Under floor heating is a great way to not only keep your floor warm on your feet but also warm your house with a natural feeling of warmth without an aircon unit flowing hot air and feeling stuffy!

Check out the warmtech site for more info!



Timber or Tiles?

When your renovating or building, choosing the flooring that is right for you can be a hard decision to make. When you want to avoid the hassles of carpet, the next question you ask yourself is... 'Timber, or tiles?' . Let's have a look at a few of the features of both to help you decide what is best for you.

Timber will almost definitely raise the value of your home further than tiles will, if you are looking at selling your property in the near future, polished timber floors is a huge advantage. They look stunning and you now have a wider range of styles and colours on the market than in latter years. With the extra choices available it is becoming easier to create a unique atmosphere without having to resort to the larger options available in tiles. Laying timber floors will help your home stay relatively cool in summer and through winter they will not get nearly as cold as tiles. Timber tends to be more comfortable to walk on than tiles as they are a slightly softer material. Tiles will very rarely compete with timber floors on this point. There is nothing nicer than walking barefoot on timber flooring. Unfortunately timber flooring has it's downside. They tend to scratch easily and will need to be sanded back and re-polished / re-stained. Timber has been known to warp in conditions of prolonged excess heat and exposure to sun will discolour some timber floors. Upkeep is generally harder than tiles and the use of oils such as eucalyptus is advised to keep timber in good condition.

Tiles have a huge diversity of colours and styles to choose from. There are innumerable different materials and textures that you can choose from and you can really create any look or feel you like with tiles. Just like timber flooring, tiles are relatively low-allergenic and easy to keep clean. Unlike timber, tiles do not wear and tear nearly as much as timber floors. They will last and look great for many years with very little maintenance other than your everyday mopping. You do not need to polish them and you do not need to worry as much about scratching them. Some tiles do scratch easier than others, but on average they tend not to scratch easily.

We find that most people desire to have timber floors throughout the home and then use tiles for their laundry and bathroom. This is a great way to utilize both timber and tiles to create a wonderful home and raise the value of your property. Have a good look through the bathroom section and also the decking and renovation & extension sections to see some of the options available for you to implement into your plans. If you want more detailed information or a helping hand to give you some creative ideas, give us a call or drop an email via our contact page.


Bathroom Renovations - Where to Start?

Often the thought of taking on a renovation to your bathroom can be a little overwhelming. You may have an idea in your head about what you want it to look like, the general colours you think will accomplish your goals for this room and perhaps a change in the layout of the room. Many people are daunted by the thought of entrusting the task to tradesmen and you might find that you would like to do the renovation yourself. Wherever you start out and no matter what your goals are for your bathroom renovation, there are a few things that will get you started on your wonderful journey of transforming your bathroom.

  1. You really should consult a professional in the industry. Look on the web at locals in your area and look at their portfolio. If they don't have many completed jobs or the jobs they have completed don't seem up to your standards, walk away immediately. You need to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the job is going to be done properly as you are probably going to live with the consequences for a while. Look at our portfolio page, this will give you a good standard to hold other professionals against.
  2. Look through images on the internet of other bathroom renovations, and go looking at bathroom supply and tiling outlets and start imagining what you want your new bathroom to look like. Look through our extensive bathroom portfolio and ask Jai to come out and give you a quote. He has done so many bathroom renovations and has wonderful creativity, he may just give you an idea that makes all the difference.
  3. If you are planning on doing the renovation yourself to cut costs, ask questions. And then ask some more. Get quotes off professionals and have them on hand in case you change your mind. Get advice from people in the industry who do this stuff for a living. They will probably know a touch more than your mate who means well.

Above all, remember to enjoy it. Renovations are hard work, but they should be enjoyable knowing that hard work and perseverance pays off well. If you have great people to deal with through the process who take care of most of troubles for you, put your feet up and have a cuppa!


Garage to Apartment by Curtis Construction 2009Garage to Apartment!

This is our latest job at Sylvania.

We turned a garage built in 1952 into a two bedroom mini apartment. Check out the before and after section in our online portfolio to see what it used to look like. You will be amazed at the transformation that has taken place!