AFTER: The wraparound veranda after the renovation.One of the biggest challenges was the landscaping because of the large 855sq m block.“That was a really big project, as well as installing the pool and the patio out the back,” Mrs Slater said.Downstairs was originally just used for storage, but the Slaters decided to build underneath — adding a fourth bedroom, office, rumpus room, second bathroom and laundry.They installed new VJ style walls to maintain the Queenslander character of the home. AFTER: The upstairs living room after the renovation.Mrs Slater said it was important to know what to spend money on and what to budget for.“Things that are going to stand the test of time, you want to spend the money on,” she said.“We went for expensive bench tops in the kitchen, handles etc and saved money elsewhere.” AFTER: The master bedroom after the renovation.The property is being marketed by Alex Rutherford of Place Estate Agents and is for sale via expressions of interest. BEFORE: The front of the house at 26 Gracemere St, Newmarket, before it was renovated. AFTER: The back of the house after the renovation.The first thing they did was paint the outside of the house – swapping the turquoise for white. “I think there were about five different shades throughout the house,” Mrs Slater said. “It was a bit hideous looking.”Then they tackled the main bathroom as Mrs Slater was due to give birth to their third child and needed a bath tub. It was not the first time the Slaters had renovated a house during a pregnancy. AFTER: The kitchen after the renovation.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago AFTER: The front of the house after the renovation.The house was perfectly liveable as it was, but the Slaters could see the potential.“We liked the proportions (of the house), and knew that we could add our stamp on it,” Mrs Slater said.“The land size was great, the room sizes were great, the location was also ideal.“It was just tired and some people don’t want to put in the time and effort, but we really enjoy it.” AFTER: The dining area after the renovation.Upstairs, the Slaters did little to change the configuration.“We added built-ins in the upstairs bedrooms and freshened them up with paint,” Mrs Slater said.Mrs Slater said having the experience of previous renovations under their belt was beneficial.“Having a good builder makes the whole process run a lot smoother,” she said.“Once you do quite a few, you know what you like, what works what doesn’t.” BEFORE: The kitchen in the house at 26 Gracemere St, Newmarket, before it was renovated. AFTER: The main bathroom after the renovation.They made the kitchen, dining and living area open-plan by knocking down the kitchen wall and used high-quality materials like marble and Greystone for the benchtops.To add character, the Slaters installed an archway over the stairs at the entrance of the home and put butterfly stairs at the entrance to create street appeal.They also added French doors and windows. BEFORE: The wraparound veranda on the house at 26 Gracemere St, Newmarket, before it was renovated. The pool at the house at 26 Gracemere St, Newmarket, after the renovation.WITH its beautiful wraparound veranda, city views and huge backyard, Maggie Slater was willing to see past the garish green paint job.After five previous home renovations, she and her builder husband, Martin, were used to putting in the hard work for the ultimate reward.The couple spent the past seven years restoring their home at 26 Gracemere Street in the inner-city suburb of Newmarket. BEFORE: The master bedroom in the house at 26 Gracemere St, Newmarket, before it was renovated. AFTER: Marble and Greystone were used throughout the kitchen.“We were mid reno when I had our first baby and she would just sleep through the reno work,” Mrs Slater said.They decided to keep the layout of the original kitchen, but modernised by adding new cabinets, an island bench and a walk-in pantry. BEFORE: The living room in the house at 26 Gracemere St, Newmarket, before it was renovated. AFTER: The back of the house at 26 Gracemere St, Newmarket, before it was renovated. BEFORE: The dining area of the house at 26 Gracemere St, Newmarket, before it was renovated. BEFORE: The bathroom in the house at 26 Gracemere St, Newmarket, before it was renovated.
Open Eagle could look to follow in the hoofprints of illustrious stable companion Faugheen by winning the the Kirkland Investments Novice Hurdle at Limerick on December 29. Faugheen was an emphatic winner of the three-mile contest two years ago before going on to win that season’s Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and this year’s Champion Hurdle. Open Eagle, snapped up by the Supreme Horse Racing Club and sent to Willie Mullins after a demolition job in last year’s November Handicap at Doncaster for David O’Meara, disappointed on his hurdling debut at Punchestown in February, but righted that wrong on his seasonal reappearance at Fairyhouse last month. Press Association Steve Massey, who manages the club, said: ” We felt going to Fairyhouse Open Eagle was a much better horse than he was when he arrived at the yard a year ago and he proved it with a really smart performance. “He has an entry in the Future Champions Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown over two miles (December 27), but will also have the option of stepping up to three miles at Limerick on December 29. “As things stand, I think Limerick is probably where he’ll end up, going for a race Willie won with Faugheen a couple of years ago.”
St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office found a body in Southern Fort Pierce Thursday afternoon.This discovery prompted detectives to start an investigation.Officials searched the area to find a lead, however, no more information was available.Police are asking for the public’s help. Anyone with information regarding the last 24 hours in this area is asked to call detectives at 772-462-3230.
The University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team looks to extend their season-long three-game win streak as they continue their road trip and head to East Lansing to take on the Michigan State Spartans Friday and Saturday.The Badgers (13-8-1, 6-2 Big Ten) are coming off a weekend sweep against then-No. 8 Ohio State, earning a spot in the national rankings for the first time since October of 2014. The pair of victories also propelled Wisconsin into a first-place tie with Minnesota atop the Big Ten, the first and only time the Badgers have led the conference since its inception in 2013-2014.Men’s hockey: Badgers claw their back into top 20 after weekend win over BuckeyesThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team beat No. 8 Ohio State in overtime at Madison Square Garden Saturday to Read…Now, Wisconsin heads into East Lansing with the hopes of bringing home six points and possibly sitting alone atop the Big Ten, as Minnesota faces No. 6 Penn State over the weekend as well.Though the Badgers delivered a convincing series sweep against the Spartans (5-15-2, 1-6-1) at the Kohl Center last month – winning each game by a score of 5-1 – they won’t be paying attention to that.“We’ve known from earlier in the season that whoever you play, you gotta be ready to play and play your best or you’re putting yourself in a position to get beat,” head coach Tony Granato said. “[The Spartans] played real well against Michigan in their previous Big Ten Games. They tied and beat them at Michigan, so I’m sure they’ll be ready to give us everything we can handle.”Men’s hockey: Wisconsin scores a Big win in the Big Apple, closes sweepThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (12-8-1, 5-2-0-0 Big Ten) continued their impressive play Thursday night, upsetting No. 8 Read…Despite only having four conference points this year, all four coming last weekend at Michigan, the Spartans hope to carry their momentum back home with them.Wisconsin is also looking to carry their momentum, as they look for their first season-series win over MSU since the 2013-14 season.Elliot Moormann/The Badger Herald“We like where we’re at, we like where we’re going and we’re gonna have to prepare the same way we’ve prepared for these other teams and be ready to battle,” Granato said.The Big Ten matchup of first-vs-last will take place Friday and Saturday in East Lansing, with face-off set for 6 p.m. CST both nights.