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Home Living : April 10th 2012
2 HLC - HOME LIVING: CENTRAL, Tuesday, April 10, 2012 MB HEALTHY LIVING RELAX AND UNWIND Hitting the spot . . . an area to relax and unwind at home. PEOPLE WANT TO CREATE A QUIET SPOT' Janita Singh NATURAL light, fresh air, noise control and insulation are some of the most important features for Australian home buyers and renovators. Well-designed smaller and smarter sustainable homes are more popular, says Archicentre, the building advisory service of the Australian Institute of Ar- chitects. Archicentre Queensland man- ager Ian Agnew said over the past two decades the family home had grown in size. But the need to keep construc- tion and running costs under control meant that for many entering the housing market, small had become beautiful. ''One of the misconceptions for people to overcome is that a small home is a mean home, or is of lower quality,'' he said. ''But a well-designed small home can maximise the use of space to deliver a pleasant, healthy living environment to suit people's lifestyle. ''Not everyone wants to live in an apartment and the solution is for a smaller, smarter, more sustainable home," he said. Key issues during design con- sultation include health, lifesty- le and increasingly sustain- ability courtesy of skyrocketing energy and water costs. ''The noise factor has also become a major consideration with double glazing and sound proofing becoming a high pri- ority for renovators and home builders who want to ensure peace within their home en- vironment and cut out traffic noise," Mr Agnew said. ''People want to create a quiet spot where they can relax and unwind,'' he said. According to Archicentre, the typical renovation includes a main bedroom with an ensuite and walk-in wardrobe at one end of the house and at the other end, a multipurpose living area. THE TOP TRENDS Decking for informal living area. PERIOD homes with little light are being transformed through atrium-type exten- sions which provide more natural sunlight and viewing areas of gardens or water features. Internal courtyards are be- ing used to provide private, green viewing areas from many parts of the home. Fitness-conscious baby boomers and young pro- fessionals keen on maintain- ing fitness are including small home gyms, spas and lap pools, which are suitable for smaller housing lots. The quality of air and the control of temperature in the the home has also led to the return of the traditional louvre window. Integrating landscaped outdoor areas into informal living areas with the in- clusion of walls of folding glass doors and decks. Prestigious, Individual Designed And Built Homes Built To Suit Any Need www.binethomes.com.au Builders Licence No. 4443 ABN 26 000 519 719 50 years experience Excellent Value for Money • Great Resale Value • Multi Award Winning Builder Display home 10 Kambah Place West Pennant Hills Inspect: Wednesday & Friday 2:00pm -- 4:30pm. Saturday & Sunday 1:00pm -- 4:00pm Specialising in • New homes • Knock down & rebuild service • House & land packages • Duplex & dual occupancy developments • Full brick & brick veneer construction • In-law accommodation homes 2244305 31/1 BINET HOMES ph: 9868 3222 m: 0412 822 608 FREE QUOTE Showroom & Factory: Fax: 77 Larra St, Yennora 9632 1399 Specialising in Shopfront & Domestic Roller Shutters SAVE $$$ - FACTORY DIRECT PRICES Master Lic:408646770 Roller Shutters Shopfront Shutters Stainless Steel Doors Automatic Garage Doors FREE MEASURE & QUOTES Call 9632 1111 www.burwoodshutters.com.au 5% OFF YOUR LOWEST GENUINE PRICE Window Shutters Safety Doors Window Grilles Automatic Gates 2061737i hlw wk15 • 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
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