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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

first_imgThe postponement of the Euro Cup from this summer to the summer of 2021 has meant that the door is opened to the end of the current national leagues in Europe affected by the coronavirus, including the Second Division. Despite the fact that everything is in the embryonic phase and pending the evolution of the health crisis, what seems certain is thate, if the current format is maintained, the silver competition in Spanish football would extend beyond June 30, the end date of contracts.In this scenario, CD Lugo would have a serious problem of troops to face or, rather, a serious administrative problem. The albivermello team is one of the teams that has the most players on loan on its roster (seven starters and three more on the bench), with what the Lugo they would have to renegotiate the transfers of these footballers with the clubs that own their rights to be able to count on them in their ranks in the final stretch of the campaign and with the team surely playing for permanence. But in addition, Lugo has a series of players who end their contractual relationship with Lugo on June 30 and for whom, for the moment, there has been no news about its renewal. José Carlos, Josete, Campabadal, Leuko and Carrillo end their contract in principle on the indicated date, and their renewal would become a priority if the league competition goes beyond that limit.Since this problem will not be exclusive to CD Lugo, but rather a global situation, It is expected that from the Professional Football League some measure will be articulated to solve the problem. What is clear is that the players must be clear about their employment relationship, since it would be difficult for them to suffer an injury with their contract already finished and without coverage or the option of a new card.last_img read more