Bathroom

Frequently Asked Questions about our Toolkits

1. WHAT ARE BUILD IN COMMON TOOLKITS? Our Toolkits are hard copy project guides designed to give you the practical knowledge and confidence to plan, organise and manage your building or renovation project. Our Toolkits provide all the questions you need to ask yourself AND of building professionals before and during the project cycle. No…

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5 Specialist trades you can’t do without

5 Specialist trades you can’t do without when renovating: it’s the law! Thinking of renovating? You will quickly discover that you will be calling a variety of trades your new best friends. Depending on the nature and extent of your project, cabinetmakers, tilers, plasterers, painters, glaziers and bricklayers will all play a role. But do…

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Mirror Mirror on the wall: Who is the smartest of them all?

When German chemist Justus von Liebig developed a process in 1835 for applying a thin layer of metallic silver to one side of a pane of clear glass, he created what we today know as the modern-day mirror. Ground-breaking for his time his method finally allowed for the mass production of what would soon become…

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Tilting the balance: Welcome to our new eMag

Welcome to our new look e-magazine! If you have been following our journey since we launched in late 2017 you will have heard us speak about our passion for change, empowerment and engagement in an industry that is very traditional, technical and all too often lacks a consumer centric approach. Enter “TILT”. Our vision is…

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Partnering with a Renovation Rookie

Deborah Hutton really needs no introduction – as a well known Australian media personality, Deborah has over the years graced countless magazine covers and television screens as a presenter, ambassador, spokesmodel and designer of her own brand of home wares “Living with Deborah Hutton”. Among all this Deborah also found the time to launch “Balance by Deborah Hutton”…

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What to do when your Walls Start Sweating!

A female renovator recently contacted us at Build in Common saying that her walls had started “sweating” a few weeks after she had her house freshly repainted. As part of what turned out to be a beautiful kitchen renovation, she had decided to repaint her entire house.  The only problem was that her walls had…

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How to choose your Builder or Tradesperson

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions!  Starting a new project is always an exciting time with changes and new beginnings. The flipside of the coin is that with any project, there will be a multitude of decisions that will need to be made. This can range from the tile selection, colour paint, wood finishes to the more complex…

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The Art of Renovating Bathrooms

The Build in Common Bathroom and Laundry Renovation Toolkit will be released later this month. Although the Romans used baths and natural springs for years, the concept of a bathroom is a relatively modern one.  The industrial revolution modernised internal plumbing and with running water becoming more commonplace, this enabled toilets and bathtubs to be moved indoors as permanent fixtures. Today it…

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Top 5 Impediments to Building

If the New Year has you fired up to finally get that renovation or building project underway, rest assured you are not alone! Yet despite best intentions, feeling uncertain about where and how to start, and focusing unduly on the impediments and perceived challenges, appears to be a common hurdle for Australian home owners. A short survey of our Build…

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Waterproofing Tips

Faulty waterproofing is one of the three top building defects in Australia; and the main areas it affects are balconies and bathrooms (showers and floors etc).  It can be a very technical space to understand, however there are a few basics which can ensure the risks are minimised: Design This is the most effective solution…

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