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

The numbers behind Syracuse’s 3-point shooting frequency and efficiency

first_imgQuentin Hillsman has said he wants Syracuse to shoot 30 3-pointers every game. He said he hopes for 10 makes from beyond the arc every time out.Syracuse’s route to reaching those numbers hasn’t always looked efficient on paper. The Orange shoots just 30.8 percent from distance. Even when SU’s players miss shots, Hillsman urges them to keep shooting, and for good reason.The Orange (17-5, 5-4 Atlantic Coast) ranks third in the country with 679 3-pointers attempted, ninth with 209 made 3-pointers and 11th with 9.5 made 3s per game. But Syracuse ranks 209th in 3-point field goal percentage at 30.8 percent. But, its effective field goal percentage bears out a much more productive offensive team.Effective field goal percentage accounts for the fact that 3-pointers are worth 50 percent more than 2s. Thirty-three percent from 3 equals 50 percent from 2. So for Syracuse, the amount of 3s it attempts are bound to make the Orange more effective scoring than the simple percentages.Syracuse has tallied a 48.5 effective field goal percentage on the season. That’s higher than its 41.1 percent overall from the field.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSometimes, the strategy to keep shooting it from deep backfires. Against N.C. State on Jan. 14 and Miami on Jan. 18, Syracuse made nine 3s, near its season average. But against the Wolfpack, SU missed 20 3s and the Orange went on to miss 26 3s against the Hurricanes. The Orange lost both those games.“It doesn’t matter how many shots I miss, he’s gonna tell me to keep shooting,” Gabrielle Cooper said on Nov. 28.In the long run, the strategy pays off for the Orange. Percentages that on paper look putrid from inside the arc can still be somewhat effective from deep. Tiana Mangakahia makes 26.2 percent from deep, Digna Strautmane makes 22.6 percent from 3 and Isis Young makes 29.2 percent from downtown. But all three are firmly above 40 percent in effective field goal percentage, much more bearable because of the frequency with which they shoot the 3-ball.Against then-No. 11 Florida State on Jan. 7, Syracuse took 20 3s in the first half. It made just five. That 25 percent from 3 equates to a still unimpressive 37.5 percent from two. But SU didn’t shy away from letting it fly in the second half. The Orange shot 16 second-half 3s and made eight on the way to an upset victory. Miranda Drummond made 3-for-8 from 3 in the first half but then was a perfect 5-for-5 in the second half.In every game except a loss to then-No. 5 Mississippi State, Syracuse has shot more 3s than its opponent. Sometimes, the hot shooting comes in the first half, unlike the game against FSU.Against Pittsburgh, SU shot 8-for-14 in the first half from distance. But the Orange only made 2-of-16 in the second. The power of the 3 had already done the necessary damage, though. A 13-point halftime lead proved too much for the Panthers to overcome, and 24 of SU’s 44 point in the half came from beyond the arc. Cooper went 4-for-6 from 3 in the first half and then missed all four attempts from deep in the second.“When I get the ball, I try to get the ball up there and do what I do,” Gabrielle Cooper said on Nov. 28, summing up Hillsman and SU’s strategy.The Orange takes and makes almost as many 3s as any team in the country. But the rate at which SU makes them is mediocre, at best. By sheer volume of attempts and conversions, though, Syracuse makes up for that mediocrity with an absolute ferocity with which it stands by the 3-ball.“Hoping for the day that they could start knocking down some more of those 3-point shots,” Hillsman said on Nov. 28. “I think it’s gonna change the whole complexion of the way we play.” Comments Published on January 29, 2018 at 10:25 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Volunteers spread mulch as part of effort to maintain orchard

first_img“A small but mighty crew” assembled Sunday morning at the Foley Park Community Orchard, Allie Van Nostran said, and they made a dent in a mulching project at the public pear tree field.The orchard is tucked behind the county’s Foley Neighborhood Park, north of Northwest 21st Avenue and Northwest 119th Street, in the Felida area.The area is an undeveloped county park, and the orchard is part of an old farmstead sold to the county. There are about 150 pear trees on the property, along with a few apple and cherry trees.The handful of volunteers set cardboard around trees and spread some fresh mulch over the top Sunday. The cardboard and new mulch layer help protect the soil around the trees, Van Nostran said. It helps preserve moisture and prevent competing plant growth around the boles. They got to about nine trees, she said.The county mows the grass and provided Sunday’s mulch, but much of the orchard’s maintenance falls to neighbors and volunteers.Van Nostran, an AmeriCorps worker, explained that Sunday’s work was organized through the Slow Foods Southwest Washington nonprofit’s Urban Abundance program, which focuses on maintaining and harvesting backyard and public orchards for community benefit.last_img read more