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Home Living : October 7 2008
10 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, October 7, 2008 Creating buzz » ADVERTISING FEATURE HOMELIVING It seems the never-ending search to keep mosquitoes and flies in their place has put Australia on the world stage. An Australian insect and pest screening system, available for windows or doors, is winning awards both here and in the US. The screening system, S1, from Centor Architectural, recently won the company the Telstra Queensland Business Award for innovation and also won the US's Crystal Achievement Award for the most innovative door component. With summer quickly approaching, effective screening that doesn't deter from the aesthetics of a home is something a lot of renovators, builders and architects, will welcome. Centor managing director Nigel Spork says the system can be retracted out of sight when not needed, disappearing into the architecture of the door frame. The screen can protect any architectural opening up to 3m high and 7.2m wide. Details: Visit www.centor.com.au Greyhounds of modern home design Sixty years ago a sizeable proportion of Australian homes had outside toilets. Moving the loo inside, with the consequent adjustment in plumbing, was cutting edge bathroom design in those days, says Graham Wolf executive director HIA. ''Since then, bathrooms have been the greyhounds of home design, outstripping even the kitchen with their constantly changing fashions and technologies,'' he said. ''There was a brief and totally impractical fad for wall-to-wall carpets, then underfloor heating brought tiles to the fore. ''Bathrooms got bigger, took on the style of luxury palaces based on Ancient Rome with the addition of the latest hi-tech devices such as power showers and spas. ''Even that is not enough for today's high-rollers. Make way for the super- bathroom, the health spa at the end of the landing.'' Exercise machines, steam cabins, spa baths complete with chromotherapy mood lighting, even a sound system and a plasma screen television that slides down into a recess when not in use. As one London-based designer says today's bathroom should mean that you do not have to go to the gym or the beauty salon. The super bathroom is going to cost in the region of $80,000, and that's an awful lot of gym memberships. Even so, real estate experts are predicting that even that kind of money can still reward you with increased property values. It's amazing how quickly luxuries become necessities in the bathroom. Details: Visit www.tradebuild.com.au ............................................... phone bring the outdoors in extend out extend up showroom: www.classichomeimprovements.com.au KITCHENS&BATHROOMS Look no further... come to Creative House Don't Relocate - Renovate!! Give yourself an early Xmas present... We can renovate your Kitchen, Bathroom & Laundry SHOWROOM: Cnr Hudson Avenue & Salisbury Road Castle Hill Call 9899 6466 www.creativehouse.com.au HOURS: Tue to Fri 10am-4pm - Sat 10am-3pm 2172527i hlnc wk13 Dealer Licence No 187520C Authorised 2064180i hln wk12 PHONE NOW For a FREE in Home Quote SPRING SPECIALS 9737 0293 • SAVE UP TO $400 ON DAIKIN DUCTED SYSTEMS • SAVE UP TO $200 ON DAIKIN SPLIT SYSTEMS
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