North Shore Times : November 19th 2010
10 NORTH SHORE TIMES, NOVEMBER 19, 2010 Advertising Feature Living Home MITSUBISHI H.I INVERTER HEAT PUMPS & AIR CONDITIONERS Spring Specials Mitsubishi Inverters From $2,299 Inc. GST and installation - 5 year warranty High energy rating - low running costs PH: 0800 4 FONKO 0800 4 36656 for a FREE quote Visit our showroom: 12/318 Beach Haven Road Open: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm Sat 9am-1pm www.fonko.co.nz No. 1 leading Mitsubishi H.I installer in Auckland 2006-2010 $200 CASHBACK ON ALL MODELS Now extended until 2011 THERE'S A LOT OF TALK ABOUT WHAT MAKES A GOOD PROPERTY INVESTMENT. HERE'S WHAT ONE LOOKS LIKE With interest rates at an all time low and a predicted shortage of rental accommodation on the Shore the time will never be better to get started on your own low risk rental property investment. If you have equity in your own home and a property size of over 600m2 you may be able to build a brand new minor dwelling in your own backyard. We can show you how. Rental returns of 9% or more are possible making this a cashflow -- positive investment. We can handle the entire process for you, no fuss, just hand your tenant the keys on completion. Come and walk through our Display Home at 1/18 Cowley Place, Albany or call us on 09 4145092. Open 8am to 5pm weekdays and 9am to 1pm Saturday. www.versatile.co.nz SHOWROOM OPEN: 48C Porana Rd, Glenfeld Ph: 444 4286 Email: email@example.com WINDOWS & DOORS BALUSTRADES LOUVRES CANOPIES 3 BALUSTRADES • Powdercoated Aluminium • Glass • NZ designed and made • Full range of designs: check out our website 11 Kaimahi Rd, Glenfield • Ph 443 3038 • www.altech.co.nz 3253637A Outdoor furniture options evolving Traditional appeal: Wooden outdoor furniture has long been favoured for its hard wearing qualities. When you open the door to the great outdoors, what greets you? Do you have a small but perfectly formed patio, a deck or balcony, a neatly kept and manageable small garden or one that looks more like a jungle? As we look for places to relax and unwind, the out- door areas immediately sur- rounding our homes have become increasingly import- ant sanctuaries. An outdoor living area is seen as an extension of our homes and treated as an out- door room. But how do you create an outdoor room, which is in keeping with the style of your home and your lifestyle? One way is with outdoor furniture and we are spoiled for choice when it comes to furnishing options: Wooden, aluminium and stainless steel, wrought-iron, plastic, concrete and the newer style synthetic wicker/rattan materials. So how do you choose? Your outdoor furniture should reflect the look and feel of your home and its surroundings. If there is one rule to follow when selecting outdoor furniture, it's that furniture pieces should mix and match with the sur- rounding style. For example, bulky and cheerfully coloured plastic tables and chairs might not suit a minimalist modern apartment balcony. Wooden furnishings may look better than aluminium on the deck of a home surrounded by native bush. Obviously outdoor furni- ture is going to live outdoors so it needs to be built to with- stand rain, sun and wind. You want furniture made from weatherproof materials: aluminum that doesn't rust, plastic that won't crack, fade or warp in the sun and fabrics that don't rot, fade and can be easily cleaned. You also want your furni- ture to suit your lifestyle as well as environment. If you entertain a lot, think about comfy seating where guests can sit -- or recline -- without having to move every two minutes to stop from getting pins and needles. Options might include a couch designed for the out- doors, a wrought iron or wooden chair made more inviting with a cushion -- in a durable fabric -- or a ham- mock. If you have young children, safety concerns will play a part in your decision. Fur- nishings that aren't easily pulled over and are more minimalist -- no places where small fingers and toes can get stuck and trapped -- may be a better bet. You'll also want to think about how easy they are to clean and maintain. Some- thing that is able to be wiped down and can take a few knocks will serve you well when the kids are young. Sustainability is an issue when it comes to wooden fur- niture. Look for the Forest Stewardship Council (FTC) or the Tropical Forest Trust label, which indicates the seller is committed to sustainable materials and programmes which help ensure tropical forests are managed for their long-term future. Budget will play a large role no matter what you buy. If you can afford it, paying for longer lasting high quality furniture is a good invest- ment particularly if you plan on being in your home for many years. If you have young children or you're looking for furniture for the shorter-term, some- thing cheaper may do. There are options to suit all budgets and requirements.
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