plantation-style home

2021 QLD House of the Year by McLachlan Homes


This tranquil site offered the perfect pallet to create a magnificent plantation-style home.

Approaching from the north, you initially observe the curved bluesteel stackstone retaining walls, the extensive roof span and its complementary colour pallet. This breathtaking design fits seamlessly within its surroundings embracing a true collaboration of design ideas that have been painstakingly brought to life by incredible craftsmanship and impeccable fittings.

The Grand Porte cochere offers an immense sense of arrival taking advantage of the hip scissor trusses and 4 metre raked ceilings beautifully finished with feature timber and soft shadow lines. Rich timber posts flow onto bluesteel stackstone over the brick pillars. Extra wide roof eaves elegantly finished in tahira white and woodland grey exposed rafters are featured throughout the design’s exterior.

The long covered walkway offers more stunning detail to the ceiling and stained timber decking underfoot that leads you onto the rotunda. With continuity in mind this space mirrors the Porte Cochere with the addition of water features, fish, turtles and waterlilies. Guided by the lush tropical landscaping, merbau feature timber and the convict recycled brickwork completes the journey onto the Porch.

Stepping through the one of a kind custom pivot door into the grand foyer you are greeted with a vaulted timber clad ceiling, large fixed glass windows, feature timber battens and luxurious stackstone which sets the mood for the unique design elements within.

McLachlan Interior Design

The expansive 4.5 metre ceiling comprises detailed VJ panelling and houses the sumptuous living, dining, and kitchen. The inclusion of external feature elements such as stone, brick and timber have been cleverly showcased within. The remarkable stone flows from the entry into the living room and offers a certain ambience when paired with the stained timber battens artistically placed behind the wall-mounted television to ceiling height. The cabinetry and shelving give a subtle nod to the custom entry door with the selection of smoked mirror glass and stone tops that complement its beauty.

The stunning 4.5 metre internal brick feature wall houses a generous gas fireplace and recycled timber mantel and invites you on into the dining and sitting areas which flow on into the kitchen. The expansive kitchen has a showstopping 5m long 100mm thick stone island bench top, with elegant pendant lighting centrally located above. This full customised Kitchen and Butlers Pantry offers a sumptuous pairing of contrasting colours to its cabinetry that run seamlessly into the ceiling. This area also houses a concealed martini bar. This inclusion of Miele appliances such as integrated fridges / freezers, wine fridges, coffee machine, warming draw, steam oven, pyrolytic oven, dishwashers and induction cooktop add a touch of luxury. Continuity to the spaces is in abundance from the Butlers Pantry with the large fixed glass window to the BBQ area opening onto the servery.

Built around Queensland’s indoor/outdoor lifestyle the expansive stacker doors open to the centrally located Alfresco which functions as a fully closed internal room or an open outdoor space. Boasting a built-in Summit Webber BBQ, numerous Scope Fridges and an entertainment system including a large wall-mounted TV, this functional space really is a gateway to entertaining guests in style.

Stepping down a further level there is a generous sized entertainment area where the picturesque scenery and views to Moreton Island can be enjoyed or you can relax on the poolside deck by the luxurious L shaped pool with Lamnar jets, led lighting and large horizon pool window with a swim up poolside bar. This area also offers a 20 person under roof heated spa.

This home offers plenty of private spaces for guests including something special for the winter months with the inclusion of curved seating and fire pit, and a sun deck that intelligently conceals the underground 160,000-litre water tank.

The home encompasses five bedrooms each housing their own private walk-in robe with custom fit-out, four bathrooms with ceiling height tiling and two additional powder rooms. The master suite being a true parent retreat with stunning views, and a concealed TV to be envious of. Relax on the decked balcony, enjoy the lavish ensuite featuring a curved wall into the walk in shower, custom cabinetry, stone tops, freestanding bath, built in makeup desk and separate w.c including a smart toilet. The customised walk-in robe is straight out of a Hollywood movie; elegant seating, features lighting and storage solutions to be enviable of. The addition of a large home office with built-in desk is located adjacent to the master suite.

With simply too many features to list, Northbry Lodge offers a modern plantation style home with state-of-the-art smart home systems which can control lighting, door locks, blinds, and so much more. The home also offers a large movie cinema room. This is a truly memorable project designed to stand the test of time and cater to the evolving needs of the modern family. This project is about a lifestyle and achieving that great sense of escape from the stress of daily life.

McLachlan Homes are thrilled to have been a part of such a tremendous project, which has exceeded our client’s expectations.

Prizes Won:

  • House of the Year (Brisbane & State Award).
  • Best Individual Home over 2 Million (Brisbane & State Award).
  • Best Residential Swimming Pool (Brisbane & State Award).

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