Home' K and B : Kitchens and Bathroom 2009 Contents 54 WA's Best Kitchens & Bathrooms 2009
49 If you are building a bath into your bathroom,
consider fitting a narrow and deep bath and have it
fully insulated to retain the heat, reducing the need
for hot water top ups.
50 Greywater systems are increasing in popularity and
should be installed in any new home, as they reuse
household water from the kitchen, bathroom and
laundry that has not come into contact with human
51 Many companies have an
entire green range, so it is
worth shopping around to
find a company that does.
52 When buying tapware, The English Tapware
Company's Shirley Marshall recommends buyers
look for durability, the ease of servicing the working
parts to extend its life and the ability to recycle the
materials. "Brass is the ultimate material for tapware
and bathroom accessories, it can withstand years
of use and temperature variation without cracking
or distorting," says Shirley. "In the event the fittings
are no longer required, the brass can be completely
recycled. You may pay more for products made
from brass but it ticks the 'sustainability' box!"
53 "Most appliances have an eco rating, so keep your
eyes peeled for those that score the highest as they
will be the cheapest to run and reduce wastage of
precious water and electricity," says Jason Levin.
54 Invest in a low-flow shower rose that enables you to
enjoy a good pressure shower while reducing water
usage by about a third.
55 "When buying a heated towel warmer, make sure
the element is thermostatic to reduce electricity
consumption once your towels are dry," says Shirley
Marshall. "Always ensure that the element is easy to
replace, and that elements are readily available, to
extend the life of the towel warmer beyond that
of the element."
56 Install a single lever mixer tap in your kitchen
and bathroom to prevent water wastage as the
temperature quickly adjusts to your liking when
the hot and cold water is already mixed.
WHERE TO SPEND
57 According to Dean Kitchens' Jason Levin, invest
in some good quality cabinets as they're the
foundation of the kitchen and therefore need to
stand the test of time.
58 Stone benchtops are durable and non-porous,
hence worth spending more on than cheaper
products that will scratch easily and need replacing
in five years.
59 "Accessories are the jewellery of your bathroom,"
says Shirley Marshall of The English Tapware
Company. "It is worth investing in a few high quality
fittings for their durability, ease of use and for the
impact they have in completing the look you desire."
60 "Hardware is important," says Laminex's Rebecca
Stewart. "Good quality hinges and drawer runners
are worth the dollars spent."
61 "If you are having a bath, it is worth investing
in something that will suit your needs and last,"
advises Lavare's Tina Mills. "A bath is the most
costly thing to replace, so it's worth choosing a steel
bath that has a 30-year warranty."
62 "European appliances will
give the kitchen a designer
look and are quality built,"
advises Jason Levin.
63 A kitchen with quality appliances, plumbing fixtures
and lighting makes all the di erence, according to
Rebecca Stewart, so invest in quality products.
64 Shirley Marshall says "your kitchen tap is the
appliance you will use far more than any other in
the kitchen". Buy a quality brand with WaterMark
65 Jason Levin says: "The most used appliance in the
kitchen is the dishwasher", so make sure you invest
in a good one.
66 When choosing a colour scheme, white or neutral
still have the biggest resale value and look clean
54 Invest in a low-flow
shower rose that enables
you to enjoy a good
pressure shower while
reducing water usage
by about a third.
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