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Home Living : May 25th 2010
8 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, May 25, 2010 .............................................. HOMELIVING Smart ways » ADVERTISING FEATURE The thought of making considerable savings on building a home or renovation by being an owner-builder has become increasingly attractive to many facing more interest rate rises. But the gains can be quickly lost once the project begins, warns Archicentre. Angus Kell, ACT & NSW state manager of Archicentre, the building advisory service of the Australian Institute of Archictects, said as many as 20 per cent to 30 per cent of the building permits issued in NSW were given to owner-builders. Mr Kell said being an owner-builder starts with a preliminary agreement and or/design, and planning or permit applications that stipulate the scope of the works involved. ''The planning for the owner-builder should commence at the design concept where the design is settled on and then properly costed so accurate quotes can be obtained. Whilst tendering provides a good guide to the cost of the project, choosing the cheapest quote may not necessarily be the right decision,'' Mr Kell said. ''It is also vital that the contract builders' credentials are checked out to ensure they are registered, have appropriate insurance, are able to show examples of their work and, importantly, are able to complete the project on time. Mr Kell said some renovators pay between 50 per cent to 60 per cent more for their renovations because they fail to tender the projects properly. ''One of the biggest mistakes owner- builders make is they get a quote only on the structural part of the renovation, failing to recognize that around 50 per cent of the cost is to be found after lock-up in fittings and finishing.'' Details: archicentre.com.au Home heating range » ADVERTISING FEATURE It's time to add some warmth to the house and the great outdoors. Australians love the outdoors and winter wouldn't be any excuse to stop them from stepping out for fun. As the trend continues to grow to create a ''fifth room'' outside -- an extension of the home, rather than just an outdoor space -- Jacki Kersting, Mitre 10 national category manager for outdoor living, explains that Australians are now paying more attention to style and design as opposed to pure functionality for their outdoor rooms. ''There has been an increase in outdoor heating options over the last few years as Australians look for more stylish and diverse heaters to match their outdoor room,'' she said. ''Traditional heaters have been overtaken by the gas bottle patio heaters as they are more compact, cleaner and easier to use. The tall, thin design of these heaters makes them ideal for use in courtyards, balconies and other small spaces as they can be easily packed up or covered at the end of the season.'' 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