Innovative Splashbacks are perfect for a range of applications.
Read on and discover why Australia's top architects and builders rely on Innovative Splashbacks and see why they offer a versatile, cost effective and durable solution to any project.
Case Study #1
Innovative Splashbacks Delivers A Quadruple Win For A Major Aged Care Facility
When acrylic splashbacks were specified for the TLC Aged Care facility between Geelong and the beachside town of Torquay the builders made a decisive choice.
They rejected the acrylic splashback in the design and contacted Innovative Splashbacks to supply them instead.
The splashbacks were being installed throughout the facility in consulting rooms, tea and coffee points and behind wash basins.
The total amount required was slightly under 100m2, colour matched to a competitors acrylc colour.
There were four key factors for their decision.
Key Criteria #1. Confidence.
The builder had worked with Innovative Splashbacks before and knew they could trust the quality of the product and the delivery time.
In fact, this is the third TLC Aged Care facility they built using the product.
They knew the quality would be extremely high quality and it would be delivered on time.
Key Criteria #2. Price.
Because Innovative Splashbacks are cut to size the builder knew they would only be paying for what they used.
Had they used set sized sheets there would have been approximately 20% – 25% wastage.
Effectively they would be paying for material to be thrown away.
They also saved time on-site as well because the sheets didn’t need to be cut.
Each panel was marked during production with its location and dimensions so it was simple for the installers to pick it up and adhere it to the wall.
Given the tight timeframes, this helped keep them on track. It’s especially important for projects where penalties are payable for late completion.
Key Criteria #3. Set and forget .
With so many finishing touches to complete on the facility, the last complication the builders needed was having to manage the splashbacks.
Instead they simply asked their joiners to measure up each area, then send the measurements through to Innovative Splashbacks.
During production each splashback was subject to our stringent 100% panel quality checks. Including checks to make sure the measurements were exactly as requested.
Each panel was marked with the location and the dimensions. This way the joiners could quickly pick up each panel, take it to the right location and install it quickly. There was no extra measuring or cutting required.
Key Criteria #4. Fast delivery times.
The nature of a build like this means final measurements are not always ready until close to the installation time.
This makes it important to produce and deliver the splashbacks quickly.
This order was produced in 7 working days from the final measurements being taken and ready for delivery.
The colour was known in advance which meant it was formulated and ready to be mixed.
All the resources needed to produce the splashbacks were scheduled and other orders were finalised in advance.
And Innovative Splashbacks have developed processes which allow us to produce splashbacks very efficiently and quickly at the high quality our customers demand.
Also, Innovative Splashbacks do not produce splashbacks for large hardware chains which means our production schedule is never blocked out weeks in advance to produce high volumes of set colours.
The focus is, and will always be on architects, builders and individual home owners.
As a guide for larger orders, we typically produce 50 square metres in 5 working days.
Matching colours takes 3 extra days however it can be done in advance if the colour is known.
Having said this, because of the tight lead times - in this case the 100 square metre order was produced in 7 days. We often produce orders this quickly when a project requires it.
Innovative Splashbacks were the obvious choice for this project. The client was able to get their order cut to size, delivered on a tight schedule and for a significantly lower overall cost than other alternatives.
It’s no wonder Innovative Splashbacks are the product of choice for a growing number of architects and builders.
Case Study #2
Why Acrylic Splashbacks Were Chosen For The $100 Million Elements Apartments Complex
Acrylic splashbacks are fast becoming a popular glass alternative for large developments. The Element Apartments in Canberra are a perfect example.
The $100 million project sits at the edge of the Kingston harbour. It’s part of the rejuvenation of the former industrial park. As you’d expect - the developers insisted on the highest quality finish. And Innovative Splashbacks were chosen to supply the shower panels. That’s because Innovative Splashbacks met all their criteria.
Criteria #1 – Extremely high quality and consistent with luxurious apartments
The Element Apartments set a new standard in luxury living. And naturally, the developers insisted on the highest quality finish.
Innovative Splashbacks use the highest quality 6mm acrylic in the world. And they are spraypainted by hand in a clean, dust-free environment. Importantly, the clarity of the splashbacks is equivalent to eye-glasses. This lets through the maximum amount of light to reflect from the metallic finish. And maximising the available light is especially important in bathrooms where natural light is often unavailable.
The two colours chosen were metallic blue and metallic orange which gave each bathroom a vibrant, lively finish.
Criteria #2 – Lower the cost of their project
Anyone can create a luxurious finish with an open cheque book. However this would make most developments unaffordable and uneconomical.
That’s why there are so many amazing new products which meet the same standards but are far more affordable.
Innovative Splashbacks proudly follow this tradition. Typically they cost around 30% less than glass.
However, that’s only the beginning. The real savings begin on-site.
Glass is much harder to install because it weighs twice as much as acrylic. Because acrylic is half the weight, and can be cut onsite using standard woodworking tools, the panels were installed in an average of 17 minutes each. This included preparing the walls, measuring the size required, cutting the panels to size and installation.
When you factor in labour costs Innovative Splashbacks came out the clear winner.
Criteria #3 – Speed of installation
The saying ‘time is money’ probably came from a developer. With vast sums of money tied up in developments, meeting deadlines without sacrificing quality is critical. Innovative Splashbacks have two major advantages over glass.
First, it’s light and can be cut on-site with standard woodworking tools. And this means the installation team can be in and out far quicker.
Because shower and kitchen finishes are installed towards the end of a project, they can help get projects back on track if they’ve slipped behind.
And second, it follows the philosophy of ‘measure, cut and install’. Simply grab the next panel, measure the space, cut it to size and cut tap-holes and install it. You can’t do this with glass where measurements have to be made and be perfect before installation. This can be time consuming and a logistical nightmare.
Precise measurements aren’t needed before manufacturing. And Innovative Splashbacks panels were on-site before installation. Any panel could go into any apartment, so there was no need to figure out which panels went where.
There’s something to be said for simplicity, right?
Penalties of tens of thousands of dollars for late completion are common. If a glass splashback were broken during installation it could be a fortnight for a replacement to arrive. And it could be the one item stopping the project being completed.
This case study demonstrates why Innovative Splashbacks were created. The product has been designed to meet the demands of projects like these and deliver an exceptional finish, quickly, at a lower cost and with the absolute minimum of fuss.
Case Study #3
Innovative Splashbacks helps Australia's youngest Tiny Homes builder
There's nothing like ambition.
And Mitchell Phillips is a remarkable and ambitious young man.
In 2019 the high school student from South Australia started building his very own tiny home for his year 12 project, and we knew we had to help out.
So we contacted Mitchell through his school and offered to help by supplying him acrylic panels at no cost.
Naturally he was delighted and enthusiastically took us up on our offer.
And you can see how it has helped.
His bathroom is only 2300mm long and 900mm wide – barely 2 square metres. And of course Mitchell was concerned it would feel cramped.
Innovative Splashbacks helped overcome this.
The way the gloss finish and light grey colour reflects light makes if it feel spacious, and according to Mitchell:
“Gives it a modern and sleek look … and has the high-end look of a glass splashback” .
Before we contacted him, he was disappointed with the other products on the market which had a “cheap look to them and didn’t have nearly the range of colours”
Another plus is that tiny homes are often built to be transportable, and because Innovative Splashbacks are lightweight and flexible they can be relocated.
There isn’t the added weight of glass or tiles, nor is there any grout which could crack.
Better still, even though he was only 17 years old Mitchell had no problems drilling holes and working with the product, and found it easy to work with and install.
What is the future of tiny housing in Australia?
According to Mitchell the concept is very appealing to a lot of people, and has the potential to be an affordable and straight forward alternative to traditional homes.
We are proud to have played a part in encouraging this amazing young man and look forward to watching his journey, and the tiny homes movement grow.