New homes can really shine when light is used to decorate, as well as illuminate. The dazzling choices now available make the old fluorescent tube or the single light bulb stuck in the middle of the ceiling very dark.
Early planning can avoid a costly and impractical renovation, so be prepared for the crucial decision-making moments.
It starts with the pre-startup meeting, where the client and the builder go over the whole project, including technical aspects such as the electrical plan.
It can be difficult to visualize problems and opportunities from the plan, so arrange a walk-through when the framework is in place and discuss the location of points such as outlets and control panels with the electrician and the constructor.
While the builder may offer advice, they won’t be living in the house, so it’s important to think about what living in your new home will be like.
When deciding how many power points to install, go for more rather than less – it’s frustrating not having an outlet where it’s needed.
Also on power points, weigh practicality versus style. Designers may despise visible power points, but they’re better than scrambling behind furniture to reach an outlet.
Consider where sofas, beds, tables and TVs will go. This makes it easier to choose the location of light fixtures and sockets.
Kitchens often have three or four different types of lighting – task lamps for work areas like the stove, spotlights for shaded spots under cabinets, and more flamboyant styles such as pendant lights above the kitchen bench. the small island.
In dining rooms, it’s usually best to have the fixture centered above the table, which may not be the center of the room.
In bathrooms, lighting can incorporate heat lamps and an exhaust fan to reduce condensation and mold.
Do not put a light directly above the head of anyone standing in front of the bathroom mirror, as this will create unnecessary shadows on the face when shaving or applying makeup.
Avoid cluttering bedside tables with lamps by choosing wall sconces or pendants hanging near the bed. A bedside switch to control all bedroom lighting is also useful.
Still on switches, place a switch at each exterior door and think about convenient placement in each room.
Consider motion-activated lights for areas such as pantries, garages, and stairways to avoid goofing around in the dark and reduce the risk of lights being accidentally left on.
It can also work well as a safe and stylish option for outdoor lighting.
Lighting represents about 10% of electricity consumption in households and between 18 and 40% in the commercial sector. It is therefore important to keep energy efficiency in mind when making choices.
Q&A with Jason Robertson, Director of MBA Housing and Construction
I have a family member who is excited to move into a new rental property with a pool.
I wonder about their responsibilities as a tenant. Is it different from owning your own house with a swimming pool?
The landlord has a duty of care to ensure the rental property is safe to live in, which includes the pool safety fence.
A main point to note is that the pool safety barrier is not necessarily a simple fence, it can be walls, windows, gates and more.
The safety gate must comply with all requirements including local council and residential tenancy laws.
The tenant also has the responsibility to ensure the security of the property, mainly by not creating any danger due to their actions.
They should notify the landlord or property manager of any potential security issues as soon as possible.
It should be specifically mentioned that people can and do buy inflatable or portable pools for use in the spring and summer.
If they can hold or contain more than 30cm of water, rules and regulations apply for approvals and life safety measures, including appropriate safety barriers.
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has several very useful publications on swimming pools and related matters.
For more information visit www.commerce.wa.gov.au.
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