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Home Living : November 15th 2011
HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, 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. Give your windows & doors a new look. Widest range available. Internal and External Timber and Aluminium, Internal Shutters, Motorised Blinds, Blockout Blinds, Roman Blinds, Sunscreen Blinds and more... Phone Yvette or Kris Burbage today for a free measure and quote on 9981 4443. www.boomerangblinds.com.au Blinds &Shutters BUILT IN WARDROBES FACTORY DIRECT PRICES BUILT IN WARDROBES FACTORY DIRECT PRICES PH: 9890 7477 PH: 9890 7477 • FREE MEASURE & QUOTE • LIFETIME GUARANTEE Made to suit your budget & needs • Style • Service • Variety • Full range • Accessories • Hinged Doors • Sliding Doors • Over 20 years exp. Sydney Wardrobe Company Pty. Ltd www.sydneywardrobe.com.au Lic: 185628C 2152887i hlw wk40 9938 4377 Showroom 1/9 Powells Rd Brookvale email@example.com supershades.com.au Free All suburbs in home consultation Save on Summer Conditions apply. Not valid with any other offer. 10 %off Aluxor Awnings $OUBLE GLAZE YOUR EXISTING WINDOWS 2075837 30/8 For a FREE measure & quote call 1300 792 741 www.magnetite.com.au • Reduce noise up to 70% • Cut energy bills • 7 year warranty Is Noise a Problem? >K^/E' KtE й Ž й K&& Ğ ŚŝŶŐ ůĞĂ ĂŶ Ğ ĚŽŶ ŵŝ ŚĞ ďĂ ŐĂŝŶ Ă Ğ Ś ŶĚ ĞĚ
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