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first_img11/28 – Madison, WI @ The Sylvee11/30 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom12/01 – St. Louis, MO @ Stifel Theatre12/02 – Tulsa, IK @ Brady Theater12/04 – San Antonio, TX @ Sunken Garden Theater12/06 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre12/07 – Phoenix, AZ @ Mesa AmphitheatreView All Tour Dates[H/T Pitchfork],11/28 – Madison, WI @ The Sylvee11/30 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom12/01 – St. Louis, MO @ Stifel Theatre12/02 – Tulsa, IK @ Brady Theater12/04 – San Antonio, TX @ Sunken Garden Theater12/06 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre12/07 – Phoenix, AZ @ Mesa AmphitheatreView All Tour Dates[H/T Pitchfork] Smashing Pumpkins are gearing up to release Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future, the band’s tenth studio album, due out on November 16th via Napalm Records. The eight-track, Rick Rubin-produced project will mark founding members Billy Corgan, James Iha, and Jimmy Chamberlin‘s first album together in nearly two decades. Founding bassist D’arcy Wretzky is the only original member who does not appear on the new studio effort. So far, the band has released two singles, “Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)” and “Solara”, from the upcoming album.Today, Smashing Pumpkins have shared their third single off of the album, “Knights of Malta”, which is also the opening song on the upcoming studio effort. Listen to “Knights of Malta” below:Smashing Pumpkins – “Knights of Malta”[Video: Smashing Pumpkins]Recently, the alt-rock favorites announced a 30th-anniversary tour. For a full list of upcoming tour dates, see below. For more information, head to the band’s website.Smashing Pumpkins Upcoming Tour Dateslast_img read more

first_imgWriting was invented only once. In fact, writing systems, though structurally similar, were invented “several times in human history,” he said. One example: Mesoamerican systems, like Aztec and Mayan, evolved independent of the Old World.Clay tokens, used in early accounting, were the medium of the earliest writing. No, said Zender. Clay tokens, pictographs, and rebus (pictures used to communicate sounds) play a role in writing systems, but are not writing’s precursors. Pictures, for one, are not always efficient messengers of meaning, he said. His illustration: Signage on a modern restroom hand dryer — with its wavy heat lines — could mean, “Push button. Receive bacon.”Alphabets evolved slowly from earlier pictographic and rebus systems. Not true, he said. Writing developed in rapid periodic episodes of “borrowing and adaption.” Said Zender, “The scope and origins of script origins and script decay are highly variable and unpredictable.”Most writing systems evolved in response to a need for administrative systems. In fact, said Zender, writing systems may have originated more as a means “to write personal names.”Despite the myths, humans through the millennia evolved “strikingly similar ways of recording sound and meaning,” said Zender. How could this be?One possible answer still has to be explored by linguists and neuroscientists, he said. There may be innate features of the human brain that underlie a cognitive rationale for the similarity of writing systems.Another answer may be simply that the earliest written records were meant to be “administrative and utilitarian,” said Zender. That would account for writing’s free mix of numerals, words, and names signifying ownership.Names are an apparent universal leitmotif in the development of writing systems. Zender showed a picture of one ornate polychrome vase from eighth century Mesoamerica. Ornate symbols along the top have a simple meaning: “It is the drinking cup for chocolate of K’ahk’ Tiliw Chan Chahk.”A Vimose bone comb from Denmark, circa A.D. 150, is decorated by a scrawl that reads, “Harry’s comb.”Medieval runic name tags, salvaged from a Norwegian archaeological dig and designed to be tied to goods, are a metaphor for property rights. One reads, “Erik owns this.”“Language is uniquely human,” said Zender, wrapping up his talk, and part of that is “signaling group and individual identity.”Writing may have been invented to do the same thing. To say, in effect: “I am here. We are here.”Future talks in the Visible Language series will look at the development of Chinese writing (Oct. 6), cuneiform script (Oct. 13), Egyptian hieroglyphs (Nov. 18), and the early history of the alphabet (Dec. 2).The lectures begin at 5:30 p.m. Most are in the Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St. For more information. “Visible Language,” a semester-long lecture series sponsored by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University, will probe the origins and development of writing. Experts will look at the earliest writing systems — from China, Egypt, and Europe to those of the Mediterranean area, Mesoamerica, and Mesopotamia.Going back that far yields an immediate surprise, said linguistic anthropologist Marc Zender, who opened the series Sept. 16 at the Geological Lecture Hall. Writing was “independently invented several times in human history,” he said, and yet it was invented “in strikingly similar ways.”In every system, specific signs are used to communicate sounds, words, and ideas, said Zender, a Harvard anthropology lecturer and Peabody research associate who specializes in deciphering Aztec and Mayan. All writing systems, he said, show a “diverse oneness.”The phrase comes from “Visible Speech: The Diverse Oneness of Writing Systems,” an influential 1989 book by American linguist John DeFrancis. It was one of many books outlined in Zender’s talk, which provided a sort of reading list for the series. Among them were “Writing Without Words” (1994), “Mother of Writing” (1990), “The First Writing” (2004), and “The Disappearance of Writing Systems” (2008).Regardless of its culturally diverse origins, writing everywhere, said Zender, “arrests and channels the otherwise ephemeral spoken word.”Though writing “arrests” something as mundane as speech, ancient peoples regarded it as a medium of the divine, he said. One of his slides showed Thoth, the ibis-headed Egyptian god who was credited with inventing writing. Another depicted Maya scribes, the “supernatural, angelic beings,” said Zender, whose writing was considered an act of divine creation.But today, writing is everywhere, part of every culture, and almost anyone can do it. Yet it remains, said Zender, “the single most important vehicle of cultural transmission between generations,” a way for one age to talk to another.“Writing,” he said, “allows our words to outlive us.”Zender reached back 6,000 years and more to humankind’s earliest writing systems. But he also took the time to dispel some contemporary myths:Some writing systems operate independent of sounds. Not true. All writing is related to language and its phonetic signs, said Zender, who quoted linguist Archibald A. Hill: “All writing represents speech.”last_img read more

first_imgNRG Systems Inc,Hinesburg, Vermont-based NRG Systems, manufacturer of measurement systems for the utility-scale renewable energy industry, and G. Lufft Mess- und Regeltechnik GmbH, German manufacturer of ultrasonic wind sensors, today announced a private-label agreement to serve a broader global market in wind measurement and turbine control. The agreement pairs NRG Systems’ global reach in the wind energy industry and its complete system approach with G. Lufft’s ultrasonic technology for wind measurement.Under the private-label agreement, effective immediately, Lufft will manufacture three ultrasonic wind sensors exclusively for NRG Systems to market worldwide, under the NRG Systems brand. ‘The agreement with Lufft will enable us to offer customers greater choice and price options in wind sensors’for turbine control and resource measurement’starting next month,’ said Barton Merle-Smith, Director of Marketing and Sales. ‘It’s all about providing a complete solution for wind measurement from one supplier.’About NRG SystemsNRG Systems is an independently owned company that has served the global renewable energy industry for nearly 30 years. Jan Blittersdorf is NRG Systems CEO/president. Electric utilities, wind and solar farm developers, turbine manufacturers, research institutes and universities on every continent and in more than 145 countries rely on the company’s resource assessment systems, turbine control sensors, and lidar remote sensors. For more information, visit www.nrgsystems.com(link is external).About G. LufftG. Lufft Mess- und Regeltechnik GmbH manufacturers instruments and professional systems for industrial climate measurement technology, environmental engineering, climatology, agricultural meteorology, traffic engineering, monitoring systems for pharmaceutical applications. The company, founded in 1881, is based in Fellbach-Schmiden, Germany. For more information, visit www.lufft.com(link is external). November 16, 2011last_img read more

first_imgBy Dialogo June 04, 2013 U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Asad Hussain, a maritime enforcement specialist temporarily assigned to the Oak, provided instruction to students from the Dominican Republic in their native Spanish language. Students took turns firing from port and starboard-mounted Browning M2 .50-caliber machine guns, which fire cartridges of ammunition approximately the diameter of C batteries. Hussain and instructors aboard neighboring police vessels helped familiarize 48 personnel with the weapons, to include coast guardsmen from Trinidad and Tobago and Saint Lucia’s Maritime Police force. Uniformed service members and maritime police officers from four partner nations bolstered their maritime enforcement capabilities in a live-fire gunnery exercise off the coast of Saint Lucia during Tradewinds 2013 on May 25. “At the end of the day, we’re all mariners. We all do the same job. This gets us out spending time with each other and learning different aspects of our [respective] jobs to see how we can collaborate and try to gain some knowledge,” said Hussain. The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Oak, a seagoing buoy tender, provided the platform for a portion of the exercise. Crew members launched a bright, green buoy into the Caribbean Sea and the crew of the Dominican Republic’s GC 109 Orion took turns firing at the target from Oak’s forecastle. “The main goal of Tradewinds 2013 is cooperation between partner nations,” said Hussain. “This is an opportunity to get out there, share some best practices and work on coordination,” said Hussain. “So if the day comes when we have to operate in a high-level offensive environment like this, we’ve already been exposed to each other and have the same operating parameters.” Tradewinds is a joint and combined exercise conducted in conjunction with partner nations to enhance the collective abilities of defense forces and constabularies to counter transnational organized crime and to conduct humanitarian/disaster relief operations.last_img read more

first_imgAug 3, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Scientists from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Africa have for the first time isolated Marburg viruses from fruit bats found in a Ugandan cave where humans were infected, a finding that suggests bats may be a natural host of the virus.The group reported their findings in the Jul 13 issue of Public Library of Science Pathogens (PLoS Pathogens). The natural reservoirs for the Marburg virus and its close relative, Ebola virus, have long been the subject of speculation.The CDC said in a Jul 31 press release that caves where the bats dwell in Africa are popular tourist attractions, and some bat-infested mines are actively used by local people, putting bats and people in close contact.A Dutch woman died of Marburg hemorrhagic fever in 2008 after visiting a “python cave” in western Uganda, and the illness was confirmed in a US patient who had visited the same cave a few months earlier. The current study was prompted by a death and confirmed and suspected Marburg illnesses in lead and gold miners who worked at Kitaka Cave in remote western Uganda.”By identifying the natural source of this virus, appropriate public health resources can be directed to prevent future outbreaks,” the CDC said in the statement. Understanding more about transmission between bats and humans may provide clues to prevention or treatment for Marburg virus infections. Currently, no vaccine or specific treatment is available.Previous studies had found antibodies to and genetic fragments of the Marburg virus in the bats, but no live virus.In the current study, researchers trapped and took blood and tissue samples from bats at Kitaka Cave during two visits, one in August 2007 after the miners were sickened and one in May 2008.Bats at the cave appeared healthy enough to seek food. The team found active Marburg virus infections in 5% (31 of 611) of Egyptian fruit bats, common in Africa, the eastern Mediterranean, and the Middle East, and isolated the live virus from five animals. Four of the isolates came from animals trapped during the 2007 trip, and one came from an animal sampled in 2008.The research group reported that sampling large numbers of bats and flash freezing and preserving samples in liquid nitrogen immediately after dissection helped them successfully isolate the live virus. Also, they said launching the ecological study soon after the outbreak in humans enabled them to do their work while the virus activity in the bats was probably still high.The scientists didn’t find any viral DNA in oral swabs taken from the bats, but they said ruling out saliva transmission would be premature given the limited number of bats tested. They found no evidence of vertical transmission when they tested the placentas of pregnant female bats.They projected that more than 5,000 infected bats could have been in the colony at any one time, “suggesting that there is a high risk of infection for humans who spend extended periods in close proximity to the bats,” they wrote.Genetic analysis of the Marburg sequences from the bats and the miners found that diverse Marburg lineages were circulating in the cave’s bats, suggesting that the virus had circulated in the bats for a long time, and that some of the sequences were nearly identical to the human isolates.Towner JS, Amman BR, Sealy TK, et al. Isolation of genetically diverse Marburg viruses from Egyptian fruit bats. PLoS Pathogens 2009 Jul 21;5(7):[Full text]See also:Jul 31 CDC press releaseAug 22, 2007, CIDRAP News story “Traces of Marburg virus found in African bats”last_img read more

first_imgThe International Fair Design Fair, which will be held in Rovinj from 15 to 18 November this year, will be presented on Tuesday, April 10, at 10 am at the Osijek County Chamber, at 13 Europska avenija.Exhibiting at the Design District fair is a real opportunity for exhibitors to get in touch with those who decide on the interior design of tourist facilities in Istria and Kvarner.In Osijek, the Design District fair will be presented by the organizers, and you can find more about the fair at the following link: www.design-district.net. The presentation of the fair is organized by the Osijek County Chamber in cooperation with the Association of Croatian Furniture Manufacturers – Croatian Interiors, and DD points out that all apply for participation via online applications here, the application deadline is April 9th.Karim Rashid is coming to RovinjThe urgent need to hold a furniture fair in the region with a sign of design and originality has led us to proudly announce today a unique event for all those involved in interior design, regardless of whether they are architects, designers, manufacturers or traders, say the fair organizers. DD. Thus, the complete offer will be found in one place, from designing to interior design of hotels, villas, apartments, holiday homes, restaurants and other spaces.District Design as a special guest he brings One of the world’s most prominent designers Karima Rashida who will talk about futuristic hotels, about their vision of tourism and what tourism should become. He will show us some of the most amazing works of architecture and design that he signs and make this show as special as each one he hosts.The fair will be accompanied by a series of activities: a conference for architects on the theme of hotel decoration, a conference of small hoteliers and renters, of which there are over 90.000 in Croatia, workshops, panels and discussions. read more

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first_imgGobernador Wolf: Pennsylvania redujo la población carcelaria a un récord de 3,471 desde el 1 de marzo Criminal Justice Reform,  Español,  Prison Reform El Gobernador Tom Wolf anunció que desde el 1 de marzo, la población de personas en centros correccionales estatales se ha reducido a 3,471, la mayor disminución de varios meses jamás experimentada por el Departamento de Correcciones, lo que probablemente ayudó al departamento a reducir la cantidad de casos de COVID-19 en los centros.“Cuando llegó la COVID-19, el Departamento de Correcciones de Pennsylvania se enfrentó al reto de mantener al público en general a salvo al tiempo que protegía a su población de reclusos de esta enfermedad fácilmente transmisible”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “El departamento ha tenido éxito en evitar que la COVID-19 se propague ampliamente en los entornos de convivencia de los centros correccionales”.En los más de tres meses desde que la COVID-19 se identificó por primera vez en Pennsylvania, menos del 1% de la población carcelaria del estado ha dado positivo. En última instancia, hasta ahora, los reclusos dentro de los centros correccionales estatales han demostrado estar más a salvo de la COVID-19 que la población general, donde la tasa de mortalidad es 90% más alta que en los centros correccionales estatales hasta el día de hoy.La reducción de la población carcelaria incluye el traspaso de las personas en libertad condicional de los centros a los planes domiciliarios; trabajar con la junta de libertad condicional para maximizar las liberaciones mediante libertad condicional; revisar las detenciones con libertad condicional de los que están en cárceles del condado y superaron sus condenas mínimas; e implementar el programa de suspensión temporal que ha permitido al Gobernador Wolf emitir suspensiones a 159 reclusos durante la pandemia.Estas liberaciones se suman a los esfuerzos preexistentes de realizar una reforma de la justicia penal que han reducido la población carcelaria de Pennsylvania de 48,881 reclusos cuando el Gobernador Wolf asumió el cargo a principios de enero de 2015 a 41,738 reclusos el día de hoy. Esa disminución de 7,143 en la población en menos de cinco años ha permitido al estado reducir los costos de los contribuyentes al cerrar los centros penitenciarios al tiempo que permite que más residentes de Pennsylvania reanuden sus vidas, todo sin aumentar la tasa de delitos del estado.“El Departamento de Correcciones se enorgullece de su capacidad de mantener seguros a los reclusos y continuará priorizando la salud y el bienestar durante la crisis de COVID-19”, dijo el Secretario del DOC, John Wetzel. “Continuaremos buscando mejorar nuestro sistema de justicia penal para minimizar el número de personas encarceladas mientras brindamos el mayor grado de seguridad a todos los residentes de Pennsylvania”.Pennsylvania ha adoptado un enfoque bipartidista para la reforma de la justicia penal y en los últimos años ha realizado lo siguiente:• Aprobó Reinversión en justicia 2 para abordar el alto costo del encarcelamiento en el estado, fortalecer el apoyo a los programas de libertad condicional de los condados y establecer guías sobre sentencias inadecuadas, y reformar el sistema de justicia penal posterior al juicio.• Creó una política de contratación justa para los organismos estatales que elimina la pregunta sobre las condenas penales, también conocida como “eliminar la casilla“, de las solicitudes de empleo del servicio no civil de los organismos bajo la jurisdicción del Gobernador.• Firmó el proyecto de ley “Pizarra limpia”, el primero de su tipo en la nación, para ayudar a aquellos que han cometido delitos de bajo nivel y han pagado su pena a volver a su camino con un historial libre de manchas, eliminando los posibles obstáculos para obtener trabajo, vivienda, atención médica y educación.• Firmó la Ley 95 de 2018, que elimina las suspensiones de la licencia de conducir por infracciones que no se relacionen con el manejo.• Firmó la Ley 146 de 2018, que extiende el tiempo que tiene una persona condenada que presentar una medida de alivio posterior a la condena a un año, en vez de los 60 días según la ley actual.• Firmó la Ley 147 de 2018, que actualiza la ley de pruebas de ADN de Pennsylvania y refleja avances significativos en tecnología y las lecciones aprendidas por los profesionales de la justicia penal desde 2002. La legislación elimina el requisito de supervisión de que solo las personas que cumplen una condena pueden solicitar una prueba de ADN.• Firmó la Ley 148 de 2018, un proyecto de ley de protección a las víctimas con respecto a opciones de vivienda y traslados de emergencia.Encuentre más información sobre la respuesta de Pennsylvania a la COVID-19 aquí.Encuentre más información sobre el proceso de reapertura de Pennsylvania del Gobernador Wolf aquí.View this information in English. June 22, 2020center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgNick Ryle uses energy stored in the Tesla Powerwall to recharge the Mland BMW i3 electric car at Harris Crossing Display Village. Picture: Shae Beplate.Does the thought of scrounging up the money to pay your energy account fill you with dread? If you live in Harris Crossing, those budget-blowing bills could be a thing of the past.Maidment Development Group, the developer behind Harris Crossing, is offering home buyers the option to install a Tesla Powerwall 2 Home Battery System for a fraction of the normal retail price.“Purchasing your new home at Harris Crossing not only means you’ll be building your future in Townsville’s newest premium estate, you’ll also have access to state-of-the-art technology that allows you to generate, store and use your own power, making skyrocketing energy bills a thing of the past,” said Nick Ryle, sales and marketing manager of Maidment Development Group.With an average of over 300 days of sunshine per year, Townsville is the perfect place to harness the sun’s energy.Yet without a Tesla Powerwall, solar users are limited to daylight hours to make the most of the energy produced by the sun.With a Tesla Powerwall, however, the storage system enables you to capture and store excess solar energy produced during the day for use at night, so consumers can enjoy the energy-saving advantages of the unit 24/7. In a great coup for Townsville, the Harris Crossing display village features the largest installation of Tesla Powerwall 2 in the country. “We are ahead of our southern counterparts and leading the way in the solar home battery technology revolution. This is the culmination of a lot of hard work from local suppliers and our partnering display village builders, who have come together to help put Townsville on the map,” said Nick. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“Maidment Development Group’s new initiative is all about thinking outside the box. We don’t just take into consideration where people live, but how they live. Most Australians are looking for ways to beat the rising cost of energy bills. This offer is a great solution to that problem.” The Tesla Powerwall 2 allows homeowners to: -Store the solar energy your home harnesses during the day so you can use it at night, putting an end to skyrocketing energy bills-Use stored energy during an electrical outage-Generate revenue and turn your solar power into profit by exporting excess energy back to the grid, or potentially redistributing it to other consumers in your area-Recharge your electric car while you sleep, eliminating high fuel prices and trips to the petrol station-Take control of your own energy behaviour, understanding the how, when and why of powering your own home-Live a truly energy-independent lifestyle and save thousands of dollarslast_img read more

first_imgBEFORE: One of the bedrooms inside the house in Mitchelton, before the renovation. BEFORE: Inside the house in Mitchelton before the renovation. BEFORE: The kitchen in the house in Mitchelton before the renovation. BEFORE: The back deck of the house in Mitchelton before the renovation. BEFORE: The front porch of the house in Mitchelton before the renovation. BEFORE: The back of the house in Mitchelton before the renovation. Cindy and Dan Mead in the home they renovated in Mitchelton. Image: AAP/Steve Pohlner.DIY home renovators Cindy and Dan Mead are living the dream.After renovating two Brisbane properties on a tight budget and flipping them for a profit, the young couple have just bought the home they have always wanted.But while the television shows make it look easy, their latest project in Mitchelton was no walk in the park for two people working full-time and determined to meet a 12-week deadline.“We’d finished the first renovation and sold it and were specifically looking for something similar but in the next price bracket — something a bit bigger,” Mrs Mead said.“We went to view another property and the agent said; ‘Have you been down the road to Elbury Street to see this one?’ and we hadn’t looked at it because we thought the price was a little high.“So we drove past and noticed the price had dropped since it had listed a week before, so we had a look through and put an offer in and got it straight away.” AFTER: The entrance and front porch of the house after the renovation.Mrs Mead said the only advice she would give wannabe DIY renovators was to be prepared to put in the hard work to achieve a long-term goal.“People have joked; ‘How did the marriage survive a renovation?’ and we’ve done it twice!” she said.“If anything, it just makes you stronger because you know how hard it was.“At the time, you think; ‘Why have we signed up for this?’ but it’s definitely all worthwhile in the end.” AFTER: The kitchen in the house after the renovation.“We didn’t skimp on the kitchen,” she said.“We wanted quality finishes and materials.”The finished kitchen is modern and practical with Quantum Quartz stone bench tops, quality appliances such as an induction cooktop and pyrolytic oven, soft close cupboards and drawers and an island breakfast bar.Sliding doors in the kitchen and dining area open out to an elevated timber deck with direct access to the backyard.There are three bedrooms — all with ceiling fans and built-in robes. The bathroom comes with a freestanding bathtub. AFTER: The front of the house after the renovation.It helped that Mr Mead worked in the commercial construction industry and had a lot of friends with trades under their belts. “We were fortunate in that we had really great contractors to rely on — good friends and people we know in the industry — and I think we’d learnt from our first reno how to project manage and time it all,” Mrs Mead said.“We also found we got the job done faster with local, smaller suppliers.”The couple moved out during the renovation, which motivated them to complete the project quicker.“We were, at the time, paying two mortgages because we owned another property, plus renting so the timeframe of 12 weeks was financially driven,” Mrs Mead said. AFTER: The back of the house after the renovation.“Dan and I did all the painting, he did all the tiling.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“He did a marvellous job even though it nearly broke him spending weekend after weekend tiling!”Mrs Mead said they only hired professionals to do some of the work.“We had a plasterer, electrician, plumber and cabinet maker come in, but we did everything else ourselves, including the demolition, so we saved a lot of money by rolling up our sleeves,” she said.Mrs Mead said the kitchen was the greatest expense because they could not do much themselves and they did not want to compromise on quality. AFTER: The back deck on the house after the renovation.The Meads have now settled in to their new home — a large character Queenslander — in Alderley, where they are about to undertake their third home renovation.“Combined with the profit from our first renovation, we’ve literally just bought our dream home and we wouldn’t have been able to do that had we not renovated two properties,” Mrs Mead said.“It was worth the hard work and the blood, sweat and tears to get there.” BEFORE: The front of the house before the renovation. BEFORE: The bathroom in the house in Mitchelton before the renovation. AFTER: The living room in the house after the renovation.The original property was tidy and charming, but needed a total overhaul.“We completely gutted the house,” Mrs Mead said.“There was nothing left — no electrical wiring, no walls, no ceilings, we basically worked with a shell so that was exciting.”They managed to finish the rebuild in 11 weeks and did not go much over their budget of $80,000.“It was mental because we both work full-time and long hours,” Mrs Mead said. AFTER: The bathroom of the house after the renovation.Downstairs, a multiple purpose room can be used as a fourth bedroom. There is also a large, undercover area that could serve as an all-weather play space for the kids, a gym or yoga space or teenage retreat. Timber floors, a neutral colour scheme, a built-in laundry with mudroom, workshop spac and landscaped gardens complete the look. AFTER: One of the bedrooms in the house after the renovation.RENO FACT CHECKTime taken: 11 weeksTotal spend: $85,000Sale price: $772,000last_img read more