Fire leads Brisbane family to find their dream home

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first_img One of the dining rooms. The house has more than 800 sq m of living space. 16 Hamilton St, SherwoodIt was the most unfortunate of circumstances that led Greg and Jasmine Gualandi to come to live in their home at 16 Hamilton Street in Sherwood.Four years ago, at their previous home in nearby Chelmer, a gas leak in their barbecue sparked a fire that burnt the house to the ground. “We were home, it was early morning and our daughter had just woken us up for a cuddle and we saw smoke all through the room. We just got out, but in less than ten minutes everything was gone,” Mr Gualandi said. One of several spacious living areas.Able to salvage nothing from the blaze, the couple, who have three children, set about starting life over, including finding a new home.“We didn’t want to just settle for anything, we wanted it to be right, but there wasn’t much on market at the time,” Mr Gualandi said.“We were lucky, we managed to find this one off market.”According to Mr Gualandi, the Queenslander had “the right bones in the right shape that we could live in”. The property has two pools, one which doubles as a spa.“It was renovated just before we bought it and we further renovated. We redid the bathrooms, the lounge room and a bit of the kitchen. We put Sonos sound systems in every room, we built the office, the inbuilt cabinets and bench seat. We basically made it into the house we wanted.”Mr Gualandi said most of the right-hand side of the house is original, with only the internal walls having changed. The verandah is an addition and the wing on the left-hand side was built new, with the block being excavated to create a double-storey sleeping area and some more bathrooms. The extensive back deck area.Covering 860 sq m of inside space across a 1,245 sq m block and with six bedrooms, there are plenty of space and features in this house, including a gourmet kitchen with an island bench, an expansive lounge, music room and playroom, two laundries, an office, bay window seat and skylight, and for oenophiles, a private wine room with a built-in bar. The two first-floor bedrooms have views across the back yard terrace and two pools, one is heated, so there is no excuse for not taking a dip, even on chillier winter mornings.Mr Gualandi said that after losing their family home, this one has been the perfect replacement. The house has a state-of-the-art kitchen.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours ago“It is so well designed. The bedrooms are all upstairs so when I come down for work at 4am no one can hear me and I don’t wake anyone up,” Mr Gualandi said. “Everyone has their own space and you’re not on top of each other. “The front deck is great for entertaining because you’ve got the hills as the view. Everything, the whole thing is perfect.” Another of the living areas.A change in circumstances has led the family to put the house on the market. They want to swap it for two properties, one beside the water in Noosa and a smaller home, still in the local area of Chelmer, Graceville or Sherwood.“It’s an incredible area. It is settled and more established, has great restaurants and everyone is nice. People here also really care about their homes. They make them look nice on the outside, which is great for everyone who lives in the suburb.I am going to miss it, but our life has changed a little bit so it’s time to move on.”The house is open for inspections.last_img read more

NFA-Iloilo to buy more palay from local farmers

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first_imgNFA, according to Espinosa, willcontinue its mobile buying stations to reach and buy palay from farmers affected by the low palay prices in the different towns. “We can buy a maximum of 200 bags ofdry and clean palay from one farmer,”he added. The NFA-Iloilo had asked themunicipalities to provide them with logistics like “hauling services from theirbuying station to the NFA” when they request for a mobile buying station intheir area. NFA-Iloilo currently buys clean anddry palay at P19 per kilogram. “That’s why we are asking help of thelocal government unit to provide us assistance most especially sa tracking,”Espinosa said. Mobile buying stations had alreadyvisited the towns of Lemery, Lambunao and Calinog, while municipalities ofCabatuan, Tigbauan, and Bingawan are scheduled in the following days. “Our dryers are full and if theywant magpasulod sa NFA nga labtong they should set a schedule para maplastar naton san-o sila makapa-dry,”said Espinosa. Last month, NFA-Iloilo’s target onlyreached 130,000 bags of rice. center_img “Perodala sang kadamuon sang nagabaligya sang palay sa NFA-Iloilo, nagsobra ini sang 70,000 bags,” headded. Espinosa said that they prioritizesmall farmers, who have not sold their produce to the agency. Espinosa is confident that they willreach or even surpass their target procurement this month. He noted that lastSeptember, they were able to buy 200,000 bags of palay. “For October, we are looking to procurearound 150,000 bags of palay and justyesterday we already procured 29,000 bags. Ang average namon ngagina-procure daily is 10,000 bags,”NFA-Iloilo information officer Pat Espinosa said. ILOILO – The National Food Authority(NFA) will not stop buying palay(unhusked rice) from local farmers. In fact, the grains agency targets toprocure 150,000 bags this month as part of its palay-buying spree. For his part, Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr.vowed that with the help other mayors, he will provide tracking to haul bags of palay purchased by NFA from the farmers to be transported to its warehouses./PNlast_img read more

Chip seal work on US 421 in Ripley County now set for tomorrow

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first_imgRipley County, IN —The road closure on U.S. 421 between U.S. 50 and C.R. 300 N. in Ripley County is planned on Wednesday for chip seal operations. The closure is weather dependent and will be rescheduled if necessary. Access will be maintained for local residents, all thru traffic should utilize S.R. 129 and S.R. 350 as alternate routes. Following work on U.S. 421, crews will move to S.R. 101 between U.S. 50 and I-74last_img