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Home Living : February 3rd 2009
HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, February 3, 2009 5 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 ............................................... 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 ww w.aglrestoration.com.au free quote all areas 2197834i hlnw wk8 FIXED PRICE ground floor & 1st floor addi ons DESIGN SERVICE FIXED PRICE ADDITIONS Call 9651 1990 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Master Builder - Gold Lic.56363c MBA Award Winning Builder Affordable Quality FREE Quote Established 15 Years Strongest Ceiling & Wall Repairs Ceiling & wall expert Old ceilings restored 1st Class work only Work further than Aust. Standards 37 years experience Builders Lic No R80718 0406 798 557 (anytime) *Conditions Apply 2078850i hlw wk32 CEILING AND WALL CRACKS? PROFESSIONAL AND FRIENDLY SERVICE 50% OFF* (Call now!) 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 2171955i hlnc wk32 • SAVE UP TO $600 ON DAIKIN DUCTED SYSTEMS • SAVE UP TO $300 ON DAIKIN MULTI SPLIT SYSTEMS • SAVE UP TO $200 ON DAIKIN SPLIT SYSTEMS 1300 72 71 09 DECKS PERGOLAS BATHROOMS KITCHENS www.djbuilding.com.au FOR ALL YOUR & renovations additions Lic No: 135 759C 2187659i hln wk8
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