Ausihome team can replace the existing doors and panels of your kitchen. The new doors and panels will be made to measure. Choose from a range of materials and finishes. Click here to view Doors - Drawer fonts.

Combining door and panel replacement with a new benchtop and splashback will give your kitchen a totally new look. Our designers are available to take you through the wide range of options available Click here, from laminates and timbers, to natural and manufactured stones or quartz-based materials and acrylics, plus glass or tiles for splashbacks. Once you decide on the finishes, your new benchtop and splashback will be made to measure. Ausihome team will organise removal of your old benchtop and splashback. We will also arrange installation and any trade work required, such as plumbing.

Complete your kitchen makeover with an appliance upgrade from Ausihome team. Whether you are after an all-inclusive package, or the best in European appliances, our buying power delivers value to you. We have a range of appliances on display in our showroom, and can source hundreds of options to choose from.

KITCHEN RENOVATION & MAKEOVER

 

Want to give your tired kitchen a refreshing, new look? Happy with your kitchen’s design but think it needs a face-lift? Ausihome Kitchens are Sydney’s kitchen makeover specialists.

Kitchen makeovers retain the layout and footprint of your existing kitchen, but can still create a stunning new look. You can choose one or more of a range of options available, from minor updates to extreme makeovers. Our designers are available to discuss how we can bring your ideas to life.

While you are refreshing the doors and panels, why not think about adding a few extra cabinets? Our designers can discuss options and ideas to increase or better utilise your existing storage space.

From the cabinets to the appliances, find out how to ensure
a successful renovation.

Renovating your kitchen will add ease to your lifestyle and value to your home. Here are the 10 most important things to consider when you're updating your kitchen.
 

 

1 Use quality materials.
Top-quality drawer slides and hinges mean cabinet doors will stay closed and drawers won't stick. Stay away from drawers that are stapled together or made of particleboard. For cabinet interiors, wood veneer is more durable than melamine, laminate, MDF or particleboard. 

2 Determine cabinet heights. 
If you have eight-foot ceilings, choose cabinets that go to the ceiling. They offer more storage, enabling you to use extra wall space for artwork or open shelves. If your ceilings are higher than eight feet, leave 15 to 18 inches above the cabinets.

3 Decide whether to paint or stain. 
Though stained-wood cabinetry is forgiving, most finishes date quickly and aren't easily altered. Brush-painted cabinets can lend a unique personality. 

4 Select an elegant countertop. 
White Carrara marble (honed or acid washed and sealed) and stained wood add elegance and warmth. We also like honed Kirk stone slate, soapstone and Wharton limestone, and plastic laminate with a wood edge for a sophisticated look.

5 Install an island that works. 
Beware of placing a bulky cube in the middle of the room. We like islands that have an open, airy look. Ideally, an island should be unencumbered by appliances, but if you want it to house a dishwasher-sink combo or a cook top, try to maintain the light look of a leggy harvest table.

6 Don't overdo the details. 
Design accents such as pediments over stoves and plaster mouldings on cabinet fronts can represent decorative excess. Remember that the style of your kitchen should be compatible with the rest of your home. 

7 Avoid maintenance nightmares. 
Natural surfaces with inherent texture -- slate, terra-cotta, brick and tumbled marble -- are more difficult to clean but camouflage the odd crumb. Smooth surfaces in light colours, such as white laminate counters or ceramic floors, are easy to clean but show everything. And as much as we love stainless steel, it's not easy to keep smudge-free.

8 Stick to basic appliances. 
Instead of lots of appliances and gadgets, consider selecting a few reliable basics. For example, a commercial-quality stainless-steel range makes an interesting focal point and takes up less space than separate wall ovens and a cook top.

9 Incorporate an adjacent dining room. 
A clever design, plus the appropriate lighting and furniture, will let you adapt the room's atmosphere to suit any occasion. Consider a banquette design combined with slip covered chairs for an efficient use of space.

10 Add interest. 
Your kitchen should reflect you, not look like a showroom. Before designing the space, search for a piece of unique furniture and use it in your design -- a room full of floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall kitchen cabinets looks boring and uninspired.

Ceramic Tile & Porcelain Tile Flooring

Introduce the beauty of tile to your floors, whether in your kitchen, bathroom, entryway, or other space. Learn about what you need to look for when selecting a type of tile for your home's flooring.

 

Clay-base ceramic tiles are an ideal choice for kitchens, baths, basements, porches, laundry rooms, and other moisture-prone areas. Floor tiles are extremely durable; water-, stain-, and wear-resistant; and easy to care for. An array of colors, patterns, shapes, and sizes is available. Tiles larger than 12 inches square are currently the most popular choice. Tile ratings

All tiles feels hard, but some types of tile are actually harder than others. The body of a tile, sometimes called the bisque or biscuit, is produced to meet a specific need or use. Although thickness is one gauge of strength, composition of the tile and the temperature and duration of firing also determine its strength. To help you determine whether the tile you are considering is appropriate for a particular location, check the tile's rating, as determined by the Porcelain Enamel Institute. Hardness ratings are as follows:

-- Group I, Light traffic. These tiles may be used on residential bathroom floors such as a guest bath where bare or stocking feet are the norm.

-- Group II, Medium traffic. These tiles are designed for use in interiors where little abrasion occurs. They are not recommended for kitchens, entries, or stairwells.

-- Group III, Medium-heavy traffic. These tiles can be used anywhere inside a home, including kitchens and baths.

-- Group IV, Heavy traffic. These tiles are very hard and can be used in homes or in light to medium commercial areas.

-- Group V, Extra heavy traffic. These tiles can be used anywhere.

-- Underlayment. To prevent chipping and cracking, tile must be installed over a firmly supported subflooring. Broken tiles cannot be repaired, but they can be replaced. Tile grout, if left unsealed, can be difficult to clean.

Warm solutions

Tile can feel cold underfoot, but it can be warmed with radiant or hydronic heating coils.

Traction and shine

Whatever tile you choose, glossy finishes have a tendency to show finger- and footprints and can be slippery when wet. For better traction choose a honed finish.

Your Questions, Answered: The Difference Between Ceramic Tile and Porcelain Tile

Q: What's the difference between ceramic and porcelain tile? I've been told they're the same, but I can't buy that. How are they different, and is one better than the other?

A: In general, porcelain tile is harder than ceramic and offers greater design flexibility. Although both are made from clay and other naturally occurring materials fired in a kiln, the clay used to make porcelain tile is more refined and purified. It's fired at a higher temperature and greater pressure, resulting in an extremely dense and hard material.

"Porcelain is proving to be a longwearing material that is really making its mark on the industry," says Tanya Woods, an associate kitchen and bath designer (AKBD) in Bloomfield, Michigan.

Porcelain tile is an ideal product for cold-weather climates where freeze/thaw conditions are a concern. Due to its low moisture absorption rate (.5 percent or less), porcelain is less likely to crack and is more impervious to stains.

"The term porcelain has become branded to some degree -- it is to tile as Kleenex is to tissue," Woods says. "But this does not mean all porcelain tiles are created equal."

When picking porcelain tile, it is best to choose one that has "through body color." Some tiles may have only a ceramic glaze fired over the body; if chipped, the white-, tan-, or red-clay base is exposed.

For safety in wet areas or in flooring applications where accessibility is a concern, look for a tile -- whether porcelain or ceramic -- with a high coefficient of friction. This property is measured on a 1¿10 scale, with 10 being the most slip-resistant.

"Porcelain also offers strong advantages when it comes to design," Woods says. "Due to its strong nature, many sizes are available from a small mosaic 1×1 to large slabs of 24x48 and many unusual sizes in between."

Porcelain can also be rectified -- cut to a precise size so all tiles are identical, allowing the tile contractor to set extremely tight grout joints.

Certain factors make installing porcelain tile a more difficult do-it-yourself project. Its density and hardness require a wet saw with a porcelain diamond blade. For proper surface adhesion, you should use a latex modified thinnest mortar. For large-format porcelain tiles, a level substrate is needed to reduce lip page, or variations in height.

But the payoff of lasting beauty is well worth the extra installation requirements.”Notably, surface finishes, textures, patterns, and variation of color are very stylized and lend to porcelain's appeal," Woods says. "The tile industry has grown as a result of the introduction of porcelain tile, and it looks as though it's only going to continue to increase in popularity."

 

 

 

Tile Maintenance Free advice

 

Once you've selected and installed your tile, keep it looking great with these tips:

How to Clean Grout

 

How to Clean Grout: The Secret to Success

Hint: The solution to dirty grout may be in your pantry. Grout lines are magnets for dirt and grime, and dingy grout can detract from the good looks of pretty tile. Eliminate dirty grout for good with these tips and tricks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grout is a tricky to keep clean because it is porous. And on tile floors, crumbs and dirt can be left behind, even after sweeping. Plus, a quick wipe of the tiled surface can sometimes miss spots because the grout lines are often slightly deeper than the surface.

But common household products can be used to tackle dirty grout. Watch the video below to find out more.

 

Lightly Stained Grout

To clean stained grout, use a strong bleach solution (3/4 cup of bleach to 1 gallon of water) and scrub with a small brush or toothbrush. Don't scrub too hard, though; you might damage the grout. Wear safety goggles to prevent the bleach from spattering in your eyes. Keep the work area ventilated. Or try a foaming grout cleaner that might need to soak for several minutes to be effective.

Deeply Stained Grout

If grout is deeply stained and discoloured, replace it. Tile stores sell and sometimes rent tools for removing grout. Run the tool along the grout, taking care not to scratch the surrounding tile. Clean the space between the tiles with a strong bleach solution, then apply new grout and seal it. Do NOT spill bleach on porcelain because the solution might cause pitting or yellow or pink stains.

New Tile and Grout

Because grout is so porous and prone to collecting grime, you'll want to start your grout-cleaning regimen with prevention. If you recently installed new grout or renewed existing grout in a tile floor, keep that new grout looking its best by using a grout sealer 10-14 days after the grout cures.

 

How to Clean Tile Floors

How to Clean Tile Floors

Take care of your ceramic tile floors with a gentle hand and a few smart cleaning techniques, which will keep your tiles and grout looking like new.

 

 

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Tile Floor Cleaning Basics

Sweep or vacuum your glazed tile floors regularly to keep them from getting dull. Tiles may be resistant to dirt, but sand and grit can dull glazed surfaces. Clean tile with mild detergent and clean water, using a rag or chamois-type mop rather than a sponge mop. The latter pushes dirty water into grout lines and makes them harder to clean. Be sure to change the water frequently while mopping; dirty water equals a cloudy floor.

Get Rid of Residue

If your tiles look hazy, you might be dealing with soapy residue. Remove the film with a nonabrasive all-purpose cleaner. You could also try a mild acid -- such as fresh lemon juice -- on ceramic tiles (but never on marble). Rinse thoroughly with clean water, and buff dry with a clean lint-free cloth. Be kind to your knees and dry tiles the easy way: by using your foot to slide the cloth over the floor.

Great-Looking Grout

The real secret to a great-looking tile floor is clean grout. Grout is porous and absorbs grease and other stains. Skip commercial cleaners and instead make a paste of baking soda and water. Rub it on the stain, let it sit overnight, then scrub the stain in the morning with a stiff nylon brush (a metal brush will damage the grout). Repeat as necessary. Apply a silicone-base sealer to the grout to repel future stains.

 

 

Add value to your home with any Garage makeover

Think what it would be like to have more room to store all those items that have piled up over the years with enough room for a workspace and cars too! With a Garage Storage Solution

The garage is the last thing we see when we leave for work and the first thing we see when we come home – and also the neighbours!

Garage Renovation? Then Renovate for Profit!

When it comes time to renovate the most over looked and underutilized room in the home is our Garage. Far too often you will see valuable cars sitting out on the street because there is simply no room left in the garage as there are no garage storage solutions in the garage.

The Garage is a very economical place to start your renovation and it’s cost effective.

 

Land is expensive in Sydney so you have to make efficient use of storage spaces like the Garage, otherwise the Garage can come at the expense of other rooms in the house.

Make your next home stand out from the crowd and renovate your Garage.....It’s easy and it will add value to your home

Call now for to turn that cold and cluttered garage into a usable and functional room. info@ausihome.com  0411 109109

 

 

Awnings in Sydney to Optimise Your Space

It doesn’t matter what you call it, a pretty pergola or an exciting awning, they’re bound to enhance your existing outdoor-living spaces and bolster the beauty of your garden areas. From small gardens to sprawling acres your home and lifestyle is immediately enriched by the addition of tasteful and practical outdoor living areas. Become the poolside entertainer, the alfresco diner or the urban-rooftop dweller with our wide range of both modern and traditional design and construction options.

Patio Enclosures to Add Value to Your Home

Our leading products, Hunter Douglas’ Insulated Awnings, are our go-to-style for outdoor areas with panache. Rivalling most inferior products in price, this premium product packs a real aesthetic punch. All our Insulated Awnings are customised to fit your property and your lifestyle.

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Custom Built Pergolas Designed For All Weather Conditions

During the warmer months, an Insulated Awnings will help keep your patio or decking area cool by reflecting the heat away from your home. When it’s cold you’ll be surprised how Insulated Awnings will bolster the warmth of a simple patio heater or small fire pit by trapping the heat and re-dispersing it around the space. Cyclone tested, so ultra-durable, and coming complete with solar panel option, it’s hard to look past Insulated Awnings as a cost-effective and on-trend renovation. Its superior qualities mean any of our Insulated Awnings can also be converted into a sunroom or weekend room further down the track.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carports Sydney, Custom Built for the True Auto Lover

For those that really appreciate their vehicles we offer custom-built carports using our top-of-the-range Hunter Douglas Insulated Awnings. Keeping your car safe from the elements and condensation free they operate as a budget-conscious and aesthetically pleasing alternative to the cumbersome garage.

Right product keeps the sun’s damaging heat off your vehicle ensuring your car is always kept in pristine condition.

 

It’s More than Meets the Eye with our Carports

The superior qualities of our Hunter Douglas awnings mean your carport is more than just an open garage. It can doubly function as an entertainment area, by providing a sun-safe and comfortable, insulated area for you to relax and entertain with friends and family. Breathable and hospitable, our carports also easily convert into a garage for even further protection.

 

Carport Installation, Obligation Free Quote, Call us Today

 

 

What is a Granny Flat?

A Granny Flat is a self contained unit which is constructed on your existing property as a secondary dwelling. It can be attached however it is more common to be detached. In NSW an approved granny flat and the existing home can be rented to separate tenants. For regular lots the granny flat tenant can access their unit down one side of the home and the rear yard is divided using fencing to keep the tenants separate. For corner allotments the granny flat is constructed so that the tenant has its own street access and driveway and the property is divided with a fence in between the two dwellings.

The demand on parents to provide independent living space within their home for adult children is becoming increasingly common within our society, as too is the need for independent space for elderly parents who simply do not feel safe living by themselves or who are financially unable to pay rent or a mortgage. This is when building an attached or detached Granny Flat becomes a desirable option. Ausihome design both the traditional style of Granny Flat as well as more contemporary styles to suit modern homes.

Ausihome will ensure your space is safe and fully liveable. Whether the Granny Flat is for a young adult, a family or an elderly person, ausihome will customise the design with great consideration to individual needs.

We understand what is important to you and what makes you happy which is why we are committed to provide you with second-to-none service. We assign you a dedicated Project Manager and Customer Care Manager so that you always know what to expect and have immediate communication access should you have any questions or concerns.

Ausihome manage absolutely every aspect of your Granny Flat, so you can expect a peace-of-mind building experience. You can trust Ausihome to build the space you need.

 

A Kitchen Renovation Can Particularly Improve Your Home

BATHROOM RENOVATION & MAKEOVER

 

Bathroom renovation projects can seem incredibly daunting to the average homeowner, especially when you consider all the possible electrical and plumbing issues involved with more extensive remodels. Even calling in a contractor to handle the job for you can be a huge headache if you’re unsure who you can trust with the project.

As we complete your bathroom renovation, we can incorporate all kinds of high-quality products, including:

Keep the Same Footprint

One of the biggest cost drivers for a kitchen remodel that homeowners often under-budget and don't adequately plan for are structural issues. Changing the footprint of your kitchen in any way will bump up your budget. Moving the kitchen or building an addition, involves major construction as well as new electrical, plumbing and flooring.

Opening up to another room could require structural work and unforeseen costs if you don't have a load-bearing wall. Even relocating the sink or range would mean moving the plumbing or gas lines. Understanding that there are no standard costs for a remodel -- every home is unique because of its age, layout and construction type -- will help you be more realistic about the potential costs of your project.

Pick Your Fixtures and Finishing’s

This sounds easy, right? You'd be surprised how many homeowners run up costs and delay projects because they haven't thoroughly researched and picked design elements like light fixtures, cabinetry and hardware in advance. With so many options, it's easy to get overwhelmed. Granite, wood, soapstone, marble, quartz surfacing, laminate, concrete, tile -- these are just a few materials to consider for countertops alone.

Get started by researching different products online, including costs and usage (marble is susceptible to stains, for example) in order to find the product that's right for you. Before making a purchase, get a sense for how the product looks in finished spaces,

Contractors will need to have your finishes and fixtures in order to provide accurate, final pricing. While it's tempting to change your mind during the process, having a plan and sticking to it is the best way to keep your budget on track.

Find the Right Professional

58 percent of homeowners planning projects in the next two years plan to hire a professional, and even homeowners planning to take on a kitchen remodel themselves will likely consult with a professional at some point during the process. Finding the right professional for your project and style will make the experience much more enjoyable and help get your remodel done on time and on budget.

While referrals from friends and family can help get you started, you'll want to find a professional whose design aesthetic matches your own. Research local remodelers, and read their ratings and reviews. Personality is just as important -- more than two-thirds of homeowners in Sydney a personality I can work with" as an important factor when it comes to hiring a professional for their project.

Ask to meet with professionals at your home so you can assess how they work, take note of the questions they ask and who's willing to give you some rough numbers. Bring basic space, electrical, mechanical and lighting plans to your meeting to help a contractor provide you with a more accurate, initial estimate.

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