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Home Living : October 4th 2011
HLC - HOME LIVING: CENTRAL, Tuesday, October 4, 2011 1 HOMELIVING Small has become beautiful Natural light is important to home buyers and renovators. Internal courtyards with green viewing areas are popular. HEALTH issues such as natural light, fresh air and noise control are most important features for Australian home buyers and renovators. Archicentre, the building advisory service of the Australian Institute of Architects, said with government planning policies pushing for higher density and housing affordability at an all-time low, well- designed, smaller and smarter sustainable homes are more popular. Archicentre State Manager ACT and NSW Ian Agnew said for the past two decades the family home had grown in size but, with an eye on construction and running costs for many people wanting to enter into the housing market, small has become beautiful. ''One of the misconceptions for people to overcome is that a small home is a mean home, or is of lower quality,'' he said. ''This is not factual as a well-designed, small home can maximise the use of space to deliver a pleasant, healthy living environment to suit people's lifestyle. ''Not everyone wants to live in an apartment and the solution is for a smaller, smarter more sustainable home.'' Archicentre is finding more people are using its design concept service as the initial planning phase of their renovation or new home design. ''This service provides the opportunity for people to clarify their wish list for the new home or renovation, looking at the design and importantly the financial viability of the project," Mr Agnew said. ''Key issues being raised during the design consultation include health, lifestyle and increasingly sustainability on the back of sky-rocketing energy and water costs.'' Mr Agnew said the noise factor had also become a major consideration, with double glazing and sound proofing becoming a high priority. ''Period homes with little light are being transformed through atrium type extensions which provide more natural sunlight and viewing areas of gardens or water features,'' he said. ''Internal courtyards, providing private green viewing areas from many areas of the home have also become popular.'' Mr Agnew said cashed-up baby boomers and young professionals, conscious of fitness, are including small home gyms, spas and lap pools suitable for smaller housing lots. According to Archicentre, the typical renovation includes a master bedroom with an ensuite and a walk-in robe at one end of the house and at the other end, a multipurpose living area. Top renovation trends Multi-purpose rooms are a new trend. Kitchen and dining combined through high bench dining options; living and study and play room/study/guest bedroom. Low-maintenance living Paint-free architecture, earthy textures, very natural. Paved courtyards with an emphasis on drought-resistance plants. Indoor/Outdoor Alfresco or open-air Ideally flowing from an open-plan kitchen, dining and living area with bi-fold or stackable doors into a paved area or decking. Garden Design Courtyards around the home bring light and views to bedrooms and living areas. Home Office An essential feature for the modern business. FREE HOLIDAY InStyle Furniture 6-8 Wingate Rd. MULGRAVE/MCGRATHS HILL (Windsor) Phone 9679 1000 OPEN 7 DAYS 9-5pm Bring your trailer or we can arrange delivery. OVER 250 DIFFERENT STYLES TO CHOOSE FROM InStyle Furniture, quality hardwood furniture at pine prices 2101531 24/08 http//stores.ebay.com.au/instyle-furniture-collections .com.au Spend over $1000 at Instyle Furniture and receive an Australian Getaway Holiday TAKE HOME LAY BY AVAILABLE 'ROSWELL' AUSTRALIAN HARDWOOD COFFEE TABLE (1280 x 750 x 450 high) Acacia Ironbark Stain Also available in Acacia Chocolate and Bunya Oak p rice $249 (Fully assembled) WHOLESALE Direct to the public NORFOLK BUFFET 1630mm Australian Hardwood Mountain Ash Oak Fully Assembled 9 rice $299 'BRISBANE' AUSTRALIAN HARDWOOD LOW TV UNIT (1930 x 520 x 640 high) Acacia Chocolate Stain Also available in Acacia Ironbark and Bunya Oak 0 price $389 (Fully assembled) 2258438 13/9 Turn your dreams into reality Rodney Binet 0412 822 608 Ann Chen 0404 888 198 2IÀFH 9868 3222 www.binethomes.com.au 45 YEARS EXPERIENCE EXCELLENT VALUE FOR MONEY GREAT RESALE VALUE MULTI AWARD WINNING BUILDER Love where you live, but need a new home? SPECIALISING IN Z New homes Z .QRFN GRZQ UHEXLOG VHUYLFH Z +RXVH ODQG SDFNDJHV Z 'XSOH[ GXDO RFFXSDQF\ GHYHORSPHQWV Z )XOO EULFN EULFN YHQHHU FRQVWUXFWLRQ Z ,Q ODZ DFFRPPRGDWLRQ KRPHV FREE QUOTE
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