Amazing reno: Century-old character home restored to former glory in Bulimba

first_imgThe bathroom in the house at 31 Brisbane St, Bulimba, before the renovation. A photo from 1920 of bullocks hauling logs during the transfer of the property from Norman Park to Bulimba.Fortunately, the Hills were no strangers to renovating, having done it eight times before.“It needed a fair bit of work,” Mrs Hill said.But that’s what she loved about it — and the fact Bulimba was such a desirable suburb.“The children were both going to school in Bulimba, and we really love the area,” Mrs Hill said.“I think Tehgan and Kuhpar have lived through every renovation we’ve done!“We absolutely love it.” The front of the house at 31 Brisbane St, Bulimba, before the renovation. The kitchen in the house at 31 Brisbane St, Bulimba, before the renovation. The back of the house after the renovation.Despite undergoing a major renovation, certain features of the original build have been retained so that it remains an authentic Queenslander.Many of the materials used in the renovation were sourced from across Australia or from the original house, such as exposed bricks saved from a South Australian warehouse facing demolition and timber beams from an old bridge near Ballarat.“This time we afforded ourselves the luxury of spending that bit of extra money on materials,” Mrs Hill said.The stained glass windows in the pool room, master walk-in wardrobes and at the entrance to the home were all designed and made by the now deceased previous owner, Nola Warry. “We’ve reused these throughout the home to ensure her history lives on,” Mrs Hill said. The kitchen is unrecognisable after the renovation.Mrs Hill’s favourite feature of the home is how the sliding bi-fold doors in the living area blend the inside with the outside, providing access to the outdoor entertaining area. “You don’t realise when you’re inside or outside because its so open,” she said.The doors lead to a timber deck and grassed alfresco area bordered by landscaped gardens, where you can sit back and watch your favourite TV shows on the remote-controlled projector screen overlooking the pool.The pool also has water jets around the seated area and remote-controlled lights.When the projector isn’t in use, a fireplace takes its place, which can be turned on with the press of a button. IT was 1976 when Nola Warry bought the house at 31 Brisbane St, Bulimba for just $18,000.The property had been dragged there by bullocks from Norman Park and was one of the very first homes on the street.Nola and her partner, Ian, were both married to other people at the time, but wanted a fresh start in a home of their own, so they moved in with their six cats and a Poinciana tree, which still stands proudly in the yard.Nearly 40 years later, Graeme and Kelly Hill became the third owners of the property, which was built in 1907.center_img The front of the house after the renovation.The renovation has been their largest, and most expensive, to date.And the transformation from a workers cottage to a two-level five-bedroom, four-bathroom home is quite incredible — especially the kitchen.“There was literally a kitchen sink and a stove — that was the kitchen,” Mrs Hill said. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours ago“There were no benches, no cupboards, and a built-in pantry off the side of the house that was aqua.”The pantry was one of the first things that went, but that was when the Hills stumbled across a handwritten letter that had been left to them by the previous owners telling them about the property’s history.“I took the letter and framed it along with photos of what the house looked like back then,” Mrs Hill said.“We’ll sell the house with it.” The property has been completely transformed.And while most people think they’re crazy, the Hills lived through the renovation process, which took place in three parts — and did most of it themselves.In 2010, they painted the entire house, installed a new bathroom and knocked down some internal walls.The next stage involved reconfiguring the house by moving around some bedrooms and the kitchen and installing an extra bathroom and office.It wasn’t until 2015 that they decided to engage a builder.This stage involved lifting the house and building underneath.“Everything else before that we did ourselves,” Mrs Hill said.“I do most of the design work and then don the boots to do some painting, and he’ll (her husband) do the rest.” One of the bathrooms after the renovation.Sharing access to the timber pool deck is the master bedroom, which features a Balinese style ensuite, dressing room and remote blinds.On this level, there is also a media room, a pool room with billiards table and bar, a second bathroom, a laundry, a wine cellar and a gym, as well as a guest bedroom with walk-in wardrobe and study nook.Upstairs in the original workers cottage part of the house, there’s a second living area with a kitchenette, fireplace and a Juliet balcony adjoining another master bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite and two further bedrooms. Other features include an integrated sound system, fireplace with side seat in the kitchen, ducted airconditioning throughout, Vintec wine cooler, garage for two vehicles, store room and additional off-street parking for three cars.“Whoever does end up buying this house is going to have the best time,” Mrs Hill said.“Graeme and I are going to miss it.“Our children and friends hope it doesn’t sell because it’s an awesome entertainment house. “The amount of parties we’ve had there!”But the Hills are already looking ahead to their next renovation project.“We’ll have a rest from this one once we sell, but we’re already actively looking for the next project,” Mrs Hill said.“It’s in our blood!”The property is scheduled for auction through Joanna Gianniotis at Place – Bulimba on Saturday, November 3, at 10am.RENO FACT CHECKTime taken: 4 months plus 3 months plus 1 year altogetherTotal spend: Close to $900,000End valuation: Going to auction so cannot give a price guide. The back of the house at 31 Brisbane St, Bulimba, before it was renovated. The backyard of the property at 31 Brisbane St, Bulimba, before the renovation.last_img read more

Family Violence & Gender. Um….. We were right!

first_imgWe’ve written on family violence (Family violence is still not just a male problem).“Family violence is not just a male problem. If we as a nation are really serious about reducing family violence, we need to talk about family violence in all its forms and all its causes. The last time we spoke up about this issue was in 2011 and the political response and condemnation was swift. But we’re more interested in the facts and research and solving the problem than concerns around being politically incorrect.”There’s been lots of discussion about the 4-part documentary Why Am I? In 1972 the Otago University Medical School embarked on the ultimate nature/nurture test, to study 1037 babies for their entire lives.In the 2nd episode aired during the week, it specifically dealt with the issue of Family Violence and the role of Gender.Please watch the episode – and especially the section from 30’42” to 34’14” to see the ‘inconvenient truth’!last_img read more

High Schools Championed by The Green Movement Made a Clean Mark in Roseau

first_img Tweet Share 30 Views   no discussions EducationLocalNewsSecondary High Schools Championed by The Green Movement Made a Clean Mark in Roseau by: – January 24, 2012 Junior Tourism Minister Kitwani Carbon. Photo credit: onecaribbeandiaspora.comDominica’s Junior Minister for Tourism, Kitwanie Carbon led a clean up campaign of the city streets with high school teams in Roseau on Saturday 21st January 2012 from 9:00am to 12:00 noon. This initiative was spearheaded by The Green Movement of the Convent High School and Discover Dominica Authority (DDA). All Secondary schools in the Roseau area came out to champion this cause alongside the Convent High School, including St. Martin’s Secondary, St. Mary’s Academy, Goodwill Secondary, Wesley High School and Dominica Community High School, totaling 120 student volunteers. Staff of DDA also provided support during the clean up. The private sector also contributed towards this commendable effort, including Fran’s, Pearl’s Cuisine, Reuben’s Bakery, Dominica Brewery & Beverages Ltd and Carbon Refrigeration. Gratitude is also extended to the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development for its support, and a major partner was the Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation for supplies and the provision of a Truck for collection and disposal of garbage during the clean up.This activity was geared towards creating an awareness and greater consciousness of the significance of a clean City, and environment by extension. Students were commended as they cleaned the streets of Roseau for their concern with the environment, and some persons expressed their support and promised to do their part in their surroundings. We encourage everyone to be responsible and keep Roseau, your community and Dominica clean. Press ReleaseDiscover Dominica Authoritycenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Baines happy to avoid Suarez

first_img Victory at Anfield next Sunday – a ground manager David Moyes has yet to win at, with the Toffees’ last victory there coming in 1999 – would give them an unassailable lead over their city rivals with two matches remaining. That would also mean the Toffees would finish above Liverpool in successive seasons for the first time since the Reds were promoted back to the top flight in 1962. In fact, since that year the Blues have been able to look down on their nearest rivals just seven times. “Yes, we’re glad we don’t have to face Luis Suarez because he’s a top player and he has done so much for Liverpool this season,” said the England international. “If they had been missing him this season they probably wouldn’t be where they are in the league at the moment. He will be a big loss for them. But they have got very good players throughout the team and it will be up to them to come to the fore and keep them going.” He added: “Every derby is massive because of what it is and it means so much to the fans and us as players as well. But there is no added importance because it is at the end of the season, it is just another derby.” Steven Pienaar’s 16th-minute strike was the culmination of one of the few moments of real quality against Fulham. With Tottenham dropping points at Wigan, Everton moved to within three points of the fifth-placed Londoners, who do have a match in hand, to keep their hopes of European football alive. “It keeps us as we have been really, hanging on to the teams above us, and that is all we can do,” added Baines. “We have to try to keep getting good results and we’ve definitely done that at home.” The Reds may have smashed six past Newcastle without their banned striker – serving a 10-match suspension for biting – but Baines still believes they are a different prospect without the Uruguay international. Just before that, Everton made hard work of beating Fulham 1-0 to record a 20th successive league win over the Cottagers at Goodison Park, maintaining the five-point cushion on their near-neighbours. Everton defender Leighton Baines admits they are grateful to be facing a Luis Suarez-less Liverpool in next week’s Merseyside derby.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Republic line up USA friendly

first_img Press Association The autumn clash will be played at the Aviva Stadium, the FAI said in a statement. It will follow four days on from the Republic’s Euro 2016 qualifying match against Scotland at Parkhead in Glasgow. Before the November fixtures, the Republic have a friendly against Oman on September 3 followed by European Championship qualifiers against Georgia, Gibraltar and Germany. Martin O’Neill will go head to head with Jurgen Klinsmann in the Republic of Ireland’s final match of the year.center_img A Dublin friendly against the United States was announced for November 18 by the Football Association of Ireland on Monday, with Republic manager O’Neill sure to relish the clash with opposite number Klinsmann. Unlike the Republic, the US qualified for the World Cup, where they survived a tough group from which Ghana and Portugal failed to advance. German coach Klinsmann’s team then fell to Belgium after extra time in a dramatic second-round match. last_img read more

Kickin’ it karate style in Bar Harbor

first_img Latest posts by Liz Graves (see all) BAR HARBOR — Students in the Bar Harbor dojo of Tracy’s Karate practiced on the town athletic fields last week. Sensei Eben Richardson holds one special outdoor class at the end of summer each year. It’s an open house to invite new students, and also a chance to work on street smart self-defense strategies. The school meets Mondays at the Bar Harbor Masonic hall and teaches both kids and adults. Students travel throughout Maine for competitions. Contact 288-8936 for more information.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text{gallery}karate{/gallery} Keene appeals his 2019 murder conviction – July 30, 2020 Liz GravesReporter at Mount Desert IslanderFormer Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor. Bio MDI Hospital to begin contact tracing – August 5, 2020 Luchini named to Maine Running Hall of Fame – August 12, 2020 Latest Postslast_img read more

Bolt brushes off doping insinuations – I know I’ve done it clean

first_imgNINE-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt is unfazed by insinuations that he is guilty of drug use because he knows he is clean.Bolt burst onto the scene by taking gold in the 100 metres at Beijing 2008 with a world record time of 9.69 seconds, prompting some to claim he did so by illegal measures.The Jamaican has since trimmed that world record to 9.58secs and went on to complete an unprecedented 100m, 200m and 4x100m treble for the third successive games at Rio 2016, achievements he says will not be cheapened.“I really don’t let things like that bother me. It’s because, over the years, you know that’s going to happen. That’s what they’re going to ask,” Bolt told The Guardian.“I’m going to enjoy this, no matter. When you work so hard for what you have done, and it finally comes, it should feel good.“I’m not going to let somebody else rob me of that moment. I feel good because I know I’ve done it clean.”Bolt overcame long-term rival Justin Gatlin to take gold in the 100m at Rio, the American getting booed as he lined up at the blocks for the final.That reception came as a surprise to Bolt, though he struggled to feel sympathy following the mudslinging that has occurred between the two.“I was really shocked. In all the years I’ve been doing track, I’ve never seen somebody get booed at a championship,” said Bolt.“[I felt sorry for him] a little bit. But then, after all the talking that was going on all season, not that much,” he added with a chuckle.Given Bolt’s superiority in their head-to-head record, he would like to see Gatlin challenged whenever he claims to be capable of winning a race between the pair.“The one thing that always annoys me is when Justin Gatlin always says: ‘Oh, I’m going to beat Usain Bolt, blah, blah, blah.’,” said the Jamaican.“I’m like, why don’t interviewers ask him, why should we believe you? I really want an interviewer, one day, to ask him that question – to say, ‘You guys have got up 10 times, you’ve won one of them. Give me a good reason why we should write that Gatlin’s going to beat Usain Bolt?’“People should call you out on it. But if you are actually the best, then I feel as long as you don’t overdo it, it’s fine.”(Omnisport)last_img read more

Double wins for Regal All-Stars as Florida Cup Softball bowls off

first_img… Regal Masters, Floodlights and Floodlights Legends also victoriousBy Rajiv Bisnauth, in FloridaREGAL All-Stars booked their Florida Cup Softball tournament semi-final spot with two convincing wins yesterday when the 2017 edition of the tournament bowled off at the Brian Piccolo Park, Cooper City, Florida.The City team first disposed of South Florida Softball Cricket League (SFSCL) by nine wickets before whipping the Hurricanes by six wickets.During both games their bowlers produced excellent performances upfront before their batsmen did the final touches.In game one, Roohit Dutchin figures of 4-3, kept the SFSCL scoring under control from the start. None of the hosts batsmen was allowed to dominate, and were eventually bowled out for 48 in 16 overs.Martin Jaundoo, 10, managed double figures.Seewchand Budhu (3-8), Ameer Nizamudin (2-7), and Richard Latif (1-17), were the other successful bowlers for Regal All-Stars.In reply, the visitors lost Latif without scoring in the innings first over, but Navin Singh and Budhu took 14 balls to achieve the winning target.Singh remained unbeaten on 26 off eight balls (2×4, 2×6), along with Budhu’s six-ball innings, inclusive of three fours and a six.In game two, asked to bat first, Hurricanes total was built around Marvin Sukhnandan, who stroked a fighting 59, after they were restricted to 46-5 at one point of the innings.Sukhnandan smashed seven fours and two sixes, and was the only batsman to put up some resistance against a well-balanced Regal All-Stars bowling unit.Dutchin was again the chief wrecker, claiming 3-5. Nizamudin 2-32, Latif 2-26, and Budhu 1-23, were the other bowlers who made an impact with the ball.In the run chase, Latif again failed to trouble the scorers, but Singh and Budhu then added 59 for the second-wicket before the latter was dismissed for 36.Singh then added 28 for the third-wicket, with Patrick Rooplall, and in the process took the visitors within close reach of the winning target.However, Regal All-Stars then lost Dutchin, but Singh stayed to the end in company of Safraz Esan, and took the visitors to 117-4 in 15.2 overs. Singh remained unbeaten on 50, with six fours.Meanwhile, in the Masters category defending champions Floodlights, Floodlights Legends and Regal Masters were all victorious.The three-day tournament continues today, including the four semi-finals.The finals for both categories will take place tomorrow at the Central Broward Regional Park and Stadium, Lauderhill, Florida.last_img read more

Reliance Masters and Cotton Field Sports Club win in T20 competition

first_imgA COLOURFUL and exciting day of T20 cricket was held on Sunday at the recently renovated Reliance cricket ground in Essequibo.In a competition to organise and resuscitate cricket in the village, two matches were played and saw a fair-sized crowd cheer as the games progressed.In the first game, Reliance Masters fought off the agility and stamina of their juniors to win by 3 wickets.In a match reduced to 17 overs due to a late start, Reliance Juniors won the toss and batted. They were led by an impressive half- century from Tony Persaud whose delightful 55 included 6 fours and 2 sixes..He was also supported by Shawn Singh’s 28 containing 4 fours. Essequibo’s former all-rounder Elroy Stephney had figures of 3-18 from four overs of off-spin to strangle the inexperienced batting line-up as Reliance Juniors despite a rapid start ended on 117 all-out in the penultimate over.In reply, wickets fell for the Masters who also had a pedestrian start. However, key innings from Dhaniram 25 (3×4) and Elroy Stephney 20 (3×4) steadied and later consolidated the innings.It later took a cameo from Aaron Fraser whose 18 with 2×4 and 1×6 ensured that the Masters crossed the line on their way to an exciting win as they reached 118-7 in the final over.Medium pacer and former Essequibo Under-19 player Avinash Parsram generated pace to take 3-24 in 4 overs.In the other match; also reduced to 17 overs, Cotton Field SC, winning the toss and batting against Bush Lot Trend Setters, posted a formidable 170-8 in their allotted overs.In reply, Bush Lot Trend Setters folded for 105 in 16 overs to lose by 65 runs. Meanwhile, the competition will continue this weekend with the two winners clashing to determine the champions and gain bragging rights in Reliance.The competition is being organised by the Interim Management Committee of the recently resuscitated Reliance Sports Club, which has produced outstanding cricketers in the past including the Mandolall brothers, Rovendra and Avinash Parsram as well as former Essequibo captain Alfred Maycock.A competition is also scheduled to be held in memory of the late former National Youth Player Shivnandan Mandolall who died in 2013 at the age of 31.This is being organised by his brother, overseas-based sports journalist Ravendra Mahdolall and will be held in December involving teams from Reliance, Bush-Lot and Cotton Field. Trophies and medals will be at stake.last_img read more

Badgers ready for Ohio State, College GameDay

first_imgMarcus Landry will look to lead the Badgers in a GameDay showdown against OSU.[/media-credit]For the first time in school history, the University of Wisconsin will host ESPN College GameDay, as the streaking UW men’s basketball team welcomes Big Ten foe Ohio State to the Kohl Center Saturday.Coming off a big 69-52 victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes Wednesday, the Badgers (15-9, 6-6 Big Ten) will look to shut down the Buckeyes, who have won four straight, including an overtime upset victory over then-No. 13 Purdue.The Badgers are also on a short three-game winning streak of their own, during which they have played much-improved defense in comparison to their poor play during their six-game losing streak.“We’ve just got to stick to the rules coach (Bo Ryan) provides for us,” senior forward Marcus Landry said. “We have to play really physical and tough because they’re a tough team. … They have some length that’s long and athletic, and that could really get at us.”In particular, Wisconsin will be faced with the challenge of defending Buckeyes’ guard/forward Evan Turner, who leads Ohio State averaging 17 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.“Individually, they have the (third-) leading scorer in the league in Evan Turner, but they have a lot of pieces around him with Will Buford,” UW associate head coach Greg Gard said. “Collectively, they’ve found a way to play within their system offensively … also defensively exclusively playing zone.”While the Badgers’ defense has been especially strong during their winning streak, guard Jason Bohannon doesn’t believe that they will have to change much in order to keep the Buckeyes in check.“We have to do the same things we have done,” junior guard Jason Bohannon said. “Force them into long 2-point jump shots and make them work for all their points. If we make them work on defense too, it’s bound to take their legs out throughout the game.”With all the College GameDay festivities surrounding the UW campus, the Badgers are trying to stay focused on their task in Ohio State and are concentrated on shutting down the Buckeyes and winning their fourth-straight game.“We’re trying to stay with our head in the game,” Bohannon added. “It’s a big game — don’t get me wrong, it has a lot of implications for the rest of the year. But, we’re here to take it one day at a time.”Nevertheless, College GameDay arriving at Wisconsin does mean a lot to the UW players and coaching staff, who have led the Badgers to 10 straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including seven straight since Bo Ryan took over as head coach.“It’s a great tribute to Wisconsin basketball,” Bohannon said about College GameDay. “The things the program has done in the past few years … the program we’ve built, it’s just a tribute to everything we’re doing now.”“It’s huge in terms of the respect that Wisconsin has a program nationally,” Gard added. “I think it’s a huge compliment to our teams and our players that have played here in the past, and the tradition that’s being built, and the success that we’ve had in the past.”While the game will be aired on national television, the Badgers aren’t worried about any added pressure. According to Landry, the team is too focused on winning to be concerned with extra strain from the national stage.“I’m the type of person where I don’t watch too much ESPN and stuff like that all the time,” Landry said. “It’s a special event for the students in Madison and things like that. As a team and as an individual and as a player, you just have to approach it as any other game.”While the game may have implications from a national viewing perspective, a win would keep another NCAA Tournament berth very much alive for the Badgers, who now sit at 6-6 in the Big Ten.“We’re worried about what you can control, try to play as well as possible,” Gard said. “The most important thing is for our team to play well … because … as we continue our way through the conference season and on our way to the postseason, every game is extremely important.”last_img read more