Kitchen Showrooms in Melbourne

If you want to see some great kitchen design ideas you need to visit a kitchen showroom in Melbourne. Some are better than others of course and I commonly take clients to of multiple showrooms to get a bit more of an idea of trend and quality.

The range is pretty comprehensive and they have things laid out in a way that really gets the creative juices flowing. I know a few of the staff in Knoxfield quite well and they really make the whole process an enjoyable one.

People often approach these processes with a lot of stress but building a home or renovating a kitchen should be an exciting time. I think you really need to realise the possibilities to feel that excitement when walking into a kitchen showroom knowing you are going to come out with something unbelievable and practical that you can cherish for life.


Questions to Ask Your Plumber Before They Are Hired

Listed below are many methods to look for a plumber:

  • Talk with friends or your loved ones to get a recommendation.
  • Ask your neighbour if they were happy with the plumber they used.
  • If you have used a tradie, ask if they have any good referrals.
  • Talk with the area plumbing supply store to get a suggestion to get a reliable plumbing company.
  • Get online and examine the evaluations of plumbers in your town.

What would you search for before you employ them once you look for a plumber in your town? This is a record of products you have to ask a plumber… You hire them.

Do you have a plumbing licence?

Check that you’re dealing with a qualified plumber, ask to determine their state permit! Certified plumbers are acquainted with local plumbing codes & education.

In Melbourne, there are certainly a large amount of skills you have to succeed like a plumber. Consequently, there are lots of actions an apprentice plumber must master to become a professional Plumber. These actions for acquiring the name of master plumber as well as the guidelines are established from the state. You’ll want 3-5 years of main plumbing expertise, recommendations, and move an examination to obtain Master Plumbing permit. To get a Master Plumbers permit section of your knowledge should contain commercial or industrial plumbing. Additionally, they ought to have additional qualifications certify and to check backflow devices or focus on septic systems.

How many years experience do they have?

A great guideline is search for plumber is which have been for a minimum of 4 years running a business. This provides you a measure regarding how steady and practical the company is of course if they’ll be about to guarantee the job they are doing in your home.

Does the plumber have insurance?

A plumbing company doing work in your house must have a present Workman’s Payment insurance certificate along with General Liability Insurance. Upon request, the plumber must be able to supply a copy of his insurance to you.

General liability insurance covers damage that may happen to your house immediately due to the plumber. Any problems could be included in your home owners insurance when the plumber doesn’t have their own general keyman insurance coverage. Often the plumber must bring no less than $500,000.00 generally liability insurance, however it is common for plumbers who do professional plumbing to be covered up to 3,000,000.00.

Do they provide Emergency-Service afterhours?

A plumbing company that promotes they have “24/7” plumbing assistance must have a person support individual prepared to get your phone after hours. More, the plumber must have on call or after hours plumbers open to restore your plumbing emergency.

Are Quality Supplies used by the plumber?

Does the plumber install familiar quality, brand accessories and supplies that provide maker’ guarantees towards the customer? What manufacturers does he keep on their support vehicles and inventory? The producers of accessories plumbing components, and devices usually provide a minimal replacement guarantee on the products.

What’re your plumbing prices?

Service Plumbers demand for their work one of Supplies & Time Pricing two methods or Flat Rate Pricing. I would like to clarify the distinction, that is extremely important.

Using the Supplies & Period technique; the plumber costs a little “Service-Fee” to mobilise an hourly rate, towards the job whatever supplies were applied to correct the plumbing, and while he’s about the job. Usually is a one hour minimum labour cost after which you’re charged from the quarter-hour. With this process you simply purchase supplies utilised on the task and the particular time it requires… No further less.

A plumber using Flatrate Pricing may cost a “Diagnostic Charge” to find out your plumbing problem after which provides you with a set rate offer to repair the issue. You realise in advance what it’ll charge for the fix. You’re solely required for your Diagnostic Price if that you don’t wish to continue using the fix.

With Flatrate pricing it’s hard to know you is getting each hour. I will let you know the flatrate price you’re provided relies upon the worst case scenario for that plumbing business… What’s one of the most time it’d consider to get a gradual plumber to repair the issue. But, following the client waits for that plumber showing up has had off-work, and it is currently devoted to the diagnostic charge, he’s struck using a whopper price to correct a little plumbing problem.

As the Flat-Rate pricing approach appears appealing, generally a skilled qualified plumber may resolve your plumbing crisis for less money on the Period & Substance foundation. Additionally, about the cost of the solution many Support Specialists are paid commission with Flat-Rate pricing. Generally, close and experts have experienced the specialists to market a costly purchase. This could result in neglect whilst the specialist in your house becomes more of the salesman in the place of a plumber.

Can you offer recommendations to me from clients you’ve completed work with?

A reliable plumbing company may have not a problem providing recommendations from businesses or their household clients, or plumbing supply house. Furthermore, question them if they’re an associate of any condition or national plumbing organisations, regional chamber of business, or have gotten recognition’s or any prizes locally.

Our Choice

Located in Sydney, we use HP Plumbers Sydney. They tick all of the above and has a team of experts that referrals that stand out from the crowd. Anyone that can handle the biggest building in the southern hemisphere can look after our apartment.

Always Know the Rules!

The greatest lessons I received from the elite public school system in suburban Illinois involved understanding the importance of knowing what the rules are, how exceptions are made, and how they are enforced. Knowing the rules helped me out of quite a few binds!

In the tradeshow world, it’s very much the same way (yes, I’m comparing convention centers to public schools – would anyone blame me for the comparison?). Understanding the technicalities that surround your exhibit, where and when to ask for variances, and what variances show management can or cannot accept, can define the success or failure of your tradeshow booth.

I recently had a client call me with a list of 5 shows that they wanted to exhibit at in 2010. They wanted to do a 20×20 exhibit that was 16 ft. tall. Maximizing visibility and utilization of cubic footage that they pay for has always been of utmost importance to them.4 of the 5 tradeshows would not permit the type of exhibit designs that they planned to utilize. 1 of the 4 later agreed to allow it, based on a height variance. There are basic guidelines on when variances need to be applied for – including submitting drawings from a structural engineer. We have an email confirmation, and we’ll go through the necessary motions to execute the height variance.

Knowing the rules intimately – not just the basic height, setbacks, etc. – can prove to be a show-saver. As we’ve mentioned here before, get everything in writing, and bear in mind that the show hall, not show management, is the ultimate judge in any disputed situation. Make the rules work for you– not against you!

NPE and HIMSS confusion

I’m struggling to get my brain around NPE and HIMSS making decisions to leave McCormick Place.

Is it the weather?Chicago does get cold in the winter time.

Is it the business world expressing their disagreement with President Obama? I understand that some disagree with some of his policies. I suppose changing the host city for your tradeshow to a non-Obama city could be one way to flex your economic muscles.

Is it Chicago-style cuisine? Perhaps contemporary diets are incompatible with deep dish pizza and Chicago style ‘dogs – and that would upset expo attendees.

I’m at a loss here, people. Please help me pin down the cause for these two significant tradeshows departing from McCormick Place Convention Center. Thus far, it appears these are totally random occurrences, without any specific cause. Is there any way we can prevent this from happening to the other prominent trade shows held in Chicago?

When a Color is Not just a Color

Everyone knows that the colours involved in a marketing campaign are of immense importance. Imagine a Coca-Cola or Marlboro ad that lacked the colour red! Sometimes, however, it’s not only the COLOUR that matters, it’s the exact shade or hue that a company depends on for a consistent campaign.

If your company uses a special “blue” that separates itself from the menagerie of garden variety “blues” in the marketplace, then this can present an immense challenge when working through a sophisticated marketing campaign. While this isn’t news for companies that are seasoned in working with their branding properties, it can become a major obstacle for newly unveiled marketing initiatives. There’s a simple solution which might not get mentioned by your ad company – but it matters for your exhibit company!

When asking for images for an exhibit’s graphics, most exhibitors will provide CMYK information for their branding content. For an exhibitor that needs an specific colour matched, we will ask for a Pantone colour. A specific colour, taken from a uniform wheel of colours, allows us to match the colour regardless of print substrate. Whether your graphics are being printed onto fabric, white laminate panels, or sintra, colours will match regardless of medium. Keep in mind that the same colour on my monitor might not match that colour on your monitor – digital graphics can be the most subjective of colour.

Other factors to consider are the age of your properties – colour fades over time, not just when exposed to UV rays. Gradients that work well in computer generated images often produce different effects when printed on a physical substrate. The important thing is having an open discussion with the graphics department of your exhibitor. The project management aspect for ensuring a marketing message’s success is an indispensable aspect of the exhibit production process.

How important are the colours of your exhibit? A marketing director told me a story about a study indicating a strong correlation between lab subjects “seeing the colour red,” and having a strong desire to smoke a cigarette. Marlboro has done it’s job – it seems their marketing has been addictive as their product! Corporate colours are often just as important as the words and images that delineate a company’s message.

Booth Design First, Marketing Strategy Second… And WHY?

In an industry like any other, where every vendor proclaims to be “thinking outside of the box” and other jaded “-isms,” I have a complaint: Why does the procurement process always evolve around which furniture and styles should go into an exhibit display?

Not only do most interactions between exhibit houses and exhibitorsstart with furniture arrangements-they proceed to price and logistics. This is when my blood pressure rises and I start to mutter incoherently to myself… Why is our industry so fixated on this mode of doing business?

Can we agree that the reason exhibitors spend tens, hundreds, or millions on their exhibit programs is for the purpose of marketing andselling? Can we agree that it is not because they are trying to sell furniture, and it is not because they are overly fascinated by warehousing and commercial freight details? I’m going to go out on a limb that the boardrooms that approve marketing budgets do so on an understanding that it will increase their brand’s, product’s, or service’s exposure, and otherwise increase sales opportunities. Why do we start off the discussion by discussing the widgets we think ought to be crammed together in your booth?

I endeavor, on every exhibitor conversation, to hit the ‘reset’ button, and orient the conversation around goals of the exhibit program. In other words, why were you given all of this company money? What is that money intended to provide for the company, and tell me what unique situations your company finds themselves faced with?

Product launch? Recent merger or acquisition? Defending brand or product against new competitor, or competitor’s new product? “Jaded” perception within industry? Business sector’s financial instability sewing doubt into prospective and existing clients’ minds? These are all common threads that we hear from exhibitors who need a new approach to their exhibit.

While I heap generous blame to the “cabinet makers” mindset amongst competing exhibit houses, a certain amount of criticism is owed to exhibitors. The approach that gains the most straightforward response from your vendors may not be the best approach for your exhibit program. What are some ideas for how trade show coordinators can improve their exhibit program from first contact, all the way through project completion? We’re eager to hear your comments on the subject – let us know what you think.

McCormick Place… it’s not a “profit center”

This week was an interesting one for trade shows based in Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center in the near future. Apparently, legislation in Illinois proposes to convert tradeshow union laborers into public employees.

They plan to WHAT?

Yes, they plan to make the show more efficient, transparent, and effective, and less expensive to boot. All by a magical transition of changing the labor pools at McCormick into government employees (presumably municipal employees of the MPEA – we’ve mentioned them here before, me thinks…).

Actually, the FIVE labor unions will become THREE, laborers willno longer be able to strike, and contracts will be negotiable on an individual show basis.

One additional mandate was stipulated in the fine print of the legislation*:

All subsequent references to “Union” labor(ers) must hereafter include quotations hitherto delineated [“Union” labor].

* -I kid, I kid. But how is it still a “union” if you a. can’t strike, b. they negotiate your contract willy nilly, and c. they outright eliminate 40% of the members groups? I think that 40% ought to figure out where their dues are going towards…

Freeman and GES, show contractors at McCormick, are none too pleased by the plan.

Show organizers gave mixed reviews:

“I don’t know much besides, ‘Yeah, we’re taking labor in house, and this would save money,’ but I don’t know that it would,” said Tom Shimala, show manager for the Radiological Society of North America Scientific Assembly & Annual Meeting (

“I don’t think we’re in the stage where we can comment on the final product, because there is no final product,” he added. “If they are trying to lower cost and improve quality for exhibitors, and, if this will do it, then I’ll back it.” – Peter Eelman, show manager for the Intl. Manufacturing Technology Show (

The quote I most relished, however was this one:

“They are concerned that we are doing this to generate revenue, for us to mark up labor and then pass that cost onto the contractor,” [the GM of McCormick Place] added. “We have been saying (that) we are not in process of making this a profit center.”

‘Cause they’re trying to LOSE money? If anyone knows what the goal is now (since it’s not profits…), please enlighten me!

Mendacity @ McPier

All this blogging and social media over-consumption is starting to contort my vocabulary into the more banal dialect characteristic of our modern era. So when I first read that the MPEA’s Board of Directors was getting cleared out, with the 13 bodies being replaced with 7hopefully warmer ones, my immediate reply was “OMG, that’s gr8.” No, actually, that’s not how I talk.

The MPEA is indeed going through a bit of a transition period. Legislation was just passed to oust the 13 person board that oversees Navy Pier and McCormick Place operations, and legislation has recently been proposed to change the McCormick Place “union” labour pool into public employees. The 13 member McPier board is slated to be replaced with 7 appointees selected by Mayor Daley and Governor Quinn. Hmm.

One would suspect that this action came amidst a general lack of perceived impetus at McCormick – a cursory glance at  MPEA’s press release page reveals how much has been done to respond to the losses of NRA, NPE, HIMSS, and a laundry list of other trade shows still talking about leaving the convention center by 2012. Not too much, in short, has been done. The new 7 person board is tasked with bringing back shows, and attracting new ones.

The rub is that GES, Freeman and IAEE are none too pleased, publically, at this move. They’ve released statements essentially questioning how these changes will actually improve the situation at McCormick Place. Their essential dispute: aside from governing bodies deciding that they are going to take greater control of the situation, how are these moves expected to reduce costs and make McCormick Place a more profitable popular destination for trade shows?