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May 31, 2019by AllNew Admin0

1. Bathroom renovation tips: Planning

Bathroom Renovations: Bathroom by Beton Haus (PTY) LTD

Bathroom Renovations

Before you so much as scope out new faucets, know what you want to achieve with your new bathroom. For instance, will you require a multi-functional space ideal for the entire family with a bath, shower and double sinks? Or do you dream about a spa-like bathroom instead?

This will give you a better indication of what fittings and style you are after. From there on, consider where the existing plumbing and electrics are located, as moving and installing new pipes and electrics can severely up your costs.

A great way to redo a bathroom for much less expenses is by simply replacing tiles, sanitaryware and taps, as no additional plumbing changes are required.

2. Bathroom renovation tips: Factoring in costs

Bathroom Renovations: Bathroom by Beton Haus (PTY) LTD

Bathroom Renovations

Be smart about your bathroom accessories – you want to go with classic accessories that are guaranteed and won’t need replacing.

Usually, it is suggested to put aside about 10-15% of the sanitaryware budget for bathroom accessories. And in 2019, you would need a minimum of R2 500 for the basic accessories such as a soap rack, towel rail and towel ring.

 

3. Bathroom renovation tips: Obtaining assistance

Bathroom Renovations: Bathroom by Beton Haus (PTY) LTD

Beton Haus (PTY) LTD

Bathroom Renovations

There is no reason why you should go at that renovated bathroom project alone – let a professional assist you right from the start!

Regardless of how big or small your bathroom makeover project may be, you will require various tradesmen to help – bathroom designer(s), builders, plumbers, electricians, tilers, etc. According to research, most certified plumbers charge between R2 500 – R3 500 per plumbing point in 2019 – of course this will vary according to project, location, etc.

Before you start with the project, ask these questions:

• Do I want energy efficient products installed in the bathroom?

• What sort of piping will be used:  galvanised, copper or plastic?

• What sort of shower floor levels and slopes will be considered?

• Will all the basin, toilet, and sink accessories come standard with angle valves?

• Is my current geyser and valve in working order or do I need to get it updated?

• Is there a guarantee on all the sanitaryware and bathroom accessories, including the plumber’s warranty?

4. Bathroom renovation tips: A short summary

Bathroom Renovations: Bathroom by Beton Haus (PTY) LTD

It never hurts keeping a checklist throughout the bathroom renovation process, just to ensure you and your professional team successfully complete every step. The following MUST BE on your list:

• Sealing off all water supply to taps

• Demolishing / removing all items that need removing

• Fitting all plumbing piping under tile components

• Plaster walls / brickwork if plinth is needed

• Tiling floors and/or walls

• Painting undercoat and first coat

• Fitting the bath, vanity, basins, over-tile elements (such as faucets) and electrical fittings

• Painting the final coat and silicone around the units for proper sealing.

But most important of all: remember to enjoy this process! After all, you are getting a brand-new bathroom. Even though it’s going to take a lot of work to get there, you want to look back on this renovation process with fondness!

5. The right professionals for your bathroom renovation

Bathroom Renovations: Bathroom by Beton Haus (PTY) LTD

For a professional in the construction industry, there is one name that pops out: QLM Construction. With more than 20 years’ experience, QLM Constructionhas been specialising in structural concrete and home renovations for a variety of clients in numerous spots in South Africa.


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May 31, 2019by AllNew Admin0
There aren’t many homes that don’t have some type of security gate or burglar bars, and these will need to be restored when rust starts to appear.

While your steel burglar bars and security gates are strong, they are still susceptible to rust, especially after withstanding the elements for a few years. When the first signs of rust occur, it is better to take action as quickly as possible, as even small areas of rust will soon expand and weaken the structure.

Set aside a day or weekend to tackle steel burglar bars and security gates to not only remove any signs of rust, but also to enhance your home.

 

Remove Surface Rust

Use a wire brush to brush away as much of the rust coating as possible. Depending on how much rust there is, this can be a quick and easy task, or require a bit more elbow grease to remove all the surface rust.

GOOD TO KNOW: Make sure to get into any corners or detailed areas to remove as much rust as possible.

The scrubbing will also assist in removing any loose paint on the surface of the steel or powder coating.

 

Apply Rust Stripper or Rust Converter

Applying rust stripper will ensure that all remaining traces of rust are removed after brushing clean with a wire brush. Follow the instructions on the can (or bottle) to ensure proper application and removal of all rust. A rust stripper or rust converter also makes it easy to remove any traces of rust on detailed wrought iron gates or burglar bars.

Clean away remaining product with a cloth and clean water. This will also neutralise the rust stripper.

GOOD TO KNOW: Wear rubber gloves when working with rust stripper, as these are generally quite toxic and need to be handled with care.

Apply Primer and/or Paint

When restoring my own burglar bars and security gates I like to use Rust-Oleum spray paint products, especially when most of these already have a built-in primer that cuts down on finishing.

Rust-Oleum have a wide selection of spray paint product, in assorted colours, as well as flat, satin or gloss finish, that lets you choose your own colour for gates and burglar bars to complement the colour palette in your home.

If you prefer to paint the cleaned gates or burglar bars, only use a paint specified for use on exterior metal or steel\