Blurring the indoor/outdoor lines.“With the architect, we worked to really create that sense of flow indoor and outdoor so we maximised what we had,” said Dr Naidoo.She says they used a variety of techniques to achieve the effect so that element likes water, vegetation, glass and timber all work together.Mr Howey’s experience as an environmental consultant specialising in water came to the fore as when the couple decided they wanted to have a feature with a difference.“The idea was floated about having an indoor pond and we ran with that.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours ago“We utilised that space under the stairs and the void area that’s usually relegated to unutilised space or storage space to really make it a feature of the home. It’s a really welcoming entrance,” Dr Naidoo said. Guard fish! The ultimate protection!And as for the pond’s fish, well they can be part of the package for the right buyer.“They’ve been long term inhabitants.“If there is a loving family to take care of them we would leave them. We think that’s their home, they’ve grown up in it and we wouldn’t necessarily transfer them.”Apart from the life aquatic, Dr Naidoo says she’ll miss the location with the ferry, Oxford St cafes and nearby parks all drawing in new residents to the suburb. Marketing agent with Place Bulimba, Shannon Harvey, says the marriage of indoor/outdoor has been the drawcard for potential buyers.“It really is like your own oasis — lots of glass, a void entry with feature lighting, very open plan and it’s been designed with very large living spaces.”“It’s actually got a cute little garden out the front with some fruit trees and some chillies growing in a little vege patch,” she said.On top of that, the property’s cul-de-sac position creates for a surprisingly quite spot in this inner-city hub.“It’s the one part of Bulimba that you hardy see any cars. You don’t get any of that thoroughfare traffic and you’re in the heart of Bulimba which is unheard off — and with a park outside your door as well,” said Ms Harvey. 9 Reach Pl Bulimba goes to auction Thursday 9th March. A marriage of indoor outdoor … plus a surprise under the stairs!There’s something under the stairs in this Brisbane home which has buyers talking.When you’re about to build on a 319sq m site, the challenge is to create space when there feels like none.Mellissa Naidoo and James Howey knew their block at 9 Reach Pl Bulimba would be a challenge, so smart design was called upon to create a Tardis-like residence bursting with room.The 2012 dwelling is a four-bedroom, two-bathroom oasis for people who want to blur the lines between indoors and outside.
By Mohammed ShafeeqHyderabad, April 20: India’s star shuttler P.V. Sindhu is focusing on coming championships and aims to give her best to achieve her ultimate goal — becoming World No. 1.After winning the Indian Open Superseries early this month, she was almost there, with a career-best ranking of World No. 2.The 2016 Olympic silver medallist, however, slipped to fifth place last week following a first-round exit from the Malaysian Open. She also lost in the quarter-fil of the Singapore Open Superseries.The double World Championship bronze medallist, however, is not disappointed. “Winning or losing is part of life. Sometimes you will win, sometimes you will lose,” she told IANS.The 21-year-old Hyderabadi also doesn’t want to put extra pressure on herself by bothering too much about rankings.”If you play well and give your best, it automatically gets your ranking up,” said Sindhu.She is now focusing on Asia Badminton Championships to be played in Chi between April 25 and 30. “After that we have the Sudirman cup in May,” said Sindhu, who hopes to do well in the two events.Sindhu, who defeated Spaniard Caroli Marin in the Indian Open fil, lost 11-21, 15-21 to her arch-rival in the quarter-fil of Singapore Open.With this win, two-time reigning world champion Marin has taken a 6-5 lead over the Indian in career meetings.The two had been facing each other in key contests since Sindhu lost to her in Rio Olympics fil.Sindhu had avenged her defeat at Rio by beating the Spaniard in the Dubai Superseries fil last year.”I have beaten her sometimes, I have lost to her sometimes. It’s all part of the game,” said Sindhu.She said off-court they were just normal friends. “On-court we fight each other because only one can win,” she said.The first Indian woman to win a silver medal at the Olympics, Sindhu also achieved another milestone last year by bagging her maiden Superseries Premier title when she won Chi Open. It was the only trophy missing from her cabinet.The series of wins help the 5′ 11″ Sindhu become only the second Indian woman after her illustrious citymate Sai Nehwal to break into the top five of the world ranking.(Mohammed Shafeeq can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)