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Kitchen and Laundry

Selecting the Best Tiles for Your Bathroom and Kitchen Renovations in 2019

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Getting prepared for a major home extension can be extremely exciting, especially if you’re expanding your kitchen and bathrooms. These renovations can improve the living standards for your entire household and increase the value of your property.

Doesn’t matter if you’re making a property investment or if you're renovating your own home, choosing the best tiles is critical for the success of your project. However, making the best decision is not always easy, especially when you consider the number of choices you have available.

Below, we’ll tell you why tiles are a great alternative for these improvement projects and give you tips on choosing the best type for your kitchen and bathrooms.

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Why is Tile a Timeless Choice?

Whenever you think about the best materials for your kitchen and bathrooms, tile should be close to the top of the list. Tiles come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and thousands of designs to choose from. Moreover, you can select from a number of materials that can be used to cover walls, countertops, and floors.

It’s also worth noting that tile floors are very easy to clean and maintain. If installed properly, tile floors and walls can last for a decade with minimum maintenance. And, as long as you pay attention to the grouting, you’ll be able to easily wipe your surfaces clean.

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How to Choose the Best Tiles for Your Bathroom and Kitchen

Renovating your kitchen and bathrooms may represent an investment, but these improvements can have a huge impact on your day to day life. What’s more, you can always apply for home loans if you’re building a new house or find other alternatives to help you finance your extension or remodelling project.

Once you’ve figured out how to pay for your extension, you can look into choosing the best tiles for your bathrooms and kitchen.

Create an Ideal Budget

Before starting on your project, you should create an ideal budget and try to stick to it. This will help you keep track of your expenditures and set realistic expectations if you’re working with a professional contractor.

Consider Your Current Lighting

One of the main things you’ll need to keep in mind is how light or dark your room is. Note your current lighting and figure out if you want to make your room brighter or if you can get away with using darker tiles.

If you’re completely revamping your kitchen and bathrooms, remember to use large windows if you want to install dark colours.

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Think About the Accompanying Elements

Tiles usually cover walls, floors, and countertops. You should also look at the different elements that will be installed along with the tiles, such as sinks, cabinetry, and other pieces in order to ensure a good contrast.

Match Your Home’s Overall Style

Unless you’ve designed your home piece-by-piece, you may want your kitchen and bathroom to match other areas of your house. This doesn’t mean you should use the same tiles, but a similar colour palette or patterns may be a nice touch.

Research the Different Options You Have

There are thousands of providers and manufacturers available. Plus, countless materials and designs are being created every day, so make sure your research all the possibility instead of settling for the first type of tile that catches your eye.

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Finding the Right Tools for the Job

Whether you’re working with a contractor or doing a DIY home extension, finding the right materials at an affordable price can increase your chances of a great outcome. The tips above should help you choose the best tiles for your bathrooms and kitchens, but you’ll also have to find a great provider.

At The Renovator Store, we provide premium remodelling materials for your bathroom and kitchen at a fair price. Get in touch with us by giving us a call or visit our site today!

Let’s Ring in the New Year: 5 Kitchen Design Trends to Watch Out for in 2019

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In the past, the kitchen was the part of the house that didn’t get much attention. It was typically out of view and hidden in the back of the house where a homeowner does meal preparation and wash the dirty dishes. But, nowadays, the kitchen plays a significant role as being the focal point of the home as well as an important social space.

Thus, for the new year, it’s an excellent thing that we make our kitchen area functional and stylish. To that end, here’s a list of kitchen design ideas that will likely be popular in the year 2019. So take a read!

Swedia Prima Stainless Steel Kitchen Mixer Tap

Tapware with Sleek Designs

Perhaps, you never thought much about your kitchen taps. Well, you should now because this coming year it’s expected that the kitchen design game may be all about faucets.

This kitchen device is among the essential workhorses in your household. You use it for washing your hands and for cleaning meat and vegetables in meal preparation. Aside from its utility, the faucet can also add style to your kitchen.

You can have a lot of options for kitchen faucets. Of course, there’s the classic chrome, as well as nickel, gold, and stainless steel. Some tapware also have complex shapes and ornate handles which can really grab the attention of anyone who would set foot on your kitchen.

Then there are modern taps that take advantage of high technology like those with motion sensors and LED thermal indicator.

Quartz Countertop

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For the modern and industrial kitchen, the quartz countertop is still the king. Not only that it’s durable, but this material is also easy to maintain and has antimicrobial properties. You can also choose from a variety of colours and stone patterns that have the power to make your kitchen aesthetically appealing.

Interior designers predict that quartz colours like cream, grey, taupe will be the favourite in the coming year. Elaborate veining and swirls that imitate natural stone patterns are also expected to grace modern kitchens in 2019.

Smart and Colorful Kitchen Appliances

Styles and colours of your kitchen appliances can create better changes in your ordinary kitchen area. Homeowners and interior designers alike are looking forward to the coming of devices that have a variety of finishes and colours. Thus, you can leave behind the idea of matching appliances with the same silver tones.

For you to keep up with the game, you can be creative by incorporating and mismatching pops of colours in your kitchen using your kitchen devices. Right now, you can find refs and stoves that come in bold red and stylish blue colours. And, of course, smart kitchen devices will never be outdated for the new year. So you should also consider having those appliances.

Storage Walls

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Upper cabinets and wraparound counters belong to the good old days. It’s because the year 2019 will boast of floor-to-ceiling storage solutions, walls of lower cabinets, and a bigger kitchen island. Walls that double as storage space will be ideal for those kitchen areas that have limited spaces.

Ceramic Flooring

Although hardwood floors will never be out of date for the new year, ceramic floors will get more the of thumbs up from homeowners. Due to technology, ceramic floors will now come in various sizes, styles, and designs. For instance, you can now have ceramic flooring that imitates the patterns of natural hardwood.

Aside from its aesthetic appeal, ceramic flooring is also durable and easy to maintain, so you won’t regret spending your money on it.

As we welcome the new year, it’s also an excellent time to look forward to the various kitchen design trends for the year 2019. Of course, you can expect a lot of design ideas to make your kitchen stylish and functional. You can start by reading the list above for that purpose.

By Ivan Palen

Top Kitchen Remodelling Trends for Millennials

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As millennials are joining the ranks of homeowners, there have been plenty of fresh trends on the rise in the world of interior design. Literally every aspect of this field has been experiencing changes regarding the way in which things are being done, the materials that are being used, as well as the overall appeal that ends up being created in a particular room.

Hence, the changes and trends that have made their way in the kitchen remodelling efforts really come as a no surprise. So, let’s dive right into this matter and try to find out exactly what news the millennial generation has in store for us this time.

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Thinking ahead

An interesting phenomenon that can be noticed in millennials’ remodelling and redecorating efforts is their future-oriented way of thinking. Unlike the previous generations, millennials are not particularly fond of major changes. This becomes particularly obvious if we observe the way in which millennials approach the matter of choosing a home. Instead of buying so-called starter homes, millennials are more likely to wait until they can afford to buy a “forever” home. This way of thinking only brings forth another interesting thing about millennials – they hate wasteful behaviour.  

That’s why, more often than not, millennials opt for neutral hues when redecorating their living environment, as they present a perfect backdrop that can welcome many different styles. Additionally, when millennials do something, i.e. remodel their kitchen, they do it in such a manner that won’t require any additional work for many years to come. Therefore, in a millennial kitchen, you can expect to find various shades of cream, beige, off-white and – a millennial favourite – grey.

Going for the aesthetic

Among other things, millennials are well—known for their love of unique, visually appealing design solutions. While older generations prefer the use of practical but commonly not particularly appealing lighting solutions, millennials, on the other hand, choose to illuminate the hearts of their homes with lighting solutions that tell the tale of their own.

This means that instead of traditional overhead lighting solutions, in a millennial kitchen, you can expect to find a multitude of differently shaped Edison light bulbs, fairy lights instead of traditional task lights, and various other – some might even say unexpected – lighting solutions.

Nothing should be wasted

As we have previously mentioned, millennials are not the biggest fans of wasteful thinking. That’s why, when it comes to appliances, you should expect to find nothing short of the best and eco-friendliest alternatives.

Energy efficiency is the name of the game here, which means that Energy Star certified appliances, such as a reliable Bosch 800 refrigerator, are the only ones the millennials will even consider. Aside from being less harmful to our environment, such appliances waste significantly less energy which, in turn, means a lower energy bill.

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The budget plays a huge role

While a millennial will never shy away from seriously investing in something that, according to their beliefs, is worth investing in, they do tend to refuse to pay for things they can do on their own. That’s why, millennials are more likely to avoid hiring a general contractor, an architect and a designer and take on these tasks themselves. Only in case they run into problems will they consider asking for professional help.

Knowing this, it’s completely expected to assume that there are no two similar millennial kitchens as they are known for their love of uniqueness and authenticity. Furthermore, it’s quite common to find various vintage, refurbished and DIYed pieces in a millennial kitchen, which only says even more about their craftiness and sense of style.

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Rules are there to be broken

Finally, millennials – or “the generation everyone loves to hate” – do find the traditional rules of decorating to be, well, boring. The typical “no more than two styles combined” and “walls should be single-coloured” rules do not really apply here.

Instead, styles like rustic-tech chic are being born. Since millennials are the generation that started reaching out to nature once more – which means they simply adore natural materials such as cork, stone and wood – and they are also the generation that grew up and evolved alongside technology, it’s no wonder that they have found a way to mix all of these, seemingly unmixable elements together and create a cohesive environment. Metallic elements are the thing that perfectly combines nature with technology, so you can expect to find various metallic surfaces and finishes in the millennial kitchen as well.

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As you can see, there are plenty of neat ways millennials improved the world of interior design. The beauty is that all of the aforementioned trends are not reserved solely for the kitchen area. Instead, they can be implemented throughout your home and are bound to work as perfectly in any other room.


Author Bio

Derek Lotts is a Sydney-based writer and researcher, a regular contributor at Smooth Decorator blog. He writes about décor, gardening, recycling, ecology and business — he thinks all of these topics fall under the self-improvement category. He believes in the power of sharing ideas and communicating via the internet to achieve betterment.

10 Ways to Make the Most Out of Any Tiny Kitchen

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For anyone who loves to cook, a tiny kitchen can be their worst nightmare. It seems as though there is never enough counter space to cut, chop and mix foods and when it comes to reaching for just the right spice, somehow, it’s always tucked away just out of reach because of limited shelving.

Are you plagued with this problem? If so, you might be interested to know that with some reorganisation, a few minor renovations, and a bit of creativity, you can turn your worst nightmare into a dream come true. Here are just 10 ways to make the most of any tiny kitchen you might want to consider.

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1. Rid the Room of Wasted Space

If you start by taking an honest look at your kitchen, you will probably find that even your tiny kitchen has lots of wasted space. How can that be when your cupboards and drawers are packed beyond capacity?

Start with your walls and ceiling. Instead of those cutesy little pictures you have hanging, why not use hanging clips to keep your utensils and cutting boards on? And, as for the ceiling, why not suspend a hanging rack upon which you can easily keep your pots and pans? It’s amazing just how much space you can free up in that cabinet just by finding new homes for the overflow.

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2. Drawer and Cabinet Organisers

Let’s move on now to your cupboards and cabinets. Do you often find that there simply isn’t enough room to stack all your dishes and food staples? Perhaps you should consider hanging wire cabinet organisers which would literally add another shelf upon which to stack other items. This is, perhaps, the easiest way to make the most out of every square cm of space available to you.

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3. Corner Shelves

Just take a look at your cupboards and you will see that those drawers and doors aren’t doing you much good when it comes to space. The traditional design leaves a lot of empty space not being used, so if you replace those corner doors and drawers with a rotating corner shelf, you’ve just gained more storage space than you knew was there waiting to be filled.

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4. Multi-Purpose Kitchen Island

In an effort to plan an open-space living environment, many of the newer homes have simply left a tiny kitchen open to a living room area. There is no room for a conventional table and chairs and certainly no counter space as mentioned above, so why not transform that tiny kitchen area with a multi-purpose kitchen island? These can be used for prepping food and with the addition of a couple of stools, they also make for a lovely breakfast bar which does away with the need for that awkward table that just doesn’t fit – no matter where you place it.

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5. Don’t Forget Your Fridge

Everyone has seen pictures of homes where there is everything taped to the fridge, from Johnnie’s first finger painting to this week’s calendar of family events. Those are always nice sentimental touches, but that space could be put to better use.

Perhaps one side could hold an adhesive paper towel holder and a few stick-on hooks for hot pads and dish cloths. By all means, keep those precious mementos of Johnnie’s junior years, but perhaps it would be better to scan them and use a digital picture frame you could easily sit on that kitchen island without taking up usable space for organising.

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6. Carts and Moveable Islands

Whilst you may want to undergo a total home renovation to get the counter and storage space you need, there are other ways to make the most of what you have available to you. Many families with tiny kitchens use smaller rolling carts and/or movable butcher block islands they can tuck neatly into another area of the home. With so many homes being of an open-space design in recent times, simply roll it against a wall in the living area where it can also be used as a serving cart when entertaining.

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7. Shelves Above the Upper Cabinets

This idea may require a step ladder approach, but have you looked lately at how much wasted space there is above your upper cabinets in the kitchen? Typically, you will find that there is ample room above those cupboards to add a shelf or two upon which you can store those items you don’t use often enough to take up space below. Why store them in the garage when there is still plenty of space above the cabinets?

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8. Vertical Foil and Plastic Wrap Hangers

Lest we forget the inside of cabinet doors, what about all that space which is being wasted? Not only can you utilise vertical hangers for aluminum foil and plastic wrap, but you can add hanging shelves to hold your cleaning liquids and other items which never seem to find the right home. In fact, you can usually find some use for the inside of every door because most cabinetry is designed with plenty of space between the shelves and the inside of doors.

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9. Expandable Rods Under the Sink

Speaking of cleaning liquids, an expandable rod is ideal for hanging all those sprays you use daily. Simply expand the rod with as much tension as you can muster and then hang the spray handles on the rod. This frees up more space on the bottom of the cabinet where other things can be neatly stacked.

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10. Wall-Mounted Dish Drainers

This is an ideal way to keep the countertop free to use as a workspace. Have you thought of using a wall-mounted dish drainer instead of the traditional drainers with those unsightly draining boards? Of course, these wouldn’t work well for a family of six, but neither would a tiny kitchen unless you began your organisation from day one.


Where once homes were built to add tons of living space, there is a concerted effort going on in society now to make everything tiny. From tiny homes to tiny kitchens to tiny cars, in an effort to build an eco-friendly living environment, most designers are going small and even smaller. The point is, it is more energy-efficient to keep tiny spaces climate-controlled and this is why you may be faced with such a tiny kitchen. Nonetheless, with these 10 tips, you can make the most of even the tiniest of kitchens you never thought would be possible. Now then, isn’t that a dream come true?

Blocked Drains: How to Unclog Your Kitchen Sink

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Fix that clogged kitchen sink fast before it becomes a real annoyance. We’ve gathered here several ways to unclog those blocked drains, which you could try in the order presented.

WORK SAFE: Before You Begin

These DIY tips may not work if your main sewer line is the problem (that is, all drains in your house are affected). In that case, you’ll need a plumber.

⚠ Warning: Do not proceed if you've just poured drain cleaners into the sink, as the chemicals they contain could cause serious burns to your skin.

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Otherwise, slip on those rubber gloves and wear your goggles for protection, then let’s get on with it. Ready?

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Drain Unblocker #1: GARBAGE DISPOSAL FIX

If the garbage disposal is clogged, follow the steps in the instruction manual that came with it. If the blockage remains, try these steps:

  1. Shut off the power switch of the garbage disposal.
  2. Shine a flashlight into the unit and use pliers to try pulling out any stuck object.
  3. If no object is removed, use a long dowel or wooden spoon to move the garbage disposal blades side to side.
  4. After removing an object or being able to move the blades, wait around 15 minutes for the disposal motor to cool.
  5. Turn the power back on then push the reset button.

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Drain Unblocker #2: BENT HANGER TRICK

This could be your magic spell if you have a double-bowl kitchen sink.

    1. Get a coat hanger wire and bend a small hook on its end that will fit through the basket strainer.
    2. Push the bent hanger hook first into the drain.
    3. When you feel the clog, twist and pull the hanger wire until you have it out.
    4. If you are not able to remove the obstruction, try steps 2 and 3 one more time. If it still does not work, read on for other solutions below.

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Drain Unblocker #3: PLUNGE, PUMP, AND POP

Here's how to use a sink pump or plunger on your clogged sink drain:

  1. Clear the area over and around the drain, ensuring that nothing is blocking it.
  2. For those with a dishwasher, clamp the drain hose first. Fill the sink with up to 8cm to 10cm of water. Seal the other drain opening tightly with a wet rag.
  3. Plunge the sink pump vigorously over the drain for several times, forcing water (rather than air) into the drain. Make sure you’ve got the whole drain covered.
  4. On the last pump, pop the plunger off the drain for a sudden added pressure.
  5. If the water does not flow down or moves slowly, repeat the steps above. If the water still does not drain after a couple of tries, move on to the other solutions below.


Drain Unblocker #4: STUFF A SNAKE IN THE SINK

You can use a drain auger or plumber snake in this manner:

  1. Uncoil the auger and extend it down the drain.
  2. When you feel resistance, move the coil up and down to remove any blockage.
  3. Remove the drain auger.
  4. Turn on the tap to check if the drain has been unclogged.
  5. If the clog remains, repeat steps 1 to 4.
  6. When the blockage has been cleared, pull out the snake and rinse off with running water as you do so, then wipe with a rag.

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Drain Unblocker #5: CLEAN UP THE P-TRAP

  1. Clear the area under the sink and place a bucket directly below the P-trap.
  2. Wear a pair of plastic or rubber gloves.
  3. Loosen the slip nuts and wiggle the trap free. If the nuts are hard to loosen try to gently use pliers.
  4. Remove the P-trap (the curved part). Your bucket should catch any flowing water.
  5. Thoroughly clean the interior of the trap using a straightened coat hanger wire or a large bottle brush.
  6. As you clean, check if the washers are still soft and supple. If not, you may need to replace them.
  7. If the trap was clear and did not have any clog to start with, insert a small drain snake into the pipe in the wall. Move the snake in and out with a clockwise twisting motion.
  8. Remove the snake.
  9. Reassemble the P-trap, making sure you don’t tighten the connections too much.

After all the DIY solutions are done and your sink drain is still clogged, it’s time to call in a plumber. But if you’ve succeeded with one of the fixes, we’ll be happy to hear about it. Got other ideas for blocked drains? Just send us a quick message below.

Fix a Leaking Tap Easily in 4 Steps

Don’t let this day pass without repairing that leaking tap! A drip rate of 10 per minute means more than 20 litres of water wasted in a month, so now is the time to get that fixed.

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Why is your tap dripping?

The most likely cause of the leaking tap is foreign material that has lodged in the internal cartridge and could cause damage. Debris could come from the water supply, which is common where the water lines have not been properly flushed during installation or if the property does not have filtered water.

What can you do to fix the leaky tap?

In that case, it is merely a maintenance issue that can be done without a plumber. It can be resolved by simply cleaning the internal cartridge or replacing it if necessary. The Products Team at Renovator Store provided these steps to let you access, inspect, and clean the cartridge inside a mixer tap:

removing the lever handle of a mixer tap using a hex key

1. Remove the lever handle.

Start by turning off the water supply to your leaking tap. Then remove the lever handle using a provided hex key or similar tool. Sometimes the grub screw is located behind the small button/cap located underneath the handle. You can simply remove this using your nails to pull it out.

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2. Twist off the metal collar.

Beneath the lever handle is a metal collar that you can easily twist off with no tools required. You will see a second collar that's hex threaded. Get your shifting spanner to take this one out.

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3. Remove the cartridge.

The cartridge can now be removed, and you can rinse the exposed cavity with water. The flow restrictor (if present) can also be cleaned or removed to maximise flow. Inspect the cartridge for blockages or splits in the rubber rings and flush it with water.

the flow restrictor of a mixer tap

4. Replace the cartridge.

Check that no foreign material or debris remains in the cartridge or within the cavity. Fit the cartridge back in, then do steps 1 to 3 in reverse. Test your tap for leaks, and if there's none you’re finally done!

cartridge of a mixer tap

What if you need a new cartridge?

In case your ceramic cartridge has been damaged by debris or sediments, you can always get a new mixer tap or just purchase a replacement cartridge from wherever you bought your tapware, or from Renovator Store if you've got a brand we stock.


Other leaking tap issues

Maybe you’ve cleaned up your cartridge or replaced your tap and still experience dripping issues. The problem could be with the valve seat, or your water pressure is too high, or you may have some damaged pipes. In those cases, it’s time to call in a professional plumber.

If you have any further questions feel free to email us at and our friendly Customer Service team will gladly assist. You may also call (03) 9544 3003 or 1800 RENOSTORE from 10:00 am till 4:00 pm AEST on weekdays.

8 Smart Ways to Save Money on Plumbing Problems

There’s nothing like a plumbing disaster to ruin your day. They always seem to occur at the most inconvenient times — a small leak you thought was harmless can suddenly turn into a big problem just when you’re getting ready for work.

To avoid being confronted with a plumbing problem, there are smart things you can do. Keep reading for eight ways to prevent a water disaster in your home.

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1. Don’t ignore the small things.

Take preventative measures to ensure you don’t develop a plumbing problem. If you see a small issue like a leaking tap or a crack in your water pipe, seek professional help before it turns into a larger problem. It’s best to bite the bullet and pay to fix a small issue, as chances are it’ll worsen later down the line and the plumbing bill will be considerably larger.

What’s more, leaking pipes may seem benign, but they will be reflected in your water bill. Get them fixed ASAP — think of it as a smart investment.

2. Look for plumbing problems.

Leading on from the above point, you should actively seek out plumbing problems around your house that have the capability of turning into something troublesome. Don’t turn a blind eye - “out of sight, out of mind” is not the mentality you should have here. Get on top of the condition of your plumbing. You should regularly check your taps and toilets for any leaks and check your water meter. If it is moving when there is no water being used, you may have a costly leak. Check your water heater for any water around the base, smell of gas, and temperature if applicable.

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3. Keep your ears open.

You should also listen for any unusual sounds or leaks. The key is to not ignore anything. Even if you think something isn’t broken, getting it looked at early on will save you some serious cash.

4. Learn how to shut off your water.

When you move into a new house you should acquaint yourself with your water valve. This is so that in case of a plumbing emergency you can shut off your water to prevent any further leakage or damage.

What’s more, if you call for a plumber to come and fix a leak and you haven’t already shut off your water valve, you will be worsening the amount of work for them and they may be inclined to hit you with a larger bill for their trouble. Instead, mitigate the severity of the leak by shutting off your water before they arrive. Making the conditions easier for your plumber may result in a smaller bill.

To shut off the water, turn the valve clockwise to tighten it. If you don’t know where your valve is, consult a plumber who has worked on your home previously or ask a neighbour.

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5. Watch what you’re flushing.

One of the biggest culprits for plumbing disasters is blocked drains. Washing food debris down the sink will block your drain; flushing sanitary products down the toilet will block your pipes (and is not environmentally friendly), and washing long hair down the shower will clog your drain.

To save money on plumbing, be mindful of what you are putting down your plug holes and toilets. If trying to unblock the drain by yourself, remember using a plunger is not always wise. It may temporarily fix the problem, however, it may simply push the blockage further down the line. It can also be risky to use chemical drain cleaners without professional advice.

6. Protect yourself from gas leaks.

Gas leaks can not only be dangerous but expensive. A small leak can very quickly become large and end in an explosion or fire. It’s always a good idea to inspect all cabinets and surrounds of all your gas appliances regularly, and your gas meter for gas smells. Every gas appliance should have a valve or tap that will shut gas off to the unit.

If you think there is a gas smell or leak present, if possible, turn off the gas valve and call a plumber immediately.

7. Don’t trust online information.

If you spot a problem and consult YouTube tutorials and online forum threads for guidance, you are putting yourself at risk. The internet is brimming with misinformation and unlicensed guides purporting to fix household problems. The best advice is to call a registered and licensed plumber, saving you time, and the risk of making your issue worse.

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8. Call an emergency plumber.

You will definitely save money and decrease the need for a plumber by following preventative maintenance. There will always be times though, when a plumbing issue eventuates that requires professional attention. In this case, the key is to keep calm and review your options. It may only require a very simple fix, which many reputable plumbers may be happy to help with over the phone, so don’t be afraid to call!

In case of an emergency, or if in doubt, it’s best to seek professional attention, so call on a reputable emergency plumber to take a look.

The best way to avoid plumbing problems is to take preventative measures. By following these eight tips you can mediate any potential plumbing problems!


Author Bio:

Tom is an online marketing enthusiast, who works as a Digital Marketing Manager at Watermark Plumbing. From his 7 years of experience in this industry, he has gained enormous knowledge and expertise in web marketing. He is an always-updated digital marketer! Tom loves to share his online marketing agendas and mantras among new businesses and marketing enthusiasts. He likes to write blogs while sipping his favourite coffee, and you'll often find him debating over various digital marketing trends over different online portals.

How to Upgrade to a Modern Outdoor Kitchen

The popularity of outdoor kitchens is continuing to rise. Over the years, there has been an increase in quality furnishings and appliances available for open-air eating, which has made it possible to create fully-functional outdoor kitchen spaces. Well-appointed outdoor kitchens can now provide the same practicality and convenience as their indoor counterparts. You can keep your modern outdoor kitchen design can be as simple or luxurious as you’d like. It all depends on your budget, the size of your section and of course your own personal taste. Here are some key ways to upgrade to a modern outdoor kitchen.

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Update Outdoor Cooking Appliances

Outdoor cooking goes far beyond the classic charcoal barbecue. From wood-fired pizza ovens to stylish freestanding gas barbecues, the availability of quality outdoor cooking appliances is constantly growing. Purchasing a new high-quality cooking appliance is a worthy investment that transforms both your kitchen design and outdoor dining experience. Just make sure to do your research on the different types of grills before buying a new one.


Use the Right Materials for a Modern Outdoor Kitchen

The materials you use to design your outdoor kitchen play a critical role in its durability and style. In particular, the right type of flooring can really take the whole space to the next level. Tiles are a popular choice because they come in a variety of colours and so can be easily matched to the indoor flooring of your home. Porcelain is a good material choice for outdoor tiling, as it doesn’t absorb much moisture. No matter what type of surface material you use, you will need to ensure that it is specified for outdoor use.

Every modern outdoor kitchen needs a surface area for food prep, complete with a functional sink and faucet. The best materials for outdoor kitchen countertops include stone, tile and concrete. Concrete is fairly popular due to its clean, contemporary look. When you first install concrete, you must make sure that it is sealed properly – and subsequently reseal it regularly. If it’s not installed correctly, it runs the risk of cracking.


Sinks and faucets come in many different styles and are made from a range of materials. For an outdoor kitchen, high-grade stainless steel sinks and taps are ideal. Stainless steel is stylish, easy to clean and made to stand the test of time. The thickness of the steel is a key factor to consider. Thicker steel offers better resistance to heavy objects placed in the sink and will last longer in outdoor environments.

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Create an Outdoor Dining Area

You can create a fantastic outdoor dining area perfect for BBQs and parties by adding some simple furnishings to your kitchen space. Keep in mind that any outdoor seating you use needs to be heavy and durable enough to withstand changing weather environments. Fortunately, today’s outdoor furniture offers a great variety of stylish, weather-tolerant fabrics.

When you create your outdoor dining area, take ambience and lighting into account. Most outdoor lights are easy to install – and a few well-placed outdoor lights will let you and your guests see better at night and also illuminate your outdoor kitchen with a romantic glow. To save money on your electricity bill, opt for LED lights instead of incandescent lights. They last longer and require much less energy to operate. However, if your outdoor kitchen space has no electrical source, solar power lights are a good alternative. The combination of tasty cooking, landscape lighting, and a comfortable dining area will offer the perfect balance of function and ambience.


About the Author

Johanna Cider is a New Zealand-based writer who loves discussing travel, home and lifestyle topics. She enjoys spending her free time working on her DIY home improvement projects or hosting backyard BBQ parties for her friends. Find more of her work

Minimalist Kitchen Storage Ideas to De-clutter Your Kitchen

There are various ways to maintain a minimalist kitchen, and having proper kitchen storage solutions is one of them. Since you don’t want to live with a minimalist kitchen that’s a messy kitchen at the same time, here are some hacks to keep your kitchen uncluttered.

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Kitchen Storage: A Place for Every Thing...

How can you store something away if there’s no storage for it? Make sure you have a proper place for every kitchen item.

Decide what goes into the kitchen cabinets, what to put on your shelves, and what to keep in the pantry. What’s in the cupboard? Is the spice rack exclusively for spices only? What should remain on the kitchen counter, if at all?

The rule of thumb is to keep similar things together. You could use the drawers for silverware and cookware, the cupboards for plates, bowls, and containers, and shelves for appliances, devices, etc. Just make sure you have sufficient storage for everything that you need in the kitchen.

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...and Everything in Its Place

Of course, you make a home for everything in your kitchen so that they can stay there. After assigning their proper places, you need to keep things in their designated storage locations and make a habit of returning them there after use.

Whenever you go into the kitchen, spend two minutes to check if anything is out of place and put it back where it belongs. If you see something but can’t decide where it should go, maybe it doesn’t belong in the kitchen. See if there’s any item that’s not needed in the kitchen and take it to its own home.

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KEEP YOUR KITCHEN COUNTERS CLEAR. The kitchen counter is the easiest place to dump things, and before you know it soon it's filled with mugs, knife racks, even keys, mail, and all sorts of clutter. What to do?

  • Remove everything that’s not necessary (like decor or small appliances).

  • Complete your unfinished tasks (like washing dishes).

  • Don’t put things down on the countertop. Put things away where they belong.

Stick to a clear counter mindset for some time until it becomes a lifestyle!

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Kitchen Cabinets for Clutter-Free Kitchens

Storage solutions for minimalist kitchens can get a lot of help from kitchen cabinets. After all, cabinets allow you to keep things behind closed doors. By the way, cabinets with the least details, with no handles, and in a plain colour seem to best fit a minimalist kitchen.

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DRAWERS. Kitchen cabinets with drawers help you to have clutter-free kitchen counters. Drawers also help to organise kitchen essentials while keeping them within reach when needed. They also maximise cabinet space and provide convenient access through innovative pull-out mechanisms. Choose kitchen drawers that are easy to clean, with soft-close runners, and designed for simple installation.


CORNER STORAGE. It’s a great idea to utilise even cabinet corners by having cleverly designed pull-out storage solutions. Cabinet organisers with engineered movements make it much easier to reach corners and other areas in the cabinet that are otherwise inaccessible and unused. Look for easy-to-install corner storage that is designed for quick assembly. Some are even adjustable after you’ve already installed them.

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UNDER-BENCH PULL-OUT ORGANISERS. Use that area beneath your counter or under the bench. There are pull-out solutions that give you additional storage under the countertops. This is an easy-access location where you can keep cooking utensils, knives, and condiments.

Choose Minimalist Kitchen Storage

Closed storage units allow you to quickly put things in them and not worry about how they’re arranged. If you think that works for you, then minimise open shelves and wall hooks unless you can always keep them looking tidy.

Now whether you use cabinets or shelves, it will be good to use a minimalist colour combination like the classic all-white, greys or other neutrals, a single hue, or a monotone palette.

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Concealed Kitchen Appliances

Do you think countertops are very convenient for your daily-use appliances like the coffee maker? Or do they spend more time as clutter? Like all else in your kitchen, find a better place for them that is just as accessible.

Now, minimalist kitchens are known for sleek appliances. “Sleek” means the looks, the technology, as well as the ability to be discreetly stored away.

Kitchen appliances have evolved in recent years. Many have become smaller and have fewer buttons or switches. Some appliances are even designed to be almost unnoticeable, making them a smart match for your modern minimalist kitchen.

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In many kitchens, cupboard doors or sliding doors provide storage for smaller kitchen appliances like microwaves and toasters. Look around your kitchen and see if there are similar hiding places for your kitchen appliances.

Some use multi-function appliances (an induction stove that has a steamer and grinder, a pot that has a chopping function, a combination microwave where you can grill, roast, bake, and heat or defrost of course), as they obviously save kitchen space.

And while we’re at it, why not get a three-way tap that could minimise your need for a kettle?


Pantry Storage in a Minimalist Kitchen

Food storage is one critical aspect of kitchen storage that is sometimes not given much attention. Someone said that a well-stocked pantry is like money in the bank, so you have to make sure that you’ve got enough storage that’s appropriate for your pantry supplies.

Here are a few tips for your kitchen pantry:

  • Use clear containers for your dry goods like nuts, pasta, seeds, cereals, etc.

  • Have scoops for items that need to be scooped (e.g., sugar, flour, rice).

  • Put labels on the containers to distinguish items that look similar.

  • Use pantry bins for things that usually clutter your kitchen shelves.

  • Arrange your stuff logically and intuitively.


Renovator Store has innovative kitchen pantry storage solutions that can further help you declutter your minimalist kitchen. These pantry storage systems are designed to retrofit into standard kitchen cupboard sizes or as a fresh install into brand new cupboards and pantries.

Kitchen Waste Bins for a Clutter-Free Kitchen

A modern kitchen will most likely produce more waste than other rooms in the house. You will definitely need waste bins so that you can immediately clear out the rubbish off your kitchen surfaces. You’ll surely need more than one waste bin to handle a variety of trash. They also need to be big enough for your needs yet small enough to hide away.


UNDER-SINK WASTE BINS. Under-sink kitchen waste bins are a singular solution to many a minimalist kitchen. Look for a waste bin that easily slides out and back in, with a soft-close mechanism, and to match your kitchen cupboard size.

BENCH-TOP WASTE BINS. If you want something compact for your countertop, get a bench-top concealed waste bin that’s perfect for small kitchen spaces. This will let you slide rubbish directly from the countertop and into the bin. Find a model that has a stainless steel lid to maintain hygiene as well as cleanliness.


WASTE BINS WITH SENSORS. How do you open the bin if your hands are full? Get an auto-sensor waste bin that’s a perfect fit in your modern kitchen. It uses auto-sensor technology that automatically opens it once motion is detected above it and closes quietly after you throw in your trash. Check out Renovator Store’s range of stainless steel auto-sensor rubbish bins in a glossy finish.


A Modern Kitchen Needs Effective Kitchen Storage Solutions

We all love having a modern kitchen or a contemporary kitchen or a classic kitchen, but one thing to be proud of is having a clean and uncluttered kitchen. That’s easier to achieve today than in the past, with better-designed kitchens, more efficient storage solutions, modern appliances, and a wide variety of kitchen design options.

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Kitchen storage solutions abound -- cupboard dish racks, slide-out organisers, drawer organisers, pantry storage systems, kitchen waste bins, wall storage, corner storage -- the list goes on. Which ones have worked for you in the past? Which do you want to try soon?

To help you explore what storage solutions could be missing in your kitchen, check out your choices on Renovator Store. Enjoy free shipping on most items and a 30-day money back guarantee for members.

How to Choose the Right Plumber

Choosing the right plumber doesn’t have to be a complicated task. Simply follow our guide to make sure your plumbing installations, repair and maintenance issues are treated with care and professionalism.

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Make a List

If you’re organised and know exactly what needs fixing around your home, it will create a smoother interaction between yourself and the trades professional. Make a list of everything that isn’t functioning properly around your home and show your list to the professional. A list will not only prevent little jobs from slipping through the cracks, but it will let the business know that you have your ducks in a row and are serious about having the work done pronto.

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Professional Online Presence

With the growth of technology in business, credible businesses tend to have a strong online presence outlining their services and featuring real customer reviews. Make sure the business you’re considering features high-quality professional images, correct spelling and grammar, and professional verbiage about the business.

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Online Interaction and Engagement

Businesses with good practices will answer customer enquiries with diligence and professionalism online, by phone, email, and in person. Many businesses with an online presence will clearly respond to customers on their Facebook page and feature reviews on the Facebook, website and other online platforms. Take a look at how these businesses interact and engage. Do they respond to their customers’ comments in a professional manner? Do they have professional content for their customer’s to read? All these elements give you a snapshot of how a particular plumbing company conducts their business.

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Credibility: License and Insurance

Credible businesses tend to feature their valid ABN, licensing and insurance online. If they don’t have this information visible online, make sure to request that the professional you’re dealing with has this information available to you. Don’t be afraid to request proof that the plumbing professional is, in fact, a plumbing professional with proper licensing and insurance. Every business has an obligation to provide proof of their trade credentials.

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Check the Reviews

The best way to predict the future is to examine the past. In order to verify that the work the plumber performs is of high-quality materials and workmanship, check out the reviews of their previous customers. Reading these reviews will give you a better sense of how the trades
professional conducts their business. It is wisest to trust reviews on large directory platforms as big directories do the work to ensure all reviews are real and authentic.

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Get Multiple Quotes

Get multiple quotes from local plumbing businesses in your area. Speak with multiple professionals in the industry to make sure you go with the right business for you.

When choosing the right plumbing professional, take into account the services you’re requiring, the online presence of the business, the interaction of the business with its customers, credibility, reviews, and get multiple quotes. This will result in holding a strong position for choosing the right plumbing professional for your needs.

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About the Author

Kaylyn Jeffrey is the Web Content Manager for, a trades and services platform that connects everyday homeowners to local tradies. When Kay isn't writing articles with ♥ from the Gold Coast of Australia, she is spending time in the Hinterlands with her fiancé and researching eco-friendly and sustainable homeowner tips.