For this project in Mount Tamborine, the homeowners knocked down the original dwelling and sought a designer and builder of the Cape Cod style home they dreamed of. They recognised Garth Chapman Queenslanders as a specialist builder of the Queenslander style home, as well as building homes on stumps. The American Colonial architecture style has many similarities in design and construction methods. So they enlisted the company to design and ultimately build their new home
The detailing of the Cape Cod style homes is sympathetic to the Queenslander – verandahs, steeper roof pitches, weatherboard cladding, French doors and double hung windows are some of these features. In addition, the timber floors and internal detailing are comparable.
As Mount Tamborine is a colder climatic area of South-East Queensland, many homes on the mountain include steeper roof pitches and dormer windows. With this in mind, the team at Garth Chapman Queenslanders was confident that a Cape Code style home would sit well within the environment.
The site for this home boasts magnificent views of the Gold Coast skyline. The company’s senior designer, Kevin Hincksman, worked closely with the homeowner to ensure the extensive and detailed design brief of the home took full advantage of these views, the environment, aspect, topography, and worked to the client’s budget.
The home includes four bedrooms, a large office, meals and family room adjoining the kitchen, a formal lounge and an upstairs retreat. Upon entering the home, the balance between traditional and modern architecture and finishes is immediately apparent. The formal living area offers a place for the homeowners to retreat, with a television and piano, and is decorated with stunning feature wallpaper that embodies the Cape Code style. In contrast, the open-plan kitchen and family room includes modern 40mm Caesarstone benchtops, Miele oven, combi-steam oven, induction cooktop, and built-in range hood that allow the family to prepare meals and entertain with ease. The shaker style 2-pak cabinetry with traditional handles and glass overhead doors provide the sympathetic styling to the home.
The main bedroom is privately located on the lower level and is adjoined with a stunning open ensuite with large shower and luxurious spa bath – all enjoying the view. With ample space for a growing family, as well as plenty of storage rooms, there is also a double car garage with extra storage space connected via a covered timber walkway.
A verandah across the front of the home provides aesthetic styling and entertaining space. A verandah on the rear provides an alternative space when the weather dictates. Having this choice is an important design feature in the Queensland climate as different times of the day and year impact spaces in alternate ways.
Up the Durian hardwood stairs, the home opens out again with a large retreat zone. From here one can access the upper level front verandah to take in the coastal views. Also upstairs are 3 bedrooms, bathroom, separate toilet, and heaps of storage.
This home sits proudly on the landscape and is the subject of drive-by and on-line adoration. The owners have invested in an asset that will provide enjoyment and satisfaction for many years to come. It’s not just a house, it’s a home and a life experience.
Over many decades Garth Chapman Queenslanders have crafted multi-generational homes of quality and detail. Key principles of the company’s new homes are cost saving energy-efficiency and eco-awareness. The award-winning building group captures sought-after elements for clients in a series of either Traditional Queenslanders, ‘Sandstone’ Colonials, Hamptons, or Cape Cod style American architecture. All these homes are designed with authenticity to the prevailing architecture and styled to suit the client’s needs and desires.