Home' K and B : Kitchens and Bathroom 2009 Contents 52 WA's Best Kitchens & Bathrooms 2009
16 "Don't try to design the kitchen yourself, seek
professional advice and avoid expensive mistakes,"
Jason Levin from Dean Kitchens recommends.
17 "The functionality of a kitchen is most important,"
says Rebecca Stewart. "Keep services close
together so you don't have to walk so far between
the working triangle."
18 When buying tapware, The English Tapware
Company's Shirley Marshall recommends
purchasers "ensure they are buying a kitchen
or bathroom tap with the Australian WaterMark
certification. WaterMark certifies the tap has
been made and tested to Australian standards
and is required for a plumber to legally install it,"
says Shirley. "Do not confuse this with the WELS
rating which only relates to a product's water
conservation rating and is no assurance to the
purchaser that the item is suitable for installation
into an Australian home."
19 It is very easy to be swayed by an enthusiastic
designer. Peter Allen of Aeria Country Floors
says: "Be true to yourself and the look you want
to achieve and not what someone else wants you
20 "Ensure you have enough bench space near to your
oven or hotplate so that you can put hot things
down," advises Rebecca Stewart.
21 Make sure there is enough room between cabinets
in a gallery kitchen to allow more than one person
to work in there. "A minimum of 120cm between
cabinets lets two people work comfortably, while
opening doors and drawers on both sides at the
same time," says IKEA's Rachel Hoare.
22 "Avoid 45 degree angles
wherever possible as they
date, are not functional
and waste space," says
23 For outside kitchens and bathrooms make sure the
products will withstand an external environment or
you may be disappointed by rapid deterioration.
"Some manufacturers make tapware and shower
fittings specifically for the outdoors, from uncoated
bare brass that improves with exposure to the
elements, developing characteristic verdigris, but
not losing functionality," says Shirley Marshall.
24 "If you have a real, natural timber floor, avoid
using artificial timber laminates for the cabinets
as it can make the cabinet doors look artificial,"
advises Rebecca Stewart.
25 Having little nooks and crannies in your kitchen
and bathroom may look cute and quirky, but there
are repercussions according to Jason Levin. "Try to
avoid over-complicated corner solutions as much
as possible. Stick to front accessed storage because
in the long run, bending and leaning into corners
will only cause back pain."
26 Factor in plenty of drains, especially if small children
are using the bathroom, to minimise the risk of
27 "Much of the tapware sold in Australia is not
made for houses with low or uneven water pressures
found in some older, urban homes and many country
properties," says Shirley Marshall. "Talk to an expert
to make sure the tapware you buy is suitable for your
home to prevent embarrassment later when your
plumber tells you your purchase is inappropriate."
28 The most common problem people encounter
while undertaking renovations is water ingress
through the grout joints. If the grouting has not
been done properly, the whole bathroom must be
done again so install a waterproof membrane to
guarantee peace of mind.
TRICKS OF THE TRADE
29 According to Lavare's Tina Mills, lighting can
change the whole feel of the bathroom. "Think
about the main purpose of the bathroom and select
the lighting to suit, which will generate the perfect
ambience," she says.
30 Dean Kitchens' Jason Levin says "drawers are
far easier to access than cupboards, so the more
drawers the merrier!"
28 The most common problem
people encounter while
undertaking renovations is water
ingress through the grout joints.
If the grouting has not been done
properly, the whole bathroom
must be done again so install
a waterproof membrane to
guarantee peace of mind.
Images clockwise: Ceramic City; Caroma; Villeroy & Boch
Links Archive Kitchens and Bathrooms 2010 Navigation Previous Page Next Page