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Home Living : November 25th 2008
8 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, November 25, 2008 Easy alfresco In windy and rainy weather bistro blinds are ideal » ADVERTISING FEATURE HOMELIVING Extending the home is easy with clear bistro blinds. With alfresco dining and outdoor living being enjoyed in the warmer months, the outdoor room concept becomes increasingly popular with people exchanging their living and dining rooms for their patio or pergola. To ensure outdoor living in windy and rainy weather bistro blinds are ideal. The blinds are an easy way to weatherproof the outdoor living area while providing additional insulation and come in a range of sizes to suit most pergolas, patios, gazebos and porches. The blinds don't diminish the light and are an easy to install product for the DIYer. Prices start from $88 for a 90mm x 240mm size. Details: visit www.mitre10.com.au/ bistroblinds or call 1300 001 010 or visit your local Mitre 10 store. It's back to the drawing board Would-be renovators are wondering if the cost of a home improvement will be recouped when the house is sold, Housing Industry Association NSW executive director Graham Wolfe says. ''The answer is it depends on the improvements,'' he says. ''Some work will return value almost instantly and actually assist the sale in a sluggish market; other projects will take years to recoup. ''The golden rule is to spend in proportion to the overall value of your home and those of surrounding properties. ''There is no point in investing $80,000 in a kitchen if homes in your area are selling for less than, say, $600,000.'' Mr Wolfe says that did not mean homeowners shouldn't modernise the kitchen or bathroom, but should do it within the price-range expectations of where they live. ''Expanding the size of the house is usually a good way of getting back what you have spent, plus a little,'' he says. ''A rumpus room at the back, or a parents' retreat as an extra storey, should easily cover costs when it comes to selling.'' But Mr Wolfe warns that any ground- floor extension should leave some of the garden intact. ''People do value being able to relax in the open air,'' he says. Make sure that any improvements are in keeping with the age and style of the home, Mr Wolfe says. ''An extension should complement the existing property, not stand out like a sore thumb.'' Also look at what sustainable features can be incorporated in any extension or renovation. Details: www.tradebuild.com.au ............................................... 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 2142016i hln wk22 GUTTER GUARD ELIMINATE LEAF CLOGGED GUTTERS All our products are manufactured from BlueScope Colorbond® Steel The Leaf Man Australia - successfully protecting gutters and water collection across Australia for over 10 years. THE LEAF MAN GUTTER GUARD Manufactured from Bluescope Colorbond® steel -- the superior & leading Gutter Guard specialists RAIN WATER TANKS Our specialists ensure you get what you need to suit your requirements. REPLACEMENT GUTTERS We ensure that your gutters are in prime condition to collect maximum water TT TT GU GU Includes Free Gutter Cleaning Book now to ensure pre-Christmas installation CALL 1300 888 743 www.theleafman.com.au TIMBER KITCHEN RESTORATIONS We refinish your timber doors & benchtops, bringing them back to new for much less than the cost of a new kitchen Ph: 1300 888 245 www.aglrestoration.com.au free quote all areas 2197834i hlnw wk8 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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