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Home Living : September 2nd 2008
8 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, September 2, 2008 Building on experience Write to Ask The Experts about individual problems in the home. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your question or fax Ask The Experts 9689 5399. HOMELIVING ASK THE EXPERTS » ADVERTISING FEATURE Before After Craig Rowles wants to extend his family house rather than move. Because he works long hours, Mr Rowles wants someone to organise the entire project. How can this be done? Family Home Designers and Builders is a company that designs and builds houses and extensions with a minimum of fuss and disruption to the family. Business founder, Roman Pazniewski, has a degree in architecture and a builder's licence. The company manages the entire project from initial design sketches, through to council approval, and then building the project to completion. ''Our clients find when they have outgrown their house that they would rather extend and stay than sell and move on,'' he says. You can lose up to $50,000 in the process of selling and buying. ''We also find that because people are time-strapped these days, they prefer to have us design and build their home or addition. We give a fixed price to do this, which removes the stress of budget blow-outs,'' Mr Pazniewski says. ''Many people are anxious about building because they hear the many nightmare stories. But I believe that building should be one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences.'' We want the extension to be aesthetically beautiful as well as environmentally friendly -- to be thermally comfortable while saving on power and water. We design in such a way that utilises the sun for heat and light, and conform with BASIX -- the NSW Government's building sustainability index. This index sets compulsory design standards to reduce the use of potable water and to produce less greenhouse gas emissions for residential dwellings. We also like to install low-irritant insulation where possible. These polyester batts are a thermal product that can be used in walls and ceilings. Can we match our existing brick which is about 30 years old? We can blend brickwork very well or, alternatively, we can transform the look of the whole house by rendering and painting it. We would like to stay in the house while it is being renovated? One particular family we did a major house conversion for managed to remain in the house with their five children. They camped in the house and seemed to enjoy the experience . If you are prepared for a little inconvenience we can generally work around this. What is the first step? A design consultation is carried out at the home to discuss the main planning and aesthetic issues. Everyone is limited to a budget and this is discussed at the beginning. It is important to establish a firm price before proceeding with the detailed plans or council approvals. That is why it is a huge advantage to be the builder (project manager) as well as the designer. Details: Family Home Designers and Builders, call 9489 7558. Call now for YOUR complimentary appraisal 9489 7558 www.familyhome.com.au Transform your house into a spacious, beautiful home your WHOLE family will enjoy. Outgrown your home? Need more space? A teenager's retreat? Another bathroom? Could you pick the difference? TOTAL STONE® An interpretation, where elegance, design & quality show all its expression ... The total solution for your décor requirements: • Natural crushed stone surface • Internal/external, waterproof and insulating • Lightweight, thin, durable and economical • Adaptable and versatile for all applications For additional information we urge you to visit our website and click on section (03) Architectural & Building Plastics followed by Total Stone® Panels. www.allplastics.com.au Allplastics Engineering Pty Ltd Unit 20/380 Eastern Valley Way Chatswood NSW 2067 Telephone: (02) 9417 6111 Fax: (02) 9417 6169 Contact Vic Mob: 0409 941 761 or Raffi Mob: 0414 417 611 The TOTAL STONE® panel system offers a practical and economical answer to applications where venue walls and ceilings need to be constructed or cladded. We supply a wide range of brick and stone panels with UV resistant, lightweight and long lasting materials. This is about as close as you can come to the real thing. A cladding panel made from natural crushed stone, polyester and fibreglass, moulded to give the appearance of real stone. By using screws, the panels can be applied to any surface - blueboard, concrete, wood, metal, Gyprock, plastic or timber beams - then covered with some mastic by applying a special colour toned crushed stone paint. They are weatherproof, fireproof and inert and ready for easy installation wherever you need them - walls, ceilings, patio surrounds etc. 2030224i hln wk10
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