Amazing transformation: This is what a home renovation that took 37 years looks like

first_imgRestumping and laying the cement slab during the renovation of 64 Philip St, Hawthorne. Pic supplied. The major renovation happened in 2004, when the kitchen was converted into the main bedroom, a new kitchen was created as part of a back extension and a large, back deck added on.“That was the most exciting thing because we weren’t doing it ourselves,” Mrs Roebig said.“To see some professionals come in and renovate was just awesome!” The master bedroom in the house at 64 Philip St, Hawthorne, after it was renovated.This leads to the living and dining area, which is an open-plan space backing on to a wide-set deck.The new kitchen comes with a double sink, rangehood, gas cooking, dishwasher and island bar topped with white stone. The hallway in the house at 64 Philip St, Hawthorne, after it was renovated.The Roebigs have decided it’s time for a tree change, and another — less intensive — renovation project now awaits them in Boonah.“It’s a very hard decision to leave,” Mrs Roebig said.“The house has been such a big part of our life, and for all of our family, no matter how horrible it was.” The front of the house at 64 Philip St, Hawthorne, before it was renovated. Pic supplied. “That’s been our family joke.“If only dad was around to see it now!” The front veranda of the house at 64 Philip St, Hawthorne, after it was renovated.The downstairs living room comes with its own kitchenette, patio and bathroom — doubling as a guest or teenage retreat. Other features include polished timber floors, high pressed metal ceilings and wide archways. The kitchen in the house at 64 Philip St, Hawthorne, before it was renovated. Pic supplied. The back of the house at 64 Philip St, Hawthorne, after it was renovated.Gradually, over the years, the renovation process became more involved.The house was restumped and re-roofed and a concrete slab laid downstairs to create two levels.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“We dug out instead of raising the house because of the fireplace,” Mrs Roebig said.“We weren’t game to touch it.” MORE: Historic home set for hammer Inside the house at 64 Philip St, Hawthorne, after it was renovated.The property is for sale through Shannon Harvey of Place – Bulimba.RENO FACT CHECKTime taken: 4 years for major reno plus bits and pieces over 33 yearsTotal spend: Over $1mEnd valuation: $1.5m – $2m The backyard at the house at 64 Philip St, Hawthorne, after it was renovated.The end result is a four-bedroom, three-bathroom classic beauty with city views.As you enter the house, a formal lounge awaits, featuring one side of an original double-sided fireplace, with the other side in the master bedroom. Terry and Helen Roebig at the house they have spent 37 years renovating. Picture: Peter Wallis.HER father told her to burn the house rather than buy it, but Helen Roebig still thinks it’s the best $30,000 she ever spent.It was 1981 and high school sweethearts, Helen and her husband, Terry, were newly married and hunting for their first home when a rundown, two-bedroom cottage at 64 Philip St, Hawthorne became available.“My dad said; ‘Oh love, yes, buy it and put a match to it, will you?” Mrs Roebig said. RELATED: Reno magic – Manhattan in Ascot The front of the house at 64 Philip St, Hawthorne, after it was renovated.Built around 1910, the original house was in bad shape when the Roebigs bought it.“We had friends who were renting the house and we used to go there for dinner and sit around the fire,” Mrs Roebig said.”One day they said the house was up for sale through a deceased estate and I said we wanted an old Queenslander.“It had such an ugly facade, but when I went inside to the heart of the place and saw the veranda, then I could just see it.“It all became a picture for me and all that ugliness was just superficial, so we went ahead and bought the house for $30,000.” The front of the house at 64 Philip St, Hawthorne, after it was renovated.Mrs Roebig said her husband worked seven days a week, so they would work on the house together at night.“We filled a tip truck three times on the first weekend,” she said.“I started taking skirting board off the walls and I’d find there was VJ panelling underneath. so I’d take a piece off and that night, my husband would come home and take more off and there would be a big pile of it in the morning.“They’d cladded over everything — it was horrible.”Everything was painted in Mission Brown, which was the colour of choice in the 1970s and 1980s. The view from the deck of the house at 64 Philip St, Hawthorne, after it was renovated.Two of the four bedrooms have direct access to bathrooms and walk-in robes, while a fifth room can double as a study or guest stay. Downstairs, there’s a rumpus room, a work shop, a home business, a storage space and a separate living area. The kitchen and dining area of the house at 64 Philip St, Hawthorne, after it was renovated. The kitchen and dining area after it was renovated.In recent years, they connected the downstairs level with the upstairs by installing internal stairs and put in a new front veranda.“We’ve been renovating for 37 years, bit by bit, because we’ve done most of it ourselves,” Mrs Roebig said. The house at 64 Philip St, Hawthorne, before it was renovated. Pic supplied. The house at 64 Philip St, Hawthorne, before it was renovated. Pic supplied.last_img read more

Landlords set to win as vacancy rates tighten across QLD

first_img MORE: Welcome to QLD’s power streets LGA Mar-20 Jun-20 Australia’s most wanted streets revealed AFL star Jason Akermanis hopes to kick goals selling real estate The Veronicas selling their QLD hinterland hideaway REIQ head Antonia Mercorella said Queensland had a very high rental population at present (about 35 per cent), exacerbated by COVID-19. As interstate migration grows post the pandemic, Ms Mercorella said she expected rental demand to rise further. Regional areas are experiencing rent rises for the first time in years. Four-bedroom 18 Macquarie Street, Jensen, is for rent for $800 a week through Explore Property.“When you think about how Queensland has fared and how much more affordable it is over Sydney and Melbourne, I think we are going to see more people, particularly from southern states, move here. There’s greater affordability, terrific liveability, demand will rise in the post COVID world.”She said the tighter vacancy rates demonstrated the cyclical nature of the market.“It was not that long ago that I was talking about very weak vacancy rates and weak demand and yet here we are, not long after, looking at a different picture.”She said it was pleasing for landlords who have had to drop their rental asking prices in the past few years. “It’s nice to see that those landlords are perhaps being rewarded. When you are in an area where vacancy rates are tight, it does mean competitive, limited supply and therefore higher rents and the chances of negotiating rent reductions are reduced.“Most of Queensland is classified as tight now,” she said. “It definitely is more advantageous for the owner.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58center_img Greater Brisbane 2.0% 2.0%Brisbane LGA 2.1% 3.2% Inner (0-5km) 2.7% 3.9% Middle (5-20km) 1.8% 2.4% Outer Brisbane² 1.8% 1.7% Ipswich 2.0% 1.9% Logan 2.0% 2.2% Moreton Bay 1.7% 1.4% 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 agoCaboolture 0.8% 1.2% Pine Rivers 2.0% 1.7% Redcliffe 2.0% 1.6% Redland 1.5% 1.3% Mainland 0.9% 1.7% Bay Islands 4.3% 1.2% Gold Coast 3.0% 3.0% Sunshine Coast SD 1.8% 2.0% Sunshine Coast^ 1.4% 1.9% Caloundra Coast 1.0% 1.4% Maroochy Coast 1.4% 2.1% Hinterland^ 1.5% 2.1% Noosa^ 3.6% 2.4% Fraser Coast 3.1% 1.2% Hervey Bay 4.3% 1.6% Maryborough 1.2% 0.4% Cairns 3.5% 2.4% Source: REIQ Among the patterns that have emerged through COVID-19 is an increase in fly-in fly-out workers staying in regional cities to maintain jobs, and families moving to be closer together. Ms Mercorella said there was a need for greater rental supply.“So many renters do rely on private owners, and mum and dad investors to provide rental accommodation for them. It demonstrates a need to meet rental demand.”One area where tenants have maintained the upper hand is in Brisbane’s inner ring, within 5km of the CBD, where the vacancy rate is comparatively weak at 3.9 per cent.In those areas rents could get cheaper, according to Ms Mercorella, giving tenants the opportunity to lock-in good rates longer term.“Certainly in those areas there is more availability,” she said. This is down to a higher level of apartments in those locations but also the fact that a lot of stock that was originally short-term holiday rentals have come into the long-term market. “Because of COVID-19 and the inability of people to travel, some owners have decided to transfer from short-term lets to the long-term market. Then there are properties vacant because of students going back home to live with mum and dad and universities going online.” Residential vacancy rates: 2209/25 Anderson Street, Kangaroo Point, is up for rent at $425 a week.Landlords who stuck it out through Queensland’s latest period of rental oversupply are set to win after vacancy rates tighten across the state, sparking rent rises.Figures released by the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) show that the majority of the state is sitting on tight vacancy rates, with regional cities experiencing the first rent rises in years. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

GALLERY: Semi-sub Bluewhale II on sea trials

first_imgChinese shipbuilder CIMC Raffles has started sea trials for the ultra-deepwater drilling rig Bluewhale II, following the completion of equipment testing.CIMC started sea trials of the rig over the weekend and they are expected to last for three weeks, the builder reported on Monday.Designed to operate in water depths of 3658 meters and drill to depths of up to 15,240 meters, the rig accommodates a dual activity drilling package.The Frigstad D90 design unit is equipped with a dynamic positioning 3 system. It is scheduled for delivery in the third quarter of this year.According to CIMC, the sister rig Bluewhale I has just finished drilling its first successful deep-water well for methane hydrate in the South China Sea. This rig was named and delivered in February.The two 7th generation ultra deepwater drilling units were initially ordered by Frigstad Deepwater Ltd, a company that was jointly owned by Frigstad Offshore Group and CIMC, until late last year Frigstad Offshore decided to exit from its investment in Frigstad Deepwater’s ordered newbuilds to position itself for the industry recovery.As a consequence of the exit, Frigstad Deepwater Ltd became a wholly owned subsidiary of CIMC and was renamed CIMC Bluewhale Rig Ltd, while the operational management of the rigs was taken over by Bluewhale Offshore, another subsidiary of CIMC.The two semi-submersible units ordered by Frigstad Deepwater, Frigstad Shekou and Frigstad Kristiansand, were then renamed Bluewhale I and Bluewhale II.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Endúr Fabricom to deliver maintenance services on Aker BP’s installations in Norway

first_imgNorwegian oil company Aker BP has awarded Endúr Fabricom a framework agreement for the delivery of mechanical maintenance services on all of Aker BP’s installations on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.Endúr Fabricom said on Monday that the services under the contract cover all fields in operation where Aker BP is the operator.The company added that the contract was for three years plus two options for one year each.The scope of work under the contract includes offshore installation under the supervision of Aker BP’s maintenance department.The scope also includes onshore work for construction, prefabrication, repair, and overhaul of static mechanical equipment, sandblasting and paint, pressure testing facilities, and leak testing.Endur Fabricom’s CEO, Mikal Løvik, said: “The award is a confirmation that Endúr’s long-standing experience and quality in mechanical engineering is still competitive in a highly competitive market. We are looking forward to address this cooperation with Aker BP in the future.”Fabricom also said it previously performed work for Aker BP on the Alvheim field and considered Aker BP as a strategically important client.last_img read more

Siemens Gamesa’s Gearboxes for MHI Vestas-Powered Princess Amalia OWF

first_imgImage source: EnecoSiemens Gamesa has won a tender for the supply of gearboxes for Eneco’s ten-year-old Princess Amalia offshore wind farm (Prinses Amaliawindpark) that features 60 V80-2.0MW wind turbines delivered by Vestas and maintained by MHI Vestas, which will continue to carry out the regular preventive maintenance for the next five years.The scope of work for Siemens Gamesa comprises providing gearboxes, new or refurbished, for the purpose of exchange on the wind turbine generators at the wind farm. This includes maintaining a stock/pool of three to four gearboxes and an additional supply of up to two gearboxes per campaign, according to Eneco’s call for tenders issued last year.This is the latest of several new contracts signed as part of Eneco’s “smart asset management” set-up for the offshore wind farm, for which the government subsidy period has expired.Arjan Donker, Operational Manager Offshore Wind at Eneco: “We have an extensive portfolio of both existing wind farms and projects in the pipeline. Consequently, it is essential to continuously keep an eye out for better, smarter and more cost effective management and maintenance possibilities. This is particularly important for a wind farm that has to operate without financial support in the form of subsidy.”Along with Siemens Gamesa’s gearboxes, the developer has chosen GEV Windpower for the maintenance of rotor blades and ØER Energy, a subsidiary of the Norwegian company NSG Wind, for supplying technicians specialised in the replacement of main components.Since the beginning of this year, all transport and lifting services are provided by MPI Contractors, which will use one of its crane vessels. Eneco said that, in the coming years, the costs related to replacement of the main components will be minimised by optimising the use of the most expensive component – the crane vessel.“This makes it possible to combine the replacement of a number of main components, such as gearboxes, generators and/or rotor blades, in a single maintenance operation. In addition, we have opted for a flexible planning mechanism, which gives MPI Contractors room to optimise the use of their crane vessel in several projects,” the company stated.The 120MW wind farm, operational since 2008, is located 23km off the coast of IJmuiden, the Netherlands.last_img read more

SAAM to Invest USD 85 Mn in Fleet and Infrastructure

first_imgChilean port, towage and logistics services provider SAAM unveiled its plans to invest some USD 85 million to reinforce its tug fleet and maintain port equipment and infrastructure.The company added that the investment could also cover inorganic growth opportunities that SAAM is constantly evaluating, according to Óscar Hasbún, SAAM’s chairman.The investment comes on the back of the company’s new operating model, launched last year with an aim to make the organization more flexible, modern and efficient. “These efforts will help us streamline operations and continue expanding to strengthen our leadership in the region,” Hasbún added.SAAM revealed the investment as part of its 2017 financial results. For the year 2017, SAAM reported net income of USD 60.4 million, up 11% from USD 54.5 million in 2016.This figure includes USD 26 million in extraordinary items, mainly from the sale of its minority interest in Tramarsa (Peru).Highlights during the year include increased activity at Terminal Terminals Guayaquil (TPG) and the incorporation of the main port on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica (Puerto Caldera), which helped offset reduced results from the Logistics Division and Chilean port terminals.“In 2017 we concluded a high investment cycle with over USD 500 million in capital expenditures over the last four years, giving us state-of-the-art infrastructure and equipment to continue growing,” Hasbún said.Additionally, SAAM elected a new board which will hold office for the next three years. The board will now consist of Oscar Hasbún, Jean Paul Luksic, Francisco Pérez Mackenna, Francisco Gutiérrez and Diego Bacigalupo. Jorge Gutiérrez and Armando Valdivieso Montes were also elected as independent directors.last_img read more

Explosion and fire injures two in Petronas’ Pengerang complex

first_imgA fire and explosion took place at on Friday, April 12, at the oil and gas Pengerang Integrated Petroleum Complex (PIPC) in Johor, Malaysia.According to media reports, two men were injured after a fire and explosion occurred in the early hours of the morning at Petronas’ Pengarang complex.The Pengerang Integrated Petroleum Complex (PIPC) is a megaproject development in Pengerang, Malaysia, which spans over an area of 80 square kilometers and houses oil refineries, petrochemical plants, LNG terminal, and a regasification plant.The incident occurred at 1:25 AM at the complex but was contained within 30 minutes. The Star reported that the two injured men worked as security guards at the site. Media reports suggested that the explosion was started by a leaking gas tank while Malaysian news agency Bernama stated that more than ten houses near Pengerang were damaged.Petronas confirmed that the incident occurred via social media later in the day and stated that the situation was under control and that all relevant authorities were informed.Local police added in a statement that Petronas’ emergency response team doused the fire at 2:15 AM using five Fire and Rescue Department vehicles and 30 officers.last_img read more

Oslo Set to Become Zero-Emission Port

first_imgMr. Ingvar M. Mathisen and Ms. Heidi Leander Neilson from Oslo PortBeing one of the leading maritime centers in the world, Norwegian Port of Oslo is looking to expand further, meeting at the same time its ambitious targets for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.Clear targets are set for 2030, with an 85 percent reduction in current GHG emissions, and after that efforts will continue so that Oslo can become a zero-emission port in the long term.In order to reach its goal of a future zero-emission port, increased sea transport is an important contribution to this green shift. Over the past years, the Port of Oslo recorded a growth in its container volumes, leading to an all-time record in 2018 when the port handled a total of 238,000 TEUs. As the port is growing very rapidly, the port needs to make sure it doesn’t become a bottleneck in this development.With more lines and more vessels calling in Oslo, the port is going to the south, moving out of the city to expand further.Currently, the Port of Oslo is finalizing its Master Plan for the South Port, a new cargo port in Sydhavna, Ingvar M. Mathisen, CEO/Port Director, said in an interview with World Maritime News on the sidelines of Nor-Shipping 2019 event.The overall aim is to make the South Port a large energy ecosystem — to use the energy smarter but also to get smoother logistics between sea and land transport, as explained by Heidi Leander Neilson, Head of Environment at Oslo Port.Watch the full interview below to learn more about how the port wants to get the area effective with the help of clean fuels and all-electric equipment.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Specifically, the Oslo Port is responsible for around 55,000 tons of CO2 per year. The greatest sources of emissions at the port are foreign ferry routes, followed by shore activities such as cargo handling and transport at the port site and local ferries.The port has embarked on a number of initiatives that would help it cut its emissions. One of these is a new shore power facility at Vippetangen that opened in January 2019. The transformer contributes to lower climate gas emissions by providing ferries with shore power.In addition to Color Line ships, ferries operated by DFDS and Stena Line now also get power at the port when at berth.World Maritime News Staff; Images by WMN.last_img read more

Global Energy Ventures Selects CIMC Raffles to Build CNG Ships

first_imgAustralia’s Global Energy Ventures (GEV), a developer of global integrated marine compressed natural gas (CNG) projects, has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with China-based Yantai CIMC Raffles Offshore Limited for the construction of CNG Optimum 200 ships.The LOI is based on a firm order for four 200MMscf CNG ships with the option for GEV to order up to an additional four ships.After signing the LOI, the parties intend to enter into a shipbuilding engineering, procurement & construction (EPC) contract, employing GEV’s CNG Optimum design.According to GEV, the proposed contract price range is USD 135-140 million per ship.As reported in April 2019, three shipyards completed comprehensive technical specifications employing the CNG Optimum design approved by the American Bureau of Shipping. This followed a targeted selection process led by GEV Director Jens Martin Jensen, and run over the past 12 months supported by the company’s shipbroker Clarksons Platou and SeaQuest providing ship engineering experience to assist in finalizing the technical specification.“They (CIMC Raffles) are the logical choice for GEV given their scale of operations to support a multiple ship order, their history of building the only CNG ship to date, and a track record in successful EPC delivery,” Jens Martin Jensen, Non-executive Director at GEV, said.“Together with our advisors Clarksons and SeaQuest, we continue to focus on our preferred shipyards to refine their technical specification and capital cost improvements, and work towards a final draft contract. Executing our first LOI with a respected shipyard to deliver our first CNG Optimum Contract is indeed a key milestone for GEV representing a major de-risking event,” he added.Under the proposed shipbuilding contract, the CNG Optimum ships will be designed, procured, built, tested, and delivered by the shipyard. They will be delivered on a thirty-month construction schedule for the first ship, then every four months for the following three firm ships.The newbuilds will be capable of operating for the intended and defined waters for the purpose of delivering CNG from gas supply to gas buyer in generally accepted ocean shipping conditions.“The culmination of 12 months work by our shipping team will now accelerate GEV’s regional gas supply agreements that are being progressed across multiple regions. Our target projects are either seeking to commercialise stranded gas assets, commercialise associated gas production, or provide a transport solution to high growth markets with bankable long-term off-take customers in place. Our ship capital cost for the 200MMscf is transformational for CNG to become a viable alternative to FLNG or sub-sea pipelines,” Maurice Brand, Executive Chairman and CEO, added.last_img read more

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first_imgSponsored contentReach tens of thousands of offshore energy professionals with your ad on Offshore Energy Today!Offshore Energy Today has been for years one of the world’s most visited online platforms covering the offshore energy business, which is why the website partnered with some of the most prominent offshore industry players in the world, as well as with smaller suppliers, engineering companies, and event organizers.The news website, established in 2010 and headquartered in The Netherlands, achieved record-breaking numbers in the January-October period of 2019.We had 2.49 million visitors and 7.96 million page views during the period, reinforcing our position as one of the world’s most visited online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas.Offshore Energy Today also has a broad social media reach, as more than 90,000 offshore professionals follow the OET Linkedin page. OET social media network also includes 103,000 Facebook followers and 8300 Twitter followers.Besides the social media reach, we send about 48,000 newsletters to our world-wide audience each working day (Mon-Fri).If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more