Amazing reno: Hamptons home renovation stuns in Bardon

first_imgThe living room in the house at 54 Northam St, Bardon, after it was renovated. The designer kitchen has a butler’s pantry, a marble island breakfast bar, 2Pac soft-close cabinetry and European appliances, including a 900mm Ilve oven. There’s a formal lounge with a marble-framed fireplace, a separate media room and another sitting room, which opens out to a terrace balcony. Downstairs, there’s an outdoor kitchen with built-in barbecue and bar fridge and a double remote carport with sheltered access directly into the home’s mudroom. A study/bedroom in the house at 54 Northam St, Bardon, before it was renovated. The back of the house at 54 Northam St, Bardon, before it was renovated. The house at 54 Northam St, Bardon, when it was being moved for the renovation. The back of the house after the renovation.Eventually, Mrs McCahon convinced her husband it was worth it and they bought the property in early 2017.The renovation was a challenge from day one. “Because the house was within a Demolition Control Precinct, we had some limitations on what we could do with the front facade,” Mrs McCahon said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours ago“In addition, retaining the back yard and designing the house to ensure we didn’t interfere with neighbouring tree routes and creating a house that had plenty of natural light took some time.” The open plan kitchen and dining area of the house after it was renovated.The general topography of the block meant that considerable thought went in to the design of both the house and the yard. There were also large native trees that almost straddled the boundary with the neighbours, so the McCahons were cognisant of not damaging their roots. “We were pretty clear on the materials we wanted to use on the house, and in the house, but we pored over the decision of decking for the rear deck,” Mrs McCahon said.“We used Merbau decking on the last house but wanted a lighter coastal feel for our entertaining areas. “We finally decided on a beautiful Blackbutt timber and then painstakingly had the boards whitewashed by hand, but the end product is pretty much exactly what I had originally envisaged.” The front of the house after it was renovated.They had seen the home online and dismissed it because of the magnitude of work it needed done to it.“After a few weeks of it being listed, we decided to go to one of the open homes and when we got there, it confirmed how much work was going to be needed,” Mrs McCahon said.“My husband wasn’t keen on the house because of this fact, but I loved the location and aspects of the original home, such as the high ceilings and colonial feel.”The backyard alone was enough to almost put them off.“It was essentially an unkempt jungle with the pool covered over, but home to a number of frogs, toads and who knows what else,” Mrs McCahon said. “It had quite a significant slope from front to back, but was really large and had heaps of potential.” The house at 54 Northam St, Bardon, before the renovation.center_img The kitchen and dining area of the house after it was renovated. A bedroom in the house at 54 Northam St, Bardon, after it was renovated.From the kitchen and the kids’ rooms to the bathrooms and the backyard, the whole property has been completely transformed with 95 per cent brand new.Three metre high ceilings and the use of glass creates a spacious, light-filled atmosphere and allows views of the pool from almost every room.Much of the house is open plan and has a distinct resort feel. “We have designed it with a kind of coastal Hamptons inspired vibe,” Mrs McCahon said. Sueanne and Chris McCahon with their two children at the house they have renovated at 54 Northam Ave, Bardon. Picture: Sarah Marshall.BARDON might be a long way from Long Island, but you wouldn’t know it if you’ve ever set eyes on this piece of Hamptons glamour in the suburbs.But it took some convincing for Chris and Sueanne McCahon to agree to give the property at 54 Northam Avenue such a mammoth makeover — even for a couple who have completed three major home renovations.“My husband and I were looking for a property we could renovate but didn’t want to do a large scale renovation,” Mrs McCahon said. The view from a sitting room in the house at 54 Northam St, Bardon, after it was renovated.The property is for sale without a price guide and is being marketed by James Curtain and Denis Najzar of Place — Woolloongabba. RENO FACT CHECKTime taken: 11 monthsTotal spend: $1.5m-plus The kitchen in the house at 54 Northam St, Bardon, before it was renovated. One of the bathrooms in the house at 54 Northam St, Bardon, after it was renovated.All five bedrooms have walk-in wardrobes, with the master having a balcony, and there are three bathrooms. Set on an elevated 1012 sqm block, the two-level home captures sweeping views across to Mt Coot-tha and the valley below.Crisp white finishes, lime-washed American Oak floors and Carrara marble define the home’s interior style.There are five, separate living and entertaining zones, all accentuated with finishings such as Wainscot wall panelling, heritage style fittings and elegant pendant lighting.last_img read more

Liverpool Leapfrog United to go Second

first_imgJurgen Klopp described a near perfect Liverpool performance as a “joy to watch” as Mohamed Salah scored for the sixth straight game in a 4-1 thrashing of West Ham at Anfield saturday.Klopp’s men moved up into second in the Premier League by edging a point ahead of bitter rivals Manchester United, who host fourth-placed Chelsea today, as Emre Can, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane were also on target.Salah also drew level with Harry Kane on 23 Premier League goals in an outstanding debut season at Liverpool in the battle for the golden boot. The Egyptian was inches away from opening the scoring inside three minutes when he struck the post, but did have a hand when Can’s bullet header from Salah’s corner broke the deadlock on 29 minutes for Liverpool’s 100th goal of the season in all competitions.Salah doubled Liverpool’s lead when he steered a shot into the far corner on his favoured left foot after the break from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s through ball. Moments later it was Firmino who beat West Ham goalkeeper Adrian to Can’s pass before slotting into an empty net.Substitute Michail Antonio pulled a goal back for the Hammers just a minute after coming on, but Mane ensured all of Liverpool’s prolific front three were on target when he converted Andrew Robertson’s cross 13 minutes from time.“We always thought we had a chance of scoring today but we couldn’t keep their front players quiet,” said West Ham boss David Moyes. “Ultimately we are playing against a team in real form.”At the other end of the table, promoted Huddersfield and Brighton moved clear of the bottom three. West Brom are now seven points adrift of safety at the foot of the table as Huddersfield struck twice in eight minutes at the start of the second period through Rajiv van La Parra and Steve Mounie to win 2-1 at the Hawthorns.Brighton moved up to 12th thanks to Glenn Murray’s double and late goals from Anthony Knockaert and Jurgen Locadia to end Swansea’s 10-match unbeaten run in a 4-1 thrashing that drops the Welsh side back into the relegation zone.Dwight Gayle also scored twice, but Newcastle failed to back up their stunning win over Manchester United as they blew a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at Bournemouth. Adam Smith and Dan Gosling struck for the hosts in the final 10 minutes.Southampton also salvaged a point late on to edge out of the drop zone on goal difference. Manolo Gabbiadini came off the bench to level in stoppage time and grab a 1-1 draw at Burnley, whose wait since December 12 for a Premier League win continues.Earlier, Stoke boss Paul Lambert hailed Jack Butland as the “best goalkeeper in Britain” despite an own goal from the England international costing his side the chance to move out of the bottom three in a 1-1 draw at Leicester.The visitors, who remain 19th, led through Xherdan Shaqiri’s long-range strike until Butland fumbled Marc Albrighton’s cross into his own net 20 minutes from time.Watford moved into the top half of the table as captain Troy Deeney’s strike 11 minutes from time edge a low quality encounter 1-0 over Everton.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Family, focus lift valedictorians

first_img“That’s really what drew us more to each other: the fact we inspired more of a challenge within each other,” he said. “We kind of made each other do better in class.” The middle of three children, Gonzalez will be the first in his family to go to college. His parents attended junior high school but had to abandon their educations to work and help out their families. His mother is a homemaker, and his father was an unemployed jewelry maker until recently, when he won a position as an assembly line worker at a machine-parts firm. “Most of the my motivation comes from my mom and dad. I just want to take advantage of the sacrifices that they have made,” said Gonzalez, 17. “A lot of parents come to the U.S. as immigrants with the hope their children will have a better future.” Gonzalez was accepted to UCLA, the University of Southern California and the UC campuses at Davis and San Diego, but he decided on Stanford after looking at the campus online. The Stanford scholarship will cover tuition and housing but not other expenses such as food, books and a laptop computer. Gonzalez said he plans to go to graduate school and seek a career in the medical field, influenced by an aunt and uncle in Mexico who are doctors. Gutierrez also is considering medicine, envisioning a career as either an anesthesiologist or a surgeon. “I like to help people by being a doctor. I’m going to get the satisfaction of aiding others who are in trouble. That’s more how I look at it,” said Gutierrez, 18. Gutierrez will be the second in his family to go to college, following his older sister who attends UCLA. His mother is a housekeeper who has a sixth-grade education. His father went to middle school. Gutierrez credits his father for laying the foundation for his academic success. He and his sister weren’t allowed to watch television or play video games. “Instead of doing that, we had to do work. We had to do math problems. When I was in kindergarten, I already knew how to read and write. I already knew multiplication and division,” Gutierrez said. “We would get home and he would ask if we had homework. If we said no, he would give us work. He would make us read and give summaries.” Gutierrez was accepted to Stanford, Notre Dame, Dartmouth, UC Berkeley, USC and Harvard but chose UCLA because he felt a responsibility to stay near his family. “It’s very difficult to leave the little amount of family that I do have to go far away. I feel a commitment to my sister and my mom. They’ve been here for me, especially my sister. She helped me throughout high school, helped me study, led me to the good things I’ve done,” Gutierrez said. He started attending Palmdale in the 10th grade after transferring from Birmingham High in Van Nuys. The transition was hard at first. “Once I got adjusted to the school, I saw the many opportunities that Palmdale and Palmdale High School had to offer me – leadership opportunities, classes, sports. It came to be something big in my life,” Gutierrez said. When not occupied by school or extracurricular activities, Gutierrez works part time at the Los Angeles County Raceway in Palmdale as cook, cashier and cleaner. Gutierrez will be going to UCLA on a partial scholarship and financial aid. [email protected] (661) 267-5744 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! And they are both heading off to prestigious colleges with an interest in studying medicine. Gutierrez was accepted at Harvard and Dartmouth but chose the University of California at Los Angeles, while Gonzalez has a full scholarship to Stanford worth $49,000 a year. “They are mature, focused, active in the school community. They are just well-founded, good students. They are wonderful, seriously,” head counselor Linda Noteboom said. “The fact they have made this accomplishment is just amazing.” The two boys met in the 10th grade in P.E. class and took an Advanced Placement world history course together. “He saw I was involved in school,” Gutierrez said. “We had four classes together last year.” Gonzalez said there was a bit of friendly competition between the two, which helped them both to excel. PALMDALE – Pedro Gonzalez and Jose Gutierrez have a lot in common. The two seniors at Palmdale High School are children of immigrant parents who didn’t go to high school. They are friends, doubles tennis partners and valedictorians. Both are involved in student government – Gutierrez is student body president; Gonzalez the secretary – and are active in many school clubs. Gutierrez has a 4.8 grade-point average; Gonzalez a 4.49. last_img read more