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How is the kitchen work triangle used in Kitchen designs?

Kitchen work Triangle is a term not often understood by homeowners. This method has been used since the early 1940s by kitchen designers to design functional kitchens for their clients. The You Plumbing team has clarified this term by offering the following explanation on how it is applied to create a functional kitchen designs.

The three main working areas in the kitchen that must be within easy reach of the cook is the sink, stove and the refrigerator. They must be placed in a way to eliminate unnecessary walking between them while preparing food. The main aim is not the shape of the triangle but rather the distance between the 3 points. The following distance is a guideline to consider. Any 2 points should be within the range of 1.2 to 2.7 meters and the combined length of the 3 legs between 4 and 8 meters. Less than this means it could feel cramped and more means too much travel between the points.

From our experience as your bespoke plumbing shop in Australia we realize that the kitchen concept has changed over the years and in the modern Australian kitchen more than one family member may be involved in food preparation. Thus space could be a problem with more movement. Placing an island in the middle is a practical solution to resolve this with seating outside the triangle.

You Plumbing also suggest that creating a second triangle in the kitchen could be used with the oven as a point in the triangle. This is used when the oven and cook top cannot be placed together.

When doing the kitchen design we advise that you visualize how the design will suit your needs. Questions such as: how much traffic will be in the triangle? Can 2 people work in the kitchen? There are many other questions to make this as functional as possible for your specific needs.

You Plumbing, your plumbing services in Sydney, also point out that in some home designs and layouts this triangle may have to be adapted to suit the floor plan. Long narrow kitchens may need to have a second sink area to remain functional. For best planning advice contact our team to assist in planning this very important area of your home.

Contact You Plumbing at info@youplumbing.com.au or visit our website ( http://www.youplumbing.com.au)

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Choosing the Right Tile for Your Bathroom

Tiles can add value to a bathroom! And with their hygienic and water resistant properties, are a popular choice for any wet area. There are various unique finishes on offer that can’t be matched by other materials. Whether it is ceramic, porcelain, travertine or slate, bathrooms can accommodate all types of tiles.

Here are some tips to help you narrow down your choices and find out which is the right tile for your bathroom:

Hygiene

10836323064_8574f2c299_bWith their fresh appearance and easy wipe surfaces, tiles offer a great hygienic solution to a bathroom. While tiles are water-resistant, they are not totally waterproof. Before tiling, you can waterproof the shower area with a waterproofing kit to prevent any potential water damage to the walls behind the tiling. Also, if you opt for natural stone tiles for your bathroom, make sure that they are sealed with the recommended maintenance products prior to fixing to prevent water damage/staining.

Tile size for my bathroom

Typically, it is advised to avoid using large bathroom tiles such as 60x30cm in a small bathroom, as it will make the room significantly smaller. But if most of the tiles can be applied without any cuts, the result can be impressive.

With small tiles like 10x10cm, its several grout lines can sometimes look unattractive. For many people, medium sized tiles such as 40x20cm are a common choice for either large or small bathrooms today.

Using tiles to make a small bathroom look bigger

One way to make small bathrooms look bigger is to use light colored bathroom tiles such as white or cream. They reflect the light more as compared to darker colors, giving an airy and spacious feel to your bathroom. Another way is to use the same color wall tiles as the floor tiles.
When you’re shopping for tiles for your bathroom, try to visit a trustworthy plumbing shop in Australia. Check out the various choices and find out which one suits your bathroom. However, you might also need professional plumbing services when installing tiles for your bathroom. If this is the case, contact us through our site at http://www.youplumbing.com.au and see more info of our services. You can also send us an email to info@youplumbing.com.au.

Risks of Having a Flooded Basement

Basement areas are a great additional and useable space in any home. Apart from the additional space many homes have this area as the centre of their plumbing installations. It keeps unsightly pipes and equipment out of sight and the extra space is ideal to use for creating work or entertainment areas.

basementThere are some things to keep in mind in keeping these areas safe and hygienic at all times. Mold is possibly the biggest danger that is lurking in an area susceptible to mold growth. Mold can cause a variety of health related problems if not treated and kept at bay. Apart from growing in carpets, drywalls and ceilings it will present health hazards to the occupants of the home. Most of these areas are hidden from view and only plumbers trained and experienced in this area will be able to detect wet areas.

You Plumbing experts warn our clients against contracting eye irritations, skin rashes and coughing. Mold is further a danger that can cause memory loss and in extreme cases even brain damage. Having us do regular inspections before any of these problems occur is highly recommended.

Flooding although not as bad for the health is another concern that must be avoided. Cleaning up after having a flood is both time consuming and costly. Having the experts check the installation at regular intervals can eliminate this completely.

A flooding does not only mean mopping and drying the area. Water seeps into the walls, cavities and the floor. These potential problems will only appear and become visible long after the flooding. Prevention is the logical solution to make your basement safe and flood free.

You Plumbing offers assistance in the Sydney area on a 24/7 basis and we will gladly inspect and recommend preventive measures before you are faced with a flooded basement area and the eventual growth of deadly mold.

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