Cairns builder reveals the features buyers are demanding in new homes

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:02Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:02 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. 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 Rate1xFullscreenAustralia’s most expensive houses02:02WHILE questions remain over exactly how the Federal Government’s HomeBuilder scheme will work, Far Northern builders are reporting the announcement alone has caused a frenzy of interest from potential buyers who are turning back the clock with their design requests. Integrity New Homes, a national builder, began operations in Cairns in April with its first three display homes at Cairns North set to be complete in coming months. The firm led by long-term Cairns locals, TJ Singh and Hitender Kumar, is building a single-storey budget home and two double-storey homes they class as mid-tier and top-end luxury, at Smith St, Cairns North. A rendered image of Integrity New Homes’ two double-storey display homes at Smith St, Cairns North.“A lot of people walk into a basic display home and they don’t like the features,” Mr Singh said. “Then they walk into a luxury home and it’s out of their budget, so they can visit these three, find the features they like and work with their budget.” The local franchise started during the height of the COVID-19 lockdowns, but Mr Singh said he was always confident buyers would still be interested in building. “I can remember when Mt Sheridan was a farm,” he said. “Every year more land is developed and it keeps selling so quickly. Springbrook and Bellmere Lane land releases at Redlynch. Integrity New Homes Cairns sales manager TJ Singh said land sales were through the roof in the Far North at the moment.“During April and May, we were getting about two inquiries per day. Since the announcement (of HomeBuilder), it’s been 10-12 each day. There’s definitely a lot of people ready to build.”He said buyers were turning back the clock with the features demanded in properties. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago“We noticed not many builders were building classic Queenslander homes anymore. “Our two double-storey ones are brick at the bottom and lightweight at the top, so modern Queenslanders.“The locals are asking for big decks, nice views, pools, arts rooms for the kids but they’re not too interested in media rooms anymore. “They are willing to make sacrifices in other rooms in their houses to have these features. “We also have a lot of Indian clients who do want media rooms, study rooms, separate or outdoor kitchens and down ceilings, which can be decorated,” he said. The firm has already signed eight contracts and will begin its first project homes in 2-3 weeks.last_img read more

Badgers falter in late going in overtime loss

first_imgAs far as heart-breaking losses go, Wednesday’s game for the Wisconsin women’s basketball team against No. 22 Nebraska might be the hardest one to swallow this season.The Badgers (10-12, 3-7 Big Ten) hung tough with the Cornhuskers (16-5, 6-3 Big Ten) throughout the first and second halves before the two teams would eventually need overtime to settle the contest. But after clutch baskets by Nebraska All-American Jordan Hooper and guard Tear’a Laudermill in the overtime period, the Cornhuskers emerged victorious, knocking off Wisconsin, 71-70.During the first 20 minutes of action, baskets were hard to come by as both teams combined to make just 19 field goals. Wisconsin, however, was 3-of-4 from beyond the arc and took a 26-21 lead at the break. Nebraska’s 21 points were a season low for any half this season, and the Badgers held Hooper to two points.Fifth-year senior Taylor Wurtz paced the Badgers with 10 points, three rebounds and two assists in the first half. She finished the game with 18 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.The story of the second half was redshirt junior Michala Johnson, who scored 14 of her game-high 24 points in the second frame. Despite Johnson’s efforts, the Cornhuskers kept knocking down three-pointers to keep the game close throughout the half. The largest lead of the second half was just six, held by Wisconsin, and the two teams found themselves tied at 58 with just 1 minute, 18 seconds to go.Following a Hooper basket to tie the game at 60 with 36 seconds to go, Wisconsin took a timeout to set up a final play. Coming out of the timeout, senior Morgan Paige drove to the basket but slipped and fell forcing a turnover to give Nebraska the ball with three seconds left. In the last three seconds Nebraska couldn’t get a shot off, and Wisconsin was heading for its third overtime game of the season.In the overtime period, Johnson scored the first six points for the Badgers, but Nebraska continued to answer with three-pointers by Hooper and Laudermill that would give them a 70-66 lead. After a Johnson basket and Wurtz lay-in, the game was tied at 70 with a minute remaining.A Nebraska free throw gave them a 71-70 lead, and after missed shots by Wurtz and Hooper, Wisconsin had the ball coming out of a timeout with 8.8 seconds to go still down by one. Junior Jacki Gulczynski inbounded the ball and eventually tried to find Johnson in the post, but her pass was batted away by Nebraska’s Emily Cady that sealed the game for the Cornhuskers.“It came down to one play and we didn’t get it,” Badger head coach Bobbie Kelsey said. “[The last play] was to just get [Johnson] the ball. We had it right where we wanted it, but it didn’t go our way. She was scoring all night so we were going to get her the ball and let her see what she could do.”Nebraska was well prepared for the final play. They knew where the ball was likely going to go, according to head coach Connie Yori.“We thought the ball could go to Johnson, but we also thought they could run a ball-screen in that situation,” Yori said. “But we worked on that cross-screen in practice …You have to think that they’re either going to Johnson or run a ball-screen.”It’s a another tough loss for the Badgers who recently ended a four-game losing streak by beating Ohio State this past Sunday.In the end, Laudermill and Hooper were just too much for the Badgers. Laudermill, who was playing through illness, finished with 21 points on 5-of-10 three-point shooting, while Hooper ended up with 15 points and four rebounds.Despite the close game against a ranked team, Wurtz said there are no moral victories, but they can take away valuable information from this game. She added they’re going to use what happened tonight to come back even stronger later in the season.The Badgers will hit the road to face Indiana on Saturday before returning home next Wednesday for a battle with cross-state rival, Minnesota.“We played tough … but we don’t like moral victories,” Wurtz said. “We just have to get back into the gym, watch the film and correct the little mistakes. Now we know that we can play with anybody in this league and we’re going to make a statement towards the end of the season.”last_img read more