To make a ‘silk purse from a sow’s ear’ – an Architect’s dream …and a builder’s nightmare!
With spectacular views to the north and city, this 480-square-metre small lot was shaped like a slice of pie, on a busy road and with a telephone pole in the middle. The challenge included a 10-metre fall (four storeys) from the front of the block to the rear.
The creation of two lots, each with a four-bedroom townhouse, double garage and family room over three and a half levels. These modern, spacious houses with high ceilings, plenty of storage and abundant light were designed so that all living areas and bedrooms would have views that couldn’t be built out. Our solution topped the state at the Queensland Master Builders Association Housing & Construction Awards for the best use of a steep site over $250,000. Construction was completed on time and on budget, and the owners sold for a profit.
To create a serene sanctuary for effortless living and discrete entertaining, and build underneath without raising the house, avoiding the need for town planning and heritage permissions.
Previously a holiday home for a Brisbane lord mayor, few Art Nouveau details remained following this 1940s conversion into four poky flats. The original house rested on a water table and termites had rotted the timber from underneath. Inside, cracked aluminium windows obscured panoramic views of Moreton Bay to the east and western views to Taylor Range were lost in the oppressive heat generated by a corrugated iron roof. Add to all that the presence of very close neighbours.
Pare everything back and get out of the way. Frame beautiful views and turn ugly ones into light. Reduce visual clutter to create more flow and space. Transform semi-underground bedrooms into a light, airy garden rooms.