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Home Living : February 3rd 2009
HLC - HOME LIVING: CENTRAL, Tuesday, February 3, 2009 1 HOMELIVING » ADVERTISING FEATURE Shocking facts Electrical faults in homes can result in fires when homeowners flick the switch to cope with soaring temperatures, overloading the electrical system with the heavy demand of airconditioners, Archicentre warned. State manager Angus Kell says such overloads on poorly maintained, illegally installed or older electrical systems can result in injury, death or severe damage to houses or appliances. ''People usually associate house fires with winter, however, it is important to recognise electrical safety and fire hazards exist all year round. We have become particularly concerned by the number of summer house fires recently reported throughout Australia. ''Of particular concern are the number of houses our architects pick up during pre-purchase inspections where previous owners have undertaken their own illegal wiring. Often the buyers of older homes are totally unaware that they could be buying a death trap.'' Archicentre in its home safety inspections for older persons finds there is a constant need for the monitoring of fire safety around the home with the most common faults being the use of double adaptors for radiators, clutter of newspapers and deadlocks on doors without keys on the inside. Details: www.archicentre.com.au » ADVERTISING FEATURE Shrinking in wash With the trend towards smaller land sizes and apartment and townhouse- style living growing in popularity, the second smallest room -- the laundry -- is getting smaller with consequences both for the overall design of the home and the way we run our lives. Shrinking the size has brought challenges for home designers. In some modern homes the laundry has been reduced to a large cupboard, shut away and invisible until needed. In others it doubles with the second bathroom. Consumers are demanding a higher standard of fittings and efficiency to compensate for less space. If the laundry adjoins the kitchen, as it does in many homes, the trend is for the kitchen colour scheme, bench top material and tap ware to be carried through. One HIA home designer has noted the trend to better integrate laundries into the rest of the home. In the past it used to have a nondescript little side door opening to a service area where the washing was hung out to dry. Now people are wanting stylish glass doors to let more light in and give the impression of space. That means more attractive service areas to improve the outlook. One disturbing trend, especially in these times of increased environmental awareness, is the growth in the use of clothes dryers, which tend to be the least energy efficient of all household appliances. Need a tradesperson? Find an HIA professional convenient to you at tradebuild.com.au ............................................... Metropolitan Built-in Wardrobes Pty Ltd FREE MEASURE & QUOTE SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS Mon-Fri 8.30am - 4.30pm Sat 8.30am - 1pm T: 9763 5899, F: 9763 5877 www.metropolitanwardrobes.com.au Unit 6, 1-15 Wentworth Rd Nth, Homebush (off Bellona Ave) 15 YEARS GUARANTEED 2119421i hlc wk31 Lic. 137155c Call the team from Magnetite. Magnetite window insulation is an affordable alternative to double glazing • Reduces Noise up to 70% • Year round thermal insulation • Energy efficiency • Works with existing windows Call now... 1300 769 246 or visit us on www.magnetite.com.au 2208862i hln wk25 is NOISE bothering you? SAVE 20% on SKYLIGHTS SPECIAL OFFER on WHIRLY BIRDS Fully installed from $279 4/7 Enterprise Circuit, Prestons NSW 2170 Call 1300 852 622 www.solarbright.com.au $179 Installed with stainless steel bearings 2065419i hls wk31 New Year Kitchen Sale 20% - 50% off kitchens "If you love cooking like me let Kitcheners custom design your dream kitchen. Plus with great New Year's savings of up to 50% off normal prices on selected ranges, it's never been more affordable to speak to Australia's favourite kitchen company. Plus their award-winning designers can bring the showroom to you." Call 1800 826 144 now (24hrs) for a free design and quote or visit www.kitcheners.com.au DESIGNER KITCHENS FROM $6 TO $60K "Trust Kitcheners for Australia's best custom-made kitchens" Huey * Must purchase kitchen with cabinetry valued over $6000 (ex glass splashbacks, stone benchtops and trade works). 10% deposit at time of appointment. Not valid with any other offer. Huge discounts on new custom made kitchens! Hurry, order today while stocks last! 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 2157200i hlc wk1
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