Regional property markets growing faster than Melbourne

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Property owners in Melbourne’s east are riding a price wave down the Port Phillip Bay coastline; cashing in soaring capital growth and sailing into the Mornington Peninsula and Geelong with money to spare.
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Coastal property markets – once considered desirable only as holiday home destinations – are becoming primary real estate targets for buyers, with prices growing faster along the coast than in greater Melbourne, a report released on Monday shows.

House prices in the Mornington Peninsula jumped 8 per cent annually in the March quarter, while Geelong houses prices rose 7.9 per cent, according to Knight Frank’s Australian Residential Review. Prices in Greater Melbourne grew at 6.8 per cent over the same period.

Mornington agents say up to 60 per cent of their sales are to buyers coming from the east of the city, from developer-attractive areas such as Glen Waverley and Box Hill, who recognise how much further their money goes along the Peninsula.

“Many of the buyers are coming from areas that have had a strong period of growth,” Domain Group chief economist Andrew Wilson said.

“They are cashed up and either downsizing, retiring or looking for that lifestyle.”

Shane Pope of Eview Mornington Peninsula said in the last 18 months the majority of his buyers have come from areas such as Wantirna, Mount Waverley and Doncaster.

“One client sold her home next to a freeway in Doncaster and was not only able to buy [a] similar house here on the beachfront, she kept enough money to completely fund her super forever,” Mr Pope said.

His most recent vendors, Rob Muir and wife Suzie, have lived in Mornington for 12 years and say, increasingly, their neighbours are Melburnians in search of a sea change lifestyle.

“It’s really a magic area,” Mr Muir, a property developer, said. “Mornington has been going ahead since we moved here, it goes up more and more every year.”

The pair have hosted parties with 120 guests on the balcony of their waterfront home, developed by Mr Muir, and say that lifestyle simply wouldn’t be possible to replicate at Melbourne prices.

“If I had the same home in South Yarra, this particular unit would be at least $3.5 million,” he said, “without the view.”

They are now selling their penthouse from $1.75 million, but say they are unsure if they’ll be able to leave the Mornington lifestyle behind.

Andrew Jones, sales manager of Ray White Mornington, said Melbourne buyers often commented on the value for money found on the coast.

“I recently sold a house to buyers looking along the Beaumaris and Parkdale area,” he said. “They said for $500,000, the best they could find in those suburbs was a 1970s two-bedroom unit, but they bought a nice house in Mornington for the same price.”

Agents in Geelong say it is a similar situation, as prices are pushed up by Melbourne buyers.

“The demand is really coming from outside the city,” Michael De Stefano, director of Gartland Real Estate, said.

“That’s true of owner occupiers as well as investors. Melbourne investors in particular see the value for money and their dollar is driving is them.”

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Why do they bypass the Hunter time after time

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The recent article in the Newcastle Heraldby Amy de Lore reports that Newcastle and Lake Macquarie Councils have at last made a positive and very important contribution to the need for a ‘full interchange’ on the bypass near the John Hunter Hospital (13/7).
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Anything less, (Roads andMaritime Services proposal May 2016) can surely only be for cost reduction on infrastructure with consequences for all aspects of hospital-related movements:emergency, regular treatment, medical services, visiting and so forth.

A‘full interchange’ is essential and the comment that drivers will use the hospital areas internal roads as a short cut should be taken very seriously. RMS go nowhere near alternative path modelling and nowhere near driver choice modelling.

Both councils have also made, at last, a positive contribution to the need for ramp access at the southern interchange (McCaffrey Drive). There is nomention of southbound access off the bypass, to McCaffrey Drive but councils will have been aware of the arguments put forward.

JAM: A full interchange from the Newcastle Inner City Bypass to John Hunter Hospital would provide better access to the hospital. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

The modelling appears to be inadequate from many points of view.

Survey start dates and durations were inappropriate, no household or demographic longitudinal surveys have been done,no time budget or activity analysis, no route-choice surveys or alternative path models. These are essential platforms for proper modelling. The closest theRMS comes to a study of behaviour is to use a UK microsimulation model that films, among other small space movements, in-lane and cross-line driver behaviour, stopping distances, ‘evidence’ of lane swapping and so forth.

This is not indicative of travel choice behaviour: it is indicative of travel frustration.

The northern interchange atJesmondhas been presented in the modelas a traffic controlled interchange of bewildering confusion. The roundabout has been removed. There is no attempt at a synchronised, signalised roundabout with flyover, which would be easily accommodated given the substantial scale of the area. Traffic lights have considerable time and fuel costs compared with roundabouts and are less toxic, especially to diesel toxins.

It is also surprising that the university, a hub for as many as 15-20,000 people, has had no public comment to make on the design and purpose of the bypass as it might service such a crucial node. It seems from RMS modellingthat only 80 or 90 vehicles are going to turn onto the bypass at the southern interchange.What proportion of these will be university bound?

Overall it seems pretty clear that Newcastle is being short-changed.

As Rob Brook has so clearly put it (Herald, 13/7), “We’ve got a state government with a $3 billion surplus but in Newcastle – far enough away from Macquarie Street – they are planning to put in a road network that professional officers from two councils and local residents are all saying is an inherently dangerous design.”

As far back as 1973-74,Newcastle City Council approved a route at the very western extremity of Blackbutt for the bypass. That Newcastle City Council decision was overruled by Canberra.

Forty years later we are paying the price. Since that time we have had congestion, pollution, deterioration of travel times, the accumulation of toxins and their wind blown distribution into Blackbutt to the detriment of flora and fauna.

DrDon Parkes was a member of staff at the University of Newcastle between 1966 and 1994.

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Short Takes: Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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IN reply toSteve Weatherstone (Short Takes, 18/7) was it ANZ, like Warners Bay?
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Sherrie Heaton Lindus,Warners BayTHEpicture (Letters, 15/7)showing us the “comfort” of a “home” for greyhounds, which is a bunch of wire cages, says much about the reality of these “much loved dogs”. Imagine your whole life being spent between a cage and being forced to run around a track simply so people can make money from you.

Tess Winter,CarringtonHOORAY, immediate policy success and implementation. The government have immediately found Jobs (for the boys) with the largest front bench (mostly apprentices) for almost half a century, resulting in Growth in the budget deficit of tens of millions in salaries and benefits for additional ministers, their entourages, and overheads. What additional cuts will be required to pay for this?

Wally Reynolds,Perth, TasOBVIOUSLY, June Porter (Letters, 19/7), I am not to be included with the label “most Australians”as evidenced by my comments to your letters of 6/7 and 15/7. I can most certainly live with that.I would, however, be greatly interested in the source(s) of your assertion(s).

Maree Raftos,NewcastleMR Crakanthorp rightly points out the seemingly never-ending fencing saga on these two sites (‘MP wants fences on iconic sites removed’,Herald, 19/7). Comparisons to Bronte, Clovelly and Coogee are a snapshot of what it’s like to try and get things done in Newcastle if you live outside the suburbs of Merewether, Bar Beach and Cooks Hill. Try getting something done if you live in Broadmeadow, Waratah or Jesmond.

Mark Bowen,BroadmeadowIN the past two years I’ve observed how people with serious afflictions, even life-threatening illnesses, who are over 55 are being rejected for a pension. It alarms me that our current Human Services system no longer differentiates between a genuine case and a fraud. It’s a pitiful system that’s adding even more trauma to those genuinely unable to meet the Centrelink demands and a dilemma most politicians would never experience. Please, do some revaluation.

Sandy Black,CessnockTHE POLLSSHOULD the sandstone walls found in the former Newcastle rail corridor be retained?

Yes 80%,No 20%DO you think King Edward Park and Bogey Hole have been fenced off for too long?

Yes 88%,No 12%DO you think Hunter Street businesses will suffer under the government’s light rail plans?

Yes 61%,No 39%MESSAGEBOARDON Wednesday, July 20, the Belmont View Club will meet from10.30am at Central Charlestown Leagues Club.All members and visitors interested in joining welcome.For information phone Diane:4951 1524.

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Letters to the Editor: Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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GOING: Some beach-loving residents have raised concerns a proposed underground breakwall will not adequately protect Stockton from erosion in the long term.
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REGARDING the erosion mitigation solution being discussed for Stockton beach:I am concerned that the underground breakwall solution, which appears to be the preferred solution, is only a Band Aid.

The DHI Group reportstates that an underground breakwall will not prevent beach erosion, especially during severe storm events.

Stockton beach historically is affected by at least one severe storm a year, and this invariably results in some beach erosion. I fear that the sand dumped during artificial beach nourishment would be washed away in the first storm. This would result in a severe drop off at the beginning of the beach.

Both the DHI report and the community agree a long-term solution is necessary. The preferred solution of both parties is an artificial headland. I urge that the council doesn’t disregard the findings of the report, and the feelings of the community.

It was reported the stabilisation could be used as a base from which to extend the Bathers Way walk. In my opinion this is just an apple dangled to sate the community into accepting an inadequate solution. The walk could be extended through Stockton with or without beach stabilisation.

I understandthere are talks with the Awabakal Land Council to extend the Great North Walk through Stockton. Any scenic walk could be constructed in conjunction with this extension. The underground breakwall’s negative impacts will outweigh any benefits. The sandy beach will be lost, and replaced with a sandy cliff face. Faced with the choice of walking along a rock wall, or a long sandy beach, I’m sure you could guess which option would win the popular vote.

Stockton is a beachside community. Compromising our beach will compromise the community identity.

Simon Jones,StocktonLegacy enjoyed by manyIT is with much sadness that the people of Newcastle acknowledge the passing of a truly notable man, the late Dr Max Maddock.

It is now over two decades ago that Max Maddock retired from the University of Newcastle where he was an associate professor in education. He has made an enormous contribution to the community, perhaps most notably for his key role in establishing the internationally-recognised Hunter Wetlands Centre.

That centre was formerly the site of an abandoned football club building and soggy, weed-infested sporting fields. Yet with funding it has been transformed into a world-class and beautiful venue.

It was due to Max, assisted by Brian Gilligan, Paddy Lightfoot, and a band of loyal, energetic, and talented volunteers that this was achieved. The result is a lasting legacy for wetlands education and conservation.

Kevin McDonald,BalickeraPractical way to cut tollI WAS Sarah Mahoney’s year 2 teacher and have fond memories of a wonderful young girl (‘Grief that never dies’,Herald, 16/7).I am a mother now and have just had the experience of my 17-year-old son obtaining a motorcycle rider’s licence and an automobile driver’s licence. The process of the two cannot be compared.

To obtain a motorcycle licence my son had to complete a two-day course to be issued with his Learner Rider Licence. The course comprised both practical and classroom elements and set him up for excellent riding skills. He also had to do the computer test for knowledge.In order to obtain his Provisional Rider’s Licence he then had to attend another day of observed riding and classroom-type instruction.

On the other hand, to obtain a car licence the only practical side is extensive paper work and then a 25-35 minute driving observation by a Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) tester.The paper work provides for a log book supervised by licenced drivers and learning road rules. No practical instruction in car control is provided by RMS. The RMS sign off on the licence. This is very insufficient compared to the Rider Driver Process.

It could be argued that riding a motorcycle is more dangerous then driving a car and I agree it is, but surely a more practical approach by RMS about training for road use is required to help reduce the road toll.

Thank you to Sarah’s loving family for giving us a timely reminder about road safety.

Louise Reeves,Warners BayArtwork a lossfor cityI WAS devastated to see while driving past thatthe incredible mural by Guido Van Helten was being painted over.

While realising building owners can do what they want, this beautiful work was on a prominent wall and I am sure many Novocastrians fell in love with it. I wonder if the owner realised they painted over a work by a Sulman Prize finalist in demand around the world? This is a terrible loss to Newcastle.

Leah Fawthrop,MaryvilleFound and deliveredLAST Saturday, I left a bagon a bus stop seat at Marketown, only noticing it was missing upon disembarking at Newcastle East busstop. All of my ID, creditcards, opal card, pensioner card etc and cash with mobile phone were in thisbag.

Visibly stressed I instinctively approached a patron of a coffee shop. Heoffered to drive me down to the Marketown bus stop. The bag was gone.The kind driver then took me to the Newcastle police station. His understanding wasa great help, however I do not know his name. The police were kind also.

I walked home to face the task of notifying banks etc.Irealised I had no master list of accounts or contact numbers (I donow). To my delight when I got homemy bag was there,intact with a note. Lyn, of Thornton, had seen it at the bus stop. She and the unknowndriver had saved my sanity.

I called Lyn to give thanks. To thedriver who helped me and who told me he was born in Newcastle as I was,I can never thank you enough either.

Blair Charlton,Newcastle EastCalling out fraudstersFRED Saunders (Letters, 13/7) is quite right when he says thephone scammers can cause a lot of anxiety and need to be stopped.

They are just a pain in the necks as well as being fraudsters. The main problem callers seem to claim to be from the tax office, Telstra technical support and computer people telling us our computer has a virus.

You can call them all the names under the sun but they still keep ringing. I’ve found if you tell them their number is being tracked so they can be charged with fraud they soon hang up, a whistle also does wonders.

Ian King,Warners Bay

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Newcastle Jets v NPL Select: Alex Read called in to play at both ends in trial

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ON THE DOUBLE: Alex Read was called into the NPL side on Tuesday.
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FORMER North Queensland Fury striker Alex Read is likely to play roles at both ends of the pitch against the Newcastle Jetsafter coming in as a late replacement for the NPL Select teamon Tuesday.

Read and Charlestown defender Daniel Laiman were called into Damian Zane’s team for Wednesday night’s trial at Magic Park after the withdrawal of Daniel McBreen, Kyle Hodges, Jon Griffiths and Reece Pettit.

Zane said Read, who has been playing atcentre back for Adamstown,would start at striker in place of McBreen then potentially move to defencein the second half.He said Adamstown’s Daniel Yaxley would startat right fullback in place of Griffiths, with Ayden Brice moving in to centre back.

The side is: Benn Kelly (gk); Luke Remington, Josh Evans, Ayden Brice, Daniel Yaxley; Keanu Moore, Michael Kantarovski, Rhys Cooper; Keigo Moriyasu, Alex Read, James Virgili. Bench:Ben Hay,Lachlan Pasquale,Matt Comerford,Brody Taylor,Simon Mooney,Rene Ferguson, Daniel Laiman,Jim Fogarty (gk).

Zane said Read had impressed him and Select team assistant coach Shane Pryce at centre back this season.

The Edgeworth coach added thatBroadmeadow’s Kale Bradbery, who scored four goals against the Jets Youth on Saturday, was not picked at striker because he was reluctant, in the spirit of fairness,to selectmore players from Magic and Hamilton, who have a crucial NPL game on Sunday.

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Rutherford couple’s extreme New Zealand adventure after ferry ride in high seas

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When Rutherford couple Ethan Rumble and Samantha Dorn booked their New Zealand holiday, they knew they had planned the getawayof a lifetime, but this week they got much more than they bargained for.
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The pair had spent a week in the North Island and on Monday boarded a ferry for the voyage fromWellington toPicton in the south.

The ferry’s captain made an announcement about rough conditions through Cook Strait with a swell of up to seven metres.

“Atfirst we thought it would be a bit of a joyride but it became worse and was pretty scary,” Mr Rumble said.

He said the ferry was full with about 200 people on board, cars and other freight.

“We sat towards the front of the ferry and could see we were heading straight into these massive waves about an hour into the three and a half hour trip.”

“People were really starting to panic. There were a lot of young families on board with children screaming and crying.

CALM BEFORE THE STORM: Ethan Rumble and Samantha Dorn both of Rutherford, leaving Wellington this week.

“At one stage it was sorough Sam and I had to try to secure ourselves to a table bolted onto the boat. People were getting injured and just about everyone was throwing up into their sick bags,” he said.

Mr Rumble said the captain was continually apologising to the passengers. “But he said we would push on for another 10 minutes the then turn to head to the South Island and that’s when we got slammed,” Mr Rumble said.

Instead of heading front oninto the swell the ferry was copping it from the side, at one stage almost completely goingunder.

“That first turn was the worst part of the trip,” Mr Rumble said.

“We took a wave to the side and rolled left to right and almost tipped completely over. We actually thought the ferry was going to flip,” he said.“People were falling onto the ground and getting injured.”

TVNZ reported thataferry travelling in the opposite direction lost part of its load when ab-train (trailer unit) containing chilled goods was lost overboard.Maritime NZ understands it was a refrigerated trailer and towing unit that went overboard.No truck was attached to the trailers.

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Troy Windle reflects on a “golden” junior soccer match with Muswellbrook Eagles

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GLORY DAYS: Decades of sporting memories across the Hunter One of Troy Windle’s team photos.
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Troy having an after game drink with his brother Peter.

FRIENDS: Troy Windle (left) celebrating his birthday after the win.

READY TO GO: Troy Windle before his birthday game with team mate Mitchell Small.

STARTING EARLY: Troy Windle was a Golden Eagle from a young age.

Troy as a young player before a game.

TweetFacebook Golden Eagles memories Troy Windle had many great soccer moments growing up in Muswellbrook.THE day was July 10, 1982, andanother junior Golden Eagles game had kicked off.

To any bystander, it was a normal game of soccer in Muswellbrook.

But, for birthday boy Troy Windle, it was lining up to be a day he would never forget.

The under-11’s home game against Kurri Kurri became a lasting lifelong memory for the Muswellbrook resident.

MEMORIES: Troy Windle revisited the field he spent hours playing soccer as a child.

“From the opening whistle they moved the ball about in bewildering fashion and it was only minutes before Troy Windle celebrated his birthday with a fine goal,” read the report in the Muswellbrook Chronicle on July 16, 1982.

“Good wingers Sean Fish and Matthew Delforce enabled Troy to score two more first half goals –one a sizzling header.”

Three goals and a win made the game a highlightfor Mr Windle, among years of treasured Eagles memories.

More than 30 years later, Mr Windle brought two of his four sons,Tylerand Harley Wembley,back to the field where he spent many hours growing up.

“They all played when they were little and they werebrilliant to watch,” he said of his sons.

Beyond the excitement of his hat trick, Mr Windle enjoyed being a part of his team over the years.

“I’m proud of the achievements me and my team accomplished when we were juniors,” he said.

SPORTING GLORYDo you ever reflect on your greatest sporting moment? Whether you were an eager six-year-old or a young adult making a first-grade debut, wewant to hear your story.

Send the story and a photograph to jessica,[email protected]南京桑拿南京夜生活 to be featured in our Glory Days series.

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Judge orders farmers to pay legal costs after multi-million dollar court case

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Holly Raper before the 2011 quad bike crash
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Tasmanian farmers David and Jocelyn Bowden have been ordered to pay legal costs for a British backpackerwho was left a quadriplegic following a 2011 quad bike crash at their King Island dairy farm.

Justice Stephen Estcourt handed down his final judgment in the Supreme Court in Hobart on Monday, awarding Holly Raperjust over $12.26 million.

That figurewas about $280,000 more than entered in Justice Estcourt’s draft judgment last week.

Justice Estcourtordered Mr and Mrs Bowden pay Ms Raper’s legal costs on Monday, which are expected to be several million dollars.

Hearings were held in Tasmania and the United Kingdom in April and May.

Ms Raper is in a minimally conscious state and requires around the clock medical care following the 2011 accident at the farm where was working.

Her lawyer, Slater and Gordon’s Brian Hilliard, said Ms Raper’s mother Elaine had told him she was happy with the outcome.

A potential claim amount of $40 million was mentioned during the trial, but Mr Hilliard said that was not an amount Mrs Raper had asked for.

“That $40 million figure came from a document that was tendered in court and mentioned by a judge,” he said.

“We didn’t factor in any life expectancy deductions because we wanted Justice Estcourt to make a decision about that.”

Justice Estcourt ruled Mr and Mrs Bowden had been negligent and were liable for Ms Raper’s injuries.

The court heard Ms Raper had not been provided with a helmet or training about how to operate a quad bike.

It also heard the quad bike Ms Raper was ridinghad a number of defects.

In making his judgment, Justice Estcourt ruledMs Raper’s life expectancy was likely to be limited to the next 15 years.

The Bowdens have entered bankruptcy since the accident, withinsurance company GIOresponsible for settling the payout.

The Advocate

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Could you live in a tiny house with children?

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US parents Kim and Ryan Kasl are raising two young children without benefit of washer, dryer or TV. And they’re doing it in a tiny 24.8-square-metre house.
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But they don’t feel deprived. “This is a choice,” Kim Kasl says of her family’s decision to live a minimalist life in a portable one-room cottage perched next to a sparkling lake in Minnesota.

The choice has allowed the family to get by on one income, to home-school their kids and “instil amazing values – valuing experiences and time together over stuff we store in our house”.

The tiny house doubles as a school room. Photo: Richard Tsong-Taatarii

It’s been almost two years since the couple and their children – Sully, 7, Story, 6, and Brinkley their shih tzu – downsized from a 185-square-metre suburban rambler to their tiny house. They had to shed most of their furniture, shoes and clothes, toys and their big-screen TV.

Their dishes now fit in one drawer. “Everybody’s got a plate. If one breaks, we go to Goodwill and get another,” Kim Kasl says.

“Evening at the campfire. Today was a gardening day! And a jumping off the dock day!” Photo: Instagram

Kim Kasl inside the family’s tiny house. Photo: Richard Tsong-Taatarii

Impractical, special-occasion clothing, such as high heels, were purged. “I have one pair of jeans.”

But the couple accepted the spartan realities of tiny-house living because they were eager to embrace a life unencumbered by debt, burdensome belongings and endless household chores. And they say it feels like freedom, even after weathering two winters in such close quarters.

“We love it,” says Kim Kasl, a former wedding photographer who does the home-schooling. She remains an upbeat cheerleader for tiny-house living, speaking at events and blogging at blessthistinyhouse南京桑拿. “When you eliminate excess and unnecessary things that cause you stress, what’s left is everything good.”

“Everything is GREEN! ???? We have flowers blooming, birds singing, and kids jumping in the lake! I’m excited for all of the white trim to be painted brown, along with the pvc pipe venting the composting toilet. Then maybe I’ll work paint the shed. And we’ll be aesthetically complete!” Photo: Instagram

Not that there haven’t been challenges, she admits, starting with finding the right place to put their tiny house. Zoning and building codes have not caught up with the tiny-house movement.

“We were roadblocked, roadblocked, roadblocked.”

Finally they found a lakeside lot, which formerly held two RVs. It wasn’t suitable for building a normal-sized new house, but there was room for a tiny house.

Kasl can’t think of a thing she doesn’t like about life in their micro house, although she would like an in-home alternative to the laundromat.

Ryan Kasl, who works as a special education administrator, appreciates the financial benefits of simpler living. The family was able to build the tiny house for around US$30,000 ($39,600), thanks to hands-on help from family members and discounts and connections they were able to access as part of appearing on TV’s Tiny House Nation.

The couple say it has freed up funds for travel, including a trip to the Tiny House Jamboree next month, where Kim will be a featured speaker.

“We’ve had a lot of adventures and new experiences,” she says. “We don’t feel our life is tiny.”

Tiny houses, it seems, are everywhere. There are countless books and TV shows about how to find, build and live in them, and you can’t log on to your laptop without seeing a tiny-house Facebook link or YouTube video. But while many people are curious about drastic downsizing, very few are taking the plunge.

Tiny homes – under 46 square metres – represent a growing but still very tiny slice of the housing market, less than half of 1 per cent of all homes for sale in the US this year, according to Trulia, a residential real estate website.

The Kasls’ tiny house features a sleeping loft – a raised platform at each end of the single room, connected by a narrow catwalk. It also comes with a composting toilet, small wood-burning stove and clever but minimal storage space.

Each child has three small plastic bins for storing their entire wardrobe. The family also has a good-sized storage shed next door where they stash toilet paper, paper towels and off-season clothing.

During the summer months, their lake setting is idyllic. The kids play outside, the family eats meals at their picnic table and they have a campfire just about every night.

“In the winter, we go to the ‘Y’, the library, visit family and friends,” says Kim Kasl.

When they want to gather a large group, they meet at a restaurant – or use Airbnb to rent “someone else’s big house”.

– Star Tribune

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How to not have your dog destroy your house

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So, our dog ate our couch.
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For too long my partner and I wanted a dog, but when that moment finally arrived a week ago it proved a bit overwhelming.

We returned home one day to find a priceless ornament torn to shreds, my shoes chewed up and cleaning products laying in various dog beds.

The white couch – the part that’s not already eaten by the dog – is now always coated in mud.

To stop your canine friend from destroying your house, experts say it’s about keeping them mentally stimulated. Dog-proofing your house

Keira and the couch, before it was eaten. Photo: Chris Pritchard

Whether it’s a puppy or an older dog, applied canine behaviourist and dog trainer Cat Saunders of The K9 Company says many of their behaviours can be very similar if they haven’t had training.

Saunders likens adopting a dog to having a crawling baby, where everything within reach could end up in their mouth.

“Don’t leave things laying around like your shoes and socks because dogs can be rather opportunistic,” she says.

“If they see it and you’re not supervising them, then they’ll certainly have a grand old time chewing up your things.”

The more often a dog has an opportunity to display a behaviour, the more it’s being reinforced, Saunder adds. And like everything, prevention is better than cure.

Keep shoes in a cabinet as opposed to on a rack, and ensure there isn’t anything hazardous or sentimental within reach.

Pushing the dining room chairs in and removing any other furniture they can jump on to prevent them from accessing items higher up. Deterrent sprays can also work.

It’s never too late to confine those who have already given their dogs free reign of the house. Photo: Natalie Boog

Saunders says pet owners should give their dog the level of freedom they can deal with responsibly.

“If it’s a young pup, you can confine it to an area, where it’s got the ability to move around freely, go to the toilet et cetera ??? at least then you’re limiting how much destruction they can cause.” Protecting your items could protect your dog

Pet owners should give their dog the level of freedom they can deal with responsibly. Photo:Getty

Veterinary behaviour specialist Kersti Seksel of Sydney Animal Behaviour Services says leaving socks and shoes laying around can create problems if dogs ingest them.

Socks can cause blockages, which may result in surgery, she says, and gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhoea.

To get outside, dogs can even eat doors and window frames.

“If they have separation anxiety or they’re frightened of noises, you’ll often find that animals can become quite destructive,” Seksel says.

“They’ll try to get out windows and doors, and they’ll eat venetian blinds and furniture – and it’s not because they’re naughty, and it’s not because they’re bored [and that’s what everybody thinks], these dogs are actually very, very distressed because they’ve been left alone.

“Often people get really upset with the dog because they come home to this mountain of destruction, but in fact the dog is communicating with them and saying ‘help me, help me; I’m really upset, I’m really distressed’.” Don’t get into a routine

A tired dog is a good dog. Photo:Darren Pateman

Dog trainer and behaviour consultant Tamara Jackman of Underdog Training recommends regularly changing the daily routine, such as feeding and walking.

“The thing with having a really set routine like most people tend to have is that the dog develops really firm expectations,” she says.

“That’s fine if we meet those expectations really consistently, but the problem is we tend to change even from weekday to weekend.

“So things vary, and that’s where sometimes dogs can get anxious or frustrated because they don’t understand why – for instance – they’re not getting their regular walk at 5.30AM/PM and it’s a bit later.” Is it possible to keep your house clean?

A clean dog means a clean house, so remember to frequently groom your hound and wash them semi-regularly.

For a long-haired dog and coated breeds, Jackman says to trim around their paws and ensure the area is free of hair to reduce the amount of water and mud they bring inside.

She also recommends having a towel or a rug in doorways where the dogs are coming through, and rugs for the high-traffic areas of the house. Alternatively, owners could confine their dogs to non-carpeted areas of the house.

Consider buying big throw rugs for your couch – ones that you can easily take off and wash – to protect it from muddy paw prints

Jackman says feeding the dogs a really good quality diet means they will smell better, which could make a significant difference to your furniture and carpet. How to keep your dog occupied

Making sure your dog has access to toys they enjoy playing with is key, but it’s not always financially viable to keep buying new ones.

Jackman suggests dividing the toys into two to four groups and rotating them every few days, rather than giving them access to everything.

“That makes a really big difference to the longevity and the interest that the dog has in a toy,” she says.

Pet owners can also provide interactive and treat dispensing toys, and change up the food they put in it to spark their interest again.

Keira occupies herself with a kong. Photo: Haylee Pritchard

Saunders says mental stimulation is very important; all dogs like to smell so consider giving them scent-oriented games and scattering their food around in the backyard as opposed to putting it in a bowl.

Try freezing water and a kong with foods and treats, and hiding them inside an art deco brick or sand pit. Putting a food bowl upside down also means they don’t eat their dried kibbles within seconds.

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