Architect’s advice on renovation leads to ultra-modern beach abode

first_img39 Dutton Street Coolangatta The couple said they took the advice of an architect to build something that would last and knocked the house down.“In the end it was too big of a deal to renovate and we calculated it would be more affordable to rebuild,” Mr Grace said. Armed with a specific set of plans and with the help of architect Pat Twohill this Coolangatta home was transformed into an ultra-modern beach house. 39 Dutton Street CoolangattaA STONES throw from the beach, is this ultra-modern house that captures ocean views in its three level design.But, according to the owners, it wasn’t part of the plan.This three-bedroom home was six years in the making for homeowners Brian and Penny Grace who always had plans to renovate. “My wife Penny and I originally bought the place to renovate, but after six years of living in the house and really getting to know the place, we realised it was going to be a very big job,” Mr Grace said. 39 Dutton Street Coolangatta“The architect’s drafts were exactly what we wanted and more, and we didn’t do much drafting or changing at all.”The open plan living and dining areas feature an extensive use of glass and stacker doors open the area up to create seamless indoor outdoor living.The Alfresco area has a large balcony and an outdoor kitchen including a sound system and roll-down blinds. 39 Dutton Street CoolangattaThe staircase is complemented with Brushbox timber and leads up to the living area with a study nook. Mr Grace said the kitchen and living room is the most used space in the house.“You can sit there, have dinner and watch the ocean,” he said.“The home is only 400m from the beach so if we aren’t at home we are walking to the beach to fish or swim.” Other highlights of the property are remote entry gates and tinted windows to the Northern side of the home. A garden shed and small vegie garden are included. 39 Dutton St, Coolangatta 3 3 4Price: $1.475 millionFeatures: Outdoor sound system, bath tub and water tankArea: 253sq mAgent: Gavin Keith RBR Property Consultants, CoolangattaInspections: By appointment 39 Dutton Street CoolangattaMr Grace said his only requests for the new house was that it had to be north facing with an open outlook to the ocean and have space for at least four cars in the garage. “I can fit my caravan in the garage as well as all the bikes and our cars, the architect really got the element of space right,” The father-of-three said.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North9 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“There is also a lot of glass throughout the house which captures the ocean perfectly.last_img read more

Van Persie hails Bukayo Saka display

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Akpom pens Middlesbrough loan deal Former Arsenal captain, Robin van Persie, has hailed Bukayo Saka following his remarkable breakthrough season in North London.The 18-year-old has been a mainstay in Mikel Arteta’s side since the Spaniard replaced his compatriot Unai Emery in December, having also earned opportunities under the former. That has seen Saka widely regarded as Arsenal ‘s best academy graduate since former captain Cesc Fabregas, with the teenager backed to become a star at the Emirates Stadium.Van Persie has now spoken about his admiration for the young winger, who he believes offers a wide range of talents to his side.“If you point out Saka, I’m a huge fan of his. He can play as a defender, he can play midfield, striker, not the main striker but on the wing,” he told BT Sport.“He’s a multi-talented player who can offer assists, goals, he’s a joy to watch.”Saka has enjoyed a remarkable breakthrough season, netting three goals and contributing 10 assists across 33 appearances in all competitions. Tags: ArsenalBukayo SakaCesc FabregasMikel ArtetaNorth LondonRobin Van Persielast_img read more

Port of Olympia Congratulates LOTT for East Bay Public Plaza’s Sustainable…

first_imgFacebook42Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Port of OlympiaThe East Bay Public Plaza is located in front of the Hands On Children’s Museum.The East Bay Public Plaza is one of only 30 projects nation-wide to receive certification under the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) Rating System for sustainable landscape design. SITES holds high standards for certification; out of 150 projects that recently applied for certification, only four projects were certified – East Bay Public Plaza being one of them.The East Bay Public Plaza, located along Olympia Avenue between Marine Drive and Jefferson Street, is owned and operated by the LOTT Clean Water Alliance.  It was developed as a joint project of the East Bay partners – the City of Olympia, Port of Olympia, Hands On Children’s Museum, and LOTT.  The plaza highlights the partners’ shared educational focus on the importance of water and sustainability.The Plaza was awarded a one-star rating by the SITES program, which is similar to the LEED certification program, but focuses on outdoor spaces rather than buildings. A few of the sustainable design features include:Interactive water feature fed by Class A Reclaimed WaterUse of reclaimed water for irrigation and toilet flushingVegetated green roof on restroom buildingEnergy-efficient LED lightingBenches made of recycled contentNative and drought-tolerant plantsRedevelopment of a brownfieldThe most striking feature of the plaza is the stream-like water feature, which is truly unique.  It is the first and only recreational water feature in the state that uses reclaimed water.  LOTT produces high-quality Class A reclaimed water from the water we use and discard every day.  It is the highest quality of reclaimed water in the state, meeting stringent water quality standards and permit requirements from the state Departments of Ecology and Health.“We are pleased to be among those taking a lead in applying the SITES program rating system to enhance the environmental, social and economic aspects of our projects,” said Mike Strub, Executive Director for the LOTT Clean Water Alliance.  “This certification is evidence of our commitment to the environment and to our communities.”East Bay Public Plaza was designed by Robert W. Droll, Landscape Architects, PS, a landscape architectural firm in Lacey, WA. It was constructed by Berschauer Phillips/FORMA Construction Company in Tumwater, WA.  The plaza was completed and opened to the public in August 2012.  Since then, it has become a popular place for picnicking and family fun during warm weather and a popular destination throughout the year.The SITES program is an interdisciplinary effort led by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin, and the United States Botanic Garden to create a voluntary, national rating system and guidelines for sustainable landscapes of all types, with or without buildings. Certification is based on The Sustainable Sites Initiative™: Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks 2009.Since 2009, the SITES program, in conjunction with a diverse group of stakeholder organizations, has worked to transform land development and management practices with this first national rating system for sustainable landscapes. The guidelines apply to any type of designed landscape, with or without buildings, including shopping malls, streetscapes, subdivisions, corporate and academic campuses, transportation corridors, parks and recreation areas, and single family homes.The U.S. Green Building Council, a stakeholder in the Sustainable Sites Initiative program, anticipates incorporating the SITES guidelines and performance benchmarks into future iterations of its LEED® Green Building Rating System™. While LEED minimizes the carbon footprint, SITES demonstrates how a landscape can actually sequester carbon and regenerate living systems.  Working together these initiatives will further revolutionize sustainable design.last_img read more