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Building Element creates three-story ‘forward-thinking’ design

The Dallas Builders Association’s Home of the Week is the custom residence at 1325 Gibraltar. It was designed and built by Dallas-based couple Farah Debes Hussain of Farah Studios and Osman Hussain of Building Element LLC.

“This is a one-of-a-kind modern home that embodies forward thinking and practical style. On the exterior you will find arabesque features incorporated into the elevation of the home, mixing a sleek combination of different-colored stucco and Arab-inspired geometric design,” according to the Hussains.

This 4,400-square-foot home has a third-story rooftop deck that provides 360-degree views, a three-story glass staircase and a European-imported statement kitchen. The strategic placement of windows and glass, coupled with double-volume ceiling, creates a light and airy space that remains grounded by the darker tones in the stone flooring and accents. The choice of white doors with black trim elevates the interior of the home.

The primary bathroom and half-bathrooms offer

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Retailer Opens New Store in the Capital

Home Improvement retailer Wickes has opened a brand new store in Cardiff. The national brand closed its Cardiff West shop as part of its estate transformation strategy; relocating the operation to Dragon Retail Park, Newport Road, (opposite Morrisons). The store is open Monday to Saturday 7am – 6pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm.

New store, new offering 

The 30,000 square foot unit supports Wickes’ distinctive service model and new store format, with clear areas that cater for DIYers, small trade and those consumers looking for support on larger transformational home improvement projects. The new Cardiff store also marks a milestone for the retailer, as 60% of its stores nationwide are now in this new customer friendly format.

The quick, simple and easy to shop layout features a wide range of products and includes a Dulux in-store mixing service and a new outdoor project centre. A 5,000 square foot purpose built

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Feedback Being Sought On Proposed Northwest Bus Improvements

Auckland Transport and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
are asking for feedback on a proposal to significantly
improve public transport connections to and from
Auckland’s northwest.

The plan to make bus journeys
quicker, easier and better connected involves upgrading and
extending the existing bus shoulder lanes along the
Northwestern Motorway (SH16) and building interim bus stops
at Westgate and the Lincoln Road and Te Atatū motorway
interchanges.

This would enable a northwestern express
bus service using the motorway which connects with local
feeder services operating to each station. The bus network
will also be reviewed to make better use of the proposed new
bus stops and adjustments are planned at motorway
interchanges to increase priority for buses.

Transport
Minister Phil Twyford says this joint AT and Waka Kotahi
project will allow faster and more frequent bus
services.

“Bus passengers going

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Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Design Home By Former St. Pete Mayor

SAINT PETERSBURG, FL — Experience beautiful and refreshing nature right outside the doors of this home that is described as a masterpiece with its updated interior and Frank Lloyd Wright inspired design.

There is nothing ordinary about the designs inside this five bedroom home that sits on lush landscape that offers privacy.

Take the virtual tour and experience the luxurious and dream qualities of this $2.5 million home in Snell Isle.

A Frank LLoyd Wright inspired design, this contemporary home was built in 1968 by master architect and former mayor of St. Petersburg, Randolph “Randy” Wedding.

In 2006, with the help of architect Jovica Millic, the interior was renovated into the masterpiece it is today in Snell Isle Estates, on half an acre with lush landscape that offers complete privacy. This stunning 5,878-square-foot home offers five bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths with floor to ceiling windows that brings in plenty of

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Southern style: Anniston native launches a design service | Homes

Alex Hechart, who grew up in Anniston, recently started a home design service with her mother, Donna Woodfin. Based in Birmingham, “Home with Hechart” offers design services as well as a shopping website for home goods. 

The mother-daughter duo offer design services by the hour (for design ideas, party prep or holiday decorating), by the room or by the project.

The online shop, HomeWithHechart.com, features pillows, rugs, mirrors, fireplace screens, ottomans, dressers, lamps, linens, glassware, tableware, gifts and more.

The Star posed 10 questions to the design duo:

Why did y’all decide to start a design business?

Alex: We decided to start Home with Hechart because we’ve always loved decorating and playing around with interior design together. Growing up, we were always redoing our house or sprucing up a room. We would go to furniture stores, and we were always so excited about every project. We knew that we could

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Spice Kitchen’s chef Abudu hosts fundraiser Yemeni children

Abudu from Kafe Mamai was joined by Spice Kitchen from the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Salt Lake City to raise money for Yemen.

Abudu works to prepare food that reflects his African-Caribbean cuisine, including cinnamon-dusted plantains and bhajia.

Photo: Ali Myers/IRC

Meals center on our culture, our ideas of home and family, they open up the community to a broader table. Sitting down to eat together can be powerful. Of all the questions that come up when opening a food business, though, Abudu of Kafé Mamai acknowledges that ’why’ is the most complex. For Abudu this may be especially true. While he loves to share his “culture and experience,” he is also passionate about using his small business to support others in his local community and around the globe. In August, Abudu worked to organize a fundraiser in support of Yemeni children. 

Abudu, like several others who are aware of the Yemeni crisis, has felt called to action. Yemen lies at the center of concurrent crises. While war threatens the lives of citizens,

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Cleveland gets $10.8 million loan to fund more sewer improvements

Ongoing sewer improvements in Cleveland, Tennessee, got a $10.8 million boost this week from a state loan.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner David Salyers announced the loan this past week. It comes from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund Loan Program and is aimed at infiltration and inflow corrections within Cleveland’s sewer collection system, officials said.

The loan has a 20-year term at 0.73% interest. Greg Clark, Cleveland Utilities’ manager of wastewater collections, said that rate was less than half the rate the city got on another $10 million program loan in 2018.

“Typically what we’ve done is, we get a $10 million loan and inside of that we’ll typically perform three rehabilitation projects with that money,” Clark said Thursday. “Each year we’ll bid a contract somewhere in the vicinity of $3 million to $3.5 million, just depending on how the work plays

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10 Home Renovation Projects to Complete This Fall

Fall is here, bringing with it a new to-do list for property owners. Whether it’s a renovation project for your primary residence or an investment property you’re getting ready to rent or sell, fall is the time to get your home in tip-top shape before the colder weather arrives.

10 fall projects to get done

Here are some fixes and improvements that should be on your list.

1. Clean the gutters

Gutters are meant to drain water from the roof. When leaves and other debris clog them, it could spell trouble for a home, particularly if winter promises heavy snowfall. Make sure your gutters are cleaned in the fall and spring to avoid water seeping inside and causing damage.

2. Fertilize the lawn

A lawn needs TLC as it heads into its dormant season. Fertilize the lawn before the ground freezes (preferably by mid-October) so roots are fed throughout the

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Architect And Designer Scott Gillen’s Latest Home In The Malibu Series, Case No. 3, Hits Market For $75 Million

Malibu designer and architect magnate Scott Gillen is disrupting the real-estate industry one multimillion-dollar home at a time.

Gillen, a former stunt driver and commercial director, founded UnvarnishedCo., a unique brokerage that conceptualizes, builds and lists homes. He personally directs, designs and develops each home and brings in Los Angeles’ top real-estate agents to close sales. Gillen has developed more than 30 homes for wealthy Los Angeles residents, yet it’s his most recent project, The Malibu Series, the most exclusive private residential development in the country, that is making headlines.

In 2017, Gillen purchased 24 acres of undeveloped, oceanfront land in Malibu for a record-breaking $50 million. He is transforming this land into The Malibu Series, a 15-home package of architecturally significant properties, which will be worth more than $500 million once complete. Properties within

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Electrician enlists a whole community to repair pensioner’s home for free

Electrician enlists a whole community to repair pensioner's home for free
LIGHT IN SHINING ARMOUR: John Kinney and neighbours have ‘fixed up’ a pensioner’s home for free. CREDIT: Gloria’s Gladiators

A big-hearted electrician turned out to be a ‘light’ in shining armour when he enslisted the help of a whole community to ‘fix-up’ an American pensioner’s home for free.

WITH money tight, the 72-year-old homeowner Gloria Scoot, had been forced to let house repairs slide.

However, when an overhead light fixture went out, she knew she had to do something to avoid living in the dark and contacted electrician John Kinney.

There was no way Gloria could have imagined the impact her new ‘light in shining armour’ would have on her life.

Concerned about the extreme state of disrepair Gloria’s home was in, John couldn’t put her dire situation out of his mind and was determined to help.

Talking to CBS, he said: “No light, running water….it stuck with me over

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