207 Swann Road, Taringa.“They want to keep them at home as part of parental management so they can bring their friends over rather than going out.“The teenage retreat trend has definitely evolved.”Mr Tabrizi said children were staying at home longer because of the rising cost of living.Coorparoo’s Marianna and Joseph Miranda have listed their four-bedroom, two-bathroom home at 8 Jerome St for auction on November 9, complete with a teenage retreat spanning the entire downstairs level. 8 Jerome Street, Coorparoo has the perfect teen retreat.“Our client base tends to be upper middle class and basically we work on three living spaces per house — two on the ground floor and one on the top. The top floor tends to be the teen retreat,” Mr Tabrizi said.“Media rooms are becoming redundant and these spaces are being created.”Mr Tabrizi said the cross section of his clients with younger children requested retreats upstairs as play areas for their kids or a creative space.“As the dynamic changes and they become teenagers, the parents want to provide adequate space and an element for privacy,” he said. TOP TIPS FOR TEEN RETREATS: Make sure there is ample light, especially if the area will be used for studyInstall plenty of power points with USB ports so multiple devices can be connected forwork and playThe retreat should be close to or adjoining a bedroom, so it can function as an extensionof the bedroom.Consider the layout of the space — can the retreat be screened for privacy if required? Source: Valcon Homes Reuben Him, 22, at his teen retreat at his parents’ home in Taringa, Picture: (AAP Image/Claudia Baxter)YOUNG people staying at home for much longer has sparked a 90 per cent increase in demand for construction of teenage retreats in homes.The demand for kitted out retreats is skyrocketing with Brisbane builders saying parents are keen to do whatever it takes to keep an eye on their children well into their early adult years.Kevin Tabrizi, of Tabrizi Home Builders, said he had seen a 90 per cent increase compared to five years ago of buyers wanting teenage retreats in new builds, especially in the inner-city suburbs. 8 Jerome Street, Coorparoo has the perfect teen retreat.Mrs Miranda said the downstairs retreat was half the size of their house.“Now that the kids are older and have moved out we need to sell,” she said.“We built the home and specifically wanted that area downstairs. We knew it was nice for them to have their friends over and as they grew older it was perfect.”The retreat includes three bedrooms, a large area to watch television, a powder room and an undercover deck out to the barbecue and saltwater pool area.The Mirandas have their own main bedroom retreat upstairs with a balcony and an ensuite.Place — Coorparoo agent Darren Bonehill is selling the Jerome St property and said parents desired privacy for not only themselves but also their children.Mr Bonehill said as property prices continued to rise, buyers wanted households that were cost effective.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Mirianna Miranda in her teen retreat. Picture: Annette Dew“Retreats are great entertainment hubs. Whether they are decked out with televisions, a games room or comfortable seating, there’s certainly the factor that parents can always keep a closer eye on their children, rather than worrying about them leaving the house,” he said.“Comfortable and safe environments are a key for the retreats.”Builder, Valcon Homes’ director Jason Doerr said demand for teen retreats had increased as more children opted to stay home into their early adult years.Mr Doerr said most of their two-level designs offered a retreat on the upper level,however one of the most popular choices for growing families was a home with a private living space for both parents and teenagers.“What we are finding is that growing families want both shared and private living zones so they can come together to share a meal or watch a movie downstairs, but then retreat to their own private sanctuary which is essentially an extension of their bedroom,” he said.“Retreats are a great idea because it can provide a functional space for study or an additionalstorage area, so bedrooms don’t become too cluttered.”Caroline Beck’s three-storey home, for sale at 207 Swann Rd, Taringa, is every child’s dream. Reuben, her now 22-year-old son’s retreat, is on the ground floor and includes three bedrooms, a lounge space and a recently-built second deck. The middle level separates Reuben from his parents, who admit they enjoy their own space and privacy.“As a mum we liked the kids at home, and wanted them here a bit longer,” Mrs Beck said.“We’ve been in this house throughout their teenage years. They have their own independence down there and there’s even a big projector on the wall to keep them occupied.”Mrs Beck said they added the deck to the retreat to enhance the private space for Reuben and his friends.There is also an insulated music room, which Mrs Beck’s eldest son, a composer, used before he moved away. She said Reuben, a volunteer with Red Frogs Australia, often held meetings in his retreat, and said the area was well used.
The B&H junior basketball team will travel today to Mannheim (Germany), where they will participate at the tournament “Albert Scweitzer”.16 selections will participate at the unofficial world championship from 19 to 26 April and B&H young basketball players will play their first match tomorrow with the selection of Spain at 16:30.Their second match will take place on Sunday against Italy and on Monday against China.The two best teams will continue the competition in the quarterfinals.The B&H team in the last few days has been training in Vogošća and the coach Dragan Bajić has the following players at his disposal: Đorđe Aleksić, Sandro Gačić, Damir Hadžić, Nedim Đedović, Milenko Predić, Alija Pirić, Enis Memić, Edin Atić, Đorđe Beronja, Mirsad Pilavdžić, Srđan Ružić, Luka Jovanović, Ivo Garić and Rijad Smajlović.The young B&H basketball players played yesterday a preparatory match in Vogošća against Bosna Royal. The final result was 60:50 for the B&H team.(Source: Fena)
NEC Chair Jerome Kokoya-Submits US$2.5M budget to governmentAuthorities at the National Elections Commission (NEC) are yet to receive official notification from the Speaker of the House of Representatives about the vacancy created by the sudden passing of Representative Adolph Lawrence in a tragic motor accident on the Monrovia-Roberts Field Highway on the night of Sunday, March 24, 2019.According to the sources, the NEC had previously set July 2, 2019 as the date for the holding of by-elections to fill the vacancy in the Senate created by the death of Senator Geraldine Doe Sheriff. But the Commission now finds itself in a quandary, hoping that by-elections for the two seats, one a District seat and the other a County seat, could be held on the same date.According to NEC, the decision to hold the by-elections is in consonance with Article 37 of the 1986 Revised Constitution, which states: “In the event of a vacancy in the Legislature caused by death, resignation, expulsion, or otherwise, the presiding officer shall within 30 days notify the elections commission thereof. The Commission shall not later than 90 days thereafter, cause a by-election to be held; provided that where such vacancy occurs within 90 days prior to the holding of general elections, the filling of the vacancy shall await the holding of such general elections.It is against this background, according to sources, that the NEC, hoping that the Speaker of the House of Representatives will, in short order, notify it of the vacancy in the House for Montserrado District #15, has tentatively prepared a budget of US$2.5 million for both the senatorial and representative by-elections, and have since submitted it to the government.Additionally, the Commission through its election steering committee chaired by Commissioner Jonathan K. Weedor, has developed a timeline for the conduct of the two by-elections and a steering committee has been set up, pending receipt of the official communication from the Legislature.Further, according to Korkoya, the steering committee will be responsible to recruit temporary staff for the exercise and provide adequate supervision before, during and after the July 2 polls.About the key dates to the by-elections, Kokoya said the issuance of the writ of election will be done on May 3, 2019, while the accreditation of party agents, media and observers for the exercises will be carried out from May 3 to June 25, 2019.“On May 6, the by-election regulations and guidelines will be published, while the nomination of candidates to contest will be done from May 6 to the 18, 2019,” he announced.He said the civic voter education will be launched on May 10, while the notification to candidates for their acceptance or rejection will be carried out on May 19, 2019.“The publication of provisional list of candidates will be done on May 19, and the replacement of lost and damaged voter registration (VR) cards will be done from the May 20 to 25, 2019,” Kokoya added.He said the last day for decision on objections and claims, last day for candidates to appeal against rejection will be done on May 27 and 27 respectively. He pointed out that on June 4, the final listing of candidates will be published, while political campaign will run from June 4 to 30.On July 2 is the by-elections day. Complaints from the by-elections will be heard as of the day of election, July 2 to 9, while the announcement of provisional results will begin on the July 4; and the announcement of results will be made on July 10, 2019.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)