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Home Living : February 7th 2012
MB HLF - HOME LIVING: NORTH WEST, Tuesday, February 7, 2012 3 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 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. 2044359 18/10 For a free measure and quote call 9631 4828 www.instyleblindsandshutters.com.au • Plantation Shutters • Aluminium Shutters • Roller Blinds • Roman Blinds • Venetian Blinds • Panel Glide Blinds Instyle Blinds and Shutters Pty Ltd 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 Authorised Dealer Authorised Dealer SPLIT & DUCTED AIR CONDITIONING WILL YOU BE COOL THIS SUMMER? SAVE UP TO $600 on Daikin Ducted Systems SAVE UP TO $300 on Daikin Split Systems PHONE NOW for a FREE In-Home Quote 9531 7462 2121776 27/12 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 The Original Industry Leader in design, product & service 1300 552 330 ABSOLUTE 2203307 30/08 www.absoluteoutdoor.net Over 30 Years Experience Builders Lic. No. 208107C Original Charlwood Group Carports N Awnings N Pergolas Timber Decks N Screen Enclosures N Glass Rooms
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