Tips to Get the Best Out of your Home Remodel

Budget-friendly home renovation tips

When remodeling your home, there can be a lot of factors to think about besides the design. There are many things that are based on cost, safety, permits, etc. It is important to be aware of all these factors before you start the work.

Consider the tips below to make sure you have an affordable and hassle-free home remodel that you can be really proud of!

Bang for your Buck

If you don’t have the budget to remodel the entire house. Consider doing one big fabulous change to your home. Deciding to open a room by removing a wall, or getting rid of the attic to build a well-lit atrium can really make a difference to your design. Although this will be a bit expensive it will add great value to the house! Primarily cost is a decisive factor and can sometimes be a real spanner in the works.

Kitchen Savings

Tips for remodelling a kitchen on a budgetA kitchen remodeling is one of the most expensive affairs. However, if you plan it well you can get some nifty places to save money. The important aspect of the kitchen is the countertop. A well picked countertop can add aesthetic and efficiency to the kitchen.

Although it is a home-owners dream to have a beautiful granite or marble counter, this may not always suit the budget. In our previous blog, we spoke of engineered stone that is available in a variety of colors and give you durability at a good price.

In case your budgets don’t accommodate engineered stone, you can also install ones in the laminate. Laminate tops are also easy to clean and can be even found in stone textures.

Get a Designer!

Hire the right professional for home remodelNever underestimate the architect’s expertise. It is a reasonable and smart investment to consider paying a designer for a basic consultation on space management, they will be able to suggest well designed and suitable cabinets for your budget and space requirements. On occasion, designers are also comfortable sharing the details of contractors and distributors directly so you can save costs. The designer can also provide you with 3D drawings of your space, this will allow for you to check out various color and texture option with ease and give you the confidence to finalise on your decisions.

“Kitchens consistently top home renovation project lists on Houzz, with most people hiring a professional to assist,” says Jason Chuck, managing director of Houzz Australia and New Zealand.

The Houzz survey show:

  • The majority of those renovating their kitchen are upgrading appliances.
  • When replacing flooring, 40 per cent of homeowners use hardwood in their upgraded kitchens.
  • Engineered quartz is the favoured choice when replacing benchtops, followed by wood, stainless steel and concrete.

Source: Houzz.com.au

Bathroom on a Budget

Bathroom renovation on a budgetIt is certain that a bathroom can make a bold statement in the home. Often, a beautifully designed bathroom is a homeowner’s pride and joy. It gives the house an aspect of luxury that no other room can!

It is good to remember that when renovating the bathroom on a budget, the devil is in the details. Construction related issues like leaky shower alcoves, excess water pooling, and bad tiling work can cause structural damage to your house. It also encourages mould growth which can be a serious health hazard to your family members.

While it is easy to swayed by the latest design trends in magazines, ensure that you pick a design that you are able to live with for some years. Choose the storage and vanity wisely, be certain you can appreciate the look for years and the storage supports all your needs. Ascertain with your contractor or supplier that the materials are moisture resistant.

Don’t skimp on proper waterproofing and plumbing – this is will pay-off in the long run. Bathrooms usually look great with ceramic or porcelain tiles, these also water-resistant, pick neutral colors and balance your patterns so you can live with for a long period of time.

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Source: https://www.projectlink.com.au/blog/budgeting-tips-for-home-renovations/

Mining Health and Safety Solutions

Mine health and safety management in AustraliaMany people are aware that mining is a dangerous business. In addition to traditional risk factors, the mining sector now faces a wide range of risks and challenges. Therefore, modern mining techniques and equipment are important when it comes to protecting the health and safety of workers. This infographic should be of value to companies involved in this high risk industry.

To reduce the hassle of choosing an appropriate safety solution for the mining sites, ProjectLink has listed out the top safety equipment from its online database of Australia’s leading suppliers. These safety products will help executives make mining workplace safer and better.

Intrigued?

Go ahead and integrate them into your safety practices.

Protect your mining workforce and the environment with these effective safety equipment

Source: https://www.projectlink.com.au/blog/mining-health-and-safety/

Management of Health and Safety in Buildings and Civil Works

Health and safety management at construction sitesWith multiple teams, heavy machinery, castings and concrete works and precarious spaces – Construction sites are busy and fairly dangerous spaces. With proper coordination, consultation and cooperation organisations can ensure the health and safety of all members present on site.

What is Construction Work

Construction work is any work carried out in connection with the construction, alteration, conversion, fitting out, commissioning, renovation, repair, maintenance, refurbishment, demolition, decommissioning or dismantling of a structure, or preparation of a building site.

National Approach

Due to the nature of risk to life involved in certain industries, the Australian government has been proactive in creating laws and strategies to enable the safe working conditions. The Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022 has identified the construction industry as a priority due to the high number and rate of work-related fatalities and serious injuries.

For a number of years, construction has consistently been among the top few industries with the highest number of serious claims. Since 2006-07, it has had the fifth highest incidence rate of serious claims of all industries. The Strategy aims to reduce the incidence of serious injury by at least 30% nationwide by 2022 and reduce the number of work-related fatalities due to injury by at least 20%.

Since the Strategy launched, Safe Work Australia and all jurisdictions have been working collaboratively with the industry, unions, relevant organisations and the community to reduce traumatic injury fatalities and injuries in the transport industry.

Precautionary Measures on Site

The old adage “Prevention is better than cure”, cannot be ignored when we consider the safety of staff and works on site.

Personal Safety Equipment

Basic personal protective equipment for construction workersEquipping the staff members with personal safety equipment can save the PCBU (Person conducting business or undertaking) a fair amount of heartache. Helmets or hard hats, safety glasses, gloves, safety boots and earmuffs are the basic construction wear if provided to the workers can immediately reduce claims and injuries.
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Safety Equipment

Depending on the nature of the construction, equipment like safety harnesses, safe cage lifts, safety eyewash, and fireproofing can ensure the work is carried out with minimum problems.

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Safety Officer or Consultant

It is also fairly common, and a norm growing in popularity to hire a safety officer or consultant to guide from workers to the management staff the proper guidelines and processes to ensure the injuries and fatalities can be prevented while working on the site. The safety officer also makes rounds of the site to ensure that staff is adhering to the guidelines.

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