The residential renovation and extension of this family home in Clayfield introduces some beautiful contemporary spaces as well as showcasing the decorative features of the original Queenslander.
You enter the home via a path that winds through sub-tropical gardens to the linking structure. This light-weight entry constructed of a polycarbonate sheet and timber framing links the original home and the new contemporary pavilion and forms a private entry and stair.
The interior has been cleverly re-ordered to create a children’s retreat in the original home and in the new contemporary pavilion, central to everything, the social spaces of the home and a parents’ wing. The social spaces open up to become an extension of the garden and pool and the new outdoor room. Key to the projects’ success is the way the interior spaces connect so beautifully with the external landscape that is such a part of our Queensland lifestyle. It allows the home to feel part of the sub-tropical garden, bathed in natural light and with little heating or cooling required because of the aspect and overhangs.
Wherever possible the historic character of the original home has been celebrated, whilst at the same time a contrasting contemporary style is presented that establishes a dialogue between old and new. Particular attention has been paid to maintaining spacial diversity and creating a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces where small and large groups can come together, or people can ‘escape’.
The interior is calming and practical with its neutral and earthy palette of polished concrete, timber, glass, stainless steel, textural VJ walls, pressed metal and a Florence Broadhurst wallpaper feature element.
Although the interiors are simple and pared back, the main bathroom takes on a resort-like feel with its strong use of timber which compliments the sub-tropical setting of the home.
Pressed metal panelling has also been used in the master bedroom to add texture and as a reference to the original homes’ past.
The interiors are an eclectic mix of heritage or rustic pieces along with more contemporary and retro finds. Textures, the exotic and a hint of luxe combine to create a personal home that reflects the owners lifestyle and extensive travels. You can read more about residential design on our design + lifestyle blog, Tea With A Tigress.
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