Inner City interiors transformed and heirlooms live again

first_imgVirginia De Luca, interior designer at home in her favourite room at West End 15th May 2018. My Favourite Room. Photo AAP/ Ric FrearsonHomes and apartments in Brisbane’s inner blue-chip suburbs are being transformed into modern masterpieces with the use of trendy architecture and design influences. Newstead Interiors’ Tennyson apartment project.Husband and wife duo, architect Ric De Luca and Virginia, an interior designer, said more homeowners were keen to modernise their living spaces with the use of patterned wallpaper and antique furniture, with heirlooms being brought back to life.Many of their projects include heritage homes in need of a facelift. Newstead Interiors’ Teneriffe apartment project.With no job too big or too small for the De Lucas, they had a crane deliver a smoky green granite stone top from Brazil, measuring 2.4m x 1.5m, into the apartment.“The benchtop was the inspiration for the colour scheme in the living space,” he said. “A stunning custom-made rug which was 8.6m x 3.6m, created a foot plate for the living dining area. We used existing pieces, stripping back furniture to its original glory and rebuilding and incorporating them with new pieces which were classic and contemporary.”Mrs De Luca said heirlooms needing some TLC could be stripped back, rebuilt, repolished and reupholstered.Mrs De Luca worked for several years in Designer Guild’s London HQ and served clients such as Bob Geldof and Def Leppard’s guitarist Steve Clark. Newstead Interiors’ Teneriffe apartment project.Most of their clients are within Brisbane’s 5km radius, and the couple, who have more than 50 years’ combined experience in architecture and design, have worked on homes in suburbs including Ascot, West End and Hamilton, and apartments in Tennyson and Teneriffe. Newstead Interiors’ Tennyson apartment project.“We look at pieces they have had for years which have great sentimental value and see how we can incorporate some of these into their new home,” he said.“We have access to a team of artisans who we use to bring these pieces back to life and allow them to sit within a contemporary apartment along with the new furniture which we have made or sourced to complete the clients new home.”Mr De Luca said their latest inner-city project included revamping a large apartment’s kitchen and living area. He said the clients had lived there for a number of years and were ready for a change. center_img Virginia De Luca said wallpaper can transform a room, just like at this Hamilton project.Newstead Interiors is an agent for exclusive and exquisite fabric ranges including Designers Guild, Ralph Lauren, William Yeoward, Christian Lacroix and wallpapers from Cole & Son. Mr De Luca said many of their clients were moving from their family homes into inner-city apartments and looking to create a segue into the next stage of their lives. “You can use digitally printed wallpaper to create contemporary landscapes, themed areas right through to traditional archival prints which have been hand blocked in contemporary colours or classic tones.” Newstead Interiors’ Teneriffe apartment project.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoMrs De Luca said together they bring a love of interiors and a great pride in delivering a space that reflects their clients’ individual personality.“Wallpaper can transform a room. It provides texture and pattern, colour and depth. There are endless possibilities with wallpaper,” she said. >>FOLLOW COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE ON FACEBOOK<< last_img read more

Football great puts Brisbane home up for rent

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoInside the house at 81 Bent St, Toowong, which is for rent.Features include a study, a modern kitchen, a porch overlooking the front garden and two storage sheds.It is available to lease for six or 12 months and pets will be considered upon application. Glenn Lazarus during a game of rugby league in 1997. Inside the house at 81 Bent St, Toowong.Records show Lazarus and his wife, Tess, bought the property in 2003 for just $286,000.“The Brick with Eyes’’ owns a number of other properties in the city, including one in Red Hill, one in Milton, one in Mount Ommaney, where they live, and another in Toowong.Lazarus announced his retirement from rugby league in 1999 with five premierships for three different clubs under his belt. MORE: Amazing reno: From hovel to hip This house at 81 Bent St, Toowong, is for rent.The three-bedroom, two-bathroom house in a quiet, leafy pocket of the suburb in Brisbane’s inner west is advertised for rent for $475 a week through McGrath Estate Agents.The home has recently been painted and refurbished and sits on a larger than average 531 sqm block.center_img The kitchen in the house at 81 Bent St, Toowong, which is for rent.His political career started in 2013 when he was selected to head the Palmer United Party Senate ticket in Queensland at the federal election that year.He went on to become an independent Senator and then formed his own party, Glenn Lazarus Team, in 2015, which was unsuccessful at the 2016 election. Former politician and football great Glenn Lazarus. Picture: Jamie Hanson.FORMER Senator and rugby league legend Glenn Lazarus has put one of his investment properties up for rent.The ex Origin great and former leader of the Palmer United Party’s Queensland Senate team keeps pretty quiet these days, but records show his property at 81 Bent St, Toowong, is available for lease. MORE: Bruce Willis finally sells ski homelast_img read more

Gold Coast mansion’s $3.5 million sale cemented

first_img49 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters. 49 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters. MORE NEWS: Want to live like and AFL star? “Being in the sun for most of the day, coupled with the architecture, was what stood out to them,” he said.“Being able to spend six months of the year here and enjoy winter was what really appealed.”“It’s a magic position – one of the widest parts of the river due north with skyline views of Surfers Paradise.”Mr Williams said the new owners planned to do minor renovations. 49 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters.The house hit the market in April 2017 and was taken to auction by Kollosche Prestige Agents in May, where it was passed in at $3.4 million.Michael Kollosche, who marketed the property alongside Jordan Williams, said the Melbourne buyers could not go past its north aspect.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoMORE NEWS: Renovated castle has ‘secret’ roomcenter_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:18Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:18 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p400p400p320p320p228p228pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenNovember 6: Prestige listings04:19 49 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters.THE ink has dried on the multimillion-dollar sale of a riverfront mansion that could give the Jetsons’ family home a run for its money.Melbourne buyers snapped up the Monaco St residence in a $3.5 million deal, which settled last week.The property’s futuristic technology has been likened to that in the popular ’60s television cartoon The Jetsons.It features “self-cleaning” glass, an integrated sound system, keyless entry, electric blinds and windows and sensor taps. 49 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters.“They’re renovating to their taste,” he said.Among the four-bedroom, four-bathroom home’s standout features are a black marble water feature in the courtyard, electric awning for extra shade over a riverside alfresco area, 14m pool and temperature-controlled wine room.Sellers Trish and Paul Robinson had an architect design and build the home, where they lived for more than a decade.They asked for plenty of windows to admire the river views but also lots of wall space for artwork.Mrs Robinson told the Bulletin this year the architect went above and beyond to make it unique as well as versatile.last_img read more

New apartment tower Otto will light up Gold Coast skyline

first_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:46Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:46 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenChoosing an apartment to invest in01:47 “Every time they finish a building they do it,” he said.“It’s about 350 lights.“It looks amazing with the whole building being lit up“When we did Qube Broadbeach, all the lights went on and people sat in the park across the road.”There are still apartments left for sale in the Otto building with 41 of the 70 sold so far.Prices for remaining two-bedroom apartments start at $519,900 on level 3 and $659,900 on level 9 while the remaining three-bedroom apartments range from $769,900 to $999,900.Its facilities also include a residents’ gym, recreation deck and pool.An onsite sales office is expected to open in mid July. MORE NEWS: Parents hope $5 lottery gets kids into property market More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago MORE NEWS: This apartment probably earns more than you Morris Property Group turned every light on in its Qube Broadbeach development to mark its completion.EVERY light in a new Mermaid Beach apartment tower will be switched on Friday night to mark its completion.The nine-storey Otto building on the corner of Bondi Ave and Gold Coast Highway will resemble a super-sized candle for an hour from 5.30pm.The event, called The Lighting of the Candle, is a tradition for developer Morris Property Group.Knight Frank director and Queensland head of project marketing Chris Litfin, who is marketing the project, said it was a way of welcoming new developments to an area and its residents. The developer also turned all the light on in its Boardwalk Burleigh development to mark its completion.last_img read more

Seaside living for all budgets within the Brisbane region

first_imgSTEAL: Just a few streets back from the beach, 4 Lalroy Street, Beachmere is listed for offers over $289,000Further north buyers can snap with coastal property for less than $300,000 in the small seaside communities of Beachmere, Ningi, Toorbul and Donnybrook while Bribie Island offers everything from beach shacks to million dollar mansions. Ray White Bribie Island principal Kris Bradford said he was seeing big demand in the mid to high $300,000s on the island as the area shook off its reputation of being “God’s waiting room” and became more attractive to families. “I think there will be spike in Bribie’s market sooner rather than later,” he said. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago“The urban sprawl has come as far as North Lakes and people are realising Bribie isn’t that far away.“The (value for money) is amazing and the lifestyle on offer for that price is one of a kind.” Mr Bradford said technology also played a part in growing interest in the island as more people were able to work from home. “We’re seeing a lot more people who live on Bribie and commute, not just to Brisbane but also to Melbourne and Sydney,” he said. “They work from home most days and fly interstate once a week or so.” Expert tips: Brisbane bargains in the ‘burbs Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:03Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:03 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhat is a sister suburb? 02:03You don’t have to head up or down the coast to realise your sea change dreams with the latest real estate data showing buyers can snap up a coastal pad for less than $400,000 in some of Brisbane’s seaside suburbs. Whether you are chasing a bargain beach shack, a family home with a side of seaside living or a waterfront mansion, the Brisbane region has the goods. MORE NEWS: Why the trend towards ‘spools’ is heating up Toorbul $340,000Deception Bay $360,000Bellara $387,500Beachmere $390,000Rothwell $419,000Ningi $440,000Redcliffe $440,000Sandstone Point $453,000Bongaree $453,750Margate $455,500Clontarf $460,000Godwin Beach $462,500Woody Point $482,500Thorneside $490,000Victoria Point $530,000Woorim $545,000Brighton $552,500Redland Bay $560,000Scarborough $570,000Birkdale $575,000Lota $586,627Banksia Beach $587,500Cleveland $590,000Thornlands $609,500Wellington Point $619,888Wynnum $655,500Sandgate $720,000Ormiston $720,750Newport $722,250Shorncliffe $735,000Manly $806,750(Source: CoreLogic Market Trends Report August 2019) STEAL: 9 Peel Street, Toorbul needs some work but was listed for $245,000 and is now under offerAnalysis of the latest Core Logic sales data shows Toorbul is the cheapest seaside suburb between the Gold and Sunshine Coasts with a median house price of $340,000, followed by Deception Bay ($360,000) and Bellara on Bribie Island ($387,000). Back then there was just an old fibro shack on the block 97 Petersen St but the only thing between the rear boundary and the ocean was some parkland. 97 Petersen Street, Wynnum is listed for sale“When we bought it, you couldn’t see the sea, the block was that overgrown, but luckily we could see the potential,” Mr Quinn said. The couple knocked down the shack and built their dream home. They recently listed the two-storey mansion for sale and are hoping for a multimillion-dollar sale.Mr Quinn said when they purchased the property in 1992 people said they had overpaid but he and his wife knew they had found something special. “It’s that old ‘location, location, location’,” he said. “For us, you get the feeling of space. If you’re living on water you have 180-degrees of no neighbours.”On the Redcliffe peninsular buyers can’t get enough of the seaside property. STEAL: 50 Windsor Place, Deception Bay is just a few streets back from the waterfront and listed for $269,000-plusManly is the most expensive ocean-adjacent suburb with a median house price of $806,750, which is less than half the eye-watering $1.887 million median of Teneriffe, Brisbane’s most expensive suburb. Shorncliffe came in second with a median of $735,000 and Newport was third at $722,250. Place Manly principal Marc Sorrentino said his coastal suburb had been flying under the radar in terms of price. “You look around the world, the most expensive suburbs are seaside suburbs,” he said. “I’m gobsmacked Manly is not in the top 10 most expensive suburbs in Brisbane. “It’s the closest oceanfront suburb to the Brisbane CBD, it has good public transport infrastructure and quality homes and, compared to places like Redcliffe, more owner occupiers and mostly residential A zoning, so not many townhouses or apartments.“It’s a no-brainer, (property values in) this suburb will go through the roof. It’s only a matter of time.” Mr Sorrentino said when he moved to the area 20 years ago the bayside was somewhere people went to either get cheap real estate or retire. “Now it’s a vibrant, young seaside community full of active people,” he said. And house values have been steadily growing in the past decade, up 4.1 per cent annually. Mr Sorrentino said while homes could sell for well into the millions, savvy buyers could still pick up houses below $600,000 within walking distance of the water. “Buyers want water views but if they can’t get water views they are happy with the lifestyle Manly has to offer,” he said. In Wynnum, John and Janice Quinn saw the value in investing in seaside real estate 25 years ago when they purchased a 4037sq m property for $400,000.center_img Janice and John Quinn at their home at 97 Petersen Street, Wynnum. It is now listed for sale (AAP Image/Richard Walker) MIDDLE OF THE ROAD: You could walk to the waterfrom from 89 Richard Street, Lota, which is listed for $535,000 SPLURGE: 115 Margate Pde, Margate is listed for $2.95 millionAbode Properties sales agent Loren Mulholland said interest was particularly strong in the $400,000-$600,000 price bracket. “The demand is there, there just isn’t enough stock,” she said. “Buyers are happy to pre-register (with the agency) to find out about properties before they hit the market. I’ve seen quite a few off-market sales recently.” Ms Mulholland said buyers wanted to get as close to the ocean as their budget would allow. “In that $400-600,000 range, buyers can get within about 1km of the water. “Generally, $600,000 would get you a renovated home between Oxley and Victoria Avenues and around $400,000 will get you something you can add equity to.” The peninsula-based agent said she was seeing retirees in “droves” and good interest from families and first homebuyers.“It’s the lifestyle (attracting buyers),” she said. “The peninsula isn’t as populated as the Sunshine Coast or the Gold Coast and it has the seaside community feel. People are friendly and you get that sense of belonging.” Suburb – Median house price This one at 225 Endeavour Drive, Banksia Beach, is close to canals, bushland and the waterfront and is listed for $549,000The Bribie local said he expected values on the island and nearby to continue to grow. “It’s a small community on an island 50 minutes to an international airport and it’s 80 per cent national park,” he said. “Land is so limited. We’re already seeing people buying older houses to knock down, especially in Bellara and Bongaree.” *** BRISBANE’S SEASIDE SUBURBS SPLURGE: 45 Seaside Drive, Banksia Beach is listed for offers over $3 millionMr Bradford said the top end of the island market was also strong and Sandstone Point real estate was catching up with island prices, while Ningi was more affordable with small, older homes available in the high $200,000s. Brisbane best to invest $500klast_img read more

Rogue tenants force renovation in inner Brisbane suburb

first_imgThe house on the cover of the City North News after it was trashed by tenants.THEY were called ‘losing the bond’ parties, but when university students dragged couches on to the roof of their Hendra rental house to watch Brisbane’s Riverfire fireworks, they lost the bond and the house.“The house had been trashed; it was uninhabitable,” owner Michael Pinter said of the 2009 incident.BEFORE: Some of the broken tiles on the roof of 1 Dora St, Hendra after one of many wild parties.“My wife had no idea until one of the day care mums handed her a copy of the front page of the (local) paper.”The City North News story, headlined: “Out of Control”, revealed how residents in the exclusive inner city address were living in fear from rogue tenants who had caused major damage to the house with countless all-night parties.MORE REAL ESTATE STORIESHome of toilet brush pioneer to fetch $12 millionRental vacancies tighten across QueenslandBrisbane home values to jumpVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:21Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenBuyer’s agent reveals her biggest horror stories02:21“A while back one of the parties got out of hand and a huge fire erupted all over the street,” one neighbour was quoted as saying at the time.BEFORE: The house was uninhabitable.Michael Pinter and Vanessa Edwards had bought the property in 2005 and lived there until 2008 when they moved to Nundah and turned it into a rental. The property was managed separately and Mr Pinter ‘stayed at arms length’.WHAT’S FOR RENT IN HENDRA RIGHT NOW“The timing was post-GFC, we were in a bind and needed to rent it out, and they did pay the rent. But this was the tipping point … the end of that illusion.”Broken tiles and smashed beer bottles littered the roof and damage resulted in water ingress inside the house.BEFORE: Water damage in the house.Plans to renovate and return to Hendra were brought forward and an extra $50,000-$100,000 was added to the $750,000 renovation cost.BEFORE: A built-in cabinet in the main living room, with broken glass.“It was my biggest renovation to that point,” Mr Pinter, who runs his own Linear Design and Construct building company, said.“It was my ground zero moment.”BEFORE: 1 Dora St, Hendra in 2009.A new roof and all new internal linings were additional costs in the 10-month renovation of the 1920s Queenslander, which was also raised and built in underneath.AFTER: 1 Dora St, Hendra gets a new lease on life.“They were pretty fortunate,” Mr Pinter said of the rooftop partygoers. “There was quite a bit of damage up there. How no-one fell through is anyone’s guess. If they’d stood in the wrong place, they would have gone straight through.”All the horsehair plaster was water-damaged and had to be removed and smashed windows replaced. The terracotta tiled roof, which was initially going to be restored and regrouted, could not be salvaged and was replaced with metal roof sheeting.“We bit the bullet and did it all. We wanted to make everything uniform throughout,” he said.The house, on an 814sq m block, was pushed forward and raised.“It’s on a slight slope so we used a cut and fill arrangement with the site,” he said.The finished house has main living areas downstairs with an oversized kitchen, scullery, dining and living area and a rumpus.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoAFTER: The built-in ground level has open-plan living.There is a guest bedroom with an ensuite and a home office at the front of the house with a separate powder room and laundry.The upstairs has four bedrooms including the master with a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite, and a separate main bathroom.AFTER: The upstairs ensuite with plantation shutters.The original lounge room has been cut out to make a 6.5m atrium at the entrance.“We’ve kept the actual configuration of upstairs to minimise changes and I’ve repurposed the rooms, the kitchen has been converted into a bedroom, and the sunroom is an ensuite.”In keeping with the character of the street, the original facade has been restored, to the delight of the neighbourhood.AFTER: A picture perfect entrance.“Everyone knows this house, it has a bit of notoriety, but now the house stands on its own merits. I think everyone is more than delighted with how it’s finished.”The renovation was completed in 2011 and the couple, whose twin daughters are now aged 11, have lived in the home ever since.AFTER: Looking towards the kitchen and outdoor terrace.“We did the lion’s share in 2010 but we couldn’t afford it all at that stage and we finished the last part, the pool and landscaping probably 12 months ago,” he said.“There’s still a little bit more to do. Mainly in landscaping, tiling, paving, things like that, and I wouldn’t mind an outdoor barbecue area. That would be nice.”FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOKVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:42Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:42 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Tamara and Rhys from House Rules on why they love Margate

first_img If you could change one thing about your house what would it be? “We live in Margate on the Redcliffe Peninsula. We previously lived closer to the city, and we’d spend every weekend out here wishing we lived here instead. So we just made it happen.” Where do you live and why? What do you love about your suburb? “‘The value is in the land, not the house’. It was like a lightbulb moment at the time, because you get captivated by shiny new houses with fancy fixtures, on tiny pieces of land or in terrible locations, where there isn’t a lot of ability for the value to increase significantly over time. Buying a house is a real balance between what you want now and what is good for the long term.” Tamara and Rhys, Queensland contestants in this year’s series of Houses RulesTamara Grant and Rhys Bennett were the power couple representing Queensland in this year’s Channel 7 series of House Rules. The couple made it to the finals of the show, which finished last month. What is the best piece of property advice anyone has ever given you? If money was no object, what would be your perfect home and where? “Where it sits on our block. It’s smack bang in the middle, so it means we end up with hard to use, wasted space on either side. It will take some creativity to make the most of what we’ve got when we get around to new landscaping.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours ago “Living on the Peninsula is a dream to us. The city is only a 35-minute drive away, yet you feel like you’re world’s away from everything. It’s a slower pace, the people are friendly and it feels like there is a general appreciation among the community for how beautiful where we live is.” “By the ocean, with enough land for a bit of a farm, but within walking distance of the sea. Our dream home would be made up of multiple buildings, not just everything under the one roof. Of course, there’s a huge emphasis on the word ‘dream’ there.”last_img read more

NEL Develops New Flow Measurement Method for Viscous Oil

first_imgNEL, the flow measurement R&D specialist, has developed a new method to improve the accuracy of differential pressure meters for high viscosity oil, which should help the oil & gas industry to reduce financial exposure and tackle the challenges involved in its measurement.Approximately 70 per cent of the world’s remaining oil reserves are classed as ‘heavy oil’, while differential pressure meters account for around 40 per cent of all flowmeters in use worldwide. However, as they were not originally designed to cope with heavy oil applications, differential pressure meters are less frequently used due to current inaccuracies. NEL estimates that these inaccurate measurements could be costing millions of dollars per year, in addition to costs associated with the necessary physical property measurements.Craig Marshall, Flow Measurement Engineer at NEL, who has undertaken the work as part of his engineering doctorate at Coventry University, said: “As the world produces ever more heavy oil, accurate measurement is critical in order to safely control the production processes and optimise recovery, as well as meet sales and pipeline agreement requirements. It is also essential to support taxation reporting and allocation measurement when operators share pipelines. This method has the potential to benefit multiple industrial sectors where viscous fluids are processed.”NEL developed the new measurement approach to meet industry requirement to address the challenges of more accurately measuring highly viscous flow. It is based on differential pressure technology and removes current performance errors by providing a corrected discharge coefficient in real-time. In addition, the method also provides a measurement of the density and viscosity of the fluid; two key parameters for the calculation of mass or volume flow and pipeline entry criteria. This potentially removes the requirement and associated costs for sampling systems, inline densitometers and inline viscometers, providing a powerful all-in-one measurement solution.Source: NELlast_img read more

Clinton Town Marina Dredging Underway

first_imgThe maintenance dredging of the Clinton Town Marina is now underway, reports the town’s website.According to the town, the dredging of the marina that is one year behind schedule, began yesterday, October 4th at the town docks.“The project will affect the use of the marina and the parking lot for the month of October. The current schedule calls for the project to be complete by the end of October,” the town reported.They also added that dredging will be taking place 24 hours a day, seven days a week in order minimize costs and to expedite the project for completion before winter weather starts.Schedule for the Clinton Town Marina Dredging project:October 4th – October 7th: Town docks and piles removed and stored;October 6th – TBD: Boat ramp closed for safety;October 8th – October 21st: dredging operations 24 hours a day;October 25th – October 28th: Reinstallation of Docks and Piles;November 3rd: Project Finished.The dredged material removed during the works will be taken by scow and disposed of at the Central Long Island Sound Disposal Site (CLDS) which is located approximately twenty-two miles from the dredging site.[mappress mapid=”24485″]last_img read more

Petronas starts LNG deliveries to South Korea’s S-Oil

first_imgImage courtesy of MISCMalaysian energy giant Petronas delivered its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo to the South Korean oil refining company, S-OIL Corporation. The delivery completed on Sunday, April 22,  marks the beginning of Petronas’s supply to S-OIL via a 15-year sale and purchase agreement (SPA), Petronas said in a statement.Under the agreement, Petronas is committed to deliver up to 0.7 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of LNG to S-OIL.The cargo was delivered from Petronas LNG complex in Bintulu, Sarawak, to POSCO Gwangyang terminal by Puteri Zamrud Satu, the LNG vessel chartered by MLNG and operated by Petronas’ unit MISC.Petronas’ main supply base in Bintulu, Sarawak has a total output capacity of 30 mtpa. The company added that it has also diversified its LNG supply portfolio in recent years with the inclusion of Australia’s Gladstone LNG and the world’s first floating LNG facility located offshore Sarawak.last_img read more