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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.

Black is back and here to stay

Stunning and unique, matte black tapware is trending around the world and is setting the standard in modern, contemporary kitchen and bathroom design. Crafted with an electroplated finish to ensure durability and consistency, a matte black tap is guaranteed to spark interest and provide practicality in your new bathroom. 

With its luxurious and sleek design, matte black tapware is captivating from the first look and is much more practical when it comes to grubby fingers and keeping clean.

In a simplistic and modern bathroom, the addition of a matte black tap and mixer can really make a statement – combining a bold contrast to such a classic design. Sophisticated, contemporary and timeless, black tapware blends in but also stands out, adding a slight industrial look if chosen to be embraced.

At a luxury bathroom range is now stocking some of their VALE Brighton products in matte black option. These include;

A Wall mounted shower mixerVale-black-brighton-Mixer with/without diverter 

Including the highest quality components and ceramic cartridge, the Vale Brighton wall mounted shower mixer is of elegant design with perfect temperature and flow control. The benefit of an integrated spout wall mixer is its simple minimalist look, making for a seamless transition between your shower head and spout while maintaining perfect water flow.

Matte-Black-Birghton-TapwareSingle lever basin mixer

The matte black VALE single lever basin mixer is a simple timepiece that will add awe and interest to any bathroom. Providing exceptionally smooth and cushioned transition from cold to hot and from low to high pressure, the VALE Brighton single lever basin mixer is a must have fresh new look.

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Simple and minimalist, this VALE wall mounted single lever and spout will keep your vanity and basins clear and easy to keep clean. Made from the highest quality components, the internal KCG ceramic cartridge is world-leading quality providing you with perfect water pressure and temperature control, and is designed to last.

If you want to make a classy statement or you are just doing a small renovation that needs a wow factor, matte black is the perfect finish for you.

Jump online to check out the new VALE Brighton range, also available in chrome


Simple details that will upgrade your bathroom

Does your bathroom need some love, but you don't have the budget to do a complete over-haul? The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the home, and it's indeed worth functional and beautiful aesthetic design. We'll show you that by adding smart design features, and taking on easy DIY tasks, you can upgrade yours without breaking the budget.

Update your bathroom fixtures 

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By creating a theme with your bathroom features, you'll result in a cohesive, well-thought out look for your space. Choosing statement pieces, like matte black fittings, will embolden your space and give it a modern feel. Be creative with your fixtures, and play with colour, shapes and metals.

Heat things up 

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A heated towel-rail isn't just suitable for a winter! Installing a heated towel rail isn't only practical, but adds a touch of luxury to the space. As shown above, they can also clearly be a stunning and bold feature item.

Accessorise the bathtub 

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Functional and attractive in design, a bathtub caddy will add a real homely feel to your space. This gorgeous wooden plank design adds a shabby-chic edge to the room. Safely enjoy a glass of wine, a book, or electronic device as you soak in a nice warm tub!

Mirror, Mirror on the wall 

Bathroom Vanities and Shaving Cabinets

Every bathroom needs a great mirror. If you're looking to make a big impact in your space, go for a large, statement mirror to open up your space.

Remember when purchasing your mirror that there's several types that can alter the reflection - so decide whether you want an honest reflection or a magnifying reflection.

Under-tile heating

Under Tile Heating

Under-tile heating is a complete comfort solution to your bathroom, again adding a luxurious touch to your bathroom. Some may get scared off by this project, as it sounds too complex, however many DIY options are easy to install and enjoy once completed.

Get modern with functional products 

Stainless Steel Shower GratesA tile grate is a bathroom-must to manage water waste. A sleek, recessed and modern shower grate is a high quality styling option for a modern bathroom.

Feeling inspired? Don't forget to share your DIY bathroom upgrade tips in the comment section below!

The Block's Caro and Kingi share their tips for saving online

Hailed as the ‘King and Queen of budgeting’ by Scott Cam on Channel 9’s The Block, Townsville couple and master renovators Caro and Kingi know how to stick to a budget.

The couple now finds themselves in the midst of their own dream renovation, but this time their budget was all on them!

The couple regularly turned to Renovator Store for their fitting needs, an experience that proved both easy and successful for them, in addition to saving them thousands of dollars.

There are a few things to be wary of when buying from online stores, as the couple points out below:



Make sure you follow these guides before buying renovation goods online:

Are the prices displayed?

“Are the prices displayed?” asks Kingi.
“If they’re not proud of their price, it’s likely they’re a waste of your time.”

In stock

“Make sure the business actually stocks the product. Many websites are not product companies; they’re just selling products from other companies which means they probably don’t stand behind the products that they sell.

“Check they have it in stock, and it it’s in Australia ready to ship,” says Caro.


“All the info that you need to buy should be on the screen. And you should be able to call the company to discuss the products. If not, then just move on,” says Kingi.


“Look for free or reasonable shipping costs. Some websites actually try and profit from shipping, while others offer it for free,” says Caro.

Easy returns

“Look for generous return policies. If you want to be able to touch and feel the product and return it for any reason, you should be able to,” says Kingi.


“Unfortunately, there’s a lot of bargain basement types of sellers with low quality or non-compliant products. If it looks too cheap, then it probably is a waste of your time,” says Caro.


“Look for online stores that use a third-party review platform so that you can read what others think,” says Kingi.




Outdoor kitchen - Why you need to consider one for your home!

Always loved the idea of an outdoor kitchen area? Wanting to add value to your house? Looking for a fun new renovation project the whole family will enjoy? Love entertaining? Everyone enjoys eating outside as a family, but why stop there? Let us tempt you with the top reasons as to why you should consider building an outdoor kitchen to lift the overall value of your home!


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With an outdoor kitchen, you're going to become a master entertainer 

Everyone loves dining al-fresco, especially in the summer time. Why let the fun stop there? By building an outdoor kitchen, you're creating a fantastic entertaining opportunities right in your own backyard. Be able to interact with your guests outside whilst you cook for them, whether it be for large parties, intimate dinners or get-togethers on a balmy summers night.

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Keep mess confined to outside 

Just set up a bin outside, and you're good to go. All the mess you accumulate while you cook is kept outside. You can view plenty of bin solutions here.

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.... and odours!

Lots of people enjoy eating fish and other foods that are likely to give off a lingering odour. By building an outdoor kitchen, you can confine the cooking and eating of these delicious foods to outdoors.

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You'll save on your air-conditioning bill 


Cooking indoors during the summertime can be a nightmare. By having an outdoor kitchen, you're able to cut costs on your air-conditioner working overtime to keep you, and your whole house cool.


It's really low-maintenance to manage an outdoor kitchen

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When building an outdoor kitchen, choose entirely stainless steel products. Stainless steel has a natural protection and high tolerance for the Australian outdoors. Not only does stainless steel have a timeless aesthetic appeal, but it's incredibly easy to clean AND maintain. By choosing stainless steel products, you're not going to have to worry about replacing taps and sinks that have started to crumble after a few months in the Australian sun.









It will expand your living space 

There's no need to add walls here, you can simply build upon your existing patio or outdoor space. By having an outdoor kitchen and seating area, you're adding another living space, also increasing the overall value of your home.


You'll save on eating out costs 

If you've gone to the effort to create a gorgeous outdoor dining space, why would you want to venture out when you've got your own outdoor oasis at home?!

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Do you have an outdoor kitchen you're really proud of? Share your photos with us!

What to Consider When Renovating Your Bathroom

The bathroom may be small, but it can prove to be an incredibly complex and expensive room to renovate. In order to achieve success various tradesmen may be needed to coordinate efficiently and effectively to get the job done, and mistakes made can prove costly. Despite this a freshly renovated bathroom is one of the smartest ways to win over prospective buyers or renters of your home. As one of the most utilised spaces in your home if you add some appeal and improve functionality you're set to gain in a big way.

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Initial considerations

Determine the original dimensions of the room and the positions of any doors windows and skylights. Then determine what your new dimension will be and if you wish to change the positions of any of the doors, windows or skylights. Remember if you are making any serious changes to allow for extra time, cost and tradesmen.

Next decide if the bathroom is going to be part of a larger room or area (e.g. connecting to the master bedroom) or a self-contained space. If the bathroom is part of a larger space you're going to need to ensure there is continuity in style and design within the entire space.

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After this assess the materials used in the existing bathroom and whether or not you wish to change them. If you opt for your main material to be concrete you're going to have to investigate in additional services such as concrete cutting.

Finally  it's time to assess how much space you have to work within the walls, ceilings and under-floor areas. Depending on what you have this may affect the type, configuration and positioning of pipes, wires and fittings.


Cost Considerations 

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Bathroom renovations can often become deceptively expensive. According to, basic bathroom renovations cost an average of $5,800. This price typically includes the removal of the existing bathroom, tiling, waterproofing and the installation of fittings and fixtures, including electrical work.

You should always make sure you're prepared for any unexpected costs that may arise during your renovation. To do this it's a good idea to factor in an extra 10% on top of the initial quote you're given.


Consider Hunting Online for Some High Quality Products at Decent Prices

If you're wanting to fully deck out the bathroom with all the bells and whistles (e.g. under tile heating, rain shower heads and heated towel rails) things are going to start looking very expensive. While bathroom renovators can provide you with a provisional sum in their bathroomware quote, I think you'll find you'll be better off sourcing your own products.

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Online stores such as the are the perfect place to start looking for some high quality products at affordable prices. With a wide variety of styles and finishes available you're bound to find products perfect for you.


Consider Getting Some Expert Advice

If you're not quite sure what you're doing don't be afraid to contact a professional to give you a helping hand. Examples of people you might wish to talk with include:

  • Architect, builder or interior designer

  • Integrated bathroom renovation service, project manager, builder

  • Plumber, spa/sauna expert, waterproofing contractor

  • Electrician

  • Carpenter

  • Cabinetmaker

  • Tiler/renderer/flooring specialist

  • Painter

Check that all the bathroom renovation professionals you engage are industry qualified, licensed and insured. Be clear on what you’re expecting each tradesperson to do before finalising contracts, handing over cash or beginning work.


Consider the Common Pitfalls for Renovators

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  • Organising tradespeople in incorrect order. This can result in skipped stages, revisits, extra work and costs.

  • Planning redesigns without considering crucial basics such as cavity space, concrete walls/floors/ceilings, existing plumbing and circuitry etc.

  • Buying fittings or fixtures without consulting the relevant trade professionals, resulting in unsuitable choices.


Choosing to renovate your bathroom is definitely tricky, but if done correctly, definitely not something you'll regret. Not only will you experience a heightened lifestyle whilst you occupy your home, but when it becomes time to sell up and move its a huge turn on for buyers. So remember to take your time and carefully consider everything when choosing to renovate your bathroom.

How to Survive Your Home Renovation with Your Sense of Humour Intact

If the Great Aussie Dream is to own your home, then the Great Aussie Project must be to carry out your own renovation! Whether it's something small such as a humble bedroom paint job, or a bigger task such as addition of a few extra rooms; embarking on renovation will always be a nerve-wracking yet rewarding experience. So whether you decide to DIY, or get a team of experts to do it for your a renovation is a great way to improve the value, increase living space and update the design of your home.  However, getting through the renovation stage can be tricky, although through planning ahead and taking precautions you to can survive your home renovation with your sense of humour intact...

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Have a Plan

Perhaps the best way to minimise the disruption that can come with renovations is to plan well in advance of the renovation tasks. Understand when you’ll be without services (such as water) during the work and when you’ll need to make other accommodation arrangements. Even smaller jobs will cause some disorder in the household so it is an excellent idea to plan the project in stages to keep ahead. At the simplest level, this may mean organising for the kids to sleep in the spare room for a day or three while you redecorate their bedroom. At a larger scale it may be organising to move out for a few days to allow space for renovators to complete the job.


Minimise the Amount of Household Items Lying around 

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Simply pack away what you aren’t going to use. For example wrap bedding, sheets, and clothes in plastic bags to prevent them from being covered in dust, and then place them in protected storage. This could either be on site, at a friend’s house or you could pay for temporary storage. In doing this you can protect your valuables both from theft and damage, and speed up the renovation process.


Stay Away as Much as Possible

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As the walls come down and the carpets are removed, you can bet that the dust will begin to fly! Therefore it makes sense that you and your family should try and keep away from the area being renovated as much as possible! is particularly true if you have young children who may easily stumble into dangerous situations or breathe in toxic dust around the incomplete renovations. 


Don't Settle for Second Best


Whilst shopping for renovation materials now is not the time to settle for second best! If you try and cut costs with second rate materials most of the time you're just going to end up with a subpar finish. If you're choosing to hire professionals you should also take the time to investigate into the quality of the materials they use. If you want high quality products and affordable prices shop try shopping at renovation specialists such as the Renovator Store! For example check out these engineered european oak boards...

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Keep Your Sense of Humour!

Home Renovation Tips. 5 Secrets For Painting Like A Pro

Above all else, keep a smile on your face! Living in your home whilst renovations are taking place around you may be one of the most stressful experiences for a homeowner. You have to put up with dirt, dust and disruption — sometimes for months on end until the project is completed. However remember that the disruption won’t be forever and the sooner you can see the funny side, the better the experience will be. Overall renovating your home can be an extremely rewarding experience, and seeing the finished product will improve your homes value and appearance by leaps and bounds.

Author Bio: This article was written by Clive Smith the Interstate Removals General Manager for Budget Self Pack Containers, Australia’s expert long-distance container removals service.

Home Building Contracts 101

In order to protect your investments and ensure your home renovation goes smoothly you're going to need a well drawn up contract. In order to save you some time and effort here is a lesson in home building contracts from what to include when writing one up, back down to what to check before signing...


Information from this article has been sourced from 'NSW Government Home Building Contracts' Page


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Contract essentials

By you must provide a written contract if:

  • If the contract price is over $5000

  • If the price of the contract is unknown, but the cost of provision of labour and materials by contractor should be over $5000


Small Jobs Contracts

A 'small jobs' contract is required for any jobs costing between $5,000 to $20,000. It must include:

  • Name of both parties

  • Contractors license number

  • A brief description of the work

  • Contract price if known

  • A quality of construction clause that states the work done will comply with

    1. The Building Code of Australia

    2. All other relevant codes, standards and specifications

    3. The conditions of any relevant development consent or complying development certificate

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Contracts for Large Jobs

When a building job costs over $20,000 a more extensive written contract must be drawn up. It must include:

  • Signatures of both parties and dates signed

  • Names of both parties

  • Contractors license number

  • A detailed description of the work to be carried out with attached plans and specifications

  • Relevant warranties

  • The contract price (displayed on first page)

  • A clause stating that any agreement to vary the contract or plans

    1. Are taken to form part of the contract

    2. Must be in writing and signed by both parties

  • A progress payment schedule for

    1. Fixed payments made following completion of specific stages of work

    2. Payments made as work is performed and costs are incurred at intervals fixed by contract

  • A termination clause

  • A check list of 14 items prescribed in Home building regulation 2014

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  • Caution about signing contract if home owner cannot complete aforementioned checklist

  • Note about home owner's entitlement to copy of contract within 5 days of signing

  • Note about contractor's obligation to give an insurance certificate under the Home Building Compensation Fund

  • Statement setting out five business day cooling-off period within which home owner may cancel contract

  • Statement provided by home owner claiming they have

    1. Read and understood Consumer building guide

    2. Completed aforementioned checklist

  • Quality of construction clause (see above for details)

  • Clause that states contract may limit liability of contractor for failure to comply with contract if failure relates to design or specification

    1. Prepared on behalf of home owner

    2. Required by home owner if the contractor has advised the home owner in writing that they go against the 'work compliance clause'.


What to Check before Signing

  • Ensure payments listed on the contract are for work actually done, not time spent

  • Ensure costs proposed for each stage of work are realistic

  • Be clear on the duration of warranties

  • Discuss anything you're unclear on with the builder

  • If you're unhappy request changes to the contract

  • Get legal advice before you make a change to a standard contract

  • Don't sign any contract if it doesn't meet all the previously discussed criteria

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Making Variations to the Contract

A variation is a change or adjustment to what has already been agreed in the contract. Either you as a home owner might decide you want something different, or the builder may need to change due to council requirements or unforeseen circumstances. If the reason for variation is the builders fault you DO NOT need to pay extra.

Variations must be made in writing and signed by both parties. In almost all cases variations will impact the contract price. Therefore documents authorising variations must also contain a statement explaining cost implications of variation.


Ending the Contract

The contract should contain provisions about ending the contract, and these must be followed. It is important to remember that ending a contract should only be undertaken as a last resort. Before deciding to terminate the contract there should be:

  • Careful consideration

  • Reasonable negotiation between parties

  • Legal advice obtained

Pulling Together the Essential Renovation Kit

Renovations can be tough, but they have the power to add value, appeal and functionality to our homes. A renovation is not something you can simply jump into. In order to avoid a disaster, you need to take your job seriously and make sure you're well equipped with the proper knowledge and equipment. When it comes to tools it can be tricky to decide what will, and will not actually be useful. To lend you a helping hand here is what you need to include in the essential renovation kit!

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Prep the Toolbox

The toolbox is a good place to start assembling the essential renovation kit. Make sure your toolkit has a large capacity and is also sturdy. You want the toolbox to be able to serve its purpose for a long time. Numerous compartments are useful as they help you in getting your tools organised. Also, it helps if the compartmental tray can be lifted out. Next, its time to make sure your toolbox contains all tools crucial to a successful renovation. It's a good idea to opt for multi-purpose tools that'll help you in many situations, and overall will be cheaper than purchasing many individual items.


What Tools Do I Need?

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  • A claw hammer is a versatile tool that's useful for both driving in nails, and levering them out.

  • An adjustable wrench is a must-have, as it can be made to fit differently-sized nuts and bolts.  

  • Locking pliers are also essential as their jaws can be adjusted for gripping fixtures, pipes and nuts.

  • Combination pliers are perfect for holding, turning and pulling out nails.

  • Invest in a nail set to ensure you don't run out in times of dire need.


Something More Specific?

Beyond the basic items, don't worry about purchasing specifics until you're absolutely sure that you need them. For example, you've got no reason to buy flathead, cross-headed and electrical detection screwdrivers all at once. Instead gradually increase the quantity of equipment over time, by only purchasing when absolutely necessary. This will not only save you money and space but will also ensure that your tools are up to date and in good condition when you need them most.


Stay on the Safe Side

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Don't forget to think about yourself whilst renovating.

  • To prevent the inhalation of harmful and toxic substances whilst sawing and dusting make sure you have a dust mask

  • You definitely need safety goggles to protect your eyes from damage.

  • A pair of gloves should be utilised every time heavier tools and building materials are handled.

  • Finally, invest in a portable workbench you can use to display plans and keep your personal belongings whilst you're working.


Beyond the basics

In between the basics that absolutely everyone needs to include in the toolkits, and the highly specific tools you might use once or twice for a particular task there are numerous tools in which I think you should consider investigating into.

  • A cable, stud and pipe detector is a great acquisition which makes finding object behind walls and other surfaces nice and easy.

  • With a versatile and mobile scissor liftyou will be able to operate in rough terrain, tight worksites, and tackle demanding outdoor jobs.

  • A step stool is always handy, serving as a solid access platform. 


Tools of the trade

Every household deserves a good toolkit, composed of quality items that last a lifetime. Of course, specific tools depend on your plans, capabilities and financial means. Maybe you need a minimalistic toolbox, or the whole pantry full of supplies and utensils. With that in mind, everybody should try there hardest when renovating so you can make the most of your living space. Renovation enables people to live more comfortably, rent or sell the home for a higher price, or add a visual bliss to the space. So feel free to open your mind to fresh ideas, new design concepts and stunning architectural innovations.   

Tricks for the Perfect Home Theatre

Having a home theatre is self-indulgence at its best. It is a perfect excuse to throw a movie night for friends or family, or simply just kickback and watch your favourite film by yourself. It initially might seem like a costly investment, but in actually creating your own home theatre shouldn't break the bank! Technology has come a long way, and although the wide variety of sound and projector systems are somewhat overwhelming, if you hunt hard enough you can definitely bag a good deal. Furthermore picking the right layout and materials to fit your budget and achieve paramount cinematic experience can be tricky, but with my help you'll save cash and achieve your perfect home theatre.

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Step 1: Room Selection

The first thing to do is consider where it'll be, and the layout. Good rooms to choose in the house include anywhere from a living room, basement or kids rumpus room. The main features to include are good sound projection, ability to see the screen from all angles and lack of light.

Good sound projection depends on the shape of the room: a rounded or rectangular room has advantage over a square room. Next a room without windows is ideal as it not only deals with the issue of unwanted light, but will also improve the quality of sound and hence viewing experience. If you can't find a windowless room, mitigate the problem with curtains and shades. You can even opt for DIY soundproofing projects to dodge overspending.


Step 2: Maximise Sound Quality

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In order to get that next-level audio you might want to consider using acoustic wall panels specifically designed for home theatres. They serve to buff the echo, and modulate low and high frequencies. Although, if you're looking for a cheaper alternative a simple dry wall should still prove sufficient.

When it comes to flooring, a wall-to-wall carpet always does the trick. It absorbs the ambient sound, and instills a sense of cosiness. Finally, the overall of the walls and carpets should be dark, as to avoid reflection of light which may interfere with your cinematic experience.


Step 3: Divide and Conquer

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The positioning of your speaker systems within your home theatre is of the utmost importance. A typical home theatre has 5.1 surround sound which is composed of five full-range speakers, and one subwoofer which is responsible for the low-frequency bass sounds. 

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For surround sound you should position:

  • one speaker directly under or above the screen

  • one to the left of the screen

  • one to the right of the screen

  • one to the left of the seating arrangement

  • one to the right of the seating arrangement

  • subwoofer either to the left or right of the screen

Along with all the speakers don't forget that you will also need to invest in the right cables and connectors. Head to to to check out their new range of home theatre equipment!


Step 4: The Royal Treatment

The crown jewel of your home theatre is of course the projector screen. Usually, the bigger the better in this case! But beyond the display size, you also need to consider the viewing angle. The experts from the Universal Home Theatre argue that the best angle is between 30 to 40 degrees. It allows you to take in all that is happening on the screen without putting too much strain on your eyes. As for the optimum distance of the seating areas, it should be around 1.5 to 2.5 times the width of the screen.


Final tips

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Before you kick back and relax it is important to keep you budget in mind. Start with spending on the audio and visual systems, and if need be shortcuts can be taken to save spending on other aspects.

Overall its important to take time whilst designing your room in order to achieve the best possible viewing experience. So get planning because your perfect home theatre is just around the corner.