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Home Living : August 2nd 2011
HLC - HOME LIVING: CENTRAL, Tuesday, August 2, 2011 3 HOMELIVING Kitchens are becoming the centrepiece of the home. Aiming to make a mark Our love for cooking and entertaining has seen the kitchen become the showpiece of the home and a major selling point. Archicentre, the building advisory service of the Australian Institute of Architects, said the latest trends in kitchen design are all about making a mark. State manager for ACT and NSW, Ian Agnew, said the kitchen has gone from being a back room to the centre of household activity. ''Kitchens are such a showpiece now that many homes have two, one inside and other outside,'' Mr Agnew said. ''The back deck of a home, once the domain of just a portable barbecue, now frequently comes with its own dining setting, wood-fired pizza oven, refrigerator and sink.'' ''Renovating a kitchen can cost between $25,000 to $100,000 and it is important you think through your renovation strategy carefully,'' Mr Agnew said. He said if you were renovating to sell the property, it was often better to not over- capitalise and leave the kitchen unrenovated, allowing the new owner to update to their own style. ''Renovating to improve the home for your family is totally different to renovating to sell,'' he said. Mr Agnew said with the kitchen becoming a hub of activity, there has been a trend in the past decade to ensure the area has plenty of natural light and often includes feature windows where the garden design complements the view from the kitchen. ''A good relationship with the living, dining and outdoor entertaining areas is critical these days and any structural alterations necessary to create an open-plan environment will require appropriate permits to be issued beforehand,'' he said. Details: Archicentre has a free Cost Guide available on its website: www.archicentre.com.au. Keep up with kitchen trends Archicentre state manager ACT & NSW, Ian Agnew says a major recent trend in kitchen renovations has been to use drawers to store crockery, cooking utensils and saucepans, as well as cupboards. He says: Searching behind item after item in cupboards that are too high to see into is no longer an issue now that drawers are becoming a dominant feature in new and renovated kitchens. Open-plan layouts, clean featureless appearances and concealed appliances are also trends in kitchen renovations. Large island benches are also popular as the kitchen is reborn as the home social hub. Island benches create a huddle area in busy times or for a quick snack. Almost one out of four renovators are using a computer in the kitchen. Walk-in pantries remain popular with some even adding a ''butler's pantry''. •Gas&Wood Fireplaces • AGA Rayburn Cookers • Butler Sinks & Traditional Tapware CHEMINEE 118 Stanmore Road, Stanmore NSW 2048 Ph: 9564 2694 Fax: 9569 8802 www.cheminee.com.au FIREPLACES 2104082 2/8 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 Specialists in the manufacture, supply and installation of aluminium windows and doors Sydney wide Free no obligation measure and quote PHONE 9623 5611 Email firstname.lastname@example.org www.betaview.com.au 2176010i 1/3 1582-1584 Canterbury Road Punchbowl Tel 9708 6888 | 9708 6688 www.goodkitchenbathroom.com.au Mon-Fri9am-5pm|Sat-Sun9.30am-4pm massive discounts on kitchens and bathrooms 2058877 19/7 L shape kitchen including 10 cabinets with polyurethane doors and granite benchtop CUSTOM DESIGN SERVICE AVAILABLE from $1850 Whole sale hotline: 0422123760 email@example.com from $350 plus free base bar from $185 from $90 from $250 from $250 from $150 from $65 from $170 VISIT OUR SHOWROOM FOR A FREE QUOTE ATOPTIDE Good Kitchen & Bathroom www.waratahwardrobes.com.au FACTORY & SHOWROOM Unit 1, 183-185 McCredie Rd, Guildford 9632 5444 Lic. No. 160400C 2128218i 12/4 built-in WARDROBES & KITCHENS N Free Measure & Quote N Custom Design Built-in Wardrobes & renovation of existing wardrobes N Sliding Mirror doors in a variety of colour frames N Hinged or sliding Federation Doors N Kitchen Design & installation CLADDING PATIO COVERS CARPORTS ALUMINIUM WINDOWS * All prices are subject to a deposit. All prices include installation. Metropolitan areas only. Not to be used with any other promotion. All estimates are based on 24 month term. A retail payment option provided by Certegy Australia Limited ABN 68 050 021 513. Conditions apply. WHY WAIT TILL SUMMER? (AVE YOUR PATIO BUILT NOW AND ENJOY THE COMFORTABLE 2ADIANT 7ARMTH WITH YOUR FREE BAR HEATER 2264476 2/8 &2%% "!2 2!$)!.4 (%!4%2 &OR FIRST CUSTOMERS #ONDITIONS APPLY -INIMUM PURCHASE AUGUST SPECIAL ONLY & NO INTEREST EVER
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