Monday, 25 February 2013

Colour trend... Metal finishes

Over the past couple of years we have been experiencing a resurgence of opulent metal finishes such as copper, brass and bronze.

Candana have always prided ourselves in offering our clients infinite options on finishes other than chrome.  These luxe finishes are a reflection that bathrooms are becoming more individual and bespoke. 

Visit our Woollahra showroom for examples of these stunning and on-trend finishes in basins, tapware and accessories.

Vola kitchen set in brass

Brodware City Plus wall set in Vecchio finish

Tom Dixon Lustre lights

Boyd Bronze undercounter basin

Gessi Goccia silver basins and brushed chrome wall mixers

Frost Lulu hooks

Vola KV1's in metal finishes 

Lavender Bay project by Candana, Vola in copper

Vola in copper

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Can a bathroom really be completed in a week?

Roca Urban basins, exclusive to Candana

Reality TV shows about building and interior design for the most part are a great thing, they have been exposing the general public to the great world of design and renovating. 
But one down side to this reality TV building boom is the unrealistic expectations of building time lines. A quick renovation may seem like the best way to go, but cutting corners is never a good idea.

The bathroom design and construction process especially needs to be thought out and planned in great detail to ensure a successful outcome.

Normally, a realistic time line for setting up and renovating a bathroom is 3 weeks minimum.
Not only is the labour time consuming, but good quality product may sometimes take a few weeks to order in. 
We've put together a brief time line of how long your reno should take;

The rip-out/demolition stage should ideally only take 1-2 days. This includes tearing down any old fixtures, tiling etc and stripping the room right back.

This is where your plumber and electrician will set up the essential items that need to go into the walls such as mixer bodies and wiring etc. This normally takes another 1-2 days.

Your builder/plumber will now take about 2 days to do things such as building in baths, rendering and sheeting the walls. You'll also need at least 24 hours drying time for any render.

Waterproofing is an important step that should not be rushed, this should take 2-4 days.

A good tiler is essential in a bathroom, once the tiler has finished his work (normally 2 days) the grouting will then take a another few days, so in total you should leave approx 1 week for this section.

The most exciting of the bathroom steps would probably be the fit-out stage. It's when you can see all of your design and planning come to life as the builder/plumber/electrician fit out your sanitary ware, accessories and furniture. This will take 2-3 days.
At this time, you can now have shower screens, mirrors and any other custom items measured out and ready for fitting; manufacture of these can take up to 2 weeks.

It is of the utmost importance to have the best quality trades and installation on your bathroom as it is a room you will use countless times a day.
It should be practical, comfortable and still a reflection of your personal style and design aesthetic.

Our professional advice would be to not rush this most important process, in the long run it will save you money and stress which you want to avoid as much as possible during building/renovating.

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