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Home Living : September 23 2008
6 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, September 23, 2008 Backyard offices - plan first For an increasing number of people the daily commute to work consists of a stroll down the garden path, Housing Industry Association executive director Graham Wolfe says. A combination of cutting-edge technology, congested peak-hour roads and soaring petrol prices means that working from home, on either a part or full-time basis, is finding favour with both employees and employers. However, setting up an office within the home means the loss of at least one room which, especially in smaller dwellings, may not be particularly convenient, Mr Wolfe says. And some telecommuters feel the need for a physical separation between home and work. ''One answer is the garden office -- physically separate yet a matter of seconds away,'' Mr Wolfe says. The first thing to do is to check with the relevant local authority to see what formalities you need to complete. An additional permanent structure will probably have to go through the planning and building permit process. There will be fewer problems if you are converting something already in existence, such as a potting shed or garage. Whatever the plan, there are many things to consider. The office will need to be insulated, with power, telecommunications, heating and cooling. You may want to connect it to water and waste utilities and take full advantage of natural light with plenty of windows. Finally, your garden office should be secure. After all, you will have valuable equipment there as well as data crucial to your livelihood. An alarm system is recommended and check your insurance covers the contents for all eventualities. Find an HIA professional convenient to you at www.tradebuild.com.au HOMELIVING Kitcheners Kitchens has an impressive range of brand new kitchen finishes and designs. We need clients with homes to "show them off ". We will need to take photographs of your new kitchen for our brochure when installed. (It's cheaper than building a photographic set . . . and always looks better in a real home). For this we offer a HUGE DISPLAY DISCOUNT! Strictly first come first served. Call 1800 826 144 now (24 hrs) for more info. www.kitcheners.com.au Display Kitchens Wanted! 70% of normal prices 2263324i hln wk50 Free Measure and Quote • SLIDING OR HINGED DOORS • LIFETIME WARRANTY • WE SERVICE ALL AREAS Lic: 185684C 2262271i hln wk37 9838 9090 www.justforyouwardrobes.com.au Built In Wardrobes 'Designed to suit your budget' TIME 4 TIMBER 24 Ada Avenue, Brookvale Fax 9905 3316 www.time4timber.com.au Phone 9905 3314 2083608im 23/9 wk13 We specialise in DETAILED JOINERY and TIMBER FIT-OUTS Do you need RARE, EXOTIC TIMBERS in your home? Mackay Cedar Raintree Lots more... River Red Gum Camphor Laurel Burls Australian Red Cedar Blackbutt Dining Tables Kitchen Benches VanityTops Bar Tops Boardroom Tables Custom-made Furniture Bench Seats Coffee Tables Slab Flooring Kitchens Entertainment Units ENROL NOW for our upcoming WOODWORKING CLASSES FREE 'IN HOME' CONSULTATION 1300 137 198 www.ccbd.com.au Curtains Romans Sunscreens Pelmets Swags Shutters All Blinds Bedspreads LATEST DESIGNS IN CURTAINS & BLINDS by Design CREATIVE CURTAINS 2191321i hln wk22 1/55 Mitchell Rd Brookvale Ph 9938 4466 Fx 9938 4755 www.allstyleflooring.com.au OPEN 7 DAYS Mon-Fri 9am-5pm Sat 9am-4pm, Sun 10am-3pm or anytime by appointment Undercover parking CARPETS, VINYL, TIMBERS, LAMINATES, DIY PRODUCTS, INTERIOR DESIGN, OVERLOCKING, MARINE CARPETS 2115666 23/9 wk13 MOBILE SHOWROOM Just call - we come to you! TWINLITE AWNINGS (Aust) Pty Ltd Lic No 150568C Showroom & factory: Unit 1/10 Hornsby St, Hornsby www.twinliteawnings.com.au BUY FACTORY DIRECT AND SAVE $$$ 9482 7000 PHONE NOW FOR FREE MEASURE & QUOTE SPRING INTO SUMMER SPRING INTO SUMMER 2157112i hln wk11 • Curved • Domes • Flat • Gable • Domestic • Commercial SHUTTER SPECIALISTS + LIFETIME WARRANTY + FREE QUOTES PH: 9868 5373 ONLY 2102046i hln wk36 SPECIALISING IN Built-in Wardrobes Office Systems Entertainment Units Kitchens Joinery LIC. NO. 198153C Showroom open Saturday & Sunday 492 Parramatta Rd, PETERSHAM For a FREE design quote call: 9572 7515 www.expressionsbydesign.com.au INNOVATIVE DESIGNS UNSURPASSED QUALITY SERVICE EXCELLENCE 2031878i hln wk5
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