It is with pleasure and excitement that we confirm Lava Laundry Lounge is now open for business.
We are grateful for the support of all of the suppliers and trades that have been involved in our project, all of which are detailed in the “About” section of our website. We also appreciate the messages of support and well wishes from our Facebook and social media friends.
Lava looks forward to being of service to the residents and hotel visitors of East Perth, and we hope to meet you all very soon.
With the carpentry work now complete, the final work day of the year was spent with the whole Lava family pitching in for a marathon 10 hour clean-up in preparation for the feature lighting installation were Lava's bespoke timber work and space will be brightend up and brought to life.
The Lava family will be taking a couple of weeks break now and will be looking forward to 2017's work re-commencement followed by our grand opening shortly thereafter.
On behalf of the Lava family, thanks for following our progress, we wish you a very happy holiday season and terrific 2017.
Lava’s brand has assumed its position on the urban landscape as the signage was erected today.
The carpenters also started work on the internal walnut timber fitout and we can’t wait to see all of the design elements combine later this week to give rise to a comfortable, secure, and welcoming Lava environment..
There was a dry spell at Lava today with the day dedicated to the installation of our fantastic new stainless steel gas dryers. In total there are ten dryers with a large 15kg clothing capacity plus two dryers with a massive 21kg capacity so that our customers can easily dry a full load from one of Lava's largest washing machines using just one dryer, and do so in just 25 mins.
In total, just short of 200kg of simultaneous hot, fast, shiny, new, clothes drying awesomeness.
Lava's machines have arrived on site in Adelaide Terrace and it has been an exciting day as the washers are positioned and bolted into place to allow the shop fitting work to commence.
Most exciting was seeing the large 14kg and massive 18 kg industrial high spin washing machines for the first time which can be seen in the image below almost dwarfing me (not that that is hard to do).
These machines will take a truck load of your washing in one load or deal with all the bulky items that you can never wash in your own domestic machine. Items like blankets, doona, bed covers, sleeping bags, pillows, and other large bedding items can be washed with ease.
A row of industrial grade 8kg high g-force machines have also been installed to enable the fast and efficient washing of your normal clothing needs.
With the expected arrival of the long awaited washing machines due next week, the plumbing and gas fitout gets into full swing with the installation of Lava’s hot water system.
Lava has been working with Rheem Australia to specify and manufacture the ideal solution in providing high output (exceeding our requirements) with the benefits of mains pressure for fast fill, fast recovery rates, as well as redundancy in the event one heater fails, and all with a small footprint and class leading energy efficiency.
Our custom Rheem Tankpack (pictured here) will continuously circulate hot water through a ring main to the back of each machine, so when your hot fill cycle starts…. your hot water fill will reach your washing almost instantly without having a few litres of cold water before it.
We’re hot to make sure your Lava experience is a good one…not luke warm.
As the Robert Burns poem says.... the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry. Such is the case in respect to our programmed opening for Lava.
Four weeks ago we were advised by our local supplier that the washing machines that were being shipped from Europe and due to arrive in Fremantle last month were in a sea container on a ship sitting stationary in the East Mediterranean Sea after being refused entry to the Suez Canal. After being alerted to the situation we commenced our own monitoring and discovered that the ship is operated by the Hanjin Shipping Company. Hanjin is the 8th largest shipping company in the world and had been placed into South Korean court controlled bankruptcy administration in August which has left some US$14 billion of cargo in some 400,000 individual sea containers on 70 ships stuck out at sea, literally, whilst the company tried to avoid having their ships seized by creditors in various global ports, meanwhile attempting to secure court orders and funding to allow access to ports to unload their cargo.
The ship in which our machines are contained (the Hanjin Asia) spent three weeks treading water in the Mediterranean off the coast of Port Said in Egypt near the Suez entrance until two weeks ago when it changed course and started transmitting its new destination of Singapore.... the long way around the bottom of Africa.
We have been informed that once unloaded in Singapore and on-shipped to Fremantle we should expect the washing machines in Fremantle mid November. Whilst we are continuing to do what we can with the fitout in the absence of the machines, having the machines in position is key to the majority of very precise (read: anal ) shop fitting works and as such by the time we factor in getting back our trades in December, Xmas, New Year.... we have to be realistic and have regrettably pushed back our planned opening date to 14 January 2017.
In keeping with the inviting and comfortable environment that we have designed and are committed to create at Lava, 100% of the visible walls, floor to ceiling, are being clad in engineered rustic oak sanded and oiled boards which will help create a natural and neutral palet as the backdrop to our new stainless steel machines.
96m2 of oak boards arrived form Europe today.
ABOVE: Example product
We are just a few weeks out from our machines arriving on Australian shores and the fitout can commence in earnest. We are proud to show you some of the lighting features that we will be using in Lava Laundry Lounge to provide our customers with a bright, comfortable, and visually appealing space.
With the demolition of the former premises now complete and with our child labour reintroducing the windows to the outside world (thanks Harrison), we can now finally see the space in its entirety and are very excited to begin the refit that will soon bring Lava to life.
Watch this empty space!
With Lava Love