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FAQ


  1. 1. What are recent trends in bathroom design? >
  2. 2. What should I consider when planning my bathroom? >
  3. 3. How much space will I need for items in my bathroom? >
  4. 4. I require assisted care/am elderly, what bathroom options are available for my bathroom to be safer, more usable and accessible? >
  5. 5. What do I need to consider when choosing between Mixer type or traditional handle and spout Tapware options? >
  6. 6. Does the pump position of a spa bath matter? >
  7. 7. When I order, do I have to pay for all my goods up front? >
  8. 8. How many tap holes do I need in a Basin? >
  9. 9. What size spout do I need? >
  10. 10. Can you recommend a plumber/builder/electrician/handyman? >
  11. 11. Can I order online? >
  12. 12. Where do you deliver to? >

What are recent trends in bathroom design?

In recent years Bathrooms have been designed with large spaces and this continues, as does streamlined styles with clean lines and earthy colours. Square fittings are still popular although some of these shapes are coming through with a slight softening of the harder edges. Space maximising products such as in-wall cisterns for the toilet and walk-in showers are also on-trend.The vanity unit is also making a comeback with a focus on functional organisation options and a modern up to date look – wall hung vanities are an example of how designers are achieving this combination of style and function.

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What should I consider when planning my bathroom?

While a bathroom can be a beautiful place it must also be functional. You will require workspaces in your bathroom just like you do in the kitchen. How many people will be using the bathroom? You may need dual basins for bathrooms with lots of traffic. A combined a shower and bath area can save much needed space.

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How much space will I need for items in my bathroom?

You will require minimum spaces around some items in your bathroom. 700mm either side of a toilet bowl and 600mm in front. At least 700mm is required between the front of a basin and an object or wall. Power points must be at least 500mm from splash zones. The minimum requirement for a shower recess is 900x900mm. Allow at least 1700x800m for a bath.

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I require assisted care/am elderly, what bathroom options are available for my bathroom to be safer, more usable and accessible?

The floor level of the bathroom including access to shower area should all be one level for those with limited movement. Grab rails are essential for use near toilets, shower areas and also near basins. Mixers with long levers or electronic controls can be useful and water temperature controls can enhance the ease of use of Tapware. Semi-recessed basins and wall basins can be set at the appropriate height for wheelchair users. Please contact a McCanns sales person at your nearest store for an overview of our range of appropriate products.

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What do I need to consider when choosing between Mixer type or traditional handle and spout Tapware options?

While it is largely personal taste, it is worth assessing some practical considerations, such as if water pressure is an issue in your area (ask your plumber), if you require or prefer Tapware with water saving options – available in all types of Tapware but some are more efficient than others – and if someone who uses the taps will require a high level of ease of use, for example children or the elderly.

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Does the pump position of a spa bath matter?

Yes. You need to know the requirements of your specific bathroom layout in regard to the pump position options. Your builder or plumber will be the best person to advise you. You can then choose the spa that you like and the spa will be custom ordered to meet your needs. It is important to get this right as the manufacturers will not exchange or refund on an error in your order.

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When I order, do I have to pay for all my goods up front?

No, if don’t have a trade account with us you still have the option to open a McCanns Prepaid Account. After paying an initial deposit into the account upon ordering the goods, you can then pay the goods off as you go. You are able to pick up goods to the value you have paid at anytime and if you wish to pick up more then you simply make a payment to the value of the goods you require at the time. We accept cash, EFTPOS, direct debit and credit card (VISA and Mastercard) payments.

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How many tap holes do I need in a Basin?

It depends on the Tapware you choose. You will need 1 tap hole for mixer style Tapware and 3 holes for a traditional 2 tap handles and 1 spout arrangement. Choose your Tapware first and then select your basin.

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What size spout do I need?

Once you have selected your Tapware you need to choose your bath or basin ensuring that the lip is not too deep or shallow for the length of the spout – it must reach over the lip but not protrude out proportionally too far. The best option is to select these items together to ensure you have a good match.

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Can you recommend a plumber/builder/electrician/handyman?

No, but we can give you a few tips on how to find a good one! Get a personal recommendation - the best way to find someone reliable and professional is a referral from word of mouth. Ask friends, family and work colleagues or anyone you come across who has completed a renovation or building project. Contact professional bodies and check that the trades person is appropriately licensed to ensure that any work they undertake is guaranteed. When talking to the trades person do you feel comfortable with their ideas and suggestions. If not perhaps you need to talk to someone else. Always get a solid quote before the work is done and ask about what could occur that could change the quotation figure.

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Can I order online?

Not yet. However you can order over the phone at any one of our 9 stores and we will deliver to anywhere in Australia. Delivery charges apply.

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Where do you deliver to?

We have regular delivery routes throughout areas of metropolitan Melbourne, Geelong and Victoria. If you need delivery outside our regular runs, we can send items anywhere in Australia via Australia Post or courier of your choice. Delivery charges apply.

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