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Home Living : June 12th 2012
MB HLF - HOME LIVING: NORTH WEST, Tuesday, June 12, 2012 5 APARTMENT LIVING BIG CASH DRAIN DODGY JOBS GET COSTLY Janita Singh Clues of water leakage may not be nearly as obvious as the damage caused in this case. WATER leakage is one of the biggest issues facing apartment buildings and can cost owners dearly to fix. Faulty workmanship, poor design or poor quality material all lead to the prob- lem. Archicentre, the building design, inspection and ad- vice service of the Aust- ralian Institute of Archi- tects, highlighted a recent University of NSW report which showed that 85 per cent of buildings built since 2000 had one or more defects in their construction. The report, Governing The Compact City: Role and Effectiveness of Strata Man- agement, clearly points out water leakage is a big issue. ''As one common exam- ple, balconies constructed above another unit only need one leak caused by a poor sealing job or a broken tile or a blocked drainage point to cause substantial damage to an adjoining property,'' Archicentre ACT and NSW general man- ager Ian Agnew said. Archicentre recently in- spected balconies in an apartment block with more than 100 balconies, nearly all of which had a similar leak impacting on the apart- ments below, leaving the property owners with sub- stantial repair bills. Water has a number of ways of impacting on apart- ment buildings including: Poor sealing of balconies; Lack of roof maintenance; Deteriorating tanking for below ground car parks/ basements; Lack of window mainten- ance. ''With around three mil- lion living in apartments, maintenance will place an increasing financial pres- sure on owners' corpor- ations and their property managers,'' Mr Agnew said. WINNER Specialising in custom designs and manufacturing for kitchens and joinery All projects managed by Sheree Degabriele Free no obligation measure and quote Info@kitchensbyemanuel.com.au www.kitchensbyemanuel.com.au 22 Foxall Rd, Kellyville 2214359 28/2 9629 6866 BUDGET BATH RESURFACING Quality at a Budget Price We Resurface: • Baths & Basins • Tiles & Accessories • Complete Bathroom Makeover • Fully Licensed & Insured • All Major Credit Cards Call for a Professional Near You!! FREE CALL 1800 042 284 www.budgetbaths.com.au 2162540 18/10 Is mould & mildew taking over? DON'T RE-TILE REGROUT Licence No 117017 • Regrout any tiled area • Stop Leaking Showers • Recolour Reseal Grout • Silicone & Tile Repairs • Shower Screens • All work guaranteed FREE QUOTES 9822 1872 firstname.lastname@example.org www.tileregrouting.com.au 2175818i 8/3 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 2156664 06/03 Lic No. 229620C SHOWROOM THORNLEIGH NEW ON DISPLAY • 3 TIMBER DECKS • 2 GLASS ROOMS • 5 PATIOS • 1 DOME AWNING • GREAT INNOVATIVE IDEAS FOR HOME IMPROVEMENTS Shop 1, 295-299 Pennant Hills Road, Thornleigh 1300 761 201 www.stylemasterpatios.com.au MEMBER No. 382542 HIA NOW FREE Measure & quote SPECIAL PRICE FOR HOUSE LOTS SPECIAL DISCOUNTS FOR PENSIONERS Heat Cold Noise Storms Intruders llll l Energy saving l Added Privacy ll Manual or Electric Choice of Colours ROLLER SHUTTERS ROLLER SHUTTERS QUALITY SHUTTERS AT AFFORDABLE PRICES DIRECT FROM THE FACTORY TRADING AS ALLGUARD HOME IMPROVEMENTS PTY LTD Protect Against ... Enjoy ... MD Regular MD Budget MD Luxury FROM $399 !". 48 HOUR TURN AROUND 2096420 24/4 0 3HOWER 3CREENS &RAMED 3EMI &RAMELESS AND &RAMELESS AVAILABLE
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