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Home Living : October 4th 2011
HLS - HOME LIVING: SOUTH, 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. YOU THINK IT • WE MAKE IT CABINET MAKING PURPOSE-BUILT FOR YOU KITCHENS • LAUNDRIES • BEDROOMS OFFICES • SHOPS • DEVELOPMENTS ALL PLYWOOD & WOOD PANELS, SPECIALTY PANELS, PAINT, CUT-to-SIZE, EDGE-BANDING, CABINETRY HARDWARE, DELIVERY firstname.lastname@example.org 1300 138 771 On custom Shutters, Blinds, Curtains & Awnings Free Installation 131913 accentblinds.com.au Improve your home AND save money Alexandria . Chatswood . Seven Hills Penrith . Newcastle . Wollongong Hurry! Limited Time Only APOLLO® PATIOS Patios Pergolas Carports Decks Screened & Glass Enclosures 4647 8850 www.apollopatio.com.au Construction by Apollo Additions 166046c * conditions apply * Sheds for Rural -- Domestic -- Industrial Capital Steel Buildings -- South West Unit 2/14 Porrende St, Narellan Visit our Showroom -- Open 6 Days PHONE 4647 1055 "Built on Service" Lic 219016c Full Custom Designs www.csbsouthwest.com.au www.shedsafe.com.au (see who is accredited by the ASI in your area) All prices listed above include gst and 1 or 2 roller doors as applicable -- shed engineering currently reg.A. TCat.3. IL2. If higher engineering required customer needs to advise applicable wind speeds etc. BUILDER LIC NO 219016C ABN 33 626 180 749 -- delivery available - concrete prices based on a level -- accessible site . Free onsite visit available to confirm before depositing. $6400 2016717i 19/4 CHEAPEST SHEDS IN MACARTHUR Double & Carport from $5,650 5.4 x 6 x 2.4 kit $3900 -- build $700 -- slab $2200 6x6x2.4kit $4400--build $700 --slab$2375 7x7x2.4kit $5200--build $800 --slab$3200 6x9x2.4kit $5600--build $900 --slab$3560 7 x 10.5 x 2.4 kit $6500 -- build $1200 -- slab $4850 9 x 10.5 x 2.4 kit $8200 -- build $1400 -- slab $6200 ALL SHEDS FULLY CUSTOMISED TO YOUR REQUIREMENTS Barns from $7400
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