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Craftsmanship makes Brisbane prestige properties unique

first_imgBanc at Toowong is an example of one of Brisbane’s prestige apartment developments.WHEN it comes to buying a prestige property, it is important to know the difference between top shelf fittings and faux finishes.As Brisbane’s prestige apartment market bounces back, director of award-winning SJB Interiors Jonathan Richards, said imitation materials and brands could still be spotted in many luxury apartments.Richards said buyers should train their eye to look for the ‘tell tale’ signs of a true prestige property to ensure they were getting value for money.The SJB Interiors team has recently completed a display for Banc apartments on the riverfront at Toowong, which Richards said showcased five key features that million-dollar plus apartments should have in order to uphold their value.“The first marker of a high end property is plenty of space, which means buyers should look for high ceilings, generous bathrooms and few corridors, allowing for flexible use of living areas and ample room for furniture and storage,” Richards said.“Equally important is privacy — especially when purchasing an inner city apartment. Thick glass on all windows and sliding doors will provide a shield from any road noise.“Ambience is all about how the apartment looks and feels and is a crucial measure of its design merit.”SJB Interiors’ Jonathan Richards.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoHe said buyers should choose an apartment that has a clean, neutral colour scheme allowing for individual styling.“A lot of people also mistakenly believe that creating ambience means adding things like feature walls or statement splashbacks, but the key to luxury is actually restraint and simplicity,” he said.“Craftsmanship is what makes the apartment unique, and is all about attention to finer detail, like soft edges on benchtops and soft close drawers.“All buyers should ask for a full schedule of finishes and do their research on the inclusions — especially if buying off the plan.”Richards said with the number of new apartment projects yet to commence, or in the early stages throughout Brisbane, buyers are advised to ask for examples of what the apartment will look like.“Buyers should always ask for an example of the quality of fittings and finishes if the apartment is not yet built,” he said.Banc is at 527 Coronation Drive, Toowong, and accessible via 7 Land St.last_img read more

Smiling Suarez back at Anfield

first_img He returned to training with his first-team colleagues yesterday for the first time in over a week having been exiled by Rodgers after the player claimed the manager and the club had reneged on a deal agreed last summer to allow him to leave for a Champions League side. Suarez went public with his grievances after a second bid of £40,000,001 by Arsenal, which they thought should have triggered his departure, was rejected by the Merseysiders. Liverpool have always maintained there was no release clause as such, only a requirement to notify the player and begin negotiations should they wish. Manager Rodgers has been clearly exasperated as the questions over Suarez show no sign of abating. Ahead of today’s match, Rodgers told BT Sport 1: “I said in the press conference the other day and I repeat the same now, Luis is obviously banned from playing through to the end of September. “Out of respect for all the other players who have been outstanding for me over the course of pre-season I am not going to mention any more about Luis Suarez. As you can imagine, it’s been non-stop really so the only thing is he is back…and he is smiling and happy and we’ll move on.” It follows Rodgers’ admission he is confident the saga can be satisfactorily concluded. In a pre-recorded interview with BT Sport, the former Swansea boss said: “He’s been brilliant for the club – obviously there have been issues over the summer – but I’m sure they’ll be resolved.” The 26-year-old still has six games of a 10-match ban left to be served after biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic last season, ruling him out until the end of next month. Liverpool’s summer has been overshadowed by the Suarez saga with the striker’s future the subject of speculation after he began agitating for a move away. Brendan Rodgers described Luis Suarez as “back…smiling and happy” as the Uruguay international arrived at Anfield for Liverpool’s opening game of the season against Stoke. After all the talk swirling around Anfield throughout the summer, a smiling Suarez arrived at the ground today. Carrying daughter Delfina, he walked around the perimeter of the pitch to a ripple of applause from the smattering of fans assembled inside the ground an hour before kick-off. He even stopped to shake hands with former referee Mark Halsey at pitchside before disappearing down the tunnel, emerging less than 10 minutes later to make the walk back to the executive boxes in the Centenary Stand on the opposite side of the ground. A small group of Stoke bans booed as he walked past them but there was more applause and the odd cheer. Rodgers’ response to the South American’s comments had been to claim the attitude and performances of last season’s 30-goal striker had fallen below the required standard and he was to train on his own until an apology was forthcoming. Even with the transfer window closing in just over a fortnight, time was always on the manager’s side once they had made it clear the player was not for sale because of Suarez’s long suspension. But Rodgers will feel vindicated his stance, fully backed by principal owner John Henry’s unequivocal statement that Suarez was not for sale, has appeared to strengthen his authority. Press Associationlast_img read more