Fishing shack turned beach-side stunner

IT’S HARD to imagine the stunning beach-side home of Keith and Daphne Buhr in Hervey Bay was ever a little fishing shack (pictured below).

The original owner, if still alive, would never recognise his former cottage. Even a subdivision of land has changed the street number.

Keith from Core Architecture admits even he did not realise the cottage’s potential when they bought it about three years earlier.

When he and Daphne moved from Brisbane seeking a semi-retired lifestyle they bought two blocks of land in the street. They intended to keep the cottage as a boat shed on one block and build their home on the other.

“It wasn’t until later that we realised this block with the fishing shack had more potential,” Keith said.

The north-east aspect suited Hervey Bay’s climate perfectly.beach shack

While living in the rickety old cottage, Keith set about designing their dream home based on what was already there including the huge albesia tree that now shades most of their back yard.

Two and a half years later Keith and Daphne had a striking beach-side home that, to the untrained eye, looks simple in design. The reality is, however, every nook and cranny has been carefully planned to make the most of their environment.

“We installed an air-conditioner in the main bedroom but we have only used it once for heating in winter.”

A new building stands beside the old cottage, which is now a self-contained guest room, with a covered deck joining the two sections.

In keeping with the original style, the home was built with tin and timber. Daphne has completed the beach look with original Hervey Bay artworks throughout.

Originally published in the Fraser Coast Chronicle’s My Place feature, 2009.

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Old-but-new shed on military trail

A SHED destined for the Vietnam war is now basking in the Queensland sun after 45 years in storage at the Wallangarra Army base on the New South Wales border.

The shed that was to be used as a soldiers’ mess hall on the battlefields of Vietnam now stands proudly at the beach-side town of Toogoom located 16km from Hervey Bay.

Toogoom and District RSL Sub Branch president Ken Higgins said the shed was among hundreds manufactured for the Australian Army during the Vietnam conflict that ran between 1962 and 1972.

“These sheds were widely used as food and recreation halls,” the Vietnam Veteran said.

“At Nui Dat  we had one the same as this with a veranda at each end. We played darts at  one end and at the other the corporal ran the bar.

“By 1971, Australia was starting to pull out of Vietnam. These sheds were still being manufactured and stockpiled at Wallangarra. Many became surplus.

“We got onto this one through military contacts and just before last Anzac Day (2014) the army built it as an exercise, sending a dozen soldiers, an engineer and a cook up here.”

The Toogoom Community Hall became an small army base where the soldiers showered and ate while camping nearby during the construction period.

Local volunteers painted the building and lined it with the hardwood tongue and groove packing cases in which it came.

“The hardwood timber we put in added to the bracing. It’s so strong that it’s cyclone proof and authorities want to use it as an emergency centre,” Mr Higgins said.

“It’s self-contained and wired for a generator. If the power goes out we just turn the generator on and everything runs as normal.

“So if we do have a disaster such as flood or cyclone, people can at least come here, get a meal and be comfortable out of the weather.”

Officially opened on Sunday, June 14, 2015, the old-but-new shed is a tribute to the Vietnam War.

“The Toogoom sub-branch is proud of its new home,” Mr Higgins said.

“It is expected to be on the proposed Fraser Coast Military Trail from Maryborough to Hervey Bay and Toogoom.

“This is not about talking war; there’s nothing glorious about war. We want to make this a pleasant, enjoyable place to come to and be used by all and sundry.

“Cadets will use it and we plan to run community health programs and have speakers come here to talk about such things as rural fire fighting and first aid.

“Since we got our shed, men’s shelters, sporting clubs and Scouts have been putting them up in other places across Australia.

“It’s amazing that in 2015 as we commemorate 100 years since the Gallipoli landings and 50 years since the middle of the Vietnam war, these sheds built by Lysaght then are now seeing daylight and that company is still one big family.

“It’s a pretty impressive performance. The steel came out of the packing in good nick – there was no rust. Almost everyone who comes in says: ‘Just look how thick that steel is!'”

The Vietnam memorial at Toogoom is expected to be a highlight on the proposed Fraser Coast Military Trail that also takes in Maryborough’s military museum, cenotaph and memorial gates, airport, air raid shelter and Duncan Chapman Memorial as well as the Z Force training ground on Fraser Island.

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More on preparing your house for sale

You finally decided to sell your house. We discussed painting the walls as a first step and cleaning up the outside landscaping. Surely, that is all you have to do, right? Wrong! Before opening your doors to the buyer, let’s look at a few more “to-do” items.

The house tour begins the moment the buyer first sees your home. Why not give him a warm, pleasant first impression of the home that is to be his?  Does your doorbell work? Is the front door in need of paint, or maybe in need of replacement? Old doors often create the impression of shabbiness and/or neglect.

I mentioned earlier that outside maintenance cleanup is the opening act of your buyer’s home tour. Caring for and maintaining the inside of your house is commonly done on a more necessity-drive schedule. A homeowner becomes comfortable with a slightly dented window pane and does not realize that dent will mean dollars less to him when the buyer points out the defect.

Is there a window leak, or a pane of cracked glass in a hidden, closet window? It will cost you much more than window replacement of that one pane if the buyer sees it. More than likely, it will trigger an entry in his notebook to have all of the home’s windows inspected very carefully. That can end up costing hundreds of dollars more than replacing one or two panes.

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