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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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!

Build a Shed in Less Than a Week

grey shed with plants and hose on foreground

Shed Plans and Tips For Building a Wooden 16x10 Gable Shed in Less Than a Week

Weekend warriors and home improvement pros alike love a good challenge. Whether it's a new garden in the backyard or the renovation of an old room in your home, there is something to be done every season of the year.

Many people want to get more storage space and utility out of their homes, and this makes home improvement projects that help add space and functionality some of the most popular. There are several different ways to pursue a more efficient home in this regard, but one of the easiest is the addition of a new shed.

Some may feel overwhelmed by the challenge of building a brand-new storage facility or shed from scratch, but it is much easier than you think. Rest assured, you can build a new shed in your spare time in less than a week.

Continue reading to find out how you can break ground and finish the job in under seven days.

Gather Your Inventory/Supplies List

The first thing you'll need to build a shed quickly is an understanding of which supplies are necessary. From lumber to screws and joists, a complete inventory list is absolutely essential.  Many people are opting to purchase complete shed plans to make this part of the job easier, such as a 16x20 gable storage shed plan from

We can’t stress enough the importance of a good set of plans. They will tell you everything that you need to know so that there are no surprises when you go to buy supplies or join the pieces of wood together. Without a good plan, building a shed is much more difficult, but with one, it is very easy for people of all skill levels.

saw planer chisel and other tools

Once you have a complete list of supplies, you'll be able to quickly determine both the cost of the project and where you need to shop to get each item on the list. Ultimately, you'll want to make as few trips to the hardware store or home improvement centre as possible, so carefully review and double-check what you need before getting started. You’ve heard the old adage of “measure twice and cut once”. Think of this as “Check your list twice and shop once”.

Go to the Hardware Store

Once you're ready to head out shopping, be sure that you consider the policies and prices of each particular store. With a complete list of supplies on hand, you'll be able to easily get assistance from a store employee who can help procure all needed materials.

Another reason why it is so important to shop around is because of the lumber or wood that you'll need. Some major chains will cut your lumber down to size and provide you with all of the needed pieces if you already have measurements. This can save you hours of time on the project and will ensure that each piece is cut properly. Of course, you can also do all of the cutting yourself.  It’s up to you and what you feel comfortable with.

Prepare the Foundation

Ideally, any foundation or ground where the shed is to be built will have been levelled and prepared in advance. Because of probable inclement weather and other unseen challenges, you'll want to take care of this process in advance.

foundational support for building a shed

This matters because of the installation of deck piers: Most sheds are built with these foundational supports secured in the ground with concrete. Since it can take some time for the concrete to cure, you don't want to waste multiple days waiting for this to happen once you're ready to build.

Build Segments Concurrently

The basic segments of a garden shed consist of:

  • Your foundation and floor made of pressure treated timber

  • Wall structures (again, use pressure treated lumber); you can also use wall studs, headers, plates, cripple studs and L joints to assemble the parts.

  • The roof (consists of trusses, plywood sheathing, roof felt and shingles)

One easy way to save time and ensure you can build any basic shed within a week is to focus on each element of the process at once.

man building a wooden shed in the backyard

For example, the walls of your shed will require the same type of construction, materials and repetitive motions to construct. Rather than building one segment at a time and then subsequently installing each individually, focus on constructing all four walls back-to-back. Once completed, it'll be easier to raise each shed wall and install them quickly.

This ensures that you do not constantly get in and out of rhythm when it comes to building each portion of the shed, and will make the building process more efficient.

Ask for Help

For bigger shed projects, it may not be possible to construct an entire building in one week's time if you are only capable of working a few short hours per day. Instead of languishing on the project for weeks or months at a time by yourself, ask for a helping hand!

Whether you get help from family members or friends who may be willing to assist, it is not impossible to get your new shed built in just a few days. This can help shave many hours of time off of your project.

wooden backyard shed

There are many benefits to having a shed in the yard. You may be looking for a private work space or storage area, but either way, it doesn't have to cost a fortune or take forever to assemble a new shed in your back yard. By asking for help, building segments in an orderly fashion, planning your purchases carefully and being prepared when build time comes, you'll be able to wrap up most shed construction projects in a week or less.

The basic tools that you will need for this project are:

  • Safety Glasses

  • Tape Measure

  • Circular Saw

  • Speed Square

  • Hammer

  • 4' Level

  • A Few Sawhorses

  • Drill

  • 6' Ladder

  • Extension Ladder

  • Nail Punch


Why Matte Black is The Best Bathware for All Bathrooms, for All Time

terrus waterfall spout wall mount matte black

Matte black bathware may as well be the default choice for your bathroom when choosing your basin and bath taps and mixers, shower heads and shower arms, towel racks, and bathroom organisers and accessories. Some will try to refute this, but you will agree if you’re choosing based on the following criteria.

Aguzzo Terrus single basin mixer tap matte black

1. Black is a statement on its own.

Matte black bathware make you stop and look longer than if it were chrome or brass. Black bathroom items give that sleek look — in fact, that word “sleek” when used for matte black has become a cliche simply because it’s true.

Another word you always hear about black bathware is bold. Why? Because a matte black shower mixer, for instance, simply stands out in your bathroom without even trying. It speaks volumes just by being there, saying “I’m here, and I’m here to stay.”

“Matte-finish black tapware is a bold punctuation point” in a bathroom, is how Homes to Love describe it.

Matte black simply gives an instant upgrade to your bathroom.

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2. Black bathware are versatile.

Each person can choose any kind of bathroom style, and matte black products are adaptable to any of those styles. Why? BECAUSE BLACK GOES WITH EVERYTHING!

Neutral toned bathroom? Get a matte black heated towel rail for it.

Purple walls or orange tiles? Wow, a black shower head will go wonderfully with those colours.

Got a classic bathroom? A floor standing matte black bath mixer should be just right for your classic bath vibe.

Planning a contemporary bathroom remodel? Look no further, a black waterfall spout will fit right in.

Of course, let’s not forget those who’d want an all-black bathroom. (If you’re one of them, you’ve got to check this out: .)

Vale flat goose shower arm matte black

3. Black is timeless.

This is where it gets better: matte black bathware will never go out of style.

It was a trend in recent years, it was a trend five years ago, and now it’s 2019 and matte black is still a trend in bathroom interiors.

Because it suits all bathroom styles and can be matched with any colour palette, black will remain to be in vogue for many more years to come.

The Plumbette calls it “a sleek and modern look that won’t date,” and we think it’s because:

  • Black has a natural elegance.

  • Black adapts to whatever is trending at any time.

  • Black gives a contrast that lets prints and colours to shine through brighter in any season.

Aguzzo cortina wall mount mixer with converter matte black

4. Matte black bathware are now selling at reduced prices.

Ten years back you would have had a difficult time finding black bathroom taps and accessories, but today these are readily available and at reasonable prices.

A warning though: Don’t just go for cheap. Make sure you are getting high quality matte black bathware by buying from trusted stores.

NEWS FLASH: You can get superior matte black bathware right now at Renovator Store, including bathroom basin taps, bath mixers, shower heads and shower arms, heated towel rails, towel racks, robe hooks, bathroom shelves, soap dishes, toilet paper holders, and toilet brush holders.

There’s a lot of low-priced black bathroom fixtures out there. If you Google “cheap matte black bathroom fixtures” there will be at least 27 million results, but if you add the word “quality” there’s at least 10 million less. Our advice is, get luxury for less!

Pearl glass shelf matte black

So, those are the four major reasons why we think matte black bathware is the best for all bathrooms for all time. Agree or disagree? Tell us why either way!

How to Choose a Professional Painter for Your Renovation

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So, you are doing a home renovation! That is exciting! (And probably slightly overwhelming at this particular moment in time.) Painting is always a significant component of a home renovation because there is nothing that has the ability to refresh and revitalize a space more than a fresh coat of paint.

However, you need to have a professional painter doing the work to guarantee that it doesn't look like a sloppy mess. Plus, correctly painting your home assists in defending it from the elements. While you may have considered DIY-ing it, that can take a very long time and can easily delay the rest of the renovations.

If you are looking for some tips to make sure that your walls are painted perfectly, read on to learn how to choose a professional painter for your renovation.

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1. Understand what your professional painting needs are.

While some people like to tackle painting jobs on their own, many homeowners recognize that professional painters have the skill and experience to do the work in the best manner.

Professional painters are able to paint all surfaces and ensure that they are prepped (for example, stripping wallpaper, sanding wood) before being worked on. They also will source and obtain materials and give you advice on colours and finishes (if you want it!).

If you are doing a home renovation, you may want to hire a professional painter for any and all of your interior and exterior painting jobs that you don't have the ability to do yourself.

Generally, painters charge by the surface area they are working on and the level of ability that is required. For this reason, it is crucial that you know what you want up front and where you want the work to be done. This will make the job run more efficiently and will save you money in the long run.

While you can potentially save some money by doing the painting on your own, hiring a professional painter will ensure that the project is done better and faster, preserving your precious time and energy to focus on other parts of the renovation and aspects of your life.

painter on ladder wearing gloves and holding a paint brush and white paint

2.  Know at what point in the renovation you will need professional painting services.

As you are doing a renovation, there are going to be plenty of other steps involved in your home makeover than just painting. For this reason, it is crucial to lay out a schedule of the phases of the project to ensure that you are doing everything in the appropriate order.

Many people preach that the painting step should always come first; however, this isn't necessarily the best option. If you are installing new carpeting, then you want to get the painting completed before, even though professional painters can take steps to protect the carpet.

However, if you are refinishing or installing new floors, you want to make sure they are completed before you hire a painter as the dust from the floors can easily stick to fresh paint. Similarly, you want to wait until after the remodelling is finished to bring out the paint cans because all the ripping out and installing that takes place can easily chip or damage your new wall paint.

Last but not least, you don't want to call in professional painters until you have an absolute idea of the vibe and style of the room. You need to know what colour you want the floors or walls to be and ensure that the paint works well with the furnishings and accessories that will be in the room.

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3. Ask around your neighbourhood for recommendations.

The best way to find a professional painter is through your network. If you know friends or family recently had painting work done in their homes, ask them about their experience with their painter and whether or not they would recommend them for you to use. Finding a painter this way is fantastic because you have the approval of their work and professionalism from someone you trust.

However, it isn't always possible to locate a painter in this way and, therefore, the Internet (your extended network of slightly less intimate friends and family) comes into play.

Search for the best professional painters in your area and read reviews about their skills and levels of professionalism. After all, the painters are going to be spending a decent amount of time in your home, so you want them to be friendly and trained as well as efficient with their time, and excellent painters.

Usually, professional painters will want to come to your home to determine your requirements and to produce an appraisal for the work that needs to be done. Don't choose a painter who merely writes up costs on a scrap of paper. Instead, you want to work with someone who provides you with a written contract and specifications that detail the reach of the project, the supplies they will utilize, and the amount of prep work for which they will be responsible.

When speaking with a professional painter, find one who works within your budget, accommodates the style and vibe of your home, and has specific expertise in the kinds of surfaces you need to be painted. To ensure that you are working with someone reliable and with experience, hire a professional painter who has been in business for at least two years.

Doing a home renovation can be an overwhelming undertaking, so it is crucial to hire workers who are going to get the job done on time and within budget — you certainly don't want to be hiring people who are making it more stressful than necessary.

To ensure that you get the best painter possible, spend some time on the above steps and do your research regarding potential options. Remember that you will often have to balance costs, schedules and quality, so weigh which is the most significant to you and then work from there.

Have you recently had a home renovation, or needed a professional painter? What was the process that you took to choose one? Let us know your tips and tricks in the comments below!

Author Bio

Ralph El Eid is the Business Development Manager at COLORTEK - Wall & Floor Fashion. EQUIPAINT is the franchise owner of COLORTEK in Dubai (U.A.E.) and Doha (Qatar); an international paints manufacturer specializing in the widest range of decorative paints and seamless concrete & resin flooring, with a unique showroom concept, and thus an ideal destination for homeowners, consultants, architects, interior designers and paint applicators.

A Smart Renovator’s Guide to Writing a Property Listing That Generates Sales

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Too often do we see generic and plain property listings written by renovators while they’re marketing their products online, and sometimes we’re left wondering how some sales are even made. So many renovators have fallen into the lazy habit of writing bland and incomplete listings, chuck up a couple of pictures and hope for the best.

There’s so much more potential out there, and so many more opportunities to make quicker and more effective sales when managing your renovation listing in the right way. Today, we’re going to explore many of the ways you can write a dynamic renovation listing, maximizing your chances to generate sales.

Use the Basic Structure

When writing a renovation listing, there’s a tried and tested structure that works and ensures you don’t miss anything out when you’re in the writing process. This structure is as follows;

  • A headline
  • Opening statement
  • Description of features
  • Any promotional information
  • Call to action

If you follow this basic structure, as well of course as editing it to suit your personal style and branding, you’ll have all the information you need in a format and layout that your readers will be able to follow easily.

Consider Your Wording

A lot of the renovation listings we see these days come with some kind of power word or phrase, such as ‘must sell,’ ‘vacant,’ or even basic words like ‘clean.’ However, every single word you use is creating an image in your potential buyer’s head, and words like this make you think there’s something wrong with the property.

“Instead, use pleasing and aesthetic words that draw the reader in and make them want to know more. Some of these words could be ‘state-of-the-art,’ ‘bespoke,’ ‘gourmet,’ ‘energy efficient’ and more. Create a positive image,” explains Mark Taylor, a content writer for Elite Assignment Help.

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Create a High-Quality Listing

Imagine you’re reading through a renovation listing and find it’s full of mistakes, typos, and punctuation errors. This is not a great, professional first impression, and you’re going to be left feeling like this is a scam, or there’s something not quite right.

This is why it’s so important to guarantee accuracy in the quality of the written renovation content. Even if you doubt your ability to write to this level, here are some online tools that can help;

These are two online resources you can use to improve your ability to use grammar properly.

Use these leading online proofreading tools to help you correct any errors in your content, as recommended by Essayroo review.

These are two general writing resources to help you improve all areas of your general writing skills.

These are two leading editing tools, as reviewed by Write My Australia, to help you structure and format your property description in the most professional way.

Take a look at these two leading content writing blogs to ensure you’re able to write content using the most renowned tricks of the trade.

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The Headline Is Vital

Jumping back to the top of your description, the headline is perhaps one of the most important elements. This is the sole piece of text which is going to grab your reader’s attention, ensuring your property stands out among the rest, and then makes them want to click.

Make it hard for someone to resist clicking on their headline. The best way to do this is to entice them in with keywords while providing them with valuable information. This means including location keywords and geo-targeting and then something nice.

For example, if the renovation is near a lake, you could title it Luxury 4-bedroom cottage provides the best views of Lake such and such. When backed up by images of the renovation, this is a sure-fire way to draw more people in, statistically boosting your sales potential.

Mention the Local Area

While you’re trying to sell the renovation you’re talking about; it’s easy to get caught up in the trap of only talking about the property itself, meaning you’re missing out on talking about the area that property is in.

This is so important because people want to know more about where they’re potentially living and if you’re not talking about this, your readers will simply move onto the next listing. You don’t need to go into too much detail, but it’s a good idea to list the best features of the area, maybe a quick description of what it’s like, and a few bullet points of the best local amenities.


Author Bio

Grace Carter is an editor at Big Assignments and Academized services. She works on business communications improvement, creates presentations, and helps at HR department. Also, Grace teaches creative writing at Paper Fellows website.


Settling Into Your New Home: 5 Actions Steps to Take

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After going through that tumultuous experience called moving, it’s now time to face the last hurdles of your new life in a different city: settling into your new home.

Making your new house feel like home is an effective way of helping you and your family adjust to your new place faster. By making your abode feel more familiar and comfortable, everyone will find it easier to get used to life in a different neighbourhood. And in no time, everyone will be calling the new house truly their home.

Seasoned interstate removalists share below the five important steps you have to take to settle into your new home quickly and successfully: 

1.    Clean the house

If you didn’t clean your new house before moving in, take some time to do this now.

Begin by cleaning the kitchen then work on the bedrooms, bathrooms, living room, and other areas. Make sure you use an antibacterial or disinfectant cleaning product, or create your own to get rid of any germs still lurking around.

Additionally, pay particular attention to cleaning the ceiling, walls, floors, and fixtures that are touched or handled frequently such as the door knobs, light switches, and faucets.

You can always hire professional cleaners to clean your home if you’re too exhausted from the move to do this task.

2.    Unpack and fully set up one room at a time

Making your new house more appealing and comfortable always starts with unpacking.  To be able to organize your home faster, unpack and arrange items one room at a time

Start by setting up the kitchen since everyone will be spending a lot of time here to eat, drink, or do other activities. This will be easy to do if all the boxes marked kitchen and all the large kitchen appliances have been placed in this room by the movers.

Next, move to the bedrooms. Make sure you and everyone else has a bed ready to sleep in. If you have kids, you can let them design and decorate their own rooms. By doing so, you will help them recreate their own private sanctuaries in your new house.

Once done, set up the bathroom, living room, and other remaining rooms.

No matter which room you choose to organize first, make sure you fully set it up before moving on to the next one. This means you should organize the bedrooms only after you’re done with the kitchen. Don’t start setting up another room while you’re still in the middle of arranging the previous one.

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3.    Change the lighting to improve the ambience

Light is a powerful component that can make a new house feel different instantly.

Start by letting in more natural light into your home. Replace dark window treatments with lighter ones. Installing new curtains, blinds, or your choice of window treatments will also give each room a more complete and cohesive look.

You can also change the lights in your home to make it feel cozier. Choose warm white lights that give off a gentle hue especially for living areas – they will instantly give any room a friendlier and comfier ambience. Cool white lights are good for household work areas like laundries and garage. (Find out more about the difference between warm white and cool white lights.)

4.    Arrange your favourite artworks and décor

Hanging paintings and framed photos you brought from your old home is a great way to help everyone acclimatize to the new house. Once you have set up your shelves and cabinets in the living room, kitchen, and other rooms, arrange all the family heirlooms, trinkets, lamps, and other décor you have.

Once you have arranged all these items from your old home, you will instantly feel a sense of the familiar in your new abode.

If you think your living room and other rooms still feel sparse, buy new ones. However, make sure anything you add will mesh with the current design and theme of your home. Don’t forget to avoid over-decorating as well.

5.    Add your personal touches

Once you are satisfied with your new home décor, you can work on injecting your personal style and preferences in the house.

If there is a spare, unused room, you can turn it into your office, a study or reading nook. You can paint it in your favourite colour. Next, fill it with furniture, decorations, and fixtures that showcase your preferred colour or decorating style. 

Whichever look you choose in updating this room, make sure to let your personal touches stand out.

Settling into your new home will take time. The upside is you don’t have to rush things; take one step at a time to turn your new place into something that is organized, familiar, and comfortable.

Pretty soon, you and your family will have fully adjusted to and love your new abode. 


Author Bio

Craig Jones is the Managing Director at Aussiemove, Australia’s largest independent moving alliance. Craig is a respected member of the removalist network in Australia, having served in senior positions, including the President of the removal industries governing body, the Australian Furniture Removals Association (AFRA). With 23 years of experience at Aussiemove, he has the skills and the highly trained team to move families safely and reliably, in Adelaide, across Australia and around the world.


Patio Roofing Options – What Should You Choose?

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Building or adding a patio to your home can be a great way to take advantage of summer weather and relax in your own alfresco area.

Patios can be simple and affordable to construct, but what are the best options for your home?

Whether you’re thinking of a sleek, modern look or a clear, protective skylight, here are some design and material choices to consider.


The design of your patio can make a big difference to the ambience of your outdoor area. Popular patio roofing designs include:


A gable design has a long, peaked roof, similar to that of a house. This design lets rain flow easily off and to the sides. A gable patio can be attached and extend out from your home, matching your home’s roofing and giving a consistent style.


Flat patios are an affordable option to create an outdoor alfresco area. This design is simpler to build and install but is still able to cover a large area. They are a great way to provide shade and shelter for your home.


Skillion roofs are similar to a flat roof design, except that they are angled upwards on one side. This makes them the perfect choice for providing shade at key times in the day. Rainwater also isn’t a problem for the skillion and can be easily directed off.


The panels of a pyramid roof come together into a triangle shaped point. This design works best for square shaped patios and gives your outdoor area a spacious, airy feeling. Pyramid patios also often use a mix of clear and opaque panels to let in light.


Dome roofs are increasing in popularity, due to their stylish design. Dome patios offer the same utility as other roofing options but add a sleek and modern style which can be the perfect complement for your home or garden.

patio with roof, wood flooring, fireplace, rattan furniture


Choosing the right material for your patio roofing can ensure adequate protection. Popular options for patio materials include:

Colorbond steel

Colorbond steel is a durable, high-quality building material. Products in the Colorbond range are part of a 22-colour set, which means patios built from this material can complement Colorbond home roofing. It provides excellent protection from the sun and typically has an extensive warranty.


Polycarbonate is a lightweight and durable roofing material which is made from high-grade, reinforced plastic. Polycarbonate roofing can be transparent, opaque or a mix of the two. This allows homeowners to choose the best design to let natural light in.

Certain brands of polycarbonate roofing are made specifically for warmer climates and are highly rated for their resistance to the sun and overall UV protection.


Insulated patio roofing is a combination of roofing materials such as steel and polycarbonate, which is then insulated, usually with high-quality polystyrene. Insulated roofing can keep your outdoor area at a lower temperature and can be added without any additional construction.


Sunglaze roofing material is similar to polycarbonate but is completely clear. While it can resemble glass, it’s lightweight, strong and offers increased UV protection. Using Sunglaze will make your outdoor area feel light and open, while still giving you protection from sun and rain.

Which is Best?

The best type of patio for your home will depend on your location and circumstances. When dealing with hotter climates, insulation and sun protection become more important. Quality of materials and construction are also factors to consider.

Choosing between an attached or detached patio roof can change the overall cost and length of time required for construction. While detached patios require a separate structure to be built, patios which are attached and extend from the home can be a more affordable option.

The overall design and style of your patio should ideally complement your house and outdoor area. With many different designs and colours available, why not take advantage of clever construction to control temperature and sunlight regardless of the season.

No matter which materials you choose, a well- designed and constructed patio can provide a useful alfresco area year-round.


Author’s Bio:

This article was written by Daniel Defendi, who recommends Great Aussie Patios. You can catch Daniel on LinkedIn to discuss this piece.

4 Reasons Why You Need A Home Security System

hooded burglar with tv
Did you know that one house gets broken into every three minutes in Australia? While in the grand scheme of things that’s not a great deal, it is still cause for serious concern. As more households invest in the latest technology and gadgets there’s never been a more appealing time for nasty robbers than there is right now.

So if you’re concerned about your valuables, tech and prized possessions you may want to invest in a home security system. Yet many people balk at the cost involved and never do. So let’s check out four reasons why you may need an airtight home defence system.

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Getting Robbed is a Major Inconvenience

Even if your home’s contents are fully insured, getting robbed is still a giant pain in the you-know-what. If the insurance decides to cough up your payout, there’s still the hundreds of dollars of excess you need to pay to get your payout. And then you have to replace everything. While many robbers these days shy away from larger items like televisions and stereo systems and instead aim for small items like jewelry and gadgets imagine having to replace every item as new and reinstall all your apps and programs. And that’s not to mention family heirlooms or irreplaceable objects. A home security systems deters burglars from even thinking about your place to begin with. More on that below.

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Criminals Are Opportunists

While some crooks play the long game and case your joint prior to attempting to break in, most simply try their luck in an area, looking for unsecured homes. Some even get lucky when a lax homeowner forgets to lock their door or leaves a window wide open. Don’t give them slimebags the time of day by being lax with your home security. You can easily purchase and install keyless locks, key safes, and sufficient outdoor lighting to begin with. In addition, a home security system scream out “this house is well protected!” and any likely highwaymen will avert their attention to a less secured property and leave yours all alone.

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For Peace of Mind

We all need to feel safe, secure and protected in our own homes, it’s human nature. And we also need to have peace of mind about our place whenever we’re not in it. A home security system can give you the comfort you need while you’re going about your day out of the house - knowing that your pad is locked down and secure and waiting for you to come home to relax. Also, if you get a system that has CCTV you can monitor your property on your smartphone or tablet while you’re out and about, in real time.

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It Increases the Value of Your Home

A home security system can add thousands of dollars of value onto your home, amongst other things, so that one day in the distant future when you decide to sell up and move you can ask for a few extra thousand. And that’s better than a poke in the eye with a stick, isn’t it?


Airtight, Right?

A home security system leaves your property airtight and safe from those with nefarious intent. It means the difference between the major hassle of getting robbed and replacing everything and not having to live through that ordeal. Crooks are opportunistic and a home defence system will deter them from trying to break into your house. It will also give you peace of mind when you’re out at work or away for a trip. Finally, think of it as an investment into your property that could add some dollars onto the price tag when you decide to sell down the track.

Fell in Love with a Place? 4 Steps to Prepare for a Long-Term Stay

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It is a story that many people dream of. You hop on a plane for a quick getaway, but then you fall in love with the place, you feel more like yourself than you ever have before, and you know that you have to spend more time here.

So, one night (these decisions always seem to be made at night), you decide that you are going to follow your gut instinct and make the move.

If this is the position you are currently finding yourself in, and you have wildly fallen in love with a place, here are four steps to prepare for a long-term stay.

1. Make your plan for moving.

Once you have fallen in love with a place, it is likely that you want to move there and start your long-term stay as soon as possible. Unfortunately, in most scenarios, this is not realistic. Instead, you need to make a thorough plan for moving.

By taking the time to plan out the move, you will be giving yourself the opportunity to prepare for this life-changing event in the most efficient and stress-free way possible.

So, what exactly do you need to plan?

Just as with any move, no matter how close or far you are travelling, you need to recognize your timeline and then plot the necessary tasks on the schedule. By considering all of the phases of the move and the various functions that need to be sorted, and then dividing them down into smaller chores, you should be able to schedule in the required time to guarantee it all gets accomplished.

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2. Sort out everything at home.

Depending on the circumstances, there is a good chance that if you are looking to have a long-term stay in a new locale, you are first going to have to sort out some things back at home. This may entail packing up and selling your house or ending the lease on your apartment.

Unless you solely live out of a suitcase and are embracing the "digital nomad" lifestyle, you are probably going to have to pack up a few things.

Regardless of whether you have been living in a 10-bedroom mansion in the countryside with extensive wardrobe storage solutions or a studio apartment in the middle of a big city with not much space, packing can seem like an overwhelming beast of a task, and certainly not something that anyone particularly enjoys doing.

The best packing strategy is organized, streamlined and disciplined, and focuses on dealing with one room or area at a time. By doing it this way, you are less likely to forget to pack something, you will be creating less mess (which will help keep your stress levels down), and it will mean that you are packing related items into the same box, making it more convenient when you open them next.

Whatever you do, don't skimp on the moving boxes. It is critical that you have high-quality boxes that are sturdy and robust enough to withstand whatever comes their way while you are enjoying your long-term stay.

To really be the queen of the organized move, opt to purchase packing labels that enable you to write down a description of the contents in each box and indicate in which room they should be opened.  

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3. Opt for long-term storage.

What are you going to do with these boxes? Unless you are shipping them all to your next destination, the best option is to secure long-term storage. Luckily, in this day and age, there are plenty of high-quality mobile storage solutions for you to choose from to suit your needs.

If you are going to use self-storage as the new home for your worldly belongings, make sure you schedule (see #1) plenty of time to gather and store your possessions suitably. For example, you want to be padding and wrapping your breakables, and you need to ensure that all of your boxes are stacked correctly.

You don't want to find yourself coming back from your long-term stay and seeing that your belongings have had devastating damage brought to them because they weren't carefully packaged.

For this reason, you may want to work with logistics firms in Melbourne or professional storage companies in Dubai (or wherever you reside) as they know exactly how to pack, wrap, and store.

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4.  Look after yourself.

It can be easy to get so wrapped up in your big move and the excitement of what is to come that looking after yourself and other aspects of your life can fall to the wayside. Try your best not to allow this to happen.

After all, you don't want to show up in your new place wholly stressed and fatigued. Take it day by day, stick to your schedule, enjoy your last few weeks (or months) at home, and arrive at your new locale raring to go.

Have you ever visited a country, fallen in love with it, and then decided you want to go for a long-term stay? If you have, what did you do to prepare? If you haven't, where in the world would you like to do a long-term stay?

Tell us your thoughts and experiences in the comments below!


Author Bio

Chris Humphrey is the General Manager of Easytruck Moving & Storage. In 2013, the company combined their expertise in professional moving services & storage to create an entirely new approach to the business – and mobile storage was born! Easytruck now operates over 30,000sqft of air-conditioned facilities in three convenient locations in Dubai and is the only Mobile Storage operator in the UAE.

Small Living Room Ideas to Make the Most of Your Space

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Whether you live in a condo, an apartment or a small home, one of the things you dislike most is trying to fit everything you need for creature comfort into a tiny living room. If you have been tripping over end tables or are simply tired of looking at so much stuff cluttered into such a small space, it’s time to get some ideas on getting better organised. You can make the most of a small space with the following tips and the outcome will be simply amazing.

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Begin by Totally Emptying Out the Room

Before going any further, the first thing you need to do is totally empty out the room. In this way, you can get a realistic idea on how much space you really have to work with so that you can begin creating a livable space that won’t overload the senses.

Also, at this point you will probably want to hire a professional carpet cleaning service. You will almost always notice that once everything is removed from the room, there will be darker spots on the carpet from repeated ‘traffic’ whilst areas where furniture sat will be as clean as the day that carpet was installed.

Just remember that any painting that needs doing should be completed before you clean the carpets!

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Creative Use of Mirrors

This is a trick often employed by interior decorators seeking to make small spaces appear much larger. While you may wish to hang a large mirror on a wall in the centre of the room, you should also be mindful that the placement has much to do with the optical illusion mirrors create.

The most effective placement would be across from a window or sliding glass door. By reflecting what lies just outside the window, you will be creating the ultimate illusion of yet another window!

Don’t forget that natural light also helps keep the power bill to a minimum whilst adding that illusion of a much larger space.

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Keep the Focus as High as Possible

One of the things you will notice about small spaces is that it is easy to see just how small a room is when looking around the floor. A cramped area is readily apparent and so if you have no alternative than bringing back that oversized furniture, draw the eyes upward to wall hangings and decorations placed above eye level. This will help to keep the eyes from seeing what a small room you are really in.

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Light to Neutral Colours Are a Must

Remember that paint job mentioned above? When seeking to give the illusion of being larger, it is important to steer clear of dark colours. Always use light to neutral colours that tend to brighten things up. Nothing is quite as dark and dreary as a small room painted or papered in dark colours. You have heard it said that overweight people look slimmer in black. The same principle holds true for interior design. The lighter the colours, the larger a space appears to be.

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Choose Smaller Furniture If Your Budget Allows for It

Perhaps the furniture you are using in your living room came with you when you relocated to this home. It may have been suitable for a larger living room but not at all well-suited for a much smaller space. If at all possible, consider buying smaller furniture designed specifically for small spaces.

The smaller the furniture, the larger your room will appear to be. Maybe a recliner or two would work just as well if you don’t have a large family or entertain large groups often. Be creative in your choice of furniture so that you don’t crowd the room once again.

Less is More in Small Spaces

In the end, you will learn that less is really more in terms of working with small spaces. Some people have done away with sofas altogether while others opt to use a loveseat sofa in lieu of a long and bulky couch.

Just remember that the key to making any space appear larger is to keep everything to a minimum. This includes decorations of any kind. You started with mirrors, colour and size of furniture, now it’s time to rid the room of everything that keeps it cluttered. The best way to make the most of smaller spaces would be to ensure that you don’t overstuff the room with nonessential items and furnishings.


Author Bio

author alex morrisonAlex Morrison has been an SEO Expert in Melbourne for over 10 years. In this time he has worked with a range of businesses, giving him an in-depth understanding of many different industries including printing, graphic and web design. As the owner of Integral Media, he is now utilising his knowledge and experience with his rapidly increasing client portfolio to help them achieve their business goals.