Family builds house around a fig tree

first_imgModern meets minimalist.“We built it about four and a half years ago, we bought the land off my in-laws who owned the property next door,” said Mrs Dray.The finished residence, given the moniker ‘The Little Tree House’ by the Drays, is built around its very own magnificent fig tree and features an innovative and stylish design, accentuated by polished timber finishes and flowing living spaces. The 6,474sq m property features polished timber.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours agoIt has a master retreat.It features a secluded master retreat, with ‘his and hers’ walk-in robes, a modern ensuite and separate access to the pool. “My favourite feature is definitely the swimming pool area, it’s got the sunken bar and bar stools in the pool itself,” said Mrs Dray.“It has a resort feel and is great for outdoor entertaining.”The couple has decided to list the property, midway through their fifth personal house build in Bonogin. Lot 2/2 Stockyard Crt, Tallebudgera is on the market for offers over $1.299 million.A TREE HOUSE with a swim up bar and flawless finish has been designed to blend in with its surrounds, but it’s a standout on the property market.The sprawling ranch-style retreat with hints of resort living wasn’t the Dray couple’s first rodeo.It was the fourth residence Clint and Alaana Dray of local family building company Creative Homes built for themselves. The couple who built the home favour timber pole designs.“We build all the time for clients, so when we do it for ourselves it’s exciting,” said Mrs Dray, who works in the administration side of the business. The couple, who have two young children, design their clients’ homes and favour timber pole designs that suit the block of land.“We try to have as much of a minimal impact to the site as possible, and design the property to fit in with the natural environment and its surrounds,” Mrs Dray said. This property, situated in the Tallebudgera Park estate and nestled in Hinterland surrounds, nails that brief. It even has its own tree house in the backyard.It’s kitted out with 20 solar panels and a charming tree house and swing, and the timber influences, including a large timber breakfast bar, ensure the tranquillity of the tropical environment flows throughout.The entertainer’s kitchen also features a gas cooktop and butler’s pantry, and overlooks the open plan lounge and dining area, complete with a fire place.There’s also a second living space, suitable for a rumpus room or kid’s play room, and a powder room adds to the three bathrooms on offer.Outside, landscaped lawns sprawl over a quarter of a hectare and border a garden shed, that could be used as a workshop space, and a single carport. The property is close to top Gold Coast schools, shopping and centres, while still maintaining a secluded sanctuary location.last_img read more

Ivy Tech Community College Closing All Buildings

first_imgStatewide—Ivy Tech Community College announced that effective 5 pm today all of its buildings will be closed until further notice. The College will continue to operate and deliver instruction wherever possible virtually as previously announced. With the closure of its buildings additional services to students will now also be provided virtually including advising, testing, financial aid and business office operations.“As we continued to follow and learn more about the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic we made the decision to take further steps to lessen the risk for our faculty, staff, students and the communities we serve,” Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann said. “This was a difficult decision to make, but one that will continue to help keep our communities safe. We are committed to continuing to serve our students as the state’s Community College during these difficult times.The College will be providing various ways for students to stay connected to the College while it operates virtually and has shared the following list of ways in a message to all of its students.Check www.ivytech.edu/covid-19 to find answers to frequently asked questions about the ongoing response to COVID-19 and for campus specific e-mail addresses you can use to get assistanceStay connected on IvyLearnCheck MyIvyContact your instructorContact your advisorCall 1-888-IVY-LINEVisit www.ivytech.edu/chatlast_img read more

Ireland edge out UAE

first_img Chasing 139 after Gary Wilson’s half-century and 47 from Kevin O’Brien, the UAE were bowled out for 133 one ball from the end of their 20 overs. A third win in succession leaves Ireland two points ahead of their opponents at the group summit, with Hong Kong also two points behind and with a game in hand. Ireland lost Paul Stirling and Niall O’Brien in the fourth over and William Porterfield was then run out, but Kevin O’Brien and Wilson put on a decisive 92 in a fourth-wicket stand lasting almost 13 overs. Kevin O’Brien’s run-a-ball innings featured two fours and a six but ended when he was caught by Rohan Mustafa in Manjula Guruge’s final over. Wilson remained unbeaten on 53 from 44 balls, with three boundaries. Muhammad Azam hit the second ball of the UAE reply for six but then holed out off the next, but Shaiman Anwar and Khurram Khan put on 53 for the second wicket to put the home side on top. Max Sorensen (two for 17) made the vital breakthrough when Khan (35) was caught by John Mooney and Paul Stirling soon removed Anwar as the match swung. George Dockrell removed Swapnil Patil and Muhammad Shafiq for figures of two for 21 but t wo sixes from Amjad Javed put the game back in the balance, with Mustafa going well at the other end. But Trent Johnston’s yorkers caused problems and after two run-outs and with six needed from two balls, Guruge was bowled for a golden duck and Ireland snatched the win. Ireland moved top of ICC World T20 Qualifying Group A with a tense five-run win over the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more