Amazing reno: How to turn your home into a Manhattan loft inspired masterpiece

first_imgAFTER: The back of the house after the renovation.The original concept design for the back of the house was inspired by Mr McGroder’s love of industrial architecture and his dream of converting a warehouse into a luxury home. “This evolved into a Brisbane interpretation of a New York style loft with exposed steel beams, 5m high ceilings, striking volume and lots of natural light,” he said. The other common theme was the juxtaposition of the traditional Queensland cottage with sharp, modern black features. BEFORE: The front of the house at 15 Glamorgan St, Paddington, before the renovation. BEFORE: The living and dining area of the house at 15 Glamorgan St, Paddington, before the renovation. AFTER: The front of the house after the renovation.“Pretty much everything has been replaced,” Mr McGroder said.“Only the original frame of the house remains. The wall, roof, floors are totally new.”Inspired the industrial lofts of New York City, Mr McGroder — who works for a national construction company — did the spatial planning for the house himself and then worked with an architect to put it on paper. Ted McGroder at the house he has renovated in Paddington. Image: AAP/Richard Gosling.THE neighbour described it as “the saddest house in the street”.But that didn’t deter Ted McGroder. “I think it inspired me,” Mr McGroder said.The house at 15 Glamorgan St, Paddington, is unrecognisable from a year ago thanks to an epic renovation. RELATED: Bought for $47k, sold for a staggering price AFTER: The back and side of the house after the renovation.He then employed a builder to do the rest.“I didn’t do anything!” Mr McGroder said.The finished product incorporates a Brisbane aesthetic, with a functional floorplan and a truly “unforgettable entertaining area”.The five-bedroom house is on a 496 sqm block with a 15.9m street frontage. MORE: Why everyone loves a Queenslander (home) BEFORE: The back of the house at 15 Glamorgan St, Paddington, before the renovation. “While I didn’t realise it at the time I bought the house, by raising the house up to the level of the existing pool, it meant you could enter the house off the street on the same level and walk straight out onto the entertaining area and pool,” Mr McGroder said. BEFORE: The outdoor area of the house at 15 Glamorgan St, Paddington, before the renovation. AFTER: The living area has been completely transformed.That meant there were only two levels to the house despite the slope of the block.“The second most important aspect was to have a unique and striking aesthetic which was different to anything else in Brisbane,” Mr McGroder said.“The design team of DAHArchitecture and Elm Interiors would have heard me say about a million times; ‘I don’t want anything Hamptons — make it bold!’” AFTER: The master bedroom after the renovation.Mr McGroder said he loved seeing peoples’ reactions when they walked into the living area at the back. “The room itself is over 480 cubic metres of north facing, open plan entertaining space,” he said.“Plus, it opens directly out onto the outdoor and overlooks the pool, so there is an effortless flow between the kitchen and multiple living zones.” AFTER: The outdoor area after the renovation.RENO FACT CHECKTime taken: 8 monthsTotal spend: $1.2m BEFORE: The kitchen in the house at 15 Glamorgan St, Paddington, before the renovation. BEFORE: The main bedroom at 15 Glamorgan St, Paddington, before the renovation. BEFORE: The back and side of the house at 15 Glamorgan St, Paddington, before the renovation. BEFORE: The main bathroom in the house at 15 Glamorgan St, Paddington, before the renovation. AFTER: One of the bathrooms in the house after the renovation.Mr McGroder said he believed the kitchen was the centrepiece of the house.“I went all out on the kitchen with two Miele ovens, a Miele cooktop and dishwasher, custom Pop Concrete benchtops, twin 190 bottle Vintec wine fridges and a really good sized butler’s pantry neatly tucked off the side of the kitchen,” he said.The property is being marketed by Matt Lancashire and Josh Brown of Ray White New Farm and is scheduled for auction on June 15. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoAFTER: The living and dining area after the renovation. AFTER: The kitchen in the house after the renovation.Mr McGroder said that by keeping the original part of the house white and painting the front extension black, people would immediately get a sense that it was not a typical Queenslander. “This theme is continued right throughout the home — from the matt black cabinetry, black handles, black Miele appliances, black shower frames, black windows, black fans, black light switches, black tap-ware, black steel — everything is matt black,” he said.“I absolutely love the impact that black features can have when used against elegant finishes such as the French Oak timber flooring or custom concrete formed benchtops.”last_img read more

Cairns townhouses offer plenty of options in the city

first_img“Townhouses appeal to a wide audience for three major reasons being value for money, location and low-maintenance living,” he said. “A popular opinion is to stray away from the M suburbs – Manoora, Manunda and Mooroobool – however given the proximity to the city in a rising market, these will be some of the first places to see capital growth. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoTownhouse 9 is for sale at 13 Le Grande St, Freshwater for $249,000 with Cairns Property Office.“Growth can also be found in blue chip areas such as Edge Hill and Whitfield.“When looking to buy a townhouse you want to get something that is low maintenance and has a proactive body corporate with a healthy sinking fund amount saved.”With the ever growing trend of minimalism and downsizing, townhouses are becoming more and more popular with a wider range of buyers, according to Thomas Baldwin Boutique Real Estate’s Morganne Baldwin. “There are so many clever ways to design smaller spaces these days and many people are looking to reduce their living costs so they can experience life more and have the option to lock up and leave or rent without the fuss of too much garden maintenance,” she said. “As Cairns develops we are already seeing innovative companies designing practical and stylish spaces to suit this growing market and they are achieving some incredible results. “Having lived in and renovated a townhouse before, my tips and tricks when looking to buy either a townhouse or an apartment would be to check the Body Corporate Disclosure Statement and drive past the complex at different hours of the day, for example 8am and 5.30pm, to get a feel of the neighbours. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:22Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:22 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p360p360p270p270pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenAndrew Winter’s spring selling tips01:23WHETHER you’re a first homebuyer, have a family or are looking to downsize, townhouses offer a plethora of styles and options.They can come with two to four bedrooms, could have room for pets and often have a small courtyard or patch of space to grow vegies or soak up the sun.Low maintenance, townhouses will often be mana Townhouse at 2/20-28 Sandwich St, Kamerunga is for sale for offers over $340,000 with Belle Property.ged by a third party and offer security and community.For young families, townhouse developments are often located close to employment hubs and public transport and offer the ability to get into better school catchments at a lower entry price.They can also offer easy access to lifestyle and entertainment precincts.Similar traits appeal to retirees who are seeking to downsize the big family home once the children have left. Often these people want to stay in the same blue chip suburbs where they’ve owned big properties.RE/MAX Cairns agent Ray Murphy said the hot spots for townhouses were Cairns North, Edge Hill and Freshwater. 5/16-18 Corkill St, Freshwater will go to auction on August 13 with RE/MAX Cairns.“And make sure that you can incorporate some clever storage options so you can make the smaller space stylish and easily liveable.”A townhouse is a strata-titled property and often operates in the same way as an apartment block. The title grants ownership of a section of a larger development with shared walls, floors, ceilings, facilities and common areas and as owner you can participate in the management of the overall property.last_img read more

Spring in step of Townsville real estate market

first_imgKeta Roseby and her son Jack Roseby have just put the finishing coat of paint on their house at 2A Gregory St in preparation to put it on the market in the next few weeks.ON the eve of the real estate markets peak season in Australia, Townsville agents are preparing for an influx of stock, with plenty of sellers gearing up to put their homes on the market. REIQ Regional director Damien Keyes said he expected a barrage of properties to hit the market in the next few months. “It’s traditionally the transfer season for Townsville for people in the defence industry and with hospital placements,” Mr Keyes said. READ MORE Transformed pre-war timber cottage takes out House of the Year Keta Roseby and her son Jack Roseby have just put the finishing coat of paint on their house at 2A Gregory St in preparation to put it on the market in the next few weeks.My Keyes said making properties stand out from the competition would be important in the coming months. “The Keyes and Co marketing strategy is definitely focused on making the properties we sell stand out,” Mr Keyes said. “We are the only company in Townsville that uses Matterport 3D Virtual Tour which is a great tool for marketing properties to out of town buyers. “At this time of year it’s very advantageous especially when you’re competing with more properties.”REIQ Townsville Zone Chairman Wayne Nicholson said he believed the market would continue in a positive direction in the next few months but that it had nothing to do with ‘Spring.’“We have been experiencing great inquiry rates across the board since the election and I’m expecting that will continue in the coming months,” Mr Nicholson said. “Townsville doesn’t have Spring and is pretty much the same year-round but there is definitely positive talk in the real estate market now and six months ago there wasn’t.” Reno transformation you have to see to believe READ MORE Damien Keyes, Keyes & CO Property. Picture: Shae Beplate.“A lot of homes do tend to come up for sale in these months and we are already seeing that happen at the moment. “Given the volume of properties I’ve been through as an agent this month I’m expecting there will be quite a lot hitting the market in September.”More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Keta Roseby is gearing up to put her house at 2A Gregory St in North Ward on the market in the first few weeks of September. “It will be on the market in about two weeks and we’ve just given it a full refresh so it’s ready for a new family to move in before Christmas,” Ms Roseby said. “It’s been complelty repainted internally and it’s had new carpets put in and various tradesman come through to check everything is in order.“Some of the external has been repainted as well.”last_img read more

Phone bidder throws curve ball but Ipswich doctor stands ground at auction

first_imgThis house at 47 Fisher Street, East Brisbane, sold at auction for $955,000.A Brisbane couple who spent around $180,000 renovating their inner-city home, made $105,000 on their investment at auction on Saturday when their house sold for $955,000.Heath and Mayra McGillivray bought 47 Fisher Street, East Brisbane in 2016 for $670,000 and built in underneath, adding two extra bedrooms and a rumpus downstairs while renovating the original part of the circa-1900 colonial cottage. The renovated kitchen at 47 Fisher Street, East Brisbane.“It’s a little sad,” Mr McGillivray said. “We were here for five years. Charles Warren Constructions did the renovation three years ago and we’ve invested a lot of time into it. But we’re glad it’s gone to another lovely couple.” Seven registered bidders put in their best efforts to secure the 263sq m property at auction with Ray White auctioneer Haesley Cush leading what would be his 13th consecutive auction to sell under the hammer. The crowd gathers before the auction.“That just talks to what’s happening with our city at the moment,” Mr Cush told the auction crowd of around 40.“It’s incredible value, with our borders closed at the moment we are fielding a heap of inquiries from interstate investors but with those restrictions in place it’s the locals who are enjoying the market today. Ray White auctioneer Haesley Cush at 47 Fisher Street, East Brisbane.“When I started working for mum — who’s here today — in 1996, we sold property with interest rates at 18 per cent, today I saw last week 1.99 per cent is the interest levels that you can get money at today. It’s a wonderful time for people to be involved in real estate … and we’ve got infrastructure coming. Queen’s Wharf is coming; the biggest facelift our city’s had since South Bank.“Ready to start?”A couple standing near a cactus in the front garden sprang into action first with an opening bid of $700,000 but they were soon overtaken by bidders from other parts of the garden who moved the auction in $25,000 lots until Ipswich doctor Charles Parsons slowed the pace with a $10,000 rise to $935,000.“There was no strategy, I just wanted to hold off for a little while and get the lay of the land,” Dr Parsons said. “But there were a few little surprises there, like that phone bidder at the end.”The phone bidder came into play as the auction passed $940,000 with Ray White Bulimba lead agent Scott Darwon confirming that the house had passed reserve and was on the market. The renovated upstairs level at 47 Fisher Street, East Brisbane.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa6 hours agoParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoDr Parsons, with his partner, radiographer Natasha Radbone and her parents in support, replied with $945,000 and then Mr Cush took what he thought was a $960,000 bid from the phone bidder.“No, no, no,” came the reply, “$950,000.”“That’s okay,” Mr Cush said. “ We always just assume more. Take the time.”Dr Parsons replied with $955,000 and the auction paused.“Wouldn’t it feel good to bring out that 60 now?” Mr Cush asked of the phone bidder. “Get that feeling back.”But the moment had passed and the house sold to first-home buyers Charles Parsons and Natasha Radbone who will move from their Coorparoo rental. Natasha Radbone and Charles Parsons meet the sellers of 47 Fisher Street, East Brisbane, Heath and Mayra McGillivray. FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

LNG giant Shell to invest billions in new energies to cut emissions

first_imgThe Hague-based LNG giant Shell aims to spend as much as $1 billion a year on its New Energies unit by the end of the decade as it is seeking to lower emissions.“In some parts of the world we are beginning to see battery electric cars starting to gain consumer acceptance. This has to happen as part of society’s push to decarbonise,” Shell Chief Executive Ben Van Beurden said in a speech at the World Petroleum Congress in Istanbul on Monday.But the weight and capacity limits of batteries still mean there was no immediate zero-carbon solution for air travel, for shipping and for heavy freight, Van Beurden said.“So the world will need hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, it will need liquefied natural gas as a transport fuel… and it will need the next generation of sustainable biofuels.”According to the CEO, wind and solar were contributing more and more to the global energy system and this must also happen if the world is to decarbonise.“But the intermittency of renewables – both day by day and also season by season – means there will be a long-term role for natural gas power generation. New energy storage technologies will, in time, help the intermittency issue, but they do not exist yet,” he said.During his speech, Van Beurden highlighted the potential for some of the fastest-growing nations to switch directly to a cleaner energy mix.“When you consider the areas of the world where energy demand is still to expand, like Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, there is a huge opportunity here,” he said. “These are areas that are not, on the whole, locked in to a coal-driven system. There is the potential for them to shift more directly onto a less energy-intensive pathway to development.”Even so, these growing countries would still require hydrocarbons to develop their industries. Not least because there were some sectors of the economy that are just not yet able to achieve zero carbon, Van Beurden said.“So, there is not one, single energy transition underway, but many, all running alongside each other. These are happening right now, but they will take many decades to play out,” he said.last_img read more

INNAS and Hydrautrans Developing Transmission for 12MW+ Offshore Wind Turbines

first_imgThe engineering company INNAS and technology company Hydrautrans are developing a mechanical-hydraulic transmission for offshore wind turbines with a capacity of more than 12MW. The Floating Cup Technology used for the transmission is invented and patented by INNAS.The hydraulic pumps and motors operate without internal metal-to-metal contact.This translates into superior system efficiency without wear and results in an elongated service life of more than 25 years and an efficiency of more than 95%, the developers said.Preliminary calculations show that, by implementing this hydraulic transmission in new wind turbine models of existing suppliers, the levelized cost of energy (LCoE) can be reduced significantly, according to the developers.The low turbines price in combination with an elongated service life is said to result in a LCoE reduction up to EUR 6 per MWh.The 12MW transmission consists of four independent modules of 3MW each. The components are lightweight which leads to a 10-25% head mass reduction, according to the developers. Wind turbines with a lower capacity, either 6MW or 9MW, can also use this new technology by placing less modules, and the technology allows upscaling to over 12MW in the future.The expectation is that this technology will be released on the market by 2020.last_img read more

One More VLCC Newbuild Joins Bahri

first_imgNational Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) has taken delivery of Shaden, a very large crude carrier (VLCC), from South Korean Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) shipyard. The 300,000 dwt ship is the fifth VLCC to join the Bahri fleet this year, following the deliveries of Amjad, Maharah, Aslaf and Rimthan.Flying the flag of Saudi Arabia, Shaden features a length of 330 meters and a width of 60 meters.Currently, the newbuilding has a market value of USD 81.39 million, according to data provided by VesselsValue.The newly received vessel is one of the five VLCCs financed by Riyad Bank, Bahri said.The commercial operation of Shaden is expected to begin in December 2017.Bahri’s fleet currently comprises 88 vessels including 41 VLCCs, 36 chemical/product tankers, six multipurpose vessels and five dry bulk carriers. In addition, the company has five VLCCs on order.The delivery of Shaden comes only days after Bahri released its financial results for the third quarter of this year which show that the company’s profit for the period dropped by 80.8 percent to SAR 60.5 million from SAR 315.3 million seen in the same quarter a year earlier.last_img read more

MHI Vestas to Open Lindø Factory Doors to Danish Delegation

first_imgMHI Vestas will host the Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Energy Minister Lars Christian Lilleholt and Mayor of Kerteminde Hans Luunbjerg at the company’s nacelle factory in Lindø today, 7 November, for a factory tour and discussion of the country’s offshore wind market.According to MHI Vestas, the visit comes after the company hired 284 new employees at industrial facilities across Denmark since March 2017, including Lindø, a blade manufacturing facility in Nakskov, and new power converter module assembly site in Esbjerg.Jens Tommerup, the company’s CEO, said: “We are very proud to host the Danish Prime Minister and other distinguished guests today at our factory. The highly skilled men and women who are employed at our production facilities throughout regional Denmark are a big part of Denmark’s success in offshore wind – an industry that is becoming increasingly global.”MHI Vestas’ job growth in Denmark this year came as a result of a high demand for its 9.5MW V164 platform, the company said.The V164 wind turbine was launched in June 2017, and is the most powerful serially-produced wind turbine in the world.MHI Vestas and Clemson University in South Carolina recently announced that the turbine will have all testing and verification of its gearbox and main bearings carried out at the university’s 15MW test bench. This deal marks the company’s first major investment in the United States.The V164-9.5 MW wind turbine is the turbine most likely to be used for the first round of major offshore wind projects in the United States, MHI Vestas said.last_img read more

LSC Shipmanagement Takes Bitumen Tanker under Its Wing

first_imgLSC Shipmanagement, a subsidiary of JSC Latvian Shipping Company, welcomed a newbuilding bitumen tanker into its technically managed fleet.Asphalt Synergy, the first bitumen tanker in the LSCSM fleet and one of the largest asphalt transporting ships in the world, featured a total length of 175 meters, width of 30 meters, and load capacity of 37,000 tonnes.“This is the 26th ship in our fleet under management.  As a result, we have expanded our range of services. We are now able to transport asphalt products and as such, are attracting more and more new customers and partners,” Robert Kirkup, Chairman of the Board JSC Latvian Shipping Company, said.The 37,000 dwt asphalt carrier Asphalt Synergy was built by Avic Dingheng Shipbuilding Co, which hosted the naming and delivery ceremony for the ship on January 9, 2018. The vessel is owned by US-based transportation company Valt.The previous addition to the LSCSM fleet took place last June 2017, when tanker Elandra Falcon was received as part of the technical management fleet.last_img read more

Kongsberg Supplies Sonars to Finnish Defence Forces

first_imgKongsberg Maritime has secured a contract by Finnish Defence Forces (FDF) to deliver ST2400 variable depth sonar (VDS) upgrades to the SQ2000MLU program for the Hamina-Class Corvettes fleet. The ST2400 VDS is designed to provide accurate and highly reliable performance for detecting submarines, mines and unmanned underwater vehicles in Littoral waters.The ST2400 VDS upgrade will enable the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) capability on all four Hamina-Class Corvettes operating in the Baltics, the company said.The ST2400 VDS is a medium-frequency sonar, featuring a compact design, weighing under 3 tonnes and can be rapidly deployed for high speed manoeuvring in addition to full stop (dipping mode).Thomas Hostvedt Dahle, director of Sales, Kongsberg Maritime Subsea Naval, said: “The Finnish Navy has been our key partner from the early development of the first ST240 VDS in the 90’s to the latest version of the ST2400 VDS that we have today. It has been field tested in challenging conditions in the very shallow parts of the Baltics where reverberation issues and layers are dominant. We look forward to continue to improve and develop our system to operate in probably the world’s toughest ASW environment, together with the Finnish Navy.”last_img read more