Lauren takes us through her brand new kitchen in Co Meath

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FROM THE VERY beginning of her kitchen design journey, Lauren Harte knew exactly what she wanted.

“I had a very clear vision in my head,” says Lauren, who moved into her new home in Mornington, Co Meath with her boyfriend in April. 

“We were aware that there wasn’t much wall space, so we wanted to make use of the storage and get as much as we could into the island. We have a microwave, dishwasher, bin and sink all in the island.”

As well as maximising storage space, Lauren wanted her range cooker to be a focal point of the room. “My boyfriend is a chef, so cooking is a really big part of our lives. We wanted to make a feature of the range cooker with a really nice canopy.”

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Lauren Harte in her new Lyndale kitchen

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With her vision in mind, Lauren went to the Cash & Carry Kitchens showroom in Swords, Co Dublin.  

Cash & Carry was actually the first shop I went into and they had the exact kitchen that I had in mind. I didn’t go to any other shops – that was the kitchen for us.

Here she met with design consultant Alan Larkin, who helped bring her ideas to life. 

“One of the design issues Lauren had is that she went with a double sized Belfast sink,” says Alan. “She wanted the sink to be centred and with what she was fitting in on either side, it wasn’t possible unless we made some alterations to the units. That’s where the chopping boards came into it – they solved the problem.”

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Lyndale from Cash & Carry Kitchens

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With her new kitchen in place – including a corner seating area –

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Maryland takes over hundreds of Purple Line contracts to continue construction

It is PLTP’s construction contractor, a joint venture led by Texas-based Fluor, that quit over the cost overruns. Maryland officials said they are continuing to negotiate with PLTP over whether the project’s larger $5.6 billion partnership can be saved.

Maryland Transportation Secretary Gregory Slater said the state “officially took over the day-to-day management” of the 16-mile light-rail project through Montgomery and Prince George’s counties Sept. 28. Matthew Pollack, the state’s Purple Line project director, met with subcontractors Sept. 30 “to outline the next steps,” said Erin Henson, spokeswoman for the Maryland Department of Transportation.

Henson said it then took time to figure out what work could continue. Most new construction stopped in mid-September, after a Baltimore judge ruled that the contractor had a legal right to quit.

The contracts that the state has assumed include the manufacturing of the light-rail vehicles, the eventual operations and maintenance of the rail line, and 233 design and construction contracts and other agreements.

Under state management, work will continue on erosion and sediment control, relocating overhead electrical wires and underground utilities, and some final design work, Henson said.

“While the state is committed to ongoing negotiations, we have to continue to deliver the Purple Line for the citizens of Maryland and protect the state’s interest, which includes ensuring construction continues,” Slater said in a statement.

Maryland transit officials have said they will decide in the next four to six months whether they will continue managing the project, seek a new construction contractor or procure another public-private partnership if the agreement with PLTP dissolves.

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This Renovation Takes a French Flat From ’70s Spirit to Modern Minimalism

Located in the quiet, small town of Asnières-sur-Seine, just a few kilometers from the center of Paris, this 807-square-foot two-bedroom apartment initially had a ’70s aesthetic. To envision what it would look like after a makeover required a high dose of imagination.

“I had been looking for a new place for about a year when I saw the real estate ad for this apartment,” remembers the 40-year-old owner Hélène, who works in fashion and lives here with her 11-year-old son. “I scheduled the visit for the next day and liked the place. It was very different from what it is now: It was filled with furniture and had carpet on the floor, but I really loved the soft and quiet atmosphere.”

<div class="caption"> <strong>BEFORE:</strong> The homeowner saw the potential in her apartment despite all the furniture and busy carpets. </div>

BEFORE: The homeowner saw the potential in her apartment despite all the furniture and busy carpets.

<div class="caption"> <strong>BEFORE:</strong> The quiet atmosphere was the real draw to the space. </div>

BEFORE: The quiet atmosphere was the real draw to the space.

<div class="caption"> <strong>AFTER:</strong> In the dining room, <a href="https://www.andtradition.com/products/pavilion-av2" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:&Tradition chairs" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">&Tradition chairs</a> surround the made-to-measure table by Heju with an <a href="http://www.atelierareti.com/pendant-lamps-2/girlande-ceiling" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Atelier Areti ceiling light" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Atelier Areti ceiling light</a> above it. A <a href="https://artemest.com/products/tahity-table-lamp-by-ettore-sottsass" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Ettore Sottsass table lamp" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Ettore Sottsass table lamp</a> sits on the <a href="https://www.usm.com/en-us/modern-home/inspiration/applications/shelving/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:USM shelves" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">USM shelves</a>. </div>

The French young interior architects behind Heju, Hélène Pinaud and Julien Schwartzmann, immediately had a great connection with the owner. As soon as they discovered the space, they knew they could create a very pure atmosphere—a departure from the old Haussmann apartments they usually work on. “Our client liked the functionality of the existing floor plan, so we almost didn’t change anything about it,” the duo says. “This idea was coherent with the minimal project influenced by the ’70s and ’80s that we wanted to design.”

One of the biggest challenges the interior architects faced during the six-month project was giving some personality to a standard flat. “In the main living space, we had to find a way to gather several functions in the same room without breaking the feeling of volume, so we created a ‘big living wall’ with arches that define the entrance, an office, and a library with some

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Watch Dogs Legion’s Director Takes Us Through Some of Its Final Improvements Before Launch

What a difference eight months can make in game development. Back in October of last year, Ubisoft announced that it was delaying Watch Dogs: Legion to an undisclosed date in 2020. The original release date had Legion releasing in March, right at the beginning of our current endless void where time has no meaning. Now, the next Watch Dogs is coming on Oct. 29 for a dizzying array of platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, and Google Stadia.

I previewed Watch Dogs: Legion three months ago, during what would normally have been E3. So returning to the game now, I didn’t expect to see much in the way of change. Surprisingly, Ubisoft has tweaked and improved Legion ahead of launch. It’s not a new game entirely, but even from the beginning of my demo I noticed changes.

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For example, recruitment options have grown. In Watch Dogs: Legion, every generated character pulls from a pool of perks, having somewhere between zero and three available to them. (Yeah, some folks just fail the digital lottery.) There are new options like “Famous,” which sees that person get noticed in public and is probably not conductive to stealth; “Glass Cannon,” where a person both take and deal more damage; and “Flatulent,” where your chosen member will… sometimes fart and alert enemies to their presence. Some of the combinations don’t make any sense—how does a transient have a silenced MP5?—but making up stories to square those circles is part of the fun.

This is apparently the final suite of perks available to the character generation, according to Watch Dogs Legion creative director Clint Hocking. “Yeah, that’ll be the final mix. I mean it doesn’t mean you’ve seen

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Contractor takes on North Carolina county’s virus projects

When Danny Powell drives by a construction site in Rowan County and sees his company’s sign outside, he immediately thinks about his father.

“For my dad, he would be proud that we’re building something locally,” said Powell, president of Salcoa Contracting, Inc.

Powell’s father, A.D. Powell, founded Salcoa Contracting as Salisbury Coatings and Metalizing in Salisbury in 1986 as a paint contracting business. Over the years, Salcoa began conducting renovations for Food Lion, evolving alongside the grocery store chain and becoming one of its go-to general contractors. Although Food Lion and Salcoa are both based in Salisbury, Salcoa was doing most of its work away from home in grocery stores as far away as Maryland.

That is, until a few years ago, when the company began to diversify its portfolio by taking on more local projects.

“In the past five years, we’ve started doing some local work, which is really starting to grow,” Powell said.

More and more Salcoa signs have started popping up in Rowan County, like in front of Moose Pharmacy or at Dan Nicholas Park, where the company is constructing a new concession stand.

On Monday, Salcoa began work on another major project in Rowan County — implementing the “common solutions” phase of the county’s plan to upgrade its facilities to comply with health guidelines and help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The project was designed by architect Pete Bogle and his team at The Bogle Firm Architecture.

The project, Powell said, comes with more gravity than most.

“Being a local company, there’s a good feeling knowing you’re helping out the local EMS or other county workers to help them be safer with what’s going on in the world,” Powell said.

Over the next several weeks, Salcoa will install touchless bathroom fixtures, hand sanitizer stations

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