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Home Living : November 18th 2008
10 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, November 18, 2008 Pool for thought HOMELIVING With climatologists warning our summers are going to get ever hotter and the drought seemingly endless, there is a lively debate in progress over the future of backyard swimming pools, Housing Industry Association NSW executive director Graham Wolfe says. ''On the one hand rising temperatures mean they will have a longer season in more temperate areas of Australia,'' he says. ''On the other, water restrictions are making the continued use of them increasingly problematic.'' Pool owners now have to consult their local authority over what they can do. Put that alongside maintenance costs and safety requirements and it is not surprising that some homeowners are having second thoughts about whether it is worth the trouble. On balance, it is a question of lifestyle. For growing families there is no better way of keeping the children amused than a pool on a summer's evening. On the inevitable downside, very young children and weak swimmers need constant supervision. Hassles about maintenance produce stress, and pool parties can give the hosts palpitations over the potentially lethal combination of alcohol, glass and deep water. For those who might want to get rid of their pool, the obvious solution is to fill it in. Replacing it with lawn or other plantings will still require some water. A paved courtyard is another possibility. One enterprising former owner turned his into a subterranean garden office, where only the chalet-style roof rises above the old lip of the pool. Whatever your feelings, consult an HIA builder or landscape designer for options. Visit tradebuild.com.au 1300 72 71 09 DECKS PERGOLAS BATHROOMS KITCHENS www.djbuilding.com.au FOR ALL YOUR & renovations additions Lic No: 135 759C 2187659i hln wk8 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 phone bring the outdoors in extend out extend up showroom: www.classichomeimprovements.com.au built-in WARDROBES Lifetime Warranty Free Measure & Quote Custom Design Built-in Wardrobes Renovation of existing Wardrobes Sliding Mirror doors in a variety of colour frames Hinged or sliding Federation Doors FACTORY & SHOWROOM Unit 1, 183-185 McCredie Rd, Guildford 9632 5444 Lic. No, 160400C www.waratahwardrobes.com.au 2156445i hlnw wk1 ALUMINIUM WINDOWS & SLIDING DOORS BETA - VIEW BETA - VIEW 900x900 (3'x3') $138 1200 x 1500 (4' x 5') $202 1200 x 1800 (4' x 6') $224 1200 x 2400 (4' x 8') $328 web: www.betaview.com.au - email: firstname.lastname@example.org PRICES FOR WINDOW ONLY & INCLUDE GST AVAILABLE IN BROWN, WHITE, HAWTHORN GREEN, PALE EUCALYPT, STONE BEIGE, CLEAR ANO, PRIMROSE FREE QUOTES FOR SUPPLY & INSTALL Unit 6, 9 Kurrajong Rd, St Marys Master Lic No 408872083 Lic 84933c 2082347i hls wk19 Ph:9623 5611 F:9623 5091 ABN 14 070 225 197 GLASS CUT TO SIZE OPEN SAT Decks Pergolas Stainless steel wire handrail Lattice Privacy Screens DIY pergola and deck kits Lic No: 170944C FREE LOCAL DELIVERY SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS THOMSON'S OUTDOOR PINE FREE DESIGN & QUOTE 5 CHILVERS ROAD THORNLEIGH www.thomsonsoutdoorpine.com.au POLYCARBONATE AWNINGS Translucent Carbolite Lets in light -- keeps out heat Up to 2.4m projection. No posts Suitable for windows -- doors -- patios 2349069i hln wk1 PHONE: 9980 7611 Strongest Ceiling & Wall Repairs Ceiling & wall expert Old ceilings restored Best background in Australia Work further than Aust. Standards 35 years experience Call Kerry Kelaher Builders Lic No R80718 0406 798 557 (anytime) *Conditions Apply 2347879i hln wk01 RESTORE CEILINGS? CRACKED CEILINGS? CRACKED WALLS? 50% OFF* (Call now!)
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