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Queensland has ushered in a new era of ‘fairness’ in the building sector as the government in that state introduces legislation designed to improve protection for subcontractors.

Introduced into Parliament, the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Bill 2017 aims to improve security of payment laws, modernise and simplify provisions for making subcontractor charges, improve ease of access to security of payment legislation and provide for greater accountability.

A critical part of the policy revolves around the introduction of project bank accounts (PBAs) - trust accounts into which progress payments and retention monies are held in trust, independent of the head contractor and principal.

Tips for Tiling and Grouting in Cooler Temperatures 

Winter has well and truly set in for Australia, but despite the colder temperatures projects still need to go ahead. Below is some helpful tips for tiling and grouting in cold weather.

An extract taken from the LATICRETE Technical Data Sheet on Cold Weather Tiling and Grouting, TDS-1002

Thin Porcelain Tiles - Practical Benefits, Design Options And Proven Installation Techniques

By offering an extensive range of exquisite porcelain tiles, exemplary customer service and a real dedication to state-of-the-art testing, Porcel-Thin has established a peerless reputation for thin porcelain contract tile supply.  But, as Ray Smith, Managing Director, is quick to point out, the success of this fast-growing business is based on much more that its broad portfolio of top quality porcelain tiles in a range of attractive styles.

Tilers & Trade Shop have a range of C1 & C2 Adhesives in stock for these types of tiles.

Graniti Fiandre’s proprietary technology has made it possible to create stunning slabs in an astonishing size associated with a minimum 6mm thickness that are also environmentally friendly.

MAXIMUM is the revolutionary, award winning, large format porcelain stoneware from Graniti Fiandre, Italy.

Tilers & Trade Shop have a range of C1 & C2 Adhesives in stock for these types of tiles.

Offering architects and designers unprecedented design flexibility, MAXIMUM porcelain panels are made entirely from natural materials such as sand, quartz, clay, feldspar and recycled content and contain no toxic resins or chemical binders that are used in reconstituted stone products.

From beautiful finishes inspired by nature, to the cool contemporary look of concrete, MAXIMUM is an environmentally friendly, 100% natural, partially recycled product available in a wide range of colours suitable for residential and commercial projects.

Thanks to its lightweight, easy installation (cutting, drilling, grouting, etc) and maintenance, MAXIMUM is particularly suited for all exterior facade cladding, including ventilated systems and interior applications for covering walls and floors in multi residential, retail and commercial areas, including all refurbishment projects.

Size, thickness, quality, safety and aesthetics are the outstanding features that make MAXIMUM a highly versatile material.

Bathtubs/Renovation Costs 

If you have a perfectly serviceable bathroom, but your bath is sorely in need of an upgrade you could swop this out for a new one. You may also want to update to a stylish freestanding model or spa bath, which are all the rage. In terms of the practicalities, replacing a bath typically will involve the services of a number of trades, including a plumber, waterproofer, and/or tiler - unless you are going to use a dedicated bathroom renovator.

But how much is this going to cost? Before we get into the nitty gritty of the cost of this project, what type of bath are you going to go for?

Types of Baths

Besides the option of freestanding or built-in style bathtub, there are a number of materials used in the manufacture of modern baths - all at different price points and with their own pros and cons. These include:

  • Acrylic - an affordable, durable & versatile material
  • Cast iron - mid price, and when enamelled this material is a durable classic
  • Fibreglass - flexible and affordable but can scratch
  • Metal - designer option and costly
  • Polymer - versatile composite of materials, mid price
  • Steel - lighter than cast iron, mid price
  • Stone - high-end option, durable and stylish

Using a licensed tradie for your project

It is imperative you utilise licensed trades if you are renovating your bathroom. All aspects are critical to the structural integrity of this space, particularly the waterproofing which is also a legal requirement.

Hiring the right tradie for your bath installation

When it comes time to hiring a tradie, make sure they are right for your job. Some questions to ask them include:

  • Are you licensed?
  • Are you insured to work in my home?
  • How long will my job take?
  • Can you provide a written quote?
  • Do you have references I can follow up?
  • Can I see examples of your work?

#hiptip:  Always ask if your tradie is licensed for the job they are quoting for!

How much does bath installation cost?

To start out with let’s get your bath project costs listed, starting with your bath. New baths can range from as little as $400 to thousands of dollars, with stone freestanding versions at the upper end of the scale.

For an idea of current prices, expect to pay:

  • $277 for a fibreglass reinforced acrylic Posh Solus MKII rectangle bath (1675)
  • $1297 for an enamelled steel Kaldewei Puro inset bath (1600)
  • $1699 for an acrylic Caroma Pearl freestanding bath (1750)
  • $2138 for an acrylic Kado Classic dragon feet freestanding bath (1700)
  • $2999 for a Vizzini Alberta stone freestanding bath (1600)

#hiptip: Get at least three quotes before you commit to hiring anyone, so you can compare price and level of service!

Once you have chosen a bathtub you need to find a service to carry out the job for you. Initially you need to decide if you are going to use a dedicated bathroom renovation service. The advantage of this is that they have all the relevant trades to hand and will take care of everything. The alternative is for you to source all the individual licensed trades your job requires. These may include a:

Plumber:  a plumber will be able to remove and install a bath, including altering or modifying any necessary fixtures and/or drainage.  Plumbers charge in the region of $100/hour, depending on where you live and there may also be a one-off call out charge.

Always use tradies who are licensed for your bathroom reno!

#hiptip: Always use a licensed plumber to carry out any work on your plumbing system!

Waterproofer:  even though your bathroom was initially waterproofed, ripping out an old bath and altering fixtures is likely to require fresh waterproofing. There are regulations governing the extent of waterproofing in bathrooms. A professional waterproofer will ensure your job is done to spec. Some states require a waterproofer to be licensed and/or issue a statement/certificate of compliance.  Expect waterproofing to cost anywhere from $35 to $70 per square metre, depending on the materials utilised.

Tiler:  your new bath is unlikely to be a like-for-like replacement so you will need a tiler to make the area like new.  Expect to pay in the region of $60 per square metre for bathroom tiling - with the type of tile and the scale of the job the determining factors.

Need visual inspiration? Why not browse our Bath Designs Ideas pages and choose which one would suit your space and lifestyle.