Emma & Troy approached Garth Chapman Queenslanders (GCQ) with a dream to build a Hamptons inspired Queenslander on their moderately steep sloping site at The Gap in Brisbane. The internal design needed to accommodate their young family and a very busy lifestyle, both now and in the future.
Kevin Hincksman, the senior designer at GCQ, worked closely with Emma & Troy to establish a design that would fit their brief, the budget, the site and other topographical variables.
The result is a split level home with a bold Hampton’s facade that subtly follows the contours of the land. This minimised the need for cutting and filling the land and the expensive retaining walls building a standard slab on ground home would have presented.
Expanding on previous works by GCQ along with considerable research enabled the external features of the home to be modelled and inspired by Hampton’s architecture, albeit with some Queenslander style twists. Linea cladding is combined with thick Scyon window and door architraves. Multiple gables with decorative features linked by wide eaves add to a very detailed roof line that could only be constructed by highly skilled carpenters. Thick verandah posts with a wide stair entry to the front verandah are warm and inviting and again indicative of the style.
Internally the design provides separation of living areas and bedrooms, children from adults, and multiple spaces for family members to retreat to.
The main entry of the home on the mid-level is open and inviting, enabling multiple choices to easily access the required destination within the home. The garage and the formal lounge are also on this level.
On the lower ground level the open plan living space flows out to the external entertainment size verandah that overlooks the pool and the nature reserve at the rear of the property. The large Kitchen, also with a pool view, features an island bench, stone bench tops, white subway tiles, and a very large walk in pantry. Adjacent to the Kitchen is the Laundry and study nook to enable mum and dad to be close to young children and their homework / technology. Polished select grade hardwood timber floors are a warm finish to this level that suits the architecture. Wide decorative skirting and architraves provide the connection to the Hamptons/Queenslander style. Painted white timber joinery sliding doors open the internal space to the external areas.
Up the stairs from the entry level are three generous sized children’s bedrooms, a retreat TV/games room, and bathroom facilities. Up another half flight of stairs is the parent’s bedroom floor with ensuite and WIR. From the main bedroom the large glass windows frame an attractive suburban view.
Emma, whilst very happy with their new home, is already plotting her next new build with Garth Chapman Queenslanders. We would of course be honoured to be entrusted again to carefully craft the next project.