Easier to detonate than renovate? Renovations are proving more costly than rebuilding

first_img24 Remo St, Broadbeach Waters.“Fiona and I had an idea of what I wanted to achieve and the best way to get the look I wanted was to start from scratch and … build a home that was both functional and fun to live in” he said.“A lot of thought went into creating meaningful spaces in the home, which reflect the way people live.”The pair recently put their home at 24 Remo St, Isle of Capri, on the market for $1.575 million. Gold Coast couple Andrew and Fiona Bassingthwaite bought a property at Surfers Paradise and demolished an older dwelling to make way for a new house.MORE Gold Coasters are knocking down older houses and rebuilding instead of renovating — and it is saving them up to $200,000.Valcon Homes sales manager Gavin Roden said the average cost of renovating had skyrocketed to $2000 per square metre, meaning upgrading a 300sq m home sets you back $600,000. 24 Remo St, Broadbeach Waters.In contrast, Mr Roden said it costed about $20,000 to demolish a house and about $400,000 to build a new 300sq m home.“Shrinking land supply near the beach on the Gold Coast and close to the inner city in Brisbanemeans more people are thinking outside the box and opting to secure an older property on a bigblock in a prime location,” he said.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North7 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago24 Remo St, Broadbeach Waters.“Most people are really surprised to learn that demolishing a home only costs around $20,000, and is therefore often a much cheaper option than renovating.“Over the past five to seven years costs have gone up and large-scale renovations are simply notgood value for money. In fact (they) can be detrimental if the buyer spends more on the renovation than what they could recoup if they placed the home on the market.” 24 Remo St, Broadbeach Waters.Mr Newlands said rebuilding rather than renovating meant you did not have to compromise on the design and were less likely to run into unexpected renovation expenses.Gold Coast couple Andrew and Fiona Bassingthwaite bought an older property at Surfers Paradise last year and demolished it to make way for a new house. 24 Remo St, Isle of Capri before it was demolished.REIQ Gold Coast zone chair John Newlands said a shortage of land on the Coast was contributing to the trend.“People don’t want to go out to some of the outer areas,” he said. “They want to stay close to town and build close to facilities.”last_img read more

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Americans warm to gay marriage, sour on marriage – Huh?

first_imgThe Washington Post 16 March 2016Family First Comment: How does gay marriage affect anybody, they ask? Here’s the evidence. It weakens the purpose and important role of marriage, and drives the ‘disassociation of marriage from family life’. Ironically, the survey shows ‘attitudes toward divorce have soured’. It only took 45 years to start seeing sense!Gay marriage? Great. Marriage? Meh.According to findings released Thursday by the federal government, Americans are warming to the idea of same-sex marriage even as they grow more apathetic about the role marriage, of any sort, should play in regulating family and behavior.Newly released data from the National Survey of Family Growth, conducted from 2011 to 2013 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, show a decided increase in support of same-sex adoption and relations, but ambivalence about the sexual mores that once governed marriage.Among women ages 15 to 44, those who agree or strongly agree that same-sex relations are “all right” has increased from 42 percent in 2002 to 60 percent in 2011-13. Men of that age cohort are evenly split on the question — with 49 percent for and 50 percent against — but the numbers are rapidly trending in the same direction.The survey shows an even more striking shift in attitudes over the past decade on whether same-sex couples should have the right to adopt children. While 55 percent of women in 2002 said they were in favor of such a right, that number ballooned to more than 75 percent. Among men, support for same-sex adoption has swelled to 68 percent, up from 47 percent in 2002.Even though marriage is no longer seen as tied to sex and child-rearing, the survey shows attitudes toward divorce have soured. While 47 percent of women and 44 percent of men in 2002 said divorce is “usually the best option” for couples struggling to get by, those numbers have dropped to 38 percent and 39 percent, respectively.Mr. Sprigg speculated that attitudes toward divorce have been shaped by Americans who have grown up in broken households.“People have seen the wreckage of families that have been devastated by divorce and the lie that this is somehow better for adults and their children,” he said.READ MORE: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/mar/16/americans-warm-to-gay-marriage-sour-on-marriage-st/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSSlast_img read more

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Wilshere laments Fabregas departure

first_imgCesc Fabregas has been Arsenal’s biggest loss in the transfer market, according to Jack Wilshere. The Stevenage-born playmaker said the long-serving French manager’s loyalty even through lean spells of form helps get the best out of Arsenal’s young talent. Wilshere said: “He’s been the main person in my career: he gave me a chance when I was 16. “He gave me special care, put his arm around me, he picked me out and gave me the chance to train with the first team every day and that helped my career massively, just learning from the way they play. “Sending me on loan to Bolton, learning to play the Premier League way, that was important too. “Some games I didn’t play well but he still stuck with me when I made mistakes. If you make mistakes he sticks with you, and that’s huge. “I feel like I’ve been around for a long time now, I should be used to playing week in, week out. “I’m 21 but in football ages I’m a bit older than that. I’ve got a few years’ experience and hopefully that can help me, so I’m looking forward to the next three to four years.” Wilshere revealed he would love his two-year old son Archie to play for Arsenal one day, and also confirmed an interest in coaching when his own playing days come to an end. “I’d like to think coaching,” he said. “Even yesterday I took a youth session and I like teaching youngsters about football. “That’s the only thing I wanted to do growing up. “I would have been so happy growing up if a professional footballer had come back and given me some advice.” The England midfielder admitted he was “really upset” when Spanish role model Fabregas swapped Arsenal for Barcelona in 2011. Wilshere believes Arsenal felt the loss of Fabregas more keenly than the departure of Robin Van Persie, even though the Holland striker’s goals secured the Barclays Premier League title for Manchester United last term. But 21-year-old Wilshere is confident new recruit Mesut Ozil can fill the void left by the likes of Fabregas and Van Persie’s exits. “The one I was really upset about leaving was Fabregas, I learned so much from just watching him,” he told Arsenal’s official club website. “He’s similar to me starting at a young age. “I was the most upset about him leaving. But to arrive I’m excited about Ozil, he’s settled in nicely. “His first game away at Sunderland he got an assist and was man of the match. “He plays the Arsenal way and I think there’s a lot more to come. “He’s so comfortable on the ball, right foot, left foot. “If you look at his stats he runs the most, he makes it look easy but that only masks how hard he works.” Wilshere hailed boss Arsene Wenger’s “special care” as the driving force behind his blossoming Arsenal and England career. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Two Donegal coast guard boats back in action after “malfunction”

first_imgFive of the 23 Irish Coast Guard units who have been barred from launching their rescue boats in recent weeks could resume water-based operations as early as next weekend.They include two boats from Co Donegal.The five ‘priority’ stations who will be first to receive the new lifejackets first are understood to be Mulroy and Greencastle; Doolin and Kilkee in Co Clare and Drogheda Co Louth. On November 15, the Irish Coast Guard (ICG) withdrew in-shore rescue boats stationed at 23 locations around the coast following the reported malfunction of “a key piece of personal protective equipment (PPE).”This has meant that 23 of the 44 volunteer units, who operate Delta RIBs (rigid inflatable boats) or smaller D-Class boats, have been banned from launching for rescue or training operations.In the meantime, Coast Guard volunteers have been tasked to incidents but have been only allowed operate on the shore for which members wear a different type of personal flotation device.The RNLI has already responded to a number of incident which would have been previously been dealt with by Coast Guard units. However, it is now understood that five stations affected by the nationwide ban on boat operations could return to the water as early as next weekend.Irish Coast Guard management has told volunteers that a new lifejacket will be introduced in a phased approach based on a risk assessment undertaken by the service.It’s understood ‘compatibility testing’ of the new lifejacket has been taking place this weekend before the lifejacket can be approved for use by members.Units have been told that “familiarisation training” will be held to highlight the differences between the Rescue 400 and (new) Crewsaver 380N lifejackets.“Subject to any necessary operational changes and on successful completion of the compatibility testing, it is proposed to commence with the rollout of the lifejackets and putting units back on the board from Thursday December 5, 2019,” Coast Guard units have been told. Two Donegal coast guard boats back in action after “malfunction” was last modified: December 4th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CoastguarddonegalGreencastlelifejacketmalfunctionMulroylast_img read more

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IPL 4: Ganguly may replace Jayawardene as Kochi captain

first_imgFormer India and Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Sourav Ganguly may replace Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene as Kochi Tuskers Kerala skipper in Indian Premier League’s season 4, sources said on Tuesday.No IPL franchisee had bid for Ganguly, who is tipped to make his debut against his former club on April 20.It is believed Jayawardene will leave for Sri Lanka in the first week of May. Sri Lankan cricketers participating in the ongoing IPL have been asked to return home early to prepare for the national team’s tour of England that gets underway on May 14.last_img read more

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10 months agoShearer tells Man Utd fans: Your club’s still a mess

first_imgShearer tells Man Utd fans: Your club’s still a messby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer England captain Alan Shearer says Manchester United fans shouldn’t get carried away with victory at Cardiff City.Shearer wrote for The Sun: “The club is still a mess and one good performance doesn’t change that.”Five goals for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson retired is obviously a positive — but you can’t get too excited about them beating a newly-promoted team who are battling relegation.”And let’s be clear, it’s no coincidence that the board at United sacked Jose Mourinho with a favourable run of fixtures on the horizon.”The timing is no shock as they would have wanted to give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the best possible chance of getting off to a good start.”Cardiff, Huddersfield, Bournemouth and Newcastle is a great run for a new manager — it would have been very different if they had the likes of Chelsea or Tottenham coming up.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Quebec public security minister warning flood zone residents not to take chances

first_imgQuebec’s public security minister is urging people in regions at risk of flooding not to take any chances and to follow the advice of civil security officials.Genevieve Guilbault spoke today as two days of heavy rain were forecast for the province, aggravating the danger in areas where water levels are already high.Guilbault’s advised citizens in municipalities deemed at risk to be prudent and to leave their homes if asked to do so.In Beauceville, south of Quebec City, where flooding has struck at least 230 homes, Environment Canada says between 25 to 50 millimetres of rain could fall through Saturday.Officials are keeping an eye on other swollen rivers as well — Montreal has experienced some minor flooding and the Monteregie region directly to the south is also impacted.Guilbault says civil security will keep close tabs on the situation throughout the weekend.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Softball Ohio State downs Wright State 141 in home opener

OSU softball players during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe No. 25 Ohio State softball team (19-7) played in Columbus on Wednesday for the first time this season after a 25-game road stretch and gave the home fans something to cheer about, downing Wright State 14-1 in five innings.“Words can’t explain how excited I was since I woke up this morning, knowing today was the home opener,” said sophomore first baseman Alex Vargas.Wright State took a quick 1-0 lead in the first after a wild pitch from OSU junior pitcher Morgan Ray scored Macey Gunther, but it was all Buckeyes from that point, thanks to a huge first inning highlighted by a grand slam from senior right fielder Alex Bayne.“We were ready to perform for (our fans),” Vargas said. “For us to keep our composure — especially on a big day like this — and perform, hit and score run after run after run, I think that just shows that we care to do well for our fans.”The Buckeyes scored nine runs on five hits in the first, forcing two pitching changes in the inning. Sophomore second baseman Emily Clark hit a two-RBI double while senior third baseman Anna Kirk, sophomore shortstop Lilli Piper and junior first baseman Ashley Goodman each had an RBI, giving OSU a 9-1 lead.“We were spraying the ball around the field, so it wasn’t like we were doing one thing,” said OSU coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly. “Emily Clark hitting the ball down the corner (to right field) and then (Alex) Bayne hitting a ball down left field — it’s just nice to see them hitting the ball where it’s pitched not trying to do too much and everyone chipping in.”The Buckeye lead grew in the third as OSU pushed across five insurance runs. Piper hit a two-RBI single while Clark hit a three-run home run to left center field to extend OSU’s lead to 14-1 after three innings.The big lead allowed the Buckeyes to empty their bench a bit in the later innings. OSU made six substitutions in the field, allowing some bench players to participate in the home opener, which meant just as much to the starters as it did the substitutes, Kovach Schoenly said.“The starters work side by side on the field with them in practice every day so they know how hard they work and it means a lot to them to see their teammates have success,” she said. “I don’t think there’s one starter that wouldn’t hand their bat over to give someone else a chance to be a part of it.”The Buckeyes return to Big Ten action on Friday when they begin a three-game home series with Rutgers (8-21) as they look to improve upon their 3-0 conference record. read more

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Ramos releases World Cup song Another star in your heart

first_imgSpain captain Sergio Ramos has now officially released his World Cup song for the summer’s tournamentThe Real Madrid defender collaborated with Spanish singer Demarco Flamenco for the song called “‘Otra Estrella en tu Corazon” – which translates to “Another star in your heart”.Ramos has been teasing the song to fans for the past month and he has now released a video on his Instagram page with the lyrics in the song including:“Come on, Spain, raise your voice; scream loudly, shout that goal.“Thinking big we will achieve the best, fighting together, towards the star with honour.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We have to try. May La Roja shine once more.”The 32-year-old is a big music lover and released his first single called “SR4” a week before last weekend’s Champions League final.Since releasing this single on Friday, the video on his Instagram page has already been viewed over 1.1m times.Ramos’ songs can be found on Spotify and Deezer.last_img read more

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