2019 Winner: Residential Bathroom

Written by: Michelle Eaton

We were nervous starting our first renovation to our home, especially after hearing countless horror stories. It could not have run more smoothly due to Dave Werry at DCG Werry Building Services. He had so much patience listening to my design ideas and made our dream a reality. The whole process took around 12-14 days and we could not be happier with the results!

The entire bathroom was gutted and moved around to open up and utilise the small space we had to work with. We chose a decking floor for something unique, being a full wet bathroom. Mixing with it an industrial, Scandi texture with floor to ceiling tiles from HARBOUR CITY TILES & CARPETS. The beautiful fittings and mirror were from Ken’s Plumbing, and custom-built vanity from Sparkman’s Cabinetry.

We honestly forget we are in our own bathroom at times, we just don’t want to get out!

My biggest tip for anyone thinking of doing a renovation is to be organised, and do your research. It’s ok to be set on a design or theme but also listen and work with your builder. I had backup options incase my first choice wasn’t possible. I was always looking for inspiration in places I visited, and on Pinterest.

Thank you again to #Renovate4680 for running this competition and good luck to all the entrants for this year’s competition!


Things to Consider for a New Landscape Project

Written by: Jenny Verne, Greenscape Gladstone

When you go out in search for your perfect home by either inspecting already built dwellings or designing and building from scratch, you always start with a list of what you want, need and a planned budget. It’s the same for your gardens, lawns and outdoor spaces. Having this list is the best place to start when considering a design for your landscape that will make the perfect environment for you and your family to live in.

Just as you would seek the advice of a designer or builder when building your home, a professional landscaper can provide a consultation service to help you design an attractive and functional garden or yard making the most of the space you have to work with. A good landscaper is well practiced in putting all the pieces together within your budget having considered the size, shape, aspect of the property, the architecture of your home and solar passive opportunities.

Before you start you need to also be clear about how the space will be used.

  • Will it be a private refuge for relaxation and contemplation?
  • Will you need lots of seating options and open spaces for entertaining the family and visitors?
  • Do you have a dog, as there are some plant species that are not suitable to have around animals.
  • Is there easy access to the property for any machinery that might be required in the initial landscape project?
  • Would you like a Vegetable garden or would you prefer native trees to attract birds?

There are so many questions that need to be answered in the planning process and these are just a few.

Your budget is one of the most important starting points to help your Landscaper determine things like how many features to include such as a water feature or fire pit, the quantity and size of plants to install and selecting products such as turf, mulch, stone and soils – of which there are a myriad of choices. Gladstone suburbs are renowned for sloping blocks with lots of rocky ground. Steep sloping blocks can lead to costly retaining walls and considerable issues when it comes around to summer rainfalls and the need for sufficient drainage.

Once you have worked out all the logistics, practicalities and fundamental planning, imagination is key. Get creative! Ask questions and find out the trade secrets like how certain garden bed and lawn designs can elude you into believing you have more space than you actually do.

With the help of a Licensed Landscaper who is well equipped with the tricks of the trade, you can transform your garden into a welcome home show piece that will look good all year round.


Chrissy Harris from LOCATIONS estate agents shares tips on how best to photograph your recently renovated kitchen or bathroom.

Light is a basic element of photography; turn those light switches on!

In the kitchen, turn the light on in the range hood.

For the bathroom, just turn on the standard lights and avoid turning on the heated lamps because they can create a yellow and orange color cast throughout your image.

Something to keep in mind is that white light globes create a cool lighting effect. The yellow and orange light globes create a warm effect. So definitely install those light globes with deliberate intention.

Create images that are aesthetically pleasing with a few very simple tips:

  • Depersonalise the space by removing family photos
  • Declutter the room and create strong leading lines in the image
  • Utilize soft furnishings to a minimum. Be sure that everything in the space is very deliberate and that nothing is distracting.
  • Display towels and mats with caution. Whilst they are very pretty, they can cover a lot of the floors, walls and grout that the judges need to see in your image.
  • When photographing bathroom with a toilet: please put the lid down.

The quality of your photo is not what is being judged, but a good photo will certainly help the judges see the space in the way that you intended.

Whilst it can be beneficial to hire a professional real estate photographer, smartphones can take a really good photo but please avoid applying any filters.

Gladstone, get those entries in and good luck!

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