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  • Coorparoo house of geometrical design is a smooth operator

    first_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 Submarine development emerges by the river MORE The beach house that looks like a super yacht “We wanted to follow that angular shape with everything. There’s not much that is round in the house. Everything is square,” he said. However, it is the well-thought out details of this home that bring softness to the space. The kitchen area, which exudes style and warmth.Take the polished hardwood flooring made of Queensland spotted gum that runs throughout the three-storey home. Look up in the covered external spaces, such as the back patio and courtyards, and you find the same timber on the ceilings as well.“Putting those boards on the ceiling wasn’t easy to do,” Goran said, “but we wanted to make the house a little bit more interesting. Enjoy the outdoors, indoors in this covered courtyard.“We also wanted to build a home rather than a house, so apart from the geometric design and the quality of the materials, we wanted to create a sense of warmth, which we have done through the wood, the furniture and other features.”One thing you can’t help but notice as you look around the middle floor, and there are many things to catch your eye, is the shimmer of a bronze tree in an outside courtyard. The house has amazing city views from the balcony.“The architect wanted to create a Japanese garden in the area but I wasn’t ready to go that far, so I thought of a tree,” Goran said. “It was a big process to get it up to that level and in a custom-made box, but it’s a lovely area where you can sit and relax and be inside the house but feel like your outside.”Also on this floor is a fireplace, expansive kitchen and butler’s pantry, a living room, games room, library, laundry and study. From the kitchen, the dining room leads out onto a rear balcony where you can find an outdoor entertaining area and pool. The spotted gum floorboards are repeated on the ceiling of the outdoor areas.On the lower level is the garage, a large cellar and entertainment area with a pool table and cinema room. But that’s only a quarter of the space here. The other side of the floor is taken up by the guests quarters, which has its own entrance.“It was designed so be self sufficient., so guests can do their own thing,” Goran said. But when no one is staying we use the adjoining area as a gym space, so it’s always utilised.” The home’s large cinema room.On the top floor is where you will find three bedrooms, including the master, further living spaces and the Mirics’ favourite space in the house — the top balcony.“We have full city views and there is an outside bar, it’s absolutely amazing. We’ve held lots of parties with up to 60 people there. The house sits high in the suburb so it’s just an amazing area that gets nice breezes and amazing sunrises and sunsets. It’s my favourite place.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours ago Sleek lines are a feature of the this home.There are internal and external stairs joining the floors, but Goran said the house also had a void, should someone wish to install a lift.While the sheer size of the house has made it ideal during lockdown, Goran said the time had come to downsize. “There’s 750sqm of inside space, so it would be a little bit much for just myself and my wife,” Goran said. One cannot forget the outside pools.“Our two kids are of the age where they would like something that’s a bit more inner-city living. We enjoyed the house while the kids were younger, but now we want something like an apartment, maybe by the river.”The family originally chose to build in Coorparoo because they were already living and working on the south side of the city. Warm yourself by the fire of an evening.“We considered other areas such as Hawthorne or Bulimba, but we settled on Coorparoo because it was easier to get in and out of,” Goran said. “It’s close to the city and major highways, so it’s easy to go north or south from here, which is important,” he said.“It’s become more trendy over the past few years, since we built the house; lots of restaurants and bars are popping up. There’s also a real community feel, that is quite nice.”The house will be auctioned at noon on June 6 through Place Estate Agents, New Farm.center_img The gnarly Brisbane home with a skate bowl in the living room 39 Illidge Street, CoorparooThis architecturally designed house in Coorparoo is all about geometry.From the roofline outside to the internal spaces, it’s all cool, clean, straight lines and large open voids.Yet for such an open-plan minimalistic building, the home exudes nothing but softness and warmth, which was what homeowners Goran and Linda Miric were hoping for when they built it six years ago. The entrance of the home is on the middle level.Linda was heavily involved with the design, which took a year to complete, and it was brought to life by KP Architects.last_img read more

  • Pulev Vows to Bust Joshua  in Front of Home Fans

    first_img“He wants to fight in London in June. We’re on the verge of making that happen now. Spurs is the front runner and that’s what he’s asked me to do. We’ll be delivering that for him.” “We’ve had offers in from the Far East, Middle East, Africa, America, Turkey,” Hearn told Sky Sports News. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram “He’s made it very clear to me, I want to come home. I want to box in London next. I’ve been to Madison Square Garden, I’ve been to Saudi Arabia, bring me home. Forget the other offers, bring me home. Kubrat Pulev has warned Anthony Joshua he is “ready to come to London” to “bust up” the world heavyweight champion.Negotiations to finalise Joshua’s next fight have hinged mainly on the location – the IBF, WBA and WBO champion’s preference is a UK homecoming after two fights abroad in 2019, and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has emerged as the “frontrunner” to host a fight in June.But Pulev has mocked Joshua, saying: “Calm down champ, I see that you are very worried to fight away from home and you are absolutely right to be, haha! Bulgaria’s Pulev has only ever lost to Wladimir Klitschko in 29 fights but has since beaten Hughie Fury and Derek Chisora. He was initially scheduled to face Joshua at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium in 2017 but withdrew injured. “But rest assured, if necessary I’m ready to come to London and bust you up in front of your own fans!“Until then, tell Mr. Hearn not to get ahead of himself, we do not have a deal yet!”Promoter Eddie Hearn claimed on Thursday a deal to pit Joshua against his IBF mandatory challenger was “very close”.last_img read more

  • Charismatic Burke dominates tennis court

    first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoIt’s 10:40 on a Friday morning. In fewer than four hours, Caitlin Burke will face a tough Iowa State opponent on the tennis court. But for now, her mind is focused on the pet ferret her roommates recently purchased.”I get home and they’re in [my roommate’s] room. They’re setting up this huge cage. … They bought a tent, a small little tent for the ferret to go in, a hammock for it to lay on. They had all these toys for it,” Burke says. “I am just saying, ‘Oh my gosh. I cannot believe you guys just bought this. Do you know how bad ferrets smell? And they’re not that cool.'”A day later, her roommates came to agree. The pet, named for singer Kanye West, now resides with Jeremy Sonkin, the top player on the men’s tennis team.”He brings it everywhere with him,” Burke laughingly explains. “It just sleeps in his coat pocket all day long.”The laugh is infectious, and it pleasantly accompanies the seemingly constant grin of the Badger women’s tennis team’s ace. Even when game time comes around and Burke has shed her Wisconsin sweat outfit in favor of a team uniform, she is still all smiles until she takes the court.Then things turn serious. In the day’s doubles meet, Burke will help deliver a victory on the first court with a duo of punishing aces against the regional opponent. And when matters turn to the singles game, she is all business, shutting down the Cyclones’ Jill Palen 6-1, 6-1 in one of the day’s fastest matches.Winning is nothing new for the standout athlete, though.”[S]he got to the point where she was about 14, and she got so good that I took her to the national championships in the summer and she got to the semi-finals,” her father Patrick fondly recalls. “It was a part time job just finding people for her to hit with everyday. And by the time she was 16, there weren’t too many people that could hit with her.”In high school competition, it would seem that no one that could hit with her. Burke finished out her secondary days with a perfect 108-0 record, having never even lost a single set of play.Badger teammate Kaylan Caiati can attest to that perfect record, having only lost three high school tennis matches herself. Each of them came at the hands of Burke.But there is no animosity between the two.”I’m the closest with Kaylan, just because she’s my roommate and we’ve grown up knowing each other for a really long time,” Burke comments of her teammate.The feeling is mutual, as Caiati radiates when the topic of Burke is raised.”We’re competitive when we’re on the court, but that’s it. … When we’re off in our apartment … it’s totally different. We act just like anybody else, not like two opponents on the tennis court,” Caiati said. “She’s very fun, always making me laugh. She has a very outgoing personality, and that’s what I like about her.”It’s now 11 a.m. on game day and Burke slips into the back row of a campus lecture hall, ready to take in a 50-minute session on weather and climate. The professor opens by giving a local news-style forecast and the tennis star scribbles down notes.When not copiously recording the day’s lesson, Burke twirls her pen on her left index finger. Though she proudly wears a yellow “Live Strong” bracelet on her right hand, she is a southpaw. And that has its benefits on the tennis court.”It’s definitely an advantage in tennis — being a lefty,” Burke said. “A big advantage with the serve, especially.”Who will be the victim of that serve in just a matter of hours?”Couldn’t even tell you her name, to tell you the truth,” Burke comments, unfazed by the prospect of taking on someone with whom she is thoroughly unfamiliar.Over the years, she has taken on a lot of people and, given the nature of women’s tennis, the scouting has never been stellar. Before rising to the No. 32 national collegiate ranking she currently enjoys, Burke began playing consistently around the time she was in the fourth grade, and her father recollects his daughter’s quick rise with a grin typical of the family.”I took her out when she was 5, 6, 7 … she was terrible. So when she was about 9, I said, ‘Caitlin, you want to go play some tennis.’ Started feeding her balls. Every ball on the strings — every ball perfect,” he said. “And within about a year, she was the top tennis player in the state in the girls’ 10s.”By the time college rolled around, Burke had accumulated the aforementioned flawless high school record and could more or less have her pick of schools. But the Cedarburg, Wis., native ultimately opted for the University of Wisconsin, electing to stay in state and close to home.”I visited North Carolina … Notre Dame, Northwestern, Tennessee and [Wisconsin]. And I just loved it here,” Burke said. “Went to a hockey game, a football game. … My family lives close by. All my cousins went here.”Having that family nearby makes a difference too. When the Badgers are playing at home, various branches of the Burke family tree will inevitably form a cheering section in the stands robust enough to intimidate any opposing player. For the final day of competition in the USTA/ITA National Women’s Team National Indoor Championships, the top singles court would be standing room only for those showing up late.”My other cousins who live in Minneapolis came up last weekend to watch. My brother, my sister, [my brother’s] girlfriend, [my sister’s] boyfriend, they all came — we probably had 15 people from my family here last weekend,” Burke recollects.And then there are her parents, a perennial constant in the Wisconsin stands not just for home matches down I-94, but for seemingly anything commutable in the region as well.With each of those matches, Burke has grown better and better, more adept at the college game. It has never been much of a secret that she was in line to claim the squad’s top spot for this, her junior season, but that didn’t stop the route to the top from hitting one minor, premature bump.It was April 1, 2005, when the Badgers ventured into State College, Penn. to take on the Nittany Lions. Then-team ace Katie McGaffigan had been in a slump and Burke was proving dominant on the second court. Head coach Patti Henderson made the switch, placing the Cedarburg native at the top of the lineup card prior to the match beginning.Then the perfect storm hit. A prolonged doubles point seemed to suck the life out of both Big Ten teams, as the late-afternoon match slowly moved into the evening. With dawn creeping, the outdoor facility shifted from sunlight to stadium lighting, something practically unheard of in the college tennis world. And during that lengthy doubles contest, the temperature plummeted. Suddenly it was dark, Burke — like everyone else — was showing the signs of exhaustion, the air was far chillier than it seemingly ever is for a tennis match and the newly anointed Badger ace was to take to the top court, which also happened to be the rare collegiate grand stand court, meaning the match would be fought in a pit with lengthy back-courts and creeping shadows.”The conditions were tough playing outside, being dark and windy,” Burke commented as she stretched after the match. “I tried my hardest.”Nearly a year later, sitting in a restaurant on State Street and working her way through a bagel sandwich, Burke chooses almost identical words to describe that fateful evening at Penn State.”It was freezing. … It was a huge stadium court, whereas normally I have a fence behind me. So I was playing way far back. … It wasn’t the nicest conditions. It was windy, it was pretty cold and dark out,” Burke comments. “I was playing under lights. I had never done that.”After a second, equally bizarre interlude at the top spot 48 hours later in Bloomington, Ind., Burke would return to the second spot for the duration of the season, proving dominant behind McGaffigan who emerged from her slump and ended her college career with some impressive victories.Today Burke is back on top and, this time, in command. Her only losses on the season have come to top-25 opponents. And, as her father notes, even those matches have been close enough that the Badger star has every right to eye All-American status.”You beat somebody that’s really good and it really affects your ranking,” he says. “So she’s a big win away from moving up.”This past weekend, Burke met Northwestern’s Cristelle Grier, formerly the top ranked player in American women’s college tennis, in what proved to be an epic battle of spin-heavy shots, games stalled at deuce and hard-won break points. The Badger ace ultimately lost the match 6-4, 7-5, but it was an impressive display against an opponent who may well be laying claim to one of the greatest college tennis careers in recent history.Henderson may summarize Burke’s rise the best, “She’s certainly grown. She’s grown as a person. She’s grown as a tennis player. And she’s grown into taking aspects of the leadership role among the team, too.”Moreover, Burke keeps growing. And since she is still only a junior that leaves seemingly endless possibilities for the relatively young tennis star.”I can’t imagine stopping after college. In two years, it would be weird to think about being done. I definitely want to try to play after,” Burke says. “It would be fun to try a few pro tournaments, see how they go … it doesn’t hurt to try. I think it would be fun.”last_img read more