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Most Valued Kitchen Appliances of 2017

Most Valued Kitchen Appliances of 2017

I always look forward to publications released by Houzz. As the head of purchasing at Ross’s Discount Home Centre, their publications give me an idea of what is hot in the renovation world so I can gauge what customers are looking for. Recently, Houzz released its 2017 Kitchen Trends Study, and there’s a lot of interesting information in there. After going through it, I thought of offering some insight on what the most valued kitchen appliances were in 2017. So,…

Sliding Security Door Buying Guide

Sliding Security Door Buying Guide

Everyone is concerned about the security of their homes as well as their loved ones. This holds true all over the world, even here in Western Australia. In fact, according to Western Australia Police, there were 26,909 residential home burglaries in WA in the 2016-17 Financial Year. Indeed, these figures are high and only second to theft. If you want to keep your home safe from burglary, you should start by upgrading your home security. Installing sliding security doors is…

Kerbside appeal: 8 easy ideas to make your entrance more inviting

Kerbside appeal: 8 easy ideas to make your entrance more inviting

When it comes to creating a visually appealing home, you must not ignore kerbside appeal. With good kerbside appeal, a home looks more welcoming and inviting, and is more valuable. Kerbside appeal is all about captivating people’s attention as soon as they notice your home. While there are several ways to improve kerbside appeal, you don’t need to spend too much money on it. In fact, there are many affordable and easy ways you can make your home look appealing…

This month’s top selling products November 2017

This month’s top selling products November 2017

Ross’s Discount Home Centre is always a hit with Perth homeowners for offering high quality products at rock bottom prices. As the head of purchasing at the store, I’m incredibly happy about this. Today, I will showcase the top selling products at our store for the past month. This past month has been very popular for tiles, shower panels and sinks amongst other products. So, without any further ado let’s take a look at last month’s bestsellers at our store….

How to increase the amount of natural light in your home

How to increase the amount of natural light in your home

When choosing design elements for your renovation, you should look to include elements that increase natural light (sunlight) in your home. While this holds true for most spaces, it is even more important for smaller areas such as bathrooms. In the absence of natural light, small spaces can appear to be dark, dingy and unattractive – and artificial light won’t help. Increasing the amount of natural light in your home offers a whole range of benefits. It makes your home…

10 simple home improvements that won’t cost a fortune!

10 simple home improvements that won’t cost a fortune!

There’s certainly no doubt that most Perth homeowners are proud of their homes and they have every right to be. But, what do you do if the shine starts to fade on your beloved home? When it comes to improving a home’s appearance, the first thing that most homeowners think of is a renovation. And, if the latest Houzz survey is anything to go by, this is a very hot topic. 74% of those surveyed said improving the design and…

Make your front door look as good as new in 4 easy steps

Make your front door look as good as new in 4 easy steps

Giving your old front door a fresh look is as easy as giving it a new coat of paint. And, believe it or not, something as simple as a new front door will increase the value of your home! Bernadette Janson, director and head renovator at The School of Renovating in Sydney says “Replacing with a new modern door can add a lot of wow and costs approximately $500. Even painting the door with a rich oil-based paint will give…

Get the best cooktop for your budget

Get the best cooktop for your budget

If you’re looking for cooktops in Perth, no doubt you’ll base your decision on your budget. But, before you decide on a particular model, it’s a good idea to know a little bit about cooktops prior to purchase. Only when you have some background knowledge should you move on to what cooktops are available in various price brackets. As the head of purchasing at Ross’s Discount Home Centre, I know quite a lot about cooktops, and today, I will shade…

5 expert tips for choosing kitchen tiles

5 expert tips for choosing kitchen tiles

 Updating tiles are one of the most effective ways of transforming the look of a kitchen. It is also more cost-effective than renovating cabinets or buying new appliances. But, before you go out and purchase new kitchen tiles, let me warn you that choosing the wrong tiles is a costly mistake. According to an article published in The Australian, Western Australians pay more for a new kitchen than any other state in the country, spending over $30,000 on average….

4 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Kitchen Splashback

4 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Kitchen Splashback

Kitchen renovations are no doubt, a massive and time consuming project. However, if there’s one element of a kitchen that offers the biggest difference in terms of design it’s your kitchen splashback. Your choice in splashback is not to be taken lightly as it has the power to change the look of your entire kitchen. In fact, you don’t even have to renovate the entire kitchen. If you have an existing kitchen, you can simply change your splashback and your…

3 microwaves that will transform the way you cook food!

3 microwaves that will transform the way you cook food!

Microwave ovens are one kitchen appliance I certainly cannot live without. But unfortunately, many people still have scepticism about them. Whilst some simply don’t think that microwave ovens add any value to cooking, others believe they are bad for your health. However, the truth of the matter is that microwaves are awesome! Not only will they speed up your cooking time, but according to choice.com.au, they are more energy efficient than ovens and cooktops AND, cost as low as $10…

Stone benchtops Vs laminate benchtops – which is the better option?

Stone benchtops Vs laminate benchtops – which is the better option?

Benchtops are one of the most functional areas of a kitchen. It may come as a surprise to you, but a benchtop is the most frequently updated feature of a kitchen as well. In fact, according to the latest Houzz Kitchen Trends Study, 94% of participants had or are planning to upgrade their benchtop as part of their kitchen upgrade. So, if you’re planning to upgrade your kitchen, you may want to consider updating your benchtop also. Now, you have…