If you’ve never built or renovated before, you might assume that selecting tiles is one of the easiest parts of the process. Surely it’s just a matter of choosing the ones you think look best, and then it’s job done – right? Well, not entirely. As many first-time renovators soon learn, there are more varieties of tile than you ever imagined, and the right kind can really make or break the look and feel of your bathroom, kitchen or living room reno. That’s why it’s always a good idea to call in the experts – and if anyone knows the ins and outs of selecting, supplying and installing tiles, it’s the team at Choice Tiles.
Rodney Haworth founded Choice Tiles in 2006. With more than 30 years of tiling experience behind him, it’s no surprise that Rodney and his team have built up a thriving local business over the ensuing 13 years. And after so long serving customers around Newcastle, the Hunter and the Central Coast and Great Lakes regions, they’re more passionate than ever about what they do.
This year has marked a big move for the Choice Tiles team: from their previous Toronto location to new premises in Cardiff. As you enter the newly refurbished showroom, you’ll find a tight-knit group of welcoming, enthusiastic employees, ready to talk you through the process of creating your ideal bathroom or other renovation project. No matter what stage you’re at in your renovation process – whether you’re just starting out with only a vague idea, or you have a completed set of plans – the Choice team can help out. In a walk-in consultation or pre-arranged appointment, clients can submit their bathroom plans, and the team will provide competitive estimations of product costs alone, or a quote incorporating supply and installation. Bathroom packages are also on offer for those who’d prefer to have everything provided for them.
“Our team can help clients step by step through the process of their new renovation,” explains Riley Davidson, Assistant Showroom Manager at Choice. “We help our clients with finding inspiration, ideas and their style.”
The team specialises in supplying and installing ceramic, porcelain and natural stone tiles. Ceramic and porcelain are always popular options, providing a classic look for any space, but if you’re looking for something a little more unique, natural stone is an elegant alternative. Large-format tiles provide a particularly smooth and striking effect, while modern mosaic and feature tiles can add interest, and vinyl and vinyl hybrid flooring options are increasingly on-trend. With a multitude of colours and designs available – from bold, eye-catching patterns, to the most subtle shades and textures – there’s something to suit every vision and project. No matter what style of tile you choose, trusted brands like Johnson Tiles, Everstone, Marble Plus and RAK Ceramics provide reassurance that you’re getting the best-quality products for your money.
Once you’ve selected your perfect tile, it’s time to think about how to implement it in your home. Tile adhesives and all the other tiling products you’ll need to do it yourself are available through Choice, as well as plumbing products to finish the job. But if you’re not the DIY type, Choice offers installation services including full floor and wall tiling, waterproofing, porcelain sealing, epoxy grouting, underfloor heating installation for both tiles and carpets, and installation of soundproofing and acoustic underlay. You know what they say – when in doubt, leave it to the experts.
Despite the name, it’s not just tiles you’ll find when you check out the new Choice Tiles location. Vanities (standard and custom-made), baths, toilet suites, the latest ranges of tapware and bathroom accessories – Choice has everything you’ll need to create your dream bathroom or add just the right touch to a kitchen or living area in your home. Specialists on hand at the refurbished showroom include an architectural consultant, a colour consultant, and a qualified interior designer with over 20 years of experience with tile selections.
“It’s a perfect one-stop-shop for architects, builders, designers and their clients,” Riley says of the new showroom. “And with the addition of a trade centre, it’s perfect for the handyman as well.”
In addition to working with domestic clients, Choice has been involved in a number of larger-scale commercial projects, including the award-winning Maitland Riverlink – a gateway building designed to connect High Street and The Levee with the banks of the Hunter River. Other notable renovation projects the Choice team has lent its expertise to include Newcastle RAAF Base, Newcastle Airport, and the Newcastle Council Building; Spicers Guesthouse in Pokolbin; Regis Aged Care Facility at Elermore Vale; and the multi-million-dollar Shortland Waters Golf Club development.
Between these commercial projects and their local domestic customers, it’s safe to say the team is always pretty busy. But what’s coming up for Choice Tiles in the future? Now their new Cardiff location is up and running; they’ll also be expanding their services to include start-to-finish renovations.
“The new year brings Choice Tiles’ very own bathroom renovations, with the supply of everything needed for your very own personalised bathroom,” Riley says. “Everything from colour selections to tilers – we have you covered.”
So if you’ve been thinking about that bathroom reno, there’s never been a better time to take the leap. Contact the Choice Tiles team by calling (02) 4959 1817, check out www.choicetiles.com.au, or pay a visit to the extensive new showroom at 13 Alhambra Avenue, Cardiff.