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Home Living : September 8th 2009
6 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, September 8, 2009 Sail into the shade » ADVERTISING FEATURE HOMELIVING A shade sail over an alfresco area, or even the pool or the driveway to give the family car some protection, can be installed by the DIYer. Other areas that are ideal for shade sails include children's play areas and in front of windows that attract harsh sun into a room. As well as providing UV protection, shade sails are aesthetically pleasing and practical. Shade sails are available in an array of natural colours in commercial-grade fabric that is heat treated to minimise fabric shrinkage and to ensure they provide shade for years to come. Guaranteed not to fade, the UV- stabilised fabric has reinforced webbing edges and stainless steel D-rings on each corner to ensure the strength and longevity of the sail. With up to 90 per cent UV block-out, shade sails are ideal to install to protect the family from the sun. A variety of sails in differing colours, designs and sizes are available at Bunnings Warehouse. A warning before you renovate Do-It-Yourselfers should make a point of completing work to a high standard to ensure the house is up to a buyer's expectations at selling time. The financial risk of buying property which is a potential ''lemon'' is increasing with the market heating up, according to Archicentre -- the building advisory service of the Australian Institute of Architects. Archicentre general manager David Hallett says this risk is increasing with rising interest rates predicted and homebuyers need to be careful not to get an extensive repair bill with the mortgage. ''However, many homebuyers who have commissioned pre-purchase property inspections are submitting the results with cost estimations as part of the offer for a property, and others are making offers subject to a satisfactory building inspection report,'' Mr Hallett said. ''This is placing the buyer in the driver's seat to protect their investment against illegal building or superficial cover-up makeovers.'' Mr Hallett says there is also a trend for smart homebuyers to have pre- purchase inspections as a condition on settling a sale. ''Having a professional property report which details the faults in a home, the cost of repairs and the potential for renovation, is a powerful negotiation weapon and can be used by homebuyers having the price reduced on properties to cover repair costs.'' The Archicentre Pre-Purchase Property report covers more than 300 points on any home, with architects carrying out inspections in hard-to-see areas where often the most expensive repair costs lurk. archicentre.com.au ................................................ dk Design Kitchens -- designed for living, built to last. Invest in a dk Design Kitchen today, and enjoy immediate lifestyle returns. We can help you make the most of your home with unique solutions for the kitchen, living and wardrobe spaces, tailored to your needs. Our commitment to excellence is underwritten by award-winning customer service, an in-house joinery and a 10-year guarantee. Call us now to see how our expert team of designers and tradesmen combine European know-how with local craftsmanship to deliver real value for your money. Let our obsession with quality and service be your peace of mind. DESIGN KITCHENS MOSMAN 528 Military Rd P 9960 3844 CROMER 19 Orlando Rd P 8978 6777 or visit us at www.dkdesignkitchens.com.au DK1305.2.SL 'The secret to living stylishly is the seamless design of all your interior living spaces.' DECORATE YOUR HOME LIFESTYLE & DECOR by design CreativeCurtains FREE CONSULTATION! Excellence in all Interior Window/Door treatments Authorised Dealer 9439 1222 www.ajaxlocksmiths.com.au Shop 2, 136-146 Willoughby Rd CROWS NEST SAME DAY SERVICE SERVING THE NORTH SHORE SINCE 1991 EXTRA PHYSICAL SECURITY FOR YOUR HOME OR OFFICE 2196482i hln wk10 HUGE RANGE OF QUALITY DOOR HARDWARE IN STOCK RIGHT NOW
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