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Pie in the Sky Ken Beissel

They’re On Again! Pie in the Sky! Part 2

David Reid Homes Pie in the Sky 2011 Flashback!

The official Pie in the Sky, David Reid Homes All Stars video coverage from 2011. Here’s what they had to say! It’s become an annual pilgrimage from the city to the sticks. A treasure trove of Rugby League talent winging their way to the remote western Riverina town. Gotta hope that the Hay side don’t take it too serious. The likes of Meninga, Bradley Clarke, Matt Geyer and Simon Woolford. They’ve played on the biggest stages and they’ve given back to the game at the grassroots. A club that was struggling a decade ago is now thriving with a full complement of boys’ and girls’ junior teams and for the first time a top division senior team. it’s like getting the Australian test team to play a one dayer game of cricket! It’s a combination the five years hard work and I’m expecting big crowds. The unsung heroes are many of the Magpies. The all-stars warmed up if you can call it that. Their first and last pre-match training session. Bit worried about my team. Preparation hasn’t been great. Meet Rugby League immortal, Arty Beatson, official coach and motivator. Joking aside the great man was shocked at the fitness of some of his charges. I reckon it’s indecent with these blokes are so fit. Whatever happened to where you let yourself go like Mark Tookey? And it was Mark Tookey and Meninga who led out the galaxy of former stars But despite the big names the locals were off to a flyer, targeting an obvious weakness on Daley’s wing. That sparked a group of blokes not used to losing. Meninga was in the thick of it. Not bad for 50 odd. Kenny Nagas wound the clock back and Nagas continued to cement his Man of the Match honours. The Hay Magpies motto is, “Let’s dream big” and that dream is now a reality with 1500 fans coming from near and far to rub shoulders with some of Rugby League’s best ever. It’s good the city coming out to the bush, I’d say. We don’t get to see famous people like this very often. It’s like a field of dreams out there with all the legends. It’s great. It’s like Rugby games of old. It’s really really good It was a buzz for the All Stars; a lifetime high for the likes of Mitch Rosser who played with them. The greats showed glimpses but the match wasn’t without incident. Shane Millard suffered a dislocated elbow. Woolford went for it charging 80 metres, defying the defence and gravity. Raiders coach David Furner enjoyed the hit out; his first game in six years. He was one of the first to answer the SOS from a club in strife. In the end the visitors won 50 to 8 but the score didn’t matter. Great for everybody here and you know, happy to get a bit of money in the bush. Hay keeps on prospering from it and you know, good luck for them next year in the comp. The boys were feeling it at one stage. Nah, it’s good stuff. Great to see that the concept which started as a bit of a pie in the sky, you know, come to fruition and it’s a true story. That’s my last ever game of Rugby League. That’s it. I’m officially retired. I’m gone.
Sustainable house

A Sustainable Luxury Home | David Reid Homes New England

Creating a Luxury Sustainable House

Creating this Luxurious Home – A Labour of Love

This passive-solar-designed sustainable house in the countryside is at one with nature. Located in a regional Northern New South Wales, this modern eco-friendly luxury home is far from your typical house. Built by Dan Wilks of David Reid Homes, creating this house was as much about building his dream home as it was about creating a structure that clearly defines what he is capable of as a David Reid luxury home builder. The dwelling displays the best of passive-solar design and ‘green’ building. Dan is passionate about eco-friendly construction and has completed his Housing Industry Association (HIA) Greensmart Course. This beautiful home became his way of proving the theory. Dan points out that the two most important aspects of building are orientation and insulation. Coupled with these are essential cross-flow ventilation, shading, and passive solar design for eco-friendly living. “The orientation aspect is a classic example in our case. We have positioned our house a little northeast,” says Dan’s wife. Kylie. “This is perfect for our passive design, but our view of the town is more to the east. Most people think that’s the direction your house should face but although our house is facing the town, it doesn’t mean we don’t get to enjoy a view of it,” she explains. The interiors are fresh and simple with a neutral theme of white, light and dark grey, complemented by browns from the timber elements. Occasional splashes of colour from furnishings and artwork. sustainable house ventilation to bathroomA simple colour palette allows the texture of different materials to become the feature,” says Kylie, adding that the block walls give the house a structural grounding. The north-facing 4 m x 12 m glass doors are another stunning feature and let the tranquil bush view flow into the open style design. The house has been custom designed to suit the family and, according to Kylie, “The design was about meeting different aspects of our life and future life. We can shut the door of the office and walk away,” says Kylie. The guest room, one of five bedrooms in the house, has its own separate access to the outside.

The Sustainable House and the Family

This sustainable house is open plan and spacious but with quiet areas, such as the library. For a family, the ease of access between the garage and indoors via a mudroom is important for making life more convenient. The positioning of the main bedroom means it has a stunning outlook of the peaceful countryside, it’s close to the living room of the house but retains privacy. “It’s well-planned spaces like these that make large houses feel like a home.” With free reign over the kitchen design, Kylie decided to create a space with small galley areas. “It certainly doesn’t look like a conventional set-out, but it works for how we live,” she says of the kitchen layout. The kitchen has two distinct areas – one for coffee, tea and breakfast; one for preparation and cooking. The island bench brings the room together and acts as a central space for catching up, serving meals and homework. Sustainable house beauty at nightDan’s favourite element of this dream sustainable home is the staircase. It’s a demonstration of excellent planning and workmanship. The result is simple and stunning. The passive design of this rural luxury home includes louvre windows to assist with excellent cross-flow ventilation, hydronic in-slab heating, reverse masonry walls, solar panels, extended eaves on the north side for protection from the summer heat, and extra insulation. The lawn is watered using a Biolytix waste management system and the western side of the house has an ornamental grapevine growing to assist in shielding the house from the sun in summer while allowing warm sunlight to penetrate during the winter when the vine’s leaves drop. Dan designed and handmade the home’s concrete panels, which act as a heat pack. “They conduct heat when the sun is long gone and work like magic!” Says Kylie. With its practical and stylish design, this beautiful sustainable house is energy-efficient and proof that passive eco-design is achievable. It’s no surprise then, that this stylish, contemporary family home was a finalist in the 2013 HIA northern New South Wales housing awards. Attribution to: Home Design Magazine volume 16, number 6 “The Summer Living Issue”

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