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The Modern Splashback

By Deb Cadzow Elwood Trade Services

The modern splashback has come a long way in recent years. Gone are the days of a row of tiles protecting the paint, today the splashback is a statement piece in the modern kitchen. You can still opt for traditional tiles, glass, stainless steel, stone or pressed metal which are all making an impact in a beautiful way.

Tiled

A Tiled splashback can still make a big impact especially in statement colours and bold patterns. 

One of the most versatile types of wall tile is a ceramic tile. Ceramic tiles are durable and resistance to moisture, making them a great splashback material. Ceramic tiles are also durable, you can use an all purpose cleaner and give them a good scrubbing.

While picking out a beautifully printed tile, you will be wiping these every day so be aware that stains to the grout will happen. Speak with your kitchen designer or building company and ask their recommendation when it comes to grout solutions that will keep your design looking fresh.

 

Glass

Glass remains a popular splashback choice, you may want to consider a printed glass panel. Glass is ideal as it is fully customisable, neutral colours always work and we are seeing more black in our kitchen designs. If you are considering a big statement with your splashback it is incredibly important that all other elements in the kitchen will work in perfect harmony. This design element can be risky so seek some advice from your designer to ensure the balance is perfect.

 

Mirror

Those with small kitchens, this is the perfect option. Mirrored splashbacks compliment most kitchen styles, they enhance the space and refect light. The mirror is versatile and beauitful with a variety of tints to suit all tastes.

 

Pressed Metal

One of my favourites. The rise of the modern industrial kitchen has seen tin and metal splashbacks truly take off. Modern style kitchens benefit from repetative patterns. If you want a real "wow" factor take the pressed metal splashback to the ceiling. Metal splashbacks are low maintenance and practical. Once these are powdercoated, the panels are easy to clean and the powdercoating protects the metal from absorbtion. 

 

Marble and Stone

Especially beautiful are intricate mosaic tiles in marble we are are seeing a lot of, these work so well in a herringbone pattern. Stone splashbacks also set a style that cannot be beaten. Stone is prone to chipping and staining, so a low maintenance option this is not. Caesarstone is a great alternative as it is resistent to scratches and chips and available in a large variety of colours and shades, well worth a look if you like the look of stone without the upkeep.

 

See Through

The window that is perfectly positioned has made a comeback and this option can be breathtaking. Nothing more to say.

 

 

 

Create an amazing bathroom on a budget

By Deb Cadzow Elwood Trade Services

Firstly, you can design a luxurious bathroom on a budget, it will just take some planning and research. Know what you want and map out the bathroom so you know the design before meeting with the builder. Know your budget and discuss ways of reducing costs in the initial onsite meeting stage with the builder. A reputable builder will always provide effective ways of achieving your desired finish to suit your budget. Decide what your bathroom needs to fulfill, your lifestyle and functions you want from your bathroom, create a mood board with decor, colour schemes and designs that appeal.

 

Secondly, find a suitable designer and builder, discuss your budget and requirements, always be open with your budget as this will enable your builder to communicate as to what can and cannot be done. An average bathroom will cost approximately $23,000 depending on your fixtures and fittings. There are ways to reduce these costs, contact us to discuss your requirements 9531 7001.

 

Once you have a budget and chosen your builder have a designer do a render or 3D sketch of the new design. This will help your builder and bring your vision to life. 

Ensure you have the contact persons details who will be managing your site as questions will arise during the building process and communication with your onsite contact will be vital.

 

Go shopping! Source your products, fixtures and fittings. A little bit of savvy shopping could save you thousands. Ensure that all of your fixtures and fittings are onsite in the first week of your renovation, this will avoid any delays and extra costs.

 

 

 

 

Mistakes to avoid when designing your bathroom

By Deb Cadzow Elwood Trade Services

1. Purchase the best quality tapware, fixtures and fittings you can afford. Good quality tapware, baths, toilets and vanities will stand the test of time and save you spending money to replace these in the future.

2. Your bathroom is an extension of the living space, it needs to be functional, inspirational, a space to relax and escape. It should be designed to encourage people to spend time in it. Ensure the bathroom you create has lots of natural light and privacy.

3. Try to integrate the exhaust fan into the ceiling rather than have a surface mounted fan if possible.

4. Don't overlook good heating and ventiliation in your bathroom. Openable windows if possible, and underfloor heating if you can afford.

A brand new kitchen, things to consider

By Deb Cadzow Elwood Trade Services

Some of the kitchen trends at the moment include sleek surfaces such as granite and marble benchtops, and modern, clean lines for cabinetry and panelling. Large islands or breakfast bars/benches for extra working and storage space are also common, usually these are accompanied by seating for additonal dining space.

Bold colours and unique, quirky designs are coming through more regularly and we see our clients breaking the mould of a typical Melbourne kitchen design.

 

How long does the process of installing a kitchen take?

Once all the hard work of design is done, then the building works can commence. We usually inform our clients that this could take anywhere between 4-6 weeks. This timeframe should cover all of the individual trades including our builder, our plumber, electrician, joiner and cabinetry installers and tiler.

 

What is the most popular kitchen layout?

The most common layouts I have seen recently come down to three major designs. The U shape, the L shape and the gallery corridor-style layout. The U Shape is generally most common as it provides the most amount of benchtop space and storage space. The layout is generally accompanied by an island bench in the center of the kitchen. The L Shape is also quite common and this is formed in an "L" configuration with one side longer than the other side. The gallery style kitchen typically has a sink, benchtop and cabinetry on one side and appliances and additional cabinetry on the other side of the kitchen.

 

Can I make a cheaper benchtop look expensive?

Yes. When choosing benchtops there are thousands of options from laminate, to wood to stone. Ask our joiner at Elwood Trade Services for options to suit your budget.

 

What are the key considerations when installing a new kitchen?

Draw up a plan. Storage space is key. Ensure cooktops and powerpoints are away from the water source. Make sure you map out powerpoints and how many you require. Maximise benchtop space by positioning cooktops, sinks and appliances in appropriate positions. To understand the costs involved contact us on 9531 7001 and we will arrange an onsite visit with our Builder to discuss your kitchen requirements. A reasonable budget can range anywhere between $17,000 and $50,000.

 

 

Make your home feel brighter and lighter

At a fundamental level, our sense of well-being originates from the space in which we live and how well illuminated it is.

 

Without adequate space we feel suffocated and cluttered; with space we can spread out and enjoy our possessions (both stored and displayed) and relax with ease.

 

Light is equally significant, necessary not only for practicality and safety but also for sending subliminal signals of security, welcome and warmth.

 

So whether your property is large or small, grand or simple, seeking ways to space and light is a priority.

 

The following decorative approaches are relatively inexpensive and quick.

 

Choosing Colours Wisely

 

Choosing Paint Colours

 

It is easy enough to say pale colours lighten and brighten a room, whilst dark colours make a space feel smaller, that as a general rule is true.

 

The “all white” option will give you the utmost feeling of space.

 

In a small room, using one pale colour can prevent it from becoming too busy.

 

Pearl greys are lightening too, and you can then add pictures for some depth.

 

Choosing Colours Wisely

 

For some, however, all white or all one very pal shade can feel sterile or just plain boring.

 

If you love colour, what do you do? Use darker colours in shelving and recessed areas to create the impression of depth and space.

 

Interestingly, it is not just the shade of colour we use that affects how light or dark it makes a room, it is also the finish.

 

 

 

Because matte paint absorbs so much more light, it can look softer and paler than the equivalent colour of eggshell or gloss.

 

If you are going to use an eggshell paint in the bathroom or kitchen, for example, be careful not to choose too dark a colour.

 

Using mirror, glass, metallic or other reflective surfaces is tried and tested method of bringing light into dark corners and creating the illusion of larger rooms.

 

Using tall, thin mirrors between windows, adding that the same principle works with mirroring the verticals on built in bookcases.

 Fabrics and Window Furnishing

As with paints, pale fabrics always help to make a room feel lighter and brighter, whilst light-weight fabrics allow more light to pass through them than heavier fabrics.

Window treatments can play a huge role in our perception of light and space.

 

At night, it is important that they keep in warmth and keep out prying eyes, and during the day they may still be required for privacy, or perhaps filtering sunlight.

 Furniture and Fittings

If more space is needed, one obvious solution is to streamline as much as possible.

 

Then consider ways in which to improve storage capacitybespoke pieces are often best, as they can be made to fit into the most awkward of corners, and stretched to the ceiling for maximum capacity.

 

As for furniture, simple and slender styles, with a consistency of shape, size, colour and texture, will have the least visual bulk.

 

Pale, transparent or mirrored pieces, or items painted the same colour as the walls, are a good choice whilst anything raised on legs will be the room seem larger as it increases the amount of visible floor area.

 

It is a myth that small rooms should contain small pieces of furniture, select one large, bold piece instead of several smaller ones.

 

Contact Elwood Trade Services 9531 7001 for your Commercial and Residential painting needs, our painters service Bayside

 

Melbourne, ,including Brighton, Elwood, South Yarra, Hampton, St Kilda, Caulfield and Bentleigh

 

The Cost of Renovating a Bathroom Melbourne

 

Deb Cadzow

 

So your bathroom is looking tired and in need of an update? You’re trying to work out costs for a bathroom renovation, below is a guide to make it easy.

 

  • Tiles, don’t forget to include grout and delivery when estimating Toilet New vanity- will you be getting something “off shelf” or a bespoke design from a joiner. A bespoke design will increase the costs by up to 30%.
  • Tap ware for the vanity
  • Tap ware for Bath/Shower
  • Shower Head- rain shower or handheld- or both
  • Bath
  • Shower Screen
  • Lighting
  • Labour inclusive of carpentry and materials, tiling, plumbing and electrical.

 

According to our calculations and industry standards, coupled with a HIA survey the average cost for a bathroom in 2015 is $17,000.

 

The best way to estimate the bathroom costs is to work the prime cost items- listed above, cost these, add labour and this should give you a solid estimate.

 Flooring Experts

By Deb Cadzow

All great rooms start from the floor.

For budget friendliness try linoleum, solid timbers for a cosy feel or go wild with ceramic tiles which are available in an endless array of designs, styles and finishes.

 

If you are after pure glamour, why not go for marble or quartz.

 

Vinyl Floors

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