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46 Consider fake lawn for small patches in the garden.
They can make a really striking statement, plus
they're easy to maintain.
47 Hedges can be used as an alternative to fences
or walls. They serve the same functions as walls
without being as obtrusive and can create privacy,
block noise or section parts of a garden while still
being visually pleasing.
48 Trees are one of a property's finest assets, so it
is important to protect them when revamping a
backyard. Their roots are very sensitive and can
easily be disturbed by heavy foot tra c or soil
moving. Protect them from disturbances by placing
a fencing perimeter around existing tree trunks.
49 "Once a garden's structure is in place, by far the
most important thing is to plant what will grow well
in your area. A garden should be a place to enjoy
and relax, and the wrong choice of plants can mean
far more work and money than is necessary." --
Jamie Roper, Anniebrook Plants and Design.
50 Layer plants to create depth and draw attention to
the space. Make sure to include plants of all heights
-- from ground coverings to taller shrubs and trees.
To create e ect you need repetition, so always buy
plants in groups; this way solitary trees will become
51 If you'd like a streamlined, clean-cut kitchen, Sam
Teoh of Sam Teoh Architects suggests a kitchen
design where handles do not become a major
feature, and to even conceal the hardware.
52 Think about ambient lighting versus task lighting,
says Craig Steere of Craig Steere Architects. If you
entertain around or beside the kitchen, the bright
light necessary for working isn't always the most
comfortable for parties. Dimmers are an easy way
to control the mood (and hide the mess).
53 Get the most out of your
kitchen by ensuring quick and
easy access to appliances
and implements. Hanging
utensils from ceiling racks
saves time and energy
when cooking and frees up
54 The kitchen tap can be a
standout design piece, says
Craig Steere of Craig Steere
Architects. Consider picking
a tap with a shape that mim-
ics the lines of your house to
create a whole " look" .
55 "For fun, enliven the space with some bold over-
sized drum shades to sit above the island bench."
says Megan Prentice from Prentice and Adam
Interiors. "Look to wallpaper for inspiration and visit
56 "Matt or honed-finish floor tiles have become very
popular in today's market with more designers
shying away from the traditional glossy or polished
finish material." -- Marc Danze, Odin Ceramics.
57 Placing your microwave oven in a wall cabinet is a
great way to maximise space and reduce benchtop
clutter. When installing appliances in cavities be
mindful of power point locations and make sure the
appliances are at a safe operating height.
Images clockwise: Ikea; Laminex; Gro Agencies.
51 If you'd like a streamlined, clean-cut kitchen,
Sam Teoh of Sam Teoh Architects suggests a kitchen
design where handles do not become a major feature,
and to even conceal the hardware.
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