Widjabul Wia-bal Country, Bundjalung Nation.
Lismore - NSW.
We are heavily invested in the Northern Rivers both emotionally and economically. We own the quirky red brick former bank building on Molesworth St in Lismore (on the left in the image below).
Prior to purchase, we did our due diligence with regard to floods. The main level was well above any flood in post-contact history and the ground level is a well drained garage space. Like so many, we did not imagine any future flood would ever be as extensive as it was in February 2022
Our key tenants Complete Staff Solutions' office was extensively damaged. Uninsured, we rebuilt their offices at common spaces in the building for ourselves with help from dear friends and some friendly tradies here and there.
CCS asked us to replan the office space for them. The new office includes a singular collaborative room which is brighter and more convival than the previous arrangement, with a.new reception which doubles as a meeting space to greet new clients.
Materials are now far more robust with removable dados and, where practical, waterproof polycarbonate wall finishes. We purchased end-of-line carpet tiles from Godfrey Hirst and arranged them in a playful pattern which we picked up on in colourful wall graphics. Small reminders of the building's history are left uncovered as a subtle reminder of what lies beneath keeps us strong.
John and Sandra / CSS
AREA: 140 sq.m
Sandra Kaji-O'Grady, John de Manincor.
A HUGE THANKS TO OUR HELPFUL FRIENDS:
Xavier de Manincor, Michael de Manincor, Mark McLinden, Katherine Norman, Rick Raftos. Lesley-Anne Houghton, the SES, NSWFB and more
ELECTRICAL: Norfell Electrical
CARPET SUPPLY: Godfrey Hirst.
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