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Lifestyle : Home Comforts 2012
1HERSA1 W004 This stunningly innovative suite, with gas lift and bedhead storage, keeps your bedroom organised with style and grace. Head in store or see our full range at fortywinks.com.au Wake up to a bedroom you won't want to leave. Dreams SUITE HOME COMFORTS SPECIAL REPORT 4 SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2012 THE SUN HERALD Louvre affair with safety and style Great outdoors . . . louvre roofs, such as LouvreTec's 180 linear opening roof, allow a sheltered view of the sky; (left) they can also be completely shut for sun and rain protection. Our approach to security and luxury is changing, writes Carolyn Boyd. Sydneysiders' love of modern architecture is altering the way home owners secure their properties, a leading architect says. The director of Archengine, Justin Quinlan, says there is a move away from ''masonry structures with punched openings'' that allow for traditional security measures, such as heavy screen doors and stainless-steel mesh. ''You're [now] getting a lot of glass and a more open-plan kind of architecture . . . you're having to rely a lot more on monitoring and integrated security,'' Quinlan says. Home owners are turning to keyless entries, keypads and back- to-base security. Also, they are teaming elements such as video intercoms with sophisticated C-Bus systems that allow security features to be operated remotely. Operable roofs popular When it comes to sun control, operable roofs on outdoor spaces are growing in popularity and choice. A new LouvreTec product that shuts flat on the underside when closed has Quinlan excited. The original operable louvre roofs sold in Australia didn't have flat bases, so when they were closed had wavy appearances. However, LouvreTec's 180 linear opening roof ''shuts completely flush, so you get this beautiful smooth surface'', Quinlan says. The downside is the roofs can be expensive. A spokesman for LouvreTec says the operable roof system costs between $800 and $1300 a square metre. For a 25-square-metre area, the bill would be $20,000 to $32,500. ''We've been specifying them a lot [in our projects] and they have been the first thing to be taken out,'' Quinlan says. Clients are instead opting for horizontally mounted blinds set in tracks that allow the blind to be used as a roof, or rolled away entirely for a clear view of the sky. The downside of the acrylic blinds, marketed as Sundream awnings, is they aren't completely waterproof. However, for a 25-square-metre installation, they cost about $8000. Graeme Marett, the exterior- product specialist at Blinds by Peter Meyer, says another operable roof system is the Corradi retractable awning, which uses a PVC fabric and is waterproof. ''It has gutters and flashings all built into the system,'' Marett says. ''It's like an overhead roman blind . . . so it folds back to the building.'' Marett says the Corradi system would cost about $15,000 for a 25-square-metre installation. Windows thicker, stronger When it comes to keeping the sun out of other areas of the home, Quinlan says you can't go past deep eaves and high-set windows that face north. ''You still get your winter penetration but you're covered in summer,'' he says. Double glazing is increasingly being used to keep the elements out, but Quinlan says many owners of terrace houses in the inner city are finding value in thicker, single-pane laminated glass, chiefly to reduce noise. While not as good as double- glazing for blocking sound, Quinlan says 10.38-millimetre laminated glass performs surprisingly well. While it isn't burglar-proof, laminated glass can be a deterrent as it is difficult and noisy to break.
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