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Set on two and half acres of elevated acreage this large double storey Queenslander home is an excellent example of how authentic Queensland architecture can be blended seamlessly with contemporary kitchen and bathroom finishes. The home and accompanying separate garage with professional cellar provides a prestige level of living that enables the owners to enjoy a lifestyle to which many aspire.
The brief from the owners to Garth Chapman Queenslanders’ designer Kevin Hincksman included a desire to create a valuable asset that enhanced the value of the land. Siting the home on the block to best suit the aspect, the environment, the topography, and provide the owners with privacy within an acreage estate was also an important variable that formed an integral part of the design.
An impressive voided entry with wide select grade 130x19mm Spotted Gum polished flooring and stunning internal staircase, bathed in light through a large northern facing picture window, leads the occupant to the upper level of the home that contains the main living areas and bedrooms.
Through recessed multi light cedar joinery doors you arrive at a very generous space dedicated to the living, dining, and kitchen areas with the same wide timber flooring throughout. This is surrounded on both sides by wide verandahs so no matter the weather there is an outdoor space to be with your friends and family. The front verandah includes a large dedicated entertaining area with 9ft ceilings lined with external grade VJ board. The kitchen is large but functional with stone bench tops, including a large island, and glass splashbacks. A cedar servery at the kitchen window services the rear verandah. A large walk in pantry houses a large variety of food and cooking stuffs.
At one end of the house is the parents’ wing. It contains a library/reading room, the fifth bedroom, the main bedroom – both with access to the verandahs via beautiful cedar French doors. The ensuite is a work of art. Travertine and marble tiling up to the cornice is complemented by a large frameless glass shower, a bath with a view, heated towel rails, and of course a lovely double vanity unit. Directly off the ensuite is a celebrity style walk in robe with cabinetry shelving, drawers and an island.
At the other end of the home is a games room and the main bathroom with similar styling to the ensuite. Water is heated by an instantaneous gas heater, one located at each end of the home to reduce any lag and water usage. Two bedrooms are contained on the front side of the home, again with cedar French door entry to the main verandah. At the rear of the home is a self-contained guest wing that has a wet bar with sink, a well-appointed ensuite, access to the main rear verandah, but also has its own private verandah. The owners have frequent overseas guests that stay for extended periods and this area was specifically designed so that their accommodation enabled privacy and separation for the owners and the guests.
The lower level is the practical area of the home but still retains the standard 2.7m (9ft) high ceilings provided in a Garth Chapman home. A very large enclosed room off the entry is used for music tuition and features built in cabinetry shelving.
An area for gym work outs awaits filling with the right apparatus. As a computer programmer, one of the home owners has a dedicated office space with sophisticated equipment and multiple screens all connected professionally. Of course the media room is also on the lower floor with significant cabling and bulkheads being a feature here. Acoustic insulation has been installed to the ceiling and internal walls of these three rooms. A cloak room, powder room, a store room housing the state of the art home automation (HA) system are located in close proximity to the double garage, which has an epoxy resin floor covering. The home auto features several screens throughout the house for technological control of many aspects of the home. These are also accessed via multiple smart phones. An abundant supply of modern light fittings, all controlled by the HA, creates any mood the owner desires.
With access to a significant wine collection it was thought that a purpose built facility would be ideal. Since acreage properties often require storage of additional machinery and vehicles a separate “shed” was incorporated into the design of the property. If features a fully professionally insulated and climate controlled cellar, a storage area, and another space for 2 cars. Styled in the same manner as the main home it sits proudly in the landscape. Energy efficiency was an important consideration for the designer and the owners. All glazing to the surian cedar joinery throughout the home is “Comfort Plus” 6.38mm thick. The specification detailed insulation above the ceiling, under the roof sheets, and to all the external walls. Window hoods are an important device as they shade windows not under the verandah and enable them to be open to enjoy summer afternoon rain events. This home is very comfortable and has reduced energy costs for the life of the home.
This luxury family home was crafted by a very dedicated and close knit team of professional tradespeople who apply their individual trades to an industry-high standard. The interior design service is an integral link in bringing together the colours, finishes, cabinetry, and general fit–out. This service is included for all Garth Chapman clients.
Garth Chapman Queenslanders design and build homes that suit every desire and budget. The award-winning building group capture sought-after elements for clients in a series of traditional home designs, as well as value-adding with exciting contemporary features. Key principles of the company’s new homes are cost-saving energy efficiency and eco-awareness. Garth Chapman Queenslanders are renowned for constructing stylish homes that echo all that is splendid about Queensland’s built heritage. In-house designers and skilful tradespeople have given home buyers an opportunity to live more in harmony with their natural environment in a home that reflects their dreams and aspirations.