Interconnected living spaces make it a dream home for this family


Of modern-classic design, this charming, highly-detailed Queenslander is the forever home for a family of four

When they came across this five-acre plot of relatively flat land in the outer-Brisbane suburb of Samford — a plot that offered sensational mountain views — the young family that now call this property home recognised its incredible potential. They immediately purchased the land and then set about working with designer Kevin Hincksman of Garth Chapman Queenslanders to create their dream home — a modern-classic Queenslander.

Explains Stephen Havas, Director of Garth Chapman Queenslanders, “We took the owners’ brief and enhanced it to design a finely detailed, beautifully finished home that is sophisticated yet perfect for the needs of a family of four. Unlike many modern homes, this charming Queenslander doesn’t rely on furnishings to imbue it with a sense of style — the beauty comes from the details of the home itself.”

With its relaxed, Hamptons-influenced styling, the kitchen is the heart of the chic home. The all-white colour scheme is fresh and inviting and the design is extremely functional — from the large walk-in butler’s-style pantry to the window servery that connects with the rear entertaining verandah and overlooks the family-sized swimming pool.

The wide verandahs that wrap around the residence provide an important link to all the interior rooms they adjoin. This is especially true of the light and airy main living area which is centred between the front and rear verandahs. “The seamless way in which the exterior and interior living spaces are interconnected, making it possible to use the spaces in most weather conditions, is an important design feature and one that is integrated into all homes designed and built by Garth Chapman,” says Stephen.

Just as importantly, the all-embracing verandahs, in conjunction with the well-ventilated roof, make the home more comfortable and eco-friendly. “By shading homes from the summer sun and constantly ventilating roof spaces, it means our homes are significantly cooler and more energy-efficient,” explains Stephen. Then there is the aesthetic appeal of the homes. “The construction techniques we use are part of the unique Garth Chapman look. Building in the old-school way preserves the authentic appearance of the homes,” he adds.

The quality of the interior spaces is second-to-none. The main living area features a beautiful inbuilt fireplace with a television above and built-in cabinetry on either side. The flooring throughout the living areas and hallways is of select-grade Roasted Peat timber, which is complemented by white-painted timber joinery that gives the country home a very appealing casual coastal feel.

The large main bedroom is a parents’ retreat. Separated from the other bedrooms, it boasts a stunning ensuite with timber-framed mirrors, a large walk-in shower and stone benchtops. For the children, there is a dedicated playroom with a built-in seat/toy box.

A pool and pool house were built to the rear of the home so the family can enjoy resort-style outdoor living all-year-round. The pool house boasts a kitchenette, bathroom, bedroom, laundry and living space, making it perfect for entertaining or housing visiting relatives and friends. This home is definitely a dream come true.


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