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Home Living : October 16th 2012
THE GREAT OUTDOORS ARCHICENTRE NSW General Manager Ian Agnew says one of the most cost-effective ways of increasing liveable areas is by extending into the back garden with a deck linking indoor and outdoor spaces. ''This is often done using sliding or folding doors, clear or translucent roofing or light and an energy-efficient design,'' he says. ''A complementary style of flooring creates the illusion of seamlessness.'' ''Leafy pergolas can also pro- vide sun protection and help lower electricity costs by cut- ting the use of air conditioners, one of the main contributors of high energy costs.'' ''Some green rooms are quite extensive, with outdoor kitchens incorporating a barbe- cue for entertaining in the outdoor-indoor environment." HOME ENTERTAINMENT GREEN ROOM TREND A PLACE TO SPEND MORE TIME OUTSIDE Green rooms are a new trend in home design as more people are using their homes for entertainment. Janita Singh WITH busy lifestyles and finan- cial pressures, more home- owners are looking at entertain- ment at home. This has given rise to creating a green room sanctuary in their natural surroundings. Current trends are seeing a rise in the value of gardens and courtyards as areas for social activity and relaxation. Archicentre, the building de- sign, inspection and advice ser- vice of the Australian Institute of Architects, says green rooms are the latest craze among home renovators and a sensible one given most people are pushed to spend more time at home. Archicentre NSW general manager Ian Agnew says cre- ating a successful green room depends on good design, costing the project carefully and ensur- ing it's built to specification using quality material. ''The current cost of living pressures, including rising energy prices, provides a cata- lyst for families to look at maximising their home for entertainment and leisure," Mr Agnew says. Mr Agnew said with good design, a green room can add value to the home. For details visit archicentre.com.au. GET YOUR HOUSE IN ORDER FOR 2013 Call us today and get a jump start on next year s renovations Michelle Walker architects residential architecture + interiors + outdoor spaces www.mwarchitects.net.au Call 0422 393 600 look for us on www.houzz.com and in the upcoming issues of RENOVATE magazine 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 *Discounts off R.R.P. on selected ranges only while stocks last. Offer supercedes previous offers. PROMO CODE: NORTH 31663 30 Years of local manufacturing. Best quality and price guaranteed. SYDNEY BLINDS & SCREENS Ph: 9636 1555 SHOWROOM: 26 STODDART RD, PROSPECT (Monday-- Friday & Sunday) Check out our NEW website at www.sydneyblinds.com.au FREE quotes ALL suburbs 60% OFF * UP TO SPRING CLEARANCE SALE! accentblinds.com.au 4 iPads to be WON each week! 131913 Call us now BIGGEST SALE It s Our Ask about our other great specials in our product range. Competition begins 27th August and ends 21st October, 2012. Four iPads to be won each week. For full terms and conditions visit our website. NSW Permit Number LTPS/12/06269. *Discounts apply to selec ted produc ts and fabrics only. Not to be used in conjunc tion with any other o er. Roman & Roller Blinds* Country Oak Privacy Venetian Blinds* Curtains* Awnings* • FREE Measure & Quote • 10 Years Guarantee Shop 1 14 Cammeray Road, Cammeray Showroom Open 6 Days www.designarobe.com.au BUILDING LIC NO 204289C 9908 5503 2220426 26/6 WARDROBES
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