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  • Choosing the Right Accessories for Your Bathroom

    Bathroom accessories are one of the easiest and most affordable ways to update the style, aesthetic and atmosphere of any bathroom or ensuite. The perfect way to add a unique personal touch to an otherwise plain room, from towel rails to soap dish holders there’s an endless array of options you can choose to add a splash of style and functionality to your space. Whether you want to create a luxurious retreat or a simple space to shower, the right accessories can be the finishing touch that creates a cohesive and consistent look throughout the whole room. Budget Plumbing Centre has a huge range of bathroom accessories at Perth’s best prices. If you are building or renovating, here’s a few things to consider when choosing accessories for your bathroom.

    Know Your Budget

    Before you start shopping, it’s important to know how much you can afford to spend. There’s no point spending hundreds on a state-of-the-art heated towel rail if it means you cannot finish the room with the other accessories you need to use on a daily basis. Once you have allocated your budget, work out a list of must-haves and make sure you purchase these first. Shop around and find bathroom accessories that are of good quality at affordable prices. Any additional funds can be used to add some extra special details to your room such as trendy towels or a luxurious bath caddy.

    Think About Functionality

    Take a thorough look at your bathroom and determine what accessories you actually need, what size accessories will work in the available space and consider who will be using them – Young children? Elderly guests? When selecting accessories, it’s vital to think about how you and your family use the bathroom as this will determine what is important and what you really need. Do you need somewhere to hang your gown? Include robe hooks. No wall space to install a towel rack? Look for a free-standing one. Do you want things in easy reach? Try a bench-top toothbrush holder and soap dish. Prefer things to be stored away from view? Purchase handy drawer dividers or canisters with lids.

    Suit Your Style

    No matter what your style, be it sleek and modern, rustic or traditional, you should aim to choose accessories which match the lines and styles you have in your tiles and fixtures to ensure a sophisticated and seamless look. If you aren’t sure which accessories to pick, a simple rule to follow is to choose pieces that suit your tapware. If you have matte finish taps, don’t pick shiny accessories. Chic black taps? Try some contemporary black pieces to match in beautifully and complement the overall aesthetic.

    Don’t Focus on Brands

    When it comes to choosing taps and toilets, it often pays to select well-known brands that have a reputation for quality. After all, these fixtures and fittings can be expensive to repair and replace if anything goes wrong. However, when it comes to the little details such as toilet roll holders and towel rails, it’s not as necessary to think about the brand. Bathroom accessories generally have few, if any moving or technical parts, they are simply there to complete the look and provide the finishing details to the room and there’s often no difference between the one that is $20 and the one that is $200 except for the brand name, which often comes with the higher price tag.

    If you are looking for the perfect bathroom accessories to complete your new bathroom or update your existing room for a more modern look, Budget Plumbing Centre Perth has everything you need, at the most competitive prices. Visit one of our showrooms today or shop our range online now.

  • How to Make Your Bathroom More Accessible

    For people living with a disability or being reliant on a wheelchair, life can be challenging and simple everyday tasks we all take for granted, such as taking a shower, can be incredibly difficult. Disability inclusive bathrooms are not only a necessity for hygiene, they make life safer, easier and more dignified, and increase independence for people with mobility issues and disabilities. Budget Plumbing Centre is home to a large range of bathroom supplies and bathroom accessories for bathrooms of all sizes, styles and types. Read on to learn about the things you should consider when adapting your bathroom to improve accessibility.  

    What is an Accessible Bathroom?

    Accessible bathrooms are specifically designed to provide enough space to accommodate wheelchair access and assistance when transferring from wheelchair to toilet, shower or bath.

    It provides easy access and enables mobility-impaired users to utilise bathroom facilities as independently as possible.

    How to Adapt Your Current Bathroom

    If you are renovating your bathroom to allow for greater accessibility there are a few alterations and considerations to keep in mind. The following changes are helpful for people with a wide range of disabilities.

    Basin

    Used for a variety of everyday tasks from hand-washing to brushing teeth, a basin is an essential fitting that needs to be easily accessible. The basin should be mounted on the wall at a reachable height and with no cabinets underneath to accommodate a wheelchair. Semi-recessed sinks are often a smart option for this.

    Toilet

    A vital component of any accessible bathroom, adapted or modified toilets are available in many varieties toilets should be suspended at a height which suits the user, be ergonomic and equipped with a tilting mechanism. When it comes to adapting the toilet area for wheelchair users, grab rails on each side are usually recommended and the toilet roll holder should be fitted a height that is within easy reach.

    Shower

    An accessible shower needs to be large so that a wheelchair user can easily manoeuvre themselves and it should include a sturdy and comfortable shower seat. The entrance to the shower space should be clear from steps or frames for ease of use and there should also be grab rails fitted within the shower area for extra support. Frameless shower screens are an ideal option as are sliding shower screen doors. You should also consider anti-slip flooring and mats to prevent falls as well as a removable hand-held shower head with a hose as this can help with manoeuvrability when washing and cleaning.

    Bath

    Accessible baths also need to take into consideration transfer from wheelchair and space limitations, and allow for enough space for users to get safely in and out. Non-slip mats and grab rails should also be installed. Walk-in tubs which allow for a user to walk into the tub without having to climb over the side are an often an ideal choice.

    General Considerations

    • Storage compartments in reach of the user will keep the space clutter free and ensure toiletries are within easy reach.
    • Consider where the best access is for all bathroom accessories such as bathroom towel rails, robe hooks, soap dishes, toothbrush holders and shower shelves.
    • Lower the hot water maximum heat temperature to prevent burns.
    • Lighting should be carefully considered to maximise safety with overhead lights in shower and lower light switches with easy-press buttons.
    • For extra accessibility, hydraulic chair lifts or sling-type lifts can make transfers in the bathroom a much easier and a much more comfortable process.

    Making your bathroom accessible to wheelchair users increases safety and helps the users feel more comfortable, confident and independent. If you are wanting to adapt your bathroom to suit a wheelchair user, Budget Plumbing Centre can help. With a huge range of bathroom supplies and bathroom accessories in Perth, we have everything you need from grab rails to shower seats. Visit one of our conveniently located centres or shop online now.

  • Easy Water-Saving Tips for Every Home

    In Australia we are lucky to have a steady supply of fresh, clean water, but with much of the country in severe drought, it’s important we all play in our part in conserving water where we can. One place we can all control our water use is at home. Budget Plumbing Centre is the leading supplier of bathroom fittings Perth builders and homeowners rely on for high quality plumbing fixtures at affordable prices. Let’s look why being water-savvy is important and a few easy steps you can take around the home to minimise water wastage.

    Why is it Important to Save Water?

    Only 3% of the water on earth is fresh water and suitable for drinking, and of that 3%, only 1% is actually available for drinking – the other 2% is locked in ice caps and glaciers. Australia is also the driest inhabited continent on the planet, so it is vital that we use water wisely and make a conscious effort to conserve it as much as we can. Conserving water will help to:

    • protect and preserve our environment, including wildlife
    • build safe and beautiful communities as firefighters, street cleaners and hospitals etc. all rely on large quantities of water
    • minimise the effects of drought
    • save you money by lowering water and energy bills

    How to Save Water Around the House

    Take shorter showers. A daily shower can use anywhere between 6 to 45 litres of water per minute. Cutting showers back to four minutes or less could reduce your water usage by up to 20 per cent.

    Install water-saving showerheads. These showerheads have been proven to reduce water usage by around 40 per cent. If you don’t want to change your showerhead for décor or other reasons, you could choose to install a flow restrictor instead which will have a similar effect.

    Learn to repurpose water. While waiting for the shower to warm up or while rinsing vegetables in the kitchen, save the cold water in a bucket and use it for the garden, pot plants, soaking clothes or even flushing the toilet.

    Install water-efficient taps. Known as aerators, these taps give the feel of a high flow-rate, yet use only half the amount of water.

    Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth. One of the easiest things you can do, yet many people still leave the water running which can waste around 5L per minute. That amounts to 11,000L per person per year!

    Upgrade your toilets. A modern dual-flush cistern and pan is the most efficient option. If it is not practical to replace your whole toilet, you could update an old-style single-flush toilet with a dual-flush cistern. Alternatively, you could install a device to stop the toilet flushing when you take your finger off the button.

    Only use dishwashers and washing machines when needed. Using your dishwasher and washing machine only when you have full loads will help to optimise water usage. If you can’t wait for a full load, change the settings to suit.

    Install a rain water tank. In many locations around the country, installing tanks is an easy and practical way of harvesting rainwater for use in the home or garden. Easy to install, rain water tanks collect most of the rain (around 80%) that falls onto the areas of your roof that are connected to gutters and downpipes – meaning if 10mm of rain falls on to 100m2 of roof, you’ll harvest about 800L of rainwater!

    Fix any leaking taps and toilets promptly. A tap leaking at the rate of one drip per second could waste 6288L of water every year, so fix those leaks now.

    We couldn’t survive without water, but now more than ever, it is important to focus our attention on smarter water usage. There are many simple things you can do and many cost-effective products and devices you can purchase to help make your home as water efficient as possible.

    Whether you are building, renovating or upgrading your fixtures and fittings for maximum efficiency, Budget Plumbing Centre can help with all the bathroom fittings you need for your Perth home. Visit our showrooms today or shop our range online now.

  • How to Create the Ultimate Outdoor Kitchen

    It’s no secret that Australians love nothing more than dining and entertaining outside and outdoor kitchens are one of the latest home renovation trends. Not only do they increase the entertaining space of a home and maximise the usability of outdoor areas, they can add significant market value to a property. Whether you love to barbeque, want to utilize your backyard more or simply don’t have a big enough cooking area inside your home, most people would agree that cooking outside is a much more pleasant experience, where you can part of the action and enjoy cooking a meal in the summer sun and fresh air. Budget Plumbing Centre Perth can help with all the plumbing supplies you need to transform your outdoor space into chef’s paradise. If you want to build the perfect alfresco kitchen, here’s a few handy tips to help get you started.

    Determine How the Area Will Be Used

    Before you begin ordering cabinetry or purchasing sinks, taps and appliances, work out how the space will be used. Is it simply to barbeque outside without continual trips inside for utensils and plates? Do you want to produce gourmet dishes whilst still being able to join in conversation with your guests? Who will you be cooking for – family, small groups or larger parties? These questions will not only help determine the type and size of your fixtures, fittings and appliances such and also help determine the amount of storage, preparation space and seating you will need.

    Set A Budget and Shop Around

    Kitchens, whether indoor or outdoor, are known to be expensive areas to build or renovate so it’s important to start with a budget figure, that way you will know from the start what kind of kitchen you can afford to create. Once you have allocated funds to each part of the kitchen you can shop around to find the materials and plumbing supplies you need at affordable prices.

    Plan to Use the Area All Year Round

    If you are investing time and money into the space, then you want to be able to use it no matter the weather conditions. To get the maximum use out of your outdoor kitchen, try to make it useable all year round. Having shelter and protection from wind, sun and rain with screens, overhead canopies, blinds and awnings is key to making the area is usable throughout the whole year. Consider patio heaters or an outdoor fireplace to help extend your use of the space throughout the cooler months and outdoor ceiling fans or wall fans to keep air flowing and the area cooler during the hot summer period.

    Choose Durable Materials

    Unlike an indoor kitchen, an outdoor kitchen will be exposed to the elements. Even if it is protected, it’s inevitable that water or wind will get in at some point. It’s important to choose fixtures, fittings and materials for your kitchen that can withstand the elements and ensure things such as cabinetry, sinks and mixers are stainless steel or weatherproof to avoid rust or damage. Choosing hard-wearing materials will help to ensure the kitchen will stand the test of time and make for a minimal maintenance workload.

    Plan the Layout

    Once you’ve figured out the basic structure and size of your alfresco kitchen, you will need to plan the layout to ensure it is functional. You can apply similar principles that you would for indoor kitchens, with the size, position and proximity of cold, hot, wet and dry areas all designed for maximum efficiency. A well-built outdoor kitchen constructed using high quality fixtures and durable materials will provide years of enjoyment for the whole family, so plan it out properly, research exactly what you want and need and shop around for quality products that won’t cost the earth. Budget Plumbing Centre is Perth’s favourite place for affordable plumbing supplies for kitchens, bathrooms and laundries. Visit one of our showrooms today and get all the fittings you need to create a fabulous outdoor kitchen you can use all year long.

  • How to Choose a Kitchen Sink

    From rinsing dishes to washing veggies, a sink is one of the most used items in every kitchen, however, the style is often an afterthought when it comes to kitchen planning and design. While a kitchen sink may not need as much thought as technology-heavy appliances or the layout, it’s still an important kitchen feature that should be considered carefully. At Budget Plumbing Centre, we stock a huge range of high quality and affordable kitchen sinks suitable for every Perth home renovation or new build. Read on for our advice on how to select the right kitchen sink for your home.

    Kitchen Sink Materials

    Kitchen sinks come in many different materials, but the best material for you depends largely on your cleaning routine, your budget and the décor and design of your kitchen. The most common material options include:

    • Stainless steel – one of the most popular options on the market. Stainless steel provides excellent corrosion resistance and is available in finishes ranging from a mirror-like shine to a matte satin. Stainless-steel kitchen sinks are appealing to many because they are affordable, durable, easy to clean and suit almost any design aesthetic. When shopping for a sink, keep in mind that lower-gauge stainless steel makes for a better quality sink.
    • Enamel-coated cast iron – available in a wide range of colours, cast iron is a sturdy material that offers maximum durability. They lessen noise and vibration more than other materials but they can be heavy for installation and more expensive to purchase.
    • Composite sinks – there are several types of composite sinks on the market, they can be made of quartz, granite, or other materials mixed with an acrylic or polyester-resin base. Typically featuring a speckled colour surface, they are relatively inexpensive making them appealing to homeowners on a budget.

    Kitchen Sink Styles

    The key behind choosing the right kitchen sink is to evaluate your space and personal needs based on the three common types of kitchen sinks:

    • Undermount –  these are installed beneath the benchtop and provide a no-barrier transition from benchtop to sink. The main advantage with this type of sink is that you can wipe a surface down straight into the sink. These sinks are compatible with solid benchtop materials such as granite, marble or concrete. Materials such as laminate or timber are not stable enough to support the strength of the sink.
    • Drop-in – another common sink option, these sinks ‘drop’ into a hole in the benchtop with the lip of the sink resting on the bench. Usually less expensive than undermount sinks, they are much easier to replace when the time comes for a new sink however they do lack the sleek, modern profile of an undermount sink.
    • Farmhouse sinks – generally used in heritage and older style homes, these high-end sinks become a focal point in a kitchen, especially when installed beneath a kitchen window. One of the more expensive options, they also require a few special considerations and you may need a specific type of base cabinet.

    Bowl Configuration

    The bowl configuration is another factor to consider in your decision. Double bowls are the most common configuration, offering one for scrubbing and one for rinsing.  If space is an issue and double bowls are a must, an oversized bowl and a small bowl combination should be sufficient. If space isn’t an issue, one oversized and one standard sized bowl is great for washing larger items as well as regular plates and pans. Single bowl sinks are also common especially for smaller kitchens, try to choose a large bowl to accommodate washing of large roasting pans and platters.

    Consider a Second Kitchen Sink

    A second kitchen sink can also be a major benefit. You can place a small second sink in an island bench for quick rinses or easy hand-washing, or in side cabinetry as part of a wet bar area. A second sink is an affordable way to add an extra layer of functionality to your kitchen. If you are planning a whole new kitchen or just a little makeover, it’s important to consider everything as well as the kitchen sink. Sink material, style, size and bowl configuration are very important factors when it comes to selecting the right sink for your space. If you need more advice or to shop the best range of kitchen sinks in Perth, visit one of our showrooms today or browse our range online. With all the best brands at the best prices, Budget Plumbing Centre Perth is the only place to go for your kitchen, bathroom and laundry needs.

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