Leave it to the Locksmith Experts…

Although I’d like to call myself an expert at pretty much everything when it comes to renovation, the reality is that I can’t do everything myself. Some stuff is best to left for the experts. Especially for technical and specialised stuff. This post shows an example of that. A perfect example was the time I had to change the locks in the house. I wanted to fit a fancy new lock with a snazzy locking mechanism – but failed! Luckily I knew a Perth locksmith who gave me some advice, but ended up coming over to fit the locks himself. Just goes to show that I admit when something that I am doing is just way to hard to do myself.

different locks

Let me give a brief spill on what actually happened prior to calling the Perth locksmith…

During a renovation, I fitted two new doors (front entry and one leading to the backyard). Being me, I wanted the design to be different to your average doors. Although the design for the doors were somewhat unique, I wanted something more than that. So long story short, I decided to go with a new locking mechanism. Not just a “normal” lock, instead something would even make McGyver proud (for those who have seen his popular TV shows would appreciate!). For those too young to even know the TV show I am referring to, sorry!

So I researched (as you do) high and low for a locking mechanism design that I liked. took me a couple of hours browsing the web and countless hours of reading magazines before settling for one. Mind you, when I first saw the lock design I was hooked! It did look super difficult to install and activate it. Let me explain: the lock is electronically controlled. So what you may say? Well this electronic baby is different to most electronic locks. It is a high security lock that offered triple layered security protection.

Without going into too much technical stuff (I may already did!), let me explain on how it sort of work. The three layered security layers are:

  1. Pin code security (4 to 8 digits capable)
  2. Swipe card
  3. Finger print identification

What is astonishing about these locks are that you can activate all three security features mentioned in the above list. Yep, you heard right! If you were going to gain entry into my house, you don’t need a key.. but you do need to know the pin code, have the swipe card handy and have my finger print. Some might say that why all three, wouldn’t the fingerprint security be sufficient?! My answer to that question is.. probably! But nah, who cares… I told you I wanted something different. Wink wink!

Filled Under: Uncategorized Posted on: April 6, 2016

Some of My Favourite Places to Shop!

You know, when it comes to publishing a post… the topic idea is usually brought up by readers like yourself. Or other designers giving me tips. In this post I’d like to tell all my readers where I like to shop and why!

Now before I mention my favourite places. I am aware that not everyone will agree to my list. In fact, some of you out there will say that you totally oppose to my list. But that’s ok. That’s what makes it interesting.. the fact that everyone is different. The main thing is that you go out there and freakin’ enjoy your shopping experience.

Anyways, back to my list of places and brief reasons to why I like it so much. Ohh by the way, naturally I will have a ton of places that I wanted to list here. But I won’t… simply because it will be a humongous list and will take you ages to read it all. Instead I will list my top 3.

Drum roll please! Here it is:


This is by far my favourite place to shop, because of many reasons. But mainly because of the ease of transporting the goods back to my place. Flat packs are the secret sauce to easy storage and handling! Prices are reasonably cheap with a huge variety of choices to choose from. A home renovators dream!

2) Bunnings

Man, where do I start with this place! Too many things to mention. They store everything from toiletries to plumbing to paint to everything in between! If you love to do DIY projects, then Bunnings is the place for you. For that, they deserve to be in the number #2 spot on my list.

3) Spotlight

To be honest, it was hard choosing between Bunnings and Spotlight if you ask me. But at the end of the day, there can only be one winner and unfortunately there has to be one loser. Anyways, I decided to put Spotlight s number #3 as the stuff in the shops are often complementary to Bunnings/IKEA.

So there you go, my top 3 place to shop when you’re doing home renovations.

Filled Under: Uncategorized Posted on: April 5, 2016

Storing My Belongings During Renovations

Many have asked me: with all the renovations that I do, where do I store my belongings? Surely I’d have to store ’em somewhere right? People may think I got some sort of huge store at the back of my house or similar. But the simple truth is.. well.. somewhat simple! I simply store it away in a storage warehouse facility! Told you it was a straight forward solution. Some of yous you may also ask: doesn’t it cost an arm and a leg to store your items away? I think the answer to this question is yes and no. Yes, it would be rather expensive if you don’t shop around and no if you find a good deal. I betcha you want to know where to good deal is right?

Well, today is your lucky day as I am sharing with you an awesome storage facility who, provide both very competitive pricing and top notch service. So it’s a win-win situation. Who doesn’t love that right? We all do of course. This storage warehouse is located in Welshpool, only about 10 mins away from Perth city. So it is very convenient and the fact that the pricing is so competitive, seriously; why would you look else where? The owner of the storage place name is Shannan and all I can say he is a top bloke.

Here’s the map showing the location:

map of storage facillity



I want to publish the prices here in this post, but then I thought it’s better that I don’t. Simply because that prices can change from time to time and it wouldn’t be fair to them if I published the prices here. This is to stop the confusion that may arise from conflicting prices.

But no need to worry about the price changes, if it occurs. Because they will be very competitive. Don’t take my words for it, call them and see for yourself!

Their phone number is (08) 9468 8033, so give them a call if you want to find out te current pricing structure.

Oh another thing, They also do removals and have lots of removal trucks available. So they offer the complete service: both relocating my belongings and of course storing it away. Storing it for longer period will reduce your price. But what you may also not know is that pricing will also be discounted if you frequently use them. That is, even if you store something on a short period – such as two weeks at a time, but you do it frequently such as every quarter or so will also attract a discounted price. Well at least with this storage place you do!

So there you go, I’ve spilled my secrets on the place where I store my belongings whilst renovating. I sugottggest you do the same as well and save a lot of headaches!

It sure saved my sanity! Ok gotta go. Catc you in my next post.

Filled Under: Services Posted on: March 2, 2016