A Designer’s Dream: an incredible home build


Located down a leafy, picturesque street in one of Brisbane’s most prestigious suburbs, this incredible home build uses a combination of minimalistic style and contemporary features for breathtaking results

The brilliantly designed project was spearheaded by O’Shea & Sons Builders and encompasses sleek lines and an open layout perfect for a summer of entertaining.

As with most projects, there were some hurdles during the home build. The property was previously located on an overgrown elevated vacant block of land with a protected Australian gum tree at the front. As it is located on a small lot, the space between the house and the adjoining property was limited. It is also sited on a narrow street with restricted parking due to the proximately of the University of Queensland.

However, Nick O’Shea of O’Shea & Sons Builders took on these challenges with gusto and his expertise show through in the fine details. Simple forms, cutting-edge materials and casual yet refined looks characterise the home’s timeless style. A design that was so good, it sold prior to completion, the project was commissioned by a property developer for the purposes of selling.

“The client wanted to present to the market a luxe property in the prestigious suburb of St Lucia, known for its leafy and green surrounds, access to education, shopping and public transport,” says Nick. “He wanted something that was family friendly, sustainable, light and refreshing, exquisite in detail, modern and contemporary with a sophisticated low-maintenance lifestyle.”

Warm, modern and family are three keywords that describe the luxuriant home design. It features, on the ground level alone, a generously proportioned outdoor area, kitchen, living and dining spaces, laundry and multipurpose room. The culinary hub of the home is sure to delight ant modern chef with its versatile design, bank of Miele appliances and massive walk-through pantry and ample cabinet space by Allfit Cabinet Solutions, featuring laminate by Polytec. Although home hardware isn’t the most exciting topic, it is an essential element for a visually pleasing and functional home. O’Shea & Sons enlisted the experts from Mitre 10 to supply the bits and bobs for the space.

The home also features a seamless link between the indoor and outdoor entertaining space overlooking the in-ground swimming pool. The impressive transformation focuses on an open-plan design that maximises indoor/outdoor living — a major advantage of living in a state with near-constant sunshine. The addition of outdoor cladding by James Hardie Industries offers both protective and decorative design functions.

The interior of the home is equal parts calm, inviting and stylish. O’Shea & Sons takes pride in the fact that the company has an in-house interior designer. “Our in-house interior design and decorator service is integral to our building process, ensuring that fixtures, finishes and colour scheme work cohesively,” says Nick. “We achieve the designed look by enhancing the aesthetics, style and mood of each individual room and the home as a whole.”

The inclusion of curtains by Lovelight turns the windows into a stunning focal point. This, coupled with the exquisite flooring supplied by Tilermade, adds a welcoming ambience to the home. The living space is perhaps the most impressive, with its open-plan living and meticulously crafted kitchen and bar that’s nothing short of luxurious.

Ask Nick what makes O’Shea & Sons Builders the best choice for luxury builds in Brisbane and it’s clear that it’s all about an artisan’s approach to quality for him and his team. “It’s about our ability to work with our clients from the start, having input into the designs that work.”

With a dreamy location and floor plan, this space does not disappoint. O’Shea & Sons Builders have nailed the brief and the project highlights the company’s talents in design creativity and working on luxury home build projects, while taking into account environmental considerations. Heaving with personality, quality materials and modern simplicity, this is a home that will be loved well into the future.

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Written by Stephanie Russo

Originally in Home Design Magazine, Volume 20 Issue 6

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