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26 Careful planning can greatly minimise the incon-
venience of living in the midst of a renovation. Talk
to your renovator about a work schedule and de-
termine how your daily routine might be a ected.
For instance, will the water be turned o for any
length of time? Do you need to set up a temporary
kitchen elsewhere in the home? Can major work be
done in stages so you always have some liveable
space? Discuss your expectations of the work crew
and examine the work environment.
27 Add space to a living room by creating an indoor-
outdoor area. Often this is as simple as installing
bi-folding or French doors. This way you will be
able to make the most of the summer months and
enjoy the relaxed alfresco style of living.
28 Consider ventilation and
airflow: open living spaces
are cooler than boxy rooms.
If possible try and design the
floor plans so that you can
see right through the house,
from one end to the other.
29 Beware of skipping steps when painting. Not
sanding, not washing down or skipping coats may
save time now but will lead to more hassles in the
long run. Using cheap paint in place of superior
quality materials will detract from the overall e ect
of a room and will need to be repainted more
30 Think about the long-term and the practical use
of rooms when you renovate. Consider how much
time you will spend in a room and what part of the
day you will be occupying it. This will determine
the type of lighting, décor and storage that is most
suited to the space.
31 Choose lighting to suit the use and mood of the
room. Bright lights are great for bathrooms, whereas
dimmer switches are more suited to living rooms.
Consider using energy-e cient globes -- not only
will you be doing your bit for the environment but
you will be saving money in the long run.
32 "Plan to integrate. Have your builder install basic
structured cabling because if you choose to invest
in some audiovisual equipment down the track, it
will be a lot easier, cheaper and more reliable to do
so." -- Alberto Comito, Niche Buildings.
33 "You don't have to be extravagant to have a top
quality home when there are so many avenues for
clients to source material, products, advice and
ideas: research." -- Ben Heah, Big Ben Homes.
34 If you plan to use downlights, double check with
your contractor that the appropriate protection in
the ceiling space has been installed.
35 Make sure your electrician
is licensed with the
Electrical Licensing Board.
Electrical work must be
performed in accordance
with the appropriate
36 When buying a window airconditioning unit,
more is not necessarily better. Base the size of
the airconditioning unit on the size of the room
and the other factors that a ect the temperature
in the room, such as how many windows it
has and whether it faces south, north, etc. An
airconditioning unit that is too big for the room will
work harder and cost you more.
31 Choose lighting to suit the use and mood of the room.
Bright lights are great for bathrooms, whereas dimmer switches
are more suited to living rooms. Consider using energy-e cient
globes -- not only will you be doing your bit for the environment
but you will be saving money in the long run.
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