The Jetsons house of tomorrow, here today

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoOne of the most innovative and exciting products ROCKCOTE have been involved with.“As you can see the quality of the products used and the external and internal finishes of the job have been absolutely critical to the success of the final product,” Ms Cameron said.“Rendering took nearly 12 months and Rockcote render was used on all surfaces outside and inside the house with the exception of one timber clad room.“The home’s organic curves required a seamless, continuous render finish.“This is unlike ‘standard’ homes where corners of room provide ‘stop points’ for render to finish.“The incredible architecture and curved surfaces presented major challenges for the renderers which required creative thinking and innovative solutions for application — for instance, renderers used abseiling techniques for application and non-standard tools and trowels to complete the job.” MORE: Rockcote director Chris Cameron said it was one of the most innovative and exciting projects their product had been used on. ‘Dome house’ which is finished with ROCKCOTE render.Welcome to the future.While it may look like something straight from The Jetsons, it’s not an artist’s impression. This house is right here, right now and was doable thanks to a Sunshine Coast-based national company’s product and their highly trained tradespeople. The living, kitchen and barbecue zones are in one pod, the sleeping areas in the other pod and downstairs is an exterior ‘moon’ shower. The incredible architecture and curved surfaces presented major challenges for the renderers which required creative thinking and innovative solutions for applications.GCB Constructions director Trent Clark was tasked with what he said was a “one in a billion” project in late 2016, with construction started in early 2017 with completion in August this year.“The formwork for the off-form concrete structure required GCB to engage specialised Movie World staff to produce a model for the foam egg-shaped formwork to be shotcrete,” Mr Clark said.“Being majority design and construct, this extremely unique and challenging project required an intensive collaboration to rationalise the delivery methodology and buildability due to its ‘out of the box’ vision by our client.”The private residence at 3-5 Tweed Tce, Tweed Heads, which has three-bedrooms, three-bathrooms, is made up of two ‘pods’.center_img ‘Fixer Upper’ brings farmhouse style to 1930-built home Celebrity’s plan to bring design to Australian home >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< The products used included Rockcote’s cement, polymer-modified powder blend render externally, and water-based, acrylic compound render inside.Rockcote, based in Yandina, worked in conjunction with renderers and fully qualified Rockcote master artisans Render X’s Matt Jamieson and Gold Coast Render Technologies’ Chris Porpep.The products used included Rockcote’s cement, polymer-modified powder blend render externally, and water-based, acrylic compound render inside.last_img read more

Australia’s Uluru opens for last time ahead of ban

first_imgTourists line up to climb Uluru, formerly known as Ayers Rock, at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in Australia on Oct. 25. AAP IMAGE/LUKAS COCH/VIA REUTERS The closure wasannounced two years ago when fewer than 20 percent of the visitors were makingthe climb.(Reuters) Nearly 400,000visitors flocked to the Australian landmark in the year to end-June, governmentdata showed. YULARA –Hundreds of tourists clambered up Australia’s Uluru on Friday, the day before apermanent ban on climbing the sacred rock takes effect, following adecades-long fight by indigenous people to close the trek.  The Anangupeople, the traditional owners of Uluru, have called for the climb to be closedsince 1985, when the park was returned to the indigenous control. last_img read more

Tweaky Blinder: Caps doffed for Lyon’s 350th Test scalp

first_imgNATHAN Lyon’s journey from Adelaide Oval groundsman to world-class off-spinner continued Monday as the veteran reached another milestone by capturing his 350th Test wicket at Edgbaston.Lyon became just the fourth Australian to reach the mark after Shane Warne (708 Test wickets), Glenn McGrath (563) and Dennis Lillee (355).The 31-year-old picked up the seven wickets he needed to join the exclusive club in the first Ashes Test in Birmingham, capturing 3-112 in the first innings before spinning a web around England’s batsmen in the second innings with 6-49, his first five-wicket haul in England.It was a classic off-spinner’s dismissal that brought Lyon his 350th Test scalp – bowling around the wicket, he drew left-hander Ben Stokes forward, extracted his trademark turn and bounce out of the dry surface and took the outside edge of the bat on the way through to wicketkeeper Tim Paine.Lyon now has 14 five-wicket hauls and has taken 10 wickets in a match twice, while he was the leading wicket-taker in Tests in 2017 with 63 scalps.India pair, Ajinkya Rahane and Chesteshwar Pujara, have been his most popular victims, out nine times each, while England duo Alastair Cook and Moeen Ali have been dismissed by the tweaker on eight occasions.Moeen has been Lyon’s favourite victim of late, removing him eight times in his past 10 completed innings against Australia.Remarkably, all nine of Moeen’s dismissals have come in the last 11 innings the pair have played each other.So prolific has Lyon been that no bowler has taken more Test wickets than Lyon’s 350 since he debuted in August 2011 against Sri Lanka in Galle.Ahead of capturing his 300th wicket in South Africa last year, Lyon was asked to nominate his favourite Test wicket to date, and could not look past his brilliant delivery to the Little Master six years ago.“One that stands out was bowling Sachin Tendulkar through the gate,” Lyon told in February 2018.“I think all the videos have been deleted off YouTube so I can’t watch them anymore, but I can tell you it was at Chennai (in 2013), a pretty good ball actually.“There have been a few that stand out, but it’s more about series wins for me at the moment.”last_img read more