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Home Living : February 14th 2012
8 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, February 14, 2012 MB FLOORING PARQUETRY FOR HEAVY TRAFFIC THE popularity of parquetry floor- ing in today's homes is growing in equal measure with the return of the clearly defined entrance room. According to Boral Timber, par- quetry's beauty and versatility allows home owners to make a statement about their creative style right from the front door. Boral Timber marketing man- ager Robyn Barnes said the com- pany is finding that home owners are choosing a mix of timber flooring materials to make a style statement as well as provide a practical solution. ''You can create popular pat- terns such as herringbone and basket weave,'' Ms Barnes said. ''It's possible to use a mix of timber species, or just one species, to design custom patterns for an individual look.'' Popular for centuries and used in some of the world's grandest buildings, parquetry is the perfect solution to heavy traffic areas such as entrance ways, halls and steps. Damage is fixed simply by replacing affected blocks. After years of wear, the floor can be restored by sanding and resealing. RENOVATING OLD HOMES BLENDING NEW WITH OLD WAYS TO GET THE MIX RIGHT Janita Singh Combining old and new elements successfully when renovating an older home is a balancing act, but the results are worth it. COMPROMISE WORKS IN renovating an old house, the most aesthetically pleasing result often comes from a good compromise. Keeping an original design, adding a new section and working in between works well. A rear extension of an original city terrace should blend: It can be modern but avoid the feeling the house is two separate sections. RENOVATING an old house has its own rewards, but successfully blending the old with the new can be a risky business. In any renovation you'll be presented with endless questions and decisions. Add the fact that your house is old into the mix and it's a safe bet that you'll need more than a lick of paint to get the job done. So how do you get it right? The practicalities When you're dealing with an old house there's likely to be more going on behind the scenes. Start pulling down the existing fabric and you might be faced with a number of pricey surprises, such as faulty wiring or damp, that you haven't budgeted for. Also remember that if you plan to start pulling down walls your- self, you need to be aware of asbestos, which was commonly used in building materials be- tween the 1940s and 1980s. Lastly, while council approval may be necessary for any type of renovation, if your house is par- ticularly old it pays to check if it's heritage listed. The look It's time to consider the look of your house and like most reno- vations, this comes down to per- sonal preference. But if it is an old home, there are a few more things to take into consideration. Depending on the building's age, you may wish to plan a renovation that remains as true to the build- ing's original features and charac- ter as possible. Many designers and architects will advise you that this is your best option. Others will be happy to rip as much of the original house down as possible, replacing it with a brand new, contemporary exten- sion that has little to do with how the house began its life. 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 Make More Money Using Your Current Home GRANNY FLATS AND STUDIOS PTY LTD Builder of Quality Granny Flats Designed and built for your lifestyle Division of Ian Cubitt's Classic Home Improvements Open 7 Days | 152 Russell Street, Emu Plains www.grannyflatsandstudios.com.au 1300 721 150 MULTI-HIA AWARD WINNERS LICENCE NO: 66902C FREE Full feasibility study of your property Granny Flats and Studios 2201012 31/02 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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