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Apr 15, 2008
With the current worldwide awareness of environmental issues housing design in Melbourne has been reflecting and addressing those concerns.

In recent times Government initiatives have been put in place to encourage more of the population to buy appliances that will save our precious resources and help reduce our carbon footprints at our local level. Many of the appliances we are encouraged to buy will also save us on running costs which is of benefit to our budgets, in the long term.

House design in Melbourne has also had a huge emphasis on outdoor areas. Many people are choosing to have a covered alfresco area, usually as part of the main roof, and using it as an extension of their living space. Indeed these areas can be furnished and decorated as creatively as the indoors. The use of all weather blinds for these areas help protect from weather and therefore make them a viable living space for most of the year.

These alfresco areas can be used year round with the correct fixtures and fittings in place. All-weather blinds protect from wind and sun while portable gas heaters are ideal for Winter, thereby increasing the amount of time the area can be used. Many people find these alfresco areas a large part of their lifestyle and will often tell you they live outside.

It will pay you to take the advice of the experts because not all plots of land or floor plans will provide you with the perfect site. Getting it right may be as easy as flipping a floor plan. The professional does this sort of thing day in and day out and will know of many ways to come up with a better design which will be ideal for your house space. Paying an expert will no doubt save you lots of money in the future on say, for example, electricity.

For the inside of the home many designers are very aware of the fact that running costs can be significantly reduced if certain things are taken into consideration. Most of us are aware that the afternoon sun can be blazing hot so having an overhanging eave or, indeed, designing that room to be little used in the afternoon, can be of great benefit to the owner. Orientating the house correctly on the block, where possible, is of course the ideal way to go. However not all people have the ideal block and so it is a good idea to get some help from experts who deal with these issues on a daily basis. The cost of hiring these professionals can often be offset by the savings you make on power bills etc later down the track.

Housing design in Melbourne has certainly proven it can keep up with the trends as well as taking care of our environment in the process.
About the Author
Gavin Ryder is a writer who writes about the interior designer scene in Melbourne. He has written a free guide on how to hire Melbourne interior designers .
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