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Home Living : January 31st 2012
MB HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, January 31, 2012 7 TROPICAL TIMES IT'S TIME TO GO TROPPO BRING THE TROPICS HOME Fiona Boxall TROPICAL TOUCHES Evergreen plants with interesting foliage colours and forms. Philodendron 'Xanadu' copes with many climatic zones in mainland Australia and makes a perfect planting for the under-story. Water, either in water features, bowls or ponds. A range of plant heights, from tall palms right down to bromeliads and ferns. Garden ornaments with that tropical feel and somewhere to sit. A tropical effect in the garden is always worth the hard work. A TOUCH of the tropics in your garden and outdoor areas can make staying at home seem like a holiday. And you don't necessarily have to live in the tropics to achieve a tropical look. Many evergreen plants and palms will tolerate the type of temperate conditions in Sydney, as will many bromeliads and even a few of the gingers, particularly shell ginger, or Alpin- ia zerumbet, and some of the Hedychiums. When it comes to planting a tropical-effect garden, the key is generosity. This is no time to hold back, plant as many varieties as you can fit into the space, from groundcovers through to palms. Choose plants suited to your local climate and make sure you include under-story or low- growing varieties to give that luscious jungle look. If you're not sure what varieties will thrive in your area, ask at your local nursery. You're after a look rather than a pedigree, so choose plants with interesting evergreen foliage that looks good all year round. Cordy- lines, strelitzia -- or bird of para- dise -- and bromeliads are often quite tolerant of cooler conditions. There are also a number of cannas with colourful foliage and even brighter flowers that add punch without needing to be cos- seted. Bangalow palms do quite well in many parts of Sydney and don't forget the tree ferns. And if you're really keen, try a pond. FLOORING AFFORDABLE BAMBOO FLOORS ONE of the latest hot looks in flooring is bamboo. It's an afford- able, ecological and versatile floor- ing option -- and it looks great. The choice in bamboo flooring is huge, but remember that an in- ferior product may initially look and feel the same as a high-quality floor. As a relatively new flooring product, it's important that you do your homework to ensure you're happy with the supplier, product quality and eco standards. Ensure you compare products, service levels and the supplier's knowledge and reputation to en- sure you're getting a quality prod- uct. Don't be bamboozled. Ensure your bamboo flooring is manufac- tured using: Controlled raw materials. Quality adhesives with the lowest formaldehyde emissions. Finishes with no VOC emis- sions, formaldehyde, heavy me- tals, insecticides, pesticides and herbicides. Precision milling equipment. And complies with environ- mental standards. IAN CUBITT S CLASSIC HOME IMPROVEMENTS MULTI-HIA AWARD WINNERS l LICENCE NO: 66902C CONCEPT DESIGN | COUNCIL APPROVAL | CONSTRUCTION | GROUND AND 1ST FLOOR EXTENSIONS Open 7 Days | 152 Russell Street, Emu Plains | www.classichomeimprovements.com.au BUILDER OF QUALITY EXTENSIONS Designed and built for your lifestyle 1300 721 150 2150313 1/11 V Supply dumper bin to be placed on site. V Cover access floor area with drop sheets & plastic. V Remove existing fittings within bathroom. V Remove all wall and floor tiles within bathroom. V Replace bath and shower internal mixers. V Supply and install IXL Triumph fan/heater/light. V Supply and install new double power point. V Supply and install Niche within shower recess. V Supply and fix new wall lining within bathroom. V Supply and install bath frame and shower hob. V Supply and apply waterproofing within bathroom V Fix wall and floor tiles within bathroom x 30m² V Install bath, vanity, taps and toilet. V Install accessories within bathroom. V Remove all trade waste and effect final clean up V Full guarantee Scope of Work BATHROOM Renovations Master Bathrooms Ph: 9899 9330 Builders Lic No. 178503c www.masterbathrooms.net.au CARPENTRY • PLUMBING • ELECTRICAL • TILING • WATERPROOFING (NSW) Pty. Ltd. 2266326 26/5 $9720 20 YEARS EXPERIENCE YOU SUPPLY OR WE SUPPLY FITTINGS 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
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