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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. 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 ... 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 2235836 28/8 Unit 13/10 Bromley Rd, EMU PLAINS L 250305C www.wedokitchens.com.au FREE BATHROOM QUOTES now offered by our recommended licenced renovators 50% OFF KITCHEN CABINETS All Kitchen Styles -- Limited Stock A family business with traditional values FREE QUOTES 1300 135 007 Daryl & Kerry Murray N SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS 10am - 4pm N 12 DAY EXPRESS DELIVERY N 12 YEAR WARRANTY N FREE SOFT CLOSE DRAWERS N 100% AUSTRALIAN MADE 2309876 16/10 DID YOUR ELECTRICITY BILL DRAIN YOUR WALLET? CALL VICTOR FOR A FREE QUOTE 02 9709 4972 0470 155 121 # 2OOKWOOD 2D 9!'//.! WWW SPACESOLAR COM AU INFO SPACESOLAR COM AU 7!.4 4/ 3!6% 50 4/ 0%2 9%!2 /. 9/52 %,%#42)#)49 2107643 25/9
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