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Restoration Of An Abandoned Inn To A 4 Star Hotel

In Ramsgate, planning permission was granted to a former historic pub that will be turned into a 4 star hotel. The proposed hotel will be called The Eagle Inn that will feature 6 en-suite bedrooms with 2 accessible for the disabled. The project will hopefully restore the abandoned site into its former glory after a thorough makeover.

The former historic inn is believed to be one of the oldest surviving inns in Ramsgate. It was originally comprised of two – three properties from 1763. The main building fronting High Street was constructed in 1776 making it one of the town’s earliest Tomson and Wotton public houses. Tomson and Wooton is believed to be the oldest breweries in Britain.

The buildings were damaged by a catastrophic fire in 1990. Permission was finally granted by Thanet District Council on May 11 for the renovation project on the old inn. According to Architect Pier-Luigi del Renzio of delRenzio and del Renzio, the 4 star hotel will include a restaurant, bar and parlour for the guests. The eagle statue and sign will be reinstated but the interior still has to be designed. However, the reinstatement is planned to include the missing period features and the complimentary finishes to create a 4 star hotel.

The renovation is in line with Thanet’s local plans for the promotion of leisure and tourism in the centre of the town. The architects are working closely with a local planning and conservation officer that is very supportive of the proposed scheme.

The renovation project will employ local workforce for full time and part time jobs depending on the inn’s final operational requirements. Local trade people are also supportive of the proposed scheme because they believe on the unique potentials that it will eventually offer for Ramsgate. As of this writing, the budget for the renovation remains confidential.

Speaking of 4 star hotels, in Thailand, there is a 4 star hotel in Sukhumvit that caters to both business and leisure travellers. Its close proximity to dining and nightlife options allows a businessman the opportunity to enjoy a little leisure time. A unique experience awaits hotel guests with modern room designs and luxurious furnishings.

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Bloc Blinds Awarded With Innovation Recognition

Homeowners might be familiar with roller blinds in Auckland but in Ireland, the product took centre stage after an awarding. If you have bought and installed roller blinds before, you might be aware that the product could be a challenge as it ages. It is not possible to uninstall the entire thing in order to be washed. If you have roller blinds that are either discoloured or worn then the only solution would be to replace the entire unit.

It would not make sense to replace just one window blinds, as it will not look the same as the entire house. This means replacement demands that the entire room should be replaced with new roller blinds and this is worth a huge expense.

Replacing only the blinds will not be possible because every blind comes with its own mechanical assembly in order to work properly thus the entire thing must be replaced.

Thanks to Bloc Blinds, a company that is based in Belfast, a new innovation will now present homeowners with a simple and yet more cost-effective answer to this problem. Ever since their introduction into the market of window blinds, the company has already patented a number of products and many of their new products are still waiting for its patent. The latest and most innovative of all its products is the roller blind that can undergo fabric change.

This smart design will make it possible for homeowners to change the fabric of their roller blinds as often as they please. The process does not require replacement of the entire system and the mechanism does not have to be removed from the window either.

Everything in the system will remain as it is – the fittings of the blind, the fixtures as well as the barrel. The only thing that needs changing is the fabric.

According to the marketing manager of Bloc Blinds, Kiera Scullion, the solution is cost-effective and offers a number of advantages. This means that homeowners don’t have to settle for neutral colours since blinds are considered as a fixed part of the house. With the latest innovation, homeowners can change the colour according to the theme of their house. If this type of blinds is not your thing, you can check for other styles of roller blinds in Auckland.

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Pattaya – Making Your Experience Of Thailand Worthwhile

Are you planning to go to Thailand for the holidays? Do you already have a place to stay? With its wonderful landscapes and rich cultures, many properties are available if you want to have a place to stay while enjoying the most out of what the country has to offer. You might even be tempted to buy your own Pattaya property just to prolong your experiences of the country for a long time if not for a lifetime.

Like most countries around the world, Thailand has a very rich culture with very beautiful landscapes which tourists from all over the world find alluring. People are naturally hospitable and fun-loving so if you are the type of person who likes talking with other people, your experience of the country will become even more worthwhile. Their beaches are also worth returning to. With phenomenal white sand and blue waters, visitors just can’t help coming back to experience the wonders that the country has to offer.

One of its booming cities, Pattaya, is gradually making its name known all over the country. It is a place that should be included in your itinerary whenever you visit the country. With wonderful beaches and beguiling attractions, Pattaya now becomes a tourist destination in Thailand. Different resorts, hotels, cabaret bars and 24-hour clubs are now being established around the area. These are evidences that Pattaya is not just the quiet fishing village that it was before but a city of booming businesses today. Some of its tourist attractions are its floating market, Coral Island, and the different Buddha temples that would leave you awed with the exuding culture of the country. If you are looking for properties in Thailand, try searching in Pattaya. You might just find the place you are looking for.

In order to help you more with what properties you can avail, you can seek the help of Pattaya’s real estate agents. They are reliable and trained professionals who can give you accurate information about properties such as houses and condominiums that you might wish to buy or rent. Check out their websites now and find the perfect deals for you.

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House For Rent: Is It For You?

Not all houses are for you. No matter how attractive it may be, it will just break your heart when you find out that you do not have the budget for it or it doesn’t have the facility that you are looking for. You can find that perfect house for rent Pattaya and all it takes is a little research and patience. To get the right house for rent for you, consider the following ideas.

Is it within your budget?

No matter how beautiful the house is, it is not just for you because practically speaking, you cannot afford it. To avoid the heartbreak, indicate your budget on real estate property websites to narrow your search. There are several factors that would determine the rental amount of a house. Its location, amenities, accessibility and type of property are only some of the factors for price consideration. If you have a limited budget for your monthly rental, choose a property with basic amenities.

Is it close to key locations?

You can also tell if the house for rent Pattaya is for you if it is close to key locations such as your office, the school of your children (if you have any), commercial areas, hospital and other important social amenities. Houses or properties in key locations or those that are located right in the middle of commercial areas are commonly more expensive than those in remote areas. Houses that are located in suburban areas are also pricier than areas accessible by public.

Does it have ideal amenities?

As mentioned earlier, houses with more amenities such as a swimming pool, large car park area, a good sea view, a balcony or terrace and others are definitely more expensive than houses that only have the basic facilities such as rooms, living room, dining area and kitchen, etc. If budget is not a problem to you, you may want to have a house for rent Pattaya that is more comfortable and posh. However, if you are working on a budget and you have other expenses to think about, go for the basic.

 

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Residential Supply For New Properties Is Declining

The supply of new residential properties in the greater Bangkok is expected to decrease by 10 per cent for this year compared to last year. The decline will result to less than 100,000 available units and it is the lowest decline it has even seen since the worst flooding that happened in 2011. This is because of the fact that many real estate developers are planning to launch next year instead of the end of this year.

According to the Real Estate Information Center’s director general, Samma Kitsin, this year there will be less than 100,000 new residential units available and this is the lowest since 2011 for the Greater Bangkok area when it comes to supply of new residential properties.

Kitsin said that final quarter of this year will be softer for the property market. They are expecting that mane of the developers will postponed their launch for next year instead of this year.

Back in 2011, the total available units coming from new residential properties have declined by 31 per cent. There were 82,600 units left from the previous number of 2010 which is at 120,200 units. In between 2012 and 2015, the number increased to more than 100,000 units every year. There are 102,600 units in 2012, 130,200 units for 2013, 118,280 units back in 2014 while 2015 showed that there are 104,870 units.

For the first three quarters of 2016, the total number of new residential units that are available in Greater Bangkok is only 70,200 units coming from 313 projects that were launched. This has declined by 8.7 per cent compared to the 76,900 units provided by 318 projects of the same period in 2015.

Of the total number, 37,200 of which are condo units which experienced a decrease of 17 per cent from the previous 44,900 units while the other 33,000 are low-rise properties that also experienced a decline though very slight at 3 per cent.

Despite the decline of the number of new residential properties available in Bangkok, many are still able to easily find condo in Bangkok that is for rent.

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House Spaces That Sell

Spring signals the beginning of another season – the house hunting season which Melburnians treat as a sport.

 

Kitchens and bathrooms

 

There is nothing more like a wonderfully designed kitchen or a bathroom with plenty of wow elements that slow a person down.

 

According to Steven Whiting who is a principal of Whiting Architects, kitchens as well as bathrooms are where house sellers make a statement.

 

Real estate agents agree on this point that these spaces make the biggest difference for buyers and that walk-in wardrobes and storage spaces are also up there on the list.

 

Tom Roberts from Nelson Alexander also agree that these spaces get the price of a home higher.

 

Kitchens are more than dining areas

 

Kitchens, in particular, have changed to become the focal point of a house. It is no longer a place to just prepare for meals. The space is now embracing the active, open, well-trafficked living or dining area.

 

The kitchen is now where family as well as friends gather and chat, usually around an island bench. It is where kids do homework, where parents go online to catch up on the day’s events or to shop, or where they relax with a bottle of wine.

 

The boundary of the kitchen is starting to become blurred according to Whiting.

 

There is also an element of lifestyle in kitchens. This is where people play at Masterchef and entertain. These are pleasures which gave rise to high end appliances and coffee stations.

 

Bathrooms are more than washing or bathing areas

 

Bathrooms also have changed to become more than just washrooms. In many cases, bathrooms take on comforts like what five star hotels have. Similar with kitchens, bathrooms are already integrated with spaces like wardrobes or bedrooms.

 

Personal spaces

 

Whiting mentions that kitchens and bathrooms are personal spaces. They are designed functionally and aesthetically from an occupant’s habits or behaviors.

 

Consequently, newly renovated spaces for kitchens and bathrooms have quality materials and great design. They also have great fixtures and fittings like oak and stone top vanity units (for example, a Single or a Double Basin Vanity Unit) or storage cabinets and spaces which are plus points for vendors.

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Burglaries In Queensland Takes Place While Homeowners Are Inside

Almost four out of every 10 burglaries take place while people are inside the house which shows that criminals are now more brazen than ever.

According to the latest research conducted by RACQ Insurance surveys, homeowners are inside the property while 37 per cent of the burglaries are committed including attempted ones.

30 per cent of these cases revealed that either doors or windows are left open or were not locked by the homeowners.

A statement from the spokeswoman of RACQ revealed that during burglaries where there are people inside the property while the crime is being committed, the ordeal can be a cause of great trauma since the properties are not the only ones that may be lost but the personal safety of the people are also compromised.

The spokeswoman also added that it is a despicable act of violation and it is now a known fact that many of the burglars are more brazen as the years pass. There are the simplest security measures that should be done by the homeowners every time such as shutting all the doors and windows and making sure that they are all properly locked.

Based on the survey, men are in higher risks of leaving the windows and doors open compared to women.

The burglars are targeting items that can be grabbed easily and these are on the top of the list of items that are taken along with cash and jewelry. There other popular items being stolen such as laptops and cameras. They are also targeting the car keys, house keys, sports gear, smartphones and personal IDs such as passports and licenses.

The spokeswoman cautioned that homeowners should not leave their cash and wallets where it can be easily taken and it is important to have a safe where the valuables can be stored. Do not feel secured with having high walls and windows because thieves can have a way through that too.

Many doors are forced open during 38.5 per cent of the incidents thus security screens in Perth for doors and windows are important for extra security.

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Here Are The Things You Would Need To Consider Before Getting An En Suite Bathroom

Having an en suite bathroom can be a good investment for you since it can greatly increase the value of your home but aside from that, they also play well for a person who places a great value on privacy. It can be very difficult having to share one bathroom in a household. You can avoid the stress and the hassle by having your own bathroom in your room.

During the recession, getting an en suite bathroom seemed like an impractical option but now that the economy has improved a little, some people are now able to get the en suite bathroom that they so desired. If you’re one of these people, there are some things that you would need to consider first before getting an en suite bathroom.

  1. Go for wall-mounted furniture. If you want to make your furniture appear larger, go for wall-mounted ones because they are, in fact, built larger than floor standing furniture. For vanity units, whether you go for double basin vanity units or not, you should choose one that is mounted to a wall. Also, they make for better cleaning as it would be easier to clean the bathroom without having to move furniture.
  2. It’s all about the mirror. Mirrors can effectively magnify the size of the room and it would be a wise decision for you to make the most of your mirror. Try to avoid placing too many items in front of the mirror. Also, to give a more dramatic and relaxing feel, you can go for mirrors with built in lights.
  3. Portable Storage is the key to small bathrooms. If your en suite bathroom is not that big, you could go for a mobile trolley with built in baskets where you can place different toiletries and other items. When not in use, you can place them inside a closet.
  4. Hide the pipe works. Pipes can make the bathroom appear cluttered so it would be best that you conceal them. This is especially relevant when the pipe work is ugly. You can build a cabinet to hide the pipe work.
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There Are More Owner Occupiers Than Investors In The Housing Market

The home loans to owner occupiers are reportedly accelerating at the same time as the lending to property investors are now easing off. According to a report released by the Bureau of Statistics for August, the value of loan approvals for the owner occupiers have grown by at least 6 percent over the month. Meanwhile the value of loans to the investors has fell short by .4 percent.

The owner occupier trend has jumped by about 8.8 percent, this is excluding refinancing. This is the strongest result that the sector has seen since September of 2009 according to John Flavell, the Mortgage Choice chief executive. The last time that the mortgage industry has seen more than 55,000 home loans written within a month was back in 2009. That was the time when the first home owner grant was in steady swing. To be able to see a similar level happening in the market today is quite surprising and this just proves more that the housing market industry is strong.

Last 2014, the APRA imposed a speed limit of 10 percent on the housing investor growth loan. This is a limit which appears to have been policed since the middle of the year. However, despite of the slowdown in the loans of investor and the surge in the owner-occupier borrowing, the loans from investors still accounts for approximately more than 40 percent of the total value of approvals last August. The figure will also tell you that there are plenty of people that were previously buying as investors of properties are now currently purchasing as owner occupiers in order to escape the restrictions placed on lending. The lending data from August will suggest that there is still a great deal of heat coming from the housing sector. However, owner occupiers are currently driving the market. The issue with the trend is that the change in behavior is more apparent than it is real which is driven by the recent changes in regulations. This has provided the banks with considerable inventive to classify loans as owner occupiers compared to investors. With this recent development, how would the sector of home improvement Perth do? This is still one of the issues that analysts have to pound their research on.

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World’s Most Expensive Homes

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World’s priciest homes

The owners of some of the most luxurious house in the planet can be a group of mysterious people. Here are some of the world’s most expensive houses:

7 Upper Phillimore Gardens. The location of this mansion is at London with an estimated value of $128 million. The mansion has 10 bedrooms and this gorgeous home used to be a prep school. It also has an underground pool, cinema, sauna, gym and a panic room. The owner of this stunning abode is Olena Pinchuk, daughter of the second president of Ukraine, Leonid Kuchma. She is also renowned as being the founder of the ANTIAIDS Foundation.

Kensington Palace Gardens. Located at London, the Kensington Palace has a value of over $140 million. This already tricked-out pad will have an underground extension equipped with health center, auto museum and tennis court. The owner of this place is Roman Abramovich. Mr. Abramovich is a Russian billionaire who is also the owner of a private investment firm. He is also best known to be the owner of the famous Chelsea Football Club of the English Premier League.

Seven the pinnacle. This stunning mansion is located at Big Sky, Montana and is valued at $155 million. This is the largest property inside the Yellowstone Club which has a private ski and a golf escapade for the richest people in the planet. The Seven Pinnacle has heated floors, gym, a ski lift, multiple pools and a wine cellar. The owners are Edra and Tim Blixseth.

Hearst Castle. The location of Hearst Castle is at San Simeon, California with a staggering value of over $191 million. This gorgeous castle has 27 bedrooms and was used in the movie The Godfather. It also was used by other famous figures like Jackie Kennedy and Winston Churchill. The trustee of this lavish estate is William Randolph. This castle was built by the first newspaper magnate in the country.

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