The “outdoor room” is a new addition to the home.In the time the Swindells have lived at the house, they have undertaken a number of renovations, from installing a new kitchen and parquetry floors, to the construction of a massive alfresco dining area with ceiling fans, and an inground pool.The alfresco dining area, or the “outdoor room” as the Swindells like to call it, is a family favourite. The bedrooms are large and have plantation shutters. Imagine taking a dip here as the temperature continues to rise.THIS Springwood house has been a haven for Rosemary and Mel Swindells for more than three decades.The couple bought the 7 Aerie Court property 33 years ago, and raised four now-grown sons there.“Memories that stand out are of course the family growing up there, and seeing them go off and come back to visit with their little ones,” Mrs Swindells said. Bi-fold doors create a fantastic indoor-outdoor flow.“It’s very tranquil and backs straight onto the reserve,” she said.“It’s all quite pretty because it all looks out onto the bush.”Mrs Swindells said they had also spent many hours in the backyard as “keen gardeners”, manicuring the gardens of the 1058sq m property.The Swindells are now downsizing and hope another family can enjoy the home.The house is listed as for sale for “Offers over $799,000”. There is a fire to cosy up by in the cooler months.The house has multiple bi-fold doors that open to the outdoor room, creating a seamless indoor-outdoor flow.Inside, the home is equipped for any climate, with a fireplace and airconditioning.Mrs Swindells said the position of the home was “peaceful”. The family also like to spend time on this deck.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago“The outdoor room has been the greatest advantage, we basically live out there,” Mrs Swindells said.“We also put a great big timber deck out the back, so we’ve got two areas outside.“The deck is great for when it’s is a bit cooler, and for larger gatherings such as Christmas and Easter we have the big outdoor room.”
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5 PEST CONTROLA total 41 per cent of Queensland and 38 per cent of Australian households have ignored their pest problems, which could include anything, from possums and ants to fleas and termites, making themselves at home in your house. Across the nation, jobs such as concreting (2.3 million), plastering (2.6 million) and carpentry (3.3 million) are often delayed for six months or more.More from newsCOVID-19 renovation boom: How much Aussies are spending to give their houses a facelift during the pandemic3 days agoWhizzkid buys almost one property a month during COVID-197 days agoMr Tucker said for those homeowners with a tight budget it was important to create a plan.“The trick to budget home renovations lies in identifying your needs and finding the most cost-effective solution,” he said.Mr Tucker suggested prioritising the most urgent jobs and obtaining multiple quotes first for those.“When hiring a tradie to help with your home renovations, we recommend sourcing multiple quotes in writing so you can compare costs,’’ he said.“Homeowners can then select a tradie that best fits with their budget and time frame.” 2. Replacing an old shower screen with a modern frameless one can make your bathroom appear larger. 4. For a full kitchen renovation, consider a DIY flatpack kitchen. These are easy to install and offer high-quality materials and fittings. Buyers flock to church conversions What needs to be done around your home?However, Mr Tucker said the delays meant Queensland householders were facing an estimated $5000 on average to have a tradie fix all their outstanding issues.He said it contributed $7.7 billion towards the national value of undone jobs.With coronavirus ramping up, forcing people to spend more time at home, now could be the perfect time to give your home a spruce. Mr Tucker shares the top jobs Aussies like to avoid. 1 CLEANING According to Hipages research, cleaning tops the list as the most avoided job nationally and in Queensland (73 per cent and 72 per cent of households respectively). While most households have multiple cleaning jobs to get done, 64 per cent of these are delayed for a maximum of three weeks, or less. 3. Look into specialty paints purpose-made for surfaces like tiles, laminate cupboards and metal fencing. This will save you money on replacing these features. Brisbane Reno Show postponed 1. A fresh coat of paint is an inexpensive way to brighten a room. Brisbane Roar foundation member sells up 2GENERAL HOME MAINTENANCEGeneral home maintenance also accounts for a large chunk of Aussies’ to-do lists, specifically 67 per cent of households nationally and 62 per cent in Queensland, where there are more than 2000 home maintenance jobs being avoided. 4 PAINTINGIt’s unsurprising that time-intensive jobs such as painting are more likely to be put off, for more than a year for many. This is definitely the case for just under half of Australian (46 per cent) and 41 per cent of Queensland households, who said that painting was lingering on their to-do list. hipages chief customer officer Stuart Tucker. HOME IMPROVEMENTS THAT WON’T BREAK THE BANK Have time on your hands? Beat isolation boredom and get those odd jobs doneLeaky tap in the bathroom? Cracks in your kitchen tiles? Homeowners across the country have collectively ignored 80 million maintenance and repair jobs around their homes in the past year, worth a total of $40 billion. 3 GARDENING Hipages research found that garden maintenance is the third most commonly avoided job with 63 per cent of households avoiding this task nationally. In Queensland there are 1913 gardening jobs being put off for a sunnier day. MORE QLD REAL ESTATE NEWS: Research by Hipages, a website that connects people with reputable tradespeople, showed most Australians (92 per cent) had at least one outstanding job on their to-do list.Hipages chief customer officer Stuart Tucker said 2020 was the year for Aussies to stop delaying these jobs, or it could cost them dearly in the future. “We know there are a variety of factors that delay us completing jobs around the home, whether it be lack of time, expertise or money.” 5. Nothing enhances the appearance of a home more than a beautiful garden. If your garden could use some TLC, hire a gardener to get it back into shape.
The original house on the block was in a state of disrepair, but the Smouts could see it had good bones.“There was also an early 1970’s renovation, including a beautiful salmon toilet which unfortunately didn’t make the final cut!” Mrs Smout said.BEFORE: The living and dining area of the house at 14 Abbott St, Ascot, before the renovation.AFTER: The living and dining area of the house after the renovation.The transformation involved repositioning the existing house on the allotment to allow them to extend and build underneath — completely rebuilding the house from the ground up.This lower level became an incredibly spacious, open-plan living area, with a modern kitchen, living and dining area opening out to the yard, where they created an outdoor entertaining area and pool, incorporating grass and oversized pavers.“We love the downstairs kitchen/living/dining/bar space,” Mrs Smout said. “It’s the centre of the home and connects the inside/outside seamlessly with the yard and pool. “It’s framed by an 11m wide x 3m high corner opening stacker, which stacks completely behind the external walls.”BEFORE: The kitchen as it used to look in the house at 14 Abbott St, Ascot.AFTER: The kitchen after the renovation is barely recognisable.The new side extension to the home now serves as the main entrance, while a double-storey void helps connect it to the newly created bedrooms and study upstairs.The Smouts also saw the opportunity to build over the carport and create a terrace area linking to the upstairs living room and overlooking the pool area.They recruited architect Graham Lloyd and CHS Building to help them create an open, light and transparent design, combined with quality finishes, such as terrazzo and Arebescato marble.BEFORE: One of the bedrooms in the house at 14 Abbott St, Ascot, before the renovation.AFTER: One of the bedrooms in the house after the renovation.AFTER: The master bedroom after the renovation.AFTER: The epic walk-in wardrobe off the master bedroom.Mrs Smout admitted that modernising a traditional Queenslander was not without its challenges.“Shoehorning modern services, for example, into a traditional home has required significant thought and pre-planning,” she said.“But we believe the home now strikes the right balance between old and new, seamlessly.” FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK The kitchen offers marble bench tops, a soaring splash back and an extensive butler’s kitchen. Central to the ground floor are living and dining spaces that extend seamlessly to the alfresco entertaining, in-ground pool and flat grassed yard. Presenting further living space, a stylish bar features marble bench tops, gold shelving, wine cellar and seating space.A separate media room, bedroom with built-in robe, bathroom and large laundry complete the ground floor.Upstairs hosts an additional living room, spacious office, large outdoor terrace and four of the bedrooms, including a master suite with large ensuite offering freestanding bath, dual basins and dual rainwater shower. The walk-in robe is palatial and will impress the most discerning of buyers. Total spend: $1m plus MORE QUEENSLAND REAL ESTATE STORIES Becky and Francisco Smout and their two children in the house at 14 Abbott St, Ascot, they have just renovated. Photo: Brock Beazley Photography.PALM Springs may be a long way from Brisbane, but you wouldn’t know it stepping inside this Ascot masterpiece.Inspired by the US desert resort city, seasoned renovators Rebecca and Francisco Smout set out to create a luxurious, yet relaxed, renovation of a 1930s Queenslander at 14 Abbott Street.“The Palm Springs inspiration comes from summer vibes and really appeals to our Queensland lifestyle,” Mrs Smout said. SEE WHAT ELSE IS FOR SALE IN ASCOT Mrs Smout said the couple’s biggest challenge was negotiating with Brisbane City Council on all aspects of the project. BEFORE: A living area of the house at 14 Abbott St, Ascot, before the renovation.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoAFTER: The living area now leads to an outdoor entertaining area and pool.The Smouts document their projects on their Instagram account: @smout_property and call this project ‘The Gables’ of Ascot. GRANNY FLATS KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER IN SOCIAL ISOLATION BEFORE: The front of the house at 14 Abbott St, Ascot, before the renovation.AFTER: The front of the house after the renovation. Photo: Brock Beazley Photography.The resulting five-bedroom, three-bathroom house comes after one of their biggest and most rewarding renovations yet — and during a particularly challenging period. RENO FACT CHECK Time taken: 12 months RENTERS TO PAY OWN WAY IN QLD EMERGENCY LAW BACKDOWN
The fourth and this year’s final edition of Offshore WIND is out now, and includes interviews with DONG Energy Netherlands, Siemens Gamesa, European Space Agency and Van Oord – making it an edition not to be missed.Offshore WIND Conference and Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference have a main focus in the magazine with speaker information, program details and specific interviews. Next to that, find out the latest on the Borssele tenders, grids and connections and hub ports in Denmark. The magazine also offers a guest column by DNV GL and an outlook on the US offshore wind market next to the offshore wind breezes and wind farm updates.To subscribe to the magazine head to www.offshorewindmagazine.com
Image courtesy of DSMESouth Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has clinched an order for LNG carrier duo from an Oceania-based shipowner. The company said on Thursday, the contract value for the two liquefied natural gas tankers is at 389 billion won ($365 million).The two vessels with the capacity to transport 173,400 cubic meters of the chilled fuel each are scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2021.Both vessels will be outfitted with M-type, Electronically Controlled, Gas Injection (MEGI) engines and a full reliquefaction system.The shipbuilder noted it has received the majority of orders secured by South Korean shipyards this year. Out of 13 clinched by the South Korean giants, DSME has received orders for 6 vessels this year. In total, 14 LNG carriers have been ordered this year.In total, the shipyards secured orders for a total of 12 vessels this year totaling at $1.55 billion.
For illustration purposes only; Dahej LNG terminal (Image courtesy of Petronet LNG)India could save up to 95 billion rupees ($1.39 billion) as part of the renegotiated long-term liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply deal with Russian gas giant, according to India’s minister of petroleum and natural gas, Dharmendra Pradhan.The initial 20-year LNG deal that was signed in 2012 between Gazprom and state-owned GAIL was revised at the start of this year.GAIL and Gazprom “successfully re-negotiated the long-term LNG sale and purchase agreement reflecting the current global gas market dynamics,” Pradhan said on Wednesday in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India.“The renegotiated price, compared to earlier contract price, will result in saving of approximately Rs. 8500 Crore (crude oil at US$ 50 per barrel) or Rs. 9000 Crore (crude oil at US$ 60 per barrel) or Rs. 9500 Crore (crude oil at US$ 70 per barrel) for the years 2018 to 2040,” Pradhan said.The minister added that that the LNG price was negotiated depending on many factors like project location, duration of contract and pricing formula.To remind, Gazprom’s trading arm, Gazprom Marketing & Trading Singapore, delivered its first LNG cargo under the long-term contract to GAIL on June 4.The cargo was delivered onboard the LNG Kano carrier to Petronet LNG’s Dahej terminal in Gujarat. LNG World News Staff
The second edition of the Offshore Energy Newsflash in 2019 is out now and available to read online.The latest edition of the Offshore Energy Newsflash features a guest column by Huub den Rooijen, Director Energy, Minerals & Infrastructure on sustaining growth on an ever-busier seabed.Further to that you can read up on Digital Twins, a subject that will also be discussed during Offshore Energy Conference in the session titled Digitalization. In that respect you can read all about the conference and topics for the whole conference program on offer on 7, 8 and 9 October.For more information on Offshore Energy 2019, head to OffshoreEnergy.Biz.Read the latest Offshore Energy Newsflash here.
<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Brevard County’s Official Save Our Indian River Lagoon has just released a very interesting video about the Cocoa Beach dredging program in Florida. In the video, Cocoa Beach Project Manager, Wayne Carragino, discusses about the muck removal project in the canals of Cocoa Beach, explaining the challenges and benefits of this project that will remove 2,455 pounds of nitrogen and 366 pounds of phosphorus from polluting the lagoon.According to the City of Cocoa Beach’s latest project update, Phase IIb of the dredging work will be starting within the next month.Phase IIb consists of the dredging operations on the last twelve remaining residential canals, permitted by USACE. These twelve canals are located in the center portion of the city.The projected completion date for Phase IIb is November 13, 2020.
Qatar Petroleum and the French LNG terminal operator Elengy signed a long-term agreement for LNG receiving, storage and regasification services at the Montoir-de-Bretagne LNG terminal in France.Under the agreement, Qatar Terminal Limited (QTL), a unit of Qatar Petroleum, will subscribe to the equivalent of almost 3 million tons per annum of the terminal’s throughput capacity for a term up to 2035, QP said in its statement on Thursday.Montoir-de-Bretagne LNG will thereby become a new LNG import terminal position for Qatar Petroleum in Europe, facilitating the supply of Qatari and internationally sourced LNG to French and European customers.The agreement is a result of a formal “Open Subscription Period” process that was conducted and concluded during the second half of 2019.Commenting on the agreement, Elengy’s CEO Sandra Roche-Vu Quang said, “this contract secures long-term activity at the Montoir-de-Bretagne terminal. Our LNG hub for North West Europe offers customers optimum flexibility and an evolving range of services, from historical LNG regasification to small scale LNG, to meet the energy transition needs.”Located on France’s Atlantic coast, the Montoir-de-Bretagne LNG Terminal was commissioned in 1980 and is fully regulated by the CRE. The terminal currently has 360,000 cubic meters of LNG storage capacity spread across 3 tanks and an annual throughput capacity of 10 billion cubic meters of natural gas.The terminal is operated by Elengy, which also operates two other terminals in France, the Fos Tonkin and Fos Cavaou on the Mediterranean coast.