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[Checklist] What should you consider before renovating your bathroom or kitchen

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Renovating your bathroom or kitchen can be extremely stressful and overwhelming. However it doesn’t need to be. With careful planning and establishing a budget, your DIY bathroom/kitchen renovation will be a breeze.

Before you commence any renovations, there are important factors you should consider. These go beyond your renovation ideas and visions. We’ve prepared a checklist for you to follow, ensuring your renovations are a success.

 

✅ Determine Your Budget

It’s important to carefully plan everything so an accurate and realistic budget can be set for your renovation. Are you unsure about how much to spend? Having an initial price in mind assists you to set realistic goals about what can be achieved. While this may seem limiting, alternatively having an open-ended budget makes decision making difficult due to unlimited possibilities, and often causes your renovation to stall.

 

✅ Set A Realistic Timeline

Depending on the scope of the renovation, and if you wish to do a DIY project, it can take anywhere between 3 to 8 weeks or even longer, as we all know wet weather can occur. You should allow reasonable time to plan everything, including ordering your materials and aligning your trades. Also, it is important to contact your local authority to find out what is and isn’t permitted in your area with any proposed renovation work and determine which certifications you will require, to ensure you aren’t met with any unnecessary delays.

 

✅ What Is The Problem With Your Current Bathroom/Kitchen?

By documenting what is wrong with your current bathroom or kitchen, it will help you to determine what features you wish to have included in the renovation.

  • Is your bathroom too small?
  • Is there not enough bench space in your kitchen?
  • Is there not enough natural light?
  • Or perhaps is the space not very inviting and is closed in?

Now you know what you don’t like, it’s time to start looking for renovation ideas for your dream bathroom/kitchen.

 

✅ Choose The Best Time For Renovating

Choose the time of year to renovate your bathroom/kitchen which doesn’t clash with your lifestyle or family plans. If you love entertaining guests during the holidays, then it’s probably not the best time.

Spring and Summer is often a favourite time for renovating. The warmer weather allows for a BBQ outside while the kitchen is still under renovation. Also, if the new hot water system is not complete, a cold shower on a scorching hot Canberra day is welcomed compared to the middle of winter!

 

✅ Find The Right Plumber

When you are renovating your bathroom and kitchen, it’s essential to use a qualified and licensed plumber. A professional will ensure to complete work to the highest standard, on time, according to budget, and most importantly meeting the Australian Plumbing and Gas Fitting Standards. You will never have a concern with your family’s safety and the ability to sell your home should you ever wish to.

 

DK Egan Plumbing are professionally licensed and experienced plumbers in Canberra and surrounding areas. We have been specialising in home renovations since 2001. For a free, no obligation quote, contact us on 0427 625 716 today.

 

 

 

Renovating Your Bathroom

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How To Incorporate Green Plumbing Into Your Bathroom Renovations

 Having an outdated bathroom might not just look less aesthetically pleasing but did you know it can also waste water and increase energy usage in your home?

A lot of home-owners start their renovation projects in Spring ready for the holiday season so while you’re planning your bathroom renovations, why not think about incorporating green plumbing into your project? Are you unsure where to start? Keep reading to find out.

Why Install Green Plumbing:

 Adding green plumbing to your bathroom renovations has many benefits, such as:

  • Drastic eco-footprint reduction in your home
  • Saving money on your utility bills
  • Significant water savings
  • You may be eligible for Government rebates

Choose Green Plumbing Water Fixtures

Installing green plumbing water fixtures is the best way to reduce your water usage. Replace your existing sink faucets, bath taps and showerhead with a low-flow version. Many products now include built-in features to save water.

For your toilet, select a new throne which has a dual flush system. Low-flow toilets which use less than 4.9 litres per flush will help you to conserve water. Some older model toilets still in use can use up to 13 litres of water per flush. Which is a huge 2.5 times more than low-flow toilets!

For any tap fittings, pay attention to the WELS star rating, which features a star rating system up to 6 stars. The higher the rating, the more water you will save. By changing your taps alone, it can lead to consuming up to 50% less water than you currently do.

According to the Australian Government, using water-efficient products can lead to a saving of up to $175 for each household per year.

Make Sure There Is Proper Ventilation

Bathrooms are often humid, which leads to moisture that can make mould grow. By making sure that your bathroom is well ventilated it will prevent mould. Open your windows, and install exhaust vents to help counter the humidity.

You can also improve the air quality by adding plants in the bathroom. Not only do they add a nice aesthetic touch, but they also help to produce oxygen. They also reduce humidity and absorb any air pollutants in the room.

One benefit of fresh air in your bathroom is your towels will stay clean and fresh longer. This allows you to save water by reducing your washing machine load frequency.

Add Recycled Materials

When completing your bathroom renovations, consider using recycles or ceramic tiles. They have strong moisture resistance, ensuring that they last longer than regular tiles.

Are you looking to incorporate green plumbing into your bathroom renovations? DK Egan Plumbing are here to help. We specialise in green plumbing to ensure your home is eco-friendly and saves you money.

 

For any questions or an obligation-free quote, call us today on 0427 625 716 or by our online contact form.

Canberra Flowers In Spring

Time to get planting for Spring!

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Time To Get Planting for Spring

What Should You Plant In Your Garden This September & October in Canberra

Now that Winter and some very cold days are over, Spring has arrived and the sun has started to shine in Canberra.

This is the perfect time to add some colour to your garden! Even though our rainfall has been limited over the winter season, with appropriate watering systems you can environmentally and economically enjoy and sustain your garden.

Unsure what to plant? No need to worry. Just follow our planting guide, so you can wake up and enjoy a beautiful and colourful garden!

Spring is the perfect time to start planting fruit, flowers, vegetables, trees, and herbs. But, what you can plant in your garden depends on the climate and soil conditions of where you live. Australia has a very different climate from city to city. It’s important to know which plants are ideal for the Canberra climate. So you can produce the most stunning results in your garden.

Here is our planting guide for what to plant in your garden in September and October in Canberra:

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Thinking About Irrigation? Here’s Why You Should.

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5 Benefits of Residential Irrigation

Summer is fast approaching so now is the perfect time to start getting your garden ready for the hotter months. Before the weather starts to heat up, install a residential irrigation system to prepare for the endless heat waves – keeping your garden and lawns looking luscious is a nice bonus.

Canberra is known for its dry weather and scorching hot summer days. These are less than ideal conditions for your garden to thrive in so here are 5 benefits of installing an irrigation system at your place:

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