One of the most expensive rooms in your new house will be the kitchen.
For the purposes of research I spent an hour looking through my local Bunnings.
Just concentrating on stainless steel double drainer sinks I found they stock over 20 different types.
Prices range from $118 right through to $1,553.
That’s 1300% increase.
Want a ceramic sink and you could double the cost again. . . . and that is just one small part of the kitchen.
You have got to select taps, counter tops, cupboards, cook tops, ovens, range hoods.
I’m not saying select the cheapest of everything . . . just remember the more you spend on the kitchen the less you will have to spend on the rest of the house, or you may finish up with an horrendous mortgage.
The bathroom is no longer just another room in your home.
Neither is it a place just to take a shower nor a place to stock your towels.
The modern bathroom is a place of rejuvenation, relaxation and meditation; the ultimate me-only place and a real pampering zone at its best.
Whether you are after an energized shower before going to work, or you want to relax your mind while in a warm Jacuzzi, or you desire a long candle-lit soak in the bath before going to bed, the bathroom is arguably one of the best rooms in your home.
However this is only the case if it is well structured, using some of the best and most exotic brands that can be found on the internet..
If you are living in Australia and are interested in a technologically advanced bathroom that is classically and elegantly designed, then you are bound to look through an assortment of brands.
You want brands that offer you convenience, simplicity, enjoyment and innovation within the confines of your beautifully made bathroom.
Below are some of the best brands that will offer the best in bathrooms.
Caroma is without a doubt the best bathroom brand that can be found in Australia, but also compares well around the world.
The brand’s commitment to top-notch excellence in design and water conservation is unrivaled in the bathroom market.
Structured around the philosophy of high efficiency, beauty, excellence and innovation, Caroma is the undoubted industry leader in terms of high efficiency toilet suites, as well as technologically advanced bathroom basins, bidets, and showers.
As a company, Caroma employs highly educated, advanced, experienced and creative engineers to ensure that your bathroom is structured not only to suit your needs, but also to offer ultimate style that can only be dreamed of by others.
Whether you are in need of a simple and traditional bathroom or an ultra modern bathroom that comes with 21st century technology, Caroma is, without a doubt, your only solution. Their flexibility ensures that their design suits both residential and commercial bathrooms.
As one of the best bathroom tap ware and mixer brands in Australia, Grohe has an extensive portfolio of bathroom products.
From showering solutions to bathroom accessories, Grohe has an extensive selection of the best products for you to choose from.
They are among the best when it comes to creating consistent and stylish bathroom designs that revolve around crisp and chamfered detailing that is ideal for modern bathrooms.
Even though there are a whole lot of bathroom brands available in Australia, Caroma and Grohe and JustLuxe are among the best brands that cannot be ignored. Whether you are after luxury, modern advancement, simplicity or elegance, these are definitely your options for the best brands in bathroom matters.
You should, however consider the most widely available brand first, as there is a better chance of being able to get hold of these products, rather than having to wait for a long time until such time as stock has landed in Australian outlets. Choosing Caroma is a great choice for this reason, as you won’t have to wait long for delivery.
Frequently people think high water pressure to be a good. In fact it can be a big problem. Too much water pressure in a domestic system can:
Result in toilet systems leaking,
Put extra stress on plumbing joints, taps and water heaters,
Increase the risk of washing machine/dishwasher hoses bursting,
Cause water hammer issues.
Installing a PRV can be a simple way of dealing with these problems.
PRVs automatically control the water pressure so effectively reducing a high incoming pressure to a lower, more acceptable pressure. Used in the home it can help to save water and increase the longevity of household appliances.
A valve for a domestic system will cost around $60 plus installation.
Valves are typically set by the manufacturer at a pressure of 500kPa normally suitable for most household. If necessary the pressure can be further reduced.
There are a lot of expensive bathroom fittings on the home shows and showrooms, but are they really practical?
I saw this wash basin the other day. . . . . .But how do you clean under and behind it?
Perhaps all the people who design these fittings employ cleaners so they don’t care about how practical it is!
As well as making cleaning difficult this free standing bath provides a great hiding space for spiders.
How would you feel relaxing in the bath if a big huntsman came walking up the wall!
I wouldn’t have a freestanding bath unless I could have 1m of clear space all round the bath. At current house building costs the extra space needed would be adding an extra $3-$4,000 to your build on top of the cost of the bath.
Here is a wash basin in our current rental property which has two issues:
The dirt trap between the basin and the wall.
Square section taps (The issue is water doesn’t run off the horizontal surfaces so there are always stains on the chrome)
Grey Water includes all the waste water from the house with the exception of toilet waste. (Black Water)
It can includes water from; Washing Machine, Dishwasher, Sink, Wash Basin, and Shower.
A basic grey water reuse scheme sending washing machine water using a two way diverter valve to a perforated hose will cost less than $100. A top-of-the-range system, taking all the grey water, with treatment and pumps can cost $2-4,000.
It’s available all year round whether it rains or not.
A basic system is inexpensive.
You are not supposed to use grey water on root crop plants in your veggie plots because of bacterial contamination.
You shouldn’t store grey water as it is likely to go Septic and smell.
A lot of grey water contains too many nutrients for native plants.
Many common domestic soaps are high in sodium which can cause soil problems with long term use.
Because of its disadvantages I really regard grey water as a last resort rather than a main garden watering system.
If you have a veggie plot, or a lawn, one of the more basic systems will help you in times of drought, so I wouldn’t go for one of the top of the range systems.
If you are intending to use grey water make sure you use an eco friendly laundry liquid such as Earth Choice.
A better alternative is to make sure you get the right size of rainwater tank so follow this link: Rainwater Tank Size
Have you ever wondered what this is in your garden?
Perhaps you have seen ‘ORG’ on a drawing.
Well the answer is it’s called an Overflow Relief Gully. It needs to between the house and the connection to the main sewer.
An ORG is a vital part of protecting your house against Sewage blockages in the main causing an overflow inside your house.
The grate is set 150mm below the level of the lowest waste water fitting in your house. Normally the shower drain or Floor Drain. ( In cases where the 150mm minimum height cannot be achieved, a reflux valve should be installed in addition to the ORG)
In the event of a sewer blockage the sewage can flow out of the ORG. Not very nice!…….. but much better than flowing out across your floor.
To make sure it works when you need it:
DON’T landscape over it!
DON’T put a plant pot …… or anything else, on top of it!