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.

We introduce the laundry at its best – practical but pretty.

Ah, yes, the humble laundry... most often home to a washer, dryer, wobbly sink and a couple of cluttered shelves.

 

Planning your laundry design

·         Arrange products and supplies according to how you use them. Anything you need regularly should be within easy reach, with other extras somewhere out of the way.

·         Store small supplies in boxes or bins. Place stain-removal products in one, rags and sponges in another, and so on.

·         If you don’t have a workbench, add a folding table or fix one to the wall.

·         Attach an ironing-board hanger to the wall so board and iron are secure and out of the way, but easily accessible.

·         Use free space in the laundry room to store basic tools and pet supplies.

·         If you have the space, it’s a good idea to have separate laundry baskets for whites, coloureds and delicates.

·         Keep a few hangers handy, so you can hang clothes after drying or ironing.

·         Remember, it’s a utilitarian space, so use robust handles – like these stainless steel ones.

An extension was made to the house in the late 1980s, and a very basic laundry added. The simple working laundry had a washing machine, wall-hung dryer, broom cupboard and metal sink. There was no storage space whatsoever, so when it came time for a second renovation, the owners “stole part of the old kitchen” and opted for purpose-built storage, so things can be packed neatly away.

 “There was a guest toilet on the outside wall of the house, so we turned a utilitarian room into a much prettier space,” says Jane, “knowing that when guests came for dinner, they would walk through to the toilet and feel as though it was more of a powder room than a laundry.”

 

Laundry renovation: what to consider

Laundry rooms are often neglected when it comes to home improvements. It’s not usually a highly visible space that guests will traipse through, and if it basically does the job, there’s limited incentive to change it up.

But most laundry rooms could do with an update or two to help them do an even better job – and make your life easier in the process.

A well designed laundry room should be easy to work in, have plenty of storage and room for you to get your household jobs done. If it can also feel pleasant, that’s even better!

Here are some of the things you need to take into account.

Initial considerations

If creating a new laundry, discuss your needs, usage patterns and budget with a designer, architect or licensed builder before drawing up plans.

Does your redesign entail structurally altering the space: excavating, adding or resetting windows, doors, skylights or chutes; installing an underfloor tank or solar hot water system?

Will you need to install or redo plumbing or wiring? Do you need to embed fixtures into walls, floor or ceiling?

Are you incorporating laundry facilities into a bathroom? This may require additional power, plumbing, cabinetry or vents.

Provide your builder with the design plans plus accurate measurements and exact positions of existing fixtures and fittings, along with any storage or appliances you’re retaining. Take a copy of the floor plan when sourcing fittings.

In consultation with your builder determine what subcontractors you’ll need when (for structural alterations or complex plumbing, allow extra time and cost).

Are existing walls, floor and ceiling made from concrete, wood, tiles or plasterboard? Different materials, rafter configurations and cavity space can affect structural work and placement of your ventilation, lighting, circuitry, plumbing and cabinetry.

Will you need to change existing plumbing or wiring to accommodate the new design? To save plumbing costs and increase efficiency you could group the tub, washer/dryer and shower stall together.

Is existing drainage adequate or will you need to install a new drain and sub-floor waterproof membrane? If installing grey water recycling, your plumber will to add a pipe from the external laundry output to a holding tank or garden bed (NB: grey water can be stored for a maximum of 24 hours before reuse.)

Will any existing fixtures, fittings or appliances be incorporated into the new design? Can you resurface or refit existing fittings to cut costs?

Expert advice

Depending on the scale and budget of your renovation, you may consult any of the following professionals:

·         Architect or interior designer

·         An integrated laundry renovation service or builder

·         Plumber or waterproofing contractor

·         Electrician

·         Carpenter or cabinetmaker

·         Tiler, renderer or flooring specialist

·         Painter

Check all the contractors you hire are qualified, licensed and insured. Be clear on what you expect from each before finalising contracts, handing over cash or beginning work.

Can I do it myself?

While DIY laundry improvements aren’t impossible, renovations can be more complex than they appear. Many tasks require skilled work. In particular don’t tackle plumbing, electrical or complex building without professionals on hand.

You can probably get away with doing some or all of the following tasks yourself: helping design the new floor plan, cabinetry or style; sourcing fittings, finishes or appliances; installing shelving, benches and cupboards; removing or installing simple fittings such as hooks, towel rails, shelves and taps; painting or lining cupboards.

It all depends on your comfort levels, how much research and effort you’re prepared to put in, and of course, how much time you have up your sleeve.

Common pitfalls

These are some of the most common missteps when it comes to renovating a laundry. Consulting the pros and careful planning will help you avoid them:

·         Scheduling contractors in incorrect order or too close together, leading to skipped stages and extra work or cost

·         Designing an impractical layout, such as not grouping appliances to make efficient use of existing plumbing

·         Selecting unsuitable fittings or finishes such as untreated wood, low-gloss paint or slippery flooring

·         Failing to allow adequate space for functional usage

·         Failing to add proper drainage and ventilation, hastening deterioration or damage

·         Underestimating the complexity, time and costs involved

The laundry is one of those functional rooms that can easily be dull and uninspired. But it’s a given you’ll spend time there, so why not make it as enjoyable as you reasonably can. That doesn’t mean designer touches (unless you really want them); simply a sound combination of form and function.

Organising the laundry room

·         Throw out any unwanted products that didn’t live up to expectations or find another use for them. For instance, pop detergent into the potting shed for cleaning pots.

·         Decant powders into clear jars with a wide opening for easy access, such as biscuit jars or Ikea’s large ‘Burken’ jars, so you can instantly see how much is left.

·         Keep products together on a shelf or in a box in order of use. On a shelf, arrange stain remover, soaking powder, detergent, wool wash, softener and ironing water from left to right. If using a box to store items, arrange the products from front to back.

·         Dust-proof drying racks are indispensable for delicates and wet-weather days. Keep them off the floor when not in
use by attaching a couple of hooks to a wall. Ikea’s ‘Tvatta’ drying rack is a good-looking, well-sized option. If you have the room, mount a permanent rack.

·         If using four laundry hampers side by side – for whites, colours, darks and delicates – is impractical space-wise, have four stackable tubs on hand for sorting laundry. Four stackable tubs will take up little more space than one, plus you can also use them for carrying washing to the clothes line. Use the tubs again when it comes to folding washing straight from the line and sorting into different tubs according to where the items belong in the house.

Laundry room cleaning

·         Sweep around machines before vacuuming as far as you can get underneath with an attachment made for vacuuming crevices.

·         Wipe down hoses attached to taps.

·         Vacuum the back of appliances with a brush attachment to remove any built-up dust.

·         Remove the soap dispenser, if possible, and wash it in the sink.

·         Wipe down the exterior of appliances with a cloth dipped into a weak solution of water and dishwashing liquid.

·         Run a cup of white vinegar through a regular washing cycle to remove internal soap scum.

·         Wash ironing board cover.

·         Wipe rubber seals around doors with petroleum jelly.

Washers and dryers

There are generally two types of washing machines on the market: top loaders and front loaders. Both styles come with various bells and whistles, one of which is extremely impressive. Which machine is right for you is dependent on your particular requirements and budget, but here are the basic pros and cons:

·         Front loaders: Front loaders have a much longer cycle, sometimes up to two hours. However, they use much less water. Most clean better than top loaders because laundry tumbles up and down in the drum (rather than round and round), which is also a more gentle action so kinder on clothes. Many models take smaller loads than top loaders, but more large-capacity machines are now available.  Front loaders are generally more expensive than top loaders and are also heavy.

 

·         Top loaders: Most top loaders can take larger loads, have shorter cycles and items can be added to the wash once the machine has started. On the downside, these machines use more water (up to three times more) and require a greater amount of detergent per load. They also take up much more space, thereby needing a dedicated laundry area.

Whichever style of machine you choose, look for one that has connections for both hot and cold water taps as you can determine whether the water is heated by your machine or your water heater (getting the machine to do the work generally requires more energy and is therefore more expensive). Also look for machines that have start-time programs as you can take advantage of off-peak energy rates where the wash will start at, say, 5am and will be ready for the line when you wake.

By their very nature, dryers gobble energy to produce lots of hot air, but most of us still find them indispensable at times. Opt for a dryer with auto-sensing features so it stops when the load is dry. To avoid condensation, choose a dryer that can be attached to a duct so moist air is vented directly outside or go for a condenser model, where the machine deals with the moist air internally.

How to clean your washing machine and keep it in top working order.

Washing machines often work overtime and can become clogged – compromising their ability to make laundry fresh.

·         First check the filter for coins or rubbish, then check the hose for any blockages.

·         Remove the soap drawer and give it a good scrub in warm water; sticky residue indicates you could be overfilling it.

·         A routine maintenance wash will keep things in good order

·         Do a full wash (empty) at the hottest temperature, then wipe down the drum and door with warm, soapy water and dry. Leave the door ajar to prevent damp, but keep pets and children clear.

 

 

Making space

A good laundry, or laundry corner, should be well thought out to maximise what is often a small space.

·         Not all of us have the luxury of a self-contained laundry, and may need to squeeze washing machines and dryers into bathroom or hallway corners and niches. In these circumstances, blinds or curtains are an inexpensive way to hide appliances from sight.

·         Alternatively, you could consider getting a cupboard custom-made for your appliances or, if space is really at a premium, investing in a unit that combines a washer and dryer in one.

·         If you’re starting afresh with a laundry design, consider the location of your washer and dryer – ideally they should be next to or on top of one another, enabling clothes to easily be transferred.

·         Consider investing in a front-loading washer, as this will mean you can mount your dryer directly above, saving on space.

·         It’s also handy to install a drying rack close to your washer, so that clothes that can’t go in the dryer can be quickly hung out.

DESIGN + FUNCTIONALITY

LAUNDRY RENOVATION & MAKEOVER

 

The laundry is one of the work centres of the family home, and it’s normally one of the smallest rooms in the house. Ausihome can ensure that you have an area that maximises every bit of available storage space in your Sydney home. If space is limited, we can suggest solutions to your laundry needs by having the laundry hidden behind a wall of bi-fold doors. In two storey homes, the installation of a laundry Shute can save lots of time, and trips up and down the stairs. Or maybe the laundry is actually a dual purpose room, and you’re looking to allow for bathroom facilities as well.

Whatever your needs, we have the experience to help. Bring your room sizes into the showroom or call us for some helpful advice. Your laundry renovation plans will run smoothly by allowing us to assist you with this important project.

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