Tackling the Bathroom Renovations- Newsletter.

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Sept 2018 Newsletter
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TACKLING THAT BATHROOM RENOVATION

A functional bathroom is a must have for busy families. In the hustle and bustle of modern life with all inhabitants aiming to get out the door each morning on time, a bathroom needs to suit everyone’s needs, be easy to clean, make optimal use of space and provide a sanctuary when you need it. Accomplishing the bathroom of your dreams can be challenging to achieve on a budget and is easily the most difficult room in your house to renovate if not tackled right in the designing, planning and coordinating stages.

WHY IS THIS?

Usually with a bathroom renovation you are restricted to a design that fits in with the existing structure and plumbing layout of the room, so for older houses this may not be ideal. Should you decide that it is necessary to expand and add or knock down walls into other areas of the house, you will need to hire a qualified architect or building designer. It also requires the coordination of many trades, all of which can be costly and time consuming, and of course you will also need to allow for contingencies. For example, when we demolished our bathroom on the first floor our builder advised we needed to remove the ceiling in our laundry below to provide access to plumbing. This was not something we had planned for, so we ended up renovating both areas. You may also find hidden problems once your existing bathroom is demolished; water damage, termite damage, wet areas that were not waterproofed properly and old corroded pipes that need to be replaced.

BUDGET AND TIME
Where will you splurge and where will you attempt to save?
Do you have the time to project manage and coordinate all the trades? These are the trades you are likely to need:
  • Tiler
  • Plumber
  • Plaster and painter
  • Electrician
  • Cabinet maker

It may surprise you to know that selecting your bathroom products through your architect or builder can be remarkably discounted from the price you see at retail stores as they have access to trade centre prices. They source everything you need for a full bathroom and are an efficient use of time as they have the expertise to assist you in selecting the best products to suit your tastes and budget. Trade Centres are by appointment only so contact us for further information.
Coordinating the job to ensure that you have qualified and licensed trades people available in sequence of the job and at the right time and it is never straight forward. Not getting this right will mean your bathroom renovation will take a lot longer to complete or lead to an inferior build. If you lack the time or networks to source qualified Tradies for any bathroom renovation we recommend you hire a qualified builder to manage the project.


DESIGN FEATURES
Our bathroom was the most difficult room in our house to design. We had to work with an unusual floor plan, uneven windows from an earlier renovation, and an existing large peach spa bath with an overhead shower. Making the space work to fit in a frameless shower, free-standing bath and double vanity meant installing a recess sliding door and measuring, measuring and re-measuring to ensure it was going to work.
Bathrooms are difficult to plan if you do not have any experience. The efficient layout and planning of a bathroom renovation is crucial. It needs to be functional, serving the needs of all who live in the home and you may want to also consider the resale potential of the home down the track. It is also difficult to vary a bathroom design or product selection once your trades have begun. A change in toilet or vanity will alter the layout of plumbing, may hold up your schedule and become costly in wasted labour so it’s best to spend the time in the beginning to ensure your design is
FINAL.

Some design and product items to consider:

We also suggest you have a buffer of 15-20% for contingencies.
  • Shower/bath or both?
  • Separate toilet to the main bathroom?
  • Floor to floor glass screen or inbuilt shower?
  • Double or single vanity?
  • Plenty of storage or minimal look?
  • Colours and palettes for walls, floors, tiles, vanities?
  • Fixtures and fittings (choose quality fixtures and fittings that will last and meet Australian standards)?
  • Ventilation and heating?
  • Lighting - is there enough natural light? Do you need to add a window or skylight?
  • Overall Style. Will the design complement the rest of the house and do the products you like work well together?
Once you have worked out your budget and have a detailed bathroom plan/design that you are happy with, you will need to work out a suitable timeframe for your project to commence based on trade availability and book them in.
Next is the fun part
SHOPPING! You will need to source all your bathroom products fixtures and fittings based on your plan and have these ordered and delivered before the start of your project. Your builder, plumber and electrician will need all the product specifications prior to commencing work as this impacts where the layout and fittings will be installed. For example, your cabinetry may need holes for storing electrical devices (toothbrushes, shavers, hair appliances) that are safely stored and out of sight.

PRODUCT FEATURE GUIDE
(Images sourced from some of our favourite products -Issy at Reece, Parisi at Harvey Norman and Pinterest inspiration)

Vanities


Baths

Mirror or mirrored cabinets

Toilet (the best toilets are those that do not attract attention)

Other fixtures you will need at a minimum:
  • Cisterns
  • Toilet roll holders
  • Bath mixers
  • Shower screen
  • Shower mixers
  • Heating lamps and exhaust fans
  • Basin mixers
  • Towel rails

Tiles
Why use tiles? Tiles repel water, can deal with steam and are easy to be deeply cleaned.
There are 13 different types of tiles on the market for bathroom renovations, however the main consideration is the necessity to deal with plenty of water and the ability to clean it deeply getting rid of germs, bacteria and other unpleasant bathroom accumulations.
Below are a few images of the tiles we recommend for their durability, warmth, easy cleaning and are cost effective:

a)b)c)
a) Everstone porcelain tiles – range of finishes to flow from interior to exterior (Image: Everstone).
b) Matt finish wall tiles that create a soft look (Image: Walls and Floors UK).
c) Natural slate tiles has boundless texture and a versatile quality from traditional styling to ultra-modern designs
(Image: Eco Outdoor)


Styles that bring all the elements together

a)b)c)
d)e)
a) The light palette of the herringbone wall tiles and continuous marble wall to floor with the frameless shower screen makes this space look larger and seamless. This bathroom optimises natural light, and allows the bath to remain the main feature. Inbuilt alcoves are a must for a modern functional design.
b) Black mixers and timber vanity top brings warmth to this bathroom.
c) Clever use of space and skylight to allow natural light. The craftsmanship of the timber alcove positioned underneath the mirrored cabinet together with plenty of storage is a sure winner.
d)
Black mixers make a bold statement.

e) Love the natural herringbone floors teamed with white and raw concrete inspired look.

TIME FRAME
A bathroom may take 2 – 6 weeks to complete so you may need to re-locate unless you have a separate bathroom. There may still be days where you have no access to water. A typical bathroom renovation would follow the following process:
1. Demolition – (make sure you hire a large skip!)
2. Building work- repairs, walls, windows, skylights, doors, flooring etc. -time frame varies on work required.
3. Plumber – installing all pipes ensuring all connections will line up with proposed installation on vanity unit, shower, toilet and bath.
4. Electrician – wiring the complete area and installing lights, heat lamps, exhaust fans and switches.
5. Screeding and levelling of floors.
6. Water proofing carried out by tiler – 1 day to prepare – up to five days to cure.
7. Painting walls/ceilings.
8. Tiling, grouting.
9. Vanity and storage fitted- Plumber and electrician will need to come back to do this.
10. Shower screen, mirrors, accessories.
11. Final inspection.

If you have any queries on your own bathroom renovation, design and product selections, please email info@baahouse.com.au or call us on 0409 577 705.
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ONSITE DESIGN CONSULTATION WITH AN ARCHITECT OR INTERIOR DESIGNER AT YOUR PROPERTY.
Book a 2 hour onsite design consultation today for only $395* subject to location.

What we offer:
Initial investigations regarding your site
Travel to and from site (subject to location)
The meeting itself
Confirming client ideas & brief
Discussing client budget
Discussing key site issues
Baahouse + Baastudio introductory forms
Onsite sketches
Post meeting investigations into any specific items discussed on site
Drafting of fee submission or turn-key engagement if requested
Any further correspondence

*Within 50km of our studio.

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LIFESTYLE Design

Improving Outdoor Living Areas

With the advent of ever-reducing "small-lot" housing and multi-unit sites, it has become even more important to maximize "recreation space" and make it more usable.

 In many new developments, it disappointing to see these open recreation areas "littered" with rainwater tanks, multiple air conditioning condensers and pool filters, making for a very unpleasant environment.

We have found that we can achieve a much more usable, (and quieter) recreation area, if we consolidate all the services and equipment into one single, screened UTILITY COURT. This court can incorporate all items such as clothes lines, gas bottles, bin storage, hot water units, hose taps and reels, meter boxes, rain water tanks, and of course, the noisy condensers and pumps. As a matter of good design, (aesthetically, noise-wise and for privacy), this UTILITY COURT should be positioned strategically away from all internal and external recreational and habitable rooms. It will make for a much more relaxing and attractive entertaining area.

ELEMENTS FOR PRODUCING A GREAT DESIGN

There are four critical elements for ensuring a quality design for your home. At BAASTUDIO we believe in providing you with a professional service that involves you through the process so your renovation or new home project runs as smoothly as possible and is custom designed for you.

1-Brief

The brief must be clear, precise and encompass all the specifications/requirements for the building project from budget to design. Without a clear brief there will be a misunderstanding between the designer and the agreed scope of work. You could end up paying for drawings that cannot be built within your budget. It is important to communicate your lifestyle needs and tastes along with your proposed budget upfront.

2-Drawings

Drawings must be precise, detailed and tie in with all of the consultant documents. Without proper drawings, the builder and contractors will have difficulty interpreting the detail of the project, the quality of the job will suffer, timeframes will be extended resulting in variations, increasing costs and leading to many negotiations with the builder. It is important to remember the builder is only as good as the drawings provided-having the correct set of drawings will save you money!!!

3-

Choosing the right design and building company.

It is also important to choose the right design professional or building company to ensure a successful design. Some questions to ask yourself during consultations to help you determine if the company/design professional is right for you includes:

1.      Does the housing design/drafting professional demonstrate the ability to come up with creative solutions to provide you with a custom and unique design that suits your lifestyle needs and tastes?

2.      What are their fees for the entire job? Has this been clearly communicated to you?

3.      Who in the company is designing your home or renovation – director, principal designer, draftsperson or technician? Does the fee reflect the level of expertise?

4.      What services does the company provide during construction? This is where a project manager will negotiate with builders and contractors on behalf of the client for the best outcome.

5.      Can the designer/draftsperson or builder provide you with onsite ideas and understand what the project will cost you?

6.      Are you provided with schedule progress meetings and informed during the various stages of drawing, planning and construction process? What involvement do you have throughout the project?

4- Builder

Your design/project will only be as good as the builder. Questions to ask yourself when searching for a reputable builder include:

1.      Does the builder have residential experience?

2.      Is the builder hands on with the building projects or does he just do paperwork?

3.      Does the builder communicate to you and cares about the quality of the work produced or he just driven by profit margins?

At BAASTUDIO we have a team of builders we can recommend to see your project through. We also tender every job to make sure you get a competitive price.

NEXT STEP

After you have read through all of the attached documents we can provide an onsite design consultation /advice service with an Architect/Designer.

There are some basic questions we have attached which will help us understand a little about you and the project along with information about your budget, master planning and the stages.

August Newsletter 2018

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Baahouse + Basstudio Pty Ltd
Aug 2018 Newsletter
www.baastudio.com.au www.baahouse.com.au
t: 0409 577 705
e: info@baahouse.com.au

www.baahouse.com.au
www.baastudio.com.au

David Bartle Builders have just won Masterbuilders 2018 Individual house of the year award for one of our Baahouse Design projects in Lota/Brisbane. A great effect to all involved in the project. Visit our website for more images and information. https://www.baahouse.com.au/lincoln-4b130sqm
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Baahouse & Baastudio would like to introduce our new senior Architect Harry Peterson.

Harry has 38 years’ experience as a registered architect in both Queensland and Victoria.
Born and raised in the Bayside area, Harry gained his Architectural Degree at the University of Queensland, where he was awarded the Board of Architects Prize for “Most Proficient”. His designs have been awarded many times since, including:
· HIA Brisbane Home of the Year
· HIA Queensland Display Home of the Year
· HIA SE Queensland Display Home of the Year
· QMBA Best Low-Rise Multi-Residential Housing over $2.5 million, and
Australian Nightclub of the year. Harry has a deep passion for the history, culture and geography of Moreton Bay. He draws inspiration from his studies of traditional and modern lifestyles, art and geography of the region. His designs result in an informal, relaxed architecture, which can only be described as uniquely “Bayside”.

Master planning - Interior design - Building approval - constructions drawings - feasibility study - residential house design - project management

Danish Hygge Styling

Here at BAAHOUSE & BAASTUDIO we believe that great residential design not only includes structural elements and careful selection of materials and features, but our houses should also feel like home.

Travelling to Denmark, staying with family and visiting some of the interior design stores made us realise how important it is to incorporate some Danish design principles here in Australia when creating living spaces to be enjoyed and ultimately bring people together.

The little book of Hygge – The Danish way to live by Meik Wiking describes how to create atmosphere and bring comfort and peace into your home so we wish to share some of these design principles with you. As one of the happiest nations in the world (World Happiness Report 2018) maybe it’s worth taking note of.

LIGHT
The Danes love light, whether it’s the soft dim light of candles, a beautifully designed Louie Poulson or DHS lamp or maximising light through windows and light coloured (any shade of white) walls. This must be the key to staying positive throughout their long dark winters and while we don’t have that problem in Australia we still need to ensure that we carefully consider how light works in our living spaces. We can design to filter out direct sun so the light in our homes is softer and incorporate carefully chosen lamp shades and bulbs to create a soft and welcoming space.

WARMTH

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Danish homes feature neutral tones and colours, shades of white for the wall colour, timber flooring and furnished with soft grey and brown tones. Scandinavians appreciate organic and natural materials and bring this into their living spaces via natural fibres such as wood, wool, leather as well as incorporating greenery in the home with indoor plants.
There is no shortage of layering textiles and texture with cushions and blankets which are then used to take outside in summer to enjoy the long Scandinavian nights.
The natural feel and cosiness of these textures and great company will warm anyone’s soul.

HOMEWARES
The Danes live and breathe design in every aspect of their lives which is evident in their homes. Not only are the walls covered with art works but every item from the furniture to the simplest of kitchen utensils serves not only a functional purpose but also a design piece. Here are a few from my favourite Danish design store https://www.illumsbolighus.com/ to illustrate my point.

Hampton House Hawthorne / Brisbane due for completion next month. Our existing Queenslander house gets a Grand Hampton make over. We are all excited about this project on its final stages of construction. We can't wait to share the completed images once it is finished.

Let us help you with your project

ONSITE DESIGN CONSULTATION WITH AN ARCHITECT OR A INTERIOR DESIGNER AT YOUR PROPERTY.
Book a 2 hour onsite design consultation today for only $395* subject to location

What we offer:
1. Initial investigations regarding your site
2. Travel to and from site (subject to location)
3. The meeting itself
a. Confirming client ideas & brief
b. Discussing client budget
c. Discussing key site issues
4. Baahouse + Baastudio introductory forms
5. Onsite sketches
6. Post meeting investigations into any specific items discussed on site
7. Drafting of fee submission or turn-key engagement if requested
8. Any further correspondence

*Within 50km of our studio.

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ELEMENTS FOR PRODUCING A GREAT DESIGN

There are four critical elements for ensuring a quality design for your home. At BAAstudio we believe in providing you with a professional service that involves you through the process so your renovation or new home project runs as smoothly as possible and is custom designed for you.

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1 Brief

The brief must be clear, precise and encompass all the specifications/requirements for the building project from budget to design. Without a clear brief there will be a misunderstanding between the designer and the agreed scope of work. You could end up paying for drawings that cannot be built within your budget. It is important to communicate your lifestyle needs and tastes along with your proposed budget upfront.

Drawings

Drawings must be precise, detailed and tie in with all of the consultant documents. Without proper drawings, the builder and contractors will have difficulty interpreting the detail of the project, the quality of the job will suffer, timeframes will be extended resulting in variations, increasing costs and leading to many negotiations with the builder. It is important to remember the builder is only as good as the drawings provided-having the correct set of drawings will save you money!!!

Choosing the right design and Architect company.

It is also important to choose the right design professional or building company to ensure a successful design. Some questions to ask yourself during consultations to help you determine if the company/design professional is right for you includes:

1.      Does the housing design/drafting professional demonstrate the ability to come up with creative solutions to provide you with a custom and unique design that suits your lifestyle needs and tastes?

2.      What are their fees for the entire job? Has this been clearly communicated to you?

3.      Who in the company is designing your home or renovation – director, principal designer, draftsperson or technician? Does the fee reflect the level of expertise?

4.      What services does the company provide during construction? This is where a project manager will negotiate with builders and contractors on behalf of the client for the best outcome.

5.      Can the designer/draftsperson or builder provide you with onsite ideas and understand what the project will cost you?

6.      Are you provided with schedule progress meetings and informed during the various stages of drawing, planning and construction process? What involvement do you have throughout the project?

 

Builder

Your design/project will only be as good as the builder. Questions to ask yourself when searching for a reputable builder include:

1.      Does the builder have residential experience?

2.      Is the builder hands on with the building projects or does he just do paperwork?

3.      Does the builder communicate to you and cares about the quality of the work produced or he just driven by profit margins?

At BAAstudio we have a team of builders we can recommend to see your project through. We also tender every job to make sure you get a competitive price.

NEXT STEP

After you have read through all of the attached documents we can provide an onsite design consultation /advice service with an Architect/Designer.

There are some basic questions we have attached which will help us understand a little about you and the project along with information about your budget, master planning and the stages.