Newcomer Ruby Lewis is set to make her Great White Way debut in Cirque du Soleil—Paramour. The production, which will unite the signature spectacle of Cirque du Soleil with Broadway’s storytelling, is now scheduled to officially open on May 25, 2016 (instead of June 2). Previews will still start on April 16 at the Lyric Theatre.Lewis first came to Cirque du Soleil’s attention in For The Record: Baz, the post-modern cabaret inspired by the films of director Baz Luhrmann. She has also appeared in the national touring companies of Gypsy, Grease, Jersey Boys and We Will Rock You.Directed by Philippe Decouflé, Paramour is set in the world of Golden Age Hollywood. The event will spin the tale of a beautiful young poet forced to choose between love and art. Additional casting for the 38-member company that blends the best in circus arts will be announced soon. Related Shows View Comments Cirque du Soleil PARAMOUR Show Closed This production ended its run on April 16, 2017
Part of the outdoor area of the property at 86 Bulimba Street, Bulimba, after the reno. Picture: AAP/David Clark.Archicentre Australia director Peter Georgiev said it was a good time to renovate or construct a tailor-designed dwelling, given the low interest rate environment and competitive construction pricing widely available.“However, it is extremely difficult for average Australians to know what costs are involved in the many aspects of construction, which make budgeting purely guess work,” Mr Georgiev said.Greg and Sandy Ripps spent around $650,000 completely refurbishing their 1925 workers’ cottage.The property was raised and converted into two levels and a 12m extension added to the rear.Mr Ripp said he took great care to make the connection between the original building and the modern add-ons seamless. The back of the property at 86 Bulimba St, Bulimba, before the renovation. The back of the property at 86 Bulimba St, Bulimba, after the renovation.The Ripps are no strangers to the renovating game. They’ve done it for most of their lives, although usually for other people.Now they’ve decided to make a living out of their passion for buying, renovating and selling homes for themselves.And research shows they’re not alone.Independent housing analyst Michael Matusik believes close to two-thirds of the detached houses resold across southeast Queensland over the past decade have had a renovation between sales. “Furthermore, we have found that in one out of four cases, the renovation costs were close to half of the previous purchase price,” Mr Matusik said. “And in 10 per cent of cases, the cost of this renovation actually exceeded the cost of the previous total purchase price.”A new report by the Housing Industry Association reveals the renovations market is set to boom in the coming decade.It found a detached house building boom took place in the second half of the 1980s decade, which means those houses will enter the prime renovations age group over the next 10 years and provide a solid basis for growth in home renovations activity.Nationally, renovations are set to lift by 1.8 per cent in 2018/19, 2.8 per cent in 2019/20 and another 3.4 per cent in 2020/21 — lifting the value of Australia’s home renovations market to $35.93 billion. CHOOSE LIFE, CHOOSE THE BLOCK More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoThe back deck of the house at 86 Bulimba St, Bulimba, before the renovation. The front of the house at 86 Bulimba St, Bulimba, before the renovation. The bathroom in the house at 86 Bulimba St, Bulimba, before the renovation. The kitchen at 86 Bulimba Street, Bulimba, after the reno. Picture: AAP/David Clark. The kitchen in the house at 86 Bulimba St, Bulimba, before the renovation. One of the bathrooms in the house at 86 Bulimba St, Bulimba, after the renovation.“It was crying out to be expanded because it was too small for most average families,” Mr Ripps said.“We live in the area so we were consistently looking and know everything that’s going on the market. We were just waiting for the right one.”That’s when the couple spotted 86 Bulimba Street. GOVERNMENT’S $8M LAND WINDFALL The outdoor entertaining area at the rear of the property at 86 Bulimba St, Bulimba, after the renovation. Sandy and Greg Ripps spent just six months fully renovating their property at 86 Bulimba St, Bulimba. Picture: AAP/David Clark.FOR Brisbane builder Greg Ripps, there’s nothing quite like standing back with a cold beer and admiring his hard work.And that’s just what the 59-year-old did after completing his latest major renovation project in Bulimba.Mr Ripps and his interior designer wife, Sandy, spent six months, seven days a week, transforming a “cute cottage” in one of the suburbs’ most exclusive streets into a family home that marries modern-day luxury with traditional charm. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE The facade of the property at 86 Bulimba St, Bulimba, after the reno. Picture: AAP/David Clark.Upstairs, five bedrooms surround an additional living space and a central family bathroom complete with freestanding bath and powder room.The master bedroom has a bay window, ensuite and walk-in robe.Mr Ripps said he thought the home would best suit a family with young children or a retired couple wanting room for their grandchildren to visit.But he admits it will be hard to let the property go.“It’s always hard when I finish a big project because I spend so much time on the land that I feel it never ends,” Mr Ripps said.“It is always disappointing, until I start that new project and away it goes again.”The property at 86 Bulimba St, Bulimba, is for sale by negotiation through Cathy Richards of Place Bulimba. The kitchen has 2Pac cabinetry and quartz and Caesarstone benchtops. Picture: AAP/David Clark.The galley kitchen is equipped with 2Pac cabinetry, a walk-in butler’s pantry and a full suite of Smeg appliances. Also on the lower level is a bathroom, laundry and media room. The living room in the home at 86 Bulimba Street, Bulimba, after the reno. Picture: AAP/David Clark.“The original part of the house is untouched and I think it’s hard to find the transition between old and new because of the way we’ve married the extension into the existing property and extended the theme upstairs,” he said.Traditional features such as VJ walls, stained glass windows and high ceilings work in contrast with modern finishings such as plantation shutters, a spotted gum hardwood staircase and quartz and Caesarstone benchtops.Effort has gone into making the home light and breezy through the use of louvres and glazing. The TV room in the house at 86 Bulimba St, Bulimba, before the renovation.