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Home Living : April 10th 2012
2 HLW - HOME LIVING: WEST, 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. 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 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 BUILT IN WARDROBES FACTORY DIRECT PRICES BUILT IN WARDROBES FACTORY DIRECT PRICES PH: 9890 7477 PH: 9890 7477 • FREE MEASURE & QUOTE • LIFETIME GUARANTEE Made to suit your budget & needs • Style • Service • Variety • Full range • Accessories • Hinged Doors • Sliding Doors • Over 20 years exp. Sydney Wardrobe Company Pty. Ltd www.sydneywardrobe.com.au Lic: 185628C 2152887i hlw wk40 2116284 10/4 Solar Rebate Reducing Soon Show Room: Unit 1/7 Enterprise cct Prestons www.solarbright.com.au Call Now 9607 2440 -- Free Consultation SOLAR HOT WATER System Fully Installed $3230 No Gimmicks, Just Genuine Savings • Reduce your electricity bill • Take advantage of $4242 rebates • Don t risk your warranty, deal with an ESTABLISHED & ACCREDITED COMPANY. Package Deal Buy Solar Hot Water + Solar Power Systems For Only $3699 Save $831 SOLAR POWER System fully installed $1300 Sydney Metro Installation Only, Meter connection extra. Prices after rebates. Prices include standard installations. Terms & Conditions apply, see in store for details. While stock lasts ALL AREAS 9838 9090 FREE MEASURE & QUOTE Lifetime Warranty www.justforyouwardrobes.com.au DESIGNED TO SUIT YOUR BUDGET Timber Coloured panel Painted Mirrored Sliding p Hinged Built-inWardrobe SPECIALISTS JUST FOR YOU WARDROBES PTY LTD Y Lic. 185684C 2174088K wk5
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