Archive | March 2013

Top tips to keep the sun shining through autumn

Ever been short on ideas to transform your home into a vibrant and welcoming place? Last week we looked at how to create warmth in the bathroom during autumn.

This week our Hubbies are looking at the different methods to create a glow around the home using the colour yellow, to not only put you in a great mood during the colder months but also to potentially add value to your home.

Choosing the right shade

There are plenty of shades to choose from ranging from light and airy through to deep and dense – depending on what mood you are going for. Choosing light yellows or eggshells for the interior will make your home appear larger.

130327 Yellow Kitchen_1

Warm Entrance

Paint the front door for a great first impression of your home and compliment it with items that have hints of yellow near the entrance. This may include paintings or decorative ornaments.

130327-yellow-door

Enticing Living Room

A yellow feature wall surrounded by other items containing splashes of that colour also creates a crisp and consistent look and feel for a room. See the image below for a yellow feature wall with white and yellow curtains. There is also matching furniture and fittings.

130327 window-treatment-yellow

Lively Kitchen

Kitchens are often the focal points of a home, and installing coloured cabinets and drawers is a great way to add rich character to it. You can team it with grey walls and countertops for a vibrant but warm space. If you’re not sure how to do the installations yourself, give your local Hire A Hubby a call.

130327 ala-cucine-yellow-kitchen-design-582x397

There are endless opportunities to brighten your home with a warm glow this autumn. These are just a few ideas to get you started.

If you need help or advice with your projects please give your local Hire A Hubby a call for an obligation free quote on 1800 803 339 or visit the website www.hireahubby.com.au.

Advertisements

5 ways to create warmth in the bathroom during autumn

130319 orange-paint-on-brush

It’s the start of a new season, so why not look for areas around the home you can jazz up with a bit of creativity?

This week our Hubbies are sharing five tips on how to use different techniques and styles to embrace the colour orange in order to create a warm and vibrant atmosphere in the bathroom.

Feature Wall

130319 Orange-theme-Bathroom-Ideas-007

One of the best ways to add colour to a bathroom without overpowering the space is to include a feature wall. Choose a wall that won’t reflect onto the mirror, as this may leave an unattractive orange glow.

Mosaics

130319 Orange-theme-Bathroom-Ideas-005

If you are going for tiles in the bathroom, try to incorporate a mosaic wall of different shades of orange to give the shower or feature wall added texture. If you’re feeling adventurous, try to fit orange tiles into the floor.

Cupboards and Shelves

130319 orange mirror

For a contemporary look, integrate orange into your storage space. Whether it’s shelves or cupboards you’re looking to work with, this pop of colour is guaranteed to brighten the room up.

Orange Fittings

130319 orange-clawfoot-tub1

Feeling spontaneous? Get yourself an orange bathtub or sink. Pick one that isn’t too bright. This vintage claw foot bathtub is the perfect shade of orange.

Hints of Orange

130319-orange-bath

To give the bathroom a fresh look without burning a hole in your pocket, include hints of orange in the trimmings around the windows and along the floor. This is a great way to make quick, easy and affordable additions to a plain bathroom.

Also, don’t underestimate the power of a few good ornaments such as vases or soap dispensers!

We’d love to hear your thoughts on what you’ll be doing this autumn to create a different atmosphere.

For more information or for a free quote on a job you’d like to do this month, call your local Hubby on 1800 803 339 or visit the website www.hireahubby.com.au.

How to build green credibility in the home

If you’ve been watching reality TV show The Block over the past couple of weeks, you may have noticed one of the contestant challenges is to reduce energy use.

While really only focussed on reducing the amount of energy used by power tools during renovations, anytime you do major work around the home or property maintenance is a great opportunity to improve its design and efficiency.

This week, we thought we’d discuss a few points about reducing energy efficiency in the home to save money into the future and do something good for the environment at the same time.

Areas to check:

Home design, heating and cooling, insulation, outdoor areas and appliances are all things you need to consider.

green_1

Rules and regulations:

Talk to your local Hire A Hubby about building regulations as there may be energy and/or water saving requirements in your local area. There may also be rebates available if you’re installing energy or water saving equipment.

Design and interior layout:

Rather than run the air-conditioner throughout summer, or heating during winter, why not try to make the most of the natural elements outside? Windows or openings on more than one side of the living area create air flow and high windows allow hot air to escape. Talk to your local Hubby about igniting the natural elements in your home.

green_2

Materials:

Not only is the sustainability of the materials you choose something to consider, ask Hire A Hubby about how different timbers and paints can impact the heating or lighting of your home.

green_3

For more information about what you can do around the home to reduce energy use, give your local Hire A Hubby a call on 1800 803 339 or visit the website www.hireahubby.com.au.

Clear Communication and Organisation is the Winning Formula

130227-theblock

For those of you who watched the third room reveal on Channel 7’s The Block on Sunday night, you would have seen the contestants bringing their bathrooms to life with granite walls, luxurious marble bath tubs and even a urinal.

The team that came out on top was husband and wife team Josh and Jenna with their crisp and clean bathroom that had a delightful mix of modern and old (below).

Before                                                                    After          

130227- Before room       130227- After kitchen

We believe another reason why they won extended beyond the design. It was their clear communication with suppliers and builders. This can make or break a successful renovation, saving time, money and organisational nightmares.

Here are a few tips from our Hubbies on how to improve your communication with the professionals to get exactly what you want when it comes to doing work in your bathroom.

Talking Dollars Makes Sense

Bathrooms are one of the most important parts of the home. Whether the job is big or small, give your builder or property maintenance expert an idea of your budget to see if what you want is realistically achievable.

Agree on a Timeframe

Discuss with your builder when you want the bathroom finished and organise suppliers to work around this time frame. To avoid late supply deliveries, get together with your builder and break the renovation up into sections. Organise what date you need certain materials by and make the date a couple of days before you actually need it, to ensure they arrive on time.

Choosing Materials

Discuss with your builder on what type of bathroom you are after, as this will affect your choice of fixtures, fittings and tiles. Is this a family room that will require hard working, low maintenance fixtures that can withstand wear and tear, or is it a sleeker architectural look you are after, make sure to express this to your builder.

It’s tempting to step in but usually it’s a good idea to steer clear when it comes to having a professional work on your renovation. If you have any concerns about the renovation, have a chat to your builder and they will be happy to clarify.
If you need any assistance with your bathroom renovation or for an obligation free quote call 1800 803 339 or visit www.hireahubby.com.au