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New building products available for your renovation or new home

You can now get a benchtop that charges your phone when you place it on the bench. No plugs, no docking station and no wires. It just charges as if by magic.

The Corian Wireless Charging Surface can replace cables and power points to create user-friendly work and living areas.  It is a practical and simple to install technology solution for anywhere a smart device may want to be recharged wirelessly. You could use it in multiple locations throughout your home or office.

Enabled by a unit that uses induction technology, the Corian Wireless Charging Surface has a transmitter hidden under the surface, delivering the charge directly through the Corian.  Nothing is visible from above the benchtop.


Wireless Charging Surface


Wireless power, also known as inductive coupling, uses narrow magnetic fields that are a natural part of how electrical current moves through wires. It starts by creating a magnetic field around a hidden electrical coil. The receiving device has a hidden coil that can receive the magnetic energy created, thereby transferring power wirelessly.

The phone charges and stops when your device has reached maximum battery capacity. The phone will charge at about the same speed it would on a wired charger.

So if you are tired of the kids taking you charger, here is your solution!

Richard Hoogervorst

Lots of non-compliant building materials this year


In the last year we have seen increasing amounts of non-compliant materials in the building industry. We are now checking all materials that come from new suppliers to try and ensure all our building components meet Australian Standards and are of suitable high quality.

You will likely have heard of the Grenfell Tower fire in London. A building caught fire and the cladding on the exterior of the building was actually flammable. Flames accelerated up the building and tragically many people died. The cladding turned out not to be compliant with the fire resistance regulations.

Many electrical and glazing supplies are now being imported and supplied at the lowest possible price. The pressure to keep the price low inevitably leads to reductions in quality and sometimes it seems, a few short cuts on compliance with Australian building regulations.

We are being extra mindful to source electrical, glazing, steel and wood products from trusted suppliers and manufacturers. We source items made in Australia when we can and ensure quality of imported items.

The difference between a cheap build and a quality build has never been greater in my opinion. So please be careful to compare apples with apples when evaluating building quotes. We try very hard to keep prices down based on efficiency and low overheads, rather than by using the cheapest materials or suppliers.