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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

TSHD DC Brugge Delivered

first_imgThe trailer suction hopper dredger (TSHD) DC Brugge was delivered last week to Scheepswerf Gebr. Kooiman B.V. in Zwijndrecht. According to the Kooiman’s latest announcement, the new TSHD is the result of close cooperation between Group de Cloedt and Kooiman Marine Group. The vessel, with a hopper volume of 2.450 m³, is set to replace the 43-year-old Interballast 1.The company said that the sailing area will include the Western Scheldt and the Belgian and Dutch coasts. The vessel will be used to load inland hopper barges and stock the depots of Group de Cloedt.In close cooperation with Group de Cloedt, Kooiman Marine Group was responsible for all the engineering and modification of the vessel. The joinery and electrical installation were also designed and supplied by Kooiman Marine Group.The two hoppers can be loaded and unloaded separately, enabling two different types of sand to be transported. The dredger installation is fitted with a height-adjustable screener so that different sand qualities can be carefully sorted.The vessel can unload its cargo in three ways, dry, wet and by dumping.The vessel is equipped with a grab discharger installation. Using a hydraulic crane with grab, the cargo can be unloaded via a conveyor belt. This conveyor belt has a reach of around 30 meters outside the vessel. With this installation, the vessel can unload its cargo independently.For wet cargo, e.g. for loading inland hopper barges, the vessel is equipped with a loading spout. The vessel has hatches in the bottom which allow the cargo to be dumped using a jet water system.According to the official announcement, the use of two built-in telescopic spud poles means that no mooring buoys are required. In combination with the unloading installation, the vessel can independently unload in very many places.The old accommodation has been replaced by a brand-new wheelhouse. This new accommodation can house an eight-man crew.Image source: Kooiman Marine Grouplast_img read more