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Home Living : February 7th 2012
2 HLC - HOME LIVING: CENTRAL, Tuesday, February 7, 2012 MB BUILDING IT ALL STARTS ON THE FLOOR Floorplans influence design and size. CHOOSING an appropriate floorplan is an essential step to your building project. Consider your floor plan care- fully and think about what you really need. Larger homes will cost more to heat, cool and furnish. Good design can make smaller spaces appear bigger, and increase the comfort, as well as value, of your home. Choose a house plan that suits the size, shape and slope of your block. Build a home that's as large as you need. Any more will cost you more to build and maintain. Plan space efficiently. Do you need extra space or can you re- organise what you have? Face your living areas north to take advantage of winter sun. North-facing windows get sun for the longest part of the day in winter and are easy to shade in summer. Include windows or openings on more than one side of the living area for breezes. ENERGY EFFICIENCY GREEN RULE OF THUMB FEATURES THAT LOWER LIVING COSTS Talking to experts first can save time and money. OFTEN the best time to con- sider ways to increase the en- ergy efficiency of your home is when you're building or reno- vating. This is an exciting time but it can also be complicated and stressful with all sorts of de- cisions to make. These include decisions about design, heating and cooling, insulation, outdoor areas and appliances. Your choices can not only improve your lifestyle and comfort but cut heating, cooling and water costs for years to come. Here we have some tips from LivingGreener.com.au: Planning ahead helps you avoid pitfalls and extra costs and ensure a better result; Speak to experts for advice. Money spent on design or en- ergy experts is likely to be repaid many times over; Learn from friends who have renovated; Look at magazines for ideas and inspiration; Talk to your council or gov- ernment department about building regulations; Clever positioning of your home on the block allows you to take advantage of winter sun and minimise summer heat. Mighty Kitchens & Bathrooms (OMEDALE 2OAD "!.+34/7. 0H 97961500 &AX WWW MIGHTYKITCHENS COM AU Z -ODERN $ESIGNS IN4ODAYkS (OME Z +ITCHENS "ATHROOMS Z &REE -EASURE AND 1UOTE Z 6ISIT /UR 3HOWROOM 2185257 7/2 • 2 x Mirror doors • Wall to wall up to 2.4m wide • 1 x Single Hanging space • 1 x Draw unit (4 draws) + 3 shelving •1xShoerack • 1 x Double hanging space • 3 x mirror doors •Walltowallupto 3.6m wide Bankstown 9786 0395e Surcharge applies to Campbelltown area Wally's Wardrobe World 2173633i hlc wk49 up to 2.4m wide up to 3.6m wide 2.4m high 2.4m high $570 inc GST $870 inc GST www.fleurfurniture.com.au FRENCH STYLE BEDROOM AND DINING SUITES | CHANDELIERS LAMPS 267 Victoria Road, GLADESVILLE p (02) 9817 1844 | f (02) 9818 3257 Parking to the rear of shop | Closed Mondays -- Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am - 5pm 2116078 16/8 Quality Timber Blinds, and Plantation Shutters 2243953 11/10 COMPETE BLINDS & SHUTTERS WE BEAT ANY QUOTATION 1300 800 118 www.competeblinds.com.au MANUFACTURER DIRECT QUALITY PRODUCTS AT TRADE PRICES 2/52 Alfred Rd, Chipping Norton (opp Mack Trucks) CALL TODAY 1300 302 822 www.maverickrollerproducts.com.au ROLLER SHUTTERS L Domestic Roller Shutters L Shopfront Roller Shutters L Pergola Roller Shutters L Heavy Duty Extruded Shutters L 10 Year Written Warranty L Fast Professional Installation by Qualified Tradesman L Reduce Heating & Cooling Bills L Deter Burglars L Reduce Noise L Storm Protection FREE MEASURE & QUOTE Lic No 196633C WE SERVICE MOST BRANDS OF SHUTTERS 2123814i 17/5
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