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Home Living : October 4th 2011
HLW - HOME LIVING: WEST, 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. 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 2340641 13/9 60 Palmer Street GUILDFORD phone 9632 5055 126 Batt St PENRITH phone 4721 7241
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