Tiles, tiles and more tiles

Do you know how many tiles there are to be considered in a new home? We have three full bathrooms as well as the kitchen, office kitchenette and the laundry. That’s a lot of wet area to cover.

Beautiful big 900 x 300 tiles can be used as an alternative to a glass splashback

While it appeared fairly daunting at first, I have to commend the sales staff at Beaumont Tiles in Brendale QLD, for their assistance in explaining the different types of tiles to us and helping us narrow down the final choices. They also have a great in-store computer program that allowed us to see how the tiles might look installed using various laying patterns. Read more

Wash day blues no more

The old idea was to have an outside laundry, away from the main house. We've decided to return to that idea with our laundry on the rear deck.

The old idea was to have an outside laundry, away from the main house. We’ve decided to return to that idea with our laundry on the rear deck.

I have a laundry! Well, I have the space built for the laundry and two doors to close it off. The fixings are still to come.

When we were initially talking to the architect who drew up the plans for the renovation, we were all scratching our heads trying to work out how to fit everything into the small footprint of the original house. As I pondered and walked around the neighbourhood (my favourite thinking activity), I noticed that some people had put their laundries on the rear verandah. I had a chat to the architect and he decided that we could tuck the laundry underneath the outside stairs. It meant filling in the side of the verandah to make a water tight room, but the result, as I looked at it today, is fantastic. We have a neat little laundry space that doesn’t impinge on our inside living areas. I think a few other benefits will become apparent, such as a quieter living area, with no noisy washing machines or driers competing with music or the television (when I allow it to go on) and lower risk of water leaks inside. If anything overflows in this laundry, it should drain out through the verandah flooring. Read more

Thinking about roofing

Since we are renovating and building a new home and have the opportunity to see what else is available in other regions of the world, I have been keeping an eye open for ideas from the northern hemisphere that might translate across to Australia, as well as checking out the differences.

Tar paper roofing tiles with shallow metal guttering both assist in the management of snow and water in this climate.

Tar paper roofing tiles with shallow metal guttering both assist in the management of snow and water in this climate.

One area that has interested me in particular is the varying roofing and cladding materials used over here in colder Scandinavian regions. For example, in Tromso, the chalets we stayed in had tar paper roofing tiles; that wouldn’t translate well to Queensland – the tar would drip off the roof in 40 degree heat, I am guessing. I asked someone how the roofing was constructed using this material. The process it seems is to lay down the ceiling timbers on top of the rafters first then add a layer of waterproofing material followed by plywood, insulation, plywood, waterproofing material and finally the tar paper, keeping everything snug and dry.

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