Time’s up for Paddington couple after 10-year renovation

first_imgThe floating bamboo floor, laid during the first renovation, was removed so the large studio could be converted back into two equal-sized bedrooms and the floor was relaid in the new configuration.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 was about recycling, we wanted to make sure we could use the floor again,” she said.By April 2018, a new downstairs bathroom had been added, with a rainwater showerhead and mosaic tiling and the couple were in talks with an architect to draw up plans for a massive renovation and extension, bringing the kitchen to the ground level and designing a massive master bedroom with ensuite and city views across the back of the house with a new deck and sitting room. AFTER: The completed downstairs bathroom at 30 Guthrie St, Paddington. Photo: supplied“By the time we got the final plans, in mid-2019, the kids were at university and Stuart had taken a job in Sydney and we just thought, there’s no point doing the massive renovation.”The couple had plans drawn for a smaller renovation using the home’s existing envelop, and were about to begin when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.“With COVID we just thought everything is changing, do we really want to do this new renovation or do we just want to sell so that someone else can put their stamp on it?“I just wish we could have done it all.” 30 Guthrie St, Paddington is now ready for new owners to continue the renovation journey. Photo: suppliedRay White Paddington selling agent Angela Mastrapostolos said the property was a rare opportunity to buy a partially-renovated property in one of the most popular parts of town.“We don’t see properties like this on the market very often,” Ms Mastrapostolos said. The property as it now looks. Photo: supplied“It’s either fully renovated or not at all. You can see where the couple were going with the renovation and this is definitely an opportunity to finish the dream.”The property will go to auction on July 11. Agent directs traffic as auction crowd spills onto street Incentives to help you buy your next home MORE FROM QLD Maree and Stuart Macfarlane in their partially-renovated home at Paddington that goes to auction on July 11. Photo: John Gass It was to be a million dollar renovation to restore and extend a pre-war Queenslander in inner-city Paddington and give Maree and Stuart Mcfarlane city views from their new master bedroom.The family of four were part-way through their renovation journey when Stuart was offered a job interstate and then the coronavirus hit, prompting the couple to put their home on the market and pass the renovator’s baton to new owners. BEFORE: 30 Guthrie St, Paddington from the front. Photo: supplied AFTER: A fresh coat of paint does wonders to the house. Photo: suppliedBut renovations to the 810sq m property at 30 Guthrie St, Paddington over the past 10 years have already brought the 100-year-old Queenslander back to life.center_img SEE WHAT ELSE IS FOR SALE IN PADDINGTON “We moved back from London in 2010 and at the same time as moving in we converted what was the upstairs living room into a bedroom and put in ducted airconditioning,” Mrs Macfarlane said.“I was really happy when we first ripped up the carpets and tore out the built-in wardrobes in the two bedrooms at the front of the house. BEFORE: Old carpet were removed. Photo: supplied“We had the floors polished and we painted the rooms white and it really looked fresh and welcoming.” AFTER: Timber floors and white walls opens the bedroom, Photo; suppliedThe next step was reclaiming the jungle at the rear of the block and adding an inground swimming pool, decking, retaining walls and new fencing. BEFORE: The garden was the previous owners’ pride and joy but the Macfarlanes wanted more space. Photo: supplied AFTER: They made room for a swimming pool as well as a flat play area for the children. Photo: suppliedBy the end of 2011, the focus returned to the house and the need for a pilates studio for Mrs Macfarlane’s business.“We converted the two downstairs bedrooms and half of the living room so we could use the main (external) door downstairs to go into the studio,” she said. AFTER: The pilates studio. Photo: supplied“Stuart didn’t work for the first two years when we first got back (from London) and the house was his project, building the studio and the upstairs bedroom. But he decided he couldn’t keep doing that, he needed more stimulation, so he went back to work.”Between 2012 and 2016, the DIY renovations stopped while the couple worked during the week and spent weekends providing a taxi service for their two teenage children’s tennis and music lessons.During this time the pilates business was scaled back, so in mid-2017 the downstairs studio was converted back into two separate bedrooms but this time with a larger open living area.“That’s the beauty of old Queenslanders,” Mrs Macfarlane said.“It’s very easy to move a wall around.” FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

Volleyball: Badgers overcome Marquette, seek win against Purdue in last spring season match

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin volleyball team has never lost to the Marquette University Golden Eagles. That didn’t change Friday night.Wisconsin dropped the first set to Marquette in front of 1,000 fans at the Milwaukee Sting Center in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, but rattled off three-set wins in a row to come back and overcome a rough start.The Badgers trailed 18-15 in the third set but finished the game on a 10-3 run to best the Golden Eagles.Incoming redshirt junior Molly Haggerty led the charge with 17 kills as All-Americans Dana Rettke and Madison Duello each tallied double-digit kills.Rettke led the team with three blocks at the net while hitting at a .647 clip.Redshirt freshman Julia Wohlert saw her first action in a Badger uniform.The 6-foot-7 Wohlert joined Rettke at the net and created a daunting set of obstacles for Marquette’s opposing offense.Volleyball: Badgers overpower Green Bay in opening match of spring seasonThe University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team dominated the Green Bay Phoenix in an early spring matchup at the UW Read…Wisconsin will close out their spring slate in an away match against the Purdue Boilermakers Saturday.The Boilermakers have had a full spring schedule which included back-to-back contests against the Illinois Fighting Illini — the team that knocked the Badgers out of the NCAA tournament last fall. Purdue won both matches against the Fighting Illini.During the 2018 season, Wisconsin beat Purdue twice. Both teams were among the top 20 in the country.The Badgers swept the Boilermakers in West Lafayette, but they needed a comeback, five-set match to beat Purdue in Madison last fall.Purdue took the first two sets in the latter matchup at the UWField House before the Badgers snatched three consecutive sets to prevail.Rettke led the Badgers in kills in both contests.In the five-set matchup, setter Sydney Hilley compiled 59 assists — the second-largest assist total of her career.Softball: Konwent leads Badgers to best start in program historyAs the University of Wisconsin softball team teeters in and out of the top 25 rankings, being ranked at all Read…Rettke, Haggerty, Duello and Grace Loberg all tallied 12 or more kills against the Boilermaker defense.Outside hitter Sherridan Atkinson of the Boilermakers dominated the match with a game-high 26 kills against the Badger front line. Luckily for the Badgers, Atkinson graduated in December and will not compete in the spring match.Redshirt junior Blake Mohler will look to take Atkinson’s place as the Boilermakers’ primary attacker.As the Badgers close the spring slate, the coaching staff has been busy securing future recruits.Wisconsin received commitments from 6-foot-8 Anna Smrek and Lauren Jardine — both to join the Badgers in 2021.Wisconsin also snagged former Minnesota Gophers defensive specialist Lauren Barnes, who played alongside current Badger libero Tiffany Clark in high school.It is still unknown whether Barnes will have to sit out a year as a transfer or if she will be able to compete as early as the 2019 season.The matchup between the Badgers and the Boilermakers starts at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time at Holloway Gymnasium in West Lafayette, Indiana.last_img read more

7 World Cup Legends To Assist Lineker For Russia 2018 Draw

first_imgSeven World Cup legends will assist former England international striker Gary Lineker for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup Draw in Russia.According to world football’s governing body, FIFA, World Cup greats such as Fabio Cannavaro, Carles Puyol, Cafu, Laurent Blanc, Diego Maradona, Gordon Banks and Diego Forlan will assist Gary Lineker at the 2018 draw scheduled for the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow on December 1.World Cup greats Diego Maradona, Laurent Blanc, Gordon Banks, Cafu, Fabio Cannavaro, Diego Forlan and Carles Puyol will assist Gary Lineker at the 2018 draw in Moscow on 1 December— SuperSport Blitz (@SuperSportBlitz) November 21, 2017The line-up for the tournament is complete and the 32 qualified countries (5 from AFC, 5 from CONMEBOL, 5 from CAF, 3 from CONCACAF and 14 from UEFA) will know their group stage opponents when the draw takes place in 10 days time. RelatedLineker To Conduct World Cup Final DrawNovember 18, 2017In “FIFA”World Cup Draw: Host Lineker Reveals Nigeria In Group Of Death In Mock VersionNovember 24, 2017In “National Team”Gary Lineker Brands Maradona ‘A Laughing Stock’ After Celebrations Against NigeriaJune 27, 2018In “FIFA”last_img read more