Mountain magnificence: home design


This stunning mountainside Australian home draws inspiration from American Colonial architecture in the Cape Cod style

When planning their knock down rebuild project on a picture-perfect block at Queensland’s Mount Tamborine, this client recognised Garth Chapman Queenslanders as a specialist builder of Queenslanders and homes on stumps. However, their design brief encapsulated American Colonial architecture in the Cape Cod style. The detailing of these homes is sympathetic to the Queenslander with verandahs, steep roof pitches, cladding, French doors and double-hung windows. In addition, the timber floors and internal detailing is comparable. Hence, Garth Chapman Queenslanders seemed like the perfect option.

The land on peaceful Mount Tamborine is blessed by magnificent coastal views of the Gold Coast skyline. “The design of the home required us to ensure this was best utilised,” says Stephen Havas, director of Garth Chapman Queenslanders SEQ. As Mount Tamborine is a colder climatic area of south-east Queensland, many homes on the mountain feature steeper roof pitches and dormer windows. “We knew a well-designed and -built Cape Cod-style home would sit well in this environment,” says Stephen.

Spread over an impressive 388 square metres, the four-bedroom home accommodates a large office, meals and family room adjoining the generous-sized kitchen, a wallpapered lounge room with plenty of room for the family piano, an upstairs retreat area, ensuite with spa bath and large shower, storage rooms, powder room (toilet and vanity), two-and-a-half bathrooms, and a double-car garage with extra storage space connected via a covered timber walkway.

The exterior uses refreshing light blue James Hardie Linea boards with Scyon™ window trims, while heading inside, the flooring is select-grade mixed species 19mm hardwood, and the crisp white kitchen features luxurious 40mm stone benchtops and top-quality Miele appliances. Trend Aluminium French doors with coupled windows allow pure enjoyment of the stunning view and fresh mountain air. Just an hour from Brisbane and the Gold Coast, this hinterland home really is mountain living at its finest.

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Originally from Build Home magazine, Volume 22, Issue 1

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