doors come in or it is because that the edges are properly sealed.

What Is 2Pac Painted Door?
2Pac is a special paint preparation for the kitchen doors, which is a mixture of a can of paint and a can of hardener, making it a two-pac paint solution. This two Pac paint gives a finish that is of the same quality and excellence as that of standard car paint. Thus, a 2pac kitchen door is in fact, a 2-Pac Polyurethane door which has been spraying painted by this automotive like paint. There are specialized paints available in the market in this regard. There are also professionals that specialize to apply this type of paint to the kitchen doors.

Two Pac kitchen doors are made of 16mm or 18mm MR MDF (Moisture Resistant/Medium Density Fiber board). First, A primer undercoat is applied, which is followed by a spray of acrylic topcoat. Then, it is sanded and sprayed again. This process is repeated four to five times to ultimately give a thick and durable coat to this MDF board. Finally, 2pac polyurethane top coats are applied for a lustrous and quality finish. Thus, the door obtained is a durable and eye-catching product that is tougher and sturdier to scratch than the usual laminate finished doors.


  • Smooth Edgings
The beauty of this door is that you will not find any joins or edges on it. The edges of the doors are completely sealed by the paint and that makes it just a flawless, beautiful and smooth door.
  • Unlimited Color And Range
These 2pac kitchen doors are available in a wide range of colors to choose from.  Not only the color range is unlimited, but these 2pac doors are also available as pencil round, beveled edges and patterned doors, that lets you choose the one that suits best to you and to your kitchen in the look and style.
  •  No Peeling Of Paints
The paint on these doors does not peel off. It is because there is no glued on edging, which in due course, can peel off.
  • Choice Of Finishes
You can choose from gloss, satin, texture or metallic 2pac finish, all of which will make your kitchen unique.
  • Cleaning
Cleaning of these doors is very easy. Just take a damp cloth or sponge and clean the 2 Pac painted surfaces using warm liquid cleaners. There is no need to use harsh cleaning products. It might damage, but not to worry much; even if the door is damaged, just a touch up and re spray will bring it back to its splendor.
  •  Easy Makeover
If you are looking to upgrade your 2pac kitchen doors, cupboards etc, within a budget, then also 2pac door finishes are the ideal solution. You just need to recoat it for its original glory rather than replace it.
  • Reasonable Cost
2pac kitchen doors are not very expensive and suits to any budget.

Do you like to know more about 2Pac Kitchen Doors? Visit this link to get few more information about it.

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