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Home Living : October 11th 2011
8HLN-HOMELIVING:NORTH,Tuesday,October11,2011 PublicationNamefe Template(Date)FoliosfeDate,Foliosfe fu1959 HOMELIVING ●● ●● TV shows don’t reflect reality Archicentre says don’t take reality television shows seripusly. Australian home owners have been urged to take off their rose-coloured glasses when watching DIY reality television renovation home shows and look behind the scenes. Archicentre, the building advisory service of the Australian Institute of Architects, says while reality TV renovation shows have a positive impact on getting people thinking about renovation and providing ideas, they do not fully reflect the reality of renovation. Ian Agnew from Archicentre said there was a big difference between cosmetic renovations such as painting or patching plaster and building work involving structural design, building permits and health and safety territory. Mr Agnew said the big difference between the reality renovation programs and real renovation was that the reality TV renovation was being driven by entertainment needs where contestants and renovation activity were packaged into a production. ‘‘In the real world, renovators are faced with designing a renovation well beforehand, getting planning and building approvals and mapping out the construction program,’’ he said. Mr Agnew said the success of any renovation was in the planning of the project and in the quality control of actual building and finishing. ‘‘W it h t he likely increases in energy costs, more than ever sustainable design is going to have a major impact on reducing the cost of running a home in the future. Sustainability needs to be built into the design – it is not an add on.’’ Mr Agnew said people renovating properties for resale and investment purposes should realise that they could devalue their properties with poorly planned and constructed renovations. ❏ Renovators wanting to find out more about renovation can book into a free design workshop or get a free cost guide at www.archicentre.com.au Handy hints WHEN renovating a property for maximum return: ■ Buy a property that is structurally sound ■ Assess the financial potential with a design and cost analysis before purchase ■ Check the local development controls to avoid costly design delays ■ Ensure the design finishes and fittings do not over-capitalise the property ■ Use design to deliver lifestyle requirements being demanded by the market ■ Obtain competitive building or sub-contract prices V Supply dumper bin to be placed on site. V Cover access floor area with drop sheets & plastic. V Remove existing fittings within bathroom. 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