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Home Living : February 3rd 2009
HLS - HOME LIVING: SOUTH, 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 ............................................... BUILT IN WARDROBES FACTORY DIRECT PRICES BUILT IN WARDROBES FACTORY DIRECT PRICES PH: 9890 7477 PH: 9890 7477 • FREE MEASURE & QUOTE • LIFETIME GUARANTEE Made to suit your budget & needs • Style • Service • Variety • Full range • Accessories • Hinged Doors • Sliding Doors • Over 20 years exp. Sydney Wardrobe Company Pty. Ltd www.sydneywardrobe.com.au Lic: 185628C 2155608i hls wk30 ALUMINIUM WINDOWS & SLIDING DOORS BETA - VIEW BETA - VIEW 900x900 (3'x3') $138 1200 x 1500 (4' x 5') $202 1200 x 1800 (4' x 6') $224 1200 x 2400 (4' x 8') $328 web: www.betaview.com.au - email: firstname.lastname@example.org PRICES FOR WINDOW ONLY & INCLUDE GST AVAILABLE IN BROWN, WHITE, HAWTHORN GREEN, PALE EUCALYPT, STONE BEIGE, CLEAR ANO, PRIMROSE FREE QUOTES FOR SUPPLY & INSTALL Unit 6, 9 Kurrajong Rd, St Marys 2150662i hls wk30 Ph:9623 5611 F:9623 5091 ABN 14 070 225 197 Master Lic No 408872083 Lic 84933c Security lic. no. 408925402 GLASS CUT TO SIZE OPEN SAT QUALITY PRODUCTS AT TRADE PRICES MANUFACTURER DIRECT WE SERVICE MOST BRANDS OF SHUTTERS • 10 Year Written Warranty • Fast Professional Installation By Qualified Tradesman • Reduce Heating & Cooling Bills • Deter Burglars • Reduce Noise • Storm Protection ROLLER SHUTTERS FREE MEASURE & QUOTE CALL TODAY 1300 302 822 www.maverickrollerproducts.com.au 2158952i hlw wk41 C/L 196633C Showroom & Factory: Fax: 77 Larra St, Yennora 9632 1399 Specialising in Shopfront & Domestic Roller Shutters SAVE $$$ - FACTORY DIRECT PRICES Master Lic:408646770 Roller Shutters Shopfront Shutters Stainless Steel Doors Automatic Garage Doors FREE MEASURE & QUOTES Call 9632 1111 www.burwoodshutters.com.au 5% OFF YOUR LOWEST GENUINE PRICE Window Shutters Safety Doors Window Grilles Automatic Gates 2092663i hlw wk15
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