Bathroom Trends Taking Australia by Storm
One of the biggest renovations in your home is always the bathroom. Because space is usually limited, as much practicality is stuffed into the space that you have. No matter how you renovate your bathroom, the idea is to make one of the most used spaces in your home as comfortable to use as possible. And if you can stretch your space a little, you might even be able to create a retreat in itself. One of the biggest things with bathrooms is using quality fixtures that will last decades, and also utilising renovation trends that will do the same. The biggest trend in bathroom renovation right now is timelessness, and for the value to last, it should still look relevant in ten years to the rest of your home.
In Australia, we value quality, style and practical products with affordable price tags, and here are some of the best new trends that will give your bathroom a timeless makeover.
The most common renovation aspects currently being used are organic or natural finishes like stone and timber. Bathroom colour schemes are becoming darker, richer, warmer, and moody with deep greys, navy, black and charcoal tiles and feature walls matched with brass, bronze and rose-gold fixtures.
Matte surfaces are becoming extremely popular, however combining matte with high gloss is still common. Sand stone, raw concrete and marble are highly used now, and timber trims like oak, bamboo and darker timbers set the room’s elegance. Matt black fixtures have all but taken over the market in new renovations, and they look amazing with timber and stone backdrops.
Wall hung vanities are a popular trend and delivers a clean, sleek and modern look perfect for minimalist spaces.
Custom built timber vanities, cabinets, benchtops and mirrors are one of the best ways to build a unique bathroom. This trend is keeping carpenters across the country very busy right now, and it adds a certain element of class to your bathroom.
Basins are no longer just simple and porcelain. One trend that has taken off this year is basins made of everything from stone and concrete to bamboo and carved granite. Black basins are also popular.
A definite emerging preference is large-format tiling, however large-format tiles and slabs, require strong substrate, which is costly.
Lighting plays a key role in modern renovations, and dimmable lights, sensor lights, LED strips under joinery, coloured mood lighting, are all popular items. Practicality is the means to an end with lighting however, so prominent work lights where they are needed are important.
If you need help with renovation ideas for your bathroom, contact us today to see how we can help.
Summer is close enough to smell, so that means it’s time to take action, and create the outdoor area you’ve been dying for. Let’s face it, there are at least 3 improvements you can make to your outdoor space between now and December 1st that can make summer so much more enjoyable at home, right?
What are your most desired items for your outdoor space?
If your deck isn’t up to scratch, you might not enjoy using it as much as if it were like new. Repairs on decks are usually simple jobs, and extensions can be added in a matter of days. If you are an entertainer, your deck is the perfect place for pleasing your guests in summer. A makeover can do the world of good to your deck.
New Patio Roof or Extension
Is your patio roofing a bit tired, run down or simply just not big enough? Roof extensions are simple additions that can add great value, both physically and financially to your home. Why have an outdoor area where the roof just doesn’t perform how it is meant to.
Have you considered a Bali hut installation in your back yard? We can install a Bali Hut in a single day. We have loads of experience installing huts in pool areas, tight corner spaces, up against fences…basically anywhere that it fits, we can help you out.
Landscape Construction or makeover
Your landscape can make or break your summer. Summer storms can cause excess water to pool in places it shouldn’t be. Drainage is very important in your landscape design, so if you know that during storms your yard floods or pools water, now id the perfect time to have the landscaping altered to improve drainage. While you’re at it, don’t be afraid to update your garden edging with some new solid timber borders.
When was there a better time to add an outdoor kitchen to your patio area? Create the ultimate outdoor living area with a built-in oven or build in your barbecue, add a fridge, fans and storage cabinets to keep everything tidy while you’re at it.
Gazebos are a great way to add an extra element to your back (or front) yard. Relaxing under your new gazebo by the pool, or under your favourite tree is a great way to spend summer. Maybe add a chair swing to the mix as well.
Chair swings are a great way to relax, especially if it is hanging from a big gum tree in your back yard. Imagine, beer, or wine in hand, a good book, and silence…
What are you waiting for? Start writing your list. Once you finish it, CONTACT US LimeTree Constructions to get the ball rolling.
By Shane Downey
The ultimate guide to kitchen cabinets
By Shane Downey
No matter how small or large your kitchen is, to how strange the layout might be, with great planning and a great team to help you achieve your goals, you could be well on your way to a practical and beautiful kitchen within weeks. Jam-packed benchtops and impractical storage decisions will soon be a distant memory by following a few simple rules for your kitchen makeover. Here are a few of the ways to create the right style for your home, based on your space, and new and innovative kitchen cabinets.
Working out the new layout of your kitchen is the first crucial step. If your kitchen is small, you should use straight line layouts. If you do have a bit more space to play with however, L-shaped kitchens can be practical and are great for the entertainers.
Work around your large well-used items, like your fridge, oven and dishwasher, and consider where each item will be the most useful. Use their positions as the basis for your cabinet layout. A good rule to live by when adding these large items to your layout, is to keep them at least 2 metres apart from each other to reduce high traffic use chaos.
Make a list of what you like about your current kitchen and what you don’t like. If something works well, you might like to keep the option there after the renovation, maybe just spruced up a bit. An example would be a servery. Serveries were always popular kitchen additions and are even more popular than ever now. They are a practical addition to your kitchen, so if you have one you might want to add modern flair to it, or alter the size or style of it. If your current pantry location or style really works, if you can’t discover any better solutions, you might like to keep it as is.
There are a great range of fantastic customised appliance cabinets available these days for simple solutions to kitchen storage. These types of cabinets make your kitchen look clean and tidy, while remaining completely practical. Well-planned cabinetry can conceal your bench clutter and make your kitchen seem much larger than it is.
DOORS AND DRAWERS
Modern kitchens combine both drawers for lower-level cabinets and doors for higher cabinets. It’s important to use high quality products for your doors and especially your drawers, because cheap items will be both hard to replace, and damage easily. If you are after a sleek clean feel for your kitchen, push-to-open runners on your drawers will deliver clean lines, by remaining handle-free. Although your handles can really make a kitchen stand out (either good or bad) so make sure you choose a style you will be happy with for the life of your kitchen.
The choices are endless when it comes to the finish of your kitchen. Popular choices today range from raw or recycled timbers, bare concrete benchtops, frosted or panelled glass doors, high-resistance thermoformed UV resistant tops and textured or polished timber flooring.
Practicality seems to be the main thought that goes into a kitchen renovation, but remaining practical while working to a budget and having an amazing end product to work with is difficult. If you are stuck for ideas, contact LimeTree Constructions today for some advice.
5 Fencing Trends of 2017
Anyone who cares about their home security knows that having a fence is a necessity. However, fences not only offer security, but can add to the overall feel of your home. In Brisbane’s Bayside, LimeTree Constructions can give you a wide range of ideas for not only make your home safer, but also more stylish. So here are some trends and ideas that could spruce up your fence.
These are just some of the many ideas and trends in fencing. Don’t be afraid to experiment with ideas, and find something that suites your home. Talk to LimeTree Constructions for more great ideas for your home.
How to Get a Better Looking Deck
By Shane Downey
If you want to extend your outdoor area, there’s nothing that looks as good on your deck as natural timber. There are so many different types of timbers to choose from when it comes to a good-looking deck, and no matter what your budget is, there is timber to match.
Here are some of the most popular options we use in Brisbane's Bayside and South-East.
Treated pine is the low-budget option, but even though it’s a low-budget, it doesn’t mean it’s not good quality. You can stain, paint or oil it to suit your style, and we can help you choose the right type of rated pine for your posts, joists and deck. Treated pine really is a good option because it is so versatile and cheap.
Jarrah is usually more expensive than other decking timbers, but it’s colour ranges from reds to light and dark browns means it looks very high end. The best way to preserve the high-end jarrah timber decking is by regular oiling. If you aren’t that into regular maintenance of your deck, maybe you should look at stain or varnish coating.
Blackbutt has a beautiful pale brown colour and is usually consistently coloured. Blackbutt can be stained and if left unsealed, it can crack. It’s another high maintenance timber, but the results are amazing.
Stringybark is available in three colour options: red, white and yellow and red. White stringybark is more suited for indoor use, because it isn’t as durable, so yellow and red Stringybark is better for decking. Red Stringybark is more expensive, and quite hard to find, but if you are looking for some unique timber for your deck, this is the one for you.
Spotted gum has more colour variations than Blackbutt, extending from pale to chocolate browns. It’s dense and robust and shrinks less than other timbers.
If you’re looking for a deck that will withstand the Apocalypse, Ironbark is what you need. It’s one of the most durable timbers on the planet and its namesake stands true because of its weight and highly dense body. It’s a beautiful timber, and its colours range from deep red to pale brown. Because Ironbark is so durable, it makes for a great pool decking as well.
If you need help deciding what timber to use for your deck, contact LimeTree Constructions today for some advice.