Coronavirus real estate: granny flats keep families together

first_img Inside the granny flat by Arkspace Architects.Far from the afterthought lean-to of times gone by, today’s granny flats are compact, sustainable and self-contained. The designs are an urban interpretation of a modern apartment, with the same elegant architecture, clever storage solutions and level of high-end finishes. Ms Song said the mini-home in Chelmer packed plenty of design detail, from the bold contrast of charcoal cladding and crisp white French doors of the formal entry, to the frameless double-hung windows and architecturally designed aluminium hoods.“We’re able to design and deliver a turnkey granny flat that is small in stature yet punches well above its weight in architectural detail and finishes,” she said.Ms Song said thoughtful architecture ensured the dwelling complemented Brisbane’s varying lot sizes. “The granny flat was constructed on a 607sq m lot adjacent to the main residence,” she said.“It has a main bedroom with built-in wardrobes, a study nook, bathroom, dining area and separate lounge area, which can be converted into a second bedroom. A custom-designed, combined kitchen and laundry provides generous storage.”Mr Walker said not only did architectural designs add value to a property but it made better use of a site’s footprint.Another plus is that many granny flats are designed to be mobile, so you can always take it, and your granny, with you if you move.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoIn Brisbane granny flats do not require council approval if they meet accepted development requirements and criteria. In the present climate of COVID-19, they also offer a solution for families who want to stay together while self-isolating.Grace Song, the director of Arkspace Architects, said that granny flats provided families with flexible living arrangements to best meet their needs.“While they are intended for the social and sustainable benefits of keeping families together, in these uncertain times granny flats can also play a role in creating safe spaces for physical distancing and self isolation for vulnerable family members,” she said.“In this way families can still support each other and stay together, yet be apart.”Mr Walker said: “Granny flats are a great solution because they provide a level of independence and freedom that works for everyone,” “These mini homes are showing strong appeal from Brisbane’s inner city to the outer fringes.” They also have the benefit of adding value to your overall home, according to Ms Song. WHY THE TIME IS RIGHT FOR FIRST-HOME BUYERS Arkspace Architects have completed their new granny flat prototype design in Chelmer. The granny flat created by Arkspace Architects.For example, a 42sq m granny flat she designed for a property in Chelmer, inner Brisbane, delivered an almost 25 per cent increase in the property’s overall value. She said valuations taken before and after the installation of the granny flat showed a rise from $640,000 to in excess of $800,000.Ms Song said she was to increase the value of the property by almost a quarter in just eight weeks, more than covering the cost of the build.Arkspace granny flats start from $150,000 and prices are based on size, finishes and site constraints. Mark Herrington with his partner Grace Song, her mother Joosook Lee, and their children Elias 10, Sebastian 8, and Luis 5 outside the granny flat Grace designed. Photo: Jamie HansonSelf-contained granny flats are popping up all over Brisbane as a way to extend and add value to the family home – and they’re perfect for social distancing too. Lifestyle and demographic changes are leading to a rise in the number of granny flats popping up in Brisbane backyards.Lachlan Walker, the director of Place Projects, said their rising popularity was down to a shift in the way families are having to live, with children staying at home longer and people wanting to make caring for older family members easier. MORE QLD REAL ESTATE NEWS:center_img In Brisbane a granny flat does not require council approval if it is a maximum of 80sq m, is for a member of your household, and meets the accepted development requirements. You may require approval if you live in a character area or there are hazard constraints. One carparking space cant be provided on the site for the granny flat plus one car park space for the main dwelling house.It is recommended you engage a building certifier or town planner to confirm that you do not need council approval.A certifier must approve any building work before you start construction to check that what is proposed complies with the Building Act 1975 and associated standards. Source: Brisbane City Council WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW – Affordable– Adaptable (multi-generational home)– Adds value to your property– Faster build time– Less disruptive than a renovation Source: Arkspace Architects director Grace Song WHERE I LIVE WITH CLIVE BERGHOFER AM FIVE THINGS TO LOVE ABOUT GRANNY FLATSlast_img read more

Man Accused Of Striking Woman With Yankee Candle

first_imgA Sunman man is facing charges for allegedly striking a woman with a Yankee Candle glass jar and punching her multiple times.David Keith, 37, of Sunman, was arrested after investigators responded to a battery report in Aurora on June 6.Keith is accused of arriving at the home on Center Street in Aurora and getting into an altercation with the woman while her two young children were in a different room of the home.Detectives say the victim was hit in the head with the glass jar and punched multiple times, causing her to possibly lose consciousness.She refused medical treatment however there were signs of physical abuse including small laceration on her forehead and a cut to her lip, police said.According to the Probable Cause Affidavit, detectives followed up on the investigation by interviewing Keith at his home on N. Manchester Road. Police say they saw he had fresh cuts to his hands and some blood on his fingers.Keith has been charged with Batter with Deadly Weapon (class C felony) and Battery causing Bodily Injury (class A misdemeanor).last_img read more

Mike Tyson to face Roy Jones Jr

first_imgMike Tyson will make his boxing comeback against Roy Jones Jr in an exhibition bout in September.The 54-year-old, who has stunned fans with his physical transformation during the COVID-19 pandemic, outlined his plans to return to the sport back in May. Although many sceptics suggested it was a publicity stunt, the former undisputed world heavyweight champion insisted he was serious about fighting again and hired MMA legend Rafael Cordeiro to work with him on the pads.While the likes of Tyson Fury and Tito Ortiz revealed they had held discussions with Tyson over being his comeback opponent, it has now been agreed that he will face Jones Jr.The two legendary boxers will meet in an eight-round exhibition bout on September 12 at Dignity Health Sports Park in California.The event will be on pay-per-view as well as shown on multi-media site Triller.An exhibition bout, it will feature larger, 12-ounce gloves and neither man will reportedly be looking for a knockout as they will be without headgear. The fight, named: “FRONTLINE BATTLE,” is the first event of a series produced under Mike Tyson’s Legends Only League, a sports venture owned by Tyson and Eros Innovations which has partnered with Triller on all future boxing events.Tyson has not fought since 2005 while Jones has remained active, with his 75th and most recent pro fight coming in 2018.Tyson reigned as heavyweight champion from 1987-1990 and remains the youngest man to ever win a heavyweight world title.Jones Jr held world titles in four weight classes, at middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight.The pair never met in their prime. Jones said: “I had no intention of going back and fighting again, but for the sake of Mike Tyson, I agree to make an exception.“For me, this is an opportunity that I cannot refuse. Of all those who wanted to go into the ring with him, he chose me. And since he did that, how can I say no?”Andy Foster, who is the director of the California State Athletic Commission, confirmed he had met with both Tyson and Jones Jr via Zoom to arrange the showdown.“This isn’t a situation where they’re going out there to try to take each other’s heads off,” Foster told Yahoo Sports.RelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians “They’re just going to be in there moving around the ring and letting fans see these legends.”Former pound-for-pound superstar Andre Ward claimed back in March that Jones Jr had rejected an astonishing $40million offer to fight Tyson back in 2003.After starting his career at super-middleweight, he ended up claiming the WBA heavyweight title when he outpointed John Ruiz in 2003.In February of the same year, Tyson had returned to winning ways by destroying Clifford Etienne inside of one round to bounce back after being stopped by Lennox Lewis.The former world heavyweight champion was nearing the end of his storied career and one last payday against the pound-for-pound king beckoned.But Ward, who achieved equally legendary status in his own distinguished career, claims the Florida-native wanted even more money to get in the ring with Iron Mike.Tags: COVID-19mike tysonRoy Jones Jrlast_img read more

Positives aplenty in defeat

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoThough Wisconsin dropped its rivalry game against MarquetteSaturday, head coach Bo Ryan believes that with the aggressive all-aroundscoring, stamina and key leadership within the team, the Badgers played with adetermined mindset.”You’re always trying to put your players in the bestposition to be successful,” Ryan said during his Monday press conference. “Younever want to overburden anybody, and nobody has ever done that with anybodyelse.”Despite a valiant effort against the Golden Eagles, theBadgers lost, 81-76, snapping a 28-game home winning streak. However, Ryan ispleased with the way the team played.”We did a pretty good job … we got the clock stopped,” Ryansaid. “Actually, it couldn’t have played out any better for having a chance tocome from behind.”Scoringcontinues to stay balancedOne of the key trends for UW this season has been thebalanced scoring pattern throughout the team. In each of the last seven games,eight different players have scored in double figures. Saturday, Brian Butchled the team with 17 points, shooting 50 percent from the field. Trevon Hughesadded 16 points and four assists, while Michael Flowers chipped in anadditional 14 points in his first start of the season.When asked if this teamwork was an accurate display of thetype of squad he is coaching this season, Ryan was quick to defend his AlandoTucker-less team.”A guy doesn’t have to go on the floor and feel that he hasto get 20 points,” Ryan said. “We can get five or six guys scoring betweeneight and 14 and still end up with very good production. We still want guys tobe aggressive with scoring, looking for their shots, improving with theirindividual moves, being able to deliver … of course we want all that.”Additionally, Ryan emphasized distributing the basketball.”You have to think about yourself as a player so that youcan deliver when it is a good shot and it is a good opportunity. But also, howto get somebody else an opportunity: draw in help, finding the open person,kicking it out,” he said.Reboundingdeters BadgersDespite another aggressive scoring effort for the majorityof the game, the Badgers struggled against Marquette in other areas. For thefirst time this season, the team was out-rebounded 41-34. The Badgers onlyconverted on 60 percent of their free throws, while the Golden Eagles hit sevenof their last nine free throws of the game to hold on to the lead.”You have to believe in your players — that they want to dothe right things the next opportunity they have,” Ryan said of the struggles.”Sometimes you’ve got to get knocked upside the head … figuratively, where youstumble and you’ve got to get up.”Ryan looks toseniorsWith a tougher schedule in the near future, Ryan is lookingto the older players on the team to set the tempo. Senior Brian Butch ranksthird in the Big Ten in rebounding, averaging 8.6 boards a game, while seniorMichael Flowers is averaging 9.4 points and shooting .444 (28-of-63) from thefield. Junior Joe Krabbenhoft is second on the team in minutes, and tied forsecond in rebounding and assists. To Ryan, the offensive contributions thatthese players bring to the team come secondary to the overall impact theyhave.”If you have success doing certain things early, when youunderstand the process, it is really about not trying to do things that youcan’t do,” Ryan said. “From my 30 years of experience, that’s what we try todo. We try to get people to set examples. And sooner or later, the younger guysget it.”Leuer’s playreflection of teamForward Jon Leuer hit two big 3-pointers against the Eagles,but Ryan made it clear that these offensive opportunities can be directlyattributed to an overall team contribution, not just the growing play of thefreshman.”It could have been him (Leuer) in that position, it couldhave been J-Bo (Bohannon), it could have been Michael Flowers,” Ryan said.”Balance … we’re going to need that. You can’t always refer to what has been,but how many explosive players do you find like Alando Tucker that can createsomething on his own? They’re rare. A lot of times then, you might have a teamthat might have to make one more pass.”last_img read more

How Minnesota’s loss to Iowa impacts Big Ten, College Football Playoff picture

first_imgNew Year’s Day 6 scrambleThe Big Ten still has five teams with two losses or fewer. In Ohio State (10-0), Penn State (9-1), Minnesota (9-1), Wisconsin (8-2) and Michigan (8-2).These last two weeks will determine which one of those teams makes the Playoff and, in turn, which one lands in the Rose Bowl and the New Year’s Day 6. Perhaps the Big Ten gets another at-large team given the strength of those five teams.The Ohio State-Penn State, Ohio State-Michigan and Wisconsin-Minnesota matchups the next two weeks will determine who goes where. Iowa did it again.For the third time in four seasons, Iowa knocked off a top-10 team at Kinnick Stadium in November that alters the College Football Playoff picture. The Hawkeyes defeated No. 7 Minnesota 23-19 on Saturday. That comes one week after the Gophers handed No. 9 Penn State its first loss. MORE: How Penn State loss to Minnesota affects PlayoffThe Hawkeyes built a 20-3 lead in the first half before holding off Minnesota’s rally in the second half. That will make it tougher for P.J. Fleck’s team to break through to the College Football Playoff, but the Big Ten championship still is within reach.Here is how the Gophers’ loss affects the Big Ten and CFP picture:Big Ten won’t get two teams in CFPIt’s going to be tough for the Big Ten to jam two teams into the College Football Playoff now, because it won’t be a matchup of unbeaten teams in Indianapolis.That puts more pressure on Ohio State to finish off a perfect season after missing out on the Playoff with one loss the last two seasons. There was an allure of having both the Buckeyes and Gophers get to Indianapolis with matching unbeaten records because the Big Ten would have been the only Power 5 conference to have that.That’s gone now. The pending SEC championship game between LSU and Georgia will have much more appeal, and the same possibility exists for the Pac-12 if Oregon and Utah get there with one loss each. The Buckeyes could theoretically lose the Big Ten championship game and still get in, but that’s just not a risk you want to take.Gophers could win out and miss outOn the flip side, let’s say Minnesota wins out and atones for the loss to Iowa much like Ohio State did in 2017.Would that be enough to get in the Playoff? It wouldn’t be easy. Clemson, LSU and Georgia are virtual locks with one loss or fewer, and a one-loss Pac-12 champion like Oregon or Big 12 champion like Oklahoma would be tough to push out of the way given the nature of the Gophers’ loss.Or even worse, Minnesota could find itself fighting with Alabama for the last Playoff spot. How do you think that would work out?Wisconsin can still win WestThe Gophers left the door for Wisconsin to win the Big Ten West.Minnesota can clinch a share of the division with a victory against Northwestern next week, which would set up a winner-goes-to-Indy scenario against the Badgers at TCF Bank Stadium on Nov. 30. The battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe will be more heated than ever knowing the Gophers won that game 37-15 last season.last_img read more

DraftKings Week 14 Monday Night Showdown: Picks, advice for Eagles vs. Giants NFL DFS

first_imgMORE MNF: Betting preview | Injury updatesDraftKings Showdown Picks: Eagles vs. GiantsCAPTAIN (1.5x points, 1.5x price): TE Kaden Smith, Giants ($3,300)This value captain pick has what seems to be a decent floor with both Evan Engram (foot) and Rhett Ellison (concussion) out. He’s seen at least six targets in each of the past two weeks and reached double-digit DK points in both of his starts. If the Giants get down in the red zone, he’s as good a passing-game target as they have.FLEX: QB Carson Wentz, Eagles ($11,800)We’re not gonna get anywhere near Eli Manning in this one, so going with at least one QB in this matchup of shaky pass defenses feels like a must-do move. Wentz will pair well with the rest of our Philly offensive pieces.FLEX: RB Saquon Barkley, Giants ($10,600)Barkley has been a relative disappointment this season, but he’s worth his price in this game. The Giants are going to have to rely on Barkley as much as they can with Eli under center, and Manning will likely throw to him more than Daniel Jones was. FLEX: TE Zach Ertz, Eagles ($9,400)We’re going with the rare Eagles tight end duo here, and it really makes perfect sense. Ertz and Dallas Goedert will be two- of the three-most targeted Eagles in the passing game, and in a game where there should be plenty of Philly points, it has solid red-zone potential.FLEX: RB Miles Sanders, Eagles ($8,600) Eagles vs. Giants on Monday Night Football provides an opportunity to use Eli Manning in NFL DFS action. But he’s nowhere to be found in our DraftKings Showdown lineup. Instead, we’re going with the super value captain of Kaden Smith to allow the rest of our lineup to be filled with solid daily fantasy football options.Usually, I don’t play a pass-catching captain without his QB or as the smaller team representation in my lineup, but that’s what we’re trying with Smith. It allows us to load up on Eagles while also playing Saquon Barkley to try to cap off our Week 14 with some cash.  With Jordan Howard (shoulder) still not cleared for contact as of the weekend, Sanders looks likely to get another start. If Howard were to play, you could actually just pivot directly to him here, but Sanders does have more stack potential in the passing game with Wentz.FLEX: TE Dallas Goedert, Eagles ($4,800)Goedert has received six or more targets in three straight weeks, and like we said with Ertz, he should have a good shot at finding the end zone against a stinky Giants team.last_img read more