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Eurobodalla Home Guide : 2010
18 eurobodalla home guide INTERIOR Moruya Furniture & Bedding Moruya Furniture & Bedding Moruya Furniture & Bedding www.furniturehouse.com.au 65 Queen Street, Moruya Phone 4474 3477 Fax 4474 3830 Turning houses into homes. VNGAR AS Surely the most lived-in part of your home deserves extra special attention! Clever design of space is crucial in a living area. It's how the space feels and functions that matters most, not how many square metres it is. Design your outdoors as an extension of your living room, effectively getting more living space for free. If using sliding or folding doors, make sure they seal properly when closed. If you have young children, design kitchen and living areas to overlook play areas. Use light-coloured surfaces to maximise nat- ural light. Face glass north if you can (unless you live above the Tropic of Capricorn) so you get light for most of the day. If your living areas already face north this is easy. If not, your designer may still be able to find innovative solutions, such as skylights or high windows. In tropical climates above the Tropic of Capricorn, face living areas and openings to capture cooling breezes. Make sure you have openings on more than one side of your living area, to allow cooling breezes through in summer. High openable windows or skylights work well to get rid of hot air as it rises, and let in win- ter sun. But make sure they're double glazed with good seals to keep in winter warmth. Choose skylights with built-in shading, unless your roof is already well-shaded. 'We love spending time in here, it's much more comfortable than it used to be!' When living areas are too open, especially if they have mezzanines or high ceilings, they can be difficult (and expensive) to heat and cool. In all but the mildest climates, it pays to design liv- ing areas so they can be partitioned off from the rest of the house. BA HROOMS AND AUNDR S Here's a great opportunity to add value to your home and save lots of water without hav- ing to compromise a thing. Check for leaks and fix them right away - a leaking toilet can waste up to 95,000 litres of water a year! It's definitely worth replacing an old water-guzzling showerhead with a water saving model. They're inexpensive, there's a huge range available, and they will save the average household around $100 in water and energy each year. You can also add flow regulators or aerators to make taps more efficient. Replacing a toilet is more expensive, but worth it if you have an inefficient model, partic- ularly if it's single flush. Save at least 15,000 litres of water a year by choosing an efficient 4-star model; there are many stylish options to choose from. Now you can also get a 5-star model with a sink over the cistern - particularly useful where space is tight. Avoid baths that are bigger than you need, as they take more water to fill. Spas also use more energy than regular baths. 'Our new front loader saves us 70 litres a wash.' The washing machine is one of the biggest users of water in the home. A 4.5-star front loader can save you 70 litres a wash, com- pared to the average. Consider using a clothes line instead of a dryer, to save money and laundry space. If an outdoor line isn't an option, choose a space- saving, folding indoor clothes line. It's usually possible to get a great new look without ripping everything out. Are there tiles in good condition that you can leave, focusing on simpler changes like painting walls or changing fittings? Could you have your old bath re-finished instead of buying a new one? Designers usually recommend predominant- ly light, neutral colours for permanent finishes like tiles, and bolder accent colour where it's easier to change, like on painted walls or by using decorative objects. This way if you tire of the colour you can update it cost effectively. Use slip-resistant tiles, as well as moisture- resistant bathroom cabinets and joinery. Having windows that open for ventilation is cheaper and quieter than relying on an exhaust fan. Your rooms will have a light, airy feel and you'll save on electricity. After you've locked in ongoing water sav- ings with your bathroom fittings, consider going further by using rainwater or greywater to flush toilets or in the laundry. K CHNS It's often the kitchen that people fall in love with, and that's important if you're thinking about resale value. K tchen c ab nets and benchtops It may be possible to save money by re-fin- ishing old cabinets to give them a new look, or perhaps just replacing the doors and benchtops, and leaving the rest as is. CON NU DONP AG 19 room by room