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AS THE weather turns from spring to sum­mer, many Queens­lan­ders will move their liv­ing from in­doors to out­doors.

Af­ter months of win­ter ne­glect now is the time to pre­pare your out­door liv­ing ar­eas for the sum­mer and Christ­mas on­slaught.

Whether it is a adding a deck or pa­tio, putting in a few gar­den beds, or fix­ing the fence, not only will it im­prove your home’s liv­abil­ity but can po­ten­tially add long-term value.

While some may pre­fer to get the ex­perts in, there are also do it your­self op­tions in­clud­ing a new prod­uct, a solid floor­ing prod­uct Power Floor, which looks and feels like a con­crete floor but is cheaper and home­own­ers can do them­selves.

The prod­uct by Hebel is in­stalled over con­ven­tional floor fram­ing such as deck­ing joists, and the sys­tem of pan­els fit to­gether to form a solid, strong, smooth floor.

Once it has been wa­ter­proofed it can also be tiled over. Ac­cord­ing to Brad Trethowan of Hebel the ideal lo­ca­tion of a deck is on the north­east side of the house and will be in prime sun from the morn­ing to the af­ter­noon.

He said a deck on the south and west side of the home would re­flect heat into the home.

If it’s your fence that is look­ing a bit ratty you can recre­ate the look of a ma­sonry fence with­out the costs nor­mally as­so­ci­ated with it.

A ren­dered ma­sonry wall may add in­stant value to a home, but bricks can be ex­pen­sive, the process can be messy for do-it-your­selfers and ren­der, if not ap­plied cor­rectly, can crack.

A new Mod­u­lar Wall Sys­tem has been de­vel­oped to give the same ap­pear­ance but at a cheaper price and with­out the other as­so­ci­ated is­sues.

The mod­u­lar post and panel sys­tem can be in­stalled in a few days and re­quires no spe­cialised skills or heavy ma­chin­ery.

It is made of light­weight com­pos­ite fi­bre ce­ment pan­els which are suit­able for hang­ing gates, in­stalling let­ter boxes or in­stalling, wiring for light­ing.

SOLID LOOK: Hebel’s Pow­erFloor is a do-it-your­selfi rself con­crete floor panel sys­tem; and Mo­du­lar Wall Sys­tems (top right) are post and panel sys­tems that em­u­late the look of ma­sonry ren­dered walls.

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