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Home Living : November 15th 2011
HLS - HOME LIVING: SOUTH, 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. MD Regular MD Budget MD Luxury FROM $399 ,IC .O # !". 48 HOUR TURN AROUND 2112552i hls wk14 Bld. Lic No 161882c 0421 122 929 www.garrythomasinstallations.com.au FREE MEASURE & QUOTE Window Awnings, Patios & Carports 2134780 12/7 Cash back for Christmas Receive $100 installed on a Visa Gift Card for every $1000 you spend on Accent Blinds accentblinds.com.au "MFYBOESJBt$IBUTXPPEt4FWFO )JMMT 1FOSJUIt/FXDBTUMFt8PMMPOHPOH 131913 'PS GVMM UFSNT DPOEJUJPOT WJTJU UIF "DDFOU XFCTJUF please call for FREE consultation 9607 2440 1/7 Enterprise Circuit, Prestons www.solarbright.com.au 2295035 01/11 Lic No: 211370C *we will beat any competitors written quote. Prices for Standard installation. Meter connection extra. ***Prices after STC's Rebate **Based on Zone 3 Terms & Conditions apply see in store for details. *Based on a 24 month term - Fees charges may apply Huge Rebates Still Available Reduce Your Electricity Bill Sydney s Lowest Price Guaranteed* SPRING SPECIAL $19.90 p/week*** 1.5 KW System Installed No Deposit & No Interest Finance
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