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Home Living : November 25th 2008
6 HLF - Publication, 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 ............................................... PHONE: 9482 7000 *Trademark of the General Electric Company TWINLITE AWNINGS (Aust) Pty Ltd Lic No 150568C ENJOY OUTDOOR LIVING THIS SUMMER NEED TO PHONE NOW FOR GUARANTEED INSTALLATION BEFORE CHRISTMAS ORDER FACTORY DIRECT AND SAVE $$$ *8mm GE Lexan Twinwall Polycarbonate Double- Sided UV Protected Panels are directly imported from Germany * Subject To Site Inspection & Conditions Do Apply Showroom & Factory: Unit 1/10 Hornsby St, Hornsby www.twinliteawnings.com.au firstname.lastname@example.org 2222410i hlnw wk22 internal plantation shutters | aluminium shutters | sunscreen rollers timber venetians | holland blinds roman blinds | motorisation awnings and more... Last chance for delivery of blinds and awnings before Christmas When it comes to beautifully hand-crafted window furniture, Norman Shutters are the world leaders. Our shutters are manufactured exclusively to suit the climatic conditions of your own home and your environment. Add class, style and value to your home with these unique shutters from Complete Blinds. Call us now for a free measure and quote. www.completeblinds.net.au 8824 7975 zb0043_cbl_4M UP TO 20% off
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