Was 2017 a great year?

2017 Multiplex tower cranes

2017 Multiplex tower cranes




2017 has been a successful year, my first taste of success was back in May. I wrote about Hutchinson Builders tower cranes dominating Brisbane’s skyline. The article was received so well that it would go on to become my most read article of 2017.

2017 a series of firsts for The Travelling Builder

My first interview was with Heath from Heath Nicholson Builders about their Round House project.

Four smart toilets in a lineAnd the first filmed interview for The Travelling Builder Show goes to Kevin from True Blue Building Solutions. Kevin and his smart toilets would be the most viewed episode of the series with over 1700 views.

Following on from Kevin, I was able to interview Donna from Colour By Design, Jim from Starbuck Excavations, Heath from Heath Nicholson Builders and Ken from Bread Builders.

2017 stand out companies

Stepping away from the screen, the standout companies I have written about would be Holly and Marc from Clem carpentry and Rou from Fix It Up Shopfitting.

Raimondi flat top crane over top of a construction siteAs the year progressed, against good advice, I followed my heart and went on a hike. That hike had me walking my way around Melbourne taking photos of Raimondi tower cranes.

That one excursion has opened a countless number of doors and international recognition for The Travelling Builder.

And now here we are a few days into what is already shaping up to be a massive 2018. This year will see The Travelling Builder go from a small blog to a leading, reputable media outlet for the construction industry.

Thank you so much for being a part of The Travelling Builder’s journey in 2017. I wish everyone a prosperous and happy 2018.

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Smart toilets and True Blue Building Solutions

Four smart toilets in a line

Matt: I am here on the Gold Coast in Queensland. Today I am meeting Kevin from True Blue Building Solutions. Kevin has an interesting story about how they went from selling commercial glass in high-rises to smart toilets out of all things.

Meeting Kevin from True Blue Building Solutions

Matt: While at the Brisbane Home Show, Kevin, you found that a lot of people have smart toilets. Being an Australian, the last thing I think is that a toilet is going to wash my backside.

Kevin: I’m the same. I grew up the good old fashion way, so to me, I don’t know anything different. I never thought for a million years that I would be marketing and be selling smart toilets. At the Home Show, we had a few smart toilets on display, simply testing the market.

What blew me away, two/three people out of every five people that I spoke too said, “I’ve got a bidet already, or I’ve got a full smart toilet. I’ll tell you that once you try one, you’re never going back to conventional toilets. I travel a lot, and I discovered them in Asia and other parts of Europe, and now I’ve got a smart toilet in my house and have had one for 12 years.”

Some features of the smart toilets

Smart toilet seat that bolts onto an existing toilet.
This model bolts onto an existing toilet.

Kevin: We have a model that bolts on top of existing toilets. This model comes with a night light and has an automated lid as well. You can press a button, or open and close the lid manually. And then the second button lifts the seat which the manufacturer refers to as the male function. This is, so the ladies don’t have to worry about touching anything. The toilets have a water spout with male and female settings as well as a comfort button.

Unsure if the comfort button was real, I got on the phone to China. It is a female comfort button, so the lady of the house can enjoy herself. The nozzle comes out, sprays water (you might not want to record this part) which has adjustable pressure. The nozzle can pulsate while spraying water as it slides in and out.

Matt: Ahh huh.

Kevin: Yes, the comfort button caught me out as well.

From the Home Show, I have had three large bathroom supply companies here in south-east Queensland approach me saying they need to have these in their showrooms. All of them asking how many can I supply? I am like wow. OK, let’s go.

Matt: So you have gone from glass to selling toilets.

Kevin: Yep. All the way.

Matt: That is one hell of a story.

Website:  www.truebluebuildingsolutions.com.au

Phone:  +61 (07) 5531 5474

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