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CEILINK...........................................................4 Complex roof truss solution.............................6 LIGHT & SPACE...............................................8 Roof tile options...............................................9 Reroofing a 1960s house...............................30 Roof safety anchor.........................................30 ARDEX sheet roofing membrane...................32 ATTIC GROUP................................................35

WIGNELLS HEATING & COOLING...................6 RINNAI Air conditioners................................32 ECO PACIFIC AIRCONDITIONING..................57

TILING & PAVING Prestige Valentino wall tiles..........................12 Quartz stone pavers.......................................12 Concrete pavers.............................................20 Water permeable pavers...............................20 MEGATREAT LIQUID STONE..........................23 FIBONACCI Seascape terrazzo tiles...............63 BATHROOM

Carved stone washbasins...............................10 CAROMA updated website.............................15 Porcelain tile drilling.....................................15 Bathroom Butler accessories..........................16 CANDANA Lounge tapware...........................16 CAROMA Pillar mixers...................................16 Teuco Milestone pedestal basin.....................16 THERMOGROUP bathroom heater................16 CORFIELD BATHROOMS................................17 SHOWER PLUG..............................................21 SOUTHCAPE TAPWARE.................................21 HITEC SHOWER SEALANT ............................23 ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNER PRODCUTS......25 HELLYCAR TAPWARE SHOWERS....................26 Fixing leaking taps........................................27 QUOSS TRANSFORMERS...............................27 PANELSCAPE For walls..................................28 STORMTECH GRATES.....................................29 MEGASEALED BATHROOMS..........................31 HELLYCAR TAPWARE MIXERS........................32 Compact toilet for small bathrooms..............36 ENDUROSHIELD for clean tiles.....................36 German made bathroom furniture................36 Waterless urinal.............................................36 Bathroom storage..........................................40 KOHLER undercounter basins........................40 Painting old tiles...........................................40 AXOR custom-designed taps..........................42 Moxie showerhead/speaker...........................42 Waterproofing tiles........................................42 Italian bathroomware...................................43 Luxury German baths....................................43 Yokato tapware from Brodware.....................43 PANELSCAPE CEILING PANELS.....................46 MALCOLM ST JAMES: VANITIES....................48 Bathroom storage ideas................................51 Black taps and accessories.............................51 MARMOX SHOWER UNDERLAY.....................59 Futuristic bathroom designs..........................62

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PLYCO..............................................................9 Caring for timber decks.................................21 Non-slip plywood..........................................21 Timber screens...............................................22 SIKKENS CETOL stain finish...........................24 Outdoors timber use......................................46 Timber deck maintenance.............................46



HAYMES PAINT condensed range..................18 Optimising wardrobe space...........................18 Replacing legs on furniture...........................18 The home office.............................................18 Wardrobe solutions........................................18 WAGNER Paint sprayer..................................34 FX AUSTRALIA...............................................37 TILE & LAMINATE PAINT...............................47 Bullseye 123 undercoat.................................50

ATTIC GROUP................................................19


BOSCH cordless vac........................................45 ELECTROLUX Rapido vac...............................51 Carpets with 20-years warranty.....................58 ELECTROLUX compact vac.............................58 LIGHTING & ELECTRICAL

Origami pendant lights...................................8 MEMORY LANE ANTIQUES & LIGHTING.......15 ISM OBJECTS 2 lights....................................55 USB charger outlet........................................55 BEACON LIGHTING pendants........................58 Lighting-design app......................................58 BEACON LIGHTING Scandinavian lighting....63 ELECTRONICS

UNIDEN cordless phone with Bluetooth........55 Retro-style telephones...................................58 BENQ Projectors ...........................................63 WINDOWS & DOORS

FREEDOM RETRACTABLE INSECT SCREENS.. 11 MAGICSEAL INSECT SCREENS.......................15 DECORATIVE WINDOW FILM.........................20 ENERGY CONTROL........................................22 TINTED WINDOW FILM.................................24 Grates for sliding doors.................................29 KARCHER window cleaner.............................32 AUTOSLIDE....................................................35 THE DOOR STORE.........................................68

Lightweight safety shoe.................................54 Safety overshoes............................................54 Self-retracting lifeline....................................54

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KITCHEN SHACK..............................................5 SCHOTS HOME EMPORIUM...........................13 Amsterdam pull handles...............................21 SINK TAP CLICK-ONS....................................26 Flexible tap aerator.......................................30 SWISH-A-SINK..............................................34 AXOR custom-made tapware.........................44 HANSGROHE Metris Select mixer..................44 PHOENIX Vivid slim-line range.....................44 Kitchen utility cupboard.................................45 OLIVERI double bowl sink.............................45 Schock sinks from Germany...........................45 Tidy broom cupboards...................................45 MALCOLM ST JAMES: SINKS.........................49 EXTEND-A-RAIL.............................................50



VERSIKIT..........................................................4 Driveway renovations....................................26 Decorative outdoors screens..........................28 Renovated shipping container.......................28 Polished concrete furniture............................55 Lawnmower maintenance.............................60 AMBER pool mosaics.....................................61 BEACON LIGHTING outdoors........................61 Greenwalls over airconditioning...................61 ROVER entry-level mower.............................61 RYOBI line trimmer.......................................61 DAMP TREATMENT

Installing a damp proof course........................8 APPLIANCES

ELITE APPLIANCES..........................................2 5-in-1 built-in oven.......................................14 BOSCH combination oven/microwave...........14 FISHER & PAYKEL mix-n-match cooktops.....14 SIEMENS TalllTUB dishwashers.....................14 LACANCHE Range Cookers............................33 Belling range cookers....................................38 FISHER & PAYKEL freestanding cooker.........38 SMEG freestanding cookers...........................38 ASKO 10kg front loader.................................39 BOSCH 60cm freestanding oven....................39 ILVE Quadra 0ven..........................................39 PRESTIGE APPLIANCES.................................41 ELECTROLUX 10-speed mixer.......................52 ELECTROLUX capsule coffee machine............52 ELECTROLUX green steam-iron.....................52 Hot air fryer...................................................52 Keeping food fresh........................................52 NESPRESSO Pixie..........................................52 BOSCH 60cm built-in oven............................53 ILVE SXMP built-in oven................................53 MIELE cooktops..............................................53 SMEG 76cm wide ovens.................................53


KARCHER Pressure Cleaners............................8 EPSOM HIRE..................................................12 Drive assembly + shield for metal shears....22 Sheet-metal and fibre-cement shears...........28 HITACHI cordless planer................................35 WORX Sonicrafter multi-tool ......................35 EXCALIBUR TOOLS........................................39 KARCHER pressure cleaner............................60 Keeping cords tidy.........................................60 MAKINEX generators.....................................60 Power tool for edge banding.........................60 MAKINEX lifting device..................................62 EPSOM HIRE..................................................63 Adapta Flex silicone nozzle...........................66 FESTOOL cordless hammer drill....................66 KARCHER spray lance....................................66 MAKINEX pressure washer.............................66 Tools for easier plastering.............................66 BUILDING MATERIALS

STEPTOES........................................................7 RICHMOND SECOND HAND MATERIALS.........9 ALLBOARD Distributors.................................10 PVC Panels for ceilings..................................24 Ciment slabs and tiles....................................34 Ardex RA88 for crack repairs.........................50 PGH glazed bricks.........................................50 SIKA SuperGrip Glue.....................................50 Fire-resistant plasterboard............................54 PGH Bricks new colours.................................54 HUGHES RENOVATORS PARADISE................67 OTHER



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Cheminees Philippe’s beautiful, innovative fires offer the best of both worlds with their unique lift up door firebox, combining style, energy efficiency and safety with real open fire enjoyment. The Radiante collection of single, double, triple and corner fireboxes offer total design flexibility and stylish heating solutions for every home.

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Trusses for complex roof design solved by Pryda software Using the latest version of Pryda Build software, Pryda combined with one of its Queensland fabricators, Bretts Frame and Truss, to solve the detailing problems faced with the complex roof design of an exclusive Brisbane home. The client wanted a large H-shaped home enclosing a swimming pool [complete with pool house] and six-car garage underneath. The roof design comprised a concave cross section shape with Balinese gable ends (reminiscent of a Buddhist temple) with sweeping curves from a high centre apex. The challenge was to make the roof curves perfectly symmetrical for the battens, which had to be at exactly 170mm centres to accommodate the roof tiles – made from recycled car parts that had been turned into a polycarbonate product imported from Ireland. The roof trusses were more than five metres high at the centre and therefore had to be manufactured in two sections. The roof comprised 155 trusses measuring more than 45m3 over the three sections – plus additional beams and posts. There were three blocks to each wing, manufactured one at a time, each block taking ten hours to complete.


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New doors and windows made from recycled timber exactly to old specifications Step back in time as you browse through the extensive range that Steptoe’s has to offer in their corrugated iron warehouse in Collingwood, Melbourne. Their range is enormous and guaranteed to satisfy any one with the empathy for products rescued from demolition of old churches, houses, public, commercial or retail buildings. Steptoe’s specialises in paint stripping, restoring fire inserts, repairing doors, windows and mantles, and assorted timber products. As well as the products on site, timber products can be ordered and custom made, often using recycled solid timber. • Shopping and Wish lists: Tell us what you are looking for and we will eventually locate it. • Huge range of reclaimed doors, windows, fireplaces, locks, handles, lighting, tiles... Just about anything you would find in old homes. • Architectural antiques

Solid timber garden gates made-to-order from recycled timber Shutters reproduction to original design & specifications

Gothic Style Doors & Windows

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STOP RISING DAMP Do It Yourself the easy way using the Tech-Dry DIY System from just $20/metre. • As seen on Ch 7 & Ch 9 home shows. • No structural damage. • Over 20,000 successful installations Australia wide. • Free technical support advice line • 100% guarantee. • Commercial installation also available with a 25 year guarantee. • Free booklet available on request. “How to simply identify a Damp House”

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Kärcher pressure washers for cleaning exteriors of houses Compact, portable and powerful, the K2.190 Pressure Cleaner [$156] is the latest addition to Kärcher’s pressure washer range and comes loaded with features to help you churn through a variety of cleaning jobs. This entry-level pressure cleaner with its 5m extension hose is ideal for cleaning underneath vehicles, stairs and edges, as well as patios and outdoor entertaining areas, and hard-toreach areas. Cleaning the underside of your car can be a tedious and uncomfortable job, but the Chassis Cleaner [$179] makes light work of this chore. Compatible with any Kärcher pressure washer, the long handle enables the Chassis Cleaner to roll in under your car to spray away dirt, mud, sand and salt, preventing rust and corrosion on the underside of your vehicle.

Origami pendant lights made from galvanized iron These origami pendant lights from Schots Home Emporium are made from galvanized iron but are intended to give the impression of folded coloured paper. The shade is white inside contrasted by a gloss coloured outer finish. The cord is 1.5m long and can be shortened if needed by your electrician on installation. Medium (50x50x28cm) – RRP $149.00 each Small (26x26x17cm) – RRP $89.00 each Colours available: Glossy Mint, Glossy Black, Glossy White and Glossy Grey

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Renovating a roof with terracotta or concrete roof tiles for a traditional-look The roof contributes significantly to the overall appearance of a house as it can make up to 30% of a home’s façade. A roof-renovation can be one of the best improvements to your home’s performance, energy-efficiency and appearance; and therefore has a major bearing on its overall look and marketability. When renovating it’s important to ensure the style of roof matches the historic-period of your house so that you maintain the design-aesthetic and -integrity. There is bound to be a Monier roof tile that will complement your house’s design, regardless of the period during which it was constructed. Monier’s terracotta tiles are available in three profiles: Nullarbor; Nouveau; and Marseille. The Nullarbor roof tile creates a streamlined, sleek and sophisticated roofline and as a flat terracotta roof tile it is suitable for both modern and classic architecture. The Nullarbor roof tile’s profile makes it an ideal choice to recreate the traditional look of slate; and comes in three colours. The Nouveau terracotta roof tile range also comes in three colours, with a satin finish providing durability with excellent depth and colour. While the Marseille roof tile enables you to create a heritage-style or a timeless-look for your home with its classic French-inspired architectural lines. But if the design of your home doesn’t suit terracotta roof tiles, or if your budget is restricted, the Monier concrete roof tiles provide another option. As an alternative to using slate, Monier’s concrete roof tiles such as Cambridge, Madison or Georgian can recreate that slate look but at a lower cost. Monier Georgian concrete roof tiles cleverly combine the rich textures of traditional shingles with modern materials to provide a classic look. And with its “hewn stone” finish Monier’s Cambridge roof tile complements both contemporary and classically styled architecture; while the Madison concrete roof tile features a centre shadow-line that provides a sophisticated look.

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Beautifully hand-carved and impressive, Schots Riverstone basins can form a striking centrepiece to any contemporary bathroom. They are available in a range of shapes and sizes. The long Nile Riverstone washbasin 100 x 50 x 17cm [sizes vary] is priced at $995. The long Kagera Riverstone washbasin 100 x 50 x 17cm [sizes vary] is priced at $995.The medium Maputo Riverstone washbasin 5055 x 17cm [sizes vary] is priced at $249.The small Maputo Riverstone washbasin 35-40 x 17cm [sizes vary] is priced at $189.


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NEW FREEDOM™ INFINITY ZIPLINE™ SPANS UP TO 9 METRES Designed for french, bi-fold and sliding stacker doors and windows, as well as pillarless corners and large, difficult-to-screen openings. Our custom-made fly screens are an elegant yet discreet way of taking control of your living environment and protecting your loved ones from pesky insects. Freedom Retractable Screens® – innovative insect screens for modern Australian living!

The Feedom™ Infinity Zipline™ screen spans up to 4.5 metres in a single screen and up to 9 metres in a double screen and adopts a unique mesh-to-track retention system which prevents the mesh sagging and stops mesh blowouts – perfect for larger openings. The easy to operate patented Freedom™ Brake System enables the screen to stop safely in any position along the track. The sleek retrofit housing neatly attaches to your existing opening and is available in a variety of finishes including powder-coated and anodised aluminium, coloured end caps and brake levers. • • •

Available in a pull down style for servery windows and a remote controlled motorised roll-down. Engineered to last the harsh Australian climate. Backed by a limited five-year warranty with a nationwide distribution network with parts and service backup. Made with quality Australian aluminium and premium UV resistant fibreglass mesh.

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Temporary power pole & toilet hire Epsom hire Australia, established in 1973, are the Temporary Power Supply specialists in Victoria. They provide a single or three phase connection to an overhead or underground supply, with a two day turn around for installation of a power pole; after which it is generally three weeks before the power company will connect the temporary power supply. So best to plan ahead. Their Portable Builders’ Toilets are ideal for renovating projects, whether you are updating the bathroom or doing a complete homerenovation. During a monthly hire period they will pump-out and clean the toilet as part of the hire-fee with quality anti-bacterial disinfectant, ensure the fresh water flush system is full, and replenish the two toilet rolls as supplied.

Quartz stone pavers used to create a public plaza The upgrade of the Devonport Surf Life Saving Club and surrounding facilities was welcomed by surf club members and the local community with a number of family-friendly sites including a new playground, barbecue facilities, public plaza and car park created as part of the redevelopment. The project, designed by Hansen Partnership of Melbourne, utilised non directional pavers of varying colours to create a coastal inspired design where colours transition from the foreshore pavement to the sand and sea beyond. The versatile public area and walkway was created using 6,500m2 of Adbri Masonry’s Trihex® and Quartz Stone pavers with the architects implementing a flowing design to blend with and complement the surrounding beach and ocean.

If you want to minimise traffic through your house at your next party their Party Toilets or Weekend-Hire Toilets look great at any event or function. They come with hand soap, paper towels and toilet paper; and can be provided with a night-light for a small extra cost. These toilets are delivered on the Friday and collected on the Monday; plus for long weekends. Pickup and delivery fees are included in the price; there are no extra costs involved.

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Luxurious Italian wall tiles for the bathroom Conceived, designed and manufactured in Italy, Piemme Valentino wall tiles combine Florentine brocade [inspired by Italian Renaissance fabrics] with precious Mother of Pearl. The designs incorporate strong Italian concepts, like the sea and sartorial creativity, to bring the elegance of the Piemme Valentino style to fashionable bathrooms. Only after decorating, firing and grinding are the best slabs sent to a further manufacturing cycle, at which time the tiles become “prestige design” slabs. The aesthetic-quality and technical-perfection of the Piemme Valentino tiles offer a truly exceptional surface finish for bathroom interiors. These tiles are available in Bianco and Nero with the Broccato and Mother of Pearl finish; and are distributed nationally through DELSA, with prices starting at $95/m2; and the borders $55 each.



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a ‘Jacana’ 4 Light Pendant 100x30x33cm RRP $279 b ‘Tesla’ Dining Table in Ash Walnut 1600x900x750mm RRP $775 c 4 Point Ceiling Rose in White 740mm RRP $104.50 d Kellaway acrylic Bath in White 1710x730x750mm, 65kg RRP $1,995 e Metz Dining Chair in Rustic White with Wooden Seat 40x50x88cm RRP $89 f ’Murray’ Lever Set in Florentine Bronze RRP $39.95 g Varenna Acid Wash Marble Tile in Grey 305x305x10mm RRP $12ea h ‘Jarin’ Encaustic Til 20x20x1.6cm RRP $5.45ea i ‘Spartacus’ Fire Pit, in Rust finish 100cm RRP $395 j Nicholson Hemlock Door 2040x820x36mm RRP $249 k Legend Gas Fire DV36L RRP $2,999 l Fleur De Lys Pressed Metal in Raw finish 91x180cm RRP $109/ sheet m Versailles Parquetry Panel in Weathered Oak RRP $118.10ea

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Whether you are renovating or re-styling Schots Home Emporium has everything you need to create the right mood for your home. Combining the old and the new, the traditional and the contemporary; at Schots you’ll discover an incredible range of options to transform any home. With years of experience and knowledge, Schots deliver the highest level of quality, value and service, to help you find what you need to create any mood or style. Boasting two large showrooms in Melbourne and Geelong Schots is a cornucopia for fixtures and furnishings for the home. Come in and experience a life of unearthing the uncommon.










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Mix-n-match gas and induction cooktop modules Sometimes it’s hard to choose. You love cooking with gas, but there are times when the benefits of induction cooking appeal. Fisher & Paykel make that possible with their modules providing the freedom to arrange cooking zones by mixing and matching different sizes and types of cooktops. You can marry gas on glass wok, single or double burners, seamlessly with Touch&Slide Induction cooktops in 30, 60 and 90cm models. Each is designed to match with the same easy-to-clean reflective black glass and polished metal strip, allowing the products to line up perfectly in a seamless configuration of cooking zones. The Touch&Slide Induction cooktops are available in four models offering a choice in size and the number of cooking zones. The 90cm has 5 cooking zones; there are two 60cm variants with 3 or 4 zones; and the 30cm cooktop has two zones. Cleaning is as simple as a wipe-down of its smooth ceramic and toughened glass surface. SmartZones allow you to use several small pots on the one zone; while the Bridging option means you can create a larger cooking surface for bigger pots and pans across two SmartZones. In addition to 9 heat settings, there is a PowerBoost of up to 5.5kW on the larger cooking zones, and up to 3.7kW on others. The product range comprises: 90cm 5 Zone Induction Cooktop, $1799; 60cm 4 Zone Induction Cooktop, $1899; 60cm 3 Zone Induction Cooktop, $1799; and 30cm 2 Zone Induction Cooktop, $1459. There are three new models in the Gas on Glass range – 30cm (2 burners); 45cm (wok burner); and 90cm (3 burners) adding to the existing 60cm (3 & 4 burners) and 90cm (5 burner). These three new products are: 90cm Gas on Glass 3-burner Cooktop, LPG/ Natural Gas, $1699; 45cm Gas on Glass Wok burner, LPG/Natural Gas, $1049; and 30cm 2-burner Gas on Glass cooktop, LPG/Natural Gas, $949.

Dishwashers with Zeolith® drying technology The fully-integrated TallTUB dishwasher from Siemens [SX66T093AU, $2899] features Zeolith® drying technology, which uses a naturally occurring mineral called Zeolite to absorb water molecules and then release them as energy. The result is dry dishes in less time using less energy. The TimeLight feature projects the remaining wash time, as well as program status onto the kitchen floor for convenience; while the wash programs and status information can also be seen on the full-colour TFT display. Features and benefits include: • 15 place settings • 6 wash programs with 4 special functions (VarioSpeed, IntensiveZone, HygienePlus and BrilliantDry) • 4.5 Star WELS rating - 13.3 litres per wash• super quiet at 42bB • varioFlexPlus baskets • varioDrawerPlus (cutlery tray) • aquaSensor • 3 auto wash programs • sensorTouch buttons • intensiveZone wash option. The semi-integrated model [SX56T593AU] is priced at $2599.

5-in-1 44-litre capacity combination oven The Combination oven from Belling [BPROC60, $1799] operates as an oven, microwave, grill, microwave-and-oven and microwave-and-grill in one contemporary styled kitchen appliance, offering 11 versatile combinations including defrost, fanned oven and base heat and fan. It has a 44-litre cavity that allows you to roast two large chickens at once; and by using the microwave-and-oven function cooking time is cut by 30% to 40 minutes. There are 13 auto-cook programs; a glass tray and two grill racks; and a triple-glazed door and child lock for safety. Available from Harvey Norman.

Built-in oven/microwave The Bosch Combination Compact Oven with Integrated Microwave [HBC84K553A, $2899] offers the functionality of a microwave and an oven in the one built-in appliance. Some “standard” microwaves have been known to have a “soggy” effect on food items, but with the incorporation of a conventional oven with the traditional microwave, reheating can occur at a rapid speed, whilst maintaining a crisp finish. EcoClean lines are fitted at the rear of the oven to superheat it to approximately 500°C to allow any grease or fat deposits to burn off, resulting in a perfectly cleaned oven. Features and benefits include: 5 oven cooking/heating methods • 900 Watt microwave with Inverter technology • 42-litre capacity • 20 automatic cooking programs • illuminated retractable electronic control • electronic clock/timer • LED display • 5 microwave power settings • programmable 3-stage cooking • child lock. 14 • RENOVATING • DECEMBER QTR 2014

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To annoying insects

Magic Seal Magnetic Insect Screens are flexible and adhere to the inside of the window frame. Perfect for most windows including Awning, Double Hung, Casement and UPVC. Attractive, discrete and easily removed! Freedom Retractable Screens provide a solution to screening French, Bi-fold and Sliding Doors.

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New Caroma website The Caroma website has undergone a makeover. Designed not only to be visually pleasing but also easy to use, the website offers a seamless, one-stop experience across a range of devices – desktop, laptop, tablet and smartphone. The website now makes the product selection process as fast and effortless as possible. An advanced, multi-field search function enables you to quickly find the products and information you are looking for: search and filter by size, style and location; as well as search by category-features, such as basin shape and toilet suite set-out dimensions or trap-type. There are helpful online tools, “how to” advice, videos, a “get the look” section for inspiring style; additional product and technical information; and a link to find nearby stockists. Product images across the entire Caroma collection also make it easier to visually compare each range. The new product compare function allows you to compare prices and other product features side-by-side. The website also features a news section that includes “how-to” articles and animations; as well as helpful videos and expert ideas and tips from designers and architects.

PorcelainTileDrilling and fitting of accessories

If you have just finished your bathroom renovation we can drill the porcelain tiles and fit the accessories for you.

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Kitchen Light & Handle Specialist Hand finished Antique Brass, Antique Nickel & Antique Bronze Finishes

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Foolproof method of fixing bathroom accessories Bathe is distributing a new bathroom accessory brand from South Africa called Bathroom Butler. Through extensive R&D their engineers have come up with a clever and advanced method of mounting their bathroom accessories. This fixing method prevents accessories working their way loose. Bathroom Butler’s RIGID Loc Mounting System is designed to alleviate the maintenance required on grub screw fixing methods which sometimes work themselves loose. The RIGID Loc Mounting system locks the two components together in a way which eliminates any chance of them coming loose over time. Two accessory-ranges are available [classic and modern] each comprising: toilet roll holders; toilet brush + holder; robe hooks; tumbler + holder; towel rings; soap rack; shower rack; and towel rails.

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In line with the latest trends in bathroomrenovation designs Caroma has launched its Pillar mixer range, bringing together trusted performance and stylish design. A modern interpretation of a classic tapware design, the new Pillar Mixer range captures a look of understated elegance which harmonises with a range of bathroomrenovation styles. This new Caroma tapware range includes a basin mixer, tower basin mixer, wall basin mixer, bath/shower mixer (with and without diverter) and a bath outlet and comes equipped with Caroma’s Sure Fit® installation, minimising the risk of damage to the back plate during installation. The WELS information is: Basin Mixer – WELS 5-star rated, 6L/min; Tower Basin Mixer - WELS 5-star rated, 6L/min; Wall Basin Mixer - WELS 5-star rated, 6L/min.

Candana has introduced the Lounge series of tapware by Noken of Spain, a brand that specialises in luxury architecture and design for contemporary bathrooms. Original but balanced shapes characterise the Lounge series, which comprises single-lever basin mixers, wall-mounted basin mixers, wall handshower holder with shower outlet, concealed bath and shower mixers, and a single function handshower. Lounge by Noken is the creation of renowned Italian designer Simone Micheli, who has in recent years gained recognition as a bright beacon of design in Europe. All products in the range feature a flow limiter, resulting in a 5-Star WELS rating across the collection. While the range offers a complete bathroom solution, the organic nature of individual products lend themselves to a smooth integration into any existing space. Illustrated is the Lounge Single Lever Basin Mixer [$1044] with a WELS 5-star rating and using 8-litres/minute.

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Caroma mixertaps range for the bathroom

Luxurious collection of Spanish tapware by Italian designer Simone Micheli

Wall-mounted bathroom fan heater with timer Thermogroup has released their third Thermofan Bathroom Fan heater, the TF2200 with the following features: remote-control; digital temperature display; 1000/2000 watts; powerful convection fan; wall mounted; overheating protection; and timer (1/2 hour intervals for up to 7.7 hours). Available from bathroom shops at $250.

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Ultralock is a new formulation, rapid-drying solvent-based primer, sealer and undercoat that provides a 2-hour re-coat with superb adhesion. Suitable for interior and exterior use. Ultraprime is an anti-corrosive solvent-based metal primer featuring superb rust protection and excellent adhesion. Suitable for interior and exterior use. Ultrahold is a new formulation, spirit-based stain-blocker offering a 1-hour re-coat with superior stain-blocking. Suitable for interior use only. Sizes range from 500ml to 15 litres; priced @ $66.95 for a 4-litre container.


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Ultraseal is a water-based acrylic sealer undercoat that offers no fumes or odours, superb coverage, excellent gloss holdout and impressive sanding properties. Suitable for interior and exterior use.

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The Finista Slim multifunctional at in g e. m a g a zi n aluminium system brings customised storage and work surfaces to any space, utilising every centimetre from floor to ceiling. Comprising aluminium extrusions and brackets for drawers, cupboards, shelves and work surfaces, the stand-out feature of this system is that it delivers the utmost creativity in terms of the size and shape of the office/ storage components required; and accommodates the most problematic of spaces – sloping ceilings, uneven floors and tiny spaces. Overhead storage is another means of creating a place for more bulky items and Blum’s AVENTOS HK delivers enhanced convenience in the form of upwardly opening doors that offer a wide angle to give full access to the space. For even more convenience these can be fitted with Blum’s SERVO-DRIVE for AVENTOS HK – a lift system that glides open at a touch and closes again at the press of a small switch. Thought should also be put into maximising the use of space inside drawers. Blum’s ORGALINE ensures there is a place for everything no matter how small or awkwardly shaped. ov

Ultracover is a new formulation, water-based primer, sealer and undercoat featuring superior adhesion, gloss holdout and superb coverage. Suitable for interior and exterior use.

The home office can be optimised by clever design, organised storage and task lighting. Lincoln Sentry reports that today’s home-hardware delivers an ingenious, unobtrusive means of increasing existing storage space while customising cabinetry for use as a home-office.

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Haymes Paint has released a condensed version of its Ultra-Premium Prep Coat range, called the Ultra Series range. With five core Prep Coat products that complement each other, the Ultra Series range provides a solution for every painting project. Previously featuring eleven predominately single-use products, this range now offers products that are water, solvent and spirit based, providing flexibility and options for a wide variety of projects.

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Task and ambient lighting is often overlooked but Lincoln Sentry says the Hera brand of LED lighting is both affordable to install and cost-efficient to run. The L-Pad can be installed under overhead cupboards and shelves to throw light directly onto the work surface. It has an LED life of 30,000 hours; in a choice of high gloss white or black; plus a stainless steel look finish.

Renovating the bedroom wardrobe Utilising elfa® products from Howards® Storage World you can transform any wardrobe into a system that can evolve through the demands of changing seasons and yearly progressions through a child’s life. The Mister 11 platinum elfa® solution comes with Kis C-Boxes for storing special keepsakes and out-of-season clothing up high; green Flex Tubs for grouping items in the low archive zone; shelves and elfa® mesh-drawers; and maximising space in the short- and long-hanging zones with easy to use, non-slip flocked hangers.

Maximising your closet space The closetMAX™ system from Neatfreak® [from Master Distributors] is an easy and stylish solution for organising any wardrobe. It helps double your hanging space and the handy accessories allow you to create a place for many items. You can mix-and-match different components to fit your individual needs; and you can add the expandable MAXbar™ to double your hanging space. It is quick and easy to install as no tools are required. 18 • RENOVATING • DECEMBER QTR 2014

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A range of replacement legs for furniture During renovation and decorating projects you often come across a favoured furniture piece with tired, worn legs that requires fixing. Leggz [by Master Distributors] is a range of quality replacement-legs designed to address such problems and give those old furniture-pieces a new lease on life. The range includes pre-painted metal, unstained wood, plastic and castor bed-legs that suit tables, chairs, sofas, wardrobes and cabinets. Available from Bunnings Warehouse.

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Water permeable pavers that allow the capture of rain water runoff

Concrete pavers in neutral grey-based colours

Brigidine College is an independent Catholic girls’ high school in St Ives, northern suburbs of Sydney. While undertaking enhancement projects, the school engaged Fulton Trotter Architects to design a master plan concept for the school which included the introduction of a new Performing Arts building. As part of this redevelopment, Adbri Masonry’s Contracting Services Division won the tender to install over 1100m2 of the Ecotrihex® pavers for the external relaxation area that was to feature aesthetically pleasing, durable and sustainable permeable pavers. This segmental permeable paver features specially designed voids which, when laid together, allow surface water runoff to filter through the pavement surface into the sub-base, to be recycled or returned to the water-table.

Boral has added two new colours to its concrete paver range, providing home renovators with a greater choice in neutral pavers. Boral Abode® pavers are now available in Charcoal; and Stoneworks™ Travertine in Bluestone.

The pavement design worked perfectly with the special shape of Ecotrihex®, using the contrasting tones of Oatmeal and Sunstone colours to create a natureinspired mixed-use area. The project included the base preparation needed for the permeable pavement system; as well as the effort to cut and place pavers around the many landscape elements that were incorporated into the architectural plans. On finishing the project Sandstone coloured Adbri Brickpave pavers were used on the perimeter of the space-abutting building edges and organically shaped planter beds located throughout the outdoor spaces, which also act as a social seating area. 20 • RENOVATING • DECEMBER QTR 2014

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Designed for those working with greybased schemes, the Charcoal and Bluestone pavers are a bolder alternative to cream and beige tones for creating a sleek neutral look that makes a statement. Both pavers are available in standard and bullnose format, making them suitable for steps, paths, courtyards and pool-side applications. The Abode pavers, measuring 450mm x 450mm, are now available in four colours: Charcoal, Latte, Linen and Biscotti. The Stoneworks™ Travertine range now includes three colours: Bluestone, Chalk and Smoke. These pavers measure 500mm x 500mm.

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FIX & PREVENT LEAKS IN SHOWERS & BALCONIES Simply brush SHOWER PLUG on tiles and grout Makes surface waterrepellent for 10 years. For new and existing tiles. Suitable for use indoors and outdoors. Stops mould growing in grout Available at Bunnings, Mitre10 and most hardware stores for under $50

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Care and protection of timber decking The care and protection of timber decking has been made easier with the Sikkens Ezee Deck Brush [$39.95]. Specifically designed to take the hard work out of coating a timber deck, its special design combines the effectiveness of a soft-bristle paint brush with the convenience of a longstemmed roller. Pure bristle brushes are the best way to achieve a smooth, even finish when coating a deck; but getting down on hands and knees is uncomfortable for many. Featuring a soft 175mm pure-bristle brush, the Ezee Deck Brush ensures coatings are worked evenly into the grain of the timber; while the long, broom-like handle allows large areas of deck to be coated from a comfortable standing position. Sikkens Ezee Deck Brush is available from paint retailers and hardware outlets.

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Anti-slip plywood Big River’s Anti-Slip Plywood features a highly slip-resistant coating designed to protect against injury on both indoors and outdoors workplace platforms, ramps, walkways and floors. This innovative Australian-made solution was created to significantly improve the safety of both temporary and permanent flooring and ramps. It features a textured paint finish with crushed glass for maximum wear and slip-resistance. The reverse-side of the panel has a phenolic film for moisture protection in damp, wet and external areas. It has been specifically engineered for use in construction sites or building areas, permanent ramps and flooring in hospitality (kitchen) or age care facilities, hospitals and medical environments. Anti-Slip Plywood is ideal for high-risk areas including cool rooms/freezers, dishwashing areas, cooking areas and doors leading to and from commercial-kitchens where changes in floor surfaces occur. It is available in a range of sizes and thicknesses, as well as in custom-made size panels; and comes in three standard colours of safety-yellow, black and grey.

Amsterdam pull handles A new range of versatile pull handles has been released by Memory Lane of Ascot Vale. The Amsterdam pull handle is a brass and ebonised timber handle with a retro- or industrial-look that can be used in kitchens; on sliding doors; or as pull handles on general doors. Comprising metal ends with a timber centre these handles have a great look and a lovely feel. Fitting in with the popularity of retro- and industrial-styled renovating and decorating, there are 2 sizes: a large 250mm x 32mm size; and a small 165mm x 30mm size; in 5 finishes comprising a bright brass, an antique brass, an antique copper, a bright chrome and a satin chrome; giving a collection of 10 different handles to suit any application. These handles would look fabulous on a pair of double doors or on a retro-style kitchen or on a piece of retro-style furniture. RENOVATING • DECEMBER QTR 2014 • 21

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HYPER™ drive assembly with shield for sheet metal and fibre cement shears Excalibur Tools have developed their HYPER™ Drive Assembly with shield for fitting Excalibur Sheet Metal and Fibre Cement Shears to all drills [including ¼-inch HEX Driver], cordless, electric and air-versions. No straps are required for fitting. It is a simple assembly-task. The HYPER Shield and cutting head rotates to any angle and provides a one-handed operation. No special tools are required to fit and it goes onto any drill with a chuck. The HYPER Shield is constructed of lightweight tough poly material. This kit has been developed to improve operator-safety when cutting sheet metal and fibre cement with Excalibur shears and to enable them to be quickly and easily fitted to all drills, especially cordless.

The newly arrived Latte Poles from boutique timber supplier Touch Wood Trading – suitable for both interior and exterior use – are an ideal option. Imported from South Africa, Latte Poles are actually an Australian hardwood (Eucalyptus grandis, also known as Rose Gum or Flooded Gum) that is both sustainable and durable. The poles have a beautifully long, straight grain and come in a choice of thicknesses and lengths in a palette of white creams through soft greys to light rose. They are resistant to insect attack, mould and weathering so are both low maintenance and easy to install. They won’t canker or split when screwed or nailed; neither are they prone to warping. Sizes vary from 25mm to 150mm diameter in lengths up to four metres; priced at around $68 a square metre (not including installation). 22 • RENOVATING • DECEMBER QTR 2014

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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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Features and Benefits Summary: • Looks, feels and wears like natural stone


• Lower cost than traditional natural stone and masonry products

• Easy to use straight from the can, fast and easy to apply

• 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

• Environmentally safe, fire retardant, mould resistant

• 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 • DECEMBER QTR 2014 • 23

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Removable tinted window film


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


Stays firmly on glass with static cling Can be removed in seconds Re-use many times over Size: 2M x 0.9M

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

Restore the beauty of interior timber finishes Timber finishes and decorative elements add a touch of nature and warmth to modern interiors. From wall and ceiling cladding to shelves, balustrades, window and door frames, timber is ideal for those wanting to feature natural building materials throughout the home. As with decking timber, interior timber benefits from regular care to maintain colour depth and clarity, helping to avoid damage from sunlight, indoor heating and cooling systems, knocks and spills. Sikkens CETOL TSI Satin Plus provides a high quality transparent, satin finish that accentuates the grain and texture of all timber species. This oil-alkyd resin formulation is suitable for decoration and protection of soft- and hard-woods. Self-levelling for a smooth, even finish this non-toxic and easy-to-clean coating can also protect surfaces exposed to high moisture levels such as in bathrooms and saunas. Sikkens CETOL TSI Satin Plus is priced at $51.05 for onelitre and is available from paint retailers and hardware stores.


Makeover with PVC Panels Cobbs Bakery in the historic fishing town of Port Fairy in Victoria is celebrating it’s 50th birthday in 2014 and this called for a complete update of the century old premises including a facelift to the internal walls and ceiling of the large bakery behind the shop. Covering the tired surfaces with more coats of paint wasn’t going to provide the best outcome . So the business decided to clad these work areas with high gloss white Panelscape PVC panels and achieved an inspiring result. The panels require a minimum of maintenance and the fact that no painting is ever required is a huge benefit for the bakery. Also of great importance to the bakery is the fact PVC will not ignite, even from another flame, until it reaches about 378°C, and will not self ignite until about 454°C. These ignition temperatures are significantly higher than common framing timber, which ignites from flame at 260°C and self ignites at 410°C. The waterproof Panelscape PVC wall and ceiling panels are 5mm thick, 25 cm wide and come in lengths of 1.8M and 2.4M. The tongue and grooved panels simply slot into each other to provide a tight, almost invisible flush join thus making a continuous ceiling without the need for joining strips. Installation is so easy. To cut the panels to size, use a fine tooth saw. Holes for light fittings, ceiling fans or heating can be made with a utility knife or hole saw. Apply silicone adhesive to the back of each panel and fit them one at a time until the ceiling is fully covered. The panels are strong but very light in weight, not

like heavy plasterboard, and are quite easily lifted into position without effort. To keep the ceiling panels in place whist the glue is setting you should screw or staple at random intervals into the back lug of each panel during installation. The fixings will be completely covered up by the next panel. Panelscape PVC wall and ceiling panels are distributed by Handi Home Supplies, Melbourne. Cost is about $24 per square metre and they can be ordered through any hardware or plumbing outlet throughout Australia.


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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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Convert your sink tap to multi-function Handi HomeS

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.

Refurbishing an old driveway while using the old material as a base StoneSet is a product engineered to renovate existing driveways. A recent home-renovation on the NSW Central Coast included a driveway-refurbishment, extending the usable area and improving the kerb-appeal. The existing 30 year old tiled-surface was still strong but looked dated. Rather than ripping it up to start again, it was utilised as the base for the new StoneSet surface employing resin-bound porous-paving technology. This represented an excellent cost saving for the home owner; as well as saving on unnecessary landfill. The StoneSet install was carried out over two days using their 6mm Charcoal blend, designed to last over 20 years. By using StoneSet the home-renovators were able to retain the existing concrete driveway, and reshape by adding new concrete pieces to change the driveway to suit the renovations of the dwelling. The StoneSet topping was considered the most cost effective way of renovating the driveway, saving $15,000-$20,000 when compared with the cost of removing the existing con6mm Charcoal StoneSet Finished close up crete and replace it with new material. As well as being used to overlay concrete, blocks and asphalt surfaces, StoneSet surfaces are porous and can contribute to your soft landscaping ratio whilst providing a hardwearing surface suitable for driveway traffic. A porous base can be an existing, compacted and well-used road base. For new build projects a free-draining cell structure, StoneSet base mix or no fines porous concrete base are all suitable options.

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DIY-replacement mixer-tap system for old leaking taps and showers In many older homes leaking showers and taps can be a headache. In the shower it often starts with a few drips but eventually becomes worse. “Band-Aid” fixes like tightening the tap handles can sometimes lead to plumbing-damage; and getting a plumber to “reseat” the washers can sometimes be more than you budgeted for; and if this has already been done in an earlier plumber’s call [and cannot be done a second time] you may have to rip the tiles off, pull the wall out a bit and Before then replace the breech. This may cost around $2500! But there is a much more economical alternative. You can rectify such problems with the innovative Quoss Reno Transformer – a unique, cost effective, patented system that is easy to DIY-install and changes your old two handled shower or taps to a single lever exposed mixer. The Reno After Transformer’s modern design features an all-chrome finish that complements any household décor. Its ceramic cartridge system will last a lifetime, so you will never need to put up with problem-causing spindle valves and washers. There are several models available for bathroom-showers and basins, plus kitchen and laundry sinks. For example, at a cost of only $398 the Reno Transformer single-handle flick mixer can replace an old two- handle shower-fixture with spindle valves, with a handheld shower included. One of the many clever characteristics of the Quoss Reno Transformer is how it diverts water away from the centre pipes in the breech piece towards the mixer; the water no longer needs to travel through the shower’s damaged breech. In a recent case-study, an elderly couple’s movements were restricted by rheumatoid arthritis. It was painful for them to turn the tap on or off; and trying to get the temperature right in the shower was even worse. They had considered getting a flick mixer, but were put off by the fact that installing one would entail pulling the wall down. And of course, the job was not going to be cheap. Accordingly they were delighted to discover what the Quoss Reno Transformer could do for them. They decided to install the Thermo shower because it allowed them to set and enjoy the temperature of the water, exactly the way they liked it, each and every time. The Thermo Shower model has an integrated thermostatic valve that regulates the water temperature. It is an ideal mixer for seniors and the physically impaired, and anyone who might suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. It can be painful for such people to turn taps on or off; and trying to get the temperature right in the shower can be frustrating. This economically-priced, innovative range of Quoss Reno Transformer mixer-taps is available from plumbing supply outlets such as Reece and Tradelink, plus from hardware stores.

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Excalibur Tools improves the safety and performance of sheetmetal and fibre-cement shears The improved HYPER™ range from Excalibur Tools comprises Sheet Metal and Fibre Cement Shears complete with their recently developed shield that promotes safety and a one-handed operation. With the Metal Shears the long-lasting blades cut through metal and can be resharpened whenever necessary. The blades are for 1.2mm stainless steel; 1.6mm mild steel; and 2.0mm aluminium. The recently improved long-lasting fibre cement blades cut 6mm compressed fibre cement board; 9mm non-compressed fibre cement board; and 16mm plasterboard/MGO. These tools have been researched, developed and manufactured in Australia.

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

Utilising a renovated shipping container as an outdoors room Shipping containers are being given a new twist and transformed into anything from a retreat or home office, to a spare bedroom and chill-out-zone with Royal Wolf’s innovative residential product, the Outdoor Room. This 20-foot modular unit is furnished with power, lighting, air conditioning, timber flooring, superior insulation and glass sliding doors. These portable and secure outdoors rooms, made from specially modified shipping containers, are available [late-2014] with colour-customisation to suit individual preferences. The Outdoor Room is an option for home-renovators who may have considered renovating or even moving in order to gain extra space. Delivered as a “blank-slate”, it can be used and furnished by home-renovators to create whatever type of room is needed. The flexible rental and purchase options and the simplicity with which Royal Wolf containers can be modified to meet a range of individual needs makes them ideal for those looking for either a permanent or temporary space solution. Royal Wolf containers are strong, weatherproof and easily transported direct to site.


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Decorative weatherresistant Laminex screens for outdoors renovating To add style and some décor to your outdoor renovation, Laminex Australia has introduced a range of low maintenance decorative screens. Available in 15 designs and made from durable compact laminate, Laminex Decorative Screens are a premium range of exterior panels that can enhance outdoors living spaces. This maintenance-free range of screens can be used in backyards for artistic garden features, privacy screens, fence dividers, alfresco areas, and as enclosures to conceal garbage bins. Laminex Exterior Alfresco Compact Laminate Screens are a low maintenance alternative to wood and coordinate with the wider Laminex Alfresco Compact Laminate range. The screens require no lacquering or protectant for upkeep and will not leave rust marks on surfaces. Available in eight décors and as 6mm and 13mm options, these decorative screens vary from the geometric prints of Camarilla, Shanghai and Archetype, to the abstract look of Liana and Gematria. Made to order, they are available in both standard (3050mm x 1300mm) and other sizes. The ability to scale the designs means you can customise the size to suit your project.

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Sleek and sophisticated drainage system for sliding doors linking the indoors and outdoors Stormtech, the Australian inventor of linear drainage systems, has further developed their Threshold Drainage as a specially customised drainage system that marries exquisite low-impact design with excellent drainage possibilities for today’s open-air home designs. Developed over 20 years ago as a requirement for special needs access, Threshold was originally designed to eliminate the “trip-and-slip” hazards of step-down partitions, delivering uninterrupted access between indoors and outdoors living areas. Complementing a range of open-plan doorway constructions, Threshold has emerged as a hallmark of chic, sleek and practical drainage, and a cornerstone of today’s trendsetting “bring the outdoors in” design movement. Threshold is a defining example of elegance in simplicity. The low-profile design comprises an external lineal grate which sits flush beside the door-track, in precise alignment with the ground surface. An integrated, concealed, sub-sill collects water flows and condensation around the doorway, conveying it to the external drainage system. Threshold’s streamlined, low-impact, structure acts as both water barrier and active water conduit, ensuring excellent drainage possibilities between the indoor/outdoor divide.

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Renovating a 1960s house with a new Colorbond roof and carport A dated 1960s red brick veneer home in Sydney was recently renovated into a modern-looking home with the use of BlueScope COLORBOND® steel roofing products, supplied by Stramit Building Products. Stramit® Corrugated profile in Basalt® was selected to renovate the roof of the main house and used to cover the newly constructed carport. The result transformed the appearance of this dated home. The objective of the renovation was to increase safety and security, modernise the home’s façade and create several childproof, family-friendly spaces that would maximise the spacious front and rear garden areas, as well as creating an entrance with a wow-factor. The renovation strategy was to significantly improve the aesthetic appeal of the property by making a small property look substantially more spacious and therefore increase its value. This was done by adding bulk and scale to the surrounding gardens of the property and by creating a grander entry.

window openings to bi-fold doors opening onto the deck; painting the house and garden beds; installing an overhead pergola over the front door; and replacing the existing roof and installing a new Stramit® Corrugated steel roof and carport. By using the same colour of steel roofing for this home improvement, the two key roofing components seamlessly integrate together to help create a roomy modern pavilion-style property. Overall, the additions make better use of the alfresco space by enhancing the spaciousness of the property and adding to its overall market value.

The scope of works comprised: cement rendering the house and garden beds; excavation of the front yard and then landscaping; installing a new large deck to the front of the house; converting

COLORBOND® has 22 designer colours in its range that are split into classic or contemporary palettes. The Basalt® hue, which was chosen for this renovation is one of six new shades that were developed for release in 2014. As well as selecting the right colour, selecting the most appropriate roofing material is integral to the success of a renovation project.

Flexible aerator that extends sink coverage

A temporary safety anchor for roofs

This versatile, Italian made, Syneco Flexible Aerator makes those sink chores so much easier. Now you can direct a powerful spray to the extremities of your large dishes and sink to remove stubborn food particles in an instant. It’s just marvellous for rinsing those large platters and woks. The Syneco Flexible Aerator reduces water flow from around 21 litres to just 7 litres per minute to provide water saving without any loss of water pressure. The device is so easy to install without any tools. Just unscrew your existing aerator and screw on the device. Simply hand-tighten. It is designed to fit onto standard-size male and female tap threads 21-23mm diameter. This attractive chrome finish Syneco Flexible Aerator has just been released into Bunnings stores throughout Victoria and is available in their plumbing department for just $15.98.

SafetyLink’s TempLink has been designed for use where an anchor is required for a temporary period of time in a location that does not need to be revisited. TempLink is designed to absorb energy when a fall is arrested, minimising damage to the structure and reducing the risk of personal injury. This temporary anchor can be easily installed onto a metal roof or a tiled roof; and is very relevant for maintenance-workers. Most homes do not have permanent roof anchors in place, which makes it hard for solar- or antenna-Tradies to do any maintenance. SafetyLink’s Temporary Anchor can therefore be a useful component of many Tradies’ toolbox. When the job is finished at one house, you can pack it away to use it on the next job.


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Who can you trust with your Bathroom Repairs? There are many companies who will repair your leaking shower, but how do you tell which is better value for money, or who will do a better job? The answer lies in the quality accolades, customer testimonials and experiences, and service propositions offered by the company. Do your research. Leaking showers and balconies are a common problem around Australia most often caused by building movement, or more alarmingly, by not being waterproofed effectively in the first place. Good quality, reliable companies will conduct a no obligation in-home inspection and provide you with a free quote to fix your problem. Some also offer a money-back guarantee to stop the leak. Megasealed Australia™ specialises in fixing leaking showers and balconies, without the need to remove tiles. Do not confuse them with a plumber though. A leaking shower or balcony can also be the result of grout degradation over time, not necessarily a leaking pipe. Put simply, water from the shower head, or natural rain on your balcony, is seeping through the grout between your tiles. Megasealed Australia™ is the only company in the leaking shower and balcony

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industry that is Quality Management certified by SAI Global. Their stringent technician training means that you will receive fully licensed and insured, high quality workmanship and the work to be carried out will be explained properly. They also recently won the Innovation of the Year Award for their liquid waterproofing membrane repair which is injected in all services where re-tiling is not necessary. Many companies servicing Australia only offer limited warranty. Megasealed Australia™ offers a 25 year product warranty and their technicians are coached by their founder, Jacques Courtin, who has over 40 years of experience in the industry. Never trust a quote that is carried out over the phone as each situation is different and therefore will have a different price tag. As a company who carries out free no obligation inspections, Megasealed Australia™ is not one to cut corners, especially when it comes to your home. Once one of their consultants has come to your home and carried out a free inspection and quote, the standard Megasealed shower service takes between 3 to 4 hours and the shower can be used the day after the repair. Some companies boast

that they take less time, however the ethos at Megasealed Australia™ is that “customers deserve to get what they pay for, and we’ll take the time to ensure the job is of high quality”. Megasealed Australia™ is the only leaking shower repair company that offers a full money-back guarantee if they can’t stop your leak within the first 12 months of work*. See for Terms and Conditions



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New waterproofing sheet roofing membrane The Cumberland Lorne Resort [Victoria] was facing major disruptions and a loss of bookings due to a seriously degraded roofing membrane causing leaks into a number of apartments and penthouses. The old torched-on membrane on the concrete roof had been repaired numerous times with little lasting success. Remedial specialists had advised the resort to remove the existing membrane, clean the concrete roof and then apply a liquid membrane to resolve the ongoing issue. But this was estimated to take 6-8 weeks. Moreover, it could be done only in the summer months due to the wet weather during the rest of the year. This would cause major distribution to the hotel and its guests and a potential loss of bookings. As an alternative, Ardex Australia suggested that their newgeneration ARDEX TPO sheet roofing membrane would significantly reduce the time and cost of the project along with the environmentimpact. The roof-refurbishment ended up taking just two weeks with a team of two to three contractors as compared to the eight weeks the initially specified liquid membrane application would have taken. That the application process was both fast and could continue irrespective of weather conditions was a major influence in the decision making.

Air conditioners for summer and winter The new range of Rinnai Inverter Split System Air Conditioners combine design, quality and efficiency to create a product that offers reliability, elegances, convenience and performance. They offer both cooling and heating functions with the latest inverter technology creating a comfortable home-environment throughout the year as the system regulates room temperatures to minimise fluctuations. All Rinnai Inverter products are subject to strict testing and quality assurance procedures and have been rigorously tested in the Australian climate. They are available from ABL Tile and Bathroom Centre, Sydney, in 3 sizes with a 5 year limited warranty.

ARDEX WPM 615 TPO is a high performance waterproofing membrane of thermoplastic polyolefin combining polypropylene and ethylene propylene rubber. The scrim-reinforced membrane combines the durability of rubber with the heat-welding properties of a thermoplastic in a flexible sheet. It is hot-air welded to deliver a fully secure, consistent seam quality. In addition, all penetrations and corners of the roof area were made easier to complete because of the ARDEX TPO pre-formed corners and boots. The TPO membrane comes in 30m sheets x 2m wide and weighs just 1.53kg/m2. This provides easier handling and a variety of installation options for low slope roofing applications in both refurbishment and new construction projects. The membrane offers single ply protection with fast, hot-air welded seams which deliver a rapid, safe (no naked flames) installation process. Environmentally, the TPO waterproofing membrane has some significant advantages: it is chlorine-free, non-halogenated and plasticizer-free formulation; and in combination with the hot-air welded seaming method, produces no environment-harmful emissions. The white colour of ARDEX TPO creates a heat-reflective index of over 70%, a high proportion of which is retained for the lifetime of the membrane due to its colour-fast retention properties.

Kärcher’s Window Vacuum Kärcher’s Window Vacuum [WV 50 Plus, $119] takes the chore out of window cleaning leaving you with a fresh, crystal-clear view of the outside world. Utilising an easy spray-wipe and-vacuum action, this product is a complete window cleaning solution without the multitude of tools, cords, and dirty water dripping in its wake. To help get to higher windows the WV Telescopic Extension Piece is priced at $39.95.


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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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Powerful, efficient and versatile – the FLEXiO 585 from Wagner Spraytech can spray any paint undiluted, and delivers a perfect finish to almost any surface, and is ideal for DIYrenovators. This hand-held spray unit from WAGNER is suitable for almost any 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. Its powerful X-BOOST™ turbine means that conventional coatings can be applied without being diluted, a technology developed by WAGNER. With adjustable air pressure, the power of the turbine can be varied to suit any coating for precise control. Warm air surrounds the spray jet for quicker drying time and a fast working speed. With a working speed of 3m2 per minute you can spray a standard room in around 12 minutes. WAGNER’s clever i-SPRAY nozzle is also a technical innovation. It allows interior acrylic paint to be atomised very finely to achieve even paint coverage and a professional finish. 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 much less than half the time. In addition to the i-SPRAY attachment, the FLEXiO 585 comes with a PerfectSpray attachment for spraying lacquer, varnish, stain and other thinner materials. Spray attachments can be changed quickly and simply with WAGNER’s practical Click & Paint® system. Cleaning is just as easy. Available from Bunnings Warehouse and paint specialists.

A slab material developed as an alternative to natural and engineered stone products Boss Architectural [Melbourne] has developed its large format, cementitious slab for the stone masonry/fabricator market. Ciment is an entirely new slab material developed as an alternative to natural and engineered stone products. Made entirely with natural inputs, Ciment can be handled and fabricated using all the methods traditionally associated with natural stone, but in new formats and in new ways. This new engineered cement-based product can be used in home-renovations in a wide array of applications including façades, wall-panels, flooring, cladding and kitchen benchtops. Ciment offers architects and home-renovators a range of fresh aesthetic options. In addition to a smooth and pristine finish two other surface finishes – Distressed and Woven – provide character and choice. Not only can these slabs be produced using 95% less energy and water than traditional cement products, Boss Architectural also produces Ciment in a tile format of varying size and thickness. These tiles are made from exactly the same material as the slabs and then cut-to-size using an automated process and state-of-the-art technology.


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18v wood-planer Hitachi have expanded their 18v slide range for Tradies with their new P18DSL 82mm cordless planer. It has an impressive 82mm cutting width and a powerful 2.0mm max cutting depth; and can achieve a maximum rebating depth of 9.0mm. A heavy-duty aluminium end-bracket increases strength and endurance; while the rearstand protects the blades from becoming blunt, dull or damaged. An optional dust adaptor enables elbow and dust bag attachment to be fitted for increased safety and easier clean up; and it has a handy remaining-battery-level indicator. Its ergonomics include a slim-grip angled handle for increased comfort during extended periods of work. The P18DSL has been packaged with two of Hitachi’s new high-capacity 5.0Ah Lithium ion batteries, cooling charger, four 82mm reversible TCT blades and a carry case.

Cordless multitool The new WORX 20v Sonicrafter multitool uses microsonic high frequency technology, enabling you to apply the tool to a wide variety of tasks such as cutting, sawing, scraping, sanding, and polishing. The variable speed control and multi-angle adjustment system makes this tool suitable for use on wood, metal, plasterboard, plastic, tile and cement. It includes vibration-reduction to reduce worker-fatigue; a heavy-duty 2.0Ah 20 volt battery; fully charges in just 1 hour; and has an LED to illuminate dark work-areas. Including a 39-piece accessory kit it is priced at $199 from Masters Hardware, Home Hardware, Mitre10 Hardware, Stratco and other hardware retailers.

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Creating more space in your home is as easy as looking up Many of us often visualise before and after images of our homes: before being a cluttered disorganised home; and after a comfortable, relaxing home with extra space. The solution is as easy as looking up. Turning your attic or roof-space into a usable space is the creative, cost effective and quicker alternative to building an extension. The Attic Group has been helping home-renovators transform their homes for decades and offer attic storage and room options to suit many needs. The choices are plentiful. The Standard Attic Storage option includes a ladder and flooring and is ideal for those looking for a basic solution and easy-to-access storage area. The Dust Proof Attic Storage room protects valuable items and includes durable white-cell lining on walls and ceilings, particleboard flooring and an attic ladder. While the Premium Attic Storage room is ideal for frequently accessed attics and heavier storage requirements, with structurally-engineered floors and plastered walls and ceilings. Finally, the Attic Living option is a popular way to create extra room with an integrated stairwell. From an extra bedroom, to a study, or a rumpus room, the Attic Group can create a beautiful space that adds value to your home.

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The Uridan waterless urinal combines outstanding Danish design and unprecedented water savings, with the additional advantages of low installation costs, simple maintenance and pure waste for sustainable living. Uridan is known for its Danish-designed and completelywaterless urinals that have been installed by architects and property owners worldwide. Uridan is not only an efficient water saving device, but an impressive feature for any bathroom. Watersave Australia offers around 14 different Uridan models available in a wide range of colours and materials, ensuring there is a suitable environment-solution for any renovating-project.

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The versatile Compass has gained rapid popularity in low-energy homes throughout Europe, and is particularly popular for its ability to be used by men, women and children alike. The Compass urinal has an attractive, sleek Danish design; offers meticulous cleanliness; and requires no water for flushing. The waste drains directly into a built-in waste-trap; while any tissue or toilet paper can be deposited into a pedestal bin.

Tile cleaning product that reduces cleaning time by up to 90% EnduroShield® uses state-of-the-art nanotechnology to transform tiles and grout into non-stick, easy-clean surfaces that repel soap scum and eliminate the need for harsh chemical cleaners. This new generation of cleaning product creates an ultra-thin protective coating that reduces cleaning time by up to 90%. This means surfaces need to be cleaned less often, saving time and money. A microfibre cloth, water and a mild detergent are all that is needed to clean EnduroShield protected surfaces. EnduroShield for Tiles and Grout comes with ergonomic sprayers for an easy application to bathroom and kitchen surfaces. EnduroShield is suitable for shower tiles, bathroom wall- and floor-tiles, grout-lines, porcelain or china basins, toilets and baths, kitchen floors and tiled splashbacks; and can be applied to both new and existing surfaces. This new generation cleaning product is also environment-friendly, eliminating the use of harsh toxic chemicals and reducing water usage. EnduroShield DIY kits for tiles and grout are available in Bunnings, tile retailers and online. A 125ml DIY kit will cover 6 square metres. Or Certified EnduroShield applicators can come to your home to apply EnduroShield professionally. 36 • RENOVATING • DECEMBER QTR 2014

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Bathe is now the Australian distributor for Duravit bathroom products and accordingly is offering their custom-made bathroom furniture, designed to match Duravit washbasins. Bathroomrenovators provide their model/ design and measurements; it is made in Germany; and the finished product shipped to Australia. The lead time is 16 weeks and the furniture-pieces arrive fully assembled. These competitively-priced items are made of wood décor which consists of a natural-looking décor layer soaked in melamine resin with several support layers. These are compressed to form a robust surface that is light- and UV-resistant, as well as easy to clean. An ABS profile is attached to protect the edges; and it is scratch and impact-resistant. The wood décor is machine-made and engineered to retain its look for years; and it is practically waterproof. These furniture items have initially been sold to multi-residential projects; the towel consoles with-shelf and vanity units are proving to be the most popular. Prices range from $449 for the towel rail including shelf, through $849 for the 1-drawer vanity unit, to $1199 for the 2-drawer vanity unit.

A compact toilet for small bathrooms Kohler’s new Reach compact toilet is ideal for smaller bathrooms and ensuites; carries a 4-star WELS rating with a 4.5 litre full flush and 3 litre half flush water-consumption; and sports distinct improvements to its internal design. Traditionally toilets have featured an unglazed open rim – however Kohler has chosen the far more efficient box rim and added a smooth glaze. The clear advantage of this is that there is a more even water distribution during the flush, which improves the cleaning of the bowl. In addition, the glazing on and under the rim prevents bacteria from breeding – an excellent feature given this area is almost impossible to reach with cleaning materials. The design of the Reach is in direct response to the current trend towards streamlined fixtures for more compact bathrooms and ensuites. The Reach protrudes only 600mm, instead of the usual 650 to 720mm; while its profile is one of soft curves and clean lines, with no angles or ridges to trap dirt or dust. An additional convenience feature is the S-trap Vario bend which simplifies the installation of the toilet – a huge plus for bathroom-renovators as it reduces the plumbing bill! Another clear benefit of the Reach is the soft-close seat, with chrome hinges – it closes quietly and gently. The Kohler Compact Reach back-to-wall toilet suite, retailing for $530 and carrying a 4 star WELS rating is available nationally from bathroom-products suppliers.

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Appliance specialist Smeg reports that there is strong demand for upright cookers among kitchenrenovators. A freestanding cooker is often favoured for its small footprint to complement a simple yet stylish kitchen layout on a conservative budget. The freestanding cooker is no newcomer, it has been around for more than a century but its newly minted sleek aesthetics and richly specified features suit both the compact contemporary kitchen style and the more rustic, organic themed kitchen. The compact design of the upright is a big drawcard – it requires no supporting cabinetry and can take-up less than .50m2 of space. Sizes available are from 70 and 90cm to 110, 120 and 150cm.

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The 90cm models seem to be the favourite – in a choice of designs from Smeg’s vintage Victoria in black and panna to the semi commercial style in stainless steel, black and white. Of these the C9 [$4090] is a popular choice, offering eight oven functions, including rotisserie and super fan forced, six cooking zones, a 126-litre capacity oven and static and fan grill. The C9 is truly a versatile option as it is available with gas, induction or ceramic cooktop and in an all gas version (gas oven and cooktop). There are also colour options – stainless steel, black and white. Another popular freestanding option is the 90cm SA9065XS [$2990] with five oven functions, the same oven capacity as the C9 and five gas burners. While exhibiting a similar semicommercial aesthetic as the C9 and the same high quality materials it offers both style and performance for those on a conservative budget.

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A freestanding cooker always commands centre stage in the kitchen. Fisher & Paykel’s four new 90cm freestanding cooker models add depth to its existing oven range: with choices of multiple oven cooking functions, including fan bake, defrost and rotisserie; the choice of gas, or induction cooktops; and Pyrolytic cleaning for the convenience of a self-cleaning model. The Induction models offer a PowerBoost on specific zones for when you need to get water from still to boiling extra fast, or require a searing hot pan; as well as a GentleHeat function when gentle simmering of a delicate sauce is required. The gas cooktop models offer equal flexibility with triple-ring wok burners for the perfect stir-fry and dual burners that will accommodate extra-large pots or pans. The oversized machined stainless steel dials and bezels enhance the robust, substantial feel of the appliance; while the black, reflective glass front panel and solid stainless steel side panels update the styling. The four new models are: 90cm Multifunction, Pyrolytic Freestanding cooker with gas cooktop [$4599]: 90cm oven with 8 functions: Light, Bake, Fan Bake, Fan Forced, Fan Grill, Rotisserie, Defrost, Pyrolytic; 2850W grill; 5 gas burners including a powerful 16.2MJ/h dual burner; available in either natural gas or LPG; triple-ring wok burner. 90cm Multifunction, gas cooktop (non-pyro) [$3999]: 90cm oven with 8 functions: Light, Bake, Fan Bake, Fan Forced, Fan Grill, Rotisserie, Defrost, Warm; 3600W grill; 5 gas burners including a 16.2MJ/h dual burner; available in either natural gas or LPG; triple-ring wok burner. 90cm Pyrolytic Freestanding Cooker with 4 zone induction cooktop [$5499]: 90cm oven with 8 functions: Light, Bake, Fan Bake, Fan Forced Fan Grill, Rotisserie, Defrost, Pyro; 2850W grill; 4 induction cooking zones, 2 with 3000W PowerBoost. 90cm Multifunction Freestanding 4 zone induction cooker (non-pyro) [$4599]: 90cm oven with 8 functions : Light, Bake, Fan Bake, Fan Forced, Fan Grill, Rotisserie, Defrost, Warm; 3600W grill; 4 cooking zones, 2 with 3000W PowerBoost; total useable capacity 87 litres.

The Sterling range cooker collection from Belling [distributed by Glen Dimplex Australia] offers a programmable 9 multi-function oven, a fan forced oven and a separate grill, as well as a slow cooker on the 110cm models, thereby provide a huge cooking space and flexible cooking options whether you’re cooking for 1 or 10. Induction models offer 5 cooking zones with slide controls and features such as boost, safety lock, timer and hot hob indicator. The dual-fuel models offer a one piece gas hob with up to 7 burners and cast iron supports as well as a removable griddle plate and flame safety device for peace of mind. Telescopic rails make it easy to slide food out and remove from the oven once ready; while the easy clean enamel interiors make cleaning up afterwards a lot easier. They are finished with mirrored glass doors and available in stainless steel or black. Prices range from $7199 [90cm] to $9499 [110cm] on the induction models; and from $5699 [90cm] to $7099 [110cm] for the dual fuel models.


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Oven with combination microwave-oven ILVE’s Quadra PDW 100 Series offers a versatility of cooking options with a 100cm freestanding cooker comprising a 60cm multifunction oven paired with a 40cm Combination Microwave Oven. The combination microwave oven incorporates all the same features as ILVE’s 645LTKCW built-in version whilst now being coupled with the innovative features of their 60cm multifunction oven. The Quadra PDW 100 Series features a new turbo wave quick start preheating function, rising from 0-175°C in only six minutes. Featuring 10 + 6 cooking functions including convection, drop down grill, forced ventilation, automatic defrost by time and weight, and now the microwave capabilities, there is virtually nothing this combination oven fails to master in the kitchen. Triple glazed cool touch glass door and child lock continue ILVE’s dedication to safety. It is available in stainless steel, gloss black or bright white. The ILVE Quadra PDW 100 MV Series is available from $10,999.

10kg front-load washing machine The new front loading washing machines in the ASKO XL range, the W8844XL and the W8844XL ECO, have an 80-litre drum providing the capacity for 10kg of washing, and especially to wash large items instead of taking them to the drycleaners. With 12 wash-programs on the W8844XL and 15 on the W8844XL ECO, there is a cycle to tackle even the toughest stains and the most delicate of fabrics. Along with the 80-litre XL drum, these machines include ASKO’s intelligent features including Active Drum, SmartSeal, and Quattro Stability Control. The detergent compartment has a colour-coded and lockable drawer making it both safe and easy to use; and the SensiSave sensor-controlled adaptive technology means water consumption and the main wash-time are adjusted to suit your load, saving both water and energy. The XL washing machine range has a 5-star energy rating and a 4.5-star WELS water rating; water-consumption is 86-litres per wash.

Electric oven with induction cooktop The Bosch 60cm Freestanding Electric Cooker with Induction Cooktop [HCE858451A, $3999] also comes with a pyrolytic-feature in the oven. It is an ideal solution for space-limited kitchen renovations. Features and benefits include: PowerBoost functionality ensures faster heat to all 4-induction cooktop zones • 67-litre capacity oven • 8 oven-heating functions • 40 automatic cooking programs • electronic touch controls • quadruple glazed CoolTouch door • child lock.

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Bathroom-drawer devices that increase existing storage space by up to 55% The evolution of the bathroom into health spa/relaxation hub has thrown the spotlight on storage. The introduction of freestanding baths, larger showering bays and even soft furnishings has put pressure on storage options to deliver more for less. Bathroom hardware supplier Lincoln Sentry reports that clever bathroom-drawer devices can increase existing storage space by up to 55%. This set of smart solutions utilises previously dead space – such as corners and undermounted basin surrounds – while optimising every centimetre of space in drawers and cupboard areas. Blum’s TANDEMBOX intivo and antaro provide customised drawers to house all items in the most compact manner – everything is kept in its place and is easily visible at first glance. And systems such as ORGA-LINE create a designated place for even the most oddly shaped items.

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Creating the illusion of space in a bathroom Bathroomware-specialist Kohler is reporting an increase in undercounter basin installations saying designers and consumers alike are embracing the element of concealment in wet areas to maximise the perception of space and clean, linear surfaces. The brand’s undercounter basins come in a choice of shapes and sizes to cater for smaller ensuites as well as master bathrooms. Kohler’s Ladena is a rectangular ‘scooped’ basin (590mm wide); while Verticyl comes in both an oval (435mm) and a round (350mm) model. For those who crave a little embellishment to the understated approach, there is the elegant vintage era Artist Editions Empress Bouquet. This round, deep bowl has a hand-finished pattern that is a modern interpretation of 18th century Chinese printwork. Brilliant gold and metallic highlights enhance the overall delicacy of the design. Each of the undercounter basins are in the highest quality vitreous china: Ladena rectangular, 590mmx413mm, from $270; Verticyl oval, 435mm, from $235; Verticyl round, 350mm $235; Kathryn u/counter Empress Bouquet oval design $2100; and Kathryn u/ counter empress Bouquet rectangular design $1900. 40 • RENOVATING • DECEMBER QTR 2014

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Traditional wasted space in bathrooms, such as the area around an undermounted or inbench basin, or the corner of an L-shaped vanity, are seen as prime opportunities by Lincoln Sentry. Customised drawers are available for all of these spaces, including inner drawers that create two separate drawers within a deeper drawer-cavity. Cupboards for storing towels and larger toiletries and accessories also get the Lincoln Sentry make-over with the combination of TANDEMBOX and ORGA-LINE plus ease-of-motion options such as SERVO-DRIVE [the drawer requires only the lightest of touches to open smoothly and effortlessly]; and BLUMOTION for easy-glide soft closing.

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Painting old tiles in a bathroom or kitchen with 40 colour choices Renovating an aged bathroom or kitchen on a budget is made easier with the new Rust-Oleum Tile Transformations Tint Base Kit [$99.95]. Designed for the budget-conscious DIYer, Tile Transformations adheres to ceramic surfaces to deliver an aesthetic change within a single weekend. From bathroom walls to kitchen splashbacks, Rust-Oleum makes it easy to introduce new colour trends and add value to aged kitchens and bathrooms. Using the same technology of Tile Transformations in Aspen White, Rust-Oleum’s new Tint Base Kit offers home-renovators a palette of 40 contemporary colour options, including Blue Haze, Cool Mint and Seaglass – ideal for refurbishing an aged bathroom or kitchen. Tile Transformations Tint Base Kit covers up to 5m2 and contains almost everything required for a successful renovation, without the expense, mess or inconvenience of demolition. Durable and long lasting it can also be applied to floors. Easy enough for the novice DIYer, you simply clean the tiles with the special cleaner included in the kit; and then roll on the new coating. No sanding or undercoating is required. Available from Bunnings Warehouse and hardware stores.

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Custom-made tapware from Axor Manufaktur, Germany The creative mind behind the re-designed spa at the Four Seasons Hotel in Milan is Spanish architect and designer Patricia Urquiola. She converted the historic wine cellar and its ancillary areas into an atmospheric wellness oasis in a spacious setting covering 800m2. Under a tiled vaulted ceiling is a luxurious pool surrounded by relaxation, exercise and beauty treatment areas. A special charm is exuded by the natural stone, the premium wooden surfaces, and the relief floor tiles with their fascinating feel. Bathroom taps in the Gold Optic finish from the Axor Manufaktur complete the warm ambience. In line with the designer’s concept, Hansgrohe produced individualized taps in polished and brushed finishes. The products came from the Axor Urquiola collection designed by Patricia Urquiola; and are complemented by elements from the Axor ShowerCollection by Philippe Starck and the Axor Starck ShowerHeaven, also in the Gold Optic finish. Meticulously handcrafted, Axor Manufaktur products can be adapted to meet individual specifications, refined through the application of special finishes, shortened or extended, and adorned with initials, a coat-of-arms or a logo. Axor is the designer brand of Hansgrohe SE, Germany. To date, Axor design partners include Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Antonio Citterio, Front, JeanMarie Massaud, Nendo, Phoenix Design, Philippe Starck, and Patricia Urquiola.

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Kohler’s Moxie showerhead really is at in g e. m a g a zi n the latest way to listen to music in the shower – a high quality mix of excellent sound and refreshing, revitalising water coverage. The design exudes simple, flowing lines with a chrome funnel-shaped showerhead and a white silicone interior housing 60 angled nozzles around its perimeter. The integrated wireless speaker fits perfectly inside, held in place by magnets. Pairing of the Moxie with a blue-tooth enabled device [eg smart phone, MP3 or iMac] is easy. Simply press and hold the single button on the front of the Moxie speaker to activate the pairing. Next to this button is a small light that indicates both connectivity and if recharging of the lithium battery is required. To charge you simply pop the speaker out of the showerhead and recharge via the USB lead provided. Each charge gives around seven hours of use. The Moxie showerhead comes in two sizes [12.5cm and a 20cm shower rose]; has a clean white silicone spray face; a 1.5 watt speaker; carries a 3-star WELS rating using 9 litres of water per minute; and Its chrome surface is resistant to both tarnishing and corrosion. The Kohler Moxie showerhead retails for $249 for the 12.5cm diameter and $299 for the 20cm size and is available nationally.

Shower Plug, a brush-on waterproofing product for showers, is available in a handy DIY kit containing all you need [tray, brush and cloth] to treat your shower-area in twenty minutes. Shower Plug is a clear penetrating sealer that imparts an invisible water-repellency to the treated tiled surface of the shower recess. Water beads and runs off after every shower leaving the surface dry and leak-free. Shower Plug prevents leaks developing in tiled surfaces in new showers; and fixes leaks in existing showers. It is very economical as there is no need for the expense of removing and replacing tiles and waterproofing membrane to fix a leaking shower. Leaking showers can lead to paint peeling on adjoining walls, mould and watermarked ceilings beneath shower recesses; and possible structural damage to buildings. Treating a new shower with Shower Plug will inhibit mould growing in the grout, making it easier to clean. It is easy to apply, using the brush and tray provided. Brush on two coats; allowing five minutes between each coat. Wipe off any excess product five minutes after the second coat; then leave to dry for 12 to 18 hours. It is available at Bunnings, Mitre 10 and other hardware stores.

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Modern bathroom-renovation with free-standing Kaldewei baths The bathroom today is more than a place to wash. Pure functionality has long since been replaced by individual design and ample space as key factors in its architecture. The bath now takes centre stage in what has become a modern wellness oasis. Classic aesthetics and clear stylistic features establish the free-standing baths from Kaldewei as a design-piece in the bathroom. With the introduction of its new Meisterstücke product range in 2014, Kaldewei continues to offer luxury options for bathroom-design. Smooth and extensive enamelled panelling of the free-standing bath icons Conoduo, Asymmetric Duo and Centro Duo Oval give the impression that it is made in one piece. Consistent materialquality and classic-style make the Kaldewei Meisterstücke a focal point for modern bathrooms. The Kaldewei Comfort Select [an electronic-fitting] enables free-standing baths to be the centrepiece of the room without requiring additional components such as external stand fittings. The digital user-friendly operating panel sits virtually flush with the rim of the bath to regulate water inlet and outflow, water temperature, and shower or bath functions.

Italian-designed bathroomware for small and large bathrooms Kerasan’s K09 bathroomware range is manufactured using the finest vitreous- china; and created by Romano Adolini, the respected Italian designer and architect, whose work specifically refers to the bathroom sector. Including washbasins, toilet and bidet, wall-hung toilet and bidet, and a close-coupled toilet, the K09 collection specifically focuses on shallow depths, rounded profiles and thin edges. A number of different sized solutions are featured in order to furnish both small and large bathrooms. Prices on the range comprise: washbasin 40 x 37cm- $350; washbasin 40 X 47cm- $370; washbasin 50 x 47cm- $375; washbasin 70 x 47cm$440; washbasin 60 x 47cm- $390; btw toilet 50- $1500; bidet 50$1200; wall-hung toilet- $990; and wall hung bidet- $1200. Kerasan is distributed nationally by Paco Jaanson.

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Australian-made designer bathroom tapware Candana has added the Yokato range by Brodware [tapware, mixers and shower heads] to their tapware collection. Designed and manufactured in Australia, Yokato is both functional and visually appealing; while its production processes are designed to meet and exceed obligations to government and environmental regulations. This new tapware range offers sophistication with intricate knurled details, simple geometric lines and slender trims. Finishes including Weathered Brass, Vecchio, Polished Chrome and Brushed Brass, provide a range of design options. The Yokato Wall Set with Knurled Lever, 110mm spout & backplate in polished chrome is priced at $628; carries a 6-Star WELS rating and uses 4.5 litres of water per minute.


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Custom-tapware designed by Dutch designer Piet Boon The ambience created by its historical architecture is a strong feature of gourmet restaurant The Jane in Antwerp. The chapel of the former army hospice lends the kitchen of Michelin-starred chef Sergio Herman and Chef de Cuisine Nick Bril an almost sacred aura. Encased within a glass cube, the kitchen sits in the chapel’s former altar space. In this almost monochrome setting, modern black and white elements blend smoothly with the original surfaces and the aged patina. Responsible for the concept is Dutch interior designer Piet Boon. Set between the high church windows, under the barrel ceiling and an opulent chandelier, he created a complete work of art. Matching his design concept are taps from the Axor Manufaktur. In the open kitchen and in the wash rooms, Axor mixers featuring a brushed black chrome surface complete the designer’s vision. With their elegant finish and purist shapes the Axor Uno2 electronic wall-mounted taps resonate with the dark design accents and offer exquisite contrast to the rustic surroundings. The kitchen sinks utilise the Axor Citterio SemiPro kitchen mixer and the Hansgrohe Talis kitchen mixer. The custom-designed services provided by Axor Manufaktur can be applied to products from the extensive and diverse portfolio of Hansgrohe SE, Germany. Meticulously handcrafted, they can be adapted to meet individual conditions, refined through the application of special finishes, shortened or extended, and adorned with initials, a coat-of-arms or a logo.

Slim-line, ecoTurning the tap on and off friendly tapware without hands Vivid, one of the ranges from Phoenix Tapware has recently been updated with a selection of slim-line mixers, now available through Candana Designs. Allowing for more freedom and movement with its designer slim-line lever handles, these stylish and practical mixers will effortlessly suit any sink configuration. This practical and supremely stylish collection represents the ideal balance between high quality and value for money. The Vivid Slim line range by Phoenix has a 6-star WELS rating and water consumption of 4.5 litres per minute


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Continually going back to the kitchen-tap, maybe to fill up a pot or to rinse some vegetables, or to wash your hands after baking, can pose a problem: how is it possible to turn the mixer on and off while carrying a heavy pot? Mixer-tap-specialist Hansgrohe has addressed this problem with the development of its Metris Select kitchen mixer. Its Select button means that the water can be turned on and off even while you’re on the go, without impeding your work-flow. As with conventional single lever mixers, with Metris Select you turn on the water flow at the handle and set the required temperature and water amount. However, you can then turn the water on and off via the Select button, located on the front of the spout. With the water-volume and -temperature pre-set you can turn the water jet on and off using the back of your hand or your elbow. But you do not need connected-electricity or any extra equipment to enjoy this added convenience. The technology behind Select is purely mechanical. A newly developed shut-off valve closes and opens the water flow at the touch of a button. The WELS rating is 4-stars and it uses 7 litres/minute.

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A lightweight, cordless stick bagless vacuum cleaner Ideal for smaller households and apartments, the new Bosch Athlet [BCH6ATH25, $449] is one of the lightest stick vacuum cleaners weighing in at just 3kg; and with its low centre of gravity and balanced ergonomics it handles comfortably and effortlessly. Hard-to-reach places can be accessed with its flexible nozzle joint offering 360° cleaning, easy handling and excellent manoeuvrability; and with its strap accessory the Athlet can be worn across your body for convenient car and upholstery cleaning. The battery pack will operate for up to 60 minutes [depending on the power level selected]; and recharges to 80% in just three hours. Additionally, a three-stage electronic protection system prevents overcharging, overheating and deep discharge. The Athlet stick vacuum cleaner will maintain peak power output until the sensor-lights indicate it’s time to recharge; empty the 0.9-litre dust container; or clean the filter. Three speed-settings allow for different cleaning requirements: Level 1 for simple cleaning tasks at maximum run time; Level 2 for normal cleaning tasks at medium run time; and Turbo Level for difficult cleaning tasks at shorter run-time. The Bosch Athlet is available from Harvey Norman stores.

German-made kitchen sinks in black and grey Nanogranite Tradelink has introduced these “smart” sinks, in Metallic Black and Stone Grey made from state-of-the-art composite Nanogranite®, a mixture of 80% quartz with high-grade acrylic. The advantages of this composite material, apart from a silky smooth finish and sheer good looks, are stain-resistance, strength and durability. Its extremely fine nanostructure makes it virtually impossible for dirt to stick to the surface. The D200B one-and-threequarter bowl kitchen sink, by German sink specialist Schock, comes in a beautifully deep Stone grey or Metallic Black and features crisp, clean lines with a spacious draining board with overall dimensions of 1160mm x 500mm. The sinks also have optional accessories comprising a stainless steel dish rack, a sliding bamboo chopping board, black glass chopping board and a beautifully striated white/green glass board. Tradelink supplies a range of Schock sinks in various configurations that are priced from $550. The D200B one-andthree-quarter bowl sink, pictured, retails from $1236.

Renovating the kitchen’s utility cupboard The utility cupboard in a kitchen often houses everything you require to ensure your home runs smoothly, but it occasionally requires reorganisation. With a selection of products from Howards® Storage World you can completely overhaul the entire space or break it down into easy-to-manage shelf-by-shelf solutions. Either way to create order you can: maximise the full depth of shelves by using easy-to-reach storers; place odd shaped items into larger containers; incorporate the repetition of the same shaped, stackable storers; consider using the space on the inside of the door; and label all containers, storers and boxes for ease-of-use. 50-litre containers are stackable and come with wheels and a locking-lid. The Howards Battery Storer holds 40 batteries and has a built-in tester with easy-to-read LED indicators.

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Are you tired of brooms and mops falling over and taking up valuable cupboard space? The Trend® Brush, Broom & Vacuum Tidy from HomeLeisure® [from Master Distributors] provides an all-in-one storage solution. Mounted to the wall it is versatile enough to hold vacuum-cleaner accessories, interior and exterior brooms, mops, dustpans and brushes as well as garden tools and bottles of cleaning chemicals. It is also ideal for the garage, laundry or garden shed.

The Oliveri Monet double bowl sink [$797] is a work-station comprising deep bowls to facilitate the washing of large pans and baking trays; plus three accessories that increase the available workspace, speed food preparation and contribute to a clutter-free kitchen. The three custom-made accessories each fit perfectly into the shape of the bowls: a solid timber chopping board; a stainless steel utility tray that can be used on top of the bowl to create extra work space; and a colander for rinsing and draining fruits, vegetables and pasta. The Monet sink has been designed with rear waste-outlets to optimise the usable cupboard and storage space beneath the sink; while a solid supporting bridge between the two bowls means there are no weak spots throughout the sink’s structure. To enhance the low profile, minimalist style of the sink it has been designed for undermounting to fit flush with the surface of the workbench – so is ideal for installation in solid surface benchtops. The Monet kitchen sink measures 820mm (W) x 500mm (H) x 180mm (D) with each bowl having a 24-litre capacity. It is Australian designed and manufactured and works well with a variety of tall kitchen mixers, such as the Raymor® Torino gooseneck mixer [$329] with pull out spray head. Both are available from Tradelink stores nationally.

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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

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Australian timber species Timber deck maintenance Consistency is the key to creating a unified look and feel for the home. By using timber creatively in home-renovations you can fuse your home’s outdoor design elements and bring the space together. Along with flooring and decking, it can be used for a wide range of exterior applications, including screening, cladding, window frames and ceilings. Cladding is an attractive and economical solution for finishing the exterior of both old and new houses. Timber can also be used for screening to create separate spaces or for privacy. Adding a sleek and modern touch timber screening allows the light through to maintain the connection to natural surroundings. A feature timber ceiling can help to complete the look. A recent outdoors renovation project in McMasters Beach, New South Wales, used Boral Timber’s Blackbutt Species in a number of exterior applications, including decking, screening, cladding for the outdoor ceiling, door frames and window sills, to complement the surrounding coastal landscape. Valued for its strength and versatility, Blackbutt was the choice for this outdoors area and helped to create a continuous flow from the home’s Blackbutt indoor-flooring. The decking’s natural golden hues blend well with the coastal landscape and also offer a nice contrast to the red tones of the home’s ironbark structural supports. Blackbutt timber has bushfireresisting properties and is also termite-resistant, treatment-free and non-susceptible to lyctus borer making it ideal for the Australian climate. 46 • RENOVATING • DECEMBER QTR 2014

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The team at Kennards Hire has come up with their tips for sprucing up the deck or veranda so it’s ready for the flurry of BBQs and family gatherings during the warmer months. Inspect the area and clean the small gaps between timber slats and any other areas where leaves, dirt and pollen can build-up. Together these elements can hold water and saturate the wood, possibly causing it to rot. This helps drain any water that falls onto your deck. If you notice any splinters or rough edges some light sanding will do the trick. If you have a large deck, hire an orbital sander to make the job easier. For a thorough clean you can hire a pressure-washer. These are handy if your deck doesn’t receive a lot of sunlight and mould has developed over winter. Make sure you use a wide spray lance to prevent damaging the surface; and inspect corner crevices and ceilings. If your deck has faded and looks worn, you may want to consider re-staining it to bring it back to life. Hardware stores have a variety of colours and stains to suit individual preferences. Once you have applied a fresh coat of colour make sure you seal the deck with a water-repellent and UV-treated sealant. Sealing the deck will prevent water from soaking into the wood; and acts as a barrier to sun damage.

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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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Use Flood Tile & Laminate Cleaner to remove grime, grease, soap residue & any other contaminates before application of the Flood Tile & Laminate Paint.


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

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Using glazed bricks for decorative projects Glazed bricks are becoming an integral element in home-renovations, including internal and external feature walls, water features and alfresco open fire hearths and pits. The variety of colours, textures and glazes now available provides builders, designers and home-renovators an extensive palette to work with. A selection of three bricks from the PGH “silver greys” colour group was used in the construction of The Aria display home by Modernview Homes. The highlight of this house is the alfresco fireplace that features Nobel, a fully glazed, black brick from the PGH Academy collection. Designed to be the dwelling’s focal point, it is an example of how outdoors spaces have transformed how we live by eclipsing the kitchen as the hub of the home. This clever extension of modern outdoors/indoors living flows seamlessly through the den, formal dining room, family room into the kitchen. The double-sided, fully glazed, black brick fireplace is a striking centrepiece that acts as a divider, screening the alfresco dining area from the outdoors lounge, to create an intimate, cosy environment. Aluminium from the PGH Composite collection, with its light grey colour, was selected to provide the home’s neutral canvas. Pewter, from the PGH Alchemy collection was chosen as the backdrop for the integrated water feature at the entrance. The metallic properties found in the brick help create a stunning visual artwork. PGH Bricks & Pavers has worked with leading colourists and design houses to create a comprehensive range of glazed, metallic, dry pressed and sandstock face bricks in an extensive range of colours and textures to suit any style or theme.

Super-fast polyurethane adhesive

Multipurpose epoxy repair adhesive

The recently developed Sika SuperGrip 30mins [$13.72] is a polyurethane adhesive that dries to a full cure in just 30 minutes forming a highstrength, water-tight bond. It is ideal for quick repairs, construction and decorating jobs; and can be applied to damp surfaces so there is no need to wait for ideal weather to take on the next DIY project. This also makes it suitable for surfaces exposed to moisture. Fully waterproof and able to withstand temperatures between minus 30 and over 100 degrees Celsius, it is durable enough for indoors and outdoors applications on a wide range of surfaces including glass, ceramics, stone, timber and metals. For the neatest finish and best bond strength, both pieces must be clamped together or weighted while curing. The low-foaming formula dries clear and can be painted over when cured.

ARDEX’s new RA88 Multipurpose Epoxy Repair Adhesive is suitable for any home DIY repair job as it bonds to a many substrates. It is a non-drip, non-sag, trowelable ceramic blend epoxy that can be used for all crack repair purposes: inside, outside, walls, floors and roofs; perfect for horizontal, vertical and overhead use. This new high performance epoxy dries and sets within two hours, so you can get the job done in an afternoon – whether it be fixing cracks, lines or holes in concrete, brick, stone or metal; installing anchor bolts; or repairing wobbling towel rails. As it is also moisture-insensitive it can be used on both damp surfaces and underwater. Its clever cartridge and disposable nozzle system mixes two separate adhesive compounds in perfect proportions for immediate application. Once fully cured it is twice as strong as concrete. It is an Ideal bonding agent for materials including concrete, brick, wood, stone, block, metal and other substrates.


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All-purpose undercoat Whenever renewing interior paint colours in the kitchen, bathroom, living rooms and bedrooms, it’s important to undercoat the walls before painting – regardless of whether it’s a DIY or professional task. Undercoats maximise the sheen and coverage of the paint and give the final finish a more uniform appearance. Zinsser BullsEye 123 undercoat is used by professional painters as a multi-purpose undercoat. It strongly bonds to virtually any surface, including interior and exterior concrete, wood, plasterboard and even tiles. It covers stains and adheres to hard-to-paint surfaces like glossy tiles and old wood panelling. BullsEye 123 also offers performance benefits as a stain blocker, primer/sealer and rust preventative; it resists mould and mildew making it a suitable undercoat for bathrooms and areas exposed to moisture; and it further simplifies the painting job by offering soap and water clean-up and fast one hour re-coat time.

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Handheld cordless vacs Designer bathroom with built-in crevice-tool tapware and accessories in black The new generation Electrolux Rapido® has a host of impressive features such as its in-built crevice tool. This pull-out nozzle can be extended to reach narrow areas instantly, without having to search for accessories to attach. It has 2 grip positions and the felt-covered wheels on the nozzle improve its manoeuvrability. The Lithium battery delivers a longer runtime with a shorter charging time. This Lithium technology also creates stronger and more consistent airflow, which equates to better performance, with two power settings engineered to deliver powerful quick cleaning with cyclonic action. This handheld vac now features double filtration; while the snapclean filter makes cleaning easy and efficient. There are 3 models in the range: 7.2volts $109; 14.4volts $139; and 18volts $179.

Phoenix Tapware has released a new selection of Vivid Slim Line mixers in Black. Allowing for more freedom and movement with designer slim-line lever handles, these stylish mixer-taps will suit any bathroom renovation project. The newest member to the Vivid Slimline range adds special oval contours and delicately merging surfaces that make it a beautiful bathroom feature. Tapware in this range have different WELS ratings and water consumption figures: those with a 4-Star WELS rating use 7.5 litres/minute; while those with a 6-Star WELS rating use 4.5 litres/minute. Keeping in with the black theme, Phoenix are encompassing round and square shapes through design pairing. The Radii bathroom accessories will enhance any contemporary bathroom and also come in black demonstrating how creativity, shapes and form can turn design into art. Available from ABL Tile & Bathroom Centre, Sydney.

Revitalising a bathroom with storage solutions and modestly priced accessories Whether your bathroom is screaming out for a whole new look, or it’s just a little tired around the edges, one easy way to avoid the expense of a full scale renovation yet add a revitalising lift to your space is with quality, space-saving storage solutions and functional accessories. A bathroom essentially wears two different hats. First and foremost this is a practical space that’s utilised by each and every family member multiple times a day so it needs to be organised to function at full capacity. Equally as important is the bathroom’s ability to act as a retreat where you can relax and unwind. Howards’ Storage World offers the following suggestions: Keeping your vanitytop clutter-free, yet having your daily essentials within arms-reach, is made easier with Howards’ Over-The-Door Organisers. Two models are available: the Over-the-Door Hair Care Organiser $19.95; and the Over-the-Door Hairdryer Holder $9.95. The Linea Adjustable Shelves Shower Caddy $39.95 allows you to move baskets from side to side depending on what you need to store. The Izzy 3 Piece Bathroom Organiser $39.95 helps you to group items and keep your everyday essentials at your fingertips. The slim line base is made from lightweight bamboo. The mini drawers are a great place to store cotton buds, dental floss, hair bands and other small high-access items. Whether you roll, fold or stack, the way in which you store your towels could have a huge impact on your bathroom. A towel ladder, towel rack/stand, towel bar or storage basket will help you maximise space and keep your bathroom neat and tidy. Options include: Bamboo Leaning Towel Ladder $79.95; Chrome Towel Rack $49.95; Reed Utility Baskets & Totes from $29.95; and Over the Cabinet Towel Bar $22.95. Constructed with chrome-plated stainless steel, the new Everloc suction system has evolved from a ‘Push N Loc’ method to a dual action locking system. Ideal for DIYers, renters and those wanting to replace existing features, it’s also a great solution if you have young children and want to temporarily place fixtures at their height.

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A deep fryer that requires little to no oil

Environmentfriendly steam iron

Ideal for snacklovers and French fry advocates, the Kambrook Air Chef Air Fryer [KAF200, $169.95] offers a healthier alternative to deep frying food, with the ability to “air fry” as well as roast, grill or bake a wide variety of dishes and sides. Health-conscious families will welcome this new appliance that produces a guilt-free crunchy texture on crumbed chicken and seafood, vegetable chips and spring rolls. Requiring little to no oil during the cooking process, the Air Chef Air Fryer quickly creates delicious everyday foods and party snacks without compromising on nutritional value.

Electrolux has launched a green solution in steam irons, from the product packaging and production process, right through to the product itself and the energy consumption. It’s made from 15% recycled plastic and priced at $99. With this model, there is also a 30% saving in water and energy consumption during the production process. Features and benefits include: works as a vertical steamer for delicate garments; effective steam diffusion with 500 steam holes; automatic steam adjustment; precision tip on soleplate to navigate tricky or delicate areas; turns-off in 30-seconds if left unattended on soleplate; turns-off in 30-seconds if left unattended on its side; turns-off in 8-minutes when left standing on its heel; anti-drip device; built-in anti-scale cartridge; extra-long 2.5m 360° swivel-cord; and energy saving mode that uses less power.

This versatile unit can also be used as a compact oven to bake cakes and mini baguettes, grill fish, and roast meats and vegetables with its non-stick 2.5 litre capacity basket. A safety auto cut-out pauses the cooking process when the basket is removed during use and resumes when positioned back in place. Other features include a 1550-watt heating element for fast heat up and cooking, variable temperature control of up to 200ºC and cord storage.

10-speed stand-mixer The new Electrolux Assistant, available in watermelon red with tungsten finishes at $599, features an LED light that shines into the bowl to give you better control of what you’re mixing. It comes with a 4.8L stainless steel bowl plus a 2.9L bowl, making the preparation process more flexible. The 10 speeds allow you precise control; and the tilting head just adds to the ease of use. Electrolux Assistent comes with a coated die-cast tools set that includes a dough hook, flat beater and wire whisk. There are also optional accessories available such as a meat grinder and vegetable slicer, giving you even more versatility. 52 • RENOVATING • DECEMBER QTR 2014

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Café quality capsule coffee machine Offering performance and simplicity in a compact sleek style, the new Lavazza A Modo Mio Éspria coffee machine by Electrolux [$149] is ideal for the home and office. Using Lavazza A Modo Mio capsules, every one of the eight blends comes with the Lavazza guarantee of quality and Italian authenticity. The blends range from the smooth and creamy Dolcemente to the strong, dark and full-bodied Appassionatamente. The range includes balanced decaf and 100% sustainably grown Tierra! Intenso (Rainforest Alliance Certified), allowing you to offer yourself and your guests barista quality coffee from the comfort of your home or office. The compact Éspria offers the same brewing functions as their larger machines, yet in a compact, stylish and affordable unit; and is available in Ebony Black and Love Red. The adjustable stainless steel drip tray can be adjusted to three different cup heights: small, medium and large.

Metallic-look coffee machines Metallics are an ideal highlight for on-trend, grey-based palettes or as an accent for contemporary kitchens. From warm pewter to cool stainless steel, accessorising the kitchen with metallics is an enduring and elegant way to add an industrial edge to your home. The compact Nespresso Breville Pixie coffee machine collection [$349] is ideal for minimalist, industrial interiors with limited bench space, and comprises the warm Titan, or the highly polished Steel Lines for metallic decorating inspiration. The muted tones of the Titan model work well with timbers and darker colour schemes for an industrial edge; while the classically clean stainless steel of the Steel Lines model sits neatly besides other stainless steel appliances.

Refrigerators with fresh-fooddrawers Families can minimise their foodwaste with simple storage solutions and innovative technology, like the latest BioFresh and BioFreshPlus refrigeratorrange from Liebherr [distributed by AndiCo]. The way food is stored has a huge impact on its freshness and shelf-life. Using the BioFresh features in Liebherr’s refrigerator range, you can reduce fresh food wastage by correctly storing groceries in ideal conditions. Liebherr’s latest BioFreshPlus refrigerators come with separate electronics, providing a more flexible, tailored storage solution. The BioFreshPlus safe can be set to the exact degree needed for different food types. For example: the storage life of seafood can be extended further at a temperature of -2°C; the low humidity DrySafe section is ideal for meat, fish and dairy products; and the high-humidity HydroSafe section provides optimal storage conditions for fruit and vegetables. Maintaining temperatures at just above 0°C, Liebherr BioFresh and BioFreshPlus drawers prevent the evaporation of moisture, cell activation, support antibacterial function and also prevent the alteration of proteins, enabling you to keep food fresher for longer.

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The latest German gas and induction cooktops Miele Australia has introduced two striking cooktop series with sleek new designs and enhanced features: the KM 30xx Series Gas Cooktops; and the PowerFlex Induction Cooktops. The Gas Cooktops are available in three or five burner configurations featuring stylish black ceramic glass surfaces with flush enamelled cast iron trivets; while a protective stainless steel frame and solid metal knobs accentuate the elegant design. The flush cast iron [dishwasher-proof] trivets allow pots and pans to be moved easily, and safely, by simply sliding them from one gas burner to another; and with the rapid switch-off function all gas rings can be turned off and flames extinguished at the push of a single button. Prices on the three models are $1799, $2799 and $2999. The PowerFlex Induction Cooktops feature at least two PowerFlex rings on each hob that can be combined to provide a larger cooking zone. Furthermore, by focusing the output Miele’s maximum power TwinBooster function offers a combined rating of 7.4kW which is ideal for bringing water to the boil quickly. Should the cooktop be left temporarily unattended, Miele’s clever Stop & Go function reduces the power output to the lowest simmer setting in all cooking zones simultaneously at the touch of a button to prevent the burning or sticking of food. On return, the ‘Go’ function simply reinstates all previously selected settings. Some PowerFlex Induction models can be installed with Miele’s Con@ctivity function that allows communication between the cooktop and selected Miele rangehoods, automatically activating the rangehood’s lighting and optimum fan setting to correlate with the power selected on the cooktop. Prices on the six models are: $2499 for the 60cm; $3399, $3799 & $3999 for the 75cm cooktops; and $3599 & $4499 for the 90cm models.

A 60cm self-cleaning built-in oven The Bosch 60cm Built-in Oven [HBG73S550A, $2499] offers both Bosch’s ecolytic cleaning and pyrolytic cleaning. Ecolytic cleaning involves self-cleaning liners that absorb fat and grease splatters; to then burn them off during the cooking process. Ecolytic liners last the lifetime of the appliance and don’t need to be replaced. The Pyrolytic cleaning system superheats the oven to approximately 500°C to allow any grease or fat deposits to burn off, resulting in a perfectly cleaned oven. Features and benefits include: multifunction oven with 9 heating functions • automatic rapid heating • 65-litre capacity • electronic touch control clock/timer • LED display • retractable control knobs • SoftClose door • 2 partially telescopic racks • quadruple glazed CoolTouch door • child lock.

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European-styled electric built-in 60cm, 70cm, 80cm and 90cm ovens ILVE’s SXMP electric built-in oven range features the latest European styling and cooking functions. Re-engineering their classic design, ILVE has created a clean and sophisticated straight-line design. It is available in four models - 60cm, 70cm, 80cm and 90cm – to cater for various kitchen-sizes, from apartment living through to family homes. Impressive R&D is evident in the SXMP range, with all ovens featuring the catalytic self-cleaning system covering 80% of the internal oven cavity. Other benefits include: 10 + cooking modes; a recessed full width grill element; triple-glazed glass door; cool touch athermic door handle; and a European A+ Class energy rating.

Ovens for open-plan kitchens Open-plan kitchens defined by spatial acumen, elegant finishes and suitably proportioned appliances are the dream kitchenrenovation of almost all keen home cooks and avid entertainers. Smeg has accordingly introduced two 76cm-wide multifunction ovens that can be paired with a fast response induction cooktop a full metre in width. The SOA330X multifunction oven [$5490] has a generous 123-litre capacity with a mix of six static and fan forced cooking functions; specialist proving and drying (dehydration) modes; and two pyrolytic cleaning programmes (one being energy saving eco-technology). The Sabbath Mode is a recent development, allowing you to turn the oven on for a maximum cooking time of 72 hours with only the “bake” and “off” settings available. As the name suggests this function will be of great interest to those observing the Sabbath. There is also a true double oven version of the SOA330X – the DOA330X [$7490] features two 123-litre capacity ovens, each with 11 functions including the Sabbath Mode. The 100cm wide SIHP2100S four zone induction cooktop [$3490] has similar attributes to that of the oven in terms of both size, speed and energy conservation. Each heat zone has nine heat settings, boost function, independent timers, ergonomic slider control, automatic pan-size recognition and spillage stop. And for a clean kitchen and absence of all fumes, the 90cm undermount PUM90X rangehood [$1090] offers three speeds, two LED lights and a double-sided air uptake motor for maximum efficiency. This concealed rangehood delivers excellent efficiency while not detracting from the overall look of the kitchen.


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Plasterboard that stands up to flames In late January 2014 a fire broke out at a Karaoke Bar in Burwood, Sydney. The fire fully engulfed the bar with flames and heavy smoke and threatened to spread to adjoining residential properties. The existing brick building, which housed the karaoke bar, was severely damaged by the fire; but the adjoining residential properties suffered minimal and mainly cosmetic fire damage. The minimal damage suffered by the adjoining boarding properties has been attributed to the use of CSR Gyprock Fyrchek. The product’s processed glass fibre-reinforced gypsum core is specially designed for use in fire rated wall and ceiling systems and where improved acoustic performance is required. In this case, it is a reminder of the difference a fire-resistant product can make. Gyprock Fyrchek is part of Gyprock’s specialty range of plasterboards. It is a fire and acoustic grade board with a specially processed glass fibre-reinforced gypsum core for use in fire rated wall and ceiling systems, and where improved acoustic performance is required. It is made in Australia and available in 13mm and 16mm thickness in 1200mm wide panels of various standard lengths from 2400mm to 3600mm. The long edges are recessed for flush jointing. Fyrchek is predominantly specified for commercial installations in areas where there is a higher level of fire resistance and/or acoustic performance required. A moisture resistant Fyrchek is also available for wet area applications.

Temporary safety overshoes for building-site visitors Trading Downunder has introduced the French-made Gaston Mille Safety Overshoe that slips over the top of visitors’ footwear. It features a 200J steel toecap with moulded thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) that shields against splashes, cuts, dust and abrasion. The slip-resistant half-sole is also made of TPU and has a protection tongue for the instep; the removable and interchangeable strap allows it to be adaptable to different heights and to be worn with heels; and as there is no direct contact between the foot and the safety overshoe, it can be re-used by multiple visitors. It is available individually or as a kit of 5 pairs: 2 Large, 2 Medium and 1 Small.


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Matte coloured PGH bricks that coordinate with timber and stone PGH Bricks & Pavers have included two new colours in their Connoisseur collection; and have released a complementary brick-range - the Presto Connoisseur bricks. The current building and design trend towards softness and rawness has seen a demand for natural, earthy tones. The PGH Connoisseur brick-collection features natural colours with muted tones and a soft matte finish. The two new colours are Vanilla Ice and Porcini. The matte finish is an increasingly popular choice that gives a soft and raw feel without the ongoing maintenance and expense of render, and works beautifully with timber, stone and steel. The complementary Presto Connoisseur bricks comprise Presto Liquorice, Presto Nougat, and Presto Oyster. They are larger than the Connoisseur collection, measuring 230mm long x 162 high x 110 wide [compared to the standard brick size of 230 long x76 high x 110 wide]. This provides the option of mixing and matching different sizes to create a number of brick wall designs. The Connoisseur collection is available in SA, VIC and TAS. The seven subtle colours in the Connoisseur and Presto Connoisseur collection comprise: Nougat, Vanilla Ice, Oyster, Porcini, Caffe Latte, Aubergine and Liquorice.

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The new retrieval self-retracting lifeline [SRL] by Protecta® [from Capital Safety] incorporates fall-arrest and a built-in emergency retrieval winch for rescue, making it a versatile option for many job-sites. Designed for confined-space applications, the Rebel™ Retrieval self-retracting lifeline is built to last providing an economical fall protection solution without compromising performance or safety. This 3-way SRL features a built-in emergency retrieval winch; rugged aluminium housing; an ergonomic carrying handle for transportation to and from the job-site; a 140kg user capacity; and a robust design ensuring longevity. Designed with the worker in mind, this retrieval SRL includes an impact indicator to ensure the equipment has not already been involved in a fall. A top anchorage swivel holds the SRL in line with the worker’s motion, allowing for ease of movement and increased mobility. The optional mounting bracket ensures the unit is easily integrated with a Protecta® AM100 tripod for a complete confined space solution.

Trading Downunder have released a new slip-on safety shoe, the Gator Claw, designed for Tradies and home-renovators looking for a lightweight, yet fully featured safety shoe. The Claw features an aluminium toecap that is lighter than steel yet still provides 200J impact protection. The upper is made of water-resistant nubuck leather and has an anti-abrasion bump cap to protect the toe area. A 300°C heat-resistant, anti-slip rubber outsole combined with an advanced EPR (ethylene propylene rubber) midsole delivers a very durable sole, with impressive shock-absorbing properties. A composite anti-perforation plate protects against sharp objects penetrating through the sole. The Gator Claw is available in sizes from UK 3 to UK 13.

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Two new Aussie designed and made light fittings ISM OBJECTS continues their support of Australian design and manufacture with the release of two new light fittings. Pail, the most recent expression of the partnership between ISM Objects and Australian designer Keith Melbourne, is a contemporary pendant light that complements a range of environments. Inspired by a traditional Japanese water bucket Pail [$484 for the small size; $550 for large] combines the warm natural qualities of timber with the cool precision of laser cut aluminium; is available in two sizes in a range of shade finishes; and comes with contrasting timber-handle in natural finish or black stain. Fragment represents the ongoing collaboration between ISM Objects and Australian designer bernabeifreeman, and now includes a new wall light [$638] that extends the applications for the range, which also includes pendants and table lights. Fragment contrasts the light, delicate qualities of lace with the industrial effects of machine-punched metal. With the light-source tucked neatly behind the solid elements, Fragment balances luminescence with decorative shadow, creating a digitalised pattern reminiscent of lace fraying at the edges.

Universal USB wallcharger that’s faster than originally supplied chargers Suitable for use with all portable electronic devices, such as smart phones, cameras, tablets and eBook readers, the Clipsal by Schneider Electric USB 30 Mech comes in a range of plate offers and colours. Home-renovators may want the Mech to colour-match existing décor; whereas in commercial environments, such as healthcare facilities where different colours denote different types of power, the Mech can be made to suit specific requirements. Each wall plate can carry up to three USB outlets; or one or two USB outlets with a single power outlet. The USB charger Mech is designed with an inbuilt cable compensation to reduce charge times, allowing the USB wall socket to recharge devices faster, even when compared to chargers supplied with the product. And you don’t need to worry about power surges. With built-in circuit protection, temperature and over-current protection you can be confident that your electronic devices are safe.

Polished concrete furniture collection for outdoors entertaining areas This collection of polished concrete furniture and outdoor accessories from Schots Home Emporium provides a different dimension to outdoors entertaining areas and garden rooms. Concrete furniture is unique as no two pours are the same; and the beautiful and robust look of lightweight polished concrete can add an impressive element to outdoors settings. The Luca Square Stool 35 x 35 x 46cm is priced at $119; the Genoa Bar Table 140 x 70 x 105cm is priced at $945; and the Pinto set of three side tables is priced at $295.

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The 12-metre hose offers a longer action radius and comes with the AeroPro™ Extreme nozzle with V-shaped design to optimise the air flow, resulting in excellent dust pick up. The top-of-the-range Electrolux UltraFlex™ Animal Allergy Pro model also features the slim design AeroPro FlexPro™ nozzle that has 180-degree flexibility; delivers efficient cleaning results under furniture as low as 5cm off the floor; and is designed to easily glide sideways to get into those hard-to-reach places. The three models are priced at $479, $599 and $659. 

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Beacon Lighting has introduced new pendant lights for their 2014 Winter Collection. Sunraysia [$159] is a one-light minimalist style 380mm diameter pendant in matte white with ash wood detailing. The Meyer [$69.95] is similar in style but more conical in shape with a 220mm diameter. Florida is also a one-light in natural wicker with a 450mm diameter and priced at $189. Raika [$299] is a one-light pendant with an amber glass shade and cork detailing; Seltzer [$59.95] is in nickel mesh with an opal glass shade, 270mm high and 150mm in diameter; while Tyler is a medium-sized pendant in brushed chrome 288mm high X 220mm diameter.

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Created for those who love a little vintage design at their fingertips, Uniden’s Modro range pays homage to the classic rotary dial telephone. A lightweight and portable unit with a pop of colour, this phone has all the features and styling required for the modern home or home-office. The range includes cordless [79.95] and corded [$49.95] models in black, red and white, with pushbutton digits arranged in a traditional dial style. Features include an LCD and caller ID display; a digital duplex speakerphone for hands-free conversations; and a digital time and date display. The Modro 35 cordless series features an integrated answering machine and is Wi-Fi friendly, ensuring it does not interfere with any other frequencies in the home. For peace of mind, the Modro 15 corded series can continue to operate during a power failure.


Cottonwood [$50/m2, not including installation] is a textured cut pile choice for high-traffic areas; Defined Design [$51/m2, not including installation] features geometric looped pattern to introduce texture and depth to a space; and the durable Truly Tender textured cut nylon fibre collection [$55/m2, not including installation] offers an eclectic mix of colours.

You can now see how new lights would look in your home before you buy them. With the Live Brighter app from Beacon Lighting you can browse through their product range to see how a design or colour would go with your home-renovation plans. This clever technology allows you to choose a particular light-fitting or ceilingfan, take a pic of the room you want it to go in, and check out how it looks in the space. You can share your lighting-renovation on Facebook, Instagram or email. Once you’ve decided which product works best you can add it to the shopping cart to make your purchase. It’s a great way to see how that new pendant, lamp, chandelier or ceiling fan is going to look in your renovated home. You can download this app for free on the App Store or Google Play.

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The Ardour carpet range from Carpet Court unites style with durability to create impressive and long-lasting interiors, with over 100 colours and texture-options available across three collections. Carpet Court has partnered with New Zealand carpet brand Cavalier Bremworth and flooring manufacturer, Mohawk, to deliver this softto-touch carpet, engineered to minimise soil and vacuum marks. Appropriate for trending styles and designs, the Ardour collections – Cottonwood, Defined Design and Truly Tender – feature muted colours, earthy tones and soft textures.

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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.

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Whether you’re removing dirt and grime from your driveway or cleaning up after renovating or landscaping, a pressure cleaner can get the job done better and faster. The Kärcher K3.450 T250 [$419] is fitted with an 8m high-pressure hose that’s easily fixed to a garden adapter and has a handy tank for detergents and other cleaning agents to ensure a thorough clean. The spray gun can be attached without any hassle thanks to the Quick Connect technology; while the WashBrush and Dirt Blaster come standard to help you power through all your pressure cleaning.

Festool has launched their new CONTURO system onto the market - a hand-guided electric power tool for edge banding, providing a complete system to create the perfect edge with virtually invisible joins. The CONTURO is easy to operate and produces excellent results – both on rectangular components and complex free shapes; even on curved, convex or concave shapes. With the new CONTURO system, Festool has reached a new level of edge trimming perfection that was previously unattainable with hand-guided machines. Edging with a height of 18-65mm and a thickness of 0.5-3.0mm (depending on the material) is quick and easy to process. Likewise, it is possible to attach edging to mitre edges from 0-45°, in combination with the bench unit. Packed in a SYSTAINER, the CONTURO is suitable for mobile Tradie-use.

The vario-spray lance provides 50% more power than standard lances and gives you the ability to adjust the width of the spray for an accurate clean. Weighing only 7.5kg it is light enough to easily manoeuvre around the home but strong and sturdy enough to take a few knocks and bumps. It also comes with the T250 surface cleaner that’s designed for flat surfaces. It is fitted with two rotating flat jet nozzles for driveways and paths and an extra handle for vertical surfaces.

Lawnmower maintenance tips from Victa An annual tune-up will extend the life of your mower while reducing emissions by up to 50%. Whether you’re a confident DIYer, or have very little experience servicing machines, tuning up your lawnmower is not difficult. In just six steps you can tune up your mower yourself. But before starting any work on your mower, refer to your owner’s manual, which provides a complete outline of all you need to know. Step 1: Change the air filter to allow the engine to “breathe” properly. The air filter’s role is to suspend oil droplets within it to filter out dirt and particles. Air filters routinely get clogged with oil and debris, so replacing your filter before each mowing season will help protect the mower’s engine and ensure it runs optimally. Step 2: Most mowers these days use four stroke engines which require oil to be replaced each year, or after 25 hours of use. To remove the old oil, Victa recommend the Briggs & Stratton Oil Removal Kit. Use only four stroke engine oil which can be purchased from most hardware stores or specialist mower retailers. The oil is important as it lubricates and cools the engine. Don’t pour the used oil into the rubbish bin or down the drain. Many auto body shops will dispose of used motor oil, though you might have to pay a small fee. Step 3: Grease all the hinges, wheels and moveable parts to ensure ease of movement. Step 4: Changing the spark plug is one of the easiest ways to promote easy starting of your lawn mower. To avoid stalled-start frustration, replace the spark plug every season. Spark plugs are pre-gapped, so all you need to do is remove the old spark plug and replace it with a new one. Step 5: Worn mower blades tear the grass instead of cutting it. When blunt, visit a specialist mower service centre where they can replace the blades, bolts and nuts.

Festool has equipped the CONTURO with a clever glue-application system that can glue edging made from different materials such as wood, plastic or melamine onto workpieces. The glue is applied accurately to the edge band through a nozzle and guarantees a tight join. The glue dosage is adapted automatically to the pre-set edging height. The display provides all the necessary information: temperature, glue level and the residual edging length – a specification that indicates how many metres of edging can still be glued at the pre-set edging width.

Compact, portable generators Makinex has developed a new line of compact, portable petrol and diesel generators that feature one of the most advanced alternators available. These new Makinex generators contain no electronics but can still deliver inverter quality reliable electrical output. The Makinex MKX-7.5 and MKX-10 petrol generators as well as the MKXD-9 diesel generator are lightweight and compact, designed for portability and easy transportation. Makinex Generators have the option of being paralleled together allowing two 10Kva to produce 20Kva 3-phase or single-phase power. This feature provides Tradies and DIY-renovators with more flexibility.

Keep power cords tidy The Trend® Cord Tidy from HomeLeisure® [distributed by Master Distributors] is for keeping things neat and tidy. You simply wind the cord around the tidy and clip the plug into a specially designed notch at the top that ensures it does not dangle freely or unwind. A handle makes it easy to transport and hooks on both ends allow it to be easily hung during storage.

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Industrial-look outdoors LED light fittings Beacon Lighting’s 2014 Winter Collection includes several new outdoors fittings. The LEDlux Volo is a square or round step-light in stainless steel priced at $79.95 [$59.97 for your second]. The LEDlux Deta is a 6-watt wall bracket in charcoal at $119, with matching bollards also available. The LEDlux Tino is a round wall bracket in silver, white or charcoal, in medium and large sizes priced, at $99.95 for the large [and also available as square]. While the Southhampton is a two-light box-shaped wall sconce priced at $169.

Greenwalls over airconditioning vents form part of the air filtration system The University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute Building features The Greenwall Company’s greenwalls as a key design feature. The 70m2 panelled-greenwalls over the airconditioning vent form part of the air filtration system, allowing the greenwalls to clean and purify the air. The new building was designed to meet the highest sustainable standards. UQ had aimed to utilise design and construction techniques that would allow for more efficient use of energy and resources. The greenwalls have been installed in a way that will eventually allow them to be self-sustaining within the building, requiring only minimal maintenance. The Greenwall Company builds their walls from 94% recyclable materials that would otherwise be destined for landfill, taking the benefit of their greenwalls beyond just the aesthetic appeal.

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Off-season is an ideal time to get your outdoor entertaining areas and swimming pools summerready with a new look for summer. Pool mosaics at in g e. and edging can enhance your pool area aesthetically m a g a zi n and economically. Mosaic tiles are easy to maintain and their application to any pool area can add value to your home. The classic blue mosaic is a simple but effective way to increase the appeal of your pool and surrounding entertaining areas. And grey mosaics are becoming more popular, reflecting current colour-trends. The most simple mosaic patterns can be effective in making a visual statement. The positioning, placement and formation offer great variety, particularly if you want to get creative with patterns and motifs. But if you are considering installing mosaic tiles, a Tradie with mosaic-laying experience and the correct installation material will make all the difference. Amber’s new polycord Spanish glass mosaic tiles have been tested by CSIRO and found to have one of the highest adhesion strengths, giving you piece of mind that your pool will stand the test of time.

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An entry level Rover lawnmower The Rover Easy Mow [$269] is an entrylevel lawnmower that’s ideal for smaller blocks. It uses a Rover 123cc 4-stroke fixed throttle engine with primer; a 42cm singleblade cutting deck; an engine brake that stops the engine upon release of the handle; and it is fitted with large ball-bearing wheels to reduce friction. Grass-clippings can be discharged into the rear soft-top, mesh fabric catcher for easy disposal. For a precision cut, the Easy Mow has 6 cutting heights to choose from, whether it’s a light trim in winter or a full cut-back in summer. The Rover Easy Mow is available at Masters and Mitre10 stores across the country.

Ryobi’s ONE+ Hybrid Line Trimmer [$199] features an innovative dual commutator AC/DC motor providing options for corded or cordless power. The idea came from an observation that home owners prefer the uninterrupted power of mains electricity but can often be limited by the length of their power cord. The Ryobi ONE+ Hybrid Line Trimmer allows you the freedom to go anywhere under battery power. The ability to create an interface which would automatically switch between corded and battery power was a challenge; and the final design features the cord in the battery area with a sliding door so the choice between power supplies is clearly defined. The ONE+ Hybrid Line Trimmer kit includes an 18V battery which is part of Ryobi’s ONE+ system, which means that one battery can be interchanged to power over 40 different products across the range. Available from Bunnings Warehouse.

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Futuristic bathroom designs When Australia’s SJB Architects were invited to design the Bathroom-of-the-Future for Kohler’s Flagship store in Shanghai, they envisaged a luxurious cocoon of new age materials equipped with the very latest KOHLER innovations. Tristan Wong, SJB architect who spearheaded the design, felt the bathroom of the future could be a global traveller’s retreat and as such located in the hull of a ship or fuselage of a jet. Wong’s vision is of a seamless, folding cocoon of new-age materials. Walls and ceiling fold and merge to conceal lighting, speakers and exhaust fans. The yacht-style timber flooring provides warmth underfoot which complements the long, carbon-fibre vanity that morphs into a day-bed. They made an intentional shift away from the more traditional bathroom materials of tile and stone to the highly versatile Kerlite which is a kind of ceramic porcelain, choosing a combination of white Kerlite for a clean, bright feeling; and a bronze-champagne Kerlite for warmth and contrast. Carbon fibre was the other material used extensively in the design. Chosen for its malleability, strength and waterproof qualities it was the perfect choice for the vanity and day bed. It also has a great aesthetic, with the woven strands of filament visible through the resin. Kohler’s SOK overflowing bath was chosen for its luxury. Designed for two people the SOK offers deep immersion and the option of chroma-therapy and bubble massage. The futuristic Numi toilet, a Bluetooth enabled “hub” offering music, night light, warm air for the feet and automatically opening and closing lid and seat, was placed in the space as much for its sculptural effect as for its versatility. It is complemented by a pair of low slung, rectangular Forefront basins. Karbon taps were chosen as they are constructed in part from carbon fibre and come with a joystick control. To complete the look is the multifunctional electronically controlled shower area equipped with Watertile overhead shower panels and wall mounted body sprays to create an all-enveloping, totally luxurious showering experience.

A device that lifts heavy and awkwardly shaped items for Tradies The Makinex PHT-140 is a universal materials handling solution that enables one-person-operation, to safely lift and load equipment or bulky goods weighing up to 140kg onto benchtops and into vehicles. This product eliminates awkward and dangerous lifts and thus reduces back injury. Made of lightweight aluminium and powered by a 12V rechargeable battery, the PHT140 easily manoeuvres equipment with a lifting eye by the use of a hook attachment. Knowing that not all goods have a lifting eye, Makinex also developed a fork attachment suitable for pallets. Providing a hook and fork attachment allowed for more versatility using the PHT-140. Recently Makinex have designed another two attachments – the strap frame and glass sucker. The strap frame combines with the fork attachment, allowing you to lift almost anything from pot plants, boxes and generators. The glass sucker is used to lift heavy glass sheets in glazing applications, in preparation for installation. Makinex have also improved the charging system; produced a more robust folding wheel; added a safety latch to the hook; and reduced the weight of the tilt head system for more flexibility.




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Scandinavian style lighting Affordable home for rustic ambience entertainment projectors The new Lucci LEDLux Nord lighting range from Beacon Lighting embodies classic Scandinavian design. These lights are crafted from teak, making a distinctively chic style statement. Place a LEDlux Nord pendant over a kitchen island bench, and watch the warmth and texture of the timber create an instant wow-factor. Hugely versatile, these pendants also look right at home when placed over a bathroom mirror, hall table or in a home-office. The LEDlux Nord Wall Lights are a stylish choice when used as bedside lighting or you can install them in rows to brighten up a hallway. Their up/down directional light (1/3 up, 2/3 down) and dimmable globes offer installation flexibility and design-creativity. The LEDlux Nord range comprises: Pendant Modern up/down dimmable LED pendant, $449; Long Wall Bracket Up/down long dimmable LED wall bracket, $299; and Cube Wall Bracket Up/down cube dimmable LED wall bracket, $189.

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BenQ has released two new home entertainment projectors, W1300 [$1199] and W1400 [$1999], featuring enhanced innovation to deliver a sharper image contrast, maximum brightness and excellent 3D picture. Both Full HD projectors models come with one pair of 3D shutter glasses. With standard features like 2000 and 2200 ANSI lumens for the W1300 and W1400 respectively, and a contrast ratio of 10,000:1; they are also equipped with the DarkChip3™ DLP® technology from Texas Instruments. These new projectors meet the highest requirements in terms of colour with BrilliantColor™ technology, 1.07 billion colours, 6-segment colour wheel and 3D colour management. The W1400 is suited to projecting high motion visuals, such as sporting events. Installing these home entertainment models is as simple as placing the projector on your coffee table and connecting it to power and a DVD player or set top box. Removing the hassle means that you can experience your favourite sports or movies on a picture perfect big screen, regardless of your technical know-how. The W1300 comes with a built-in 10W speaker; while the W1400 produces more powerful sound with SRS WW HD® technology from two 10W speakers.


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APPLIANCES Camberwell Electrics Camberwell 03 9809 2222 Domain Appliances Rowville 9763 8988 Dux Hot Water 1300 365 116 Electron Vacuum Systems 9764 8633 Elite Appliances Prahran 9510 1444 Elite Appliances Abbotsford 9417 7599 Elite Appliances Hawthorn 9813 4399 Food Equipment Dist. Melbourne 1300 659 409 Prestige Appliances Blackburn 1300 885 135 Prestige Appliances Sth Melbourne 9894 2265 Schweigen Silent Rangehoods 1800 440 558 The AGA Shop Prahran 9521 4965 Vac City Oakleigh 9568 6005 Wholesale Appliances Briar Hill 1300 132 180 BATHROOMS & KITCHENS Abey Melton 9747 7777 Allboard Distributors Bayswater 9721 5700 Allboard Distributors Hallam 9796 3020 Allboard Distributors Thomastown 9465 1611 Allpumps Sales & Service Sydney 1800 631 202 Acrywall Panels Thomastown 9466 1611 Architectural Designer Products 02 4271 2444 B & KS 1300 667 257 Balwyn Plumbing Plus Balwyn 9817 4521 Bathroom Warehouse Brisbane 1300 788 653 Benton’s Plumbtec Campbellfield 9357 9022 Benton’s Plumbtec Coburg 9386 9022 Benton’s Plumbtec Hoppers Crossing 9368 9100 Benton’s Plumbtec Keilor East 9325 6211 Brewers 9579 2122 Brilliant Building Concepts 0408 758 173 Builders Bargains Bayswater 9720 8886 Builders Bargains Mitcham 9874 7333 Builders Bargains Oakleigh 9874 7333 Builders Best Buys 0419 995 504 Builders Reno. Warehouse Carrum Downs 9775 1944 Builders Reno. Warehouse Mitcham 9872 4112 Cabbyvac 1300 650 553 Camberwell Bathrooms Toorak 9889 0005 Choice Bathroom & Kitchen Springvale 9548 1033 Clearly Frameless Brighton 9544 6111 Colonialine Bayswater 9761 4655 Cozy Kitchens Kilsyth 9761 4251 Deluxe Bathrooms & Tiles Nunawading 9877 2388 Designer Laminates Burwood 9888 7400 Drain King Thomastown 9460 8000 Enduroshield 02 9639 7167 Evans Glass Bulleen 9852 0817 Everhard Industries 131 926 Flair Bathroom Products 1300 369 595 Flatpack Kitchens Kilsyth 9728 8400 Flatpack Kitchens Bayswater 9762 7055 GIA Bathrooms Elwood 0433 154 557 Global Kazbi Kilsyth 9761 5629 Hafele Dandenong 9212 2059 Handi Home Supplies 9460 8000 Hettich Australia 1800 687 789 Interbath 9558 0655 Kitchen Network Campbellfield 9359 2444 Kitchen Shack Kilsyth 8761 6240 Kitchen Shack Preston 1300 574 225 Laminex Melbourne 13 21 36 Madison Kitchens Ferntree Gully 9752 3355 Magic Kitchens & Furn. Coburg 9350 3544 Malcolm St James Sydney 02 9719 2400 Manorhouse Malvern 9824 4088 Marbletrend Industries Bayswater 9729 6777 Marmox Shower Underlay 1300 783 693 Megasealed Bathrooms 1300 658 007 McCanns Plumbing Plus Essendon 9374 2000 McCanns Plumbing Plus Geelong 5223 2233 McCanns Plumbing Plus Regent 9470 3366 McCanns Plumbing Plus Sunshine 9364 6333 McCanns Plumbing Plus Yarraville 9314 6622 Murson Builders Ashwood 9885 9911 New Millenium Marble Thomastown 9464 0056 Nover & Co Bayswater 9729 0666 Novus Renovating Greensborough 9432 3676 Nuline Cabinets Heidelburg West 9458 2522 Panelscape Thomastown 9460 8000 Prestige Kitchens Blackburn 1300 885 135 Plumbers’ Supplies Co-op Albury 02 6021 2655 Plumbers’ Supplies Co-op Cheltenham 03 9553 1331 Plumbers’ Supplies Co-op Hallam 03 9702 3800 Plumbers’ Supplies Co-op Mitcham 03 9872 3199 Plumbers’ Supplies Co-op Mornington 03 5976 4155 Plumbers’ Supplies Co-op Port Melbrne 03 9645 4866 Plumbers’ Supplies Co-op Preston 03 9484 9299 Plumbtec Ballarat 5334 3208 Potter’s Bath & Kitchen Centre Keilor East 9336 3555 Quoss Transformer Sydney 1300 783 699 Saniflo Sydney 1300 554 779




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Jaydes Hardware Newmarket 9376 1236 JMJ Timber & Hardware Tullamarine 9330 2911 John Stonemart Thomastown 9359 0898 JPS Coatings 9357 6644 Kilsyth Bargain Centre Kilsyth 9761 5511 Marmox Australia 1300 783 693 Melbourne Hardware Fitzroy North 9481 4973 Oldfields 1300 306 888 Parbury Building Products Scoresby 1300 361 313 Penhalluriak’s B’dng Supplies Caulfield S. 9523 6000 Pickwick House Clifton Hill 9489 0671 Renovations Warehouse Dandenong 9792 9288 Robot Trading Co Dromana 5987 1166 Robot Trading Co Notting Hill 9543 3322 Robot Trading Co Preston 9487 9700 Robot Trading Co Sunshine 9363 0666 Schot’s Restoration Clifton Hill 9482 6400 Stratco Dandenong 9767 6363 Stratco Deer Park 8390 1111 Stratco Ferntree Gully 9724 6100 Stratco Epping 9465 6333 Taylors Lakes Sand & Soil Taylors Lakes 9390 9455 The Bargain Centre Dandenong 9794 8288 The Restoration Store Melbourne 9818 0091 Vinco Hardware Products Sydney 02 9517 4800 Home Hardware Beaconsfield 9707 5055 Home Hardware Belgrave South 9754 2956 Home Hardware Brighton 9596 2888 Home Hardware Camberwell 9830 1922 Home Hardware Caulfield 9509 9811 Home Hardware Cheltenham 9584 8855 Home Hardware Clifton Hill 9489 8255 Home Hardware Eltham 9439 5533 Home Hardware Footscray 9689 1444 Home Hardware Malvern 9571 1250 Home Hardware Melton 9743 5033 Home Hardware Richmond 9428 1206 Home Hardware Rye 5985 2247 Home Hardware Seville 5964 4573 Home Hardware Somerville 5977 5237 Home Hardware Sth Melbourne 9699 8655 Home Hardware Syndal 9802 9211 Home Hardware Tooronga 9822 3381 Mitre 10 Bayswater 9729 1355 Mitre 10 Box Hill 9890 0737 Mitre 10 Brooklyn 9314 6322 Mitre 10 Geelong S. 5221 2899 Mitre 10 Geelong W. 5229 5400 Mitre 10 Clifton Hill 9489 8899 Mitre 10 Cranbourne 5996 1003 Mitre 10 Diamond Creek 9438 2077 Mitre 10 Heidelberg 9457 2645 Mitre 10 Hoppers Crossing 9749 6499 Mitre 10 Karingal 9789 7999 Mitre 10 Melton 9747 9799 Mitre 10 Moorabbin 9553 0155 Mitre 10 Mornington 5975 4788 Mitre 10 Niddrie 9379 1001 Mitre 10 Pakenham 5941 1477 Mitre 10 Watsonia 9435 2555 Mitre 10 Werribee 9741 2099 Thrifty Link Ascot Vale 9370 1427 Thrifty Link Bacchus Marsh 5367 2089 Thrifty Link Balnarring 5983 1404 Thrifty Link Brighton 9592 2837 Thrifty Link City 9602 3444 Thrifty Link Clifton Hill 9489 8899 Thrifty Link Dandenong 9792 3599 Thrifty Link Oakleigh 9568 8047 Thrifty Link Pearcedale 5978 7300 Thrifty Link Prahran 9510 3077 Thrifty Link St Kilda 9534 5454 Thrifty Link Upper Beaconsfield 5944 3310 Thrifty Link Watsonia 9434 7950 Thrifty Link Whittlesea 9716 2008 Thrifty Link Williamstown 9397 6234 BUILDING & GARDEN SUPPLIES Aaron’s Outdoor Rec. Campbellfield 9308 5111 Aussie Outdoors Bayswater 9729 5566 Bark King Group Montrose 9728 5200 Barton Glass Box Hill 9899 1533 Baybrown Garden Supp. Ringwood 9847 0888 Beaconsfield Garden Supp. Beaconsfield 9707 5144 Bennett’s Garden & Building Supp. Ashwood 9807 9293 Manna Gum Ferntree Gully 9752 2434 Melbourne’s Mower Centre Mitcham 9872 3132 Melbourne Turf Supp. Ringwood 9847 0111 Officer Garden & Building Supp. Officer 5943 1229 Sherwyn Garden Supplies Montrose 9728 4488 Studfield Garden Centre Bayswater 9729 6100 Victoria Garden Cottages Croydon 1300 660 817 BALUSTERS & GATES Intl Metal Security Preston 9480 3343 HEATING & COOLING Affordable Fireplaces W. Footscray 9689 5885

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Agnews Fireplaces Richmond 9426 2900 Amuheat Sydney 02 9114 6934 Antique Firegrates Surrey Hills 9898 5040 Australian Mantlepiece Camberwell 9889 0866 Bradmac Air Conditioning Thomastown 9466 4333 Cheminees Chazelles Mornington 5977 0899 Eco Pacific Airconditioning Dandenong Sth 9706 6228 Gas Log Fires Brighton 9596 2644 Kev Wignell Trading Co. Abbotsford 9417 3315 Pot Belly Stove Co Ferntree Gully 9758 7777 Real Flame Richmond 9428 4443 Regency Fireplaces 1800 081 978 Sneddons’ Yarraville 9314 7172 Thermofilm Springvale 9562 3455 FLOORING Boral Timber 1800 818 317 Complete Floor Service Ringwood 9870 9129 Just Old Flooring Thomastown 9460 1477 R&D Timber Products Reservoir 9462 1899 Sandpaper Plus Fairfield 9499 8753 Serfloor Australia Hallam 9796 4626 Skilled Floors Burwood 9808 9000 Tasmanian Oak Floorboards 0400 873 371 Tek Enterprises Campbellfield 9357 6980 FENCING Aussie Outdoors Bayswater 9729 5566 Chatterton Lacework Tullamarine 1800 815 475 GUTTERING PRODUCTS Ace Gutters Braeside 9586 4888 The Leaf Man Melbourne 1300 888 743 HIRE EQUIPMENT Adam Hire & Scaffolding Mordialloc 9580 8217 Citiwest Rentals Werribee 9748 6811 Citiwest Rentals Williamstown 9399 1311 Coates Hire Coburg 9384 0242 Epsom Hire Mordialloc 9580 5470 Kennards Hire Airport West 03 9338 8744 Kennards Hire Bayswater 03 9720 6999 Kennards Hire Brooklyn 03 9314 1511 Kennards Hire Clayton 03 9549 4999 Kennards Hire Dandenong 03 9791 2155 Kennards Hire Frankston 03 9783 8499 Kennards Hire Geelong 03 5243 9468 Kennards Hire Moorabbin 03 9563 9777 Kennards Hire Narre Warren 03 9704 0444 Kennards Hire Preston 03 9416 7777 Kennards Hire Richmond 03 9428 3111 Kennards Hire Sth Melbrne 03 9646 3232 Kennards Hire Thomastown 03 9465 8666 Monash Hire Hastings 9579 4000 National Hire N. Melbourne 9326 3000 HOME IMPROVEMENTS European Prestige 1300 368 983 Extension Factory Mulgrave 9561 5444 Hille’s Home Extension Airport West 9379 8022 Hills Industries 08 8301 3200 Home Ideas Centre Clayton 9544 9611 Home Ideas Centre Geelong 5278 8066 Pottery Plus Bayswater 9720 1222 Recollections Richmond 9428 0844 Recollections Ormond 9578 8818 Stately Paving & Landscaping Werribee South 0413 343 569 The Building Centre 1300 884 876 LIGHTING & ELECTRICAL Beacon Lighting Strathmore 9374 4022 Beacon Lighting Sunshine 9312 7712 Home of Lights Fairfield 9499 5116 Home of Lights Nunawading 9894 4133 Home of Lights Ormond 9578 8611 Hughes Renovators Paradise Huntingdale 9544 3263 Ideal Electrical Keilor Park 9331 6222 Ideal Electrical Kilsyth 8756 2100 Ideal Electrical Nunawading 9873 8844 Light Up Fawkner 9537 2299 Light Up Springvale 9540 3477 Local Lighting Hoppers Crossing 9748 9919 Memory Lane Ascot Vale 9370 6765 Surrey Lighting Surrey Hills 9836 0836 METAL PRODUCTS Aluminium Trade Centre Clayton 9544 6659 Melbourne Al & Iron Lacework Fairfield 9489 5100 PAINT STRIPPING Peelaway Australia Melbourne 02 9746 6733 PAINT & WALLPAPER 3D Paint & Colour Campbellfield 9359 2811 3D Paint & Colour Narre Warren 9796 6521 Adicolor Decorative Paints Sydney 02 9599 6993 Blitz Paints Sydney 02 9623 4022 Bristol Decorator Centres Victoria 13 16 86

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Colours R Us South Yarra 9827 6469 Dulux Trade Centre Armadale 03 9509 9011 Dulux Trade Centre Bayswater 03 9729 2455 Dulux Trade Centre Camberwell 03 9882 2384 Dulux Trade Centre Eltham 03 9439 6682 Dulux Trade Centre Frankston 03 9783 2803 Dulux Trade Centre Moorabbin 03 9557 9322 Dulux Trade Centre Narre Warren 03 9796 6521 Dulux Trade Centre Nunawading 03 9878 8211 Dulux Trade Centre Preston 03 9484 5711 Dulux Trade Centre Springvale 03 9574 1297 Dulux Trade Centre Sunshine 03 9363 3622 Dulux Trade Centre West Melbourne 03 9326 8458 FX Australia Sydney 02 9725 5888 Haymes Paint Dandenong 9792 5514 Heritage Paints & Decor Balwyn 9817 2222 Inspirations Paint & Colour 1300 467 747 ITW Polymers & Fluids 02 9757 8800 Let’s Clean 02 9438 2047 Malvern Paint & Tim. Fn. Malvern 9885 2883 Megatreat Liquid Stone 02 6241 7477 Olarenshaws Sunshine 9311 2306 Paintaway Bayswater 9720 7211 Paintaway Dandenong 9793 6544 Paintaway Preston 9480 6799 Paintaway Sunshine 9334 7999 Paint Mart Airport West 9335 5573 Paintmobile Dandenong 9794 8688 Paintmobile Preston 9484 6100 PaintPlace Croydon 9725 2800 PaintPlace Pakenham 5941 7977 PaintRight Berwick 9707 1565 PaintRight Cowes 5952 2522 PaintRight Eltham 9439 9696 PaintRight Fitzroy North 9489 6139 PaintRight Lilydale 9735 5162 PaintRight Melton 9743 1781 PaintRight North Coburg 9354 4870 PaintRight Nunawading 9877 4800 PaintRight Pt Melbourne 9645 4081 PaintRight Ringwood 9870 1668 PaintRight South Bank 9317 9789 Paint Shield Thomastown 9466 1611 Paint Spot Bentleigh 9557 2862 Paint Spot Bundoora 9467 5114 Paint Spot Carrum Downs 9776 9277 Paint Spot Craigieburn 9308 2177 Paint Spot Footscray 9689 8500 Paint Spot Frankston 9781 1288 Hoppers Crossing 8742 9200 Paint Spot Paint Spot Knox 9801 8011 Paint Spot Moorabbin 9555 0555 Paint Spot Niddrie 9335 5573 Paint Spot Sunbury 9744 2593 Paint Spot Sunshine 9311 9333 Paint Spot Windsor 9521 2111 Painting Buddy 0423 231 336 Porter’s Paints Prahran 9521 7818 Porter’s Paints Fitzroy 9486 9599 Quantum Timber Finishes 9776 8831 Sikkens Woodcare Sydney 02 9360 4500 Solver Paints Narre Warren 8790 1872 Supreme Paints Sydney 02 9821 1224 The Flood Company Highett 9555 9244 The Paint Drop Carnegie 9578 0401 Top Paint Fitzroy 9419 4166 Trade Paints Laverton N 9369 3455 Viponds Paints North Coburg 9350 4188 Wagner Spray Tech 1800 064 790 Yarraville Paints West Footscray 9314 8610 Zinsser Asia Pacific 1300 784 476 PLASTERING SUPPLIES Archiclad Thomastown 9460 1144 Aust. Plasterboard Co Campbellfield 9305 4088 Bayside Plaster Moorabbin 9576 5233 Bell Plaster Brunswick 9388 1669 BGC Plasterboard 1300 306 223 Boral Plasterboard Sup. Airport West 9330 3411 Boral Plasterboard Sup. Altona North 9314 9335 Boral Plasterboard Sup. Berwick 9707 4522 Boral Plasterboard Sup. Hoppers Crossing 9748 5111 Boral Plasterboard Sup. Lynbrook 9791 2855 Boral Plasterboard Sup. Mt Waverley 9544 4788 Boral Plasterboard Sup. Nunawading 9878 7666 Boral Plasterboard Sup. Murrumbeena 9570 1228 Boral Plasterboard Sup. Port Melbourne 9645 1877 Boral Plasterboard Sup. Ringwood 9879 5399 Boral Plasterboard Sup. Sunbury 9740 9300 Boral Plasterboard Sup. Thomastown 9466 3606 Chad Plaster Oakleigh South 9544 8899 Chad Plaster Oakleigh 9579 2944 Croydon Plaster Mould. Bayswater 9729 5505 F Vitale & Sons Essendon 9375 2571




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18-volt cordless hammer A flexible device for drill with dust collection getting silicone into hardnozzle for Tradies to-reach spots The Festool BHC 18 cordless hammer drill offers a powerful impact with integral vibration damping and a compact design; while the brushless EC-TEC motor ensures a high degree of operating efficiency and exceptional weight/performance ratio. It is deal for interior fitting applications, assembly tasks and the installation of composite thermal insulation systems. The ergonomic C-shape with balanced weight distribution and the brushless EC motor both contribute to its compact design. Weighing only 2.4kg this cordless hammer drill is particularly useful during continuous use. In spite of its compact and lightweight design, the impact mechanism generates an impressive 1.8 Joules of energy. The innovative 2-chamber system on the new drilling dust nozzle [optional accessory] ensures that all residues generated when drilling floors, walls and ceilings [to a max. diameter of 12mm] are easily removed. The foam rubber layer provides extra stability, even on uneven surfaces, with the flexibility to insert a 27 – 32mm dust extractor hose.

Applying silicone can often be a fiddly task; and in some hardto-reach areas it’s almost impossible. But with the Aussie-designed and Aussie-made Adapta Flex silicone nozzle [from FIX-A-TAP] tough jobs have been made easier. The Adapta Flex is a silicone nozzle employing a series of ball joints that allow you to bend it to get into even the most hard-to-reach spots; nozzles can be joined together to give you the length that you need to get the job done; and it’s reusable.

Telescopic spray Rotatable long handle that makes lance to clean plastering easier up high with a pressure cleaner Kärcher developed their Telescopic Spray Lance [$209] to make hard-to-reach cleaning a problem of the past. Compatible with Kärcher’s entire electrical range of pressure cleaners, the Telescopic Spray Lance, extending from 1.2m up to an impressive 4m, is suitable for multi-storey dwellings and anywhere the regular pressure cleaner just can’t reach. At its maximum length it is still easy to use and control thanks to the comfortable shoulder strap that supports the full weight of the extended lance. Weighing just 2kg, the lance is deceptively powerful for such a compact unit.

The Tapepro Twister™ Flat Box Handle from the Wallboard Tool Co allows you to adjust the handle to suit you, not the other way around. It enables you to rotate the handle so that you can use a more comfortable position (from the floor) reducing the stress on your body. You twist the handle, not your body. Features and benefits include: standard FHX handle extends from 980 to 1600mm (4 positions); adjustable friction setting using star wheel; weighs 1.5kg; the TSP Swivel Plate is available separately for retro fitting to Tapepro Handles.

Their Wallpro Power Sander is a heavy duty plasterboard sander designed with the user in mind with balance and comfortable grips. Features and benefits include: soft start motor; variable speed 650-1600RPM; clever full movement swivel head; includes 4m long vacuum hose; universal connection to industrial dust extractors; 225mm diameter disc area; comfortable cushioned grip.

Compact pressure washer Following the release of the DPW-4000, less than a year ago, Makinex now offer a lighter and more compact pressure washer. Offering the same functionality and versatility as the original model, the DPW-2500 combines a rotary cleaner and wand in the one machine with the ease of swapping between them at the turn of a handle. The adjustable pressure ranges from 1000 to 2500PSI making it suitable for a range of applications including car parks, driveways, pavements and machinery. 66 • RENOVATING • DECEMBER QTR 2014

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122 COCHRANES ROAD, MOORABBIN Suppliers of Domestic, Commercial and Architectural: Doors, Architraves, Skirting Boards, Leadlight, Locks and Handles.


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Issue 95 Victoria edition  
Issue 95 Victoria edition