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Fireclay Sinks vs Granite Sinks


There are many options of sinks on the market today. When purchasing a new sink for your kitchen there is much to consider. Next to style and functionality, material is one of the most important considerations. This article will break down the differences between fine fireclay and granite composite.   What is Fine Fireclay? Fine Fireclay is a ...
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How To Remove and Install a Toilet Seat

Removing and installing a Turner Hastings toilet seat is very easy. Jordan demonstrates how to remove and then install a Turner Hastings toilet seat. The luxury soft closing seat and quick release allows you to simply press two buttons and the seat slips off its hinges for easy cleaning around the fixing area. Using a flat head screw driver careful...
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How Durable is a Turner Hastings Fireclay Sink?

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you dropped a saucepan into a fireclay sink? Rest assured your sink can withstand the impact! Cettina demonstrates in this video what would happen if you dropped a saucepan into the sink from a height, you will see the sink is not affected at all only slight metal marks which will easily clean off with a ...
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5 Advantages of a Rimless Toilet


What is a Rimless Toilet? Traditionally toilets have a rim around the inner part of the toilet, this is also known as a "box rim" where there are a number of holes around the rim to release water when flushed. A rimless toilet without the rim inside the pan is the most hygienic choice for your toilet, they are very easy to clean and has an excellen...
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Which is the Best Kitchen Sink to Buy?

Choosing a kitchen sink can be daunting, there are so many options on the market today. In this article we will go through the main considerations when purchasing a kitchen sink.

These option to consider include size, material, installation style, brands and which accessories are available.

Bowl size:

The main options to consider is do you need a single bowl or a double bowl? Do you have a dishwasher, will you need a second sink? Do you like to fill up one bowl to wash, and rinse or store dishes or pots in the other? If so, you would want a double bowl sink.

Do you leave big dished to soak in one bowl? If so, you may want a double bowl sink.

Do you use large pots and pans, yet never fill the sink up with water? If so, you may want a large single bowl sink.

Finally, if you are tight for space, you may want a smaller single bowl sink.

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Installation Style:

Inset

This is the most cost effective and common method of installing a kitchen sink. It is easy to do, but there is a small lip above the bench which can get dirty. This can be done in any type of benchtop: Timber, Natural Stone, Composite Stone, Laminate, and Concrete.

Flushmount

This is not so common, the sink top is flat and in line with the benchtop, this makes it easy to clean with no lip. However it cost more than inset installation.

 

Undermount

This is more expensive to do than inset, but it is popular as it allows you to show of more of the bench top. It also looks streamlined and modern. However with undermount there is a silicone seal between the benchtop and the sink, and a small gap that can trap dirt. Some lighter sinks come with clips to attach the sink to the benchtop, and heavier sinks need a shelf underneath to support the sink weight.

 

Butler (Also known as Farmhouse or Apron)

Butler installation creates a style that can't be replicated with any other sink. The front is exposed, and generally the back and sides are installed undermount.

The advantage of the butler sink is it becomes a beautiful focal point in the kitchen. The disadvantage is some install it undermount which creates a small gap that can trap dirt. However, the undermount advantage is the benchtop can be wiped straight into the sink.

NOTE: The back and sides do not need to be undermount, they can also protrude above the benchtop, like in this image:

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Material:

The aesthetic appeal (certain materials suit different styles) and ease of cleaning of the material is an important consideration.

Stainless steel:

Stainless steel has been the most popular cost-effective option for many years.

Pros:
  • Low cost
  • Cannot break (only dent)
  • Light weight
  • Mostly have drainer options
  • Can be plated in different metal finishes (such as gold, brass, copper, bronze, gunmetal)

Granite or Quartz Composite:

Granite or Quartz composite sinks are made different ratios of granite stone dust or quartz stone dust, and acrylic resin. They have emerged in the market with people wanting black, white or grey sinks rather than metal finish sink.

Pros:
  • Looks more upmarket than stainless
  • Good variety of colours, sizes, and shapes
  • The reputable brands models have a high temperature tolerance

Fireclay:

Fireclay sinks are mostly chosen because of their authentic beauty, and ease of cleaning. Often their large size makes them very practical too.

Pros:
  • Easy to clean (Especially white is easier to celan than white composite sinks)
  • Very impact resistant
  • Non-porous, therefore stain proof
  • High temperature tolerance

Ceramic:

Ceramic sinks (not to be confused with fireclay), are a cheaper option that looks like fireclay.

Pros:
  • Easy to clean
  • Lower cost than fireclay

Brands:

There are many brands of sinks available on the Australian market, some are sold directly by brands, and some are sold through resellers. There are pros and cons of each type.

Available from Brand Online Store:

Pros:
  • Sometimes cheaper

Available through major Australian retailers:

Pros:
  • Variety of brands to choose from
  • Backup support covering warranty from both manufacturer and retailer
  • Displays available in many showrooms around Australia

Available from Own Brand Online Store:

ABI Interiors

Brand founded: Gold Coast

ABI Interiors is an innovative brand who has created a space in the market where luxury meets affordability.

Available through major Australian retailers:

Abey

Brand Founded: Melbourne

Abey is a long established brand in Australia. They have a wide range of kitchen and laundry sinks, bathroomware and tapware.

Which sink is best for you?

This is by no means a comprehensive list of all of the sinks available on the market. It should however, provide a good starting point to help make the best decision for your home.

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How to Repair a Scratch on Your Marble Bench Top


Even with regular cleaning and proper care, marble can become scratched and dulled over time. These surface scratches can be removed at home, by wet-sanding the marble to wear away any scratches or etch marks, then buff it to leave a smooth finish. For deeper scratches we recommend seeking advice from a professional. 1. Clean the area with a mixtur...
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What is TitanCast Solid Surface?


TitanCast is a solid surface material made from blend of premium light materials , with a ratio of 50% high-quality mineral fillers (such as Titanium and Quartz) and 50% resin. This unique formula of higher than industry average level of high-quality resin ensures the baths' quality allowing us to guarantee it with a lifetime warranty. Using t...
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Design Trends: Matte White Finishes


Not only are colour trends a huge focus for interior design but surface trends are a real focus these days and  matte finishes are leading the charge.  Glossy finishes in paint choices, appliances, and fixtures are giving way to a more sophisticated alternative in a matte finish. The  low glare nature  of matte white f...
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How Durable are our Special Finish Basket Wastes?


We have a large range of basket waste finishes and are often asked how durable are your basket wastes or what is the difference between a PVD or an electroplated basket waste? Below we take you through the different materials you will find in our special finish basket wastes and the key advantages of each. Stainless Steel with Electroplated finish ...
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How to Create the Ultimate Laundry


Laundries are no longer just a utilitarian room, your laundry has the potential to be a stylish and functional space . Clever design and organisation details will make often the smallest and hardest working room in the house a pleasure to spend time in. COHESIVE STYE LAUNDRY - Matching your benchtop, cabinets, taps, and finishes in the laundry with...
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Will the New Matte White Basket Waste Stain?


We are often asked will the matte white basket waste stain? So we put it to the test!  You can see from the results below the basket waste is made from a premium polypropylene material that is stain resistant as you can see from our before and after image!   Before: T urmeric and Beetroot left on the waste for over 60 minutes.   Afte...
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How to design a Hamptons Style Bathroom


The Hamptons style is a design trend well at home in Australia. Characteristically inspired by the architecture and decorating of homes and buildings in the luxury seaside estates along the eastern beaches of upstate New York's neighbouring Long Island. This distinctive Hamptons style of a fresh airy palette of white, natural textures, ocean inspir...
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How to Clean Marks Off Your Fine Fireclay Sinks


Should you find yourself with slight grey metal marks on your fine fireclay sink, we highly recommend a readily available product called "Bar Keepers Friend". The 340g Cleanser & Polish is now available in Coles and Woolworths Supermarkets throughout Australia. We have demonstrated how easy it is to remove these marks with Bar Keepers Friend in...
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Are You Concerned your Fireclay Sink will Stain?


Our fine fireclay sink collection is manufactured with a 100% natural organic and recyclable material used by craftsmen. The sinks are fired to temperatures that reach 1200°C until the clay transforms into a durable, impact-resistant dense material . The special glaze coating that is fused with the fireclay body during firing gives fireclay sinks a...
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Ever wondered how to fix a chip on your ceramic basin or sink?


We recommend Cramer repair products from Germany. Firstly, match the colour of your sink with the Cramer repair colour options. Alpine White has a market share of about 90% in white tones in Europe (it is a light greyish white). Small tip: if you place a sheet of white paper in a sink and the sink appears much greyer than the paper, then the sink p...
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Why do people buy a fireclay butler / farmhouse sink instead of a stainless steel sink?


Have you been wondering "why buy a fine fireclay sink over stainless steel or any other type?" The main reason is aesthetics or personal preference but there are many benefits to choosing a fine fireclay sink.  "Why buy a fine fireclay sink over a stainless steel sink?" A butler sink can be the centrepiece in your kitchen and make it look a mi...
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Sanitaryware Solutions for Today's Childcare Centres and Maternity Wards

Childcare facilities have quite a bit to contend with, and when it comes to having the right equipment to do their job they need something they can rely on, that's great quality that will meet the health and safety requirements set out by governing bodies. A key area for many childcare centres is their baby baths, and the Turner Hastings Baby Bath ...
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Unveiling the Timeless Elegance: A Journey through the History of the Farmhouse Butler Sink

In the world of kitchen aesthetics, few elements exude the charm and functionality quite like the farmhouse butler sink. Its timeless appeal, blending both form and function seamlessly, has made it a staple in traditional and contemporary kitchen designs alike. But what is the story behind this iconic fixture? Join us as we embark on a journey thro...
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Expert Tips for Renovating Your Bathroom

Make your bathroom a showpiece in your home, after all, it is one of the most used rooms in the house! Before embarking on your bathroom renovation, take some time to consider the following tips: 1. Make a list – identify the items in your bathrooms which are essential and what are the indulgence items. This will help you work out where to allocate...
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Thin Rim Ceramic and Fine Fireclay Basins

Bathroom basins have come a long way since the two-inch-thick wash basins of the 1900s. In fact, bathrooms have come a long way since those days where regular bathing was considered decadent and unnecessary. The latest in European styling is now seeing the rise of elegant thin rim basins to compliment designer bathroom spaces. These basins are slim...
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