Contemporary yet classically styled in design, this chic modern classic Queenslander has given a family of four their dream lifestyle
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 family that now call this property home recognised its incredible potential. They 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 give it 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 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 swimming pool.
The 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 way in which the exterior and interior spaces are interconnected, making is possible to use the spaces in most weather conditions, is an important design feature and one that is integrated into all Garth Chapman homes,” says Stephen.
Just as importantly, the verandahs, in conjunction with the well-ventilated roof, make the home more comfortable and eco-friendly. “Shading the home from the summer sun and constantly ventilating the roof space means our homes are significantly cooler and more energy-efficient,” explains Stephen. Then there is the aesthetic appeal. “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 TV above and built-in cabinetry either side. The timber flooring throughout all the living areas and hallways is select-grade Roasted Peat timber boards, which are complemented by white-painted timber joinery that gives the country home a 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. The pool house has a kitchenette, bathroom, bedroom, laundry and living space, making it perfect for entertaining or housing visiting relatives and friends. Definitely a dream come true.
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Photography by Glenn Weiss
Originally in BuildHome Magazine, Volume 24 Issue 2