Home' Homes : Homes 2009 Contents 70 WA's Best Homes; architects, builders & designers 2009
37 Having good natural ventilation in homes can
reduce power bills and ensure comfort. Think
about the direction of the afternoon breeze and
make sure windows and doors are positioned to
38 Make sure the kitchen bar benchtops have enough
room to comfortably accommodate your family.
39 The Water Corporation
recommends installing a
rainwater tank that could
potentially save 40,000 litres
of water. Taking pressure off
our valuable drinking water
supplies, rainwater tanks
collect water from your home's
roof area to use on the garden.
A Waterwise rebate of up
to $500 is available for tanks
plumbed into the home.
40 "It is extremely important and valuable for a client
to have a clear understanding of what they want in
their home. This can assist with time and monetary
decisions that need to be made throughout the
process, from selection of your site (i.e. location,
size, slope, orientation, supporting facilities, etc)
to prioritising the spaces/rooms required and their
associated level of fixtures and finishes. Once these
items are clear in your mind, you can certainly save
time and money." -- Craig Steere, Craig Steere
41 "It is advisable to engage your landscape designer
as early as possible (landscaping can become
the bottom of the food chain competing in
the overall budget with door handles, taps and
window treatments). A good guide to budget
for landscaping would be 15 percent of the value
of the property once the home is completed
excluding pools and spas." -- Bev Harrison, Mondo
42 "Illuminate the outdoors with feature lighting to
plants and ponds. Emphasise the architecture of
the home with outdoor lighting that highlights
geometry and materials." -- Mick Rule, Craig
43 "For a landscape to be successful whether it
be a new home or major garden makeover you
need three things: a realistic budget, the help of
an experienced landscape designer and careful
planning. To complete the picture lighting is a
must." -- Debbie Taylor, Mondo Landscapes.
44 Pick a landscaping design that suits your lifestyle.
Consider who will be using the garden and what
you most want to get out of the space. Whether
you want to increase privacy, block tra c or create
shade the plan should reflect your needs.
45 "It's important to create
micro-climates within your
garden. This is all about
grouping your plants
according to their water
needs, and arranging them
in a way that invites or shields
direct sunlight." -- Tony Green,
Think Green Landscapes.
Images clockwise: Rolingstone Landscaping; Glosswood; Newforms Landscaping; Mondo Landscaping.
42 "Illuminate the outdoors with feature lighting to plants
and ponds. Emphasise the architecture of the home
with outdoor lighting that highlights geometry and
materials." -- Mick Rule, Craig Sheiles Homes.
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