How a tradie transformed an old shack into waterfront hot property


first_imgOne of two kitchens for the gourmet inclined.A servery from the kitchen to the rear deck is the finishing touch, just begging to be used for a summer soiree or family barbecue.If outdoor entertaining is more to your taste, the other kitchen serves up more features, including a 900mm gas cooktop and oven, as the perfect accompaniment to a stunning poolside entertaining area. Anything missing? When it comes to opening a bottle at home, you can also raise a glass to your personal wine fridge. No doubt the new owners of the Norman Street residence will toast to that. The view from the master bedroom.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa21 hours agoFloor-to-ceiling windows frame the canal views from the master suite, while the flow between indoor and outdoor living spaces, the media room, a fire pit, and sparkling pool are an entertainer’s dream.“There’s also smaller details like the artwork and staircase,” Mr Foggo said. “I just love it all.” 15 Norman St, Tweed Heads.DECIDING to demolish an old waterfront shack to start from scratch is no easy feat, but it helps if you’re in the industry.Carpenter and vendor Dayne Foggo said he pretty much designed and built the contemporary Tweed Heads home himself. Space to relax outdoors? That’s well and truly covered.The residence is touted as offering a permanent holiday lifestyle, but if you do choose to venture away, the central location means the Gold Coast International Airport is a seven minute drive, while a private boat ramp puts the Tweed River on your doorstep.It’s the second property Mr Foggo has bought, demolished and rebuilt after a successful sale at Banora Point in 2015. He’s now preparing to do it all over again, eyeing off another Tweed Heads residence. From old shack to pool with a view.“There was nothing like it anywhere in the area, especially this new and modern, everything was dated,” he said.“I thought I’d set myself apart.”The redo took eight months, and the result is a stunning, modern home, with a myriad of unique features, such as polished concrete floors that complement a glossy timber finish on the ceiling. Perfect for entertaining.Mr Foggo said his tradesperson credentials streamlined the process. “Having contacts is a big one, then there’s the skill. Being around it for so long, I’m comfortable in the construction arena.”The carpenter is also pretty handy when it comes to the finer things in life. Mr Foggo owns Tasca wine bar in Coolangatta, and he’s cooked up a design storm by installing two separate gourmet kitchens. The indoor option features marble benchtops, a suite of high-quality appliances and water views. The timber ceiling almost creates an illusion.last_img read more

Leinster maintain momentum


first_img Press Association Two tries from back rowers Dominic Ryan and Jack Conan had Leinster 12-0 up in as many minutes, with Tom Heathcote replying with a lone penalty before half-time. Heathcote had a disappointing night with the boot, though, and man-of-the-match Ryan’s 52nd-minute try coupled with a Ben Marshall score put Leinster clear before Tomas Leonardi and Mick McGrath swapped late tries. The only sour point for the hosts was that centre Ben Te’o’s debut only lasted 19 minutes as he picked up a hand injury, while Wallaby lock Kane Douglas was also forced off in the first half. Edinburgh made the trip without 20 players, 18 of whom are out injured at present, and were given little hope of claiming their first victory in Dublin in nine years. Flanker Ryan sneaked over for the opening try from close range, catching the Edinburgh defence off guard after they had initially done well to halt a third-minute maul. Jimmy Gopperth missed the conversion but was heavily involved, running hard and kicking intelligently to create early attacking opportunities for Luke Fitzgerald and Zane Kirchner. The Leinster out-half opened his account with a much better conversion of Conan’s effort on the right, as the young number eight shrugged off Leonardi’s tackle to coast over. Heathcote pulled his first shot at the posts – a 16th minute penalty attempt – wide, and three minutes later rugby league convert Te’o had to make way. The injuries kept coming for Edinburgh with prop Allan Dell limping off, but they deservedly got off the mark thanks to Heathcote’s 23rd-minute penalty. The Scots began to get Tim Visser involved as they built through the phases, a snappy break from Sam Hidalgo-Clyne giving them further momentum before Heathcote blundered with a second poor penalty miss. Leinster pressed for a try just before the interval but prop Tadhg Furlong was stopped short from Luke McGrath’s brilliant blind pass. Fitzgerald ignited the Leinster attack on the resumption by jinking past three Edinburgh players, however both sides were guilty of some aimless play during a turgid third quarter. Leinster lifted the intensity to create a second try for Ryan, a close-in penalty and line-out resulting in the Ireland hopeful crossing for a seven-pointer from a well-executed drive. The visitors hammered away during a prolonged spell near the Leinster line, but Ryan came up with the turnover after Darragh Fanning had thwarted Edinburgh captain Andries Strauss. The bonus point arrived for Leinster in the 63rd minute when a quickly-taken line-out saw replacements Isaac Boss and Peter Dooley pile through, and Tom Denton’s pass off the deck put his second row partner Marshall over for a converted try. Edinburgh deserved their 75th minute try as replacements Greig Tonks and George Turner made headway up the right touchline before the latter’s pass out of a tackle sent Leonardi clear for the corner. Leinster made sure they had the final say though, Gopperth and Fitzgerald combining to good effect as they sent replacement McGrath over for his second PRO12 try of the season. Leinster made it four straight wins in all competitions with a bonus point success against injury-hit Edinburgh at the RDS. last_img read more