Step Back in Time


This stately home by Monument Constructions Australia was designed to meet the exacting requirements of the owner who wanted a functional home that included all the features of a traditional Ashgrovian Queenslander.

Just as importantly, the design had to meet the mobility requirements for all members of the family. This meant wide passages and doorways, an elevator and bathrooms with facilities for the disabled. 

They also had a quirky request. A room that would be replicate an old-style Irish pub, complete with timber beams, a custom-made timber bar, stone flooring and a fireplace with a stone surround, which would provide a warm atmosphere for entertaining friends and family.  

The home is built over two levels on a large, elevated suburban block. On the lower level is the replica Irish pub, a powder room, two master suites with a well-appointed shared bathroom, a workshop, an outdoor entertaining space and accommodation for four cars.

The upper level comprises two large master suites, both with ensuites, a large home office, powder room, laundry with drying deck as well as a kitchen, living and dining rooms and another outdoor entertaining area. The kitchen makes a real statement with Farmers’ door finishes and reproduction appliances that reflect the character of the home. 

The second floor is accessed via an Italian-made lift, complete with glass doors and marble finishes, or by a handcrafted artisan timber staircase. The 2m-wide corridors make all areas of the home easy to access.

The house has six fireplaces, all different, to provide a focal point in each of the rooms and create a warm ambience. This effect is enhanced by the use of Sydney Bluegum floors throughout the home. To give the home the Ashgrovian style the owners wanted, there are ornate finishes, re-purposed stained glass and authentic architectural features.  To enrich the period feel of the home, the existing mature trees on the property were retained and supplemented by new lush landscaping once construction was complete. 

The home was built with such attention to detail it received multiple honours, including the 2019 HIA-CSR Queensland Housing Awards’ Trade Workmanship (Carpentry) award. The project also won the 2019 HIA-CSR Queensland Regional Housing Award for Trade Workmanship, the 2019 HIA-CSR Brisbane Housing Award for Trade Workmanship (Carpentry) and the 2019 HIA-CSR Brisbane Housing Award for Custom Built Home $1million–$2million. 

But the accolades didn’t end there. The project was also named a finalist in the 2019 HIA-CSR Brisbane Housing Awards’ Specialised Housing category, the 2019 HIA-CSR Brisbane Housing Awards’ Trade Workmanship (Painting) category and the 2019 HIA-CSR Brisbane Housing Awards’ Trade Workmanship (Tiling). 

The home is a testament to Monument Constructions Australia, a company that specialises in bespoke homes for the discerning owner who wants personalised service and to deal direct with the builder.