My Reno: DIYer says ‘never again’ after gruelling 6 year makeover

first_img RENO FACT CHECK Time taken: 6 years Total spend: $200,000center_img The house at 183 Raeburn St, Manly West, after the renovation.THEY lived through a six-year home renovation with two young children, so it’s little wonder John and Cathy Cook have decided to throw in the tools.The couple is selling the family home they have completely updated themselves at 183 Raeburn Street, Manly West, after transporting it from the 1970s to the 2020s.Mr Cook said they fell in love with the size of the block of land — 2300 sqm — when they first saw the property.“We had a house on 400 sqm down at Manly and had just had the two kids,” Mr Cook said. “We were looking for a bigger block of land and found this property online. “It had been on the market for quite a while because it needed a lot of work.” BEFORE: The house at 183 Raeburn St, Manly West, before the renovation. AFTER: The house at 183 Raeburn St, Manly West, after the renovation.The house had not been touched since 1974, but that did not deter the Cooks.“It had good bones, hardwood frames and was beautifully built,” Mr Cook said.The Cooks and their two children, aged four and six, moved in straight away and set to work.As Mr Cook was a painter, decorator and plasterer by trade, he chose to do it all himself — apart from the electrical and plumbing work.“It took six years from start to finish,” Mr Cook said.He decided not to change the configuration of the home, which was already spacious enough with its four bedrooms and two bathrooms. BEFORE: The kitchen in the house at 183 Raeburn St, Manly West, before the renovation. AFTER: The kitchen in the house at 183 Raeburn St, Manly West, after the renovation.He began by stripping the internal linings of the walls and ceilings and replacing the old plasterboard.The kitchen was the first room to be renovated and the most challenging to live without.“We had a lot of barbecues!” Mr Cook said.The cupboards and benchtops had to be redone, all new appliances were installed and a striking glass, red splashback added as a feature.The flooring is unique, with the Cooks choosing commercial vinyl over more popular materials. Mr Cook chose a light grey, metallic vinyl and cut and welded black circles into it for a point of difference. BEFORE: The living area of the house at 183 Raeburn St, Manly West, before the renovation. AFTER: The living room after the renovation.Embossed wallpaper was used to create feature walls in the living areas and Mr Cook added built-in cabinets, fireplaces, and niches and nooks for storage.“We wanted it to be modern, but still have a nice, homely feel about it,” he said.But it was the outside that required the most work and money.“We had to replace the structural steel around the decks, and the retaining walls in the yard had to be removed and granite boulder retaining walls installed,” Mr Cook said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoJust clearing the yard in the first place took months.And then they also decided to put in a pool. BEFORE: The outdoor terrace on the house at 183 Raeburn St, Manly West, before the renovation. AFTER: The outdoor entertaining area of the house after the renovation.The Cooks are downsizing now their children have finished school, but have no plans to do another renovation.“Never again,” Mr Cook said. “Absolutely no more renovations.”His advice to home renovators planning to do most of the work themselves was to think about how much time and effort was involved in the process.“You work 40 to 50 hours a week and then have to motivate yourself to work on (the house) every weekend,” Mr Cook said.“As a tradesman, even I went in with rose coloured glasses thinking I’d get it done in one or two years, but it doesn’t happen that way. “It’s a massive amount of work by yourself.” The property is being offered for sale through Ian Walkley of Place – Manly and has a price guide of offers over $1.19 million.last_img read more

Australia quick Pattinson fit but rules out Test return

first_img(REUTERS)-Australia fast bowler James Pattinson is ready to return to cricket next month after being out of action since February due to injury but has ruled out playing Tests this year.The right-arm quick returned from injury in the second test against New Zealand in Christchurch but was then sidelined due to a bone stress injury in his leg and then a relapse of stress fractures in his back.The 26-year-old said he was considering a grade-cricket comeback in early November, with a potential start in the Melbourne Renegades’ Twenty20 Big Bash campaign and a Sheffield Shield game before Christmas.“I’m off my long run next week. I’ll probably be playing grade cricket in the next couple of weeks and then see how I go from there,” Pattinson told reporters.“I haven’t ruled out playing international cricket (this summer). I probably won’t play test cricket.”Australia begin a three-Test series against South Africa next month before hosting New Zealand for three one-day internationals and three Tests against Pakistan.last_img read more

SwissBelhotel International Group to open first Australian hotel

first_imgSwiss-Belhotel International Group to open first Australian hotelSwiss-Belhotel International Group to open first Australian hotelThe Swiss-Belhotel International Group will open its first Australian hotel, the Swiss-Belhotel Brisbane next month.The newly-built Swiss-Belhotel Brisbane is located within easy walking distance of River Quay, South Bank Parklands, Brisbane Convention & Entertainment Centre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Gallery of Modern Art and the Mater Hospital and Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital precinct. The Goodwill Bridge provides a direct link to the CBD and Queensland University of Technology Gardens Point campus.The full service, 134-room Swiss-Belhotel Brisbane is situated at 218 Vulture Street, South Brisbane. Rooms range from Superior Rooms to Swiss SuperSuites and interconnecting rooms, many with views of the Brisbane River, city skyline or Story Bridge and Kangaroo Point cliffs.The stylish, contemporary interiors are designed for comfort and convenience with amenities including full minibars, galley kitchens (in some rooms), marble desk and LED lighting accents.Hotel facilities include a large Corporate Lounge, ideal for early arrivals or late departures, two meeting rooms, an indoor heated swimming pool, in-house gymnasium and secure on-site parking for 40 cars.While dozens of restaurants and cafes are within a short stroll, Café 63 at Swiss-Belhotel will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner daily from a menu featuring local produce, signature dishes as well as casual options. Cafe 63 at Swiss-Belhotel is an expanded version of the very popular Cafe 63 in Brisbane. There’s also a large bar with evening and weekend entertainment, which is sure to prove a popular spot for a casual drink.Cafe 63 at Swiss-Belhotel will also provide room service and cater for the meeting rooms as well as selling takeaway coffee and meals.Swiss-Belhotel International Chairman and President Gavin Faull said the group was very excited to be opening its first Swiss-Belhotel branded property in Australia in the booming Brisbane market.”We have a unique location with three large and famous children’s hospitals nearby which will bring in a special medical and family market,” said Mr Faull.  “We are very close to the Gabba – the international sports ground where Swiss-Belhotel will be well placed to capitalise on many of the international sporting fixtures at that ground. We are also close to the Brisbane CBD – which can be walking distance away – and Swiss-Belhotel Brisbane will be the ideal business hotel for the CBD market.”Swiss-Belhotel Brisbane General Manager Mrs Dinah-Louise Marrs said the hotel was on track to open October 15, and was looking forward to welcoming its first guests.For Swiss-Belhotel Brisbane bookings, call (07) 3120 0800, email: Opening rates of $165 per room are available, subject to availability.Swiss-Belhotel International International currently manages a portfolio of 135 hotels that stretch across the globe incorporating the Middle East, Europe, China, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The brand now spans 20 countries and employs more than 7,000 people worldwide with a new Athens office providing a beachhead for European growth. And there is no sign of a slowdown with plans to have at least 10 hotels managed by Swiss-Belhotel International in Australia within five years and at least 40 within 10 years. *Numbers may fluctuateSwiss-Belhotel International currently manages a portfolio of more than *135 hotels, resorts and projects located in China, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Australia, New Zealand, Bulgaria, Turkey and Georgia. Awarded Indonesia’s Leading Global Hotel Chain for six consecutive years, Swiss-Belhotel International is one of the world’s fastest-growing international hotel and hospitality management groups. The Group provides comprehensive and highly professional development and management services in all aspects of hotel, resort and serviced residences. Offices are located in Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia, Europe, United Arab Emirates, China, Indonesia and Vietnam.Source = Swiss-Belhotel International Group – Swiss-Belhotel Brisbanelast_img read more

Recent incidents from the Boston Police District A

first_imgRecent incidents from the Boston Police District A-1 journal log for the North End / Waterfront area.Threats02/23/18      2:49pmFemale victim reports she was threatened by a male suspect over an argument about smoking outside an Atlantic Ave. apartment building. Police Officers spoke with both parties involved and advised them how to seek harassment prevention orders if desired.Investigate Person02/14/18           12:31amPolice officers responded to a disturbance at a Battery Wharf hotel garage. Security reports a female who parks in the garage arrived accompanied with an unknown male to pick up her car. At this time the male suspect became agitated and aggressive with the attendant because it was taking to long for the attendant to retrieve her car keys. The suspect at this time stepped into the office and placed his hand into the cash register money draw; the attendant yelled at the suspect who fled the garage on foot with no us currency.*Advertisement*last_img read more