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Home Living : November 15th 2011
HLC - HOME LIVING: CENTRAL, Tuesday, November 15, 2011 3 EXTERNAL OPTIONS DECKS TO KITCHENS DECKING ''A lot of people still love the hardwood deck and it's often the most practical solution,'' says Archicentre ACT and NSW State Manager Ian Agnew. ''How- ever, our architects have been having great success with natural stone products and polished con- crete.'' Where a deck is not feasible, a courtyard fills the void, creating privacy. It can be paved or flagged. PERGOLAS Leafy pergolas provide sun pro- tection and garden character, but many outdoor extensions have been defined by even more elabor- ate conservatory constructions with lighting, fans, speakers and kitchenettes. Pools and water fea- tures include lap pools, splash pools, plunge pools and the occasional Olympian pool. OUTDOOR KITCHENS The outdoor kitchen is the step up from the traditional family port- able barbecue as entertaining in the outdoor indoor environment takes on a more formal approach. MAINTENANCE Current trends are moving away from lawn to low-maintenance gardens using the paved court- yard, drought-resistant plants that can survive weather ex- tremes and potted plants that can be moved around. Lap pools save space and spare maintenance are also being used. CLEVER DESIGN BRING OUTDOORS IN OPENING DOOR TO NEW SPACE AGE Folding doors are becoming a popular way to extend a home. Janita Singh CREATING versatile dining areas with the use of folding doors is a popular way of extending the home. Families like the idea of open- ing up their homes by linking the two spaces. And warmer weather plays a huge role in this, says Archicen- tre, the building advisory ser- vice of the Australian Institute of Architects. Archicentre ACT and NSW state manager Ian Agnew said the warmer weath- er encouraged the creation of indoor-outdoor dining areas with the use of folding doors. ''One of the most cost-effective ways of increasing the livable areas of the home is to extend out into the back garden through a deck with an indoor- outdoor link by opening up the back wall of the home,'' he said. ''The trend is seeing the Aust- ralian backyard receiving a major makeover and a return to importance as people move to spend more time in the open and in their gardens.'' Mr Agnew said this placed more emphasis on housing design fitting into the environ- ment with the blending of landscaping and building be- coming an important part of the original design brief. Showroom & Factory: Fax: 77 Larra St, Yennora 9632 1399 Specialising in Shopfront & Domestic Roller Shutters SAVE $$$ - FACTORY DIRECT PRICES Master Lic:408646770 Roller Shutters Shopfront Shutters Stainless Steel Doors Automatic Garage Doors FREE MEASURE & QUOTES Call 9632 1111 www.burwoodshutters.com.au 5% OFF YOUR LOWEST GENUINE PRICE Window Shutters Safety Doors Window Grilles Automatic Gates 2061737i hlw wk15 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 5/9 Packard Avenue, Castle Hill www.shuttersaustralia.com.au Call 8858-0967 6\GQH\ &HQWUDO &RDVW %OXH 0RXQWDLQV Free Standard Installation and factory direct prices on our Hand Crafted, &XVWRP 0DGH .LUL :RRG SDLQWHG RU stained Plantation Shutters, clearance UDQJHV RI 5ROOHU %OLQGV DQG ([WHUQDO Sunscreens and Awnings. Free Installation Ken Dawes roller blinds H[WHUQDO VXQ VFUHHQV H[WHUQDO VXQ VFUHHQV Our Low Price Guarantee means that you never pay more from Shutters Australia. Interest Free Terms availale to approved customers. rialto shutters plantation shutters kiri timber blinds
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