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Home Living : October 6th 2009
HLS - HOME LIVING: SOUTH, Tuesday, October 6, 2009 3 Just wild about our hardwoods Wildwood Design's Peter Crutchfield says his dining tables are so tough family members will enjoy them for generations. Mr Crutchfield, pictured with son Zane at a table made from a one- piece slab of river red gum, said Australian hardwoods needed to be tough to survive our harsh natural elements, such as drought and fire. ''They are also interesting objects of art -- Mother Nature's art,'' Mr Crutchfield says. ''No table is the same. They all have different features -- sap veins, swirling grain patterns, bird's eyes and colours. ''For our one-piece slabs, or two- piece slab tables, we hand-sand where the bark edge was so it is smooth to touch, but we keep a slightly wavy edge. ''It looks unbelievable in a contemporary dining room." Mr Crutchfield is always on the hunt for unusual pieces of sustainable and recycled timber for his designs, and makes regular trips to Western Australia, Queensland, Victoria and the NSW south and north coasts. As well as one-off table designs, Wildwood Designs makes sideboards, drawers, chairs, consoles, coffee tables, entertainment units, mirrors, bookshelves and bedroom suites. They use timber such as blackbutt, spotted gum, jarrah and red gum. Wildwood Designs also has a special projects section for installations like wall units. Details: Showrooms at 334 Victoria Rd, Gladesvlle, call 9817 6999; and 78 Parramatta Rd, Stanmore, call 9557 7770. Web: wildwood designs.com.au ................................................ Downlight danger » ADVERTISING FEATURE Homeowners will see a major benefit with the news that fire-resistant downlight protectors will be covered under the $1600 Home Insulation Rebate. Approved downlight enclosures prevent fire risk but will also bring a significant increase in energy efficiency. In a recent communication with Arrowform, who specialise in the manufacture of downlight protectors, the Federal Environment, Water Heritage and the Arts Department confirmed that downlight covers will be allowed (under the rebate), providing they are approved to the relevant Australian Standard. Providing an incentive to install approved downlight protectors is a positive step for the government, and will result in fewer ceiling fires caused by halogen lights. These can reach temperatures of up to 300˚C and can ignite insulation, timber and other building materials, including dust and debris that collects in the ceiling cavity. According to independent research, a ceiling without downlight protectors can see up to a 66 per cent reduction in energy efficiency, even with freshly installed insulation. This is because insulation installers typically create a gap of 500sq mm around each downlight, which is the alternative to suitable downlight protectors as allowed under the Australian Standard. Arrowform's Isolite Guard meets the highest requirement of the Australian Standard and allows the enclosed downlight to abut the insulation and any timber beams. Isolite Guards are specifically designed to prevent fires. At $16 each, these Australian-made Isolite guards are available from more than 1000 outlets. HOMELIVING QUALITY -- All bluescope-Lysaght product -- 15 year written warranty • Engineer designed and certified SERVICE -- We do the lot -- supply install, concrete and council plans FREE no obligation on site TRUST -- 15 years succ ully trading i industry -- Full job under contract or kit only PRICE -- with the buyin wer of one of Australia's st ng grou behind us we guarantee t hat South West supply, inst concrete and council plans, te visit cessfull in the industry r one ng power ne of Australia's larges to undercut any written quote tha bring us. on ggoups you b ll job under o t buyi 2066096i hls wk11 Double & Carport from $5,800 BARNS from $7,400 FREE quotes ALL suburbs *Discounts off R.R.P. on selected ranges only. Offer supercedes previous offers. X29756 New season's fabrics across the range New Sirocco Sheers New Vision Magic New Spring Shutter range SPRING'S HERE! 60% off * SO SPRING IN AND WE'LL SPRING UP TO Showroom: 2 ddart Road, Prospect. h dd d Showroom: 26 Stoddart Road Prospect ,p(Mon--Fri & Sun) www.sydneyblinds.com.au (Mon Fri & Sun) www sydneyblinds com au () y y 9755 1622 or 4677 2301 www.premierimprovements.com.au Builder Lic. 118223C We offer: • Obligation FREE design and quote • Submit all Council applications on your behalf • Experienced tradesmen • All insurances and warranties 2159997i hlc wk11 Call the gable specialists on
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