Brisbane builder to the stars’ new project is his own super home

first_imgRob Gray of Graya Construction and his wife Meghan at the site where their dream home is under construction. Picture: Jamie Hanson.HE BUILDS jawdropping houses for Brisbane’s A-list, from rappers to football players, but Rob Gray’s biggest project to date is his own dream home.The luxury home builder admits being his own client helped in the creation of his forever home — an enormous residence being built on a hill in the trendy suburb of Paddington. A render of Rob Gray’s new house, Arcos, which is under construction in Paddington. Image: Joe Adsett Architects.As one half of the company, Graya TM, Gray and his brother, Andrew, have built swanky residences for clients including Brisbane Broncos player Darius Boyd, former Wallabies captain Stephen Moore, and star couple model Erin McNaught and rapper ‘Example’ since bursting onto the property scene six years ago. A render of Rob Gray’s new house, Arcos, which is under construction in Paddington. Image: Joe Adsett Architects.But this is Gray’s biggest project yet — a palatial, three-level, five-bedroom, six-bathroom house spanning 1000 sqm, with three living rooms and space for eight cars — all on an 820 sqm block just a few kilometres from Brisbane’s CBD.Features will include a statement spiral staircase, smart wiring, a spa big enough for 12 people, space for a gym in the basement and a pool. A render of Rob Gray’s new house, Arcos, which is under construction in Paddington. Image: Joe Adsett Architects.The Spanish-inspired design is reflected in the arches that are such a prominent feature of the home.“A lot of curves and arches are trending around the world so we really though this would be a grand statement,” Gray said.“We thought we’d go nuts and make it real loud!” The site where Rob Gray’s house is being built in Paddington. Image supplied. The house is starting to take shape. Picture: Jamie Hanson.It’s not the first time Gray has built a home for himself.After completing more than 20 $1.5 million-plus renovations, Gray renovated a 1930s Queenslander-style cottage and turned it into a prestige home that won a Master Builders Association of Queensland renovation award in 2018. Rob Gray built this house for himself and his wife in Paddington, but has since sold it. Picture: Supplied Inside The Russet House, which Rob and Meghan Gray used to own. Picture supplied. Erin McNaught at the Brisbane house built by Graya that she now lives in, with her sons Ennio and Evander. Picture: Luke Marsden.But it wasn’t to be their forever home, with the pair selling it for $2.8 million to McNaught and Example.“This one is definitely the long-term play,” Gray said.“We got a bigger block this time, which is a lot harder to find.“Doing it again, we always wanted to outperform the previous home, so we went hard and went to a fair bit more effort to plan this one around kids and stuff.” This house was built by Graya for Darius and Karla Boyd, but has since sold for close to $2m. Broncos player Darius Boyd and his wife Kayla at the house in Harding St, Hendra, that they used to own. Photo: Mark Cranitch.The project has involved rebuilding a pre-war Queenslander, with architect Joe Adsett providing the vision for the home.“We were adamant we wanted a super big home that wasn’t disjointed,” Gray said.“We both like industrial designed homes, like our last one, but decided to try something different by embracing the Queenslander but also incorporating a Spanish chateau style.”Construction started in October last year, with the Grays hoping to move in by September.“It’s taken a lot longer than I would have liked, but just because it’s so big, it’s been a bit tedious getting the details right,” Gray said. A render of Boomerang by Graya – the home of architect Joe Adsett. Image: Joe Adsett Architects. Inside Boomerang, the home of architect Joe Adsett, which was built by Graya. Photo: Lyndon Mechielsen.In designing the house, Gray said he picked the best bits and pieces from all of his previous projects and put them together.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours ago“The biggest hurdle was getting the plans all aprpoved with council — that took about six or seven months,” he said.“Construction-wise, it’s probably the trickiest house we’ve ever built.“It’s been a bit of a jigsaw puzzle, but thankfully I’m the client!”Gray said the most comparable home would have to be ‘Boomerang’ — the Ascot home designed by Joe Adsett for himself and recently built by Graya. Laurent by Graya sold for $4m in 2019. Image supplied. The back of the house, named Laurent, at 44 Reading St, Paddington. Picture: Scott Burrows.Graya TM burst on to the startup scene six years ago with just $50,000 in capital, and has since traded more than $60 million worth of property and completed some 60 projects.Combining their carpentry and quantity surveying skills, the Gray brothers have gained recognition for rebuilding some of the worst homes in Brisbane’s best streets and selling them for a tidy profit. Andrew and Rob Gray at one of their projects at 29 Rockbourne Terrace, Paddington. Image: AAP/Claudia Baxter.They have a number of exciting projects on the go and one of their projects has just become available to purchase.The house at 40 Plunkett St, Paddington, is for sale via expressions of interest with Matt Lancashire of Ray White New Farm. This house at 40 Plunkett St, Paddington, was built by Graya and is now available for sale. This house at 40 Plunkett St, Paddington, is now available for sale.But potential buyers better get in quick, given how quickly their previous homes have been snapped up. Former Wallabies’ skipper Stephen Moore recently sold this home in Paddington that Graya had built for him. Picture: Nigel Hallett.last_img read more

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Red Bull to end sponsorships with TSM and C9 due to Riot restrictions, reports…

first_imgAccording to reports from ESPN, Red Bull Media House is in the process of ending sponsorships with Cloud9 and Team SoloMid as they address what reports suggest Riot believe could be a potential conflict of interest. Due to certain formalities not yet being locked, Red Bulls of the EU Challenger Series will be referred to as Team RB until further notice.— lolesports (@lolesports) June 18, 2017It comes as Riot tweeted that the team would not be called Red Bulls until further notice (pictured above). As the company now has its own team, ESPN reports that a conflict arises with Riot Games’ strict sale of sponsorship rules. Red Bull are no stranger to falling foul of ownership rules and potential conflicts of interest — it’s been recently announced that R.B. Leipzig will be allowed to compete in the Champions League as well as R.B. Salzburg, after much debate over potential conflict of interest.Red Bull run a dedicated esports content portal and is known well in the Dota scene for its extensive coverage of four-time Major champions OG. Elsewhere, they have an array of Red Bull “athletes” across multiple esports, although there’s no easy way to find an up-to-date list. The likes of August “Agge” Rosenmeier, PSG eSports FIFA player is but one example.A particularly notable element of ESPN’s report was that TSM Smash players William “Leffen” Hjelte and Gonzalo “ZeRo” Barrios will have to have visa changes made. Reports state that they were employed by Red Bull and had their accommodation booked by that company — due to FGC players being ineligible for P-1A visas. An ESPN source suggests that the status will be resolved “without any hiccups”. Esports Insider says: Riot remain strict on pretty much everything. Meanwhile, in the wonderful world of Valve there’s multi-team ownership all over the place and probably more conflicts of interest than you can shake a stick at. There has been precedent set by Riot so this is hardly surprising.last_img read more

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Liverpool to land Real Madrid man for £7m?

first_img Lucas Vazquez Liverpool are reportedly looking to delve into the transfer market again this summer and it seems manager Brendan Rodgers has targeted a Real Madrid midfielder as a key signing.Lucas Vazquez is the winger believed to be on Rodgers’ radar and talkSPORT’s Transfer Spotlight takes a look at the man starring on loan at Espanyol.Name: Lucas Vázquez IglesiasDate of birth: July 1, 1991Birthplace: Curtis, SpainPosition: WingerClub: Real Madrid (on loan Espanyol)What’s the latest?Brendan Rodgers is thought to be keen on signing the wideman as he looks to bolster his squad at Anfield. Espnayol have the option to sign Vazquez at the end of his temporary deal but Real Madrid appear happy to let him join the Reds if they stump up the £7million asking price.Did you know?1) As a youngster Vazquez spent time at CD Curtis, his hometown club, but was eventually signed by Real Madrid as a 16-year-old in 2007.2) The winger spent one season with Real Madrid’s C-team in 2010 before being promoted to their B-team the following campaign.3) Vazquez’s talents on the flank saw him score four goals in 23 games helping them to return to Spain’s second tier for the first time in five years.4) After continuing to play with Real Madrid B, Vazquez earned a loan switch to Catalan-club Espanyol at the start of this season.5) In La Liga he’s gone from strength-to-strength, with the pacy winger registering four assists and two goals.They say:“A gifted player with great ball control who is dangerous in one-on-ones. He is very skilful and is very mobile across the front line. His ability to beat a man makes him a danger for any opposition,” – say Real Madrid. 1center_img “He stands out for his explosive pace and dribbling. Given his want to go forward, the Galician tends to end the season with a number of goals under his belt. His hard-work, effort and consistency have helped him stay at Castilla.”Video evidence:last_img read more

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