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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : September 24 2008
42 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, September 25, 2008 MB Renovation trends Keep up with house maintenance. Taking the indoors outdoors and living a low-maintenance lifestyle are the latest renovation trends. The two most important requirements for today are: A sunny, but partly sheltered place to relax after work. A house that is easy to look after. Many homeowners in Australia inherited the infamous lean-to, an extension at the back of the house, which has seemingly been tacked on. For the last five years and for at least five more to come it is likely that these will be replaced by indoor/outdoor areas. A low-maintenance home is also a lifestyle choice. It's a renovation requirement often voiced from young childless professionals who work long hours and rather spend their free time having fun. Pottering in the garden -- as their parents may have -- is not on the lifestyle agenda. But low maintenance is an attractive proposition for all and the demand for a renovation transformation to achieve this is ever increasing. For this lifestyle, the typical renovation includes, at one end of the house, a master bedroom with an ensuite and a walk-in wardrobe and at the other end, an open plan living area (kitchen, dining, lounge) free flowing to an outdoor entertaining area (deck, pergola and landscaped garden). So more specifically, what are the most popular renovation trends? Low-maintenance living Open, free flowing, minimalist architecture, earthy tones and textures. Paved courtyards and weed-free, drought-resistant plants and gardens. Polished timber flooring and in some instances polished concrete. Integrated indoor/outdoor areas Whether you know it as alfresco dining, open-air living or outdoor entertaining, it's a trend that is here to stay. It takes on many forms, but more commonly it's free flowing from an open-plan kitchen, dining and living area into a stylish timber and partly enclosed structure over a deck with extensive barbecue facilities. Garden design Windows, light-wells and outlooks into low-maintenance feature courtyards around the home, bringing light and views to bedrooms and living areas. Theatre, entertainment or rumpus room Separated play or entertainment areas, contained to one room, with big screens, surround sound, video games and toys to compensate for the absence of yard space in the inner city. Small office home office More people are able to conduct business from home, so an integrated, wireless, technology solution is now an essential feature. 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