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TJ’s Kitchens & Bathrooms – New Name; Same Great Business!

We’re extremely pleased to announce a new look and feel for TJ’s Property Services.

After 20 years providing an expert home renovation service in Auckland, we have tightened our focus and concentrate on kitchen remodeling and bathroom renovations. Tyrone’s years of experience as a master cabinetmaker meant that we were increasingly in demand for kitchen and bathroom renovation work that included custom made cabinetry, bespoke benches and unique kitchen islands.

To be fair, cabinet making and the highly demanding precision work necessary for bathroom and kitchen remodeling appeals to Tyrone’s perfectionist nature! Never one to settle for less than immaculate results, Tyrone is never happier than when he is standing back, surveying a perfect renovation project which has been brought to a flawless conclusion.

Yes, TJ’s is still available to do home renovations and we can handle decking projects and flooring (which is a key part of bathroom and kitchen renovations as well) – but we wanted a new name that explained clearly where our particular area of expertise lies.

So here is our new logo for TJ’s Kitchens & Bathrooms – with thanks to Wonder Design for the graphics and Fresh Marketing for the wording and creative guidance.

We look forward to working with you.

Tyrone & Marion Galloway.

TJ's Kitchens and Bathrooms logo

Top 5 flooring options for kitchen renovations

There are many flooring options for great kitchen floors. TJ’s Kitchens and Bathrooms have put together our top five recommended flooring options for kitchen renovations.

1. Tiles are one of the more popular choices when our clients are remodeling their kitchen. They are hard-wearing, stand up to water spills and easy to clean. Flooring tiles come in a huge range of colours and finishes. Tiled floors bring the appeal of space and cleanliness to a kitchen renovation.

2. Solid wooden floors are very popular for kitchen renovations. Once they have been sanded up and sealed correctly, wooden floors are also hard-wearing. You never know what is hiding under your existing flooring, and pulling off those worn layers to expose natural wooden flooring is always cathartic. Wooden floors are also warmer to stand on – and crockery is not ‘always guaranteed to smash’!

3. Engineered wooden flooring gives the same visual appeal as solid wooden flooring, and is also very durable, but comes in a wider range of colours. This colour choice can add real style to your new kitchen. Engineered wooden flooring has an underlay layer which helps stop dampness coming through and effecting the timber – or you can choose to stick the timber directly onto the existing flooring.

4. Polished concrete floors are another way to finish off your kitchen renovation to add a point of difference. Polished concrete can take some work to get it looking good – but the end effect is stunning. Different coloured finishes can add a unique touch to your kitchen remodel. You need to have a kitchen floor that can take the knocks and this is an effective finish. Vinyl flooring is always an option for kitchen remodels and there and there are endless modern colours, designs and patterns available.

5. Vinyl flooring is waterproof and stain proof. It is a way of keeping the kitchen renovation budget under control and does not require ongoing maintenance.  Also you can add a texture to the vinyl flooring to help reduce slips.

TJ’s Kitchens and Bathrooms are prepared for whatever kitchen flooring option you choose for your kitchen renovation.  We are ready to make your dream kitchen a real kitchen that you can enjoy every day!

Expert Advice: Top 10 Tips for Kitchen Renovations

This fantastic article was written by Karen Cole Banack and Melody Duron for

Renovating your kitchen will add ease to your lifestyle and value to your home. Here are the 10 most important things to consider when updating your kitchen.

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1. Use quality materials. Top-quality drawer slides and hinges mean cabinet doors will stay closed and drawers won’t stick. Stay away from drawers that are stapled together or made of particleboard. For cabinet interiors, wood veneer is more durable than melamine, laminate, MDF or particleboard.

2. Determine cabinet heights. If you have eight-foot ceilings, choose cabinets that go to the ceiling. They offer more storage, enabling you to use extra wall space for artwork or open shelves. If your ceilings are higher than eight feet, leave 15 to 18 inches above the cabinets.

3. Decide whether to paint or stain. Though stained-wood cabinetry is forgiving, most finishes date quickly and aren’t easily altered. Brush-painted cabinets can lend a unique personality.

4. Select an elegant countertop. White Carrara marble (honed or acid washed and sealed) and stained wood add elegance and warmth. We also like honed Kirkstone slate, soapstone and Wiarton limestone, and plastic laminate with a wood edge for a sophisticated look.

5. Install an island that works. Beware of placing a bulky cube in the middle of the room. We like islands that have an open, airy look. Ideally, an island should be unencumbered by appliances, but if you want it to house a dishwasher-sink combo or a cooktop, try to maintain the light look of a leggy harvest table.

Read the rest of the article online here.

Expert Tips to Revitalise Your Kitchen: 10 Refreshing Ideas

Do you ever wishfully think about changing the layout of your kitchen, the colour of your cabinets, your tiles or flooring?  Here are some quick-win ideas from TJ’s to help bring life back into a lively part of your home.

1. How is the pantry performing?

Have you even wanted to get something at the back of your pantry but just can reach? How about you take some shelves out and add drawers. We have done this for a lot of clients and they love how much easier it is to see what is in the cupboard.

2. Do the tiles or your splash back look dull?

This is such an easy way to add colour in the kitchen and there are so many products on the market to help freshen up this area. A colourful panel of tiling or a glass splashback definitely adds real impact to your kitchen. A colourful glass splashback often has everyone who visits commenting on how amazing it looks!

3. Kitchen tap just not as good as new?

Water in your kitchen is so vital, and stylish tap-ware is another simple way to add your own flare to a highly used area, especially with varying water pressures. You need to make sure you get the right tap for the job, and one that makes an impression.

4. Need to brighten up the lighting in your kitchen?

With so many lighting options available, updating your kitchen lighting can be of great benefit, from adding a colour through strip lighting, to adding more direct light over your preparation area.

5. Are there ever enough kitchen power points?

In the ever increasing market of appliances, you can end up with mixers, docking stations, coffee machines and more in your kitchen. Older kitchens never have enough power points, but the number and placement of power points can be planned out with a little thought.

By adding an island unit to a kitchen you can discretely add in power points on the side of the island unit – just great for catering for laptops and other pop up items that we just can’t get enough of.

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6. Handles in on your cupboards not looking as good as they did new?

Our clients can’t wait to update the look of their kitchen with new handles on the doors of their kitchen cupboards. Some go for the bold statement handles and others want the minimalist effect. Of course personal style and taste come into play, and yes the right decision is important – if need be we will bring in a designer who can help with this big decision.

7. Colour or finish of the kitchen cabinetry not working for you anymore?

New kitchen cabinets or updating the cupboard colours in your kitchen is the best way to update the look of your kitchen quickly. At the same time think about if the cupboard space is still working for you as this is easily fixed when changing the finish of your cabinets.

There are many different finishes that are available, so think what works best for you, and ask to talk to one of our designers if you need advice.

8. Bench top looking a little worse for wear?

There are different finishes and different products to work with and work on. A bench top finishes off the cabinets so well and completes a look of the new style you are striving to achieve in your new kitchen. Also remember that often a bench top can be extended to create extra seating area.

9. Why do cooking smells linger or steam not leave effectively?

Range hoods are so important for removing the cooking smells and condensation created from cooking. When they are not running as effectively as what they should be can create build up in your kitchen that can be hard to remove.

With technology today range hoods come in all shapes and sizes it is good to know exactly what size and shape is needed.

10. Flooring not looking so good?

Flooring has to be easy to clean to keep looking good after the high use that it gets every day. It is important to choose flooring that is hard wearing that can take the knocks of everyday life and colour that fits your style.

Tiles and wooden floors are always a popular choice, but polished concrete is a very ‘in’ look – it all depends on your personal tastes.

We hope you enjoy these tips to help you on your journey to improving your kitchen to fit your lifestyle – with TJ’s assistance and our years of expertise in kitchen renovations, you can count on us to help you get your dream completed