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Home Living : November 15th 2011
4 HLF - HOME LIVING: NORTH WEST, Tuesday, November 15, 2011 fu1959 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. 1300 997 409 Call us now to book your free in home consult with our mobile showroom. www.bosetti.com.au Quality Australian Made Products Locally owned hills district service bosetti blinds shutters awnings on sale now! LIFETIME GUARANTEE SERVICES TO ALL DOORS New Showroom: Unit 57/4 Hoyle Ave, CASTLE HILL ( OVER 25 YEARS EXPERIENCE ( DEAN 2042424 2/8 AUTOMATIC OPENERS FR.$450 FREE MEASURE & QUOTE 9894 1233 GARAGE DOOR SALES & REPAIRS PTY LTD Specialists in the manufacture, supply and installation of aluminium windows and doors Sydney wide Free no obligation measure and quote PHONE 9623 5611 Email firstname.lastname@example.org www.betaview.com.au 2176010i 1/3 www.australianhotwater.com.au Visit the Australian Hot Water Web site or call our office for a free quote on 13 21 13 Ph:132113 AUSTRALIAN HOT WATER Your Local Hot Water Specialist CASHBACK $300 VISA CARD* For replacing existing electric hot water system to gas. Other rewards may be applicable call our office for further details. SUPPLY, INSTALL AND SERVICE ALL MAKES AND TYPES OF HOT WATER SYSTEMS BREAKDOWN HOT WATER REPLACEMENTS FREE GAS CONNECTIONS Conditions apply. Offer ends 30 Nov 11. WE DO FREE QUOTES! 2164306 18/10 *VISA GIFT CARD Decks Pergolas Stainless steel wire handrail Lattice Privacy Screens DIY pergola and deck kits Lic No: 170944C FREE LOCAL DELIVERY SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS OUTDOOR PINE FREE DESIGN & QUOTE 5 CHILVERS ROAD THORNLEIGH www.thomsonsoutdoorpine.com.au 2136330i hln wk39 PHONE: 9980 7611 THOMSON S Chairs & Lounges Permanent Exhibition Showroom & Warehouse 10/1 Vuko Place Warriewood NSW 2102 Phone: 02 9913 1133 Castle Hill Home Hub Centre Cnr Hudson & Victoria Ave Castle Hill NSW 2154 Phone: 02 9634 8855 www.niceinteriors.com.au 3CANDINAVIAN DESIGNED RECLINER CHAIRS From only $1399 2149241 2/8 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
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