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Home Living : March 8th 2011
4 HLF - HOME LIVING: NORTH WEST, Tuesday, March 8, 2011 A happy mix of old and new » ADVERTISING FEATURE HOMELIVING Renovating an old house has its own rewards, but successfully blending the old with the new can be a risky business. Embark on any renovation and you'll be presented with endless questions and decisions. Add the fact that your house is particularly old into the mix and it's a safe bet that you'll need more than a lick of paint to get the job done. So how do you get it right? There are a few things to bear in mind: The practicalities: First up, remember that -- unlike building from scratch or renovating a house that's only, say, 10 years old -- when you're dealing with an older home there's likely to be more going on behind the scenes. Start pulling down the existing fabric and you might be faced with a number of pricey surprises, like faulty wiring or damp, which you haven't budgeted for. Also remember that, if you plan to start pulling down walls yourself, you need to be aware of asbestos, which was commonly used between the 1940s and 1980s. If your house was built during that period, seek professional help to remove any asbestos-based materials. Lastly, while council approval may be necessary for any type of renovation, if your house is particularly old, it pays to check if it's heritage-listed. The look: It's time to consider the look of your house and like most renovations, this comes down to personal preference. But if it is an old home, there are a few more things to take into consideration. Depending on the building's age, you may wish to plan a renovation that remains as true to the building's original features and character as possible -- and many architects will advise you that this is the best option. Others will be happy to rip as much of the original house down as possible, replacing it with a contemporary extension that has little to do with how the house began. A good compromise -- and one that often produces the most aesthetically pleasing result -- is to aim for somewhere in between. While it's definitely important to be sympathetic to a building's heritage and original features, don't be fooled into thinking you have to install a ''traditional'' kitchen or bathroom if something contemporary is what you really have your heart set on. Probably the biggest tip is to choose an architect or designer who can deliver what you're after. Ask questions, look at examples of their work, and choose one with whom you feel comfortable. Specialists in the manufacture, supply and installation of aluminium windows and doors Sydney wide Free no obligation measure and quote PHONE 9623 5611 Email email@example.com www.betaview.com.au 2176033i 1/3 BUILT IN WARDROBES 9725 2266 www.kingwardrobe.com.au f. 9725 2166 e. firstname.lastname@example.org Unit 4/94 Hassall St, Wetherill Park GUARANTEED TO BEAT ANY PRICE Life time guarantee. Call now for a FREE measure & quote. We service all areas Eftpos available 2133937i 01/03 from $389 SPLIT & DUCTED AIR CONDITIONING Authorised Dealer Licence No 215990C SUMMER SPECIALS SAVEUP TO$600 ON DAIKIN DUCTED SYSTEMS SAVEUPTO$300 ON DAIKIN SPLIT SYSTEMS PHONE NOW for a FREE In-Home Quote 9737 0293 2030589m 4/1 For ideas & inspiration visit our website www.weedookitchens.com.au N New kitchens & kitchen make overs N Creative design solutions N 12 year construction guarantee N Proudly Australian Made NEW SHOWROOM OPEN 7 DAYS STONE BENCH TOPS OFFER ENDS MARCH 31, 2011 Conditions apply. For the price of laminate Call us now for a free quote 9673 6789 2186536i 08/03 Combinations Instant back relief its all about Quality & Comfort Showroom & Warehouse 1 Vuko Place, Warriewood Home Hub Centre - Castle Hill Cnr Hudson & Victoria Ave Phone: 9913 1133 www.niceinteriors.com.au Phone 9634 8855 NEW 2273508m 8/3 FROM ONLY $1299 Nordic Chair + Stool HOME CINEMA Modular Seating System With effortless reclining manual or motor option 1 FREE MOTOR FOR EVERY 2 SEATS
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