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Renovation and Home Design

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

orange bathroom shower tiles with white bath

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.

white bathroom shower screen ceramic basin mirror

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.

bathroom with white bath, yellow walls, mirror, vanity, rain shower and downlights

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.

freestanding bath with hob-mounted mixer set

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.

bathroom with white tiles, white bath, windows, vanity, toilet

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!

How to Install a Towel Rack on Ceramic Tile

Updating your bathroom involves new fixtures, lights, taps and rails. Now when most of us know, by common sense, that there are just some jobs that require a tradie. There are also some DIY tasks that we may do on our own, like installing a towel rack on ceramic tile. Just make sure to practice safety at all times.

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

1. Measure

Measure the wall where you wish to install the towel rail and place masking tape on the areas to be drilled. The tape will help the drill stay in place, keeping it from slipping on the tile glaze.

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2. Drill Bit

Selecting the drill bit is an important step.  You need to consider the hardness of the material you are drilling through. In many cases, a carbide drill bit will do the job.  Hardware stores usually have "glass and ceramic spade bits" and "diamond" drill bits too. Our testing on normal spade bits highlighted they get very hot and do not last long. The diamond drill bit is probably the best for very hard tiles - although it requires a bit of skill to use.

Ensure you use the correct size drill bit for the anchor plugs you are installing.  It is better to be half a millimetre less than more as you can always shave a bit off the anchor.

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3. Drill

Make a pencil mark on the tape where you wish to drill. Place the drill bit on this mark and drill slowly into the ceramic tile.  It is usually best to pick a point away from the edge of the tile or the grout line, as it is more likely you will shatter or chip a tile if drilling on its edge.

Do not drill too quickly, or you risk overheating the drill and removing too much of the tile from the drill site.  And do not use the "hammer" setting on your drill or you risk shattering the tile.  It can be helpful to spray a mist of water on the drill hole while drilling - this is essential for a diamond drill bit.  For a diamond drill it is also helpful to start the hole with the drill bit at 45 degrees until it pierces the outer layer, then straighten the drill.


3. Anchor

Push plastic screw anchors into each drilled hole to firmly secure the screws inside the tile, and keep the towel rail from slipping out once installed.

4. Balance

Line up the rail and screw directly into the rail's escutcheons evenly on each side, if you're installing a one-piece towel rail. Do not tighten down the screws until all screws have been inserted at least part way and the rail is balanced.


5. Brackets

If installing a rail with brackets, screw each bracket into the wall, tightening them down securely. Look at the side of the towel rail's escutcheons for a small grub screw, and unscrew it until it clears the inside of the escutcheon.

Place the escutcheon over the bracket and use a screwdriver or supplied hex key to tighten down the small grub screw on the side. This will attach the escutcheons to the brackets. Leave the escutcheons slightly loose.

Insert the rail into one escutcheon at a time, tightening each one down completely once the rail is in place to hold it securely.


Happy Renovating!


(If you would like to know how to choose a heated towel rail that's just right for your bathroom, read these Tips For Choosing A Heated Towel Rail.)

Tips For Choosing A Heated Towel Rail

Would you like warm fluffy towels on a cold winter's morning? Is your current bathroom cold when you hop out of the shower? Heated towel rails are mainstream and one of the most sought-after fixtures for the bathroom these days. A heated towel rail will not only warm up your towels but can warm up the bathroom temperature, reduce condensation and add an element of style to any bathroom. This indulgence is now an affordable option for any bathroom.


These days electric heated towel rails are the way to go. They are energy efficient and an easy to install alternative to towel rails connected to a gas central heating or hydronic heating system. In the old days, heated towel rails were often connected to the central heating system and only worked if that system was turned on. Electric heated towel rails are independent operating systems and can be connected to thermostats and switches to only heat up when you require it.

infographic showing things to consider in choosing a heated towel rail


There are three main types of heated towel rails.

LADDER RAIL: This is the most common type of heated towel rail having 2 vertical rails with several horizontal rails creating the ladder. They come in a variety of widths and heights to fit any bathroom. Wall mounted units are fantastic for bathrooms with limited floor space and can take the place of conventional towel rails.

INDIVIDUALLY HEATED RAILS: Instead of having vertical rails, these have a connector strip inside the wall and all you see are the horizontal rails. This is a minimalist style rail system.

FREE STANDING: These are the traditional type of heated towel rail systems providing great flexibility in placement and use. Installation is easy and the unit typically just plugs into a standard household outlet to operate.

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Heated towel rails can come in a range of materials and finishes from chrome, stainless steel, nickel, brass and copper. The most common are stainless steel or chrome plated brass.

Chrome is perfect for modern and minimalist style bathrooms. Chrome is also hard wearing, however, it can peel or bubble off over time.

Stainless steel is the most efficient and resilient rail on the market. It is more energy-saving as stainless steel holds heat very well. Stainless steel comes in brushed and polished finishes. The polished finish will show fingermarks more easily.

Matte black is highly popular with new modern bathrooms and architects specifying the latest in trends. It has a real appeal because of its neutral matte tone and its contrast with other colours and surfaces in the bathroom or kitchen.

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This will depend on three factors:

  • the size of the bathroom,

  • the number of people using the bathroom, and

  • how many towels you want to keep dry and warm.

Too big a rail can be a waste of energy and too small can mean your towels overlap and don't dry effectively. For busy family bathrooms, I would opt for the largest size available so several towels can be hung at any time.

Heated towel rails can also be used to keep clothes dry so bigger is often better if you have the room to install one. Hanging bathers over the towel rail is far better than putting them in the dryer which could cause them to shrink.


Heated Towel Rail Styles

Heated towel rails come in all kinds of styles these days. There are traditional designs for older, period style homes and modern, sleek design towel rails in chrome, white or matt black finishes.

Other features to consider in a heated towel rail are whether you want curved or straight rails, arched or straight tops.




There are several options when installing a heated towel rail.

A plug-in unit is like any other electrical appliance and plugs into the power socket. A plug-in unit is not as safe as the hard-wired system and you need to ensure proper precautions are taken to keep the environment safe. A heated towel rail should never be installed inside a shower or directly above a bathtub as can increase the chance of electrical shock.

Hard-wired units will need to be integrated into the house's electrical system and require a licensed electrician to install. Hardwire conceals the wiring to a wall switch or smart timer.

Both systems can be operated with an on/off switch or with a timer. A timer will allow you to turn on your towel rail before your bath and shower each day so it's warm and toasty when you get out.

hotwire touch xcreen thermostat for heated towel rail


This feature allows users to keep the temperature at a particular level.

Other benefits of heated towel rails are they can help prevent the musty smell when towels are damp for too long. They are more hygienic and minimize damp-loving bacteria which can form on damp towels. They also provide more comfort when drying yourself versus a cold wet towel.

So what are you waiting for? - Invest in a heated towel rail to add some style to your bathroom and dry your wet towels quickly and conveniently.

900mm flat tube polished heated towel rail

To see Renovator Stores' large collection of heated towel rails, click here.

A Pro’s Secrets to Surviving Your House Renovation

No matter how new, spacious and amazing your home is, it surely needs a few touch-ups here and there. Renovating it bit by bit means you’ll always be in the renovation mood, and that’s not something most people can endure for a long period of time.

Therefore, deciding to perform your huge renovation projects at once makes much more sense, although it’s harder and takes more time and energy. Luckily, there are certain ways to survive the renovation process and the key is to follow a few simple rules. If you don’t know how, here are a few tips that might help you go through this process easily and efficiently.

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Know what you want

This may sound like the simplest thing in the world, but it’s actually far from that. Most people know that they want to change something in their homes but aren’t sure what exactly. They’re aware their kitchen isn’t functional or their living room needs more natural light, yet don’t know how to solve these problems.

That’s why defining what you want to accomplish with your renovation or remodeling is crucial if you want these changes to be meaningful and effective. Once you’ve decided what needs to be done and how you’re going to make your dreams come true, you can finally begin the process.

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What can you do?

Home renovations cost a lot of money and most homeowners are happy to do some of the work on their own if that means they’ll cut the costs. However, they may not be as handy and skilful as they think and, despite their best wishes, they don’t help the process at all.

So, if you want to be useful and save some money, you have to know what exactly you can and can’t do. Painting the walls, fixing kitchen cabinets, laying tiles, decorating the space and organizing the furniture are just some of the ways to make a contribution and feel useful during your home renovation, and you’ll still save a few bucks here and there, which is always welcomed.

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Define the budget

Speaking of financing, this is the most important thing in your home renovation process and something that’s going to decide whether you’ll be able to make changes in your home or not. These projects cost more than people usually think and planning a budget in advance is a step you shouldn’t avoid.

You’ll have to invest all the money you have, borrow some from your friends or family, and get acquainted with a few financing options since you’ll need home improvement financing if you want to get the job done. Once you define your budget, try to stick to it and don’t invest in too many new ideas just because they look good on paper – instead, stick with what you’ve decided to renovate and leave the rest for another time.

Move out

This is a proposal homeowners usually react to in two different ways: some of them are happy to move out while their home is being renovated, and others just hate this idea. Nevertheless, while keeping track of all the things that are going on is quite all right, it can be tiring, stressful and hard, so moving away from it all might make more sense in the long run.

Of course, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t visit your home at all – this is your life, after all, and not an episode of Nate & Jeremiah by Design! You should be involved, but from a distance, and visit your contractors from time to time. Ultimately, surviving renovations is going to be much easier if you move to your friends’ or parents’ for a while instead of living right in the middle of a construction site.

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Be flexible

Knowing your wishes, your budget and your deadline is important, but you need to remember one more thing: Be flexible. Home renovations don’t always go as planned, mistakes sometimes happen, and you need to be prepared for them.

Having a backup plan and trying to remain calm is essential if something goes wrong because panic doesn’t help anyone. Talk to your contractors, fix what can be fixed and move on with the process. In short, leave all the negativities behind and focus on the positive sides of your renovation.


As you can see, surviving a home renovation is, in fact, possible but only if you know what to expect and how to avoid stress. In the end, be prepared to enjoy your home and all the good things this renovation brought your way.


Author Bio

Emma B. Joyce is a blogger based in Australia. She is a true home decor and DIY fanatic. Emma is also a mum who likes to spend her free time with her daughter. Finding new designs and patterns is her daily task. She is an editor-in-chief at Smooth Decorator.

How to Turn Your Garage into an Awesome Man-Cave

With kids, pets and family, your house can sometimes feel surprisingly small. Many homeowners forget that one of the most under-utilised areas of their house is the garage. While normally being occupied by a car or unsorted storage, with a little planning it can be converted into the ultimate relaxation area.

suburban garage mess with boxes, tools and toys in disarray

Work With Your Garage

One of the most common mistakes to make when dreaming up the perfect man-cave is forgetting an important point: You need to work with your garage, not against it.

Your garage is unlike any other room in the house. Lighting, plumbing and electricity are all things that could be missing from its original design. Other choices like your type of garage door can also impact the security and insulation of your garage.

By staying aware of these limitations, you can use them in your favour to overcome the challenges of your garage in interesting and creative ways.

Maximise Space

When planning your man-cave, space is at a premium. The size of a typical garage is quite small and will only be able to fit the essentials, especially when considering space for a car.

Cleaning up and decluttering your garage is the first step in finding space. This means throwing out or selling old and disused items and finding better ways of storing essentials.

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Once you’ve cleaned up, a little clever thinking can make more space. Ceilings, for example, can be fitted for hanging storage, which can be done between joists that are already installed. Putting up storage racks along the wall is another good idea and makes use of space above the floor.

One of the biggest decisions to make is whether you’ll still park in the garage. This decision is different for everyone and will depend on your type of car, availability of outside parking and need for weather protection.

Plan Your Man-Cave

Once you’ve found out the limits of what you can work with, it’s time to start making plans. Don’t go overboard, but make a list of all the essentials that you’re looking for, along with a rough estimate of costs.

Draw out a basic floor plan. If you’re planning to install a home theatre system, where will the TV go? How will it be wired? Following each step of the plan in your imagination will help you find problems and save you a lot of time and money before putting it into action.

Remember to leave some space behind for storage or other excess stuff in case your needs change in future. Depending on your home, the garage may be the only place for these things.

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Know Your Limits

Make sure you start with the right tools for smaller jobs in the garage such as drilling. Don’t try to do any work that you’re unsure of, because if anything goes wrong it will only slow things down and end up costing you more overall.

If you aren’t an experienced handyman, make sure to leave the dangerous stuff to an expert. There are many licensed contractors who are experienced in outfitting electrical work to garages and will have done similar projects. While it may be slightly more expensive, it means you’ll get the job done properly, legally and without any risk to your health.

pool game among friends in man-cave

Insulate Your Garage

Insulation is essential for turning your garage into a livable space and will protect you in both hot and cold weather. Insulating properly can also soundproof your garage, meaning you can play your music as loud as you want, or turn up the sound system when watching movies.

Carpets, rugs and rubber tiles all insulate your floor well and can add a certain style to the garage. Smaller, moveable options are generally better, as they can be shifted, replaced or removed if necessary. The garage door is a big culprit for letting in cold and should be properly insulated. Garage insulation can be retrofitted, but will only work on panel and not roller doors.

Have Fun

Converting your garage into a man-cave can be one of the most enjoyable and rewarding projects you ever undertake. Enjoy the experience and celebrate with your friends when it’s done.


Author Bio

This piece was written by Daniel Defendi, who recommends Pinnacle Garage Doors in Perth. You can catch Daniel on Google+ to discuss this piece.

How to Nail Your Rustic Inspired Renovation

Are you looking to renovate your home to embrace the rustic trend? Whether you want to add more charm and character to your home or become more environmentally friendly in your decor choices, we have several tips designed to help you nail your rustic inspired renovation.

1. It’s all about the woodwork

Rustic-inspired home renovations tend to require more attention to the installation of wooden features from unique custom woodwork furniture to full patio or porch builds. If you have carpet or tile flooring, the first step would be to remove other types of flooring and replace it with hardwood flooring. Darker woods like Engineered European Oak Floorboards tend to look best in a rustic home. Wooden flooring adds character to a home and contributes to a country cabin-style interior design. The installation of wooden kitchen cabinets also contributes to a charming rural home. Add woodwork in every room in the home in as many creative ways you can think of. When it comes to a  rustic renovation, the rule is that you can never have ‘too much’ woodwork. The installation of wood pallets applied to walls will up your rustic atmosphere tremendously. If you are sticking to a  renovation budget that doesn’t allow for a full installation, installing one accent wall with a beautiful woodwork design does the trick.

2. Nail DIY woodworking projects

If you are sticking to a renovation budget as most of us are, there are many opportunities for DIY  woodworking projects for the rustic home. Many lumber suppliers offer incredible wood pieces for extremely affordable rates. Many of these suppliers can be found at local mountain markets selling their materials. A big wood slab to create a beautiful kitchen or coffee table top typically runs you about $80.00AUD at a local market supplier. A set of four small, thin log stumps used for coasters typically runs you about $25.00AUD at a local market supplier. You can stain and glaze these items yourself with materials found at a local trades store to create unique, one-of-a-kind woodwork household furniture and decor staples.

3. Hire a talented carpentry professional

For the bigger, more complex woodworking jobs, it is wise to hire a professional carpenter. A  professional carpenter typically charges an hourly rate of $45.00AUD to $60.00AUD per hour not including travel or other project-specific materials. Carpenter jobs are vast, can range from simple to extremely complex and are mainly to construct, install and repair structures made of wood and other materials. Carpentry is an extremely versatile profession from being responsible for a patio build on the side of your home to a trendy woodwork custom furniture piece. In order to find the right carpentry professional for the job, make sure to review their previously completed projects and get multiple quotes from different professionals in the trade.

4. Nature inspired home decor

Look to nature to inspire all of your interior home decors. The idea is to bring the outdoors inside your home. This includes plant, fire and of course wood elements. Baby’s breath, sunflowers and lots of greenery contribute to a country-inspired home interior.

Using a unique log centrepiece on your main dining table and wooden candle holders on side tables will bring more nature inside.  Using nature-inspired home decor not only contributes to a rustic home atmosphere but also contributes to your wellbeing the same way walking in nature tends to. Wooden tools in the kitchen not only contribute to your new reno, but also have added benefits such as longevity, non-scratch,  heat resistant, and are more eco-friendly.

5. Cosy elements

Nothing compliments a rustic style home interior design more than a Canadian-style free-standing wood burning stove fireplace. The more antique and vintage-looking, the better. A full wood stove installation can cost up to $3000.00AUD and the stove itself typically costs $1000.00AUD to  $2000.00AUD. We recommend buying the cast iron wood heater online and getting it installed later.  Exposed brick installation behind the wood stove creates a trendy cosy feel that will put the cherry on top of your rustic home renovation. You can purchase bricks that are cut in halves to be more cost-effective with the same look achieved. Candles and fleece throws are another way to cause feelings of relaxation and comfort within the space. Brown faux leather furniture also contributes to a cost-effective yet elegant element to add to the rustic theme. Cosy and unique elements are important features of homes that nail a rustic renovation.

*All the costs quoted were sourced at the time this article was written. They are to be used as an  AUD cost guide and may vary locally, and are subject to market changes.

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.

5 Things To Know Before Replacing Your Doors And Windows

There are many reasons as to why you may be considering replacing the window and door systems of your home. It could be to improve insulation and lower energy bills. It could be to eliminate draughts and to help keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. It could be to improve the look of your home. Or it could be to replace existing worn, faulty or damaged fittings.

Whatever your reasons, there are five things you really need to know before you embark on this project if you want to avoid costly mistakes and regret down the line.

1.     Are replacements really the best option?

Replacing your doors and windows is one of the more costly renovation projects you can undertake, so before you commit, you need to be certain that it is truly necessary.

Consider whether replacing hardware elements or individual panes may be more cost-effective, even if they need replacing in large numbers. Some older homes have incredible windows that are well worth restoring rather than replacing, too. If you’re looking to slash energy bills, consider alternative ways such as insulating attics and basements.

2.     Are you able to maintain or improve your home’s beauty?

Doors and windows are a hugely important architectural feature of your home and they play a huge part in its curb appeal. If you are considering replacing your doors and windows for whatever reason, will your proposed replacement maintain or improve the look of your home?

If you replace your doors and windows with a less attractive replacement, the whole look of your home will definitely be affected. This can decrease its value and would certainly put off potential buyers. Replacing your doors and windows with a superior, better looking product can, in turn, increase your home’s value.

3.     Know whether you need new construction windows…

There are two types of replacement window: new construction and retro-fit. And you need to be sure of the one you need as this decision will seriously affect the work required and the cost. New construction window replacement involves removing the entire trim around the window, taking it right back and replacing the whole unit, before reinstalling the trim and sealing the gaps.

This option is essential if the area around the window is rotted out, but regardless of whether this applies, it has the advantages that your new windows can be identically sized to the previous, and that any draughty gaps are taken care of.

4.     … or whether you need retro-fit windows.

For retro-fit windows, the perimeter frame of the old windows is not removed and a new window is fitted inside the old casing. The main advantage of this installation method is the significant difference in cost, but a minor disadvantage is that the new window will need to be fractionally smaller than the old (although this is often not particularly noticeable).

5.     Know which material your current windows are made from.

This final detail makes a significant difference if you are installing retro-fit windows. Replacements for metal windows come with a flange that conceals your existing frame, whereas replacements for wooden windows are specially designed to cope with the slope of the wooden sill. This sill can be wrapped in aluminum, although the most aesthetically pleasing option is often to paint the sill.


Carmen Vellila is an experienced Brand Manager currently overseeing the strategic development of multiple brands as part of the Epwin Group. She is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (ACIM), specialising in Corporate Communication and Digital Marketing.

She works with directors and managers at companies across Europe, utilising her ability to speak four languages, and works extensively with professionals across a range of industries to drive and deliver leading-edge strategies.

How to Replace Basin Taps in the Bathroom in Five Easy Steps

Fresh bathroom fixtures can instantly upgrade the look and feel of your bathroom. Whether you just want an upgrade of your basin taps or it definitely needs a replacement, we have outlined how to replace basin taps in the bathroom.

Usually, bathroom basins have an installation manual included in its package that you can refer to. But in this handy step-by-step guide, we show you how to quickly change an old basin tap to a new one, in five easy steps.

how to replace basin taps in the bathroom


1. Turn Your Water OFF

First, you have to make sure that your water supply for both cold and hot taps from the mains supply is turned off. Then, make sure app your taps in the house (both hot and cold) are left open to drain any excess water.

Clear out everything you can from under the sink, including any shelves. This will give you more room to work and use your tools more easily. Once ready, add a bucket or tray below the tap to catch any drips.

cortina bathroom basin


2. Remove Your Old Tap

Get under the basin - you can spread an old towel across the floor or the bottom of your under-sink cabinet to catch any spills. Start unscrewing the nut that locks your basin to the old tap. If your existing tap was fitted using compression fittings, you might need two adjustable wrenches to undo the nuts. Once you have removed this, your old tap can now be pulled out.


3. Install Your New Tap

Connect the threaded post to your tap, then feed into the basin hole, so your tap sits on top of your basin, with the thread poking out below. Again, there may be a washer included or needed to make sure the tap sits snugly. Screw the nut tightly onto the threaded post, your tap is now gripped onto your basin.


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Balancing water pressure

The water supply should have a reasonably balanced pressure from a common source (e.g. hot and cold supplies both from the same storage or both from a supply pipe). Where the fitting is supplied from unbalanced supplies (e.g. hot and cold supplies from separate sources) Water Regulations or Byelaws in your area may require an ‘approved’ non-return valve or single check valve to be fitted to both the hot and the cold pipes that are connected to the mixer tap.

Where this is the case, simply fit the valves below the flexible tap connectors with the arrow on the valve pointing upwards. Once fitted, this will ensure that cold water is not pushed back through the hot water pipe when both taps are on, stopping the hot water temperature from cooling too quickly.

Once your tap is gripped onto your basin, the hot and cold pipes should feed directly from your wall to your new pipes. Don't forget to check everything to make sure there are no leaky or loose connections.


4. Connect Your Plumbing

Screw the flexible connectors into your tap. After that, connect them to the copper domestic pipes, with a compression fitting in between (this will keep the pressure between the two pipes regulated and safe).


5. Switch Your Water Supply Back On

Now you can turn the water supply on from the mains. If your new tap is set to ‘closed’ when the air rushes through, it could potentially damage the tap. We recommend all taps be set to ‘open’ for a little while after turning the water supply on. Remember the other taps in your house may still be open, so remember to switch them off once water comes through again.


VALE Brighton basin mixer


You did it! You have placed your newest bathroom fixture!

6 Ways to Make the Most of a Small Kitchen

The kitchen quite unsurprisingly plays a major role in the home as it's the place you get release your inner chef, laugh with friends over coffee or kick back and relax with a glass of wine. That’s a lot for a humble room to handle, and if you've been cursed with an unjustly tiny kitchen, chances are you’ll be feeling the pressure. But don't stress as in reality a small kitchen isn't as bad as it first may seem! Here are some ways to make your small kitchen seem like a culinary giant...




1. Keep It Cool

By choosing colours from cool or pale palettes you can easily make your room feel as airy and large as possible. This is because the light is reflected, increasing the sensation of spaciousness.


White is always a winner, although sometimes it can be a pain to clean and often seem a little clinical. Therefore if you're looking for something a little more hip try incorporating some pastels in here or there.

Finally ensure you avoid any stark colour contrasts throughout the room. The more you can cast your eye around the room uninterrupted, the larger you'll perceive the room to be.


2. Store Smartly

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If you have a smaller kitchen you're going to want to make the most of every inch of counter space. Therefore in order to maximise your available space we recommend installing some high shelving or cupboards. This way you can tuck away ample amounts of storage, and also avoid cluttering up the counters with extra appliances and tools.

Furthermore to make sure you're using all of your available space invest in check out some high-tech corner storage units. Choose between the magic corner, swing out and carousel models depending on what suits you best. Check out this article for more info...


3. Try Transparency

Glass fronted cabinets and doors can work wonders for small kitchens, adding depth and visual dimension.


4. Let in Light

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Light is always your best friend in any home, but never more so than in small spaces. If you utilise it correctly you can play tricks on the eyes, helping you kitchen to seem more roomy and airy. Therefore in order to let in more light you might want to consider raising your roof height and installing in a skylight.


Next recessed LED lighting wont take up any ceiling space, but will still light the room sufficiently. Finally choose to incorporate mirrored or reflective surfaces to reflect light and extend the room. This can be done via the backsplash, or simply by hanging a mirror somewhere around the space.


5. Funky Flooring

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Surprisingly enough some funky flooring can help the room seem larger. Diagonal and stripe based patterns lead the eye down a longer path, hence giving the effect of a lengthier room. Conversely noisy, or boxy patterns should be avoided as they can be distracting and provoke a crowded feeling.


6. Grow into the next Room

If you choose to knock down some of the walls enclosing your kitchen you could then opt for a open floor plan style living area. This allows you to increase the overall space you have available for use, and additionally increases the sense of spaciousness and flow around your home.Kitchen_forecast_trend_2015

If this is too much for your budget or simply not feasible you could alternatively opt for some glass doors.


5 Eco-friendly Renovations to Make at Your Home

After a while, every single home can benefit from being renovated. And since you’re already renovating, you might want to think about going green. This way, you’ll be aiding in the fight for the environment and manage to save money while doing so. Still, with so many green options homeowners can today go for, choosing which renovation projects you should tackle can be quite difficult. Therefore, we came up with a list of 5 eco-friendly renovations most of the homeowners decide on. Make sure you check these since some of them might be exactly what you were looking for.

Install more insulation

Installing more insulation is a guaranteed way to make your home greener. Adding more insulation to your walls means you’ll have to rely on less energy to keep your home warm during winter and cool during summer. The best thing about this project is that you should be able to do all the work yourself. If you decide to install fiberglass insulation, which is the most popular material used or insulation, you won’t need anything but a couple of basic tools and some effort.

Install more insulation

Shop reclaimed

If you’ve been thinking about changing flooring or kitchen counter-tops in your home, it may be a good idea to opt for reclaimed wood. Even though newest and shiniest materials may seem like the best option, buying reclaimed wood will help you aid in saving the environment and still manage to make your home look absolutely amazing. In fact, more and more homeowners decide to go for this material when designing their home. When using reclaimed wood, you’ll be saving energy and money that would be required to produce a new product you’d use for your flooring or counter-tops.

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If you got tired of the way your walls look, you might want to think about repainting the walls in your home. Luckily, there’s a way to do this and manage to reduce your carbon footprint. There are paints which have been specially designed to have as little harmful molecules as possible. These paints are called low-VOC paints and they can be found in most paint shops. Use these paints and you won’t only be aiding in saving the environment but you’ll also be able to breathe easier in your own home.

Go solar

Going solar is another great way to make your home greener. Today, you can easily have solar panels installed on your roof which will enable you to stop relying on electrical energy too much. According to some estimates, this can help you save you around $20,000 over 20 years. And if you choose to get a sonnen Battery, you’ll be able to store the energy your panels have collected, which means you almost won’t have to spend any money on electrical energy. On top of that, you won’t be using energy that burns fossil fuels and destroys the Earth’s ozone layer.

Go solar

Visit antique shops

When renovating, you might want to change things such as door handles and coffee tables. With so many stores out there, most of the homeowners would most likely at some of them for items like this. Still, if you want to go green, visiting local antique shops is a much better idea. This way, you’ll spend your money on items that have been repurposed, which is something you should aim at when greening up your home. The best thing about buying at antique shops is that you’ll be guaranteed to find something that will add style to your home and help you save the environment.

No matter which of these 5 renovation ideas you opt for, you’ll be making your home much greener than it is right now. Just bear in mind that you should always keep one eye open for some new ways you can make your home eco-friendly.