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inter has traditionally been a time for pool installation projects. It makes sense – with construction taking place during the cooler months and a new pool ready to splash in once the weather warms up. From all reports, pool businesses across the country have been run off their feet in the past 12 months thanks to COVID-19. Restrictions on international travel have meant people are spending more time at home. They also have more money in their pockets to invest in landscaping projects. Sunshine Coast pool builders and installers are fully booked for the next few months, but that doesn’t mean you should hold off on locking in your project. My advice? Get on their list sooner rather than later and you’ll find yourself reaping the benefits before you know it. To get you started on your dream pool project, we share some tips in this month’s pool feature. Turn to page 16. In this edition, we also provide hints for landscaping, DIY ideas for the kitchen and expert advice from our resident renovation columnist. Enjoy!
Turn to page six for tips on how to get your landscaping project started.
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outside Is your garden in need of a spruce up? Winter is the ideal time to dig into a landscaping project to enhance your home. Whether you want to landscape for privacy, entertainment or for the family, the options are endless. The best part? If you start now, the finished project will be ready in time for the warmer months.
There is so much more to sustainable landscaping than investing in native species. It is about designing landscapes to enhance biodiversity and putting back much of what might have been located on the land before development to work with indigenous vegetation. A sustainable garden uses a wide range of plants including trees, screening shrubs, medium shrubs, low shrubs, groundcovers and grasses, climbers, perennials and bulbs. Source: yourhome.gov.au/ housing and click on landscaping
OUR PICK The kangaroo paw plant is great for gardens or pots as it doesn’t grow too high. As a bonus, the flowering plants attract birds.
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Sustainable gardening and landscaping has become the focus of landscape architecture and aims to work in with the natural and built environment. According to the Australian Government Home website, ideally these landscapes should maintain themselves and survive by being part of the natural cycles of the local environment. As an added bonus, these native gardens attract birdlife, bees and other native species.
• It helps rehabilitate disturbed areas by using saved topsoil and salvaged plants. • It’s a great way to maintain links between adjacent bush and your garden. Many animals, especially birds, invertebrates and small lizards, will use your garden for habitat resources. • It gives you the opportunity to educate yourself and your family on native species and environmental sustainability.
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KEEPING IT CLEAN Building sites create waste. Typically, at the end of the day bricklayers and most other wet trade contractors wash out their cement mixers and tools into their wheelbarrow. The wheelbarrow is then scrubbed and the resulting 20 to 40 litres of slurry is usually deposited nearby and the barrow hosed out ready for the next day. This slurry can sometimes flow into groundwater or onto the street and subsequently down a stormwater drain. It can also leave an unsightly mess in gardens or lawns or on our pavements, roads and gutters, and can result in large financial penalties for the site manager, usually the builder. New product SLURRYTUB is a heavy-duty recyclable plastic tub lined with a single use biodegradable cellulose paper filter. At washout time, the slurry in the barrow is carefully emptied into the tub. The cutout at the front of the tub supports most wheelbarrows hands free, to enable the barrow to be safely hosed out. The filter traps the cement, leaving sediment-free water to drain into designated wash-up zones, or for recycling on the job. Most of the water should drain within 30-60 minutes depending on the slurry contents. When the residual cement in the tub dries, it can simply be dumped with the filter into a skip.
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THE TRENDS TO FOLLOW The COVID-19 pandemic has left many people spending more time at home. More of us continue to work from the home office, which means more now than ever comfort is key. This is turn has resulted in a growing interest in interior styling with people now eager to transform their homes to make them better suit
their needs and lifestyle while emphasising comfort, nature, and calmness. To help homeowners achieve this, interior design expert, and co-founder of Inscene, Luke Davidson, has revealed which design styles are emerging as the top contenders for the second half of 2021.
1. NEUTRAL/TONAL LUXE Neutral luxe is shaping up to be a hot design trend for the second half of 2021 as people begin to embrace calm yet sophisticated luxury. Notable for its calm colour palette and subtlety consisting of white, light grey, browns, and beiges, neutral luxe will imbue your home with a quiet sense of luxury. 2. SOPHISTICATED COTTAGECORE Cottagecore first emerged as a major design trend in 2020 after people embraced the muted pastel palette and comfort that it provides in times of trouble. We are now seeing the blending of old and new pieces, giving you modern home comforts with eye-catching character details.
3. COMFORT/WELLNESS SUSTAINABILITY The pandemic shone a spotlight on self-care, leading countless homeowners to prioritise comfort in their design. This trend will also focus on sustainability as homeowners pivot away from mass-produced furniture and towards reclaimed, handcrafted pieces. 4. WARM COLOURS Warm colours will become a popular interior design trend to add a feeling of cosiness to the home through winter. Burnt oranges and pinks are excellent choices for furniture and decor to infuse a bit of warmth and liveliness into the space. The best part about the warm colours design trend is that it will last beyond the winter months and into the spring and summer.
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Warm colours 5. THE HOME OFFICE The rise in working from home during 2020 made the home office a must-have staple of any home. But while many home offices were thrown together by means of necessity, with no plans for the routine to continue, the second half of 2021 will see purposefully designed home offices that combine comfort and style as many Aussies adapt flexible work schedules. This interior design trend will also include comfortable chairs that suit the work of the occupant. Leather armchairs are best suited for readers and thinkers, while swivel chairs are better suited to those who’ll be typing away on the computer all day long.
6. EARTHLY ORGANIC Earthly organic is another design trend that has been popping up this year as we grow closer to nature (and we don’t just mean all those houseplants we all bought during quarantine). It expands on the relaxed bohemian style by adding more earthy colours to the signature bright white of boho chic. Incorporating muddy browns, earthy greys, apricot and forest greens brings a sense of calm and cosiness to the home while evoking a natural look. The one thing that earthly organic does not include is shine, as glossy finishes do not align with the natural feeling of this trend.
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Andrea Lucena-Orr says mid-tone blues, reds and pinks can be used for a daring and playful effect in the kitchen. For example, cornflower blues on cabinets or cabinet doors, complimented with soft grey on handles, can be tied together with a warm tile colour.
Kitchen renovations can be costly with the average project coming it at around $21,000 and taking upwards of a month to complete. For those people who are looking for a quick and inexpensive fix, the use of the correct paint and method can breathe new life into a kitchen. The recently launched Dulux Renovation Range is a water-based, interior range of coatings that are perfect for wet and high-use zones, such as the kitchen. The paint formula is tailored to cabinets, tiles, benchtops, grout and floors, and the range offers a simple solution to achieving a custom, premium looking hub for you to cook and entertain in. Dulux colour and communications manager, Andrea Lucena-Orr says that the kitchen can be the heart of the home, especially for those who use dining as an immersive experience and chance to connect with others through a shared passion. She says kitchen areas should feel inviting and inspiring for creation and conversation. “Whether it is a high-end, luxurious look and feel you wish to or a more relaxed, lived-in space for the whole family to enjoy, the right colours and
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Design and build with the kids in mind – when they’re grown up they’ll bring the grandkids, and if you sell, your home will appeal to families.
While a diving pool may seem like a fun idea, it may be difficult to do in your backyard. Instead, when designing your ideal pool, think about your space and what type of pool would suit the area best.
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When designing your ideal pool, plan to build the pool in a part of your garden that won’t section off a whole portion of the yard.
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Think about where you would like the entrances when designing your ideal pool. You should only need one or two gates.
You should also position the pool somewhere where it’s visible from the main living areas of the house. This way, you can always keep an eye on the children and look out on it as a feature.
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Everyone will always congregate in the areas where you can sit or recline in the water, so take extra care here and go the extra mile with steps and bench areas.
If you’re including a spa or a set of steps, build them within the pool itself, or part in and part out.
When designing your ideal pool, place the pool fence gate and steps in line with the house door. This will make it easier to come out of the pool and into the house.
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WINTER POOL CARE The experts at Narellan Pools provide handy hints on how to keep your pool clean through the cooler months. When winter sets in and you find yourself using your pool less than usual, you might be inclined to avoid your pool space altogether. Choosing to ignore your pool area isn’t a great idea though, as mess and debris can quickly build up, leaving you with lots to do when the weather warms up and you want to be back in the pool on a regular basis. You’ll find it’s easier to stay on top of the backyard jobs that need doing, to ensure your pool area is ready for use when you’re ready. Here are some jobs worth doing in winter to prepare your pool and its surrounds for fun times ahead. A CHEMICAL CLEAN-UP Cleaning up the pool chemicals you’ve collected over time is worth doing before you welcome your swim season. Carry out a stocktake of the chemicals and cleaning products to determine if there are any you can get rid of (always refer to the disposal instructions on the packaging), and any you need to reorder to keep your pool in sparkling condition. Remember to keep your pool chemicals and cleaning products locked away in a shed or garage, so that children and pets can’t come into contact with them.
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TIDYING POOL TOYS If you have kids or love to entertain in and around your pool, you’ve probably collected a veritable smorgasbord of pool toys and inflatables, but do you know where they all are? It’s easy for these items to end up in the garden, or to be left beside the pool. But if no one returns for a swim, those pool toys and inflatables are left out in the elements, allowing them to become damaged. Save yourself the hassle of paying for new pool toys and inflatables each swim season by properly storing them after each swim session. Keep them away from chemicals and cleaning products, and ensure they are stored somewhere where they won’t be a tripping or climbing hazard.
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GET THE GARDEN UNDER CONTROL We’ve all been there – winter arrives, and we leave the front and back lawn and garden untouched. Of course, this then means we have a jungle to deal with later on. No one wants to spend their weekend tending to that. You can avoid that situation by staying on top of the gardening. Mow the lawn when you can, pull the weeds out and prune any bushes or plants that need it. By doing this every now and again throughout winter, you will prevent garden debris making its way into your pool area. Some plants can stain unsealed pavers, so it’s important to be aware of what’s planted near your pool space. If you have a pool cover, keep it on while you’re mowing or pruning, to prevent debris entering your pool. Tip: When it comes to gardening and mowing, It’s a good idea to check the forecast and plan around it, to avoid undoing all your hard work if heavy rainfall or strong winds are predicted.
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DIY: ADD PRIVACY TO YOUR GARDEN Lattice is back in fashion. It’s easy to install, looks great in the garden and is versatile. Here is a garden project from the team at Sunshine Mitre 10. WHAT YOU NEED • 3 posts, 100 x 100mm x 2400mm long • 3 rails, 100 x 50mm x 2400mm long • Lattice: 2 sheets per panel 900mm wide x 2400mm long • Unseasoned hardwood or treated radiata pine joists, 100 x 50mm • Galvanised nails: 75 x 3.75mm bullet head for rails 50 x 2.8mm flat head for lattice • Dry cement • Stakes • 50 x 25mm timber bracing • Timber post hole sole plates (or concrete if desired) Step 1: Getting started Your first job is to mark the line of the wall and to make sure all posts will be set in a straight line. To do this, mark both corner posts first. Drive in a stake at one end post position and run a stringline the full length
of the wall. Drive in a second stake marking the opposite end post position. Then measure and stake all intermediary posts, remembering to allow for the 2.4 metre lengths of lattice. Dig the post holes around 500 millimetres deep x 300 millimetres square. To make your job easier, consider hiring an auger-type post hole digger. Step 2: Cutting the rail notches Next job is to notch the posts for the cross rails before setting them in the ground. The top rail is set flush with the top of the post. The bottom rail is set 100 millimetres above the ground. When measuring, be sure to allow for the part that goes in the ground, around 500 millimetres. The middle rail is spaced between them, allowing for the 900 millimetres widths of lattice. The top and bottom rail notches are made by sawing to the thickness of the rail and chiseling out the excess. They should not be deeper than the thickness of the rails to provide for a flush fit. The middle rail post notches are made by sawing and chiseling to the width of the
rail and set 15 millimetres deep on the inside of each corner post and on both sides of any post in between. Step 3: Setting the posts First, place a timber soleplate in the bottom of each hole and stand the post on it. Or use a 50 millimetre thickness of concrete instead of the timber soleplate. Next, stretch a string line between the two corner posts to align one side of the posts. Fix the string line to the height on the bottom rail notch. Use your spirit level to make sure the line is level along the entire length of the wall. If the ground is a bit uneven, you may have to adjust a post by either digging the hole slightly deeper of filling in to ensure the bottom of the notch is level with the string line and the other posts. The lattice is nailed flush with the bottom of the rail and if it’s not straight, your lattice could end up crooked. You’ll need to brace each post temporarily with the 50 x 25 millimetre battens so they stay upright and straight. Fill the holes with a 50/50 mixture of soil and dry cement.
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Check the post is vertical with your spirit level, adjusting the post braces as necessary. Then tamp down the mixture to firm it. Slope the top of the mixture away from the post above the ground to allow rain to run off. Add water to set the cement in the soil and leave overnight. Step 4: Completing the job Next day, cut and fix the rails in the post notches using 75 x 3.75 millimetre galvanised bullet head nails. Leave the braces in position to stiffen the post for nailing. Joins in the rails should be butted
together in the middle of the post and no two rail joins should happen in the same post if you can avoid it. Attach the lattice with 50 x 2.8 millimetre galvanised flat head nails, checking the midrail for straightness while nailing. You might also like to consider adding a capping to your new lattice wall to give it a more professional overall effect. In this case, choose an angled capping that will shed water, and fix it using one galvanised nail every 600 millimetres., driving the nail at least 35 millimetres into the rail.
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LET THE LIGHT IN Installing an extra window can improve your views, provide more flexibility for room layout, improve ventilation and add more light. Here’s some advice from Sunshine Mitre 10. Step 1: Structural issues In the wall frame above all windows and doors there is a strong beam called a header, which carries the weight of the structure above,. Span tables are available at your local Mitre 10 and will tell you the size and strength of header required. You’ll need to know a few details: roof type (tiled or metal), truss or rafter spacing, roof span, upper or lower storey, and window opening size. If your house has asbestos cladding do not cut it. Contact a licensed asbestos removal contractor for advice.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED TIMBER • 90 x 45mm or 65 x 35mm structural radiata pine or hardwood to match existing frame, header to suit opening span (check span tables), architrave to match existing internal trim, 65 x 19mm (or larger if required) treated pine or other durable timber for external trim
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HOUSING LENDING GOES THROUGH THE ROOF The average mortgage size has risen 7.1 per cent over the year to a record high of $563,550. The almost six per cent rise over the month came as the Australian Bureau of Statistics reported new lending for housing rose 3.7 per cent in April to a record high of $31 billion. The ABS says an 8.6 per cent rise in New South Wales and an 8.4 per cent rise in Victoria account for most of the rise in owner occupier housing loan commitments across the country. At the same time, loan commitments in Western Australia fell 7.9 per cent, after a fall of 5.1 per cent in March. Property investors are now outpacing first home buyers. The value of new loans for investor housing rose 2.1 per cent to $8.1 billion in April, the highest level
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“Renovation loans soared 26.5 per cent to 17-year highs of $403.1 million” Housing Industry Association economist Angela Lillicrap says it is the first ABS data that shows the nation is past the peak in the surge in construction due to HomeBuilder. “The cooling in construction loans is consistent across all the states and territories,” she says.
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I recently bought a new home that is about 20 to 30 years old and I’m wondering what your advice would be to ensure the renovations we do are timeless and won’t be out of fashion in only a few years’ time. Thank you, Sheena. CASSANDRA SAYS: Thanks for your question. It’s a really sensible one that a lot of people forget about when they do renovations, and even new builds. Thanks to social media, it’s very easy to be lured into current trends for interior and exterior home design. This isn’t to say that you can’t have your cake and eat it too – a timeless design doesn’t necessarily mean a boring style. By establishing a timeless base for the interior and exterior design of your home, you can still add stylised layers to achieve your desired look. Unless you are happy to spend tens of thousands of dollars every few years to update your home’s look, it’s a great idea to go for a neutral base design.
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