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RENOVATION REVEAL: TWO BATHROOMS, A WC AND LAUNDRY IN ONE HOUSE.

This client needed all these wet areas re done and brought into the modern world for a very small budget of only $30,000.

How did we do it? 

We used tiles from a clearance warehouse, Free standing vanities from outlet stores and discounted taps, toilets and sinks that brought all the work under budget no problem.

The old Federation Style was replaced by bright modern and stylish colours to enhance the look and sense of space. New Glass shower screens and mirrors finished the look plus a new paint job.

Since the owner lived in the house whilst renovating, the trick was to do one wet room at a time, minimizing his disruption and inconvenience. Our tradies are very conscious of the customer and the lifestyle needs of the client so we are always considering how to make the renovation run smoothly and without the drama. A very happy Client is now enjoying both new bathrooms after only 3 weeks on the job to complete.

A very happy customer has already recommended us twice to his friends and workmates. That is the greatest reward for us and to see the end results - well that is just as good too!

Following are the After photos, followed by before shots from the tiny Ensuite bathroom. The main bathroom was also renovated. To see these look to the next post.

 

 

 

Essence Interiors Kitchen Appears in WA Weekender Lifestyle Show

We were very pleased to have the WA Weekender lifestyle show.  The kitchen is used to help prepare some healthy meals and snacks to teach children good eating. You can see the kitchen is very functional and looks great on camera.

Picture Hanging- How to?

 

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Picture Hanging Tips for the Home Decorator

There are a few rules to observe when trying to hang art in your home and it is surprising how many people always get this decorating task very wrong! I see it all the time when I go to people's homes and it can be avoided if you follow these 5 tips:

TOP 5 TIPS FOR PICTURE & ART  HANGING IN HOME DECORATING

TIP 1 : Big walls demand big pictures or a series, a triptych, or a grouping;  small walls are for smaller pictures

TIP 2 : Try to keep all the frames in one are the same material eg all timber or all black frames.

TIP 3 : Get the centre of the main picture or the 'group' to be at your eye height when hung , not above and not below.

TIP 4 : If the frames are all different, try to group them in an organic and mixed way rather that in straight lines

TIP 5 : Take note of colour and subject and try to make pictures 'relate' when they are placed near each other.

BATHROOM ESSENTIALS FOR RENOVATORS

BATHROOM RENOVATING - IS IT FOR YOU?

One of the smallest rooms but one of the most used, bathrooms have a special place in our lives. A great looking, functional bathroom adds great value to a home and to your quality of life.

Consider first if you want to achieve a functional family bathroom, a luxurious adult retreat, a smart powder room for guests or a combined bathroom laundry with multi purpose, next consider the look and feel and then contact the plumber and electrician to see what "can be achieved" first before you make any concrete plans.

You may find you are restricted by the location of water and electricity supplies to the space and that will greatly affect the layout and function of the room.

Below are after shots of the very same bathroom renovated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
BATHROOM BEFORE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

The top Six areas of Home Improvement you are most asked for help on?

So, I'm often asked ,

" what do most people want help with? What sort of house issues do you mostly deal with when a customer asks for help?"

 This question is best answered in the top 6 " what  our customers want most  " ,  bullet points below;

 

PULLING IT ALL TOGETHER - COHESIVE COLLABORATION

Many of my customers already have a good idea of what they like, or have chosen a few integral pieces but need help to coordinate it all and get a paint colour or two to suit the furniture they may already have. Customers, I find, want to create a "flow" of interior colour and style and are wanting to confirm or refine their own choices. Asking an expert with an objective view, product knowledge and a fresh set of eyes, always helps to clarify a customer's vision of their own home and how they want it to be. Even those with the strongest of design flair and eye for colour, have contacted me in the past as it is so easy to get bogged down in your own ideas and your imagination - so allowing a fresh take on a situation is a revealing way to brainstorm an interior space. The building or renovating process can be so in-depth and involved, there is so much to learn about products- you may never have thought about before! ( an example is toilets; do you want a wall hung, wall faced, back to wall, close coupled or a link suite toilet suite and given the choices - which one of these will actually fit your plumbing that exists in your home?) A choice in a simple toilet suite- may seem so simple to begin with......but so very complicated when the details and the technical aspects are restricted and need to be addressed. Its like fitting a square peg in a round hole!!

Why use a Project Manager?

PROJECT MANAGEMENT FOR BATHROOMS AND KITCHEN/LAUNDRIES

Consider this? How many trades do you think will be needed for an average bathroom renovation?

Did you guess around 3? A  Plumber, a tiler and electrician? Guess Again!!

Try about 8!  Yes 8-10 tradies may be required on just one bathroom renovation job.....

Glazier – shower screens and mirrors
Tile Removalist - essential if your demolition job is to be as “clean” as possible with dust extraction.
Tiler - do you need a specialist natural stone tiler or ceramic tiler who can lay Porcelain tiles?
Electrican gas and hot water - lights, heated towel rails, hot water systems and power points.
Cabinetmaker – if custom cabinets are required to be made to suit the area.
Carpenter – to re hang doors, architraves and to construct bulkheads, repair Gyprock walls etc.
Plumber – goes without saying? A licenced plumber is required to visit at least twice.
Painter - there’s always paint touch ups even if you are going to the cornice with tiles.

YES - THERE ARE MANY MORE ITEMS THAT YOU MAY NOT EVEN REALISE!

Read Our Latest Testimonial

Please see out latest testimonial from our client Lesley Dean Click Here

2014 Dulux Colour Awards Entry

We are very honoured to be entering the Dulux Colour Awards 2014. Essence interiors has been a previous finalist and we know this latest stunning entry will be well received. See photos from the project click here 

DECONSTRUCTED KITCHENS- GOING BACK TO BASICS- THE NEW TREND!

DECONSTRUCTED KITCHENS- going back to basics!

  • Kitchens are going back to their roots and showing that they are the true workhorse of the family home gone are the sleek lines and appliances hidden away behind sleek cabinets.
  • Kitchens and going raw and organic with even a hint of the country kitchen about them add to that a resurgence in the breakfast room type of eating nook, the kitchen is becoming cooking and eating in one, the formal dining area saved for the special guests!
  • This means that eating areas are forming part of our kitchen structure with seating being added on to long bench tops, drop down table seating, breakfast nooks and built in banquet seating for breakfast.
  • Its bringing the family together at breakfast time.
  • Breaking down the barriers to casual eating in.
  • Bringing back the "homey" comforting style that modern kitchens with sleek lines lack.
  • Get organic. Grow herbs in your kitchen. Get grounded and bring the rawness , the life and soul back into breakfast nooks in kitchens this trend is seriously catchy!

18 POINT RENOVATIONS CHECKLIST


 

"OUR 18 POINT TASK CHECK LIST "

ON A REGULAR 

RENOVATIONS MANAGEMENT JOB:

 

1. Design and draw up all cabinetry, for all wet areas, to be fitted and order,

measure, specify and detail all this with the cabinetmaker and stonemason as required.

 

2. Be able to discuss in depth with you, kitchen design and cabinet internals,

accessories, placement of all appliances and services, to achieve the best result

 

3. Advise on the most suitable and durable materials and appliances

for the job, given the clients' budget and personal requirements.

 

4.Ensure all cabinet details are ordered correctly, checked and site measured,

re -measured and that handles and hardware are ordered correctly.

 

 5.  Source and order all plumbing goods, as per plansand measure to fit spaces on plan,

check the dimensions and the set -backs, ensuring tapware is WELS compliant and have these sent to site

 

6.Measure and order all other materials including any kitchen and laundry appliances,

sinks, basins, baths, flooring , lighting, heaters, airconditioners etc,  for the job

 

7.Assess the amount and types of lighting required,  including the use of LED light fittings,pendant lights

down-lights and three- in -one bathroom lights and order lights accordingly.  

 

   8. Brief the plumber and electrician on  the “rough – in” of  all electrical and  plumbing pipe work, showing how,

where and what items will be fitted and discuss the important  technical issues.

 

 9 .Solve any design issues on the spot, before the rough- in, with discussions between trades

that are relevant to the installation of an item or the rectifying of a problem.

 

10.Brief  the electrician about the general electrical and lighting  plan,  in detail and be specific

about light switch positions, two ways, sensors, power points, 4 gangs, tv/data points, phone points, extra circuits,

wet area regulations and other issues to do with power and electrical regulations.

 

 11.Brief the plumbers about the precise locations and details of all tap ware, baths,

shower heights, mixer taps, filter units, bench, wall, hob or sink mounts, and the location of

hot and cold water pipes inside the cabinetry, fridge plumbing, gas points, etc

 

  12.Make sure all electrical and plumbers instructions comply with safety standards, before rough- in

and check for safety switch, smoke detector, over flow valves, floor drainage and other regulatory items, that must be included by law.

 

13 .Consider things like door handles, locks, hinges, door swing, door stoppers,

 clearance and fit off for the site carpenter. Have all doors measured, manufactured and delivered to site.

 

14 .Order and supervise  fit off of any free standing cabinetry,  cavity sliders,

flooring, decking, stairs, balustrade, carpets, air con and any other appliance items.

 

15.Order and select all tiles, grout, floor wastes and trim, in accordance with the tilers instructions

and supervise / assist the tiler with any laying issues.

 

  16 .Supervise and be diligent about the proper waterproofing and fall preparation

of the wet are tiling areas for shower recesses, baths, balconies, etc

 

17. Order and specify the glass products, screens, mirrors and splashbacks

and supervise the fit off of the glazing works to completion.

 

18.Specify all paint finishes and supervise all paint work and finishing to a high standard.

 

19.Ensure the correct fit off of all light fittings, plumbing and tap ware, handles and doors, appliances

and the rectification of any mistakes thereof

 

18.Check for connection of gas and water services, fix leaks and other abnormalies.

CHECK- LIST COMPLETE! 

Breakfast nooks? Fad? Trend?

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RENOVATION REVEALATION!

RENOVATION REVEALATION!

 

Have you been having dreams about renovations or home improvements? or are they nightmares?? Your renovation project should be all smooth sailing- once you have read and learnt about the traps and picked up some tips?

 

Nothing is better than having an expert on the job- so Essence fully advises you to take the easy way- have an Essence consultant project manage your renovations so that you can get on with what YOU are good at!

Read about the types of problems you can come across in a typical renovation project below...............then at the end we will give you heaps of tips, tricks and advice to make sure the "nightmare" is just a dream and not a reality!!

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* Recommend use of specialty finishes paints for certain areas.

 

* Excel Schedule of paint colours- explanation room by room and in full detail for your Painter’s/ Builder’s reference

 

* Fully documented, Colour coded, Paint Floor plan (client to supply the house floor plan via email)

 

* All colours selected will be accompanied by A4 paint brush outs (samples).

 

* Technical details and tips such as what type of paint, decorative detailing, ceiling detailing, anti mould additive, undercoat.

 

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