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Developer has 90 days to start renovating downtown Knoxville’s Andrew Johnson Building, Knox County says

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – The developer at the head of a renovation project for downtown Knoxville’s Andrew Johnson Building has a 90-day deadline to start construction, according to a letter from Knox County. The Andrew Johnson Building, originally a hotel built in 1927 has an extensive history. Once the tallest building in East Tennessee, the hotel saw famous guests like Roy Acuff and Hank Williams Sr., who, according to some legends, might have died in the hotel. Previous Coverage: Andrew Johnson building to become a hotel once again BNA Associates, LLC was supposed to begin turning the Andrew Johnson Building…
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Patricia Urquiola named interior designer of the year at Dezeen Awards 2023

Spanish architect and designer Patricia Urquiola has been named interior designer of the year at the Dezeen Awards 2023 ceremony. The Designers of the Year category rewards the best emerging and established talent across architecture, interiors and design. It recognizes creatives whose innovative work has made a notable impact on the industry. Urquiola was awarded the prize at the Dezeen Awards 2023 party last week, which was hosted in partnership with Bentley. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Dezeen (@dezeen) Patricia Urquiola was named interior designer of the year at Dezeen Awards 2023 Born in Oviedo, Spain,…
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Winners revealed: 2023 Australian Interior Design Awards

Individuality, boldness and understated elegance were strong themes among the winners of the 2023 Australian Interior Design Awards, announced on 2 June. “Projects […] also displayed sensitivity and a modesty that speaks to a revitalized sense of confidence,” said the jury. “This is a year where design was truly celebrated through projects, relationships and collaborations that were treated with a renewed lust for life.” The jury unanimously awarded the Premier Award for Australian Interior Design to Campbell House by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, which also won the awards for Workplace Design and Sustainability Advancement. “It is timeless, elegant, unified and finely…
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Court ruling allows White Stadium renovation project to proceed

In her ruling, Ellis wrote that pausing the project at its current stage would likely kill it, as the soccer group was the only respondent to the city’s request for proposals to overhaul White Stadium. This would leave the facility “in a state of deterioration and partial use” and the city “may lose the opportunity to have its own professional women’s soccer team,” Ellis wrote. “Renovating a 75-year-old, 10,000 seat, outdoor stadium with necessary structural and system upgrades to bring it into compliance with building and safety codes is expensive. … Even if the Defendants ultimately prevail and the Proposed…
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Saline library set to undergo $4M facelift, bringing renovations inside and out

SALINE, MI – As Saline’s library building turns 30, it’s gearing up for a roughly $4 million set of renovations, bringing improvements inside and out. Construction will get underway in June on the expansive set of upgrades to the Saline District Library at 555 N. Maple Road, library officials announced in mid-March. The plans call for a new outdoor pavilion and paved trail on the library grounds, more study rooms, larger space for teenagers, increased seating and a drive-thru service window to pick up reserved materials, among other changes, according to the library. The building, built in 1994, was renovated…
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Four bedrooms… four bathrooms? How COVID-19 is changing home design

“The Barnaby” might be a strange name for a home of the future, but that’s what this four-bedroom demonstration house claims to be. Located in a small town in North Carolina, it’s the size of an average new house in Australia and looks pretty normal from the outside. Inside, the differences are obvious: a front-door “vestibule” for no-contact home delivery, two “pocket” home offices (neither of which is a bedroom), a school room, a quarantine room, a “secret room” behind a bookcase (for being alone), and a whopping four bathrooms. A secret room hidden behind a book case in The…
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Orlando Florida Temple to close in July 2024 for renovations – Church News

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced plans to renovate the Orlando Florida Temple, which will close in July 2024. The renovation announcement was first published Monday, Feb. 12, on ChurchofJesusChrist.org. It was one of the day’s several temple announcements, along with the dedication and open house dates for the new Casper Wyoming Temple, the time for the sole rededication session for the renovated Manti Utah Temple, and the exterior renderings of the Natal Brazil and Teresina Brazil temples. Dedicated nearly three full decades ago, the Orlando temple is one of five houses…
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The No. 1 Reason Homeowners Are Dropping a Bundle on Renovations Right Now

Homeowners are spending more on remodeling their properties, thanks to the challenging housing market. With low inventory compared with pre-pandemic times, rising home prices, and high mortgage rates, homeowners spent 60% more on renovations from 2020 to 2023, according to a recent report from Houzz, a home remodeling and design platform. And in the past year alone, they spent a median of $24,000 sprucing up their homes. “Homeowners are reluctant to move and take on a new mortgage at a higher rate, so they invest in renovations for their current homes,” says Houzz staff economist Marine Sargsyan. “Shortages in housing…