Hardware store trip gives Ferny Hills renovator a huge lift

first_imgHe has incorporated floating cabinetry and warm timber reveals to change the space dynamics of the four-bedroom house. SEE WHAT ELSE IS FOR SALE IN FERNY HILLS Timber cabinetry in the kitchen.“I enjoy doing projects at home, sometimes the stairs, the bathroom, the deck, the bench and downlights.”Curving the timber around the pool deck was a particularly challenging project. >>>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<<< The architectural engineer who lives here has turned his renovation into a series of weekend projects.IT’S the house that cages rocks, bends timbers, lifts carpets and floats cabinets and it’s not Hogwarts.The secret behind Ron Van Sluijs stylish Ferny Hills renovation is to work within your means.“When I was a student, I wanted to have really nice furniture, I couldn’t afford that so I just built it myself.”Now a professional architectural engineer, Van Sluijs is making ‘okay money’ but he’s the first to admit he’s not rich so he had to be smart about the renovation of his 13 Wanawong Court home.Ripping up the carpet was his first smart move.“The whole house was carpeted, but if you lifted a little bit of carpet you could see very polished hardwood floors,” he said. The exposed staircase with timber pigeonhole bookshelf built into the wall. Timber framing around the window reveals. And he has done it without spending a fortune.“I wasn’t rich so I had to be smart with what I could do,” he said.A trip to the local hardware store saw him load up on plywood decking boards which he mitre cut to put in the window reveals.“They cost next to nothing and all the joinery in the house I’ve used those decking boards.”He has renovated bathrooms, the kitchen, stripped back the staircase and built a pigeonhole bookshelf above.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019 Construction of the curved timber pool deck with clamps in place. The granite theme begins at the entrance to the property with this mailbox. Mr Van Sluijs is now selling his home and moving to acreage.It is being sold by Bradley Butten of Professionals Priority Ferny Hills with offers over $699,000 invited. Lifting the carpets has revealed a beautiful polished timber floorboard.It has delighted Mr Van Sluijs to continue the timber theme throughout his renovation of 13 Wanawong Court, Ferny Hills, over the last 14 years ago. Floating cabinetry is a feature in the bathrooms.Outside, rock baskets feature from the front mailbox to the retaining wall with timber planter boxes. Twenty tonnes of granite have been used to form a caged retaining wall. The finished curved pool deck. Another challenge has been the bathroom.“The bench talks to the mirror, talks to the louvres on the right and the built-in shelving unit with the laundry basket with big handles made from double decking board.”last_img read more

Cranbrook properties held near and dear

first_img Idalia springs back to life with buyer demand This house is on the market at 11 Angela Court in Cranbrook for $275,000.CORELOGIC data has revealed rugby isn’t the only thing Townsville residents hold dear with properties in more than half of the city’s suburbs held onto for more than a decade.Cranbrook is the tightest held suburb in Townsville with units in the area off the market for 16.7 years — so if you’ve missed out on buying your dream house in the suburb you best move on. READ MORE Land sales heat up at Townsville’s Haven Estate This house is on the market at 11 Angela Court in Cranbrook for $275,000.Explore Property Townsville agent Jan Lee has been selling properties in Cranbrook for over four decades and said it had always been popular among buyers.“A lot of investors and first homeowners are interested in the suburb,” Ms Lee said. “I’ve been in real estate for over 42 years and I’ve never had an issue selling properties in that area. “I think the main attraction for people is that it’s very central and has a lot of good schools and shops close by.”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 2020Houses in Thuringowa Central are also well loved with buyers keeping them for an average of 15.8 years before reselling.Houses in Belgian Gardens, Heatley, Castle Hill and Pimlico were all also held by buyers for over fourteen years on average. The Townsville suburb with the highest turnover rate for properties was Cosgrove which is most likely the result of it being a newly established estate. Shaw had the second quickest turnover for houses, with Corelogic recording an average hold period of 3.7 years. center_img READ MORElast_img read more

Australia’s luxury penthouse market to lure more Asian buyers

first_imgSupernova is atop Australia 108, South Bank, Melbourne by developer World Class Global.Is it any surprise why cashed-up Asian buyers are heading to Australia to invest in the luxury penthouse market?A devaluing Australian dollar, unrest in Asia and the dramatic improvement in the premium residential market is drawing more international buyers to our shores.International interest in luxury Australian residential properties has seen the launch of The Penthouse Collection by leading property agency CBRE, which has enhanced its focus on high-net-worth apartment buyers. MAYOR SELLS WATERFRONT HOME MORE REAL ESTATE NEWS: The view from a three-bedroom Hong Kong apartment priced at $8,457,648. Greenwood Terrace, 26-28 Sui Wo Rd, Shatin, Fo Tan, New Territories. Photo: realestate.com.au The Shoreline Penthouse, North Steyne Rd, Manly (Sydney) by developer Made Property. On the Gold Coast, CBRE director Nicholas Clydsdale said as Australia’s population continued to age, wealthy buyers were moving away from sprawling houses and estates into a lower maintenance lifestyle without compromising on luxury and amenity. “They still want to welcome the extended family for milestone events but also want the freedom to travel extensively without having the stresses of a large property to contend with,” he said.“Gold Coast penthouse product is standout in Australia and is known for generous size compared to capital city markets,” Mr Clydsdale said.“…We find that each penthouse buyer we deal with in our marketplace is expecting the developer to be able to deliver a fully tailored apartment to suit their needs”. Inside a three-bedder in Hong Kong for sale, priced at over $8 million. Photo: realestate.com.au HOMESTEAD UNDERGOES MAJOR RENOcenter_img ‘BOB THE BUILDER’ TRANSFORMS HOME It’s a tight squeeze in this Hong Kong apartment for sale at over $8 million. Address: Greenwood Terrace, 26-28 Sui Wo Rd, Shatin, Fo Tan, New Territories. Photo: realestate.com.auCBRE Brisbane director Brett Jackson said international interest was predominantly from Hong Kong, followed by the United States, Singapore and Europe. Mr Jackson said the market was seeing more of an international audience turning their heads specifically to Brisbane due to its rapidly changing face.“It’s so much more aesthetically pleasing due to new projects being completed like Howard Smith Wharves, Queens Wharf and The Calille Hotel – it’s on its way to being a real sexy city,” he said.“Penthouse living is all about the best of the best. When you marry this up with strong local and international demand, and very little supply it’s a super attractive offering. I think that you will see a real concerted effort by good developers with sites in premium locations to create this type of amazing product.” The focus is exclusive Australian penthouses in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast with sales ranging from over $8 million (Brisbane) to $30 million.CBRE Residential Chairman Justin Brown said the “planets had aligned” for prime property in Australia this year, due to the devaluation of the Australian dollar, unrest in Asia and the dramatic improvement in the premium residential market – establishing Australia as an investment haven. “We have seen mounting interest from prime purchasers looking to buy in various international locations and this collection is the first of its kind to showcase a comprehensive Australian selection of prime and trophy assets, which we believe will be highly sought,” Mr Brown said. Le Chateau is atop Castle Residences, Castlereagh St, Sydney CBD by developer UDS.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoSize, exclusivity and location are some of the defining factors of the first properties to beincluded in The Penthouse Collection.The apartments offer luxury inclusion such as private lifts, wine cellars and rooftop pools, inaddition to valet and concierge services.Mr Brown said there was an intent to continue The Penthouse Collection on an annual basis, given the increasing appetite for super prime apartments in Australia’s residential market.Andrew Leoncelli, managing director of CBRE Victoria, said Melbourne had the biggest Chinese population out of any Australian city.“There’s an extremely strong Chinese culture here. Wealthy business people like it and the casino is a big drawcard,” Mr Leoncelli said.He said four years ago a Melbourne penthouse was bought by one of southern China’s wealthiest businessmen for $25 million at Southbank tower, Australia 108.“It’s currently under construction and a good example that people with a lot of money want to come here. The buyer is only going to use it for two weeks of the year,” he told The Courier-Mail. Elysian at Broadbeach, Gold Coast by developer Spyre Group. For more real estate news follow us on Facebooklast_img read more

OceaNET wraps up wind and wave engineers coaching

first_imgThe OceaNET project has come to an end having trained 13 young researchers in the areas of floating offshore wind and wave energies to support the emerging marine renewable energy sector.The goal of the four-year project, completed on August 31, 2017, was to train science-based young engineers by offering them good technical, economic, environmental and societal background, and a market-oriented approach for the emerging offshore renewable energy market.In doing so, the network developed a number of cutting-edge research projects, each led by one of the research trainees for 36 months, and hosted by a first-class European research and development institute, university or company, active in the field.Activities focused on topics such as array design, implementation and O&M for wave and floating offshore wind energy applications. The development of enabling technologies to support the deployment and operation of arrays has been equally addressed, according to WavEC Offshore Renewables, the coordinator of the project.The hands-on training was complemented with a handful of short-courses on a range of topics relating to the field of offshore renewable energies.The training program also comprised secondments to selected industrial companies. The trainees were also encouraged to engage in PhD studies, and out of the 13 hired early stage researchers, 10 have enrolled in a PhD, WavEC informed.OceaNET project, funded under the European Union’s FP7 PEOPLE Programme (Marie Curie Actions), involved a consortium of 10 European partners, with 21 associated partners. OceaNET trainees (Photo: OceaNET)last_img read more

Ampelmann Balanced Gangway Coming Before Summer 2018 (Expertise Hub VIDEO)

first_imgAmpelmann will introduce a new balanced gangway system, the S-type, in the first half of 2018, Jan van der Tempel, Ampelmann’s CEO said.Ampelmann and Seaqualize established a partnership to develop a new balanced gangway system in October 2017.The two companies are now performing tests on a full-scale prototype, with Seaqualize contributing to the project with its proprietary balancing technology, Van Der Tempel said.The project is subsidized by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs.Watch our video to also find out about Ampelmann’s recent and ongoing modifications to the E-type gangway system, as well as the company’s future plans.For more Expertise Hub interviews, visit Navingo’s Offshore WIND channel on Vimeo.last_img

First LNG Ship Arrives at Soma LNG Terminal

first_imgThe first liquefied natural gas (LNG) ship has arrived at the new Soma LNG Terminal located in Shinchi Town in Fukushima prefecture, Japan Petroleum Exploration (JAPEX) informed.Puteri Intan Satu came from Malaysia and entered Soma Port on December 6.About 60,000 tons of LNG will be unloaded from the ship, representing the first cargo the terminal will receive.The Soma LNG Terminal, located at the No.4 wharf of Soma Port, started commissioning on December 1 and commercial operations are scheduled to start in March 2018, according to the company. The terminal comprises a ground-type LNG storage tank with a capacity of 230,000 kiloliters, two berths for a large ocean-going ship, a domestic vessel for receiving and shipping, LNG vaporization equipment, and LNG shipping facility.The LNG terminal will receive cargo and supply LNG vaporized gas to the Niigata-Sendai Gas Pipeline via the Soma-Iwanuma Gas Pipeline which commenced operation on November 1, 2017. Furthermore, this terminal will supply LNG as a liquid based on LNG satellite system using tank trucks and a domestic vessel.During the commissioning period, test operations for commercial operation commencement are being conducted, in addition to legal procedures and preparation works.JAPEX has been entrusted by Fukushima Gas Power (FGP) with the management and operation of the second phase in which an additional LNG storage tank with a capacity of 230,000 kiloliters is to be constructed. The construction of the tank started in April 2017, and additional LNG vaporization equipment will commence construction in spring 2018. The facilities are expected to commence commercial operation in spring 2020. At the same time, Fukushima Natural Gas Power Plant will become operational.last_img read more

GE job cuts in UK linked to Swansea lagoon decision lag

first_imgMore than a thousand jobs set to be lost over GE Power business restructuring in the UK have been linked to the continued delay of the UK government to make a decision on the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon scheme.Namely, the US-based conglomerate corporation GE has in the beginning of December announced plans to reduce 12,000 positions of its global power division workforce – potentially affecting 1,100 jobs across all parts of the UK GE Power business.The move comes due to fall in demand for new power stations and reduced investment by its clients across Western Europe, according to GE.The company said the job losses will primarily affect GE’s workers in Stafford and Rugby in the English Midlands – the sites where GE planned to manufacture and assemble key components for the power generation system of the proposed Swansea Bay tidal lagoon.Swansea Bay tidal lagoon turbine (Image: GE)To remind, GE and Andritz Hydro have in 2015 been selected by Tidal Lagoon Power, the developer behind the project, to supply 16 bi-directional turbines for the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon.The project’s 16 generators – the highest value component in the 700-tonne turbines – would be produced at GE’s Rugby facility, sustaining employment and investment there, it was decided back in 2015.However, as the UK government still hasn’t made any guarantees on whether the £1.3 billion project will go ahead – meaning there’s no guaranteed work that could arise from the project – GE Power will allegedly cut 500 jobs at both Stafford and Rugby, The Times reports.Tidal Lagoon Power is still awaiting the subsidy agreement with the UK government, despite being backed by a government-commissioned review, conducted by former energy minister Charles Hendry.But, recent media reports suggest the support among the cabinet ministers for the project seems to be dwindling as they are said to believe the lagoon does not justify value for money for taxpayers.The Times also reports about the potential missed opportunity for UK jobs due to the possibility that GE could source the equipment for the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon through its French plants, should the government green-light the project too late.Artist’s Impression – Swansea Bay tidal lagoon (Image: TLP) Mark Elborne, President and CEO GE UK & Ireland said, said: “Regrettably, the proposed changes would have an impact on jobs in the UK. These are not proposals we ever make lightly and we understand that this news will be difficult for many people. Unfortunately, we believe that these changes are necessary to ensure that we can remain competitive and secure the future of GE Power in the UK.”Elborne added the consultation period with the staff has been set in place before any final decisions are made.If constructed, the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon will have the capacity of 320MW. It will comprise 16 hydro turbines, a six-mile breakwater wall, and be capable of generating electricity for 155,000 homes for the next 120 years.last_img read more

Ophir ditches Ivory Coast block

first_imgUK-based Ophir Energy has decided to exit from Block 513 offshore Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), following an unsuccessful well at the acreage last year.Block CI-513 covers a gross area of 1,443km2  in water depths up to 3,000m. Ophir became the operator of the block after taking 45% of interest from African Petroleum in March 2016. African Petroleum has another 45% interest and the remaining 10% is held by PETROCI.In its 2017 full year results report on Wednesday, Ophir said it took the decision to exit the block at the start of 2018.In 2017, Ophir drilled the Ayame-1X exploration well in Cote d’Ivoire using the Seadrill-owned drillship West Saturn. The well was spud at the end of April 2017.No moveable hydrocarbons were encountered, and the well was plugged and abandoned as a dry hole in May last year. Ophir spent $13 million on the Cote d’Ivoire Block CI-513 well.Ophir’s exploration portfolio has now been reduced to concentrate its efforts and to better drive value. Namely, Ophir also exited seven deepwater PSCs: the DW2A PSC in Malaysia and the Mbeli, Ntsina, Nkouere, Nkawa, Manga and Gnondo PSCs in Gabon.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Two injured, one missing after drilling vessel catches fire off Malaysia

first_imgImage source: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA)An offshore drilling vessel caught fire while operating in the South China Sea offshore Miri, Malaysia, early on Tuesday morning. Two workers were injured as a result of the incident while one worker is still missing.The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) said on Tuesday it received an emergency signal at about 3.15 in the morning from Kuala Baram waters.The coast guard vessel soon came to the scene and found the 2009-built Malaysian-flagged vessel named Geos on fire. The vessel is registered under Kuala Lumpur-based Ageo Marine which is a subcontractor of Petronas.The entire crew of the vessel jumped into the sea following the explosion in the engine room that caused the fire. Two workers were injured and one worker remains to be found.With help from other two vessels, MP Perdana Frontier and MP Nautica Aleesya, the fire was brought under control by 8.00 a.m. but there are still residual fires on the water surface.According to reports from Malaysian media, there were 39 workers on board comprising 33 Malaysians, five Indonesians and a Thai national.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

GC Rieber Shipping makes three appointments to management team

first_imgGC Rieber Shipping’s new CEO Einar Ytredal. Source: GC Rieber. Photographer: Øystein KlakeggNorwegian shipping company GC Rieber Shipping has made three appointments to its management team, including the CEO, CFO, and CCO. GC Rieber said on Monday it had appointed acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Einar Ytredal to CEO on a permanent basis. Øystein Kvåle was at the same time named new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Christoffer Knudsen was promoted to Chief Commercial Officer (CCO).Einar Ytredal was appointed acting CEO in mid-September 2018, following the resignation of Christian Wilhelm Berg. Ytredal has been with the company since 2007, first as Vice President Finance and then as CFO since September 2011. Before joining GC Rieber Shipping, Ytredal worked at Deloitte.Øystein Kvåle has been with GC Rieber AS since 2014 and served as acting CFO of GC Rieber Shipping in 2016 and 2017. Kvåle worked for The Boston Consulting Group before joining GC Rieber.Christoffer Knudsen comes from the position as Director of Chartering and Projects at GC Rieber Shipping and has been with the company since 2013. Prior to that he has experience from various positions within the Wilh. Wilhelmsen Group.“We are very pleased to strengthen our management team with highly competent and experienced people who have extensive knowledge of GC Rieber Shipping’s business”, said Paul Chr. Rieber, Chairman of GC Rieber Shipping.“They will play an important part in developing our company in line with our long-term strategic ambitions.”last_img read more