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Home Living : February 21st 2012
8 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, February 21, 2012 MB HARWOOD TIMBER TIMES THINK LONG AND HARDWOOD Janita Singh Hardwood timber decks can make a stunning addition to any home. BACKYARD BLISS Creativity in backyard renovations is something Australians do well, by using materials in unexpected ways, says landscaper and TV personality Jamie Durie. Timber lends itself well to innovative design,'' he said. The natural and fully renewable resource is ideal for the environmentally- conscious home owner.'' TIMBER IS TERRIFIC IF giving your home and sur- roundings a refreshing new look is on the agenda this year, consider the many ways in which hard- wood timber can be used. Whether it is about laying deck- ing boards in an unusual pattern or creating an impressive struc- ture for entertaining, timber adds style and character to an outside space. Here, with the help of Boral Timber, we give you some sugges- tions on creating your own mas- terpiece using hardwood timber. Screening Enclose or partition sections of the back yard to create separate spaces for different activities, such as an area for eating with guests and another where the children can play. Decking timber framed around such an area ma- kes a stunning backdrop, while placed around a pool is an excel- lent way to provide privacy. Fencing Hardwood timber decking is also ideal for fencing, offering year-round protection and provid- ing a smart, natural finish for the front and back of the home. Edging Decking can be a decorative feature that lends itself to borders and edging. Use timber boards either horizontally or vertically to add texture and colour around plants, trees or herb beds. Structural applications A strong and durable material, hardwood timber decking can be used to build structural items for the garden. Pergolas or gazebos are a beautiful feature, also pro- viding shade during hot summer days. Statement pieces Create a timber centrepiece as a focal point around which the rest of the backyard design can flow. With a variety of species to choose from, it will bring warmth and texture to the back yard. COOL CUSTOMERS KEEPING YOUR COOL WHEN THE HEAT IS ON WHILE there are many ways to keep your home cool, don't forget that your quest should start in- doors. Roof vents These are perhaps one of the oldest means of house ventilation and reducing the amount of heat down into your house. These are very inexpensive and easy to install. Many modern ones come with simple DIY instructions. Not only are they effective in summer but they also remove moisture from the attic. There are a variety of types available as well. Ceiling fans These are efficient and cost- effective, bringing numerous energy-saving benefits to the home. When used properly, ceil- ing fans save you money on utility bills in winter and sum- mer. Today, fans come with en- ergy star ratings as well. Check at your local hardware store for a modern range. Programmable thermostats You can save on your cooling bill by turning on your thermo- stat. You can do this automati- cally without sacrificing comfort by installing a programmable thermostat. This type of thermo- stat allows you to adjust the times that you turn on heating and airconditioning. SERVICES TO ALL DOORS New Showroom: Unit 57/4 Hoyle Ave, CASTLE HILL ( OVER 25 YEARS EXPERIENCE ( DEAN 2042424 2/8 AUTOMATIC OPENERS FR.$450 FREE MEASURE & QUOTE 9894 1233 GARAGE DOOR SALES & REPAIRS PTY LTD 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 newslocal.com.au Discover Local. For tradies, services and jobs in your local area, grab your NewsLocal newspaper. Glass Roof Experts For a Free Measure and Quote ring us on 9540 3222 Extend in Glass and add light and Space to your home with a Glass Roof Extension, Entertainment Area or Conservatory. We are Gold Licensed Builders and do everything from Designs, Plans and Council Approval. (Shading system available) 2271460 8/11
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