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Home Living : January 27th 2009
HLF - Publication, Tuesday, January 27, 2009 5 HOMELIVING » ADVERTISING FEATURE Time for renewal When a unit appreciates in price but becomes a bit tired it's time to renovate rather than move, says Graham Wolfe NSW executive director HIA. But it's trickier in an apartment where you can't just build an extension or make major structural changes. However there are many other possibilities. Start with the kitchen and bathrooms, high-use areas which tend to wear out fastest. An upgrade here will immediately add value. A general makeover of the living area could involve changing the carpets, or maybe even ripping out the carpets altogether, exposing and polishing the floorboards. However, beware of the extra noise this may generate, especially if there are neighbours below. A general paint job also works wonders. Built-in cupboards are another possibility, and if there is some spare cash, display this new affluence by upgrading to a better class of furniture. For the more ambitious it may be possible to create some open spaces by knocking out a wall or two, but this will depend on the overall structure of the apartment building and will probably require planning permission. An HIA builder and renovator will be able to provide an estimate of the cost and maybe suggest other possibilities. A real estate agency should be able to give an estimate of the value the planned work will add to the property. Need a tradesperson? Find an HIA professional convenient to you at tradebuild.com.au STYLE -- QUALITY -- DESIGN www.instyleblindsandshutters.com.au Call for a FREE me and quote 9631 48282098502i hln wk28 2098502i hln wk28 Roller Blinds Roman Blinds Venetian Blinds Aluminium Blinds Panel Glide Blinds Plantation Shutters AUSTRALIA'S MOST EXPERIENCED POOL BUILDER • ANY SHAPE, ANY SIZE: GEOMETRIC, FREEFORM, LAP, PLUNGE... • FULL DESIGN SERVICE INCL. COUNCIL COMPLIANCE OR APPROVAL • POOL RENOVATION EXPERTS -- 2007 MBA AWARD WINNER • OVER 19,513 QUALITY BUILDS Appreciate quality? The choice is Crystal 50 Year reputation for quality MASTER POOL DESIGNERS AND BUILDERS BUILDERS Lic.No. 34505 SEE EXAMPLES ONLINE AT crystalpools.com.au ALL SUBURBS 9875 4555 shutters curtains blinds Free in home consultation or visit our showroom at 48 Windsor Road, Kellyville 9629 9445 www.stylehouse.net.au 2100719i hlf wk30 shutters • roman blinds • holland blinds • motorisation • sunscreens venetians • home theatre rooms • panel glides • curtains • poles/tracks Local AWARD WINNING one stop window covering shop 25% o sale now on Call 7 days 1300 486 532 (GUM LEAF) www.gumleafgutterguard.com 2032111i hlnw wk29 "Eliminate Birds Nesting in Your Gutters" 300 364 290 CALL for a FREE measure & quote 1300 364 290 361 PENNANT HILLS ROAD SHOWROOM: PENNANT HILLS NSW 2120 OPEN 7 Days! Tailored Outdoor living www.pergolaland.com.au HIA MASTERBUILDERS ASSOCIATION AUSTRALIA NE WSOUTH WALE S LIBERTYPROCESS STABILITY FIRST INCORPORATED 1873 Member Lic.93536c Master Builders Assoc. Ty o v Take your indoor living Let Pergola Land maximise your living space with a fully designed and expertly constructed pergola that will make any area come alive. From your initial call to completion, it has never been easier to have a quality timber, steel or aluminium pergola fully structured to your needs. FREE 'IN HOME' CONSULTATION 1300 137 198 www.ccbd.com.au Curtains Romans Sunscreens Pelmets Swags Shutters All Blinds Bedspreads LATEST DESIGNS IN CURTAINS & BLINDS by Design CREATIVE CURTAINS 2191321i hln wk22
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