When it comes to renovating your bathroom, there are a few rights and wrongs you need to keep in mind, especially if you’re sticking to a budget or need a specific area or aspect to be fixed or highlighted. To help you with just that, here are a few do’s and dont’s you should keep in mind. Read on…
- Hire a builder, not a plumber to manage your project. Plumbers can only see the pipework and install the fixtures, but a builder can see the entire project from start to finish, especially if you’re planning to remodel the entire bathroom.
- Skip the DIY part, especially for the bathroom. There’s very little you can do yourself when it comes to redecorating your bathroom, and even if you try, you may end up spending a lot of time (and possibly money) and come up with something that isn’t even functional and durable for a long time.
- Have a 20 per cent budget buffer in mind- things can get expensive when remodelling a home, and keeping an estimate of 20% higher cost can help you stick to your budget.
- Avoid moving the pipework- you may be tempted to want to change the look of the entire space which may involve moving the pipework too, but if you do so, not only will it be more expensive and time-consuming, but it might not be good news for your wallet in terms of additional unexpected expenses.
- Choose small, textured tiles for your shower floor if you’re planning to change the tiles. The texture and extra grouting will help prevent your feet from slipping once it is all soapy and wet.
- Make sure you have a good bathroom fan for ventilation. Having a window is ideal, but if that is not workable, a fan can help provide ventilation and allow the humidity to escape properly.
- Cover and resurface parts of your bathroom that you wish to change, instead of having them entirely removed and worked on. This will not just reduce the time and effort spent on them, but will also be a cost-effective solution.
- Keep the tub only if you plan to use it. A lot of homes come with tubs installed already, but if you’re a shower person and don’t really use it, it doesn’t make sense having it at all. Instead, use that space to store your bathroom essentials and having it removed will also make your bathroom spacious.
Following these simple tips and tricks can work wonderfully and make your bathroom renovation project a success!
We’re designing it in China and having it made in Portugal. Why? Because it’s really just the best craft, we’ve seen so far. What we’re saying is that China needs to step out there and show the world that we can also design and create. It’s not about the world bringing the designs into China’s factory to make, but we’re bringing Chinese design out to the world to make.
This year’s Workshopped exhibition – the 12th from the talented team – is themed ‘Local Design, Global Market: Be an international designer‘.
The event will showcase over 60 designers from around Australian plus guests from New Zealand and the USA.
Workshopped Director, Raymond Scott said, “We were overwhelmed with applications for this year’s exhibition – there’s a great range of designs and a number we hope will make it to market.”
The Workshopped team passionately support authentic design and have a vision of there one day being an authentic Australian design in every Australian home.
The exhibition launch event – which has fast become one of Sydney’s leading design events – is on Wednesday 31st October – with over 800 members of the design industry expected to attend.
The exhibition then runs from Thursday 1st November through to Saturday 10th November and admission is free.7
The Emeco Navy Chair® vs The Restoration Hardware ‘Naval Chair’.
Emeco, the genuine handcraft company based in Hanover, Pennsylvania, today sued home furnishing giant Restoration Hardware and its former CEO and present “Creator and Curator” Gary Friedman, asserting claims for trade dress and trademark counterfeiting and infringement.
What Restoration Hardware is trying to do is bad for the American consumer, bad for American jobs and bad for the global environment.
–Gregg Buchbinder, Emeco CEO.
The lawsuit, filed in San Francisco in the United States District Court, alleges that Restoration Hardware has engaged in willful and flagrant infringement of Emeco’s trade dress and trademark rights for its world-renowned Navy Chair® by selling a series of cheap knockoffs with the near-identical “Naval Chair” name that copy verbatim the iconic and highly distinctive design of the Navy Chair®. The irreparable harm caused by Restoration Hardware, an established company, to Emeco’s reputation and significant goodwill is massive, incomparable to that caused by a typical, small-time counterfeiter. The real deal: Emeco’s iconic Navy Chair
Emeco has filed this action to halt that harm and protect its exclusive rights. Emeco seeks a preliminary and permanent injunction to stop Restoration Hardware’s unlawful conduct and the damages to which the law entitles it. The allegedly illegally manufactured counterfeits also include the “Navy Armchairs”, “Navy Barstools” and “Navy Counter stools” – exact counterfeits of Emeco’s Navy Chair® Collection.
Emeco’s quality guarantee of The Navy Chair® is the result of elaborate and precise specifications developed by the U.S. Navy in 1944 in conjunction with ALCOA Aluminum. These specifications are still used by the craftsmen at Emeco in a unique 77-step process that meets the most stringent American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer’s Association (BIFMA) standards. The chairs are tested to last 150 years.
Emeco is an American success story that has demonstrated to the market its value and sustainability. We create American jobs and work with the best designers to manufacture a product respected and sought after around the world. For us, stealing our Navy Chair® design is like stealing the Nike Swoosh or the Mercedes Benz logo, and then exploiting our brand and reputation to produce an inferior product.
– Gregg Buchbinder, Emeco CEO.