FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 28, 2012
Ready for summer We continue our popular pools feature
Garage makeover Swap the concrete and cobwebs for an additional living space
THE COOLING-OFF PERIOD Air-conditioning made easy
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Over the past few issues we have been looking at ways to ensure your home is comfortable year round. This month, coming into summer, we thought it was the perfect time to take a look at air-conditioning – it may not be the most glamorous of topics, but in the midst of a hot, humid January you’ll be thankful you took the time to read our cover story on page 6. We have also continued last month’s pool feature, so turn to page 24 for more advice on how to get your pool area in top shape for the warmer months. And if the long summer school holidays are likely to bring a horde of neighbourhood kids to your house, head to page 30 for a new teen-friendly take on the humble garage.
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MAKE SURE YOUR HOME IS COOL AND COMFORTABLE THIS SUMMER.
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he weather has been warming up over the past few weeks and we’re on the brink of another glorious Sunshine Coast summer. In December and January the humidity rises and our average temperature hovers around 28 degrees – which is lovely if you’re relaxing under an umbrella by the pool, but not so great when you’re trying to do the housework (or get to sleep). Originally an expensive luxury item, over the past few decades air-conditioning has become a staple in Queensland homes, and investing in the right cooling system can make a huge difference to your lifestyle during a hot, humid summer. If you’re renovating and don’t have air-conditioning, now is the time to consider installing it, so you can enjoy the benef ts when
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the hot weather hits. The two main options are a central, ducted system or a standalone wall-mounted unit, and your choice will depend on your home – the size, orientation, layout, window surface area and level of insulation will all play a part in temperature control, so it is worth obtaining professional advice on what will best suit your needs. A single unit will cool a limited area within the home – usually a bedroom or open-plan kitchen and living zone. This is a cost-effective choice if you need to cool only one or two rooms and will be using the system only sporadically. If you live in the hinterland or have an older-style home that gets chilly in winter, make sure you opt for a spiltsystem unit that can double as a cost-effective heater in winter. The technology behind these
units has improved dramatically and they are smaller and much less noisy than they were in the past, but remember you will still need to mount the unit on the exterior of your home, which may impact the overall aesthetic. Also, to cut back on running costs you will need to maximise energy eff ciency, so if you are installing air-conditioning in individual rooms make sure you can effectively close these off to prevent the cool air escaping. If you are planning a largerscale renovation and want to cool your whole home, a central system is the way to go. This uses ducts to deliver cool dehumidif ed air to multiple rooms, and will allow you to keep each area comfortable without worrying about shutting off half the house. The size (and subsequent cost) of the system will depend on your
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ost people see the kitchen as the heart of their home, but if you’re renovating a smaller house you may have limited space to create your dream hub. If this is the case, then a galley-style kitchen might be the answer. The term ‘galley-style’ originated from the galley of a ship or train and has come to describe a narrow, corridor-style kitchen space with two long, parallel work areas. This style of kitchen is most popular in townhouses or apartments where space is at a premium, but it can also be a very practical layout for a busy family home. The key to designing an effective galley-style kitchen is to create a primary workspace between the major appliances, but to allow for plenty of bench preparation space. Aim to stagger the refrigerator, oven and cooktop and
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sink in a triangle shape on opposite sides of the kitchen, creating a design that allows you to move easily and eff ciently between all three. A traditional galley-style kitchen is quite narrow and has high shelving on either side. If this design feels too cramped, a more contemporary variation is to incorporate a long island bench, which maintains the narrow style but opens up the kitchen for a greater sense of space (this is a great idea if you want to create an open-plan kitchen and living area). Functional lighting is crucial
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Mosaic tiles… …ARE A STYLISH WAY TO ADD COLOUR AND INTEREST TO YOUR BATHROOM.
tiles in this combination). In muted, neutral tones mosaic tiles can resemble small stones and create a natural feel. A neutral tone can be used more liberally, but if you opt for a feature colour you need to settle on an overall design before tiling a particular area, to ensure the f nished product isn’t too OTT. Combining a block area, such as the shower wall or bath surround, with a splashback behind the vanity mirror is a no-fuss option. There is also an added safety bonus. The smaller size and textured f nish of mosaic tiles
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pring is prime allergy season, and if you suffer because of the increased pollen count you’ll want your home to offer some respite. However, even if you keep your house spotless, allergens such as dust, pollen, tiny mould spores and other microorganisms will still enter and circulate in the indoor air, which can cause discomfort for asthma or allergy sufferers. While you can’t prevent this, there are ways you can allergen-proof your home to minimise the impact on your family. One of the most important factors is to make sure you choose the right f ooring. Hard surfaces such as timber and tile don’t absorb allergens, which means you can easily sweep or vacuum up the irritants. While a hard surface is the ideal choice for those with
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If you choose… …THE RIGHT VARIETY, CARPET CAN BE A SUITABLE FLOOR SURFACE FOR PEOPLE WITH ASTHMA OR ALLERGIES.
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he task of lighting your home can be daunting if you don’t know where to start. Practical home lighting needs to include ambient lighting, which illuminates whole spaces and creates a desired mood, and task lighting, which provides enough light for you to read, prepare food or apply make-up. Add the need for accent lighting on particular design or architectural elements, and the process can be confusing. Therefore it’s best to consult a lighting professional, who well help determine how much light you need in each room and help you avoid common traps.
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t’s always said that f rst impressions count, and your home’s facade is no different – the exterior is the f rst thing visitors see and needs to ref ect your home’s overall style. This means there’s no point spending a fortune updating the interior of your property if the outside still screams daggy brick-and-tile. If you decide to renovate your home’s exterior there are a number of options, including cement render, timber cladding or stonework. However, also bear in mind you don’t have to stick to the original design – once conf ned to inner-city apartment buildings, these days quirky, contemporary facades are gaining popularity in suburban areas. Street appeal is important if you’re planning to sell your home in the future, and the
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charm The Harbour adjustable wall spot is made from solid copper and has been pre-aged during manufacturing for an authentic look. It’s $89.95 from beaconlighting.com.au.
Bring a touch of yesteryear into your home’s with vintage, period-inspired pieces. Think dark, heavy timber and shabby chic furnishings, and accessorise with anything that is a throwback to centuries past.
This old-fashioned sketch of the globe features explorers’ paths and ‘newly’ discovered countries, with a black and slighty-worn gold frame. It’s $69.95 from Amalf . Go to albi.com.au.
This musi music stand centimetres is 119 cen made from tall and m distressed wood. It’s available from the end October for $199.95, of Octobe albi.com.au. from albi.
Esquire magazine’s 2011 range of homewares is priced for the modern shipping magnate – this gorgeous slab desk retails for more than $4000. It’s designed from distressed leather and nut wood, from robertsondesign.com.au.
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Take the plunge YOU MAY HAVE THE DESIGN OF YOUR POOL SORTED, BUT WHAT ABOUT THE SURROUNDS? WE HAVE TIPS ON THE RIGHT LANDSCAPING FOR YOUR OUTDOOR AREA.
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READY FOR SUMMER SPECIAL FEATURE
ast month we looked at the importance of getting your pool ready for summer, so it is installed or renovated before the warm weather hits. Once you have settled on a new design and f nish you also need to think about landscaping, because there’s no point having a beautiful new pool in your backyard if it is surrounded by a big patch of dirt. Ideally you want your landscaping to complement the style of your home. Many pool builders offer a full design service for the surrounding area, and if you are planning to install an entirely new pool take advantage of this professional advice to ensure the space is as practical as possible (you’ll want to maximise sunlight and shade at different times of the day, for example). If you are renovating an existing pool you can enlist the help of a landscaper, who will come up with
an overall design and choose the right materials and plants for the job. However, the f rst thing you need to do is settle on a theme for the pool area. This often involves incorporating certain elements from the interior – such as building materials, design principles and colours – into your outdoor space. One of the easiest ways to do this is to match your indoor f oor surface to the outdoor area. For example, if you have timber f oors install timber decking around your pool, and if you have sandy-coloured or terracotta f oor tiles choose an outdoor paver in a similar colour. If you are opting for pavers around the pool opt for a large slip-resistant tile made to withstand salt and chlorine. Once you’ve identif ed which features you want to extend into your pool area, think about the mood you wish to create. One of the most
popular outdoor themes is a tropical, resortstyle feel, which suits our temperate climate and can be adapted to suit any size pool area. Several local manufacturers specialise in Balinese-style pool huts with timber surrounds and quirky thatched roofs. A natural stone feature wall looks great matched with bright, glossy greenery and rich timber decking, and you can add a water feature for a relaxing feel. If you are after a contemporary, minimalist pool area, install a simple timber pergola with shade sails and a cushioned daybed or hammock. A smooth, sleek paver in off-white goes well with this look, and a stylish option is to install individual pavers with a small border of grass around each – this provides a solid surface while allowing nature to break through. Glass fencing with timber or white powdercoated railings will also look great.
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f you are installing or renovating a pool and have young children, you can easily design a fun, natural-looking pool area that will provide hours of family fun. Kids love waterslides, and if space permits you can incorporate a small one into your pool – a stack of boulder-style rocks at the pool’s edge can be designed to include a smooth half tunnel for little ones to slide down, and you can include a waterfall feature for them to play under. Alternatively, the old-fashioned slide made of rough blue plastic is a thing of the past, and you can
now buy cute, brightly coloured freestanding slides with small step ladders to install at the water’s edge. If you have toddlers, include a wide, shallow platform where they can sit and splash, or a natural beach entry which slopes down gradually to let them ease their way into swimming, rather than the usual steps. And don’t forget to think about where you are going to store the kids’ f oaties and inf atable pool toys. Build some extra storage into your outdoor area or pool hut – you can also use it to stash towels, sunscreen and hats.
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Want to feel like you’re on a South-East Asian getaway every weekend? Follow these tips to recreate a resort-style ambience in your own backyard.
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Is your pool looking OLD AND TIRED?
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For a tropical look, opt for plenty of greenery with big, glossy leaves. Potted bamboo will give your pool area an authentic touch.
Time to renovate with a new interior design If you can, budget for a big and distinctive statue that will become a focal point of your landscaping. This sitting Buddha would look great surrounded by greenery in the centre of a staggered retaining wall.
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LOOKING FOR MORE LIVING SPACE? WHY NOT TURN YOUR GARAGE INTO A TEENAGERS’ RETREAT.
f you happen to be the parent of a few teenagers, you’ll agree that living space just ain’t what it used to be. The single, open-plan lounge and dining area that sustained you while your kids were young probably isn’t cutting it anymore, as family members squabble over which TV program to watch, or teenagers (and all their friends) want to play Xbox in the middle of your dinner party. While some older-style or split-level homes have the luxury of a rumpus room or downstairs play area, the average three- or four-bedroom suburban house is probably struggling in the living space department. You could always turn the spare bedroom into a TV area, but this doesn’t
offer good separation between different areas of the home (and besides, where will your in-laws sleep when they come to stay?). To solve the space dilemma, an increasing number of home owners are choosing to convert the humble garage into a kids’ or teenagers’ retreat. Done properly, the conversion of a standard double garage can provide more than 40 extra square metres of living space. While it is still a signif cant renovation you’ll benef t from being able to use the existing structure, rather than having to build a new extension. However, there are a few key things to consider before embarking on your garage conversion. First, consider whether you
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Home port want to convert all or just part of the garage – you may need to reserve some space for storage. Consider installing shelving along one wall, or invest in a garden shed for the backyard and transfer your tools, gardening gear and car maintenance items into it. It is important that your living space has enough light and ventilation, which may be an issue given that most garages have few windows. Make sure the windows you do have can be easily opened to encourage airf ow (and invest in f yscreens to keep the bugs out), and if you need more windows speak to a builder about having these installed. Another option is to remove the existing garage door and
replace it with a glass sliding or bifold one. This will open up the space and allow plenty of light and ventilation, but before you do so remember it will permanently alter the use of the space – you won’t be able to go back to using it as a garage, which is important to think about if you’re planning to sell your home down the track. Often garages aren’t as well insulated as the rest of the home, so you may also need to install insulation in the ceiling to keep the room warm in winter and cool in summer. Also consider your heating and cooling options. Depending on the size and positioning of the room you may not be able to rely on the main home’s air-conditioning, so to
Converting your garage into a living space obviously means you need to f nd somewhere else to park the car. While many suburban streets have space for street parking, most of us feel more comfortable if our cars are parked on our properties, away from passing traff c. A carport erected in front of the garage or off to the side is the perfect solution – it will get your vehicle off the street and shield it from the elements, while freeing up the garage for your new living space. Carports are available in a wide range of sizes and materials, so speak to a local manufacturer for a quote.
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prevent the new living space feeling like a sauna invest in ceiling fans or a small split-system air-conditioning unit. Next, look at the f oor surface. Most garage f oors are made of standard, unf nished concrete, and are often stepped down from the rest of the house. You can install new carpet or f oating timber f oorboards over the top, or you can f nish the existing f oor with customised paint for a more attractive look. You’ll need to budget for some audiovisual equipment and big, comfortable couches to furnish the space. Finally, always check with the council regarding permits and legal requirements before starting a conversion or carport addition.
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