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Home Living : February 3rd 2009
HLF - Publication, Tuesday, February 3, 2009 7 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 ............................................... ABSOLUTE Carports & Awnings Pitched Roofs Curved Roofs Timber Decks & Pergolas Screen Enclosures Glass Rooms 1300 552 330 Over 30 Years Experience The original industry leader in design, product & service Lic Number: 208107c Your Absolute Outdoor Specialist 2116815i hlnw wk29 KAWAI & CARLINGFORD MUSIC CENTRE'S USED & EX-RENTAL SCHOOL PIANOS, NEW UPRIGHTS, GRANDS AND DIGITALS 2 DAYS ONLY 7TH & 8TH FEB 10am-4pm At the Cove Centre, Lane Cove Council (opp. Longueville Hotel). Sale conducted by Carlingford Music Centre. For further information phone Robert on 9873 2333. *All reductions are based on the Recommended Retail Prices (RRP). The RRP's are set by the Australian distributor and are NOT necessarily the price which the product has been previously sold. 2092956i hlf wk32 PRICED TO CLEAR* ANNUAL PIANO CLEARANCE
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