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first_img Comments are closed. Reality bites as bosses swap jobs for TV specialOn 18 Nov 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article A contestant on the latest TV reality swap show almost caused a riot when heexchanged his job as boss of a car dealership to help run an estate agents. Boss Swap, the latest offering from the makers of the TV show Wife Swap,ended in chaos after both bosses’ people management skills were tested to thelimit. Mike Porritt swapped his role as boss of a North East car dealership withBruce Burkitt, the head of an estate agency in Surrey. But Porritt walked outof his adopted business after he sacked Burkitt’s wife and complained of a”school playground mentality” after staff refused to speak to him. Ferrari-driving Burkitt, meanwhile, also failed to complete the 10-day stintafter staff complained about his management style. The programme will be shown on Channel 4 in the New Year. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

first_imgLondon estate agency giant Foxtons has announced it is to spend significant sums making its fleet of 850 minis electric just weeks after announcing it is closing half a dozen branches in order to cut costs.Foxtons says the project will take ten years to complete and has claimed that there still aren’t enough electric vehicle charging points in the capital.“Without increased charging points, greater access to ultra-fast charging and more off-road parking, businesses like ours, which often require frequent and rapid vehicle charging, will find the transition extremely challenging,” says CEO Nic Budden.“We support the Mayor of London’s vision for an expansion of London’s EV-charging network but ask that this roll-out is accelerated so more businesses can make the switch sooner.”Budden also revealed that the company is to become a member of EV100, a not-for-profit green campaigning group dedicated to accelerating the adoption of electric vehiclesUpfront costsFoxtons is also calling for greater transparency around future EV costs, including company car tax rates and expiry dates of existing grants, and for more support with the upfront costs incurred while upgrading an entire fleet to electric.“This is a great example of how companies can accelerate the shift to cleaner transport – reducing emissions and making our cities more liveable with healthier air,” says Sandra Roling, head of EV100:“We are sure Foxtons’ leadership will inspire many other well-known high street brands to follow suit.”Read about other agents which has have switched to electric vehicles. nic Budden electric vehicles Foxtons December 19, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Foxtons finds the cash to go electric on the road previous nextAgencies & PeopleFoxtons finds the cash to go electric on the roadLondon estate agency says it wants to play a significant role in reducing emissions within the capital and will change over its 850-strong fleet before 2030.Nigel Lewis19th December 20190736 Viewslast_img read more

first_imgWe are pleased to provide obituaries from several area funeral homes at no costs.  Over the next several weeks we shall be adding additional obituaries from other local funeral homes. IS IT TRUE last week it was announced that the Evansville Water & Sewer Utility Department named a new communications director, whose role is to inform the public about the millions of dollars worth of upgrades projects citywide?  …Ella Johnson-Watson has been part of Mayor Winnecke’s communications staff since he took office, has moved to the Evansville Water & Sewer Utility Department?  …her salary is now being paid by the Water and Sewer Utility department budget and we wouldn’t be surprised that Ms. Johnson-Watson didn’t receive a hefty salary increase when she accepted this new position? …about seven (7) years ago the City-County Observer had a disagreement with Ella Johnson-Watson concerning an embargo news issue?  …ever since that disagreement, we have received very few news articles from the Mayor’s office? …starting today we are going to make sure that we receive every news release generated by the Evansville Water and Sewer Department new Communications Director?Todays “Readers Poll” question is: Who do feel is the most conservative elected body in Vanderburgh County?Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports. We hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way. IS IT TRUE for many months the past agendas and the approved minutes of the Evansville Development Commission haven’t been posted on their web site? …last Friday the CCO Editor sent the Evansville DMD Director a”Freedom Of Information Request”? …our Editor was immediately informed that the DMD will comply with his request?  …when we receive this information we shall post them for your review?IS IT TRUE that former City-County Observer Editor and writer Mr. Joe Jack Wallace was in Evansville on Saturday to attend a meet and greet and book signing for his first book “Living Outside the Box”?…the event was held at the Eastside watering hole and restaurant called Bar Louie?…the event was sparsely advertised as an invitation-only event yet word got out among Mr. Wallace’s core group of friends and the back room at Bar Louie was packed to capacity from the minute the doors opened to the time he had to head to Morganfield, Ky. to be the commencement speaker at Union County High School that is his alma mater?…many former elected officials and current candidates for office were invited and showed up to greet Joe?…many kind words were exchanged and many books were sold?…there are already discussions underway to hold another such event sometime in the fall?IS IT TRUE that Joe was asked to make some remarks about the origin of the idea for his book and he revealed that it was from a meeting in Innovation Pointe when a meeting was being called by the GAGE Board Of Director members who had taken over the management of the 2009 Freedom Festival after they finally realized that he was right when he said the 2009 Festival is going to lose significant amounts of money?…months prior Wallace had been removed from the day to day planning and management of the 2009 Freedom Festival sponsored by GAGE because he had let them all know that it was going to be a big loser?…when the coming financial disaster of this event hit home in the minds of the management group of this Festival, they called a meeting to “think outside of the box”?…Wallace was invited to this meeting but responded by saying “what good is it to think outside the box if you don’t have the courage to live outside of the box”?IS IT TRUE that Mr. Wallece did not attend the “think the outside the box” gathering of the 2009 Festival management group meeting that proceeded this event?  …it’s been alleged by credible sources that this event lost over $600,000? …we wonder who were the President and the Board Of Directors members of GAGE during this time?  …we also wonder where did the GAGE  Board Of Directors get the money to pay for the enormous loss of the 2009 Freedom Festival event? …we are also amazed why members of the mainstream media didn’t report the enormous losses of the 2009 Freedom Festival? …we find it laughful that a couple of GAGE’S board members tried to make Mr. Wallace a political scapegoat of this failed event?IS IT TRUE that Mr. Wallace made it clear at the meet and greet that his book was not a tell-all book about the stunts pulled by the GAGE board and the former Director of Downtown Development?…for those who have read the book, it is obvious that he has written a manual for making positive things happen by taking bold actions as opposed to just talking and being timid or manipulative?IS IT TRUE that several people from Evansville have been to Palm Springs to visit Joe and have seen the fruit of the efforts he had made there?…a couple of former elected officials including two long-serving public servants commented Saturday that “Evansville was simply not ready for anyone like Joe and that it probably never will be.”?…a couple of future trips are already scheduled by locals to see what has happened with technology-based entrepreneurship in the Palm Springs region during the last 8 years under Joe’s leadership?IS IT TRUE the question must be asked if GAGE had not been politicized, would Joe Wallace have been able to do in Evansville what he has in Palm Springs?…we will never know because when asked about a future return, his answer was an emphatic &$#@ No? 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first_imgBakers’ Fair Summer will once again host a series of competitions for bakers, organised by the National Association of Master Bakers. These will be judged live at the show and are open to all bakers to enter you don’t need to be a member of the NAMB to do so. The winners’ trophies will then be awarded by our celebrity guest Anthea Turner.There will be six main classes: celebration cake (theme ’Best of British’); four cupcakes (two varieties); traditional sponge sandwich filled with jam and dusted with icing sugar; one 400g white loaf; four wholemeal rolls; and inno-vation using sweet pastry. Two additional classes will see bakers rival butchers as part of the combined Bakers’ and Butchers’ Fairs. These two classes are: sausage rolls (this entry must consist of two sausage rolls, puff pastry); and open quiche. The deadline for entries is 1 June, and the application form can be downloaded from www.bakersfair.co.uk.last_img read more

first_imgMaking Albuquerque’s Marble Brewery their final stop for this leg of their literally never-ending tour, these ten year veterans of the road, Brothers Gow. brought the heat to a full house consisting of both first-timers as well as repeat offenders. Delivering eighteen songs over two sets of relentless high paced jams filled with syncopated insanity, this performance was a force to be reckoned with.Listen to the full audio recording, and follow along with the in-depth review below.Opening the show with “Equanimity”, a spacey reggae number, the band wasted no time showing off their skills at improvisation and technical competence, executing a ten-minute version to the appreciation of the crowd. Continuing the irie vibration, the band transitioned unremittingly into another original, “Wake N Bake”, inducing more to join in the already growing number dancing at the foot of the stage. Guitarist Ethan Wade’s growly voice added an edge of genuineness, making this more a personal proclamation than an overly covered genre piece. Although Rasta at heart, this number impressed by taking turns at high speed maneuvers and exhibiting the honed capabilities of the band’s tension and release jaunts, built around the steadfast structure of the tune itself.With a shift in tempo and a subtle “Shakedown Street” tease, the band brought out Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” to the audible acceptance of the pulsating dance floor. Highlighted by the trumpet and vocal work of guitarist Kyle Merrill, this got everyone moving. Upping the ante, Merrill provided his version of harmonic scat on the talk box, ala Frampton, that got many of those dancing under closed lid to look up and take notice. Returning to their canon, “Legacy” was up next. This tune hints at softness while also having hard-edged aspects to its structure and the interplay between the two dynamics was played upon throughout this piece. The epic crescendo of the number built and built, and when it could go no higher, it did. At its final lilting moments, the band descended into “The Well”. This properly named tune feels what it would be like to be dropped into a well without a bottom. At first, high-speed terror would ensue accompanied by disorientation, but eventually, without hitting bottom, a timeless, floating aspect would overtake the consciousness, and contemplation of place would return. That is the musicality of this song.Like a cool breeze of refreshment, the laid back number “Shadow” gave everyone the chance to take a breath and again enjoy the diversity of the band, as they showed off the ability to modulate between hurricane and drizzle. Restored and invigorated, the band launched into their first mash-up of the night: “Atomic Snoop”. Comprised of George Clinton’s “Atomic Dog” and Snoop Dogg’s “What’s My Name?”, this great pairing brought both street and attitude, motivating many in the pit to throw their hands in the air and strut their stuff. This also showcased Alex Bastine’s chops on keys as he laid down the funk, while Carson Church laid down the low-end, shaking the rafters, lights, and innards within a four-block radius.Closing out the set, “Articulated Mush” is a synth-driven instrumental that drives the whole time and feels like an eerie and frantic number off the sound track of an 80’s horror movie, appropriate for the month. It was a surprise to many that at the close of the first set the band had only performed for 90 minutes, as it seemed like they had been playing for multiple hours. Stepping off the stage, there was already a formed line of appreciators dishing out thanks, hi-fives, and hugs to the band in gratitude for setting their souls and feet free, which prevailed only to widen the smiles of the players. One audience member even grabbed the drummer to check for extra arms, swearing he must be a distant relative to the octopus, speaking to his well-timed flailing that had produced so many intricate beats and fills for the first set.Set two opened with another reggae turned funk track, “Reflections”, again showing off the synth magic of Bastine. This one again showed their versatility to speed up and slow down between the two styles, keeping in perfect time with each other. Mash ups are certainly what help to keep this band self entertained, and the second of the night had members and audience displaying for one another. Connecting three tunes this time around, “Bad L.A. Coke” brought UM’s “Bad Friday”, the Grateful Dead’s “West L.A. Fadeaway”, and Escort’s “Cocaine Blues”, providing seamless transitions between the trio and doing each cover justice to their authors. Another facet of their talent was their ability to divide the band so as to sing the lyrics of each of the tunes, in rounds, around each other in perfect time.“Tangerine”, one of their newer originals, brought the gentle touch to the set, providing a nice melody with great vocal harmonies in a laid back, bluesy format, allowing each guitarist to shine. In typical Gow fashion, the end of the tune took to the stratosphere, reinforcing the fact that these guys can’t help themselves from the power of the jam. By the time “Brohemian Groove”, an instrumental joy anthem, got moving, anyone who had been sitting got up to move to this piece. Whether it was the great beer or the infectious groove finally taking over, dancers, spinners, and jiggers all were in an un-choreographed sync, enjoying the company of the whole. This number transitioned into the most distinct change of the night. “Brittle Bones”, a swinging country and western number, again showed that these boys are not locked into one genre and appreciate all takes on music. Filled with yee-haws and Wade’s version of country scat, this one out of left field had many laughing.In great juxtaposition, the group immediately launched into The Beastie Boys’ “Fight For Your Right”, taking the hilarity to the next level. Inducing even more sing along, this brewery gig had surely changed into a party and no one was left out. The battle cry of adolescence for many ended and the band transitioned, turning the crowd back towards space funk as an interlude to the original “I Love This Place”, keeping the dance party going. This gave rise to the first opportunity for Church to take on the challenge of vocals and bass, grinning all the while through the short stanza of lyrics as the crowd took note of his rare enterprise. Without stop, the band slowed the tempo and laid a darker foundation, hinting at and eventually moving into Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs”. Wade’s growl and Merrill’s higher range, each taking a turn at verse, seemed more appropriate than the original vocals of Osborne and was saluted, as many played along with head banging and air guitar. The thundering drums of Nathan Walsh-Haines were also of particular note on this tune and were incredible throughout the night. This three piece closer found the band thirty minutes past their designated city curfew, but as they were trying to decide whether they should just go for an encore, management approached and amazingly gave them the green light for one more. The crowd who had started the night had remained throughout and was calling out for more as well. To ensure satisfaction and to depart with a good feeling, both viscerally and in the feet, the band dropped their version of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean”, which like everything else this evening, was splendid, funky, and played as solidly as the first tune of the evening.As a touring group, these guys are equals. This includes their official sixth member and production manager, Matt Collier. There is no ego and there is no weak link in this chain. Their timing is impeccable and their playing comes from the heart, as registered by the unending smile carried collectively through each piece. The light show provided by Collier is also nothing to scoff at either, as his knowledge of the music, with its twists and turns, is perfectly matched to the notes played. His use of color is varied and is constantly changing, not only note for note, but from tune to tune. It is obvious that they love this gig and only want to better themselves at it and can’t wait for the next show. At over 100 shows a year, these gentlemen literally work as hard on stage as off. From regular day jobs when they aren’t touring to lugging all their own equipment and lighting each night, these guys are the epitome of work ethic. It is easy to see that they want this life as a collective whole, as they share everything.As a band, they are regimented in their off-stage practices, such as cooking all their meals on the bus, which works well as many of them are employed in restaurants when not on tour. Practices such as these are measures they have taken to ensure their own longevity to the road that beckons them to continue their pursuit. Although they continue to play smaller venues, they should not be mistaken as a mere bar band by any measure. From outward appearance, this band of musical berserkers are devoid of self-consciousness and conflict, and their level of playing could as easily fill a large stage without hesitation. Friends since eighth grade, these brothers bring a familial aspect to an industry that is typically absent of true connection and for those who venture out to see them might easily mistake their name Brothers Gow for Brothers Wow.Check out the full setlist and a gallery by Jake Sudek, below.Setlist: Brothers Gow at Marble Brewery, Albuquerque, NM – 10/22/161st Set: Equanimity > Wake N Bake > Sledgehammer, Legacy, The Well, Shadow, Atomic Snoop > Articulated Mush2nd Set: Reflections, Bad L.A. Coke, Tangerine, Brohemian Groove > Brittle Bones > Brohemian Groove, Fight For Your Right > I Love This Place > War PigsEncore: Billie Jean Load remaining imageslast_img read more

first_imgGrace Tourville A panel of students debate the role of income inequality in alleviating poverty. The discussion, which took place in the LaFortune Ballroom on Tuesday night, was sponsored by BridgeND.Sophomore Mimi Teixeira kicked off the panel saying capitalism on its own is helpful in alleviating poverty.“Almost two billion people have been pulled out of poverty by capitalism alone,” she said. “It is the best poverty program that the human mind has ever created.”Teixeira said she disputes the idea that capitalism promotes the exploitation of the poor.“The idea that people make their wealth on the backs of the poor is just not true,” she said.The problem is poverty, not income inequality, Teixeira said.“It’s the obvious moral imperative to take care of the poor,” she said. “Not only to take care of them, but to give them dignity and to help them out of poverty. I don’t think the solutions to income inequality do that.”Sophomore Natasha Reifenberg said she disagrees with Teixeira’s argument.“I do not understand how you can address poverty without addressing income inequality,” Reifenberg said.Statistics show socioeconomic status to be a strong predictor of academic and economic success, Reifenberg said. For this reason, she said income inequality has put the poor at a significant disadvantage in chasing the American Dream.“Income inequality violates the principles of our country,” she said. “It violates the principles of the pursuit of happiness, and it violates the principles of equality.”Although she said she believes in capitalism, Reifenberg said she thinks it is an imperfect system that must be repaired.“We acknowledge the positives of capitalism,” she said. “We’re not saying anything is better. What we are saying is that it is irresponsible to not address these flaws.”Reifenberg said the idea that the richest work the hardest perpetuates inaccurate stereotypes about the poor.“It perpetrates the belief that poor people are lazy and stupid and deserve to be poor,” Reifenberg said. “We make villains out of the poor people.”Sophomore Armani Niko Porter said people must be careful not to write off income inequality solely because they have not experienced it themselves.“There are those of us who have experienced income inequality and those of us who have not,” he said. “Do not forget that personal background changes the way we see everything.”Senior Raymond Michuda said he believes government policies and regulation are at fault for income inequality, not capitalism.“The government contributes so much to income inequality, and then they try to blame capitalism,” Michuda said.The conversation also shifted to the role income inequality plays in paying for a college education. Michuda said he thinks college is not for everyone, so it is fine not everyone is able to attend college.“If everybody goes to college, in a sense no one did,” Michuda said.Reifenberg said she disagrees with this sentiment, arguing that more education can only benefit society as a whole.“Education is not a resource that gets devalued as more people have access to it,” she said.Because of this, Reifenberg said she believes everyone who wants a college education should have the opportunity, no matter his or her socioeconomic class.“Education is a right, not a privilege,” she said. “College for all.”Tags: BridgeND, capitalism, income inequality, socioeconomic, Viewpoint Notre Dame students continued the campus-wide conversation about income inequality Tuesday night at a discussion hosted by BridgeND, featuring panelists Mimi Teixeira, Natasha Reinfenberg, Liam O’Connor, Raymond Michuda and Armani Niko Porter. (Editor’s note: Each of the panelists have previously submitted columns or letters to the editor about income inequality to The Observer’s Viewpoint section. BridgeND also runs a bi-weekly column in The Observer.)last_img read more

first_img View Comments Tickets are now on sale to catch the starry cast of Sarah Ruhl’s new play How to Transcend a Happy Marriage; as previously announced, the off-Broadway production will directed by Rebecca Taichman for Lincoln Center Theater. Performances are scheduled to begin on February 23 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater. Opening night will take place on March 20.The cast is composed of Oscar winner Marisa Tomei, Tony winner Lena Hall, Tony nominee Omar Metwally, Brian Hutchison, David McElwee, Naian González Norvind, Austin Smith and Robin Weigert.The new work takes place at a dinner party in the wilds of New Jersey where two married couples (played by Tomei, Metwally, Weigert and Hutchinson) discuss a younger acquaintance: a polyamorous woman who also hunts her own meat (Hall). Fascinated, they invite this mysterious woman and her two live-in boyfriends to a New Year’s Eve party, which alters the course of their lives. Show Closed This production ended its run on May 7, 2017 Related Showscenter_img Marisa Tomei(Photo: Bruce Glikas) How To Transcend a Happy Marriagelast_img read more

first_imgColumbus Whitewater Park, Chattahoochee River, Columbus, Ga.The About section on this video’s YouTube page says it was posted on May 26, but I’d be willing to bet this is footage from May 25, the first day the new, man-made whitewater rafting course running through uptown Columbus, Ga. on the Chattahoochee River. Also evident by the amount of spectators that can be seen on the far bank and heard in the background – mainly going “oh, no.” This is river carnage of the first degree with novices in the fore of the boats, and guides in the back who I doubt have had much time to prep for the first day on the water – which appears to be raging. The 2.5 mile project took 13 years and $24.4 million to make and just look how these people abuse it.It’s only funny because no one was hurt, so don’t feel bad about LOL-ing.last_img read more

first_imgHome buying season is just around the corner, so we thought it would be fun to take a look at the words people use when they’re looking to finance a new house.We found out there is a huge difference in the way different people end up searching for the same thing, and that these differences vary from state to state. Why is this important? Because your credit union could be leaving a lot of money on the table by not using the right words.Let’s take a look.HOME EQUITY LINE OF CREDIT vs. HELOCFor example, you have some equity in your home and you’re looking for some credit. Do you search for a “Home Equity Line of Credit” or for a “HELOC” online?It depends.In general, more people are searching for the keyword “Home Equity Line of Credit” but if you’re a credit union in Colorado, you may want to consider leading with the term “HELOC” on your web pages and outbound communications because that term is relatively popular in the Centennial State.How about if you need money to buy a house? Are you looking for a “Home Loan” or a “Home Mortgage” online? The keyword “Home Loan” gets about double the number of searches of the keyword “Home Mortgage. However, midwestern states seem to prefer the keyword “Home Mortgage” while northwestern states prefer the keyword “Home Loan.”Taking a closer look at the keywords related to “Home Loan” and “Home Mortgage,” respectively, also brings up an interesting point. Keywords related to “Home Loan” have the term “equity” in them, e.g. “Equity Loan” and “Home Equity.” Whereas the keyword, “Home Mortgage” has related keywords with the term “rates” in them, e.g. “Mortgage Rates” and “Home Mortgage Rates.”This means that even though the keyword “Home Loan” may have more search traffic related to it, you might want to go with a keyword like “Home Mortgage” because you know exactly what the people using that term are looking for online.This research is powerful because getting into the minds of your members and prospective members is the first step toward marketing to them successfully.MORTGAGE CALCULATOR vs. LOAN CALCULATORLet’s say that you want to figure out what your payments will be based on different loan balances. Are you looking for a “Mortgage Calculator” or a “Loan Calculator” online? A couple million people are searching for a “Mortgage Calculator” every month, while less than half a million people search for a “loan calculator” monthly.Which one do you want on your website and marketing materials?The related keywords tell a story here, as well. A “Loan Calculator” seems to be highly associated with auto loans. Related keywords include terms like “Auto Calculator” and “Auto Loan Calculator.” Whereas a “Mortgage Calculator” gets quadruple the search volume and is highly associated with a mortgage loan.BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHERIf you’re like us and you think that figuring out what people are searching for will help you show up when they’re looking AND help you sell to them in your marketing collateral, then we’ve got something great for you. We’re putting all of our research on home buying searches together on one page, to serve as a living resource for financial institution marketers.Click on the image above and let us know what you think in the comments below. 33SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Chris Hall Chris Hall is very fond of the Internet and enjoys all aspects of digital marketing. He leads the inbound marketing and customer development efforts at Onovative, a company that believes … Web: www.onovativebanking.com Detailslast_img read more

first_imgThe house at 7 Victoria Tce, Bowen Hills, after the renovation.MORE than 10 tonnes of rubbish had to be removed, possums roamed freely throughout the house and there was no kitchen for a year.Sarah and Eddie Baker inherited a 1930s house of horrors when they bought this Californian bungalow at 7 Victoria Tce, Bowen Hills, two years ago.The Bakers had been looking for an investment property on Brisbane’s northside when they stumbled across the listing for the character-listed property online.“I must have been the first person to see the listing and enquire with the agent who wanted aquick sale as a previous contract on the place had fallen through,” Mrs Baker said. “They had significantly reduced the price, with the terms that it had to be bought as is, which was an unimaginable state.”BEFORE: The front of the house at 7 Victoria Tce, Bowen Hills, before it was renovated. Image: Realestate.com.au.AFTER: The front of the house after it was renovated. Image supplied.They organised a private inspection before the first open home scheduled for the following weekend.“We inspected on Monday and the contract was signed by Wednesday,” Mrs Baker said. “I couldn’t sleep for the three nights in between as I wanted it so badly. I was upuntil 3am most nights picking the tiles for the bathroom and remodelling it on paper.”Despite its dire state, the couple could see the house was built to last and fell in love with its coffered ceilings, decorative cornices and original hardwood floors.“We removed over 10 tonnes of rubbish and organised major demolition works as there was an asbestos and brick building at the back, plus an external store room and laundry we wantedremoved,” Mr Baker said. “The site being elevated also needed a huge amount of excavation work — so it wasquite the project.”BEFORE: The kitchen in the house at 7 Victoria Tce, Bowen Hills, before it was renovated. Image: Realestate.com.au.AFTER: The kitchen in the house at 7 Victoria Tce, Bowen Hills, after the renovation. Image: Studio Blackardt.The couple moved in despite sharing the house with unwanted creatures, and immediately made some changes to the configuration of the house.“I actually did most of the renovations on the existing house myself,” Mrs Baker said.“Everything from stripping and painting the walls, re-putting and sanding the windows, replacing the hardware. “ All while living here with cockroaches and possums! And no bathroom for months, and no kitchen for a year!”They demolished the existing bathroom and turned the kitchen into a new main bathroom. “We didn’t have a sink for three months or hot water so we did the dishes in a bucket using water from the kettle and showered at the gym,” Mrs Baker said. “We turned the sunroom, which is now an office, into a makeshift kitchen, which just got us by for over 12 months using an electric frying pan or pressure cooker.”BEFORE: The living room in the house at 7 Victoria Tce, Bowen Hills, before it was renovated. Image: Realestate.com.au.AFTER: The living room in the house at 7 Victoria Tce, Bowen Hills, after the renovation. Image: Studio Blackardt.After months of brainstorming, the couple drew up plans for an extension before taking their ideas to an architect to bring them to life.New doorways were constructed to create a seamless corridor from the front of the original house through to the modern extension, which was built by JCW Builders.Now, the old connects with the new through a glass corridor with gardens on both sides, which takes you into an open plan space featuring a designer kitchen (by McAtamney Cabinets; along with all the joinery), dining room and living room on the ground floor. Rare, natural blue quartz stone benchtops feature throughout the kitchen, including a statement island bar made of a single slab of stone. “We just had to have that stone,” Mrs Baker said.“We went shopping for black granite, but as soon as I saw the slab of blue stone, aptly named Santori, I had to have it. “It cost three times the price of granite and we needed two slabs … but it became the pièce de résistance that everything would be styled around.”BEFORE: The bathroom in the house at 7 Victoria Tce, Bowen Hills, before it was renovated. Image: Realestate.com.au.AFTER: The main bathroom in the house at 7 Victoria Tce, Bowen Hills, after the renovation. Image: Studio Blackardt.The shower in one of the bathrooms in the house, which has been renovated.Off the kitchen is a butler’s pantry with additional sink and storage, featuring custom joinery by McAtamney Cabinets which is consistent throughout the home. Next to the kitchen, an LED-lit dry bar sits beside floor-to-ceiling wine shelves, complementing a 48-bottle wine fridge. “Cooking is always a delight with an oven tower of two NEFF ovens (one steam assist), NEFF cooktop and range-hood,” Mrs Baker said.But it’s not until you walk up the stylish staircase, made of black powder-coated aluminium propeller plate and black steel balustrades, that the true scale of the renovation is revealed.Custom-made, timber-look veneer doors open up to the master bedroom, which features a matching built-in, kingsize bed head with floating bedside tables.BEFORE: The dining area of the house at 7 Victoria Tce, Bowen Hills, before it was renovated. Image: Realestate.com.au.More from newsNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoAFTER: The dining area of the house after the renovation. Image: Studio Blackardt.The ensuite includes a large bath that takes in river views and a floating vanity in the same stone as the kitchen.“We didn’t quite know what we would get with the views and to maximise it as much as possible, we opted for the four-metre ceilings on the lower level, which is a statement in itself,” Mr Baker said.“But we got so lucky as we have spectacular views of the Brisbane city, Newstead and Fortitude Valley from the upper floor deck that also overlooks the heated pool and patio area.” The ensuite and three outdoor spaces feature designer tiles imported from Italy.BEFORE: The back of the house at 7 Victoria Tce, Bowen Hills, before it was renovated. Image: Realestate.com.au.AFTER: The back of the house after the renovation, which includes a plunge pool. Image: Studio Blackardt.At street level, they have installed a remote-controlled double garage and an additionaloff-street car space beside it.The house sits in a quiet street on a 479 sqm, elevated block, which captures the breeze, so the Bakers incorporated stylish louvres and considered the door and window placements to take advantage of the airflow. “We couldn’t get any luckier in terms of location as we’re surrounded by parks, the BrisbaneRiver, an ever-growing variety of cafes and restaurants, markets and amenities like Gasworks,Bowen Hill’s King Street, James Street and the up and coming Mercedes Benz precinct atNewstead,” Mrs Baker said. “It was one of the reasons we just had to have this place — despite the horrendous state itwas in.”A statement light feature in the house at 7 Victoria Tce, Bowen Hills, which has been renovated. RENO FACT CHECK Total spend: Over $1.5m excluding land Time taken: Approx. 13 monthslast_img read more