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WINDOWS & DOORS THE WOODWORKERS.................................... 5 MAGICSEAL INSECT SCREENS....................... 6 COLONIAL WAREHOUSE............................... 8 LOCK & HANDLE CENTRE.............................. 9 Window energy ratings.................................12 AXOLOTL garage door..................................12 DYNAVEIL solar powered blinds...................12 Automatic pet door.......................................12 FREEDOM INSECT SCREENS.........................13 DECORATIVE WINDOW FILM........................20 ENERGY CONTROL.......................................22 TINTED WINDOW FILM................................24 AXOLOTL front door.....................................28 UNIDEN DoorGuard intercom......................34 Window-glass types......................................35 AUTOSLIDE...................................................35 ENERGY CONTROL.......................................43

PAINTING & DECORATING Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan..........................16 HAYMES professional paint..........................16 WAGNER FLEXiO 585 sprayer.......................16 PORTER’s vintage wallpapers......................16 FX AUSTRALIA..............................................19 LIVOS decking oil.........................................20 SIKKENS WOODCARE...................................21 PAINTING BUDDY........................................24 PAINTING BUDDY........................................31 FX Australia .................................................32 CABOT’S Aquadeck.......................................33 LET’S CLEAN.................................................37 FLOOD CO: HAMMERITE..............................43 FLAT OUT DESIGNS......................................43 FLOOD CO: TILE & LAMINATE PAINT..........45 FLOOD CO: TIMBER SOLUTIONS.................47 RUST-OLEUM spray paint.............................51 Deck maintenance myths..............................61

OUTDOORS AMBER TILES pool mosaics........................... 6 Aluminium outdoor furniture........................ 9 THE LETTERBOX MAN..................................15 PUMPS-A-LOT..............................................30 Wicker outdoor furniture..............................32 Teak outdoor furniture.................................39 PETE EVANS outdoors sinks.........................40 ZODIAC Twist & Dose system........................54 HEATMASTER garden oven..........................54 ELECTROLUX En:V BBQ................................54 SMEG rangehoods for BBQs.........................54 ADBRI MASONRY retaining wall..................51 Decking design guide...................................61




THIS ISSUE FEATURES: WINDOWS & DOORS | PAINTING & DECORATING | OUTDOORS Timber for bush fire zones............................61 MagnumStone wall system...........................66 BATHROOM

KALDEWEI corner baths................................17 PACO JAANSON Isis tapware........................17 KOHLER Stillness accessories........................17 KOHLER Oblo tapware..................................17 SHOWER PLUG.............................................21 HITEC SHOWER SEALANT ...........................23 ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNER PRODCUTS.....25 QUOSS AROMA SHOWER.............................27 PANELSCAPE................................................28 ENDUROSHIELD...........................................30 Shower-over-bath options............................31 Attic bathrooms............................................36 CAESARSTONE wall panels...........................36 HANSGROHE shower thermostats................36 Mira digital shower.......................................36 GAIA waterfall shower..................................38 KLUDI German tapware...............................38 SANDEN heat pump HWS.............................38 Teuco Outline Bath.......................................38 Tece Lux automatic toilet..............................38 PANELSCAPE CEILING PANELS....................46 Happy D.2 bathroom series..........................50 KOHLER luxurious bathrooms......................50 COLONIAL LIVING........................................53 MARMOX.......................................................55 FROZEN COLLECTION bathware..................57 KALDEWEI 2-person bath.............................57 HEATING & COOLING

BOSCH washer & dryer.................................18 NESPRESSO Pixie collection.........................37 BEKO dishwasher..........................................41 NEFF cooktop & warming drawer................41 NEFF rangehood...........................................41 ILVE G5 induction cooktop............................41 NEFF steam ovens........................................42 BREVILLE pizza & waffle makers.................42 Coloured appliances.....................................42 SMEG Victoria 90 oven.................................44 SCHOLTES 2 ovens in 1.................................44 KARCHER steam cleaner...............................48 BEKO large fridges.......................................51 ILVE wine cellars...........................................51 BEKO freestanding cooker............................51 BREVILLE tea & coffee makers.....................57 MALCOLM ST JAMES: LACANCHE................58 SCHWEIGEN HOME APPLIANCES.................67 ROBINHOOD COOKING APPLIANCES..........68 KITCHEN & LAUNDRY

ARTO BATHROOMWARE................................ 2 SINK TAP CLICK-ONS...................................26 ESSASTONE 12mm benchtops......................32 SWISH-A-SINK.............................................34 CAESARSTONE design e-book......................37 CAESARSTONE benchtops.............................40 CAESARSTONE Visualiser app......................40 EXTEND-A-RAIL............................................50 SINKS, TAPS & PLUMBING

QUOSS TRANSFORMERS..............................27 MALCOLM ST JAMES: TAPWARE & SINKS...59

IXL thermal transfer system........................... 6 ECOSMART 1200SS flue less fire..................31 ACTRONAIR Aurora model...........................31 KAMBOOK tower fan....................................35 ECOSMART 650SS ventless fireplaces...........46

Quickshack modular building .....................20 LYSAGHT® carport kits...............................62


CEILINK......................................................... 4 CLASSIC ATTICS............................................66

COLONIAL WALL LININGS...........................11 VJ PLUS........................................................15 LAMINEX Nuance HPL..................................40 PORTER’s timber panelling..........................61 APPLIANCES

ILVE professional ovens................................. 7 SMEG concealed rangehood.......................... 7 BEKO 60cm cookers......................................11 SMEG 90-litre oven.......................................14 HAIER compact fridges.................................14 SCHOLTES Planar gas hob...........................14 SMEG 6-star dishwashers.............................14 FISHER & PAYKEL washers & dryer..............18 ELECTROLUX Inspiration laundry range......18 SMEG washing machines..............................18




AUSTRALIAN TIMBERS & FLOORING............ 7 QUICK-STEP flooring suggestions................24 CARPET COURT hard flooring......................28 SERFLOOR AUSTRALIA................................29 ELECTROLUX Precision vac...........................37 BORAL blonde timbers.................................60 DYSON cordless vac......................................60 READYCORK cork floors................................60 SAFETY

Puma Metro safety-shoe...............................26 Asbestos removal..........................................49 LIGHTING & ELECTRICAL

MEMORY LANE decorative switches..............26 ELECTRONICS

TV soundbars................................................33 BUSH AUSTRALIA smart DVR......................35 DAMP TREATMENT

Installing a damp proof course...................... 7 TOOLS & EQUIPMENT

BOSCH multi-tool.........................................22 KARCHER pressure cleaner...........................22 BND AUSTRALIA..........................................33 EXCALIBUR TOOLS.......................................39 THRIFTYLINK HARDWARE............................42 WORX orbital sander....................................48 BOSCH hammer drill....................................48 FEIN 18v drill-driver.....................................48 TROJAN SwiftBlade™ Hacksaw...................48 MALCO TurboShear attachment....................48 KARCHER G2.500 pressure cleaner..............49 BOSCH Xtreme hammer drill........................49 FEIN SuperCut Multitool...............................49 BUILDING MATERIALS

Old tile matching service............................... 6 SIKA Paving Fix............................................. 9 Encaustic tiles................................................11 BORAL segmented pavers............................21 DELSA timber look tiles................................21 MEGATREAT LIQUID STONE.........................23 MitreWiz tile cutter.......................................26 KENNARD HIRE DIY paving.........................30 TECH-DRY Protectaseal-S2...........................41 AMBER Timberstone collection.....................57

ZELLETEX PVC PANELS................................10 Cemintel™ Urban Grey...............................22 AUSTRAL MASONRY sandstone blocks.........26 FORMICA commercial range.........................44 PGH BRICKS Urban Metal bricks..................52 ROBERT SELKIRK bricks...............................52 BORAL BRICKS grey tones............................52 AUSTRAL MASONRY blocks..........................52 SikaBond Spray Fix......................................52 GYPROCK Plasterboard................................63 Hebel building products...............................63 AUSTRAL MASONRY GB Stone blocks..........66



PANASONIC video intercom..........................34 UNIDEN Car Crash Cams..............................34

TRADE SUBSCRIPTIONS...............................56 RENOVATING BUSINESS DIRECTORY...........64



From back verandah to


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Convert your verandah roof into a great looking insulated outdoor living area that combats the extreme summer heat with Ceilink At last an easy to install, ready to use insulated ceiling that will help you survive the extreme heat and humidity of the Australian summer; with the added bonus that it will also keep the chill away in winter. The Ceilink insulated polystyrene centre reduces radiant heat transfer by more than 90% and achieves an R2.75 thermal performance, making it ideal for outdoor living areas such as verandahs, pergolas, sunrooms and sheds. When used in enclosed areas, the insulation properties help negate the need for air conditioning in summer and heating in winter, appealing to home owners concerned by increasing energy costs, with a bonus attraction of a dramatic reduction in mould and condensation. The Ceilink 900mm wide panels are lightweight, manageable and prefinished with a white steel ceiling face. Compared to traditional retrofit ceiling installations, lead time is dramatically reduced, installation is a breeze and there is no need for painting or any of the mess — making it an ideal DIY ceiling solution. 4 • RENOVATING • MARCH QTR 2014

As Australians continue to embrace the use of outdoor entertaining areas, Ceilink is an almost instant outdoor living insulation solution and with some of the comments from its customers, it’s on its way to becoming an Australian requirement. “With the entire family around for Christmas Day, sitting under our pergola was unbearable due to the extreme heat that radiated through our steel roof; it was like sitting in a sauna. The Ceilink panels have provided us with both the alfresco look and the comfort level we craved. We no longer feel like we are sitting in a microwave whilst entertaining guests. We are truly amazed at how good it works. It was completed in less than a day as due to the pre-finished surface there was no messy painting required.”

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Matching old tiles Have you got a problem matching ‘Aladdin’s Cave’. your ceramic tiles? Has the plumber The success rate is made a hole in your wall or floor to around 80%. affect repairs and you don’t have the As well as wall and floor ceramic right replacement tile? Don’t despair tiles, they have mosaics, quarry and help is at hand! terracotta tiles, and some ‘hot’ colours. Old tesselated tiles; all colours Take or post a sample of your tile to and sizes; circa 1895-1935. Santa Maria Tiles at 196 Avoca Street, Randwick, Sydney. As specialists in If they cannot match your tile, Joe old and discontinued tiles, they have will make suggestions as to where thousands of different wall and floor you may find your tile or perhaps a tiles dating from the early 1900s. current tile may be found to suit your repair. If you don’t live close-by, post a sample tile or photo and give as much Apart from the old tiles, they also information as possible as to size, stock current tiles and have a large colour, pattern and quantity required range of samples in their showroom and they will do a search in their at very competitive prices. For enquiries contact: Santa Maria Tiles Pty Ltd 196 Avoca Street, Randwick, NSW, 2031. Ph:(02)9399 6368 • Fax:(02)9399 5019 •

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Pool mosaics Amber’s Resort collection allows renovators to create their dream water oasis while being environment-conscious. Using recycled glass, the 25x25mm glass mosaics are available in nine bright colours - ideal for Australian pools. The advanced technologies used in the production of these mosaics focus on minimising the overall environment-impact. 100% post-consumer recycled glass is the main material used in the production process reducing the consumption of energy generated by 25%.

Ducted thermal transfer system The Samford IXL Easy Duct Thermal Transfer System [$220] is designed to transfer either hot or cold air from one room to another up to 50m3 in size. It allows the heat from a gas heater, large space heater or reverse cycle air conditioner to be enjoyed in another part of the home at minimal extra cost. It’s a cost-effective and energy-efficient solution for an additional room or space; an alternative to buying a second heater or air conditioning unit. Running costs are estimated to be approximately 0.5c per hour. That’s because the 40W, 55 litres/ second fan uses less energy than an average light bulb, and much less than an electric heating or cooling device. Intelligently engineered with self-sealing back draught flaps, warm or cool air is prevented from escaping into the ceiling cavity. The unit comes with 6m of insulated ducting which prevents any heat loss or gain during the air transfer process. The effective source of warm or cool air is the 170mm inline exhaust fan with an air extraction capability of 198m3/hour. As a one-way transfer unit it is designed for horizontal applications in either multi-storey or standard roof situations, and is suitable for use in low ceiling cavities. A wall mounted heating and cooling thermostat is also included for installation of the unit, which needs to be undertaken by a qualified electrician. If a heater and air conditioning unit is located on separate sides of a room, a separate Easy Duct Thermal Transfer System would be required for each. Available from hardware stores, electrical retailers and wholesalers. 6 • RENOVATING • MARCH QTR 2014

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Hidden rangehood

ILVE’s top of the range professional oven series, Quadra, has a variety of functions designed to save on energy such as: high-output burners; an 8-minute pre-heat function; and a warming drawer that does not have extra heating elements built-in but instead utilises heat generated from the oven to keep food or plates warm. Moreover, they have fan-forced ovens and high-density reflective insulation that distributes the heat evenly within the oven, leading to an even temperature and a reduction in overall energy consumption. The Quadra Professional Oven series is available in stainless steel, gloss black or bright white finishes.

Italian brand Smeg has introduced a high powered rangehood specifically designed for those of us who love to stir-fry, sear, boil pasta or cook on a griddle or teppanyaki plate. The SHC965X [$2390] is a high powered, concealed undermount rangehood that will remove large quantities of smoke, fumes and grease-laden air from the kitchen making the space more comfortable to work in. It is designed to be installed within a wall-mounted cabinet so it is completely concealed from view. Yet it will quietly and efficiently remove up to 1600m3/hour at a minimal noise level – between 55 and 75dBA depending on the speed. It offers two 250W centrifugal motors with three speeds, three metal baffle filters (that can be washed in the dishwasher) and optional charcoal filters. It is 965mm wide and can either be ducted to the atmosphere [recommended by the manufacturer] or recirculated. For shadow-free cooking there are three 50W halogen globes.




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Finishing-off landscaping Paving a driveway, garden path or courtyard can be tackled in an afternoon with Sika’s ready to use landscaping products. For a professional and lasting finish, Sika® Pave Fix Plus [from $70] is a selfsetting jointing compound for pointing gaps of 5mm or more between pavers. Easily brushed into place with a broom, the product will not wash or blow out and is also shower resistant during curing. Ideal for reviving tired patios or finishing off a freshly laid surface, Sika Pave Fix Plus can cover an area of around 12.5 square metres per pack and has a sand-like consistency that easily nestles into joints. Requiring no activation (added moisture) to cure, the finished paving can be used immediately after brushing the product into joints. Minimising down time, patio furniture, plants and the barbecue can be quickly placed back into position. Available in grey or buff to blend with contemporary pavers, it prevents weed growth and insect attack to keep the outside of the home looking polished for entertaining. For narrower gaps, Sika® Block Paving Fix [from $65] can be applied to narrow joints of 2-4mm. This moisture curing compound sets hard, with the paved surface ready to be used immediately once the product has been activated with a light mist of water. Sika landscaping products are available from Bunnings in the Building Supplies Department, plus from other hardware stores.

Alfresco aluminium As the lines between indoor and outdoor living continue to blur, The Outdoor Furniture Specialists have recently sourced a range of new aluminium pieces that work in any area of the home. Outdoor lounge suites and luxurious deep seat settings are set to continue to be a dominant feature in outdoor rooms around the country. Aluminium outdoor furniture is ideal for those seeking a contemporary setting for their alfresco area, but desire a low maintenance option. The Orlando Table and the Orlando Sling Chair, with its light colours, can bring a fresh look to any outdoor area. Meanwhile, made from lightweight aluminium, the 5-piece Adler Setting is a streamlined and modern lounge. Alternatively, the Arcadia Table and Arcadia Bench give the traditional table and bench a modern twist with its black colour and contrasting light timber slats. The Outdoor Furniture Specialists are located nationwide.




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Encaustic tiles Originally crafted by monastic potters of the Cistercian Order around the 12th century, they were then known as inlaid tiles. Popular from the 13th through to the 16th centuries, interest was later renewed in the Gothic Revival of the 19th century. But since the Victorian era, the rise of the term encaustic tile has overshadowed the previous term of inlaid tiles. Traditionally these tiles were made for use in cathedrals and churches, and today these same stone tiles lay, after centuries of use, still presenting their definitive designs with grandeur. Today the tradition lives on in both technique and craftsmanship. Where traditionally a design is applied to a tile almost as a secondary process, the encaustic tile undergoes a very different journey in its creation. In the first stage the intricate design is established by the exacting hands of a craftsman pouring a mineral pigment into a metal mould before the cement base of the tile is added. After that, each tile is pressed under a 10-tonne weight to permanently bond the mineral pigment to the cement biscuit. Allowing for the colour to then be absorbed 2-3mm into the base tile, the impregnated design is then left to cure for two days. This results in a naturally matte, colourfast finish. Borders, feature tiles and solid colours can be arranged in many different patterns, and formulations can be made to create a decorative and lasting impression both indoors and out. Historically proven as most durable, these tiles can be easily cleaned with a simple soap solution. They can be left in their raw matte finish, or treated and sealed with a stoneor slate-sealer prior to laying to provide a gloss effect. Schots Home Emporium (Melbourne) has recently added such a range of encaustic tiles to their large collection of tiles. Solids start at $3.95/tile, with features from $2.80/tile.

60cm built-in ovens The Beko InnovaChef 60cm built-in multifunction oven [$1999] allows you to upload photos and recipes to a touch control LCD screen via USB connection. Multidimensional Cooking provides even heat and temperature distribution, perfect for large pieces of meat. It also includes 82 automatic cooking functions. Or you can emulate restaurant chefs by cooking with steam with the Beko Chef 60cm Built-in Multifunction oven [$2499] offering Steamaid/Steam Assisted cooking for better tasting and looking food. It has 52 automatic cooking functions and its Multidimensional Cooking allows you to cook three dishes at once without mixing flavours and aromas. Steam Shine Cleaning also makes cleaning simple. Meanwhile, the Beko 60cm Induction Cooktop [$1199] delivers fast and safe cooking on its vitroceramic surface. It uses a magnetic field to transfer heat directly to the cooking pan meaning there’s no flame or glowing hot surface. The Touch and Slide Control offers 19 heat levels for each cooking zone to provide you with many options to adjust the cooktop. While you prepare your meal the vitroceramic surface won’t heat up so any food that is spilt won’t burn on the surface, making it a breeze to wipe down.

Wall linings made from 9mm Medium Density Fibreboard. The panels are 1200mm wide and range in length from 2400mm to 5400mm to suit a wide range of wall and ceiling measurements. The face of the panels is profiled with VJ or beaded detail to replicate the tongue and grooved VJ or beaded look. COLONIAL WALL LININGS provide installation instructions and helpful advice to help you achieve great results. Manufacturers of:

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Energy ratings for windows When you talk about the energy efficiency of windows, it is not just the glass but the whole window system, which includes the frame, glass, seals and spacers. All components contribute to the energyuse in your home. Tested window products receive a rating called the U-value. A lower number indicates more energy efficiency. The U-value can be as high as 7.5 in some windows and doors and as low as 0.8 for very energy efficient products (such as Paarhammer’s best rating). The testing of energy efficiency must be performed by a rating organisation which is accredited by the AFRC - Australian Fenestration Rating Council. This ensures the testing is consistent for all products and follows the Building Code of Australia. These ratings are published by WERS (Window Energy Rating Scheme), which is independent of any manufacturer and is managed by the AWA (Australian Window Association). You can get more info on www. Comfort, amenity and resale value are improved by using highperformance windows. Not unlike buying a fridge, washing machine or other appliance for their star rating, the window industry has progressed to offering consumer goods viewed as performance appliances for energy, noise and security.

Bushland vista A garage door and entry to a home located on Sydney Harbour were given a huge makeover thanks to the talents of Peter Campbell of Campbell Barnett, Graham Day Garage Doors and Axolotl. The clients wanted to capitalise on their stunning harbour views, as well as deviate from the traditional idea of a garage. In response, Peter devised a contemporary and multi-layered bushland image taken from trees on the property. The concept was enabled by the availability of Axolotl’s special processes and materials. First, the panels were precision cut to the design that allowed maximum visibility through, whilst concealing the customised frame. They were then applied with several layers of Axolotl Bronze in smooth, light and cast textures, to illustrate the layers of the contemporary bushland graphic. As possible as it was, it wouldn’t be true to say it was a simple project as it spanned over a year and involved in depth design discussions and meticulous planning. The efforts of the team did not go unrewarded however, as the result is an awe inspiring, captivating entry for a stunning home.


Automatic Pet Door The Autoslide Automatic Pet Door Kit ($399+p/h) includes two wireless push buttons for human-use plus pet mats. Once Autoslide is fitted to your existing sliding door, it can be opened automatically either via the wireless push buttons or via the built-in pull-assist. Doors will automatically close after the adjustable time delay.​To activate the automatic pet door function, you first position the pet mats and then set the pet-opening-width to suit the size of your pet. It’s a simple two-step-process.​​ There are two modes with these kits:​​Automatic mode; and Pet mode. In Pet mode, the door will automatically open for you and your pet. But when it’s time to stop your pets from going in-andout, you switch back to Automatic mode to temporarily disable the pet mats [eg at night time]. With the pet door kits, one wireless battery operated pet mat is placed on the inside of the house under a regular door mat to let your pet out; while the other wireless mat is placed outside for your pet to come back in. As an alternative, the pet sensors are mounted on your door frame and activates whenever your pet walks towards it. The Autoslide pet mode allows the door to open just enough for your pet to use it, thus reducing loss of heating or cooling.

For more information contact: Autoslide on 1300 288 675 or visit

Solar powered roller blinds Dynaveil have developed a range of roller blinds powered by natural daylight, representing a viable alternative to not only existing motorized blinds but also traditional manually operated blinds. With no electric power supply needed, these solar powered blinds provide cost savings by eliminating the need for hardwiring and electrical work. This is especially ideal for retrofit applications during renovations, where minimal impact on surroundings is often a primary concern. With local fabrication facilities Dynaveil can supply your preferred fabric with standard sizes ranging from a 300mm wide single or dual cassette, to systems over 3m wide. Working in most conditions with reasonable access to daylight, Dynaveil systems do not require direct sunlight to work effectively. There are sometimes reports of tragic accidents where children are seriously harmed by the looped chains or cords from window coverings. The clever SmarTUG™ mechanism is designed to completely eradicate such dangers whilst offering extra convenience for operation of blinds. The SmarTUG™ mechanism is a simple single chain that can be lightly tugged to open or close the blind or stop it in any position. As a fool-proof child-safe solution, the system is also highly suited for schools, hospitals, hotels, child care facilities, etc.




RETRACTABLE SCREENS The NEW INFINITY range of screens are designed especially for the larger openings, with stronger mesh and a mesh to track retention system that prevents mesh blow out in windy areas. Screening up to 4.5m in a single screen and 9m in a double screen.

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Servery Windows Alfresco Areas French Doors Stacking Doors

Retractable Insect Screens custom built to suit any unique setting. Innovative design makes the retractable screens ideal for a variety of applications including screening Bifold Doors, French Doors, Stacking Doors, Servery Windows & difficult to screen openings. All screens have a unique patented braking system, preventing the screen from springing back into the housing.

Easy to operate patented Braking system, as with all Freedom Retractable Screens, allows the screen to stop in any position along the track, providing versatility of use. High quality fibreglass mesh. Heavy duty construction, built to last. Full Dulux Powder Coat colour range and Clear Anodized, to match Timber and Aluminium. INFINITY SCREENS also available in Pull Down style for Servery windows & Alfresco areas. All screens are custom made to suit individual requirements and installed by our experienced Installers Motorised Outlook Screen also available, ideal for large outdoor areas, spanning 5m in width with a 3m drop. Always improving, innovative design. Australian owned, designed & manufactured. Backed by a limited five year warranty.

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Professional-quality oven Matching white goods The final element in Smeg’s collection of new generation, high performance ovens is their Classic design 90cm pyrolytic built-in oven [model SAP3900X, $4990]. Innovations include the Thin Film Transistor display with its clear graphics; S-Logic interface that provides intuitive, simple control of multiple functions; and Smart Sense self-guiding cooking programmes. Smart Sense allows you to access 50 pre-set recipes for meat, fish and vegetable dishes that will advise the optimum temperature, shelf height and duration for the best results. All of these recipes have been written for Australian produce and Australian culinary preferences. And you can add 10 of your own recipes to the oven’s memory. Special functions within the cooking programmes include proving mode (for baking breads etc), slow cooking, Eco energy-saving fan-forced mode plus nine other baking functions such as fan assisted, supercook, fan grill and baker’s function. Cleaning the 90-litre capacity oven is made easy via pyrolytic cleaning with a three hour cycle for heavily soiled oven interiors or an eco-energy-saving pyrolytic option that takes 90 minutes for lightly soiled ovens. Other features include: Thermoseal technology whereby the interior of the oven is perfectly controlled; a quadruple glazed door to ensure its exterior is cool to the touch no matter how high the internal temperature; and it is finished in fingerprintresistant satin stainless steel.

Haier has recently released three new appliances: a Frost-Free 256-litre upright freezer [model HVF-260, $959 in white, or$1049 in satina]; a 575-litre capacity white side-byside refrigerator [model HSBS582AW, $1,099]; and a compact 36-bottle winechiller [model JC110GD in aluminium & glass, $599]. The dimensions of the freezer are 1655mm high x 595mm wide x 685mm deep, ideal for compact kitchens. And at only 980mm high the winechiller is also ideal for tight spaces. A glass door, interior light and anti-condensation technology keeps it perfect for easy viewing. A ventilation control works with an interior fan to ensure even air circulation, while the adjustable temperature control allows you to change the temperature to suit whatever you are storing.

New gas burner technology Scholtès has renewed the heat diffusion on its gas hobs with its Planar technology to make it more efficient. This state-of-the-art flat gas burner, with a vertical flame output for uniform heat distribution, achieves boiling point on average 20% faster than some older technology burners [according to the manufacturer]. The Planar technology burner has a 3kW power due to the vertical flame but when compared to an older tech 3kW burner consumes 30% less gas. It is made of enamelled steel in one piece and is easy to clean, even in the dishwasher. The new Planar technology hobs [in a choice of stainless steel or black glass finish] are equipped with cast iron pan supports for strength, and the front controls offer ergonomics and safety.

6-star dishwasher Smeg has released a new range of 6-star WELS rated dishwashers capable of washing and rinsing a full load in less than 10-litres of water. All the six star dishwashers use just 9.8L of water for a full 15 place setting for the Normal Eco Wash Programme. There are numerous efficiency features that place this range at the pinnacle of dishwasher innovation, such as: quick time programmes; aquatest wash technology; enersave energy efficiencies; and many convenience factors. The Normal Eco wash programme uses just 9.8 litres of water to wash a 15-place setting – a cold pre-wash, full wash at 49°C, a rinse at 41°C followed by condenser drying. A standout feature of these new dishwashers is the Flexi Duo Basket – a clever design that enables the top cutlery basket to split in two for one to slide under the other to allow extra height for long-stemmed glasses. Another smart feature is the 24-hour delay enabling you to take advantage of off-peak power rates; and there are five wash programmes – soak, normal ECO, ECO, intensive 65°C wash and Ultraclean (for those washes that are heavily soiled and require a higher level of sterilisation). All Smeg dishwashers utilise their Orbital wash technology that features two spray arms operating in opposite directions to ensure water is evenly distributed. There are six models including freestanding, semi- and full-integrated and underbench priced from $1590 through to $1990. 14 • RENOVATING • MARCH QTR 2014


Letterbox Man: the letterbox experts

Complete your home-renovation by installing an elegant letterbox from The Letterbox Man, one that reflects your individual personality and is just right for your home. Their extensive range includes powder-coated aluminium, timber, steel, concrete, and brass boxes suitable for any application.

Their prestigious combilight letterboxes add that personal touch and the range of corporate and apartment-bank boxes complements any commercial or residential units.

A wide collection of accessories includes timber, brass and powder-coated aluminium numbers. The Letterbox Man designs and manufactures their own product. If they do not have exactly what you are looking for, they can make-to-order. The Letterbox Man specialises in letterboxes, have been in the business for over 36 years, and are dedicated to quality and complete customer satisfaction.

A touch of class You can add a touch-of-class to your garden setting with an innovative Botanic Niche Garden Standpipe. Manufactured from powder-coated aluminium, with copper and brass plumbing components, this chunky 65mm square standpipe comes complete with a high quality polished and flanged brass tap. There’s no parts to rust-out or plastic plumbing to deteriorate over time. Finished in a decorative range of colours: Hawthorn green, black, primrose, maroon; but can also be ordered in the colour of your choice. A special feature of this standpipe is its base-foot which provides complete stability and rigidity when

installed. A complement to any renovation-project, or a superb gift, the Botanic Niche Garden Standpipe comes individually boxed, is easily connected to existing plumbing, and is fully guaranteed against faulty workmanship or components.

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Chalk Paint Chalk Paint™ is a development by Annie Sloan [England]. It is not simply paint with chalk added to it. It is not chalkboard paint. It is not made by adding plaster of Paris or grout or even baking soda to an existing paint. Chalk Paint™ is the unique decorative paint Annie Sloan developed for furniture, floors and walls, drawing on a lifetime of research and experience in working with paint and colour. It adheres to most surfaces and creates gorgeous results quickly and easily. You can use it for a textured finish, a distressed finish, a smooth contemporary finish or even as a wash. Chalk Paint™ is a non-toxic, water-based paint that is lead-free, EG-free, odour-free and has no volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Annie Sloan has chosen her palette of colours carefully. They range from soft, pale hues to bright, vivid tones reminiscent of historic European décor as well as strong 20th century colours. They are rich and strong so they may be lightened, mixed together, dulled with dark wax or used as washes without losing their intensity and depth. You can add interesting patinas to your surfaces with Annie Sloan Soft Wax - available in Clear and Dark. Chalk Paint™ decorative paint by Annie Sloan is available through a network of independent shops, trained in the Annie Sloan method. Each offers workshops and practical advice on colour and techniques.

Aussie paints for the trade Haymes’ latest innovation Elite Professional paint is a comprehensive range of advanced exterior and interior finishes for professional painters. Incorporating all aspects of a renovation or new paint job, Elite Professional delivers on durability, longevity and high quality. The range comprises six new products: Interior; Ceiling; Trim; Exterior; and Prepcoat, which incorporates both an Acrylic Sealer Undercoat and a Tricoat Primer Sealer Undercoat [PSU]. Interior produces no fumes or odours; is easy-to-clean, scrubbable and stain-resistant; is 100% acrylic; and 99%VOC-free. Ceiling has excellent hiding power; is tintable; and its super flat/high opacity minimises light-reflection and surface-imperfections. Trim, oil-based enamel, is hard-wearing; mark-resistant; and offers excellent levelling. Exterior has excellent UV-resistance; is self-priming; and intended for use on decking, cladding, weatherboards, outdoor furniture, doors and window frames, fences, walkways, pergolas, screens and external timber. This 100% acrylic has a 12-year guarantee against blistering, peeling and flaking. Prepcoat Acrylic Sealer Undercoat has excellent filling properties and is easy to sand. Meanwhile, Tricoat [primer, sealer, undercoat] has superb coverage and adhesion; is also easy to sand; and can be used on masonry, timber, galvanised iron, Zincalume®, aluminium, plasterboard, MDF, plus previously painted items.

Hand-printed wallpapers Porter’s Paints latest wallpaper collection includes Porter’s classic designs refreshed with new colours. The collection comprises 14 designs, each one with a selection of colours: the new Ikat is a refreshed ancient textile design; Zigrino has an opulent blend of luxury and nature; while Ecliptic is quirky with fun dots and spots of various sizes. These wallpapers are hand-printed on Porter’s vintage presses in Sydney.

All-purpose paint sprayer Powerful, efficient and versatile, Wagner’s FLEXiO 585 can spray any paint undiluted. It is suitable for almost any DIY-project – from interior walls and ceilings, doors, window frames and indoor furniture, to wooden fences, garden furniture and sheds. Projects can be primed, lacquered, varnished, oiled, sealed, preserved or simply given a new colour with this new sprayer. The powerful X-BOOST™ turbine means that conventional coatings can be applied without being diluted. The volume of paint can also be adjusted to suit the material being sprayed and the project type. With a working speed of 3m2/min you can spray a standard room in around 12-minutes. You can also spray thick exterior acrylics onto coarser surfaces. Instead of applying two coats of paint with a brush or roller, you can spray the same amount of paint in less than half the time. In addition to the i-SPRAY attachment, the FLEXiO 585 also comes with a PerfectSpray attachment for spraying lacquer, varnish, stain and other thinner materials. Achieve a perfect, smooth finish every time. Available from Bunnings Warehouse and paint specialists.


Bathroom balance

Corner bath

Timber and stone have become staples for bathroom finishes, imbuing the space with a sense of calm and relaxation. The bathroom pictured shows the use of timber for the freestanding vanity, mirror and bench that blend with a background of limestone tiles on the floor and walls. Visual interest has been enhanced by using a combination of 600mm tiles and mosaics. The fluid curves and slender profile of Kohler’s Stillness collection of taps and accessories is the perfect fit with this style of bathroom offering a choice of wall- and hobmounted basin and bath sets; bath and shower assemblies; and shower rose.

Kaldewei offers a full size corner bath [2.0m x 1.0m] in a porcelain-on-steel finish. They are manufactured in heavy gauge steel that makes it possible to produce the size of these products in steel. Corner baths fulfil the function of good design for smaller bathrooms and if a corner bath is the solution, Kaldewei offers their “3” series baths [Punta Duo or Vaio Duo 3]. Not only do you enjoy all the benefits of porcelain finishes, these baths are also designed for comfort and practicality. While the bath is corner-shaped, the internal configuration is body-shaped; they use less water; and you are easily able to reach the entire internal area for cleaning.

All tapware features quarter turn ceramic disc valves and tarnish resistant finishes. Basin taps carry a 4 star WELS rating, while the shower has the highest 3 star WELS rating. Accessories include towel bars, towel ring, toilet tissue holder, glass shelf, soap dish and robe hook. Some of the prices for the Kohler Stillness range are: shower rose $212; hobmounted basin set $627; wall-mounted bath/spa set $799; wall-mounted bath spout $159; 610mm towel bar $199; glass shelf $259; towel ring $144; robe hook $79; and soap dish $199. All Kohler bathroom products are available nationally from Tradelink stores and Mico Design, together with Northern’s in South Australia.

Luxury touches for budget bathrooms Glamour and luxe can be introduced into a budget bathroom renovation by selecting a single feature piece such as a large, ornate mirror or a statement-making tap to create a sense of luxury and indulgence. The tapware featured in this bathroom is Oblo by Kohler - a family of design-matched taps for basin, bath and shower that melds fluent curves with a distinctive obloid profile. Each piece creates a bathroom feature on a grand scale – tall, statuesque spout partnered with two separately mounted, unadorned obloid handles. Manufactured from solid brass and finished in a tarnish and corrosion resistant polished chrome this range’s aesthetics are unquestionably contemporary yet reassuringly timeless. For the basin there is a choice of hob mounted set [$404] or a wall-mounted ensemble [$391] with polished chrome escutcheon. For the bath there is a choice of hob mount [$776]; or top assembly with [$382] or without [$318] polished chrome escutcheon. The same top assembly is available for shower installation. Kohler’s Oblo tapware collection features quarter turn ceramic disc valves with the basin sets carrying an impressive 5-star WELS rating using 6.6 litres of water a minute. Available nationally from Tradelink stores and Mico Design.

European minimalist tapware Paco Jaanson has added Isis Tapware to its range of bathroom products. Carefully crafted to enhance performance and aesthetics, this tall basin mixer’s outlet is smaller than its elliptical spout giving the illusion of more water due to a greater velocity in which it is released. The extended tapware gives an added touch of luxury whilst conserving water with minimalized splashing, effectively reducing water-usage by half. The Isis collection comprises wall mixer and spout [5 star WELS rated, 5l/ min], sink mixer [5 star WELS rated, 5l/ min], bath spout, and basin mixer [5 star WELS rated, 5l/min]. Distributed nationally by Paco Jaanson.


Updated laundry range The new Electrolux Inspiration range has been designed to take the guess work out of laundry, whilst providing the best care for your garments. A lot of thought has gone into the little things, from quieter operation to precise load sensors and an extra-large door opening. The Electrolux 9kg Time Manager washing machine [model EWF14912, $1529] offers: a 5-star WELS rating; 12 program settings including variable wash times and a delay start option; Load Sensor™ feature conveniently displays the laundry weight of every wash and also gives you a recommended detergent dosage; Vapour Action, a 21-minute refresh program rejuvenates garments that removes wrinkles and eliminates odours; and Woolmark® Approved, meaning you can safely wash wool garments labelled as machine washable. The Electrolux 8kg Heat Pump Dryer [model EDH3284PDW, $1999] features: 14 program settings; an innovative heat pump system that ensures gentle drying and savings of up to 50% on energy consumption with a 6 star Energy rating; advanced Sensor Dry function that eliminates the risk of over-drying; anti-crease reverse tumbling action to reduce clothes tangling and bunching together, ensuring even and quick drying; Auto Off automatically shuts off to reduce energy consumption; and a large 38cm reversible door. Additional appliances in the Inspiration range include: 8.5kg Time Manager Washer [EWF12822, 4.5 star WELS rating, $1219]; 8kg Time Manager Washer [EWF12832, 4.5 stars WELS rating, $1059]; 7kg Time Manager Washer [EWF12832, 4.5 stars WELS rating, $1059]; 8kg Condenser Dryer [EDC2086PDW, $1169]; 7kg Condenser Dryer [EDP2074PDW, $949]; 8kg/5kg Time Manager Washer Dryer combo [EWW12832, 4.5 stars WELS rating, $1479]; and a 9kg/6kg Time Manager Washer Dryer combo [EWW14912, 5 stars WELS rating, $1689].

Matching laundry appliances Fisher & Paykel’s WashSmart™ and QuickSmart™ top-loading washing machines have been tipped on their sides to create re-engineered WashSmart™ [$1019 $1189] and QuickSmart™ [$919 - $1079] front loader versions. These new front loaders offer an impressive 4 Star Energy Rating and 4.5 Star WELS Rating. Water usage for each model is: WH8560P1 73 litres per wash; WH7560P1 64 litres per wash; WH8560J1 73 litres per wash; andWH7560J1 64 litres per wash. Its Vortex Wash acts mid-cycle to ensure your clothes get the best wash possible in the shortest amount of time (the Super Quick cycle in WashSmart™ takes just 15 minutes from start to finish; while 9 of the 13 wash programmes take less than an hour to complete). The WashSmart™ and its AeroXL™ 8kg Condenser Dryer partner [$879] can sit side by side, or the dryer can be fitted above the washer with an optional stacking kit. Stacking the two appliances is perfect for laundries that are short on space. The condensing dryer requires no venting, so it’s ideal for installations where venting is difficult.

Front-load washers

Wash and Dry

Italian kitchen appliance specialist, Smeg, has re-entered the laundry market with a new generation of front loaders that delivers high energy and water efficiency, sophisticated wash programmes and low-noise operation. The new models offer the choice of 8kg and 7.5kg capacity along with 20 wash programmes, with a mix of cycles suitable for heavily soiled, woollens, denim, cotton, delicates and synthetics. Fifteen of these programmes can be used with cold water. Both the SAW816 (8kg, $1590) and the SAW7514 (7.5kg, $1390) washers include programmes specifically designed for shirts and blankets – plus a cycle that will clean the drum. Additional options include anti-crease, quick wash, extra rinse, pre-wash and rinse and hold. Spin speeds range from 800rpm to 1200rpm and 1400rpm – with the 8kg model offering 1600rpm as well.

Bosch has expanded its laundry care range with the recent launch of its premium-quality HomeProfessional 8kg washing machine [WAY32540AU, $2349] and 7kg heat pump dryer [WTY88700AU, $2549]. The washing machine offers a 5-star WELS rating, using 58l/wash, and 4-star energy rating; while the dryer with an innovative self-cleaning condenser is 33% more efficient. The washer has a 13cm LED display panel with touch buttons and a high-resolution text display, as well as an illuminated knob selector. The washer features VarioPerfect technology whenever you want to save time (SpeedPerfect) or energy (EcoPerfect); while an Auto Power Off mode enables it to switch-off after 15, 30 or 60 minutes. Utilising a brushless DC motor, it is quieter, faster and more energy efficient than previous Bosch washing machines.

These two new models, with a 4.5 star WELS rating consume varying amounts of water depending on the load and type of wash: full load of cottons - 70 litres/wash; Eco cottons load - 65 litres/wash; or synthetics -56 litres/wash. They feature three-phase brushless motors which are low maintenance, energy efficient and exceptionally quiet. They also carry noise suppression filters, a suspended polycarbonate drum and ceramic wool insulation. Other convenience factors are the extra wide door opening, outof-balance correction, five-stage water safety technology, delay start selection, child lock and an optional stacking kit for use with clothes dryers.

The matching heat pump dryer comes with innovative ActiveAir technology, which operates without conventional heating methods. Drying air is warmed with the help of the heat pump to ensure all heat is efficiently re-used throughout the cycle, making it one of the most energy efficient dryers. Similar to the washer, the dryer has VarioPerfect for speed or energy efficiency. With 7kg capacity, the washing is supported by the sculptured drum surface while being cradled with warm air from the SoftFlow paddles. The new AntiVibration design increases stability of the housing and reduces vibrations for a quieter operation.


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Modular building Quicksmart Homes has launched its innovative Quickshack - a freestanding modular solution that is ideal for granny flats, rural accommodation, a teenage retreat, home office, residential villa or for retirement living, priced at $85,000 [box-only]. The cleverly designed, contemporary two-bedroom, self-contained buildings are made using the latest steel fabrication technology. Robust, and quick to install and connect, they come fully fitted out inside and ready for roof, cladding and deck additions. The Quickshack comes as a water-tight ‘box only’, but to give customers a helping hand with visualising their finished home, the Quickshack website lets you play with different options and finishes. It allows you to see what your Quickshack would look like with different roof styling and cladding. It also lets you place your Quickshack in a surrounding that reflects your situation. It’s your own builders who provide the cladding and roof, so it gives you a better idea of what you want, allowing your builder to get a firm quotation from Quickshack. The fully fitted-out Quickshack includes a ready-to-move-in kitchen, dining and living space, bathroom, master- and second-bedroom. The kitchen features a quartz stone benchtop and an integrated cooker/oven; while bamboo flooring and skirting is provided throughout the main living and bedroom areas. There are plenty of power points, recessed down lights and data/TV points.


Natural decking oil Livos Australia offers a 100% natural range of eco-friendly paints, oils, stains and cleaning products. Their products are biologically degradable, sustainable and harmless, even in direct contact with humans, animals and plants. The Livos Alis decking oils can spruce up tired decks, without posing any harm to the plants and animals who are sharing the space. They are water repellent, open pored and fast drying and may be used as an initial treatment or for maintenance. Available in a range of colours to complement all timbers and styles, it will not crack, peel or blister therefore no sanding is required for rejuvenation. It is easy to maintain and rejuvenate using the same product for a natural and beautiful finish that will not harm you, your plants or the environment.

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DIY paving

Timber ambience

Boral Masonry has developed segmental paving for homerenovators to add a DIY-touch to gardens and outdoor areas. Segmental paving is a cost-effective, simple option for a DIY project; and there is a range of sizes, finishes and colours to suit different landscaping styles. Unlike concrete paving, which is poured in one batch and can require specialised equipment and labour, segmental pavers can be laid oneby-one, providing flexibility for design changes along the way.

Ceramiche Piemme’s Valentino tiles, available in both floor and wall tiles are distributed nationally through DELSA. There is an unmistakable style present in the Valentino made-in-Italy tiles, created with painstaking craftsmanship and latest-generation porcelain stoneware. The Eco-Wood coloured-body tile, inspired by 11 different types of timber, comprising eight large strip sizes or sheets, embodies the aesthetic advantages of floorboards complemented by the material benefits of fine porcelain stoneware. With state-of-the art technical features, the Eco-Wood Tile is manufactured to be hard, non-absorbent, frost-proof, resistant to wear and chemical damages, and easy to clean.

Pavers can be mixed and matched in patterns that make the most of the space. For example: combine different coloured pavers to create an entertaining area; or interweave pavers with grass for a stepping stone path. Segmental pavers are also cost-effective. They do not have to be laid by contracted installers. Provided the correct laying techniques are followed, the end result can look professional. You can download a copy of Boral’s Guide to Laying Pavers from the website, or pick a copy up from paving suppliers.


Cordless multi-tool

Cemintel colour

Bosch Blue has released a cordless oscillating multi-tool with EC brushless motor, the GOP 18 V-EC Professional [$259]. It is compatible with all Bosch professional li-ion battery packs from 1.3Ah to 4.0Ah, and employs the SDSsystem for quick, tool-free accessory changes. It minimises workplace hassles and dangers with the SDS system to enable tool-free changing of accessories. The three-step process of loosening the tension lock, inserting the accessory and closing the tension lock makes for quick and fuss-free accessory changes. The new colour-code system enables you to tell at a glance which accessories are suitable for which materials. Other accessories available in addition to the classical range include a depth stop for segment- and plunge-cutting saw blades, as well as an attachable dust extractor adapter for sanding work. It makes work easier for Tradies, whether it’s adjusting door frames, sanding furniture in hard to reach places, trimming jammed nails or plunge-cutting into soft or hard wood.

The dark beauty of foundries and forges has been embraced and rediscovered as the Industrial Evolution, a forecasted colour trend for 2013-2015. Based on ‘reinvent, reignite and renew’, this trending group of greys, blues, bone and greens, has been embraced by CSR Cemintel™’s addition of Urban Grey to its Designer Series Range. Natural and contemporary, Urban Grey provides a raw cement look increasingly popular in Australian design. A lightweight panel, Urban Grey utilises the Cemintel Designer Series clever clip-fix system, allowing it to be installed quicker and cheaper than concrete. Cemintel has been used by residential and commercial architects and builders since its inception in 2011. The addition of Urban Grey offers designers, home owners and architects a raw aesthetic look.

Eco-friendly cleaner Kärcher has developed its environment-friendly K3.800 Eco!ogic pressure cleaner [$399] for heavy soiling on medium sized areas and for minimal water and energy usage. Switching to Eco-mode consumes 20% less water and power compared to its normal operation, which is impressive given that highpressure cleaners can already reduce water use by up to 80%. At 1800 watts it produces a maximum of 1800psi pressure while using only 6.3-litres of water/ minute. It can blast away dirt or grime around the house with a range of optional accessories. 22 • RENOVATING • MARCH QTR 2014

Urban Grey complements the current Designer Series™ Range, comprising six pre-fabricated, cement bonded, fibrous wood particle panels. Designer Series is suitable for interior and exterior application and features a variety of textures and colours with the ultra-modern i-cube, Textured panels, traditional Slimline, classic Woodgrain and minimalist Smooth.


Megatreat™ stone in a can Chemical Developments Pty. Ltd. (Port Stephens, NSW) in 1996 developed a building material that looks, feels and wears exactly like natural stone, yet comes in liquid form, right from a can. Megatreat Liquid Stone is a revolutionary high-quality building material that has all the qualities of natural stone because it’s made with natural stone. Megatreat is a flexible material that will not crack, is super economical, easy to use on any type of horizontal or vertical surface, and can be tinted or textured to a wide range of finishes. The high-grade natural sandstone, terracotta and limestone have a unique combination of stone aggregates and an acrylic-based crosslink polymer. It has been designed for both interior and exterior applications, for vertical and horizontal surfaces, in residential as well as commercial properties. Cover that surface to give a cement rendered look.

Right from the can, with no mixing or measuring, Megatreat can be spread, brushed, bagged, trowelled or sprayed onto almost any surface. For example; pebblecrete, concrete, slate, tiles, brick, wood, plastic, steel, wrought iron, glass, asphalt, fibro, blue board, hardiflex and laminates. For example: walkways, wall, roofs, floors, bench tops, pots, pool surrounds, patios, driveways, ceramics, even styro-foam planters. These products can be coloured using a non-organic pigment or paint tint from your local paint store. These should be stirred in slowly to achieve the best effect. After application, simple finishing techniques can be used to create a wide range of natural stone and masonry results. It can be used in place of wallpaper, paint or panelling. Megatreat can be applied to achieve an effect that looks and feels like real stone.

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• Lower cost than traditional natural stone and masonry products

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• Works on virtually any surface, vertical or horizontal, inside and outside • Original product will not fade

After There are four types of Megatreat Liquid Stone products:Liquid Sandstone: 3 natural colours Natural, Sydney White and Desert Gold. Also the stock Tinted Charcoal Grey Liquid Terracotta: Real Terracotta Liquid Limestone:White and stock tinted Concrete Grey Textured Primer Coat: White and Tintable (filler for pebblecrete, rough surfaces and/or joint colour. Megatreat Natural, Satin or Gloss Sealers, are applied once the Liquid Stone is dry (around 24 hours after application). These tried and proven range of sealers are easily applied, wash up in water and have no offensive smells. A slip resistant additive can be mixed in to the Satin and Gloss sealers for pool surrounds, shop floors and bathrooms. The long lasting sealers give up to 5 years protection. All of these products have been thoroughly tested by C.S.I.R.O. in Australia and Marshall Laboratories in the U.S.A. They passed all tests for flexibility, strength, fire resistance, ultra-violet light, crack resistant and mould resistant. These products are environmentally friendly, and wash up in water. Because of its advanced polymer base Megatreat products can flex with variations of temperature and moisture.

• Lifetime warranty because it is extremely durable and crack-resistant

• Maximum colour and texture flexibility with high-quality results

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• Around 8,000 Litres of Megatreat Liquid Stone has been applied to the “Nemo Ride” at Disneyland Anaheim California. In 1986 our now, ex tiler Director Stephen Rapaport was the first to invent a solution to fix that “Leaking Shower Recess” without the need to remove tiles. The Hitec Shower product was commercialised in 1990 and has been available in some tile stores since then. The Hitec Shower Pack comes complete with Copyright instructions to seal that leaking shower yourself. You also have access to the inventor and manufacturer of the Hitec Product for technical or trade related training and sales. The Hitec Shower Pack retails for around $50 but if it is unavailable in your area it can be purchased direct from the manufacturer for $49.95 inc P&H. The product is also available from Masters Home Improvements and selected tile stores. Make a career or add to your bottom line from selling or using the Hitec Product, many opportunities exist for smart operators and conscientious people for minimal outlay.

The Megatreat range of products is available nationally through hardware and paint stores, and is distributed by Taskmaster Hardware. For further information contact Taskmaster Hardware. Ph: (02) 6241 7477 or Fax: (02) 6241 7541 For technical or trade information contact the manufacturer Chemical Developments Pty. Ltd. Ph: (02) 4982 2877 Fax: (02) 4982 2510 Email: or you can visit the website at RENOVATING • MARCH QTR 2014 • 23

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Easily installed in minutes Daytime privacy without mirror look Rejects about 65% summer heat Retains heat in winter 97% UV block


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Incredible Cling-On Removable Tinted Window Film is so easy to install. You’ll be surprised at the professional result. Cling-On is available from Bunnings and selected hardware outlets for about $24.95 per roll, 2M x 0.9M. For a free sample & brochure phone (03) 9460 8000 or email


Painting buddy ..... No more ladders! Have you been putting off a painting job because it was too difficult to reach? The Painting Buddy is a new innovative product that allows you to complete all of your high and difficultto-reach painting jobs without the need for a ladder. The Painting Buddy is a 360-degree rotatable paint brush holder that easily attaches to the end of any universal extension pole, and fits any size paint brush. It’s very easy to use; adjusts to any angle; and is suitable for anyone, from the professional painter to the DIYer. You can now paint gutters, fascias, cornices and stairwells without having to pull out a ladder or stretch dangerously to complete difficult jobs. The Painting Buddy will have you painting like a pro within minutes! Designed to mimic your own hand holding a paint brush, the Painting Buddy is lightweight and will retain a strong grip at the end of your extension pole, giving you superior control for any painting job – anywhere!

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Flooring suggestions Flooring is the foundation of any interior on which to build and enhance a specific look. By starting with colour and texture of the floor, the flavour and ambiance of a room can be established. White flooring is a bold and dramatic choice. With white floors, a room oozes spaciousness and is beckoning for soft furnishings and wall hangings in dramatic colours. A white floor will also allow the colour palette to dance in a room, especially fuchsias and exotic greens – guaranteeing to create a picture of summer freshness. The array of timber flooring hues, especially in beiges, light oak, classic neutrals and pale yellow tones is as inviting as a secluded beach in summer. Timber flooring adds much aesthetic appeal and elegance. Perfect for any living or kitchen areas, the room can come alive with lashings of blues and whites in the curtains, cushions and rugs to complement the timber flooring. Darker flooring found in a plethora of laminates and natural timbers can also emulate summer by adding an array of neutral tones in furniture. This will offset the darkness of the flooring, creating an inviting and warm presence, like an impressive sunset. Quick-Step is an international brand in timber, bamboo and laminate flooring, active in more than 100 countries, and has been in Australia since 1995. 24 • RENOVATING • MARCH QTR 2014




Cabinets: Vintage Matrix textured finish. Top: ADP Solid White matte finish.

Top: ADP Solid White matte finish.

Bath: Tranquil Solid White matte finish.

Quality Australian made and designed bathroom fittings, using the very latest in materials and technology resulting in stunning, eye-capturing pieces, durable yet soft to touch. Basin: Pride Solid White matte finish. Benchtop: Carrera Cherry Pie. Cabinet: Matte white polyurethane.

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Decorative switches A new range of decorative switches is available from Memory Lane in Ascot Vale, Melbourne. The switches are ideal for fitting into high end glass kitchen splashbacks. Each switch has an acrylic surround in a bright red, a black, a grey or a white and these can be matched with either a white or grey inner mechanism to offer many choices. The mechanisms for the switches are all good quality HPM brand and the options range from 1 gang switches up to 6 gang as well as double powerpoints. To go with the new switches is a new push button 450VA dimming mechanism. The push button dimmer does not require an extra on/off switch, the first push turns on the light and then holding down the button will dim the lights. As with the switches the push button dimmers come in the grey or white finish. These new switches are proving popular in modern style kitchens as well as an eclectic decorating feature in large family rooms where decorators are mixing them with modern artworks.

Now you can take warm water outside to wash your dog or clean your barbeque with these great . Just screw the attractive chrome receptor onto your sink tap and leave on permanently. Whenever you want you can simply click on your garden hose, hand shower or swivel aerator. are available from Bunnings and other hardware outlets for about $14.95. Phone (03) 9460 8000 or email for further information.

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Cleverly produced by exposing the face of blended sands, GB Elegance Masonry Blocks, from Austral Masonry, offer the finish of natural sandstone with the design flexibility of masonry blocks. Utilising high quality raw materials the fine surface finish creates a distinctive, natural look that complements both traditional and contemporary architectural style. The blocks have been honed back to create a smooth finish to give them a subtle sheen. This premium product combines the colour and character of natural sandstone with the consistency, strength and durability demanded in modern construction. Available in three colour blends, Brisbane, Sydney and Endeavour, the GB Elegance range can easily blend and highlight with other building materials. They come in two versions, 200mm and 100mm series, as well as four choices of capping tiles for intricate finishes.

A new Australian product is helping DIY-renovators with their tiling projects, as well as professional tilers do a better job. MitreWiz attaches to a grinder to create perfectly-cut 45o mitred-edges on tiles in a few seconds. It’s easier than using a wetsaw; and there’s virtually no risk of chipping the tiles. Selling for less than $20 at Bunnings, it saves on time and money as you don’t need to use a wet-saw for angled edges or attach trims to finish the corners on tiling jobs. The tool cuts at a precise 45o angle and when the corner tiles are grouted together it forms the perfect 90-degree edge for clean and modern lines for all indoor and outdoor tiling.


Safety & style from Amsterdam Trading Downunder has released their first product from the Puma Safety Metro line, expanding their Puma Safety footwear range. The Puma Metro shoe 642717 Amsterdam is stylish, highly flexible and breathable. It has a TPU torsion control element built into the waist of the sole to provide greater support and stability; features BreathActive functional lining for rapid absorption and release of moisture; and has a pierce-resistant midsole as a safeguard against sharp objects. The drawn up scuff cap in the toe area avoids leather abrasion; while an aluminium toe cap with 200 joules impact protection is used to reduce weight.

Innovative tap system Many people put up with dripping/leaking taps. It can develop into mould and mildew, and can possibly rot the structure of your home. But there is an innovative solution to fixing leaks and preventing the problems caused by leaks. The Reno Transformer from Quoss is a patented single mixer system that can be effortlessly, and cost-effectively, retro-fitted in just a few minutes to upgrade your bathroom, kitchen and laundry plumbing systems without breaking walls and tiles or other construction hassles. It provides a permanent fix even for damaged in-wall recessed pipes, and is maintenance-free, as you don’t have to replace spindle washers in the future. It enables you to convert a two-handled shower into a single flick-mixer in as little as 10-minutes. It has an in-built flexible shower-hose for washing the kids, and you can shower with one turn of the mixer at a preset temperature with the thermo-range, thus avoiding the start-up shock (or waste) from cold water first filling the shower. If you have a 3-hole vanity- or kitchentap there is a version that transforms all of that into a single-mixer, with their innovative connection fitting through the small middle-hole. It’s ideal for replacing damaged bathtub and vanity taps also spoiled with rust stains. It can provide an instant upgrade to a bathroom at a small cost, especially relevant at the time of selling a property. And if renting-out a property it can free you from future plumbing problems related to leaking showers and taps. And if renting, you can install one of these transformers and revert back to the old plumbing, taking the transformer with you, whenever you move on. It is a drill-free and interchangeable system. It’s available from plumbing outlets (Reece, Tradelink, etc) and hardware stores (Bunnings, Mitre 10, etc).

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Designer-inspired flooring Interior designer Darren Palmer has collaborated with Carpet Court to create Provincial Lane by Darren Palmer, an affordable designer flooring range, available from Carpet Court. The range includes: hard wearing laminate, a European vinyl plank, and bamboo hard flooring; as well as 100% wool carpet range from Cavalier Bremworth, and the latest generation solution dyed nylon. Provincial Lane showcases stormy greys and earthy tones that anchor the design elements of an interior space to offer a sense of calm and stillness. In contrast, the dramatic hard flooring ranges create a bold signature look with dark bamboos and dreamy oaks. The Provincial Lane hard flooring range sparks the imagination with a striking palette of timber tones. Taking the traditional woodgrain look to the next level, Casablanca Oak, Blackbutt, Summer Oak and Spotted Gum add luxury and sophistication to any interior, while the deep, rich hues of Bamboo add exotic elegance to any home. Meanwhile, The Provincial Lane carpet range offers two distinct fibre options: a luxurious 100% wool range from Cavalier Bremworth; and a stylish solution dyed nylon, featuring the latest generation fibre designed for durability and busy households.

Beautiful white, high gloss Panelscape PVC panels just slot together with tight, almost invisible joins to make a continuous, waterproof & mould free wall. Just glue directly over tiles, plaster, fibro, etc. Quick & easy to cut and install. A breeze to keep clean and stays ever new. Available through hardware & plumbing outlets in panels 250mm wide x 1.8M & 2.4M for about $24 per sq. metre. For a free sample & brochure phone (03) 9460 8000 or email

Doors on doors Early-2013 a pair of home-renovators approached Axolotl to help create an entry for their home, a small terrace in Sydney’s inner west. One of them had captured an aerial shot of their home and surrounding suburbs in a helicopter, with the idea of recreating the image using Axolotl’s special processes. Axolotl then carved the image onto the door, replicating the fine detail of the houses, cars and trees in the photo. Finally the door and panel were coated in aged-aluminium. The overall effect is that the door was carved from a solid aluminium block. What was realised is a unique and personal design that celebrates the owners’ love of their home and family from the outside in. 28 • RENOVATING • MARCH QTR 2014


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Perfect solution for pond cleaning This is the time of the year when you like to give your garden pond a good old drain and clean. Well here is the ideal pond drainer. PUMPS-A-LOT is a submersible pump, which uses no motor power yet drains an amazing 600 litres of water in 10 minutes effortlessly. And it’s just a fraction of the cost of motor driven pumps. The device drains down to a level of just 5mm, so there’s no tedious bucketing required at the end. It also acts as a vacuum cleaner and will suck up small leaves and other small debris from the bottom of the pond through the generous 3cm diameter opening. To operate simply click your garden hose onto the pump inlet at one end and push your pool hose onto the other end. Submerge the pump and turn on the garden tap. Your mains pressure will suck up water at the rate of 6 litres for every 1 litre of water from your tap. Because there’s no electricity involved, it’s so much safer to use. The drained water can be directed onto your garden or stored for later watering. Patented PUMPS-A-LOT is made of high impact ABS plastic and is ideal for draining ponds, spas, pools, aquariums, boats, building sites, flooded premises or any place where water is laying. It sells for about $29.95.

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10 tips for DIY-paving Laying down pavers for a path, entertainment area, or driveway can transform your home. Before you begin make sure you have all the right materials and enough pavers to compensate for cutting around edges and obstacles. As well as the pavers, you will need road base, bedding sand, and jointing sand. The right tools can make for a more efficient and stress-free worksite. Kennards Hire can provide you with everything you need to get the job done right with a wide range of tools from shovels, levels, and string line, through to plate compactors, brick saws, and block splitters. When prepping the area to be paved, mark it out clearly with pegs and stringline, making sure it is level and free of all vegetation. Remember to accommodate for the road base as well as the bedding sand and pavers. The area should be kept level but keep drainage in mind. Aim for a 20mm slope on the finished pavers to help with this. If necessary, install drainage to carry water away from the paved area and away from the house. Lay the road base over the whole area first, maintaining a 50mm thickness under paths and 100mm or more under driveways. For best results it is recommended 30 • RENOVATING • MARCH QTR 2014

you use a plate compactor, which ensures a thorough compaction and a strong foundation for the remaining layers. Spread the bedding sand over the area and screed to an even surface, 50mm in thickness with a straight edge. On larger areas, break it down to smaller, more easily managed areas and smooth the next section after you’ve laid the pavers on the previous section. Keep in mind to regularly check the area with a builder’s level to ensure the drainage slope is maintained. Install the edge restraints, being mindful to use durable materials such as timber, concrete strips, or pavers set in mortar, and ensure they match the intended height of the rest of the paving when finished. Choose your paving pattern and start laying the pavers from the corner. Lay the full-sized pavers first and then cut the smaller pavers to fill the gaps at edges and around obstacles such as posts. Pavers can be cut easily on a brick saw fitted with a diamond blade or alternatively on a block splitter. Lay the pavers in a strip, a metre or so wide, and work your way across the area. When you’ve reached the end at the other side, repeat the process until the whole area is finished. Push each paver firmly into the sand and use a rubber mallet to tap down any

that protrude. Make sure the pavers are not touching and are left with a 2-4mm gap to be later filled with sand. After the pavers are laid, compact them into the bedding sand with a plate compactor. To prevent the pavers from being damaged attach an old piece of carpet to the compactor. To finish the job, spread the jointing sand into the gaps between the pavers. To hire plate compactors, block splitters, brick saws or any other equipment you need for your paving job visit your local Kennards Hire centre. Kennards has a vast array of equipment to suit any job and experts in every field to offer guidance for the task at hand.

Shower-over-bath options The Kaldewei Duo Pool is 50.05cm deep, only 1500mm long and 1m at the widest point! The shorter the length of a bath, the greater depth is required to complete the “comfort equation”. A shorter length means you are sitting more upright, therefore you will require greater depth in the “back” of the bath to support your neck. If you choose to put a shower over this bath it has ample standing room in the base for a generous showering area. Screening this shape of bath will be a challenge so perhaps you shouldn’t attempt that, but instead make the entire floor a wet area and locate the floor-waste close to the bath for rapid draining of the bath area. Meanwhile, the Twin Pool offers versatile solutions for bathroom design, freeing up space for a double-bowl vanity, extra cabinetry or a bidet. In a 120cm x 120cm space, you get a 1700mm long bath which is a luxurious 1.0m wide and suitable for single-person bathing, two-person bathing and showering. One end is sloped while the other is vertical. This increases the base-length for taller bathers, while making the end with the vertical sides safer for showering. The sloped “back” end of the bath also incorporates a “lumbar-support zone” to complete the “comfort equation”.

No flue fireplace Achieving understated elegance inside this beachfront apartment in Newcastle was the prime objective for Coco Republic’s designer. Drawing inspiration from the ocean-scape outside, the interior design scheme features soft blues and neutral sand colours with textures and finishes in natural wood, grass and stone. In contrast to these cool elements, situated as the centrepiece of the sitting room, is the EcoSmart Fire 1200SS [from The Fire Company] designed to add warmth and a sense of comfort to the space. An EcoSmart fire was chosen due to the minimal service requirements for the unit to run – no gas or flue outlet is required. This particular burner, with its long and low design, was installed in order to create a feature along what was an empty wall. Creating the fireplace chimney-frame in Gyprock and installing the firebox meant that symmetry and balance was also introduced, allowing the lounge-room furniture to sit comfortably around it. The natural textures of the faux timber wallpaper covering the focal wall and custom-made cabinetry are enhanced by the natural light entering the room through the floor-to-ceiling glass doors. The modern finish of the satin polyurethane on the cabinetry complements the contemporary design of the EcoSmart firebox and burner and provides contrast to the rough, grainy texture of the timber wallpaper. And the soft look and feel of the furnishings speaks of ultimate comfort, while still maintaining a contemporary sophistication.

NEW! The Painting Buddy will have you quickly painting like a PRO! Saving you time and money.

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Latest wall split air conditioner The new Aurora Wall Split System air conditioners by ActronAir have been built to manage the Australian climate, engineered to comfortably operate in temperatures of up to 50OC to provide cooling when it is needed the most. The Aurora series also features an advanced DC Inverter technology on both its indoor and outdoor units, which means quieter operation as well as up to 35% reduced electricity use compared to those with conventional AC technology [as claimed by the manufacturer]. Other features include Quiet Mode that can reduce sound and Sleep Mode which maximises comfort by automatically adjusting the temperature while you sleep. In many air conditioners the temperature sensor is located in the indoor unit, and in larger rooms this may result in temperature variations in different parts of the room. Aurora has one sensor in its indoor unit plus another in its remote control. This feature is called Follow Me, which delivers improved comfort exactly where you are in the room. For cleaner air quality, Aurora has a HEPA-BIO filter that captures 99% of particles such as dust, pollen, fungi and bacteria; then a specialized biological enzyme attacks and kills the microbes. A four-stage indoor coil self-cleaning cycle minimises any build-up of dust and reduces mould growth. RENOVATING • MARCH QTR 2014 • 31

Wicker for the outdoors Safer paint range as easy as one, two, three As the lines between indoor and outdoor living continue to blur, The Outdoor Furniture Specialists have recently sourced a range of new wicker pieces that work in any area of the home. Outdoor lounge suites and luxurious deep seat settings are set to continue to be a dominant feature in outdoor rooms around the country. Considered by some as the epitome of sophistication, wicker settings add a little bit of grandeur to your outdoor space.

A new addition to the wicker deep seat range is the 4-piece Cintia Lounge. With its curved edges, it’s not only contemporary but comfortable. It is sold only as a 4-piece set with individual pieces not available. Meanwhile, the new Balerro Wicker Table fills the gap for those seeking a large round wicker table to comfortably sit four. You can use it inside or out and team it with the Lucia Wicker Armless Chair for a sophisticated look. And the cozy Wicker Pod swivels on its own free standing base. The Outdoor Furniture Specialists are located nationwide.

New from FX Australia, the Lemon Tree Creek range of environment-safe coatings is designed as a numbered, easy to use system suitable for most interior and exterior surfaces. There are five water-based coatings in the range: FX Lemon Tree Creek Sealer Undercoat; FX Lemon Tree Creek Ceiling Flat; FX Lemon Tree Creek Low Sheen; FX Lemon Tree Creek Pre-Coat; and FX Lemon Tree Creek Water-Based Enamel. All coatings have been specifically formulated using cutting edge technology that not only eliminates the health and environmental problems associated with some commonly used paint products, but also delivers superior performance, excellent opacity and easy maintenance. The Lemon Tree Creek range incorporates the latest resins and advanced molecular sieve technology and is APEO-free, and either VOC-free or low VOC. FX Lemon Tree Creek Sealer Undercoat and FX Lemon Tree Creek Ceiling Flat use molecular sieve technology. Molecular sieve pigments absorb toxins and odours, so when combined with a final coat of breathable FX Lemon Tree Creek Low Sheen, as recommended, toxins are absorbed through the Low Sheen, and stay inert in the Sealer Undercoat. All these coatings are VOC-free. FX Lemon Tree Creek Pre-Coat, formulated for use with FX Lemon Tree Creek Water-Based Enamel (Gloss and Semi-Gloss) on trims and doors, are both low VOC products.

12mm stone benchtops essastone engineered stone [part of The Laminex Group] have recently introduced a 12mm profile to their range, offering a lean-and-clean European-look for slimline kitchen benchtops or bathroom vanities. And their classic 20mm and 30mm palette has been updated with two new décors – Black Truffle and Basalto. Black Truffle is a dramatic, bold black which can be used as a hero or complementing décor to create benchtops, vanities or feature walls; while the finely speckled Basalto adds a darker grey to an already comprehensive collection of greys. The essastone collection can be effortlessly coordinated with the wider Laminex product portfolio to create first-class interiors. It is resistant to scratches, stains and chemicals. 32 • RENOVATING • MARCH QTR 2014

Deck rejuvenation Ensuring your deck is in tip top shape is relatively easy, with affordable and easy-to-use products from Cabot’s. Cabot’s Aquadeck is a durable, low odour decking oil designed to provide exceptional durability to all exterior surfaces. Its formula allows oils to penetrate and nourish timber, and create a durable barrier for additional protection. Cabot’s shopping list comprises: Cabot’s Deck Clean; Cabot’s Deck Scrub Broom; Cabot’s Aquadeck; & Cabot’s Lambswool Applicator.

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Step 1: Deck Prep 9:00 – 10:30am: Firstly, prepare a mix of Cabot’s Deck Clean and water, and scrub it into the timber with a Cabot’s Deck Scrub Broom. This will help remove any surface contaminants that could affect the coating. Step 2: Coat your deck 11:30 – 12:30pm: On your clean and dry deck, apply Aquadeck using a lambswool applicator. Apply liberally along the entire length of the board and coat about 2-3 boards at a time. For colour uniformity, be sure to stir Cabot’s Aquadeck thoroughly with a broad, flat paddle before and during use. To avoid making application marks in the finish, never stop coating a board mid-way along the board. Always work up to the end of a board or find natural breaks such as joins or corners. Allow two hours between coats. Step 3: Recoat your deck 2:30 – 3:30pm: Once your first coat is dry, apply a second coat of Aquadeck, following the same process as before. When you’re done wash your tools in water. Allow two hours before replacing furniture back on your deck.

Cinema-quality TV sound The Envision Cinema soundbars [LS-B40 $499, LS-B50 $699 and LS-T10 $599] are easy to install and use, offering the very best in audio quality. Models LS-B50 and B40 are wall-mountable; while the LS-T10 sound base is capable of holding large screen LCD TVs (weighing up to 35kg or up to 55-inches in size). These models utilise AuraSphere 3D, a surround effect technology specially designed for Envision Cinema, that places you at the centre of the action for a cinema-like experience; and its Bluetooth-feature allows you to stream music from compatible devices such as smartphones, laptops and tablets. In addition to the soundbar and sound base range, the LS-3100 2.1 Channel Living satellite speaker system [$699] delivers an immersive listening experience for those with space limitations. Available in black or white, the LS-3100 comes with two table-top or wall-mountable sculpted speakers and wireless subwoofer. You can enjoy streaming tunes via Bluetooth or USB; while a coaxial/optical digital input for connection of your panel TV audio, and a 3.5mm analogue input gives you access to content from older home entertainment devices.

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A Metal Shear NEW No. TSCM / CC316 This specially designed TurboShear attachment cuts challenging, closely spaced corrugated metal profiles. Navigates cross cuts and round or square outlet cuts in most non-standing-seam metal roofing and building panels. No. TSHD / CC280 This Heavy Duty TurboShear Attachment cuts 1.22 mm (18-gauge) mild steel and most other sheet metals encountered on the job. Makes straight and left cuts with ease including tight patterns and square corners.

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A Fibre Cement Shear No. TSF1 Make fast cuts in fibre cement siding plank with minimal dust! This specialized attachment makes efficient trim cuts and mild arcs in 8 mm (5/16-inch) fibre cement siding plank.

No. TSF2 / CC297 This versatile attachment cuts both 13 mm (1/2-inch) fibre cement board and 8 mm (5/16-inch) fibre cement siding plank. Makes precise, easy cuts with minimal dust.

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Swivel sink magic

Simple switch Great from shower to jet energy saver

This Italian made SWISH-A-SINK swivel aerator, in the new modern smooth shape, has a patented double swivel joint to provide fullest sink coverage. Wonderful vegetable spray and just great for rinsing large platters and woks. Simply switches from shower to jet as required. So easy to install. Just unscrew your existing aerator and screw on SWISH-A-SINK. Hand tighten. The product is available in chrome/black or chrome/white from Bunnings and other hardware outlets for about $12.95.

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Home and small business owners can keep an eye on who is coming and going from their front door or reception area with a smart new digital wireless and portable home video intercom system. Requiring no special installation, the new plug-and-play Uniden DoorGuard UWG400 [$149.95] also features Snapshot to capture stills of visitors who ring the doorbell. The intuitive DoorGuard UWG400 can be taken directly from the packaging for immediate plug-and-play. The battery-operated intercom panel means the system can be easily transferred if you move locations and mounted to any wall without the need for professional installation. The new Snapshot mode is ideal for keeping track of any unanticipated or missed guests - such as couriers, tradespeople, friends and family. You can record up to 50 photos of visitors at the door which can be saved, viewed and then discarded as necessary from the receiver. This digital system includes an intercom panel with a built-in camera and receiver with a 2.4-inch colour display for twoway communication with visitors. It’s particularly handy for older and less mobile residents to talk and view securely from inside the home. Just as effective after dark, the Night Vision feature delivers sharp picture quality, even in dim lighting, to help you clearly identify any unexpected visitors. It is available from electrical retail stores nationally.

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Uniden has launched its second generation of easy-to-use in-car recording cameras, including a triple-camera model, designed for professionals frequently on the road and other drivers wanting to protect themselves from disputes and claims in case of accidents. Three new models, the triple camera iGO Cam 850 [$199.95], dual camera iGO Cam 820 [$169.95] and single camera iGO Cam 320 [$89.95], offer the latest in vehicle accident recording black box technology. Mounted on the inside of the car windscreen, these cameras automatically detect sudden changes in car movement, such as the onset of an accident, and immediately record the event in high definition. The iGO Cam 850 has a third camera bumper-mounted at the rear of the vehicle, which also operates as a reversing camera.

Panasonic Australia has released a convenient video intercom system [VL-SW250BX, $699 not including installation] with a wireless handset that lets you see who’s at the front-door, as you move around your home. The new system uses a camera mounted outside the front door with a fixed and a wireless video monitor. Checking on visitors via the LCD screen of the portable wireless handset is more flexible and convenient than relying only on a fixed monitor. Via the handset or the fixed indoor monitor you can view and speak with visitors, and open the door. Both have voice-activated answering, so if occupied with cooking or other tasks, you can speak with the visitor without having to press buttons.

Packed full of state-of-the-art features, Uniden iGO Cam uses an HD camera for high quality recording. Motion Detection is designed to collect evidence even when the car is parked and without the driver present – with the camera instantly capturing footage if the car is bumped or scraped. Built-in G-sensor and Collision Detection Mode ensure the camera detects a change in motion which will instantly trigger recording. In the event of an accident, this gives you the ability to analyse the direction of impact and view how it happened. The iGO Cam 850 also features GPS Geotag antenna enabling you to capture locations of where the recording was made. The free software is available from the Uniden website. The iGO Cam 820 is equipped with dual cameras and night vision cameras, so you can record what is going on in the front and back of your vehicle, ensuring all potential areas of the car are monitored. While the entry-level iGO Cam 320 features a single HD camera with Infrared Night Vision to record quality footage even in dimly lit areas. A plug-and-play device, the Uniden iGO Cams are easy to install, configure and operate. A compact and portable design allows you to transfer the camera between vehicles. All new models are compatible with a Micro SD card, and are available from consumer electronics retailers. 34 • RENOVATING • MARCH QTR 2014

This new system is designed to be fast and easy for a professional installer to set up and can be expanded as required with additional wireless monitors and repeaters – for example in multistorey homes and in outdoor entertaining areas. Another convenient feature is the ability to make calls between the indoor monitor and handset. It is also possible to record images of visitors when you are away from home. The maximum distance between the main monitor station and the door station is: using General Cable CAT-3, 50-metres; using General Cable 22AWG, 100 metres. It is available from Panasonic distributor EOS Australia.

DIY Home Sliding Door Automation

$399 +p/h

Convert your existing patio, screen or cavity sliding doors into fully automatic doors with the AUTOSLIDETM Lifestyle Kit. The simple Do-It-Yourself add-on kit is a convenient solution for many including busy parents, renovators and pet lovers, and a long-awaited necessity for the elderly, disabled or physically challenged and their families.

There’s no need to constantly open the door for pets to come in and out

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Smart digital TV recorder The new View21 Smart Digital TV Recorder from Bush Australia is a user-friendly DVR incorporating clever features and state-ofthe-art functionality making it suitable for even the less tech-savvy. Using its built-in Wi-Fi you can access the easy-to-use View21 Play app, which allows one program to be watched on a family’s main TV while another live or pre-recorded program can be streamed wirelessly to an Apple iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch mobile device in another room. You can also book recordings via the same app. The Wi-Fi function allows you to connect to websites such as YouTube and Flickr to share favourite short flicks or pictures with family and friends. Easy access to Twitter accounts lets you see what’s trending during sports programs or reality TV thanks to its ‘ticker tape’ presentation.

It is available in two storage sizes: the 500GB model [BV21R050W, $399] is capable of storing up to 125 hours in HD programming; while the 1TB model [BV21R100W, $449] can store up to 250 hours in HD. One-touch recording makes the process simple and you can record two channels simultaneously. Popular features such as series link recording, a seven-day Electronic Program Guide (EPG) and pause and rewind live television are also included.

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Standing tall at 90cm, the Arctic LED Display Oscillating Tower Fan from Kambrook [model KFA837, $79.95] circulates air effectively around large areas and has a slim, modern design to discreetly sit in any bedroom or lounge space. A choice of operation modes enables you to set the fan to nature, simulating the gentle rise and fall of the wind, or reduction which slowly reduces the fan speed over time as the day cools down. Its easy-to-read LED screen displays the room temperature as well as the chosen setting, which can be adjusted directly on the fan or via the remote control. A convenient 12-hour timer can automatically switch off the fan at a preselected time; while its quiet operation makes it ideal on sweltering summer nights.

Glass is an important factor for the performance of windows and doors. Here are some terms and explanations and how glass can be used, provided by Paarhammer Windows & Doors.

Annealed Glass: the common flat glass often used in double glazing. It tends to break into large jagged shards.

Toughened Glass: annealed glass is heated to above 600 °C and the surface then rapidly cooled, resulting in increased resistance to breakage. If it does break it forms into small regular, mostly square fragments.

Laminated glass: this is made of two or more layers of glass with an interlayer bonded in between, providing safety and security. In a breakage the glass is held together by the interlayer. Colouring, sound dampening, and resistance to fire or ultra violet filtering can be incorporated.

Coated glass: surface coatings are applied to achieve low maintenance, scratch resistance, special reflection, transmission or absorption.

Conventional single glazing offers little resistance to the passage of heat. Solar radiation that is not reflected or absorbed is transmitted through the glass.

Tinted glass is the most common type of absorbent glass and comes in a range of colours.

Reflective glazing maximizes light transmission while reflecting solar radiation and is often used to reduce heat gain especially on western elevations.

Low E glass (low emissivity) has a metallic or oxide coating which reduces transfer of heat or cold through the glass while still allowing light through. Mostly used in double or triple glazed units.

Double glazing comprises 2 panes of glass (any glass combination can be used) with a sealed space of ideally 12 to 16mm in between. This space can be filled with air or an inert gas (like argon). Argon gas has molecules that are larger than air molecules and can therefore provide better insulation properties, increasing efficiency by 7 to 15%. It is colourless, non-flammable and odourless.

Triple glazing has 3 panes of glass (any glass combination can be used) with sealed spaces of ideally 2mm in between each. Some triple glazed windows can have a U-value as low as less than 1.0. Paarhammer’s best is 0.8 U-value.

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Thermostats for showers Luxury long enjoyed in Europe, Australian’s are now able to enjoy thermostatic showering pleasure at home. You can keep your shower at a constant temperature independent of toilet flushes, dishwashers and other water-use. The new Hansgrohe Ecostat thermostats provide a reliable protection against cold-water surges and hot-water surprises, offering comfort and safety for everyone. The new, compact and rapid-reacting thermostat cartridge provides excellent temperature control and fits an elegant, slim faucet body with a diameter of only 38mm. They are easily retrofitted when the iBox Universal is installed, with a simple bathroom update turned around in under an hour.

Stone bathroom walls Caesarstone®’s recent introduction of six 13mm slab thickness options into their Classico Collection now makes their product suitable for use in vertical applications such as bathroom wall panels. Other bathroom applications include vanities, bath surrounds, inset shelving, shower recesses and window sills. These surfaces are nonporous, durable, and resistant to stains, scratches, common household chemicals, mould and mildew, making them suitable for wet area renovations. The large floorto-ceiling panel sizes allow for less joins and enable the creation of clean, minimal modern spaces.

With three different designs, the new Ecostat E [$1249], Ecostat S [$1629] and Pura Vida [$2479] thermostats can be matched with the Hansgrohe Elegance, Style and Pura Vida tapware lines. Clean, clear and slender, the Ecostat S thermostat is an excellent match for the up-to-date minimalist bathroom. Safety Stop and Safety Function have been integrated in both the exposed and concealed thermostats. The Ecostat E’s slender faucet body is in perfect harmony with the slim handles and the tapered wall plates. This compact, seemingly weightless structure provides a modern look. And the Pura Vida thermostat is matched perfectly to complement the Pura Vida range of showers and tapware.

Attic bathrooms Elegant and barrierfree floor-level shower surfaces made of Kaldewei steel enamel are becoming more popular in bathrooms. Providing flush-to-floor access, they lend the room an airy and spacious character. The enamelled shower surface Xetis, for example, features an integrated wall outlet which relocates the drain to a discreet position in the wall, hidden behind a design cover.


Showering in the digital era The latest digital-era mixer-technology from Mira Showers provides the perfect temperature every time you shower, even if someone else is showering or using taps elsewhere in your home. Pre-programmable features including warm-up and digital clock display have transformed showering; there is also s an Eco Mode for the environment-conscious. The Mira Vision Shower [from Candana Bathware] comes with digital mixer, wireless controller, showerhead and rail. The wireless controller accessory allows you to warm up the shower even before entering the bathroom. Four wireless controllers are available and replace conventional taps. The Mira 360m showerhead has a WELS rating of 3-stars and flow rate of 8 l/min.

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Upright vacuum Kitchen ideas cleaner Electrolux have developed a new upright vacuum cleaner called Precision [$449]. It is lightweight and easy to manoeuver with cyclonic technology that maintains optimum suction. It has been designed for use on all surfaces, plus the one-touch quickrelease wand and stretch-hose provides 4.2m reach for cleaning up-high as well as down-low. Meanwhile the 3-in-1 tool allows for effective cleaning of corners, crevices and staircases. Electrolux also includes their BrushRollClean that cuts any hairs and fibres trapped on the motorised brush nozzle to whisk it away to the transparent large-capacity dust container. There is also a washable HEPA 13 filter that locks in 99.97% of dust, dirt and allergens.

Caesarstone® in partnership with trend forecasters FranklinTill has created an online Design Inspirations e-book available for free download which aims to spark the imagination and explore the newest interior design trends. The Design Inspirations e-book explores five distinct existing and emerging style trends, and demonstrates how the four Caesarstone® collections – Classico™, Motivo®, Supremo® and Concetto® – can be merged with these style influences to create cutting-edge design. Each trend is accompanied by the cultural and design context from which it is derived, incorporating beautiful imagery, carefully selected colour palette examples and a selection of surfaces and materials which complement the trend.

Latest Nespresso models Today, statement small appliances are integral to the kitcheninterior, adding further dimension and defining the personality of the homeowner. The recently launched Breville range of Nespresso capsule coffee machines includes a choice of models and colours to accent contemporary spaces. The Pixie collection includes three models [$349], all ideal for minimalist, industrial interiors with limited bench space. With a textured stainless steel aesthetic, they come in Electric Red, Electric Titan and Steel Lines. Delivering a high quality and consistent coffee experience, each model features 19-bar pressure, ease of use, timeless design and Nespresso Aeroccino3 for hot or cold milk frothing. No drip technology, automatic capsule ejection and memorisation of preferred cup size – Espresso or Lungo – add to the fuss-free operation. RENOVATING • MARCH QTR 2014 • 37

The teuco Outline Bath Delsa Bathware & Design have introduced the teuco range of spa baths, made from acrylic-based composite material Duralight®. Compact and non-porous across its entire thickness, this durable material is resistant to external agents, which allows for surfaces to be restored to mint-condition. With the use of Hydroline in the teuco Outline Bath, nozzles have been replaced by thin slits that are hidden from view, creating a seamless whirlpool bath. The only sound the whirlpool makes is that of flowing water. Capitalising also on the benefits of coloured lights to emotionally as well as physically cleanse, this bath makes use of a chromo-experience system, offering a relaxing and therapeutic experience. And with the effect of ultrasound teamed with the whirlpool, Hydrosonic® makes the massage penetrate beneath the skin, for a deep and intense treatment for total well-being. Indulging in 20-minutes of Hydrosonic® is claimed to improve cellular metabolism, encourage lymphatic drainage, help muscles recover after exercise, and reduce stress and joint-pain. The Duralight panels of the Outline Bathtub are available in any colour, whilst the bathtub’s size ranges from 178x79cm to 200x80cm.

Energy efficient hot water Small Australian households who are keen to save money [up to 78%] with more energy efficient hot water but don’t have room for a large 315L tank have new options with the launch of two smaller tank sizes (160L and 250L) from Sanden Eco® Hot Water Heat Pump (HWHP) systems. Unlike solar, the Sanden system doesn’t rely on clear sunny days so you can receive the savings rain, hail or shine without the need for an electric booster. All Sanden tanks are stainless steel and manufactured in Albury. The new 160L tank caters to one to two person households that don’t use a lot of hot water and have limited space. The 160L tank is also suited to townhouses and ground-floor units or those with large-balconies that have an outdoor space for the system. It can replace an 80-150L conventional electric storage system. The new 250L tank provides enough hot water for two to four people, suiting a small family or offering a smaller option for those who don’t use much hot water and don’t want a bigger tank. [This tank size is the most popular in the Australian hot water market.] Sanden is a Japanese-owned global business with more than 50 years’ experience in the production of air conditioning compressors. It has applied their understanding of heat transfer technologies to the home environment, resulting in the development of the Sanden Eco® Hot Water Heat Pump System, which uses up to 78% less energy than conventional electric water heaters, absorbing heat from the air to heat the water in the tank.

Automated toilet The bathroom is becoming one of the primary rooms to showcase the latest technology such as the Tece Lux, a new in wall cistern available from Candana Designs. The toilet of today can do so much more than simply press-and-flush such as: rinse and dry; purify the air; and flush automatically. TECE has developed a product that provides all these functions, with the technology hidden behind the wall; and visible only as a flat facing panel made of white safety glass. This plate provides non-contact flush activation, with the flushing controls illuminated only when approached. It comes with nightlight, dual-flush, a large access area for servicing, and 6mm white toughened glass. It also features an air-purification system that operates invisibly, quietly and without cover-up fragrances. This air purification system uses a new ceramic-activated carbon filter, with odours extracted where they occur and the purified air then fed back into the room. It also includes new m-Lift technology, which enables the height of the toilet to be adjusted at any time, even after installation, so anyone of any height can use this toilet. It has a WELS rating of 4 stars and uses 5 – 6 litres for a full flush, or 4 – 6 litres for a half-flush.

Waterfall shower Embodying current design trends in Italy is the Gaia Waterfall and Rain Shower, available from Christiaan’s [Brisbane]. This combination wall-mounted shower certainly gets your attention, emulating rainfall or a waterfall within your private bathroom. It has the option of adding LED lights to the showerhead, adding to its allure. It has a 2-star WELS rating and uses 11-litres of water per minute.

Precision tapware from Germany Skilful engineering and ergonomic design are the hallmarks of the latest collection of bathroom tapware from German specialist Kludi. Renowned for its understated architectural profiles and leading-edge water-saving technology Kludi’s new arrival, the Logo Neo, confirms the trend towards softer lines and minimal water usage in basin tapware. The clever ecoaerator of this tap delivers 40% water savings and contributes to its 5 star WELS water conservation rating, using 6-litres/minute. The Logo Neo [$199], standing 126mm high with a spout reach of 115mm, has a ceramic disc cartridge with safety hot water limiter. There is a matching bath/shower mixer with diverter [$329] and without diverter [$269]; and on a more practical level its soft curves and lack of sharp angles make for ease of cleaning. Available from Tradelink stores nationally. 38 • RENOVATING • MARCH QTR 2014

Teak outdoor settings As the lines between indoor and outdoor living continue to blur, The Outdoor Furniture Specialists have recently sourced a range of new teak pieces that work in any area of the home. Outdoor lounge suites and luxurious deep seat settings are set to continue to be a dominant feature in outdoor rooms around the country. Earthy, rustic and striking, timber is a popular choice for creating a traditional outdoors lounge area. The new Teak Oakland Table has a rustic look but updated with the Winton Chair in three designs. Available in two sizes, the new Teak Palmer Table and Palmer Bench combination has a classic style that complements many outdoor areas.


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New Caesarstone benchtops Caesarstone® has introduced seven new designs into their Classico™ collection, available from kitchen showrooms nationally. Vanilla Noir™ is a classic rich black featuring wider delicate natural light veins. Alpine Mist™ has a white cool grey background featuring delicate natural crisp white veins. Bianco Drift™, inspired by light natural granites, incorporates delicate organic vein features with subtle colourations of light grey and white, with a hint of light brown. Calcutta Classic™ features stronger larger scale wider light grey veins on a white base. Raw Concrete™ was inspired by concrete colours and surfaces and provides the modern industrial look of concrete but with the performance benefits of a quartz surface. Clamshell™ is a soft fusion of light grey with white features. Summer Rye™ is a warm light brown structure with soft wisps of white throughout.

Caesarstone app Caesarstone® has developed an online Visualiser app to facilitate the inclusion of their quartz benchtops into kitchen-and bathroomdesigns. This app offers a photorealistic representation of a kitchen or bathroom, which can then be customised with a colour palette from the Caesarstone range. This allows you to simply and conveniently exchange different design styles and refine colour choices between members of the family and design consultants. It also lets you select flooring materials, wall colours and even cabinet styles to accurately depict the overall tone and feel of your renovationproject with a visual design mock-up. You can then save your selection, share it around, and see a summary of your design-options. This Visualiser app is available to try on the Caesarstone website For best results you should use a desktop, laptop or tablet device.

For the outdoors kitchen Timber veneer alternative Clark has extended its Pete Evans Kitchen Sink and Accessories collection to include a range of alfresco sinks, accessories and mixer taps, designed for outdoor entertaining. The single and double bowl sinks have been constructed from corrosion-resistant, 316 marine-grade stainless steel to provide maximum durability; and come with a bamboo chopping board, stainless steel multi-bowl, BBQ tray and a basket waste. The Multi-Bowl is ideal for food preparation and marinating, and can be used as an ice bucket or drinks cooler; while the BBQ Tray is oven safe and can be used for transporting, warming and serving barbecued foods. Both fit neatly over the sink bowl.

Laminex has recently introduced a new High Pressure Laminate (HPL) option, Nuance HPL, to match their Impressions Textured Surfaces Nuance finish. Costing less than timber veneer, Nuance HPL enables designers, specifiers and architects to achieve the look of authentic timber on a budget. In answer to the growing trend of woodgrain settings in both residential and commercial interiors, Nuance HPL provides the solution for an integrated palette of High and Low Pressure Laminates; and has been made to match the existing Nuance pre-finished boards allowing it to be utilised where veneers would typically be used. For home renovations and construction, Nuance HPL allows designers and fabricators the ability to connect elements such as benchtops and kitchen cabinetry with open shelving – a growing trend in integrated living spaces – or corner shelving on island benches. Designed to match all 24 Nuance decors in the Impressions Textured Surfaces range, the biggest demand is for the popular Nuance woodgrains, ranging through light-washed, grey-brown and rich woodgrains. The washed look of Alaskan or the warm grey undertones of Lustrous Elm are ideal for modern and on-trend spaces. The darker undertones of Domain and Burnished Wood are more of a classic look and can be teamed with neutrals for a sophisticated and stylish interior. Natural Zebrano is a mid-toned woodgrain and will effortlessly blend in with any room.


Stain-resistant penetrating sealer A common problem with laying stone or concrete tiles/pavers is that the as-new appearance suffers over time. Stains from food, wine and oil, or mould/algae growth often occur and cleaning will therefore be required. However, due to the penetration of staining materials into the substrate, this is usually not successful. AccordRepels Oil ingly, Tech-Dry has developed a new solvent-based stain-resistant sealer Protectaseal-S2 that uses state-of-the-art nanotechnology to significantly improve the stain resistant performance. The new Protectaseal-S2 is suitable for most masonry substrates including natuRepels Water ral or reconstituted stone, concrete pavers or blocks, terracotta and porcelain tiles, providing excellent stain resistant performance. The key features of this sealer include: excellent resistance to oil or water-based stains; reduction of water absorption and algae/ mould growth; deep penetration without significantly changing the surface appearance; UV stable & permanently bonded to the masonry with long term durability; no surface coating to peel off making it low-maintenance; and suitable for porous, dense or polished finishes. Tech-Dry manufactures an extensive range of penetrating masonry sealers in Australia with proprietary technology and therefore can offer these sealers at affordable prices with prompt customer service. The new Protectaseal-S2 is available from the Tech-Dry head office in Melbourne and interstate outlets.

Cooking convenience Neff’s range of kitchen appliances [distributed by Sampford IXL] share similar design features allowing for seamless coordination in kitchen renovations. You can mix and match Neff appliances to suit your individual preferences. Neff’s T54T97N2 FlexInduction 90cm cooktop [$4699] includes a new design and extended Flexzones (flexible cooking zones] to offer a high level of freedom in relation to the selection, number and arrangement of pans on the cooktop. It improves the way space can be used and cleverly accommodate pots and pans up to 24cm in diameter – in essence allowing larger items to be heated on compact cooktops. The smart induction technology automatically recognises the size and position of each pan, so everything can be moved about the cooktop with ease. Offered in two sizes (heights of 14cm $1499, or 29cm), Neff’s fully extendable warming drawer is a handy all-rounder. It is not only suited to gently heating up to 12 place settings ahead of serving food, but can also keep precooked food warm, defrost delicate foods, melt chocolate, make yoghurt or prove dough.

Classic dishwasher The new Beko freestanding dishwasher [model DSFN6835 in white $1079, or stainless steel $1189] is quiet enough that even if you dine in your kitchen or live in an open plan, your conversation will not be disturbed. It has a Multipurpose Removable Cutlery Drawer that pulls out from the bottom of the dishwasher to enable you to wash smaller items like cutlery and espresso cups. With a 5-star WELS water rating it uses 11.2-litres of water/wash. Besides the main water safety system that shuts off the water inlet, Watersafe+ provides extra safety by automatically shutting off the water if the inlet hose begins to leak. The Flexible Half Load also offers you the choice to load the upper, lower or both racks, to use only the required amount of water; while the smart dirt sensor works out the necessary water pressure so grimy items are subjected to higher water pressure compared to less dirty items such as glassware. Mums can keep bottles hygienic with the baby bottle holder accessory integrated into the dishwasher; and the Baby Care Program ensures bottles and plates are left germfree via an extra hot rinse cycle.

Induction cooktop innovations Instead of the traditional circular inductors, ILVE’s new G5 range of induction cooktops has been reengineered with a square-shaped inductor panel to maximise the cooking space. The cooktop has a slider touch control offering 11 heating levels; heat is instantaneous; temperature control is immediate; and the heat is evenly spread over the bottom of the pan. Its KeraBlack+ glass surface is both practical and stylish; incorporates ergonomic central positioning that allows more spaces for pots and pans; and can be kept clean effortlessly. It also has an auto-stop function that is triggered after 10 hours, plus a temperature-limiter in the event of boil-dry accidents. There are five sizes: 60cm, 70cm, 78cm, 90cm and 91cm; with prices ranging from $3199 through to $4599.

Wall mounted rangehood Neff’s range of kitchen appliances [distributed by Sampford IXL] share similar design features allowing for seamless coordination in kitchen renovations. You can mix and match Neff appliances to suit your individual preferences. The D79M66N5 90cm, 3-speed Rangehood [$2999] features a matching bevelled glass fascia for a seamless look. An Intensive setting boosts the extraction rate so your kitchen space stays ventilated and fresh. Meanwhile a recirculation option sucks the stale air through a grease filter followed by a charcoal filter for purification; and lets it back into the kitchen via an opening in the hood. It features Neff’s Softlight® with dimmer function, with the light intensity able to be adjusted to suit any mood or situation. RENOVATING • MARCH QTR 2014 • 41

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Neff’s range of kitchen appliances [distributed by Sampford IXL] share similar design features allowing for seamless coordination in kitchen renovations. You can mix and match Neff appliances to suit your individual preferences.

You can create authentic, stone baked pizzas in just five minutes with Breville’s Crispy Crust by Pete Evans [$169]. Top and bottom elements heat the ceramic pizza stone to a high of 350o C, mimicking the effect of a traditional brick oven. It has settings for thin, classic and thick based pizzas as well as reheat and keepwarm settings, and comes with a Pete Evans recipe book. For desert you can have perfectly cooked waffles with Breville’s Waffle Pro [$249]. Twelve browning levels and five settings for specialty batters allow it to calculate the correct cooking time for classic, chocolate, buttermilk and Belgian-style waffles. Thermal Pro technology produces a precise, consistent heat for evenly browned waffles; while a no-mess moat catches and cooks any batter overflow making clean up simple.

The B45C44N3AU Slide & Hide® plus VarioSteam® 67-litre oven with 10 cooking functions [$3999] adds moisture as steam into the oven cavity at various intervals and intensities during operation to roast and bake with the ideal amount of moisture. The oven door can be opened and seamlessly tucked away into an integrated compartment underneath the oven. Alternatively, Neff’s C47C62N3GB CircoSteam® 38-litre oven with 20 automatic programs [$4299] combines the advantages of hot air cooking and steaming to produce exceptional results. You can prepare all sorts of foods like bread, meat and fish, keeping them beautifully moist on the inside, but satisfyingly crispy on the outside.

Marine blue appliances An affordable, limited edition range exclusive to Target stores nationally, the Ronson Marine Blue collection includes a combination blender/food processor, 4-slice toaster, stainless kettle and planetary bench mixer. The 650W Blender Processor [$99] comes with a 1.2-litre food processor bowl and 1.5-litre blender jug. The 4-Slice Toaster [$59] features extra wide and deep toasting slots for a variety of breads and five-stage browning controls. The 1.7-litre, 2000W Stainless Kettle [$49] is multi-directional and cordfree. The700W Planetary Bench Mixer [$199] comes with leaf beater, dough hook and whisk attachment, and a 4.5-liTHR 069 RenovatingMag Ad 7/6/02 3:12 PM Page 1 tre stainless steel bowl.


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Smeg has released a smaller version of its retro-style Victoria 110cm upright cooker. The 90cm Victoria [$6490] delivers the same vintage aesthetics as the larger model but is tailored for smaller kitchens. Available in traditional panna or black enamel, it offers multiple cooking options and a generous capacity. It features two ovens – the main at lower left and a tall auxiliary at right – plus a separate electric static grill and a six burner gas hob. Both ovens have a 68-litre capacity and side opening door, with the main offering thermoseal technology and six cooking functions including supercook, fan-forced and convection baking plus fan and static grill; while the tall auxiliary oven has fan-forced baking plus a plate rack for warming. Both ovens have easy-clean Ever-Clean enamel interiors – while the main oven also has Vapour Clean cleaning technology. The 41-litre capacity electric grill is fully variable with two grilling levels plus Ever-Clean enamel. A spacious gas cooktop features six burners, including an ultra-rapid wok burner at the front left, a rapid, two semirapids and two auxiliary burners under cast iron trivets.

Scholtès 60cm Multi-Function Grande capacity oven [$3699], with up to 11 automatic cooking functions, offers the flexibility of two ovens in one while fitting into a standard 60cm oven space. With an 81-litre capacity the oven provides 4 levels of cooking. But the clever Bi-volume divider allows you to split the oven into two separately controlled cavities of 23-litres and 58-litres. Multiple dishes can be cooked simultaneously at separate temperatures saving time and energy, without odours and flavours mixing. Two electronic thermostats maintain accurate dual temperatures. Cleaning is a breeze with Scholtès Pyrolytic, a self-cleaning function. During this cycle the oven will heat up to 500o turning fat deposits into ash. With the door automatically locked during the cleaning process the triple glass cool touch door offers maximum protection for children. The removable inner oven door consists of a smooth glass pane which ensures no fat or deposits in seals or crevices.

Commercial laminates Formica® has updated with the introduction of 29 new decors, with 9 now forming part of the Commercial Colour Range, including versatile woodgrains, modern patterns and flexible solid colours. Tailored for the Australian commercial market, the updated range offers designers a contemporary palette that enables the creation of modern, coordinated spaces. This latest update is integrated across the Formica range of laminate, decorated board and componentry products. The range is on-trend, versatile and timeless, and suitable for commercial offices, retail fitouts, relevant schemes for healthcare, and furniture in schools and classrooms. Woodgrains continue to be a firm favourite in commercial spaces, used in horizontal and vertical applications. The introduction of mid-toned woodgrains, Ash Woodline, Cinnamon Ash, and Charred Woodline add an extra dimension, perfect for creating durable timber looks. Finesse Sand and Finesse Stone are subtle patterned greys that can be partnered with new solid Sarum Grey for a modern look; while Brushed Nickel adds a new moody metallic element to the range. Formica has also introduced new magnetic metallic laminates in Glossy White and Matt Black finishes. Glossy White is ideal for whiteboard surfaces; while Matt Black can be used to create magnetic chalk blackboards. The Formica Commercial Colour Range is available on large decorated board format, with colour-matched ABS edging available. 44 • RENOVATING • MARCH QTR 2014

New Tile & Laminate Paint The Flood Company has released a brilliant new product range that will rejuvenate and re-colour old tiles, laminates & appliances. Flood Tile & Laminate Paint is an interior high performance coating designed to give a hardwearing high gloss finish. It will totally transform your kitchen, bathroom or appliances saving the cost of major renovations. Save time and money when using Flood Tile & Laminate Paint as there is NO primer required.

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Scuff the surface thoroughly using a180220 sanding block to key the surface. Remove all dust after sanding with clean water. If there has been mould present in the past, apply Flood Mould Action, following the label instructions. Allow the surface to dry thoroughly.


Apply Flood Tile & Laminate Paint after stirring with a wide blade stirrer. A good job requires a good quality brush. When brushing use even strokes in one direction, then the other, do not over brush the product. For larger areas we recommend using a roller with low pile; a mohair cover would be a good choice.

For more details and availability call us on 1800 226 113 for the informative and creative colour guide which from the 52 great colours available will guide you through the renovation process. Visit our web site

Easy ceiling makeover

If your bathroom or kitchen ceiling has condensation mould or flaking plaster, here's the perfect solution. Beautiful, white high gloss Panelscape PVC Panels just slot together in a tight, flush, mould free, almost invisible join to make a continuous waterproof ceiling. Simply glue the lightweight panels straight over your existing ceiling or timber frame. Your Panelscape ceiling will always look new. No painting is ever required.

Panelscape is available through hardware and plumbing outlets for about $24 per square metre in sizes 250mm wide x 1.8M and 2.4M in length x 5mm thick. An attractive 2.4M PVC Cornice is also available. For a free brochure and sample please phone (03) 9460 8000 or email

Panel scape

PVC Panels

for ceilings & walls

Apartment fireplaces Apartment-living can mean smaller spaces but that doesn’t mean you have to forego enjoying a fireplace. EcoSmart Fires [from The Fire Company] offer complete Fire Design Solutions to fit compact urban spaces. Because EcoSmart Fires are fuelled by clean-burning bioethanol, all of their Fireplace Inserts, Bioethanol Burners, and Freestanding Designer Fireplaces are vent free with no need for gas or electric lines. This makes EcoSmart Fires an ideal solution for high-rise buildings and areas with strict building codes. American interior designer Kathy Adcock-Smith and architect Joe Eisner both had U.S. clients who wanted to add a luxurious and easy-to-install centrepiece in their high-rise apartments. She faced the challenge of finding a fireplace that provided an architectural grounding for the seating arrangement while also preserving the beautiful Dallas city-view. The Vision, with its clear glass back and ventless burner, offered an ideal solution. Meanwhile, New York architect Joe Eisner needed a fireplace that met the design restraints of high rise construction, specifically a ventless fireplace similar to those he had seen in his international travels in high end hotels. The solution was the Firebox 650SS. Ventless, zero clearance, and made of brushed stainless steel, this model brought both high design and functionality to the renovation-project. 46 • RENOVATING • MARCH QTR 2014


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Kincumber M10 Solutions. . 02 4368 3866

14 Northcott Dr, Kotara 2289

Kerta Rd & Empire Bay Dr, Kincumber 2250

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Bristol Decorator Centre. . . . 02 4934 5780

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230 Brisbane St, Ipswich 4305

84 Port Stephens Dr, Taylors Beach 2316

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1 Electra St, Bundaberg 4670

Shp 10 Ross Crt, 195 Bloomfield St, Cleveland 4163

Ironbark Timber Products. . . 07 5445 2755 517 Maroochydore Rd, Kunda Park 4556

Cairns Coatings . . . . . . . . . 07 4041 3311 172 Scott St, Carins 4870 Morton’s Hardware . . . . . . . 07 3396 5677

179 The Entrance Rd, Erina 2250

Unit 1/6 Botham Cl, Charmhaven 2263

Collaroy Paint & Hardware . 02 9971 5877 1010 Pittwater Rd, Collaroy 2097

Bristol Paints Norwest. . . . . 02 9836 3512 Unit 1A 2-10 Celebration Dr, Bella Vista 2153

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138 Singer St , Wynnum 4178

91 Rawson Rd, Woy Woy 2256

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26 Veronica St, Warilla 2528

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1-3 Carrington Road, Toowoomba 4350

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66 Kennedy Dr, Cambridge 7170

Ibbotts Timber & Hardware. . 03 6420 2666


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1/127 Green Oakes Dr, Coolum 4573

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48 Oldaker St, Devonport 7310

378 Centre Rd, Bentleigh 3204

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2 Levanswell Rd, Moorabbin 3189

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21 Dana Street, Ballarat 3350


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Peel Paint Place. . . . . . . . . 08 9581 2623

375 Victoria Rd, Gladesville 2111

1 Bridge Street, Eltham 3095

100 Park Rd, Mandurah 6210

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493 Grimshaw St, Bundoora 3083

26A Rudloc Rd, Morley 6062

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2/43 Erindale Rd, Balcatta 6031

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2/8 Machinery Dr, South Tweed Heads 2486

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Crocker’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . 02 9644 2954

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Paint Spot . . . . . . . . . . . . . 03 9801 8011

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380 Burwood Hwy, Wantirna South 3152

2/162 Winton Road, Joondalup 6207

Luxury Paints . . . . . . . . . . . 07 4772 5523

Bristol Decorator Centre. . . . 02 4956 6955

Paint Wholesalers Bondi . . . 02 9369 1960

Inspirations Paint & Colour. . 03 9878 8211

Paint Place Midland . . . . . . 08 9274 2111

Paint City. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 07 5493 2033 Coora Cres & Nicklin Way, Currimundi 4551

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14 Ernie Creek Rd, Noosaville 4567 3 Oldfield Rd, 17 Mile Rocks 4073

1/138 Spencer Rd, Nerang 4211

86 Bayswater Rd, Townsville 4812


53 Eton St, Sutherland 2232

215 Princess Hwy, Albion Park Rail 2527 6 Central Road, Miranda 2228

66-72 Carlingford St, Sefton 2162

4/274 Macquarie Rd, Warners Bay 2282

103 Pound St, Grafton 2460

260 Oxford St, Bondi 2022

323 Whitehorse Rd, Nunawading 3131

Shop 7 South City, 3 South Street, Canning Vale 6155

Inspirations Paint & Colour. . 08 9300 0211

2/201 Great Western Hwy, Midland 6056

Sanding made easier With the WORX WX652 Random Orbital Sander [$59] and its attached dust bag and collect-as-you-work technology, sanding jobs become both cleaner and healthier. It is designed as a one-size-fits-all sander with an impressive 125mm disc diameter. Additionally, the ability to switch between speeds means you are assured high debris removal on a variety of materials; while the large orbital diameter increases the removal rate of material and in turn reduces the risk of swirl marks on your material. Finally, switching between sandpaper sheets has been made easier with an intuitive hookand-loop system.

Steam cleaning

For the Tradie

Kärcher Tools’ SC2.500 Steam Cleaner [$349] is the perfect for keeping your home hygienically clean, eliminating 99.99% of all common household bacteria. Steam Cleaning is fast becoming the method of choice for cleaning surfaces around the home: it’s effective; affordable; and environment-friendly. The SC2.500 is a green alternative to chemical based cleaning products. Simply fill the SC2.500 tank with tap water, turn on the steam cleaner, and start cleaning. It comes with a 2-metre steam hose gun, detail nozzle for grout and other tight areas, a hand tool for the shower recess and mirror, a round brush for scrubbing out stubborn dirt, and a steam flow regulation switch on the handle. You can even use steam to refresh your curtains, cushions and other upholstered household items.

Bosch Blue’s GBH 18 V-EC Professional cordless rotary hammer with powerful chisel function features Bosch’s EC brushless motor for efficiency and durability, enabling Tradies to work longer per battery charge compared to conventional DC motors. The motor is also dustproof, durable, compact and maintenance-free. It can hammer up to 115 holes in concrete (6 x 40 mm) with only one battery charge and achieves single impact energy of 1.7 joules. It weighs just 2.6kg, so it can be used easily overhead and in tight spaces or hard-to-reach spots; plus it has an LED light for work in dark spaces. The GBH 18 V-EC is compatible with all 18V Bosch Premium Lithium Ion batteries from 1.3Ah up to 4.0Ah. It is available as a barebones tool for $399.

Cutting backerboard This fast, clean cutting TurboShear drillattachment, from Malco Australia, is specialized for cutting 12.7mm fibre-cement backerboard. The drive shaft of this onehand operation accessory inserts into the chuck of a corded or cordless electric drill. Its sleek, lightweight aluminium cast shear head and moulded drill clamp allow maximum portability to go wherever the work is. The compact telescoping drill clamp adjusts to fit both length and width of the drill housing including smaller lithium ion battery powered units. This versatile and economical accessory is an alternative for messy, imprecise, scoring and snapping methods of trimming backerboard. A wide skid-plate on the head design stabilizes the cutting action for extra-smooth results. This versatile shear also navigates curved-pattern cuts for window and door arches. The hardened carbon steel blade and skid plate ensure long uninterrupted service life. You can rotate the tool’s skid plate to maximize cutting life; and the blade and skid plate set is easily replaceable on the job. You can visit to see a video of this tool in action.


18v cordless drill-driver The newest edition to Fein’s fleet of high performance tools is their 18v Cordless Drill Driver [$749]. A powerful 4-speed gear box and a brushless motor offer superb control; and coupled with Li-ion battery technology it can fasten 1800 screws on just one charge.

Innovative hacksaw TROJAN has released a heavy duty and convenient 2-in-1 hacksaw with effortless blade tensioning and an integrated saw. The innovative TROJAN SwiftBlade™ Hacksaw, available from Bunnings stores around Australia [$29.98] is suitable for non-professionals, serious DIYers and light trade-use. Through use of a lever it ensures effortless and consistent high blade tension, which doesn’t require adjustment. You can quickly and easily change blades using the same single lever release. This hacksaw can be used for cutting steel, brass, aluminium and any other materials required for quick cut-off. And for those hard-to-reach areas, a built-in compass saw is cleverly concealed in the handle. It has a heavy-duty frame for professional use and prolonged life; and is ergonomically designed for greater user control and comfort.

Petrol powered Tough for cleaner tradies

Fein multipurpose tool

Kärcher’s G2.500 DCE Petrol Powered High Pressure Cleaner [$499] has been engineered for large properties and serious cleaning jobs, or for where electricity is not available. At a weight of 23kg and a height of 63cm this high pressure cleaner can easily fit into the back of a 4x4 or the tray of your ute; and is easily wheeled across rough terrain thanks to a sturdy set of wheels and durable steel frame.

Fein have constructed a new tool in the durable oscillators’ category: the SuperCut Construction multi-tool. Providing professional sets for interior woodwork, window repairs and replacement, bathroom renovation, heating and sanitary installation, grout renewal, or any job you could think of around the home, the SuperCut is a jack-ofall-trades. Fein’s QuickIN clamping system ensures speedy tool changes without a wrench; while its robust metal gear box housing ensures a long service-life. Available as both a mains [$769] and battery powered [$979] tool, it is suitable for both tradies and the serious DIYer.

Bosch Blue has launched their GBH 2-28 DBV Bulldog Xtreme Max Rotary Hammer [$319]. This hammer-drill is packed with state-of-the-art features that allow tradies to work with more power and for longer by reducing vibration, thereby minimising fatigue. Equipped with 3.2 joules of power, it can get through the toughest of jobs with an 850-Watt motor, and with higher drilling capacity (28mm) achieved at 40% faster speeds. It comes with Bosch’s innovative Counter-Balance Vibration Control to improve comfort for all day drilling and chiselling, which works by elongating the air cushion between the piston and the striker to dampen vibration levels created by the striker’s ‘backstroke’. Other features include: improved soft grip for all day applications; 3-mode operation for hammer drilling, chiselling or drilling-only; variable speed trigger for accurate bit starting; and hammer-hook for quick and easy tool storage.

Asbestos may be in your home Australia has one of the highest rates of asbestos related diseases in the world most likely because Australia has also been ranked among the top consumers of asbestos cement products per capita. In 2008, a study by Professor Anthony Johnson into asbestos exposure during home renovations in NSW revealed that: 60.5% of DIY-renovators reported being exposed to asbestos during home renovations [cutting AC fibro sheeting was the most common activity resulting in asbestos exposure]; 53% reported their partner and 40% reported their children were also exposed to asbestos during DIY home renovations; and non-DIY renovators were less likely to be exposed or have their families exposed. Asbestos products can be found in any Australian home built or renovated before 1987 even brick, weatherboard, fibro and clad homes. Asbestos can be found underfloor coverings such as carpets, linoleum and vinyl tiles, behind wall and floor tiles, in cement floors, internal and external walls, ceilings, eaves, garages, around hot water pipes, fences, extensions to homes, outdoor toilets, dog kennels and backyard sheds – it could be anywhere! If you disturb products containing asbestos you risk inhaling asbestos fibres. Many Australians may unknowingly be putting their health and the health of their children, and neighbours, at risk because they don’t understand the dangers of working with asbestos or know where it might be found in and around their home. During renovations or the demolition of homes containing asbestos, asbestos fibres can be released into the air and be inhaled leading to asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma, sometimes many years later. Not only homes constructed of fibro contain asbestos. Before renovating visit to learn where asbestos might be found in your home, the dangers of disturbing it and how best to manage it. Asbestos inspections are the newest addition to the range of services offered by Jim’s Building Inspections.


Coordinated bathrooms The updated Happy D.2 series, available through Candana Designs, offers a coordinated bathroom solution. The slim, rounded corners featured give it a distinctive design. The freestanding bathtub also adopts the sleek radii of the ceramics; and relaxing in the bath is especially comfortable with the optional neckrest. The washbasin is available with a variety of options to suit any bathroom design. The furniture washbasin option is available with a matching vanity unit or with a metal console; while the surface-mounted washbasin option is available as a classic washbasin with pedestal or siphon cover. One of the basins, which feature a curved rear rim, appears to float gently in its surroundings - creating the sense of weightlessness that translates throughout the series. The toilets and bidets are available as wall-mounted, floorstanding and back-to-wall options, both with and without the SoftClose seat function. The wall-mounted toilet can also be combined with the SensoWash® Starck shower-toilet seat.

Luxurious master bathrooms For master bathrooms renovators are utilising smart spatial inclusions such as wall dividers, floor zoning and split levels to ensure the perception of space is enhanced and an element of separation, say between bathing and toileting areas, is maintained. Freestanding baths often form the centrepiece with other luxury features including overflow and BubbleMassage baths, deluge showers, plus statement basins and taps. The bathroom pictured shows the sculptural Escale BubbleMassage bath [$2099] by Kohler separated from the minimal wall-hung Escale toilet [$1299, 4 star WELS rated, using 4.5l for a full-flush and 3l for a half-flush] with a head-high divider supporting the Escale countertop vanity [1010mm, $1199] with pedestal [$349]. Another option is Kohler’s Sok overflow bath [13,999] offering an ‘infinity pool’ effect with a continuous flow of water cascading over the sides. Its deep design provides enough room for two people; while the whirlpool options create thousands of tiny bubbles at varying intensities to massage and support. Meanwhile, Kohler’s RainCan overhead shower injects 2-litres of air into the water stream every minute, resulting in plump water droplets that give the impression of a ‘rain shower’ deluge, yet it uses only 9-litres of water/minute and has a 3-star WELS rating. All Kohler bathroom products are available nationally from Tradelink stores and Mico Design together with Northern’s in South Australia. 50 • RENOVATING • MARCH QTR 2014

Big fridge options

Retaining wall system

Beko’s 584-litre stainless steel 4 Door Fridge-Freezer [$3899] offers maximum flexibility and convenience. If you enjoy entertaining, or occasionally need extra space for frozen or fresh food, this fridge’s convenient MultiZone Compartment gives you the flexibility to change the bottom right 77-litre compartment from fridge to freezer and back again. It uses smart technology to help fruit and vegetables stay fresher for longer; while an Active Dual Cooling System allows the fridge and freezer to have independent cooling systems meaning the optimum level of humidity is provided in each compartment helping to prolong the storage of these foods. It also precludes odour transfer between the fridge and freezer. An Active Fresh Blue Light enables fruit and vegetables to continue photo-synthesis in the fridge, so they last longer while maintaining their natural flavours and nutrition.

Adbri Masonry has recently developed a new vertical retaining wall system, Versastone®, which comes with standard blocks, corners and caps; and utilises Adbri’s special dry stack system. This system utilises self-locking lugs that allow each block to neatly lock into the next without the need for adhesives or mortar. It has a similar smooth finish as their Euro® Stone paver series, while incorporating the innovative self-locking lug design of their Versawall® product line. The new Versastone® system is also lighter, making it an easy product for DIY outdoor projects. This retaining wall system has a premium shot blast texture and is available in four natural colours: Oatmeal, Steel, Ivory and Charcoal. These cool-toned colours were chosen to provide home renovators with the opportunity to incorporate a modern, more industrialstyled aesthetic into outdoor spaces.

Alternatively, Beko’s wide french door stainless steel 610-litre fridge [$3399] also comes with a wealth of features to keep food fresher for longer including the Active Dual Cooling System and the Active Fresh Blue Light. Its Active Ioniser has an antibacterial effect keeping food stored for longer by neutralising bacteria, viruses and particles in the refrigerator. On top of this, an active odour filter helps circulate cool air in the fridge removing bad odours and bacteria to help food stay fresher for longer. The special coating on the fridge’s stainless steel exterior prevents fingerprints from marking its surface to keep it looking clean and shiny. Other features include an antibacterial door seal to help protect the fridge and freezer interiors and improve the hygiene of the refrigerator.

For those mini paint jobs Paint manufacturer Rust-Oleum has upgraded its spray-paint range with twice the coverage to power through craft- and quick decorating-projects. Available in 32 decorator shades, Rust-Oleum 2X Ultra Cover [$11.95] makes it easier to integrate on-trend, colourful pieces into indoor or outdoor settings by customising or reviving furniture, fittings and décor with spray paint. The innovative 2X Ultra Cover formula contains up to 44% more solids and thereby delivers twice the coverage. Suitable for use on a variety of surfaces including wood, wicker, metal and plastic, an integrated undercoat means little or no preparation is required before application. You simply clean, sand and spray; but White Primer and Flat Grey Primer are included in the range for any projects requiring surface preparation. It provides a smooth finish, free from brush strokes, and the 360o, any-angle spray-mechanism makes it easy to cover intricate surfaces such as baskets, light fittings, cast iron bed frames or outdoor furniture. Available from Bunnings.

Retaining walls can help you transform underutilised parts of your garden. With the right flowering plant or palm tree, an ugly corner can be transformed into an attractive focal point. Or you can maximise the use of your retaining wall to have it double as a bench seat. Versastone® blocks are perfect for this application and are available in specially designed corner units. If you can use a bit of help getting started, watch Adbri Masonry and Jason Hodge’s helpful short online instructional videos. Jason provides step-bystep instructions, top tips and trade secrets for retaining wall projects. To view Jason’s instructional videos visit www.adbrimasonry.

Mini wine cellars Free standing cooker ILVE’s mini wine cellar collection, created with Vintec, comprises three models: a single-zone wine cellar [$1699]; a dual-zone wine cellar [$1899]; and a beverage-centre [$1699]. All three allow wine and beverages to be stored at the optimum temperature and humidity to ensure they don’t spoil. The single-zone cellar takes up to 40 Bordeaux bottles, stored at between 12 and 16 degrees with humidity around 70%. The dual-zone wine cellar allows for more flexibility in the storage of wine with a temperature zone that can be set between 6 and 22 degrees, meaning you can simultaneously store both red and white wines. Meanwhile the beverage centre can house up to 100 beer cans or bottles.

With European styling and a large four gas, one wok-burner cooktop, Beko’s 90cm 115-litre multifunction cooker [$1999] has one of the most spacious interiors in its class. It includes a full-size tray that heats up to 25% more food in one go, making it easier to cook large meals. This 55mm deep tray also helps with roasting and baking. A knob integrated electronic ignition makes lighting gas burners simple; while the flame safety device ensures you are protected if the flame is accidently extinguished, automatically cutting off the gas. Once you’ve finished preparing your meal, the cooker takes the hassle out of cleaning with removable side racks; and it has been built with a full glass panel and an interior free of bolts making it simple to clean with a single wipe. A special coating on the stainless steel surface also keeps your cooker from accumulating fingerprints. RENOVATING • MARCH QTR 2014 • 51

Robert Selkirk bricks

Versatile spray glue

The Robert Selkirk Collection celebrates the original values of his brick business established 130 years ago. The ILLUMINA range in this collection utilises technical expertise to create a lustrous surface inspired by precious stones in three colours: Black Diamond is a blackened deep charcoal, moody and brilliant; Silver Pearl is a softer greyed luminous tone; and Plum Sapphire is a shimmery, more colourful rich shade with red undertones. ILLUMINA is a sophisticated contemporary range with clean edges and a uniform semi-glazed face finish. Perfect with rolled or flush mortar in tonal or contrast for a design statement, it creates the look of luxury with an emphasis on design.

From craft projects to permanent fixtures, SikaBond® Spray Fix [$18.98] is a multipurpose glue for a range of household and decorator tasks. This high performance aerosol spray can be used for upholstering, floor repairs and furniture laminating, as well as a range of art and craft projects. Easy-to-use, and with low odour, it is suitable for both high and low adhesion projects – making it a versatile addition to the toolbox. It is possible to reposition materials within one to two minutes of application before it dries to a clear, neat finish. For small-scale projects that require light adhesion, such as scrapbooking or handmade cards and invitations, it can be applied on just one surface to provide long-lasting results. Free from chlorinated solvents, SikaBond Spray Fix is ideal for framing photographs and art prints, and will not damage delicate fabrics, papers or cards. In situations where high strength adhesion is needed, it should be applied to both contact surfaces to form a superior and permanent bond. This method is recommended for more involved DIY projects including floorcovering installation, laminating and upholstery. It is suitable for use on a wide range of materials including felt, fabric, metal, foam, cork, most plastics, fibreglass, wood, laminate and carpet; and is available from Bunnings Stores nationally.

The ARTISAN range reflects classic, timeless design with a textured handcrafted appearance which acknowledges the beauty of its natural earthy origins, in 2 colours: Lydiard is a rich chestnut brown tone with a blue contrast; while Lonsdale is a timeless choice with deep charcoal tones. ARTISAN is a versatile range which complements both traditional and contemporary architectural styles. This adaptable range is available in both slimline 50mm and standard 76mm dimensions.

Sandstone honed masonry Austral Masonry has recently launched its GB Sandstone Honed Masonry Block range. Delivering classic beauty with soft textures and colours, this new range delivers a finish to give any project a stylish and distinctive look. Produced by exposing the face of blended sands, they have the colour of natural sandstone with the design flexibility of masonry blocks. The blocks have been honed back to create a smooth finish to give them a subtle sheen. This fine surface finish creates a distinctive, natural look that complements both traditional and contemporary architectural styles; and they come in three colour blends: Brisbane Blend, Sydney Blend and Endeavour Blend. There is a 200mm and a 100mm series; plus four choices of capping tiles for intricate finishes. The GB Sandstone Honed Masonry range is structurally strong; and, like other heavy-weight products such as brick, can provide resistance to the sometimes harsh heat, when teamed with passive design principles.


Shapes of grey Boral is seeing a trend in the use of grey, blue and black bricks for creating statement exteriors. Light greys are proving popular in Queensland; while Victorian homeowners have shown a preference for high impact, darker tones. New South Wales homes feature a consistent mix of both. The lighter hues of soft greys and silvers can create a low-key, coastal effect; while darker shades can make a contemporary, non-conformist statement. Dark bricks, such as Boral’s Nuvo Victorian Blue, are a good option for showing off the design of the home, as darker shades minimise distractions and encourage the eye to focus on the shape and structure of the house. Home builders and renovators can also choose to combine light and dark shades of charcoal and grey to create an interesting exterior or interior feature wall. The beauty of bricks is that they can be mixed and matched, offering design flexibility. Boral bricks are available in a wide variety of colours, textures, shapes and sizes. The bricks are kiln-fired up to 1130°C, locking in colour for the life of the brick. Bricks are available in standard, 50mm and double height sizes.

Metal-look bricks With their new Urban Metal collection, PGH Bricks & Pavers’ latest product-development features bricks with fully glazed metallic finishes that literally shimmer with sophistication. The finishes give beautiful variations in colour as the light hits the surface in different ways and at different times. These ultra-modern bricks are available to use internally or externally and can brave the elements without losing their metallic colour or shine. They help to create a sleek, modern urbanised atmosphere that is dignified, deliberate and powerful. The Urban Metal collection comprises four fully glazed metallic finishes: Bronze Sheen, Copper Lustre, Silver Spark and Zinc Shimmer.

Colonial Living specialises in high quality Australian colonial furniture using solid red Cedar. Our handcrafted furniture were originally created by Joseph Sly, Andrew Lenehan and James Whitesides, pioneer Australian cabinetmakers. We are proud to continue this tradition.

Our on-line showroom is full of opportunities to explore Colonial, traditional and contemporary solid red cedar timber furniture at its finest. Consider our range of Dining Furniture, Bedroom furniture, Occasional pieces, Office furniture, Bathroom Vanities & Washstands, and other Accessories.



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Innovative pool maintenance Test strips are the most commonly used means by which pool owners measure water chemistry, but they have two weaknesses: they don’t tell us which chemicals to use; and what quantities to add to the water. TWIST & DOSE is an innovative system designed by Zodiac to help maintain a pool between pool shop visits. It takes the guess work out of the pool chemical dosing. The TWIST is the key component. It is a simple-to-use, yet intelligent test strip readingdevice that tells you which chemicals to add and in what quantities. It is simple to use, and easy to understand.

Cooking outdoors The Garden Oven [$2195] from Heatmaster is brick insulated, smoke-free and has a heavy-duty steel door with a built-in thermostat that ensures maximum heat is retained. The design allows for a quick and easy clean up with a simple to remove ashtray, so you can get back to your guests instead of spending time cleaning. You can cook classic dishes including lasagne, roasts and baked potatoes. It is freestanding and easy to install, meaning it is readily transportable, from poolside to patio and from home to home.

TWIST & DOSE tests 3 key parameters of your pool water: Total Alkalinity; pH level; and Free Chlorine. You simply twist each of the 3 yellow rings, starting from the top, to match the colour of the TWIST & DOSE 3-in-1 test strip pad with the colour for Total Alkalinity, pH and Free Chlorine. You then turn around the TWIST and simply read (in the windows situated at the back of the product) the dosages of Zodiac chemicals to add to the water. TWIST top yellow ring for Total Alkalinity level: The top yellow ring recommends the specific dose of Zodiac Alkalinity Up to increase TA level or Zodiac pH Down to decrease TA level. TWIST middle yellow ring for pH level: The middle yellow ring recommends dosages of Zodiac pH Up to increase pH levels or Zodiac pH Down to decrease pH levels as needed. TWIST bottom yellow ring for Free Chlorine: With the water now balanced, the bottom yellow ring prescribes the amount of Zodiac Pool Sparkle Purifier to achieve optimal protection against bacteria and other nasties without over chlorinating the water.

An impressive BBQ The Electrolux En:V barbecue [model EQBM100AS, $5279] has been designed to be the social hub of any outdoor occasions. Key features include: quality stainless steel body; retractable lid that prevents the chef from being cut off from the guests; wide timber worktops and ample storage space, allowing you to have everything at arm’s reach; an intelligent oil management system; and fully adjustable high powered burners.


Rangehoods for outdoors kitchens You can avoid smoky vapours and fatty fumes at the barbecue with the Smeg made-in-Italy high-powered, sleek stainless steel, low noise rangehoods specifically designed for outdoors kitchens and barbecues. Available in two sizes – 914mm and 1219mm wide – the larger of the two models (SBQ48X, $2990) features two 250W motors capable of removing up to 2080m3 an hour while emitting a low, comfortable 43 to 65dBA when at full power. It has four 20W halogen globes to ensure shadow-free cooking, three speeds and metal baffle filters that can be washed in the dishwasher. The smaller model [SBQ36X, $2490] at 914mm wide has one 250W motor, three 20W halogen globes and can remove up to 1200m3 of air an hour. Each of the rangehoods, matched to the new Smeg stainless steel hooded and flat-lidded barbecues [$3490 & $3690], is designed to be wall mounted and ducted direct to the atmosphere.

SHOWER UNDERLAY TRAY SYSTEM The new Marmox underlay is a low cost, easy to install waterproof base that can be fixed to timber and concrete floors. Unlike screed the Marmox underlay will not absorb moisture under the tiles minimizing mould growing in grout.

Advantages • Pre-laid to falls (min 2% to centre or offset drain) • Lightweight as little as 4.5 kg • Can be easily cut down to irregular shapes. • Provides flexibility to accommodate different drain locations. • Acoustically better than screed. • Compatible with all waterproofing systems. • Rebated to house leak control flange. • Drainage of any moisture under the tiles.

THE NEW MARMOX SHOWER NICHE A fast, low cost way for installing a tiled niche in the shower. It comes in the sizes 300x260, 300x380 and 300x560

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Smart kettle; smarter coffee maker You can achieve the perfect cup of tea with the variable temperature Breville Smart Kettle [$149]. To make the most of today’s different brews it offers five programmed temperature settings to suit the most common tea types: black, green, and oolong; and available in stainless steel, black sesame, cranberry and sherbet. Or if you prefer the alternative, Breville’s automatic-manual espresso machine - the Oracle [$2499] - features high-end commercial technology. It can be as simple or as technical as you desire without compromising café quality results. With automatic grinding, dosing, tamping and milk texturing, the Oracle can produce two lattés in 90-seconds. For budding home baristas wishing to get more hands on, its manual mode allows fine tuning of grind, temperature and water levels to suit specialty roasts.



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Frozen in the bathroom

That agedsleeper look

Two-person bathing

Inspired by Ice, the aptly named Frozen Collection [from Christiaan’s of Brisbane] takes a different approach to the design of the bathroom. Perfectly coupled, the geometrically designed Frozen bidet and basin feature square edges and thick-rimmed bowls. With a single tap hole on the rear landing, the simplicity of these fixtures accommodates any bathroom layout. The crisp, fresh cube structure creates the ultimate accessory to the minimalist bathroom.

Amber’s new Timberstone collection replicates the look of authentic-aged sleepers while offering the durability of a concrete paver with a timber finish. These pavers are ideal for creating a vintage and rustic look to outdoor retaining walls and garden beds.

One of the big renovating-trends is the wish for a luxurious bathing space. The Kaldewei Plaza Duo is a true two-person luxury bath in which both persons can lay side-by-side. But the space occupied by this bath is dramatically reduced by taking volume out of the design, without compromising the comfort of the bath. Kaldewei have reduced the width of the bath at the narrowest part of the body, the feet, while retaining generous width at the body’s widest point, the shoulders. Accordingly, the bath does not take ages to fill; therefore promotes water conservation; and economises on energy usage.






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Cordless vac with full size punch The latest Dyson Digital Slim™ DC59 vacuum cleaner is lightweight at 2kg, cordless, and packs the same power as a mains vacuum cleaner [according to Dyson]. With 20-minutes of powerful suction, it is easy to manoeuvre between high, low and hard-toreach spaces. There is no more fiddling about with plugs or tripping over cords; you simply remove it from the docking station and go. Dyson’s V6 motor is faster and stronger than its predecessor with a higher power density, giving the DC59 the performance of a mains powered machine – but without the cord. 15 cyclones work in parallel across two tiers to capture fine dust. Dyson engineers ensured an equal flow of air throughout the cyclone pack by engineering the airways to guarantee constant centrifugal forces and high dust separation. Its small motor in the hand, instead of at the floor, makes it easy to clean up-top, down-low and in-between spaces. The lightweight aluminium wand can be detached for stairs, upholstery, cars and other compact spaces; while storage is easy via the wall-mounted docking station. It’s priced at $649 for the Animal model and $599 for the Multi floor.

Renovating with blondes Just like a coat of white paint, light timber flooring and decking can add a fresh, neutral canvas for interior design schemes and landscaping. As a natural material, timber also helps to create a sense of tranquillity. Timbers from the ‘blonde palette’ are an attractive option for renovators wanting to create a sense of openness and space. Lighter timber species, such as Blackbutt, Messmate or Stringybark, can help open up a small living area to make it appear larger. While darker timber species need lots of artificial or natural light, pale timbers can pick up and accentuate available light. Whether traditional, country or modern, timber in lighter shades can add a fresh touch to any design. You can create a contemporary Scandinavian look with Blackbutt species; or fashion a French provincial feel with a lighter shade such as Stringybark. And consider using the same species for both timber flooring and decking to create a flow from indoors through to outdoors, another way to give an illusion of more space. Boral’s timber flooring and decking is available in a range of Australian species. Blackbutt has natural fire resistant properties and can be used in bush-fire prone areas rated up to BAL 29. If you want to install a DIY timber deck consult the Timber Development Association’s Decking Design Guide, which outlines key design and construction considerations for light domestic timber decks. It is available for download at

Cork plank floors ReadyCork®’s engineered floating floor planks [from Premium Floors] are 1746mm long x 194mm wide x 13.5mm thick, including a 3.2mm cork top layer and a 1.8mm cork backing for impact sound insulation. There are five shades available in the ReadyCork Vita range: Oak Blanc, Oak Pearl, Oak Antique, Oak Sienna and Oak Java. It can be easily installed without any need for sanding, glue or sealants. Cork is waterproof and the natural waxy substance inherent in cork, called suberin, makes it mould- and mildew-resistant. Cork flooring is soft, comfortable to walk on and impact resistant thanks to the natural memory of cork - it always moves back to its initial shape. Cork flooring is warm underfoot in winter, yet refreshing underfoot in summer, utilising its natural insulation characteristics. Importantly, Cork is also a natural noise canceller, which makes it quiet underfoot. No glue or other adhesives are needed for installation. ReadyCork just clicks together and is installed floating over an underlay. The Uniclic system employs world’s-best-practice and it is therefore a DIY installation job.


New decking design guide For those considering adding a deck to their outdoor living spaces, the Timber Development Association has created a practical Decking Design Guide. This guide outlines key design and construction considerations for light domestic timber decks and applies to both raised decks and close-to or on-ground timber decks. Information included in the guide covers decks that are associated with detached houses, villas and townhouses, as well as garages, sheds and swimming pools. This new guide will help home renovators realise what’s involved in building a deck. A timber deck can last many years so before construction takes place it’s important for homeowners to consider all the options. In addition to aesthetic considerations such as colour and finish, lifestyle and location can be important factors when selecting decking timber. Whoever is responsible for the design and construction of the deck must be aware of the requirements of the relevant standards and regulation. The guide provides general information on decking boards, timber durability, fixings and fittings, finishing and maintenance. It also provides information on constructing a deck in bushfire prone areas. The easy-reference domestic decking guide is available for download at

Fire resistant timber With their high density, toughness and durability Australian hardwood species are recommended for the building of decks, verandahs and other exterior home improvements. Boral Timber advises that there are decking timbers available which are classified as fire resistant. Blackbutt is a good choice as it has naturally fire resistant properties. Anyone constructing a deck in a bushfire zone must ensure they comply with the requirements of the Australian Standard (AS3959 -2009) Building in Bushfire Prone Areas. There are many steps that can be taken to protect existing verandahs before and during the fire season to reduce the impact of direct flames and wind-driven embers. In the event of fire, shrubs planted adjacent to a house or structure can act as a ‘ladder fuel’ which can allow a ground fire to travel via the shrub onto the wall or roof of the house. It’s important to cut back or remove shrubs, particularly those next to windows. Other tips: keep verandahs well maintained by sealing timber with a noncombustible seal; fill in small gaps around the deck structure where an ember might lodge - larger openings can be fitted with ember-guards [such as perforated mesh with 2mm openings]; check that decking is spaced at around 0-5mm; gaps of 5-10mm have been shown to be vulnerable to ember attack; enclose the subfloor of the verandah using mesh or bushfire resistant timbers, such as Blackbutt or Spotted Gum.

Myths surrounding deck maintenance

Wide board timber panelling

Cabot’s are debunking some of the myths associated with deck maintenance. Myth #1: New timber does not need to be cleaned prior to coating. Fact: New timber contains tannins, oils, dirt and in some cases mould, which must be removed before coating. If you’re installing a new deck it is important to know that new timber can contain a lot of tannins and oils. The tannins, oils and dirt will affect the look and longevity of the finish you apply so they need to be removed before coating. The most effective way is by cleaning the timber with Cabot’s Deck Clean. Note that new, tannin-rich timber should be left uncoated for four to six weeks to allow the tannins to leach out before it’s sealed. Myth #2: Oil-based finishes last longer than water-based finishes. Fact: Water-based deck finishes which are based on modern technology, such as Cabot’s Aquadeck, are formulated to last longer than some traditional oil-based coatings. Like traditional oil-based finishes, modern water-based products, such as Cabot’s Aquadeck, penetrate into the timber, nourishing the grain. The added benefit of water-based finishes is the barrier it forms on top of the timber, protecting it against the elements for longer without risk of cracking, peeling or blistering. Cabot’s Aquadeck provides significant durability and resistance to UV damage for decking and exterior timbers. Myth #3: You can’t use your deck for a week after coating. Fact: With fast-drying, waterbased products like Cabot’s Aquadeck you can use your deck the same day as coating. While traditional oil-based decking oils can take up to 24 hours or more to dry, water-based products generally have a quicker drying time, such as Cabot’s Aquadeck which has a recoat time of just two hours. Myth #4: You need to coat your deck only once the timber begins to grey. Fact: Grey timber is a sign of decaying timber which should be avoided. Greyness is the first visible sign of decaying timber and signals when the surface layer begins to deteriorate and collect dirt. However this is also a sign that your timber is suffering. To test if the surface of your deck requires a fresh coat, sprinkle water onto the surface. If the water beads on the surface, the deck is still protected. If the water is absorbed it is a sign that the old finish has worn away, leaving the wood underneath unprotected. If left unfinished, it will begin to grey.

Porter’swide board timber panelling is ideal for internal ceilings and walls, commercial fit outs, and protected external alfresco ceilings. Perfectly flat with no visible fixings, lightweight and with the versatility, beauty and durability of European Oak, these boards are189mm wide x 10mm thick (comprising a 2mm European Oak overlay over 8mm ply)and provide excellent insulation and noise protection. They can be applied over studs or existing wall finishes, such as plaster or plasterboard, and are available in a range of colours and finishes.


Carport kits The new LYSAGHT® carport kit range has been specifically developed with the home handyman and DIY-renovator in mind. Available in two standard sizes to suit single car and two car configurations, the kit is supplied in one bundle comprising pre-cut, dimensionally-accurate components that are joined using custom designed connectors. Construction requires no special tools other than what the typical home renovator would have in their toolkit. An easy-to-follow 10step guide is included with every kit, but Lysaght also offers installation advice via their 1800 customer service number. A lot of time and effort went into both engineering the components to fit together easily and also providing clear, easy-to-follow instructions. With components manufactured from the same 100% Australian made COLORBOND® steel and ZINCALUME® steel that has been used on Australian homes for over 40 years, the LYSAGHT® kit carport range has been fully engineered to meet Australian Standards, and fully wind-tested to Australian conditions. This full scale testing has provided Lysaght with the confidence to offer a version of their carport kit for use in cyclonic-rated wind regions. All the visible components are either pre-painted or metallic-coated so there’s no need to paint; while a simple twice yearly wash down is all that’s needed to keep it looking good. In addition to being termite, rot and warp resistant the range also provides a 15-year warranty on corrosion and paint peeling and flaking. ADVERTORIAL

Bathed in heritage The prime requirements of a bathroom are functionality, efficiency and safety. Colonial Living’s bathroom vanities are crafted from solid red cedar with a mirror-like glass polished finish. The solid timber bathroom vanities have a distinctive look that makes them a favourite for traditional and modern style bathrooms. If you are shopping for a bathroom vanity and you find yourself bewildered by all the choices, evaluate your needs first, from style to space requirements and function. This will make your selection of the appropriate bathroom vanity a whole lot easier. The vanities are





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Built with Gyprock Situated 320m above sea level, on a steep hill amidst a dense landscape of trees, sits the spectacular Rumney Rest, an awardwinning dwelling located in Mount Rumney, a suburb of Hobart. Designed with sustainability at its core, the client was looking for a minimalistic, contemporary two-bedroom pavilion-style home. The exterior landscape and environment blends seamlessly with the internal living areas with stand-out features like curved ceilings and a remarkable curved, red feature wall. To create the curved ceiling, the designer selected conventional 10mm Gyprock® Plasterboard CD, featuring Controlled Density technology and a recessed edge, employed over a large radius. While the ceilings might work their charm subtly, the red curved wall demands attention without overwhelming you. To achieve this, Gyprock Flexible plasterboard was installed in two layers, allowing the board to move into a tight radius. Lightweight constructed walls were fixed with Gyprock Superchek 10mm premium plasterboard due to its dense core and heavy duty facing. The green credentials of the recycled formula of the board were also a deciding factor. Gyprock’s Superchek allows for a smooth, even and environment-conscious surface across all walls. This property has won multiple awards, including the prestigious Australian Home of the Year Award at the 2013 HIA-CSR Awards.

Alternative concrete products Hebel is Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) manufactured from sand, cement, recycled material, lime, gypsum and aerating agents. It is specially wet moulded to create the aerated structure; semi-cured so it can be handled and cut to shape in various lengths and profiles; then finally fully cured in a steam pressure autoclave to create the hard, finished AAC material. Hebel products are 100% Australian manufactured by CSR Building Products Limited. It is highly fire resistant so can be used in bushfire locations, offers high acoustic absorbing properties and assists substantially in improving energy ratings and the reduction of energy bills for cooling and heating. Hebel PowerPanels are often faster to build with than other material, which helps speed up the building process, saving time and money.


The Queensland Renovating Business Directory EDITORIAL CONTACTS ABL Tile Centre ActronAir Adbri Masonry Amber Tiles Austral Masonry Autoslide Axolotl Group Beko Appliances Boral Bricks Boral Masonry Boral Timber Bosch Appliances Bosch Power Tools Breville Appliances Bush Australia Cabot’s Woodcare Caesarstone Benchtops Candana Designs Carpet Court Chalk Paint Christiaans Bathroomware Clark Sinks CSR Cemintel™ Delsa Bathware & Design DELSA Tiles Dynaveil Blinds Dyson Vacuum Cleaners Electrolux Appliances Envision Cinema essastone engineered stone Fein Power Tools Fisher & Paykel Appliances Formica Australia Gyprock Plaster Products Haier Appliances Hansgrohe Bathroomware Haymes Paint Heatmaster Fireplaces Hebel Building Products ILVE Appliances Jim’s Building Inspections Kaldewei Bathroomware Kambrook Appliances Kärcher Tools Kennards Hire Kohler Bathroom Products Laminex Group Livos Australia Lysaght® Steel Products Malco Australia Memory Lane MitreWiz tile cutter Neff Appliances Outdoor Furniture Specialists Paarhammer Windows & Doors Paco Jaanson Panasonic Australia PGH Bricks & Pavers Porter’s Paints Premium Floors Quick-Step Flooring Quicksmart Homes Robert Selkirk Bricks Ronson Appliances Rust-Oleum Paints Sampford IXL Appliances Sanden Hot Water Scholtès Appliances Schots Home Emporium Sika Australia Smeg Appliances Tech-Dry The Fire Company Timber Development Assn. Tradelink Trading Downunder Trojan Tools Uniden Wagner Spraytech Aust Worx Power tools Zodiac Pool Equipment

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APPLIANCES Ascot Ovens 1800 556 077 Aussie BBQ’s & Fireplaces Woolloongabba 3393 1525 Beasley Hot Water 0417 890 036 Dux Hot Water 1300 365 116 Food Equipment Distributors Brisbane 1300 659 409 Malcolm St James Sydney 02 9719 2400 Natural Gas 1800 007 427 Prestige Appliances 03 9548 8388 Rinnai Clothes Dryers 1300 555 545 Robinhood Eagle Farm 1800 648 556 Schweigen Silent Rangehoods 3366 4041 Stocks Retravision Ashgrove 3366 4041 Stocks Retravision Clayfield 3862 3855 Terry Hayes Agencies Eagle Farm 3268 7371 Valet Ducted Vacuum 1800 050 333 Wholesale Appliances Brisbane 1300 132 180 BATHROOM & KITCHENS Abey Brisbane Acrywall Panels Melbourne Allpumps Sales & Service Sydney Architectural Designer Products Sydney Argent ARTO Bathroomware Salisbury Aurora Fine Bathroomware Sydney Aussie Glass Brendale B&KS batSTONES Salisbury Bathroom Supermarket Slacks Creek Bathroom Supplies Bowen Hills Bathroom Warehouse Coorparoo Bathroom Warehouse Newstead Bathrooms & Tiles Southport Bathrooms Are Us Geebung Belaire Water Filters Eagle Farm Brewers Builders Best Buys Cabbyvac Canny Bathrooms Salisbury Con-Serv Corporation Drain King Melbourne Enduroshield Everhard Farleys Bathroom Supplies Springwood Farleys Bathroom Supplies The Grange Ferretti Designer Interiors Sydney Flair Bathroom Products Great Indoor Designs Mt Gravatt Hafele Melbourne Handi Home Supplies Hettich Australia J.S. Bowman Plumbing Ashgrove Laminex Brisbane Malcolm St James Sydney Marbletrend Industries Melbourne Mark McAtamney Kitchens Morayfield Megasealed Bathrooms Nature Loo


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Nover & Co Virginia Paco Jaansen Panelscape Melbourne Plumber’s Supplies Co-Op Burleigh Heads Quoss Transformer Sydney Ram Taps Eagle Farm Robinhood Sanipump Melbourne Shinda Trading Shower Monitor Sydney Shower Plug Showerama Sink Tap Click-Ons Southcape Tapware Sydney Stormtech Grates Sth Nowra Studio 6 Burleigh Heads Surface Dynamics Brendale Sink & Bathroom Warehouse Chermside Sink & Bathroom Warehouse Greenslopes Tilt-n-Save Vinidex Tradelink Plumbing Centres Ashmore Tradelink Plumbing Centres Beenleigh Tradelink Plumbing Centres Browns Plains Tradelink Plumbing Centres Bundall Tradelink Plumbing Centres Burleigh Tradelink Plumbing Centres Caboulture Tradelink Plumbing Centres Caloundra Tradelink Plumbing Centres Camp Hill Tradelink Plumbing Centres Capalaba Tradelink Plumbing Centres Cleveland Tradelink Plumbing Centres Clontarf Tradelink Plumbing Centres Coopers Plains Tradelink Plumbing Centres Darra Tradelink Plumbing Centres Enoggera Tradelink Plumbing Centres Geebung Tradelink Plumbing Centres Ipswich Tradelink Plumbing Centres Maroochydore Tradelink Plumbing Centres Nerang Tradelink Plumbing Centres Oxenford Tradelink Plumbing Centres South Brisbane Tradelink Plumbing Centres Southport Tradelink Plumbing Centres Taringa Tradelink Plumbing Centres Underwood

PHONE 3632 1900 1800 006 260 03 9460 8000 5522 3300 1300 783 699 3633 6060 1800 648 556 03 9543 3891 02 9608 0388 1300 368 603 02 9476 8818 1800 816 489 03 9460 8000 02 9666 8100 02 4423 1989 5522 1891 3881 0300 3359 4800 3324 1966 03 9460 8000 13 11 69 5532 6311 3807 5277 3809 2111 5570 1936 5593 5711 5495 6555 5492 6668 3395 1888 3245 4944 3286 1000 3283 2088 3255 5290 3376 4699 3354 1666 3265 2688 3281 8599 5443 5211 5596 3499 5573 4377 3846 2266 5532 5833 3878 3155 3208 8022

BUILDING SUPPLIES Australian Hardboards Bundamba 1300 366 681 BlueScope Steel 1800 022 999 Bretts Hardware Windsor 3361 0777 Chermside Building Centre Chermside 3256 4455 Fantech Melbourne 1300 387 587 Fasten-Lok Supplies 1800 829 988 Formica 132 136 Guardian Building Products Sydney 1800 249 603 Handi Home Supplies Melbourne 03 9466 1611 Jalex Hardware Brisbane Klass Slumped Acrylic Brisbane 3289 4420 Klass Slumped Acrylic Gold Coast 5532 3222 Klass Slumped Acrylic Sunshine Coast 5491 7941



Lincoln Group Marmox Australia Hafele Home Hardware Home Hardware Home Hardware Home Hardware Home Hardware Hudsons Building Supplies Hudsons Building Supplies Hudsons Building Supplies Hudsons Building Supplies Hudsons Building Supplies Jalex Hardware Nover & Co Oldfields Ozbuild Materials Steve Jones Hardware The Bolt Place Thermatech Mouldings Thrifty Link Hardware Thrifty Link Hardware Thrifty Link Hardware Thrifty Link Hardware Thrifty Link Hardware Thrifty Link Hardware Thrifty Link Hardware HanDIY Products Treadrite Polished Concrete Ultralite Stone Vinco Hardware Products Virginia Building Supplies Zelletex PVC Panels

Burleigh Heads 1300 361 313 1300 783 693 1300 423 353 Brendale 3205 5177 Burpengary 3888 3998 Loganholme 3209 8572 Mitchelton 3355 6122 Warana 5493 2266 Browns Plain 3800 1219 Caboulture 5498 6422 Capalaba 3245 2531 Coorparoo 3847 1600 Morayfield 5498 6422 Loganholme 3801 4508 1300 306 888 Mogill 3202 9945 Everton Hills 3353 3566 Enogerra 3855 5200 Robina 5537 6888 Arana Hills 3351 6533 Ashgrove 3366 1677 Banyo 3267 5263 Daisy Hill 3208 4687 Geebung 3265 3564 Kenmore 3378 0755 Robina 5593 0155 Picton 02 4677 2234 3871 1696 Sydney 1300 654 801 Sydney 02 9517 4800 Virginia 3865 3788 Gold Coast 1300 881 014

COURSES HIA DAMP CONTROL Australian Tech Dry Brisbane


1300 650 620 3299 5332

DOORS & WINDOWS All Architectural Hardware Sydney 02 9517 4800 Annerley Glassworx Annerley 3892 5352 AQF Windows & Doors Kunda Park 5477 0866 Aussie Doors & Windows Nerang 5500 4788 Autoslide Sydney 1300 288 675 B&D Garage Doors 13 62 63 Balmoral Awnings Albion 3262 1583 Boss Awnings Sydney 02 9999 6060 Canterbury Windows Melbourne 1800 104 000 Centor 1800 626 756 Colonial Warehouse Hamilton 07 3868 3088 Contemporary Leadlights Logan Central 3299 2416 Double D’s Building Services Parkinson 0412 637 934 Double Glazed Products Brendale 3881 2702 Freedom Retractable Flyscreens 1300 727 336 Gold Coast Doorland Nerang 5596 0600 Homeview Windows Melbourne 1800 014 424 Imperial Inhouse Blinds Underwood 3472 5000 Leadlight Craftsman Newmarket 3352 3433

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Lock & Handle Centre Underwood Malibu Awnings Stafford Magicseal Insect Screens The Gap Phantom Screens Acacia Ridge The Woodworkers Company Maroochydore The Woodworkers Company Moorooka The Woodworkers Company Southport The Woodworkers Company Townsville Timber Interiors Hamilton Traditional Awnings Stafford FURNITURE QLD Outdoor Furniture Caboolture FENCING Advantage Fencing Screenline The Letterbox Man

Brendale Windsor

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5498 9955

3205 4447 1800 001 653 3357 8988

HEATING & COOLING Amuheat Sydney 02 9114 6934 Mr Stoves Darra 3375 1464 Jetmaster 3252 7133 Regency Fireplaces 1800 081 978 Speedheat Australia Sydney 02 9981 1057 Thermofilm Melbourne 03 9562 3455 HIRE EQUIPMENT Allcott Hire Burleigh Heads Kennards Hire Beenleigh Kennards Hire Bowen Hills Kennards Hire Brendale Kennards Hire Bundamba Kennards Hire Burleigh West Kennards Hire Cairns Kennards Hire Cleveland Kennards Hire East Brisbane Kennards Hire Garbutt Kennards Hire Indooroopilly Kennards Hire Labrador Kennards Hire Nerang Kennards Hire Noosaville Kennards Hire North Mackay Kennards Hire Oxenford Kennards Hire Rocklea Kennards Hire Springwood Kennards Hire Virginia

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HOME IMPROVEMENT Ausko Holdings Woodridge 3209 3404 Chris De Wet Shailer Park 0413 351 063 DIY Quotes Woody Point 0409 727 853 Hills Industries 08 8301 3200 Home Ideas Centre South Brisbane 3844 9922 Recollections Windsor 3368 2544 Recollections Cairns 4053 1580 The Building Centre 1300 884 876 We Renovate Homes 0411 723 777 INSULATION Solartex Sydney The Insulation Station Brisbane

02 9918 2055 1300 366 062




LIGHTING & ELECTRICAL Discount Lighting Rocklea 3892 4020 Lighting Discount Warehouse Coorparoo 3847 8455 Victorian Living Red Hill 3368 3220 METAL PRODUCTS Aussie Stainless Designs Holland Park 3849 4236 Classic Architectural Products 1800 244 377 Metalcorp Underwood 3884 9999 Metaland Brendale 3889 7575 Old Lace Castings Greenslopes 3822 3300 RMD Metal Products Melbourne 03 9364 8288 Steelmart Northgate 3246 9323 PAINT & WALLPAPER Adicolor Sydney 02 9599 6993 All Prep 0414 277 964 Arbortone Finishes 1800 644 700 Colour Dynamics 5532 4094 Davids Discount Paints Miami 5535 7266 Deluxe Finishes Stafford 3356 4500 FX Australia Sydney 02 9725 5888 Inspirations Paint & Colour 1300 467 747 ITW Polymers & Fluids 02 9757 8800 Laker Paint Co. Darra 3375 5039 Let’s Clean 02 9438 2047 Megatreat Liquid Stone 02 6241 7477 Paint Place Cannon Hill 3899 0399 Painting Buddy 0423 231 336 Peelaway Brisbane 02 9746 6733 Porters Paints New Farm 3252 8150 Queensland Paint Makers Caloundra 5491 6044 Rockcote Design Centre Maroochydore 5479 3900 Rockcote Design Centre Murarrie 3348 8994 Rockcote Design Centre Nerang 5554 2100 Sikkens Woodcare Sydney 02 9360 4500 The Flood Company Brisbane 3376 8445 Wagner Spray Tech 1800 064 790 1300 137 472 Amazing Paints Discounts Moorooka 3892 4088 Amazing Paints Discounts Virginia 3260 5727 Bristol Decorator Centre Alderley 3356 1170 Bristol Decorator Centre Browns Plains 3800 7165 Bristol Decorator Centre Capalaba 3245 4601 Bristol Decorator Centre Maroochydore 5443 1577 Bristol Decorator Centre Mt Gravatt 3343 4444 Bristol Decorator Centre Redcliffe 3883 1500 Bristol Decorator Centre Underwood 3341 7422 Solver Paints Capalaba 3245 2033 Solver Paints Darra 3363 7033 Solver Paints Everton Park 3855 5300 Solver Paints Ipswich 3812 5977 Solver Paints Morayfield 5495 7281 Solver Paints Stones Corner 3847 4400 Solver Paints Strathpine 3205 9011 Solver Paints Underwood 3841 8400 Solver Paints Varsity Lakes 5576 1311 Supreme Paints Sydney 02 9821 1224 Taubmans Paints Srathpine 3205 4178 Taubmans Paints Woolloongabba 3391 6800 Zinsser Asia Pacific 1300 784 476




PLASTERING SUPPLIES BGC Plasterboard Boral Plasterboard Boral Plasterboard Boral Plasterboard Boral Plasterboard Boral Plasterboard Boral Plasterboard PlastaMasta Centre PlastaMasta Centre PlastaMasta Centre PlastaMasta Centre PlastaMasta Centre

Banyo Beenleigh Browns Plains Capalaba Labrador South Brisbane Brendale Burleigh Heads Caboulture Ernest Maroochydore

1300 306 223 3267 3108 3287 2237 3809 0877 3245 6748 5563 8000 3255 2111 3881 3744 5520 3477 5498 3388 5571 6088 5479 1322

REAL ESTATE Ray White Keperra 3351 8200 RESTORATION SUPPLIES Paddington Hardware Paddington 3369 6588 Restoration Station Ashgrove 3366 5631 ROOFING & PATIOS Attic Ladders Virginia 3865 6600 Ceilink Sydney 02 9821 2199 Classic Attics 3287 9082 Qld Roofing Warehouse Burleigh Heads 5593 4766 Redspace Roofing Bulimba 3103 6819 Supreme Building Products Virginia 3865 7244 Trueline Patios & Awnings 1300 50 20 20 Versiclad Sydney 02 9821 2199 SAFETY SUPPLIES Asbestos Test Kit EMP Industrial Melbourne Protecta Group Sydney Safemaster Safety Anchors

1300 727 457 03 9500 1819 1300 88 12 32 1300 889 875 1300 24 24 84






1800 852 086

Mister Ply & Wood


5529 1001

Mister Ply & Wood


3865 7677

Mister Ply & Wood


3299 3311



Timber Queensland


3822 9477 1300 735 634


Acacia Ridge

3274 4018

VJ Plus

Sumner Park

3279 7811

TILES & PAVERS Amber Tiles


3256 2933

Amber Tiles


3863 0922

Amber Tiles

Holland Park

3394 2755

Amber Tiles


5443 4166

Amber Tiles


5449 0444

Amber Tiles

Tweed Heads

5524 9196

Casa Bella Tiles

Slacks creek

3808 3189

CBFD Ceramics


02 4653 1026



0411 784 537

Gold Coast Tile Makers


5528 9555

Marcotta Outdoor Solutions Coorparoo Marmox Shower Underlay

3397 9122 1300 783 693

Megatreat Liquid Stone

02 6241 7477


West Burleigh

Oztop Building Supplies

Slacks Creek


Park Ridge

5535 4111 3290 3866 0430 653 213

Sumner Park Tile Centre

Sumner Park

3279 5799

Tile Trend Setters

Burleigh Heads

5576 8388

Tile Liquidators

Burleigh Heads

5576 8388

Why Not Tiles


3888 7400

World Tiles P/L


5563 9766


1800 268 324

GUTTERING PRODUCTS Gumleaf Gutter Protection Brisbane 1300 486 532 The Leaf Man Brisbane 1300 888 743

Chris Hunter Sales


0419 884 194

Clampline Distributors


FLOORING Boral Timber Marques Flooring Nerang Serfloor Australia Melbourne Timber Interiors Hamilton Tredgrip Unique Timber Floors Versa-Wipe Woodcare

Hare & Forbes

SKYLIGHTS Velux Skylights Brisbane

JOINERY All Kind Joinery Timber Interiors

Chermside Hamilton

1800 251 960

1800 818 317 5578 4665 03 9796 4626 3630 1150 1800 644 700 1800 55 99 55 0417 04 03 08 3359 3025 3630 1150

TIMBER PRODUCTS Archideck Australia Melbourne 03 9005 7961 Aussie Timbers Nerang 5596 3636 Australian Timbers Buderim 5445 1504 Australian Wood Panels Sumner Park 3376 5600 Boral Timber 1800 818 317 Colonial Wall Linings Northgate 3266 4324

Altech Equipment Botanic Niche

3849 8162

Excalibur Tools

3807 4080 02 9624 7200

Coopers Plains

Lockjaw Ladder Grip

3274 4222 0402 126 584

Nerang Power Tools


Ridgid Tools



5596 0303 03 9930 7000 3245 3733

Tool City

Coopers Plains

3344 7777

United Tools


5443 7795

Vetner’s Ladder Shop

Burleigh Heads

Wagner Spraytech


5576 0388 1800 064 790



5593 7188

Caylamax Recycling


3205 3988

Underwood Demolition


3208 7922


02 9476 8818

Gripset Industries

1800 650 435



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SPACE - LIGHT - PRIVACY Most of us desperately desire that new office, computer room, home theatre, extra bedroom or even more storage that will add value to our home. Why entertain thoughts of expensive extensions when Classic Attics can transform your roof space into that much needed fully insulated extra room at a fraction of the cost?

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Colourful stone blocks Austral Masonry has launched its new GB Stone range offering a collection of neutral colours with a distinctive finish. GB Stone combines tried and tested concrete masonry units with the beauty of natural stone to create a walling-product that is not only aesthetically pleasing but also easy to use. This range comprises a collection of neutral coloured blocks with a distinctive fine honed finish. The honing process reveals the aggregate used in the blocks composition, giving them a lustrous finish and shiny appearance where the aggregate is revealed. The collection offers six colours: Onyx, Jasper, Pearl, Jade, Granite and Amethyst, each available in 100mm and 200mm sizes and caps.

Classic Attics will provide: A full engineer’s report All electrical fixtures Stairs and balustrade made to measure Heat and ultra-violet resistant double glazed windows.

Retaining wall system The wet-cast, hollow block MagnumStone retaining wall system from Austral Masonry has been developed with the engineer and installer in mind. Its hollow-core construction takes the dead weight out of the centre of the unit whilst maintaining its strength and structural integrity. Using almost half the concrete of a solid system, MagnumStone’s vertical and horizontal hollow core reduces the blocks’ weight for easier handling, whilst also making it easier to assemble and dissemble for temporary wall projects. Furthermore, the hollow core, which is filled with crushed gravel, provides an excellent wall drainage system and superb connection with the geosynthetic reinforcements. Functionality is key in the MagnumStone system, which features durable, high shear strength concrete SecureLugs that fit neatly into the hollow cores of the lower units, allowing significant lateral movement without losing unit-to-unit interlock. This helps to significantly speed up installation time and reduce costs. Three installers can construct 80-150m2 of wall units per day. The system’s wet-cast manufacturing process also provides the units with high strength, low absorption and impressive freeze/thaw results; whilst its tapered sides make it easy to build tight curves and straight walls with accuracy. The large blocks enable gravity walls to be built up to 2.6m high as a single skin, and 4.8m high as a double skin in good soils and with no loading. This makes them ideal for use in boundary applications where crib-walls would generally benefit.


Five good reasons why an Ascot stove should be your No.1 choice 1. The widest cook top area in its class. The Ascot gas cooktop is moulded from a single sheet of stainless steel. It has no joins or crevices and deep spill trays to prevent unsightly mess. This makes cleaning a breeze. 2. Scratch-resistant titanium stainless steel. Ascot has developed a stainless steel alloy incorporating titanium, which gives it the clean look of stainless steel, yet has the strength and resilience of titanium. 3. Cool-to-touch oven doors. The Ascot incorporates triple glazing and high-grade insulation that ensures that door temperatures are maintained below 30 degrees Celsius, regardless of the temperature inside the oven. This makes the Ascot a child-safe addition to any kitchen. 4. Hydro-clean steam clean interiors. The magic comes in the form of the unique molecular structure built into very dense enamel paint. This enamel paint prevents fat build-up whilst you are cooking, and has a wipe clean finish. The Ascot steam clean process helps you to easily remove the worst baked on fats and oils in minutes.

5. One Hundred years of manufacturing quality cooking appliances Ascot stoves are handcrafted in northern Italy where they manufacture some of the world’s leading brands. The Ascot incorporates functions that are normally only found on commercial grade appliances. This enables a smooth transition between day-to-day cooking and dinner party catering.

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Robinhood cooktops and built-in ovens Introducing the new cooking range from Robinhood. A smorgasbord of kitchen appliances designed and developed with something for everyone. From the basic OBC 605 oven through to the chef style OBL 909 Maxi oven at almost a metre wide, you’ll find features that include cooler-touch doors with 3-layer glass, fan-forced cooking and even a built-in multi-skewer rotisserie. Five models to choose from. The cooktop range offers something to suit all tastes too. The straightforward HEC 604 has robust cast iron elements and no-nonsense knob controls; the ultra-sophisticated HIA 905 is a leading-edge induction cooktop with great energy efficiency, boost elements and advanced touch-activated LED controls. Six models to choose from.

HIA 905 Five-zone ceramic touch-control Maxi induction cooktop

4-zone and 5-zone ceramic touchcontrol induction and electric cooktops. OBC 605 Five function fan-forced electric oven

5,9 and 10 function fan forced electric ovens

HEC 604 Four-zone stainless steel turn-switch electric cooktop

4-zone stainless steel and ceramic turn-switch electric cooktops OBL 909 Nine function fan-forced Maxi electric oven

9 function fanforced Maxi electric oven

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