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Modular Bathrooms

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Do you have a need for an extra bathroom but are looking for an alternative?  Why not think about a modular bathroom?  Read on to learn more.


Why Use a Modular Bathroom? 

A modular bathroom is a great alternative to a traditional tiled bathroom, and can be used for almost any application.  The bathroom is finished in an easy to clean smooth gloss finish in a range of colours to suit your décor.  You can match the bathroom to your existing décor and it comes with a range of optional extras so that you have exactly the bathroom you want.

What is a Modular Bathroom?

The modular bathroom is a completely waterproof, self supporting module that includes the floor, walls, and ceiling, and requires no painting, tiling or internal lining of any kind.  The modular bathroom arrives ready to be assembled and installed, without the need for traditional site preparation.  At the factory, they are manufactured as complete bathrooms, fully fitted out right through to the light fittings.  The modular bathroom is great for:

• new homes
• home extensions or renovations
• an additional bathroom
• holiday homes
• workshops and sheds
• cabins
• granny flats

Other Advantages of a Modular Bathroom

A modular bathroom is great as the factory manufacturing process saves time that would otherwise be spent on site and labour costs, making it a very cost-efficient choice for a bathroom renovation or installation.  There is also consistency in the manufacturing process, ensuring that high qualities are always achieved.



Quality Over Quantity Kitchens

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Once upon a time a company’s worth was measured by the quality of their products. These days, however, more often than not, the focus in on quantity. With the introduction of computerised equipment, the trend is in mass-produced goods, which often results in lower quality output.

When it comes to fitting out a kitchen, choosing the right flat pack and bench tops is vitally important. With countless looks and feels available, it’s important to choose a style that feels right for your home. It is rare to find a company that has the traditional feel that comes with an authentic cabinet maker, and the personal touch of products manufactured on the premises.

Factors to consider when choosing your kitchen

  • Bench tops and cabinets range from the very cheap, to high end products – it’s important to decide how much you are willing to compromise on the look, feel and cost, and decide what’s important for you;
  • Bench tops now come in an enormous variety of colours and finishes, to suit every budget and taste – considering your needs and customising to them is essential;
  • In the current market economy, the DIY sector is increasing in popularity – but are your skills up to scratch?

When putting together a kitchen, a flat pack is obviously the most cost-effective way to go about it, but alongside the substantial cost saving, it is important to consider whether the company you are dealing with can (and will) provide you with support in case of emergency.

Established in 1991, Proform Products has grown steadily to become a leading and trusted supplier/manufacturer of quality components for the domestic and commercial markets. No other Western Australian-owned and operated company provides such a comprehensive range of quality products for architects, designers, builders and cabinetmakers, while still using cabinet makers, and manufacturing all their own products on premises .

With a strong tradition of pursuing excellence, the company prides itself on its goal of providing customers with quality products, professional advice and excellent service with honesty, reliability and friendliness – making sure that you will not be left high and dry when you need it most.



Contemporary Kitchen Design

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Kitchens have transformed from rather poky rooms where food came out of, into spaces that incorporate the dining and sitting rooms into an integrated whole. Kitchen design has had to catch up with this evolution as all the various elements are now in full view for all to see, with kitchen cabinetry increasingly resembling fine furniture, with kitchen islands and counters replacing dining tables. The design ethos of the contemporary kitchen is firmly in the direction of clean uncluttered lines and enhanced functionality.  

Modern Kitchen Trends

There have been some key kitchen trends over the last decade which have transformed our kitchens into the functional and convenient locations they are:

  • The modern trend in kitchen cabinetry has been toward lighter shades with white dominating. The two major advantages of this are that any colour palette can be matched to white, as well as fitting in with practically any theme or style of kitchen
  • Integration is another key trend, with appliances now hidden behind cabinetry and panels for a more sleek, cohesive look
  • Stainless steel is the other big trend for appliances, with practically every type available in this sleek looking material
  • Technology has made its mark felt in practically very room of the house, and the kitchen is no exception, with integrated ‘intelligent’ fridges and appliances that use significantly less energy
  • Lighting is now better planned with coverage for workstations and cooking areas prioritised

Versatile Kitchen Design

With a heritage that goes back to the 1930’s Galvin Design Gallery are passionate about the style and product quality of their range, and are determined to source the finest architectural plumbing and hardware for their clients. They specialise in kitchen and bathroom fit outs – including everything from the taps to the plumbing.  They are perfectly placed to track trends in the sector and identified the following demand from their customer base:

  • Ceasar Stone is definitely the kitchen benchtop material of choice currently
  • Feature panels, splash backs and vertical feature walls are an emerging trend in homes, with customers opting for versatile products like their Marblo range that can easily be changed
  • Euro inspired design is perennially hot with a range of Danish designed handles on the horizon



Choosing Your Kitchen Benchtop

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

When it comes to buying a new kitchen, choosing the right benchtop is probably the biggest decision you’ll make. Not only does it need to perform well with the rigours of cooking, but it should harmonise with your kitchen cabinetry and have an enduring style that will last at least several years. The most popular choices include natural and engineered stone, Corian, laminate and stainless steel, each with its pros and cons.

What Are The Main Benchtop Choices?

Engineered Stone

Materials such as Vstone and CaesarStone are made with around 95% natural quartz, giving you the look of natural stone, but with added durability. Engineered stone is scratch, stain and chip resistant, and will give your kitchen a sophisticated, modern look. It’s less costly than granite and marble, and requires no special maintenance.


Natural granite will give your kitchen the wow factor, but it’s expensive and does require sealing. Choose between a glossy polished finish, and a more contemporary, honed finish. Liquid spills should be mopped up immediately to prevent staining.


Corian is an acrylic material and can be formed into just about shape, making it possible to create a curved benchtop or an integrated benchtop and sink. It’s non porous, stain and scratch resistant, and has a chic, modern look.


You can recreate the look of just about any material you like with laminate, including stone, concrete and timber, at a fraction of the cost. Look for quality laminates that are specially withstand the rigours of a busy kitchen – it will have a tougher, more scratch resistant surface than standard laminates. Can be installed by a competent DIYer.

Stainless Steel

The benchtop material of choice in professional kitchens, stainless steel will give you a professional look at home and blends in well with both contemporary and traditional kitchen styles. It tends to scratch and show fingerprints, so probably not the best choice for families.