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Home Living : August 9th 2011
6 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, August 9, 2011 HOMELIVING Highlight your best features WATER features make great additions to pools and gardens. Whether you want to set up a small feature or build something bold, it pays to do some research. The term water feature encompasses a raft of possibilities. Specialist businesses can design and install your feature or, if you're handy and watching your wallet, you can opt for a complete DIY job or choose something ready-made from a home centre or garden store. NSW Swimming Pool and Spa Association CEO Spiros Dassakis says water features are the answer to garden chic and the designs are limited only by your imagination. ''From fountains, urns, spheres, ponds, sculptures and rockeries to water walls, water features are making a big splash,'' he said. It's important to plan your water feature to perfection. Location, location Before excavating for a pond or large water feature, confirm the location of utility lines. Avoid placing it beneath trees which will fill it with leaves and debris. If installing a spray fountain, place it in a spot that's protected from the wind. Scale, proportion and style The style should reflect your home and garden. A water feature that mimics shapes found in nature will work well in an informal setting while something bold, steel and sculptural will take an architectural style to a whole new level. Material Water features can be made from many different materials, including stainless steel, glass, copper, acrylic, concrete and stone. With stone, you have the choice of natural stones such as granite or sandstone, or reproduction stone that mimics natural stone. Money matters Even if it's a DIY job, the cost of building a water feature can add up. Plan ahead so that you don't run into expensive problems down the track. Shaken or stirred Do you want the whisper of moving water or a Zen-like still- water garden? Moving water requires a power source to run the pump and, although most pumps must be wired to conventional 120V circuits, low- voltage versions are available for some types of small pumps. Details: www.spasa.org.au. PERMISSION SLIP Get any permits required by law or your local council. These may deter- mine the distance from property boundaries, safety precautions, water or energy-saving features or design specifications. Each council will have varying regulations so a quick phone call will have you in the know. SAFETY FIRST Evaluate the risks: Young children can drown in only a few inches of water, so be sure your water feature doesn't pose a risk to their safety. For safety around children, the water feature should not contain more than a few centimetres of water and be located where it cannot be approached by small children. Even better, opt for a wall or pedestal fountain that is completely out of a child's reach. +PZWSH` 2P[JOLUZ >HU[LK VM UVYTHS WYPJLZ 2P[JOLULYZ 2P[JOLUZ has an impressive range of brand new NLWFKHQ ÀQLVKHV DQG GHVLJQV :H QHHG clients with homes in your area to "show WKHP RIIμ :H OO QHHG WR WDNH SKRWRV RI your new kitchen for our brochure when LW V LQVWDOOHG ,W V FKHDSHU WKDQ EXLOGLQJ D VHW DQG LW ORRNV EHWWHU LQ D UHDO KRPH :H PD\ DOVR QHHG \RXU WHVWLPRQLDO ZKHQ FRPSOHWHG ¸;Y\Z[ 2P[JOLULYZ MVY (\Z[YHSPH»Z ILZ[ J\Z[VT THKL RP[JOLUZ¹ /\L` /<99@ :;90*;3@ 3040;,+ 6--,9 05;,9,:; -9,, -05(5*, (=(03()3, 73<: Kitcheners Kitchens made just for youTM ® -VY RP[JOLUZ ^P[O JHIPUL[Y` ]HS\LK V]LY L_ NSHZZ ZWSHZOIHJRZ Z[VUL ILUJO[VWZ [YHKL ^VYRZ +LWVZP[ YLX\PYLK *HU»[ IL \ZLK PU JVUQ\UJ[PVU ^P[O HU` V[OLY VMMLY (WWYV]LK HWWSPJHU[Z ZLSLJ[LK WYVK\J[Z VUS` -LLZ JOHYNLZ JVUKP[PVUZ HWWS` *HSS UV^ OYZ MVY H MYLL KLZPNU HUK X\V[L VY ]PZP[ ^^^ RP[JOLULYZ JVT H\ 7SLHZL Z\WWS` TVYL PUMV 7SLHZL ZLUK L IVVR )VVR MYLL KLZPNU X\V[L 5HTL 7OVUL ,THPS :\I\YI -YLL 7VZ[! 2P[JOLULYZ 2P[JOLUZ 76 )V_ (SL_HUKYPH 5:> HL70 HOT WATER Specialists ~ Solar, Electric, Gas, Sales, Service, Installation ~ Established over 25 years ~ Government Rebates Apply 9979 6811 10 Harkeith, Mona Vale www.australianhotwater.com.au 2156822i 21/4 Phone: (02) 9986 3802 Mobile: 0414 223 814 Website: www.gazebodirect.com.au 2115900 28/6 DISPLAY ADDRESS: 18 Myoora Road, Terrey Hills NSW Gazebos with a difference Contact your local advertising consultant for information or call 9689 5395. Reach renovators and decorators. Source: Get in with the Locals, Clarity Research, December 2010. Filter: Sydney. ALL AREAS 9838 9090 FREE MEASURE & QUOTE Lifetime Warranty www.justforyouwardrobes.com.au DESIGNED TO SUIT YOUR BUDGET Timber Coloured panel Painted Mirrored Sliding p Hinged Built-inWardrobe SPECIALISTS JUST FOR YOU WARDROBES PTY.LTD Y Lic. 185684C 2174088K wk5
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