Renovation and Home Design

Kitchen Costs – Sinks


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.

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Fridge Location


You may be out shopping for a new fridge to go in the new house


You may just want to check your existing fridge fits in the alcove in your new kitchen.

Whichever it is . . . . . Don’t forget to leave room around the fridge!


Both refrigerators and [read more…]



Condensation, a minor inconvenience, or a major problem?

A little condensation on windows is easily dealt with, . . . . . . but heavy condensation in poorly ventilated corners can lead to mould damaging your walls, ceilings, or even your clothes.

Why does Condensation Occur

Condensation in a building occurs when warm air, [read more…]

Fire Risk


Understandably there is a lot of talk about Bush Fires at this time of the year…….. but did you know that in a typical year there are around 13,000 domestic fires in Australia.

There are also around 80 deaths a year which fire brigades describe as preventable!


The top causes according to the [read more…]

Sink or Cook Top on Island

hob-on island

I see a lot of island kitchens in display homes and when visiting friends…… thing that puzzles me is that they all have the sink in the island unit.

In my opinion it’s better to have the cooktop on the island (like the above photo) and the sink under a window, or wall, for [read more…]

Plumbing – Kitchen and Laundry

Make sure you have thought about all the following plumbing fittings:


There are a wide range of sinks the choice is a lot wider than one basin or two so you need to spend some time looking at various options. Similarly there a wide range of mixers.

Boiled /Chilled Water Service used to be [read more…]


There are a wide range of different benchtops around………. so which benchtop should you buy. Here are some thoughts about the options.


Probably the most popular benchtop available in a wide range of colours and patterns and reasonably hardwearing. Just don’t get one with a textured finish. We made that mistake once, [read more…]

Mission Control

Although we have a study in our house most of the organising the household, paying our bills, writing letters and using the laptop happens on the kitchen counter. So do we really need the study?

If I was going to build again I would probably look to organise the kitchen area differently and set up [read more…]