On a multi-generational working property south-west of Ipswich, a family decided to replace the old farm house with a new one. Working with Garth Chapman Queenslander’s designer Kevin Hincksman, the owners settled on a custom designed ‘Burdekin’ series Queenslander. The final result is a home that sits beautifully in the country landscape and is built to a standard so as to be enjoyed by future generations. The home continues Garth Chapman’s faithful reproduction of traditional architecture using modern materials and building techniques.
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For many years we had admired the quality and workmanship of the Garth Chapman Queenslanders but it wasn’t until 2014 that we were ready to build a new home on our multi-generational rural property. The fact that the company had weathered the GFC and was still producing quality houses was an encouraging sign.
From the moment that we sat down with the designer we had a very good feeling that this was the right company for us.Given that we had been contemplating building our new family home for some time, we had some reasonably solid ideas around the type of home we wanted to build and what was important to us. We wanted to combine the traditional elegance of a Queenslander with a practical modern layout and take advantage of the scenic rural setting, but we were not fixated on a specific design or floorplan. It was through conversations with the designer about our family and lifestyle plus a site visit to fully appreciate the landscape and vistas that the final design quickly evolved. That process was remarkably smooth and efficient.
We encountered some delay in commencing construction mainly due to the backlog of homes being built by the company. It was a little frustrating at the time but in hindsight it was worth waiting for the right team to be assembled. We intentionally use the word “team” because that is how they operated but also because we felt we were very much part of that team. Excellent communication was maintained throughout construction which helped facilitate decision making and minimised any potential delays. We cannot stress enough the importance of good communications in both the design and construction phases. It directly influences the quality of the final product as well as the experience in building it.
Construction was completed on time and to a level of standard that exceeded our expectations. The defect list was minimal which is a testament to the outstanding build quality. The list was dealt with in a timely and professional manner, as was the handover process. We have lived in the home for over a year now and have not encountered any significant issues.
We have had prior experience in building houses and off-the-plan apartments but this was by far our best experience to date. Looking back there is little if anything that we would change in the design of the home. We are thrilled with how our new home has turned out as well as the journey we took to get there.
Clint and Rachel Ramsay
Clint and Rachel Ramsay
Under the front portico, the splayed entry stairs lead invitingly to the front verandah and the entry. With its multiple archways and VJ wall detailing, the entry is warm and full of detail. Immediately apparent is the formal living room with a stunning fireplace. From here the open plan design of the home provides unguarded access to the more casual family, meals, and kitchen areas. However, the home cleverly retains an ability for the inhabitants to find their own private spaces whilst still remaining connected in different areas.
The living areas and Kitchen directly access the large verandah and rotunda entertaining area at the rear of the home via sliding cedar doors. The magnificent views across the property are enhanced by the brilliant hues of light that are apparent in the QLD country. The verandahs, whilst aesthetically completing the home also provide functionality in shading the home from the sun, allowing one to enjoy the summer afternoon rain storms, or a cup of tea on a winter’s morning.
Back in the entertaining hub, the Kitchen, you will find a range of finishes complementary to a home of this quality. 40mm Caesarstone benchtops sit atop 2-pac cabinetry doors and drawers with Antaro soft close mechanisms. The overhead cupboards with glazed doors, glass shelves, and internal lighting add another dimension to the look of this room. Meile appliances, including two ovens, facilitating entertaining and family cooking, sit under a 94cm induction cooktop and a 110cm concealed range hood. A Meile dishwasher in both the Kitchen and Butler’s pantry ensure there is always space for all those dirty dishes.
One of the most practical and loved design features of this home is the ability to walk from the kitchen, through the butler’s pantry and into the laundry. The butler’s pantry has its own sink, dishwasher, and ample storage options. The chalk board is a fun feature decorated by the owners’ artistic daughter. The laundry is a large practical space within built cabinetry, including a sewing table. It doubles as the mudroom, very practical on a working property, and entry from the garage from the rear verandah.
The main bedroom is a generous space with cedar french doors accessing the front verandah. Windows frame significant views of the property. A large walk in robe is also featured. Walk in showers with strip drains are now common in the ensuites we design. The double vanity basin in classic styling with beautiful wall lights really adds a homely touch.
The main bathroom is functional and well finished. The adjacent toilet has its own external screened basin area which adds nice detailing to this area of the home.
The large garage is linked to the home by a covered walkway to the rear verandah. The almost full length rear verandah contains one of our pitched rotundas. The rear of the house is almost as charming as the front. How many homes do you know of that can make this claim? A panoramic view of the back of the home to provide perspective and context in the landscape.
The old shed is such a beautiful part of this landscape I just had to include it. Sorry but we don’t build these! Garth Chapman Queenslanders is renowned for inspiring the faithful reproduction of traditional Australian architectural homes with all their stylish attributes. These magnificent homes are distinctive in design and perfect for the Australian climate.