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Home Living : February 21st 2012
MB HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, February 21, 2012 5 AS GOOD AS NEW RENEWABLE FOOTPRINT KNOCK DOWN AND REBUILD Janita Singh More people are opting to demolish their old homes and build from scratch. STARTING AFRESH It is no good planning to have your old house knocked down until you have a clear idea of what you are going to do, have your plans approved and have an architect and builder appointed, advises Archicentre ACT & NSW manager Ian Agnew. The aim of this strategy is to ensure the shortest time possible is taken to knock down the existing property and rebuild the next one to save you on rental and storage costs. THE high cost of land, real estate fees and government charges is driving the trend for people to knock down their old homes and rebuild on the same site rather than move house. Research from Archicentre, the building advisory service of the Australian Institute of Architects, shows money is a big factor in this new and growing trend. Archicentre's ACT and NSW manager Ian Agnew said re- location costs ran into tens of thousands of dollars on even a median-priced home when all charges, taxes and fees were taken into account. ''Knocking down the old home and building a new one also creates the opportunity to design the new home to maximise its sustainability and to cut energy and water costs,'' he said. Anyone considering knocking down and rebuilding should have a professional assessment of the property and a concept plan to ensure it complied with all rel- evant building and development controls, he advised. The cost of building a new home could be comparable to a major renovation and the home owner ended up with a home with new and guaranteed wiring, plumbing and construction. ''One of the advantages of cre- ating a new home on an existing site is that you are able to update and configure its footprint.'' LIVING ROOM PLAN AHEAD IS KEY TO SUCCESS CAREFUL planning before you start a living-room makeover will minimise disasters. Decide on the look. Keep a file of the looks you like, with photo- graphs and clippings from news- papers and magazines. Plan lighting before you start. Replastering is generally part of renovating, so install wir- ing at the same time. Don't forget some dimmers and side lamps for mood lighting. Compile a wish list. List what you want and what you don't want in your new space. You might find you can rearrange the existing space instead of adding an expens- ive extension. Sketch the space to scale. Measure your furniture and do a floor plan to scale. Make scaled furniture cut-outs and move them about to help you plan the space so doors, windows and traffic areas are in the right places. If in doubt, ask an expert. Even if you think you know what you want, the expert will help you understand what you don't want. $ON T PAY RETAIL BUY DIRECT m!S SEEN IN (OME "EAUTIFULn COMPARE OUR PRICES! PLANTATION SHUTTERS GLOBAL SHUTTERS & BLINDS PTY LTD TEL: 1300 128 230 www.gloshutters.com "!337//$ M 2202647 31/1 *plus installation charge, price quoted for a minimum order of 2m2 Ph:9999 6060 Showroom: Unit 8, 101 Darley St, Mona Vale Open 6 days for your convenience ABSOL Awning Blind & Shutter Solutions www.absol.com.au Awnings Blinds Shutters Shade & Energy Beat the summer heat! Call us now for the best range and service! 3 FREE in home advice & quote 3 Extensive range 3 Energy solutions 3 Friendly service 3 Affordable prices 3 Expert consultants 3 Qualified tradesman 3 Local family owned business AUSTRALIA MADE QUALITY LOUNGES. HOME CINEMA MODULARS & RECLINERS: OUR SPECIALTY w w w.niceinteriors.com.au Showroom & Warehouse 10/1 Vuko Place Warriewood NSW 2102 Phone: 02 9913 1133 "Its all about QUALITY and COMFORT" Castle Hill Shop 79 Home Hub Centre Castle Hill NSW 2154 Phone: 9634 8855 From Only $1399 NORDIC 60 A chair to fit your body, small, medium, large. 15 styles in stock Divani Modular 1-2-3-4 or 5 seats Copenhagen Nice-Monaco 2197836 21/2 World's Leading Shutters | Roller Blinds | Romans | Venetians | Awnings and more... All products can be motorised www.completeblinds.net.au 8824 7975 zb0454 Our quality never before offered at these prices SALE Free INSTALLATION As heard on Ray Hadley 2GB Metropolitan Built-in Wardrobes Pty Ltd FREE MEASURE & QUOTE SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS Mon-Fri 8.00am - 4.00pm Sat 8.00am - 12.30pm T: 9763 5899, F: 9763 5877 www.metropolitanwardrobes.com.au Unit 6, 1-15 Wentworth Rd Nth, Homebush (off Bellona Ave) 15 YEARS GUARANTEED 2141582i hln wk39 Lic. 137155c
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