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Home Living : August 10th 2010
4 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, August 10, 2010 Smart ways » ADVERTISING FEATUREHOMELIVING The skyrocketing costs of water and energy have turned clever sustainable architectural home designs into money- savers for their owners. The building advisory service of the Australian Institute of Architects, Archicentre, says cleverly designed architectural homes can save money and protect our environment. Archicentre Tasmanian state manager Michael Cooper says the price rises will ''put the design of mass-marketed housing such as McMansions under scrutiny in relation to running costs". Mr Cooper says sustainable design could substantially cut the running and maintenance costs of a family home through correct siting on the allotment, use of double-glazing and the choice of materials and appliances. ''With only 7 per cent of housing designed by architects, most homebuyers and renovators lose the chance to save money through design. ''There is a misconception that architects are only used on expensive homes. However, with smaller homes, townhouses and units becoming a greater part of the market, sustainable designs are needed to maintain a lifestyle standard with less space." Archicentre is finding that once people recognise they can access its reports to assist with design and then follow up with construction status reports to check their building is being constructed correctly, they are finding they can save money on tendering and thus avoid costly legal battles. Archicentre has a Guide to Sustainable Homes available for download at archicentre.com.au/pdf/ Sustainablehomes309.pdf Details: archicentre.com.au Metropolitan Built-in Wardrobes Pty Ltd FREE MEASURE & QUOTE SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS Mon- Fri 8.00am - 4.00pm Sat 8.00am - 12.30pm T: 9763 5899, F: 9763 5877 www.metropolitanwardrobes.com.au Unit 6, 1-15 Wentworth Rd Nth, Homebush (off Bellona Ave) 15 YEARS GUARANTEED 2141582i hln wk39 Lic. 137155c OM CE Poly vanities with ceramic tops Baths, taps, mirrors & much, much more! $19 9 $19 9 $375 AMAZING PACKAGE DEALS Kitchens Bathrooms & Doors 24 Bridge Street, Rydalmere 02 9898 1200 www.auslux.com.au 2271268K HLFwk41 DESIGN KITCHENS 'The art of relaxing begins with making the most of all the spaces in your home.' JAKOB GAMBORG DESIGN DIRECTOR AT dk now showing in dk design kitchens MOSMAN 528 Military Rd P 9960 3844 CROMER 19 Orlando Rd P 8978 6777 www.dkdesignkitchens.com.au DK1495.7 KITCHENS • WARDROBES • ENTERTAINMENT UNITS • LAUNDRIES Fusion 650SQ SQ745 Tower Max Burner XL Visit us at: 9997 3050 Sails • External Blinds • Clear PVC Blinds Retractable Systems • Folding Arm Awnings Wind-rated Umbrellas • Factory Showroom www.creativecanvas.com.au Unit 33, 5 Ponderosa Pde., Warriewood Sail & Awning Lic# 140327C CUSTOM DESIGN AWNINGS We will treat & remove that unsightly mould from your ceilings & walls We Remove Mould Fast! From as little as $138.00 CALL NOW 0408 681 034 Obligation FREE quotes Email email@example.com www.mouldremoval.net.au
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