Cooler mornings and evenings are the sign that Autumn has arrived. Tree leaves are changing colour and falling, and many eucalypts have shed their bark in the warmer months leaving lots of bark lying around. This change of season raises the question for many homeowners – ‘When did I last check and clean my gutters?’ and do I need some sort of gutter guard?

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Barn Door Style

The Barn Door is no longer just for the farm. Now a design element that is beautiful in form as well as function, they’ve quickly become a highly sought-after feature inclusion. In the past they were associated with a country ‘farmhouse feel’ but with a fresh new approach to barn doors, their versatility means they are finding their way into just about any design style.

Whatever your style, H&G can help you with your Barn Door requirements. Below are some great ways to utilise a Barn Door in your home.

Smart Space Saver  An ideal option in smart functional space saving, this barn door suits a range of uses and provides an elegant solution to maximising space and flow in your home. Easy to use, they make accessibility and moving around simple for kids, the elderly and those with a disability. This makes them a great choice for multi-generational homes, an increasing trend seen across our communities and in home design.

Their use is going beyond that of ‘just a door’ and they are becoming an increasingly popular choice to effectively create ‘zones’ within homes. From acting as a ‘privacy screen’ to efficiently dividing space for heating and cooling, as well as hiding away work or messy task spaces.


Would a Barn Door Work Here?
The places and spaces a barn door can be used is more often than not, limited only by your imagination.

Here is some barn door inspiration for your next project:

Room Divider

We all love modern open plan living but heating and cooling large open spaces can prove challenging and expensive. Barn doors can provide an elegant and space-saving solution.

Creating Privacy

A great option for small ensuites, where privacy and space to move is paramount, a barn door makes sense to maximise your floor space.


Barn doors are also a clever alternative for bedrooms, be that for large master bedrooms, children’s beds and bunks or small studio apartments, helping to create privacy or quiet zones when needed or an open space when not. Their versatility means they can be a unique design feature while maintaining clean line aesthetics so often desired in modern interior design.



What’s Behind the Door?

Increasing in popularity is using barn doors to hide away task areas, messy spaces or simply areas you don’t want as the focal point of the room all the time. Great in places like kitchens and laundries to hide away appliances, pantry items or work areas.

Want to hide away your TV when friends are over? Barn doors could be a sleek and discrete


Things to Consider
Internal barn doors are a great solution throughout your home but you need to keep in mind:

  • While saving floor space, they do require wall space. Make sure you have enough space for the the door to fully open
  • Check your wall space doesn’t have anything sticking out from it – ie; electricity outlets, light switches, vents. Anything that stops the door from sliding properly
  • Make sure your floor and ceiling are level, so your door slides easily and doesn’t ‘stick’
  • Check the place you want to hang your barn door can support its weight

Need expert advice about which Barn Door will suit your space?
Call H&G Locks, Doors & Windows 8456-1144


Go With A Modern Drain

Drains and drain covers have traditionally stood out like the proverbial ‘sore thumb’, often reducing the visual concept desired. Even the most architecturally pleasing stainless steel grate covers can have a detrimental effect.

Industry innovators, like Stormtech, have had a major impact on providing a solution to this problem with their quality drain design and building. Their system allows for unprecedented versatility in design as it’s smaller and more efficient than standard drains.


Slim to Fit the Design Drain

The Stormtech system has minimal visual impact due to its narrow profile. The prestige finish of the 316 stainless steel grates provide design flexibility to allow it to be used in contemporary or classic styles. slim-fit-drain

Drains such as the Slimline drain can be integrated into almost any design concept and used in a variety of situations from showers, bathrooms and other wet rooms to backyard and pool designs. It is also easily incorporated into door frames and thresholds to allow an equal threshold which allows easy access and a flowing design bringing the outdoors in.

Let it Get Lost Drain

The introduction in Australia of linear drainage for bathrooms in the early 1990s by Stormtech has provided efficient architectural drainage solutions. A favourite product for architects and designers is the Tile Insert Drain. Developed to make the drain disappear, the Tile Insert series incorporates tile or solid surface material within the grate frame, ideal for use of large format tiles or a stone slab. The Tile Insert drain is available in 65mm and 100mm wide and for different tile thicknesses allowing it to be used for a variety of  building situations. tile-insert-drain

The latest addition to the Tile Insert drain range is the shallowest Tile Insert drain on the market. With an overall depth of only 23mm, the 100Tii20 it is an ideal product for projects involving a redevelopment of existing structures that can have concrete slabs with flaws and cracks or where new floor zones need to be put in.

Colours that Match Styles


In keeping up with current trends and inspired by worldwide colour trends, Stormtech have recently launched 3 new metallic colours – Brass, Copper and Bronzeto offer more creative options to designers, specifiers and consumers.

The colour finishes are available across the whole range of Stormtech’s designer grates and drains, from their standard 100, 65 or 38 Range through to fully customised options. These metallic finishes will add sparkle and give a sleek and luminous finish to any contemporary design, offering a luxurious and glamorous feel whether it is timeless brass or trendy copper.

Sleek, Innovative & Practical Drains

Used in bathrooms, showers, thresholds, paved areas, driveways, pools and pool surround, Stormtech grates and drains are known for sleek design, innovation and practicality. All their products are Australian Made and WaterMark certified. With a proud commitment to eco-friendly design, Stormtech offers the only linear drainage product in the world with Global GreenTag certification.


To learn more about which Stormtech drain will suit your next drainage job, Call your H&G specialist 8456 1215.

Imex Laser Levels – Accurate for Life

Innovative | Funky | Energetic | Creative | Fresh – Imex – levelling a whole new world….

Imex laser levles are the leader in linear measuring and laser levels, offering the professional tradesman superior quality, innovative products and widest range. The Imex Construction Zone range of laser levels and digital level products has been specified by our construction trained team, designed and manufactured by laser levelling professionals to perform in all conditions efficiently and accurately.

The most advanced laser levelling diode technology is combined with robust housings and our unique green laser colours.

The Imex rotating laser level range has been specified by our construction trained team, designed by industry professionals and proven in all conditions to perform a vast range of levelling tasks in an efficient and accurate manner.

With self-levelling, grade slope function, scan mode, horizontal and vertical, remote controller and rechargeable Ni-MH batteries the Imex range represents excellent value with versatile capabilities for a full range of construction functions.

Imex Lasers for Builders, Plumbers, Tilers & Carpenters





IMEX Lasers understand what every tradie is looking for when purchasing laser levelling equipment:

  • Calibration – Every IMEX Laser is pre-calibrated, control checked and issued with a certificate prior to leaving the warehouse.
  • Outdoor use – Heavy Duty, Waterproof and Long Battery life
  • Long Warranty – All Imex Products come with a minimum 2-year warranty
  • Training – Imex offers on-site training and in-store assistance
  • Imex, the legendary laser and levelling equipment has just released its Edition 5 catalogue with all the latest in innovative technology and accuracy for all professional trades.
  • With a full range of line and dot lasers, rotating lasers, pipe lasers and laser distance measurers the Imex line-up is functional and affordable and comes with long warranties, long service and calibration intervals all in the unique hi-viz green casing.
  • To complement the quality instruments there is a full trade range of professional spirit levels, digital levels, measuring tapes, measuring wheels and measuring accessories.
  • Imex products are now sold throughout UK and Europe and are fast becoming the market leaders in Australasia. With an extensive network of stockists throughout Australia, the Imex range is available at all leading tool and hardware stores and industrial tool specialists.
  • On-site training and in-store assistance are available; look for the quality green store displays.

Speak to your local H&G today about the Imex Laser Levels that are available.