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Creating an Outdoor Room

Queensland has a beautiful climate and one creating an outdoor roomthat allows for a largely outdoor lifestyle. But for many people, a simple deck doesn’t quite cut it. They want to enjoy the outdoors in a degree of comfort. The type of comfort that only an outdoor room can offer.

Outdoor living areas are not a new concept, just look at any older style home and chances are you will see large verandahs adorned with outdoor settings. The major difference is that today we do things better. The verandahs of the past have made way for outdoor rooms and alfresco areas with a degree of refinement never before thought of.

So let’s look at some of the basics that go into making an outdoor room.

Where to build the outdoor room:

The one thing to keep in mind about the outdoors is that it is ‘outdoors’. It’s not inside where windows, walls and doors protect us from the elements. This needs to be taken into account when designing an outdoor room.

A new home, or renovation, should take advantage of the most suitable aspects of the home. Which areas will give you the best views? Read the rest of this entry »


Creating Magnetic Entertaining Spaces

Brisbane architect renovationHave you ever noticed how particular spaces within a home tend to attract people? How people seem to be immediately drawn to certain areas, as if some mysterious magnetic force was pulling people into this space?

One of the most intriguing is the magnetism of a kitchen island bench. You would hardly say that a kitchen is an exciting room, yet people congregate around an island bench as if it was prime seating at a sold out concert. This phenomenon is further enhanced if the same island bench has stools, or other forms of seating available.

But it’s not only kitchen benches where this phenomenon occurs. BBQ’s are another example of a space that people tend to gravitate towards. This can occur even if nothing is being cooked.

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As Seen on Australia’s Best Houses

Whilst typically we do a reasonably detailed write-up of our projects for this section of the website, we thought in this instance a copy of our segment on Abode TV’s Australia’s Best Houses would be good for something different. So grab yourself a cuppa and sit back and enjoy this gorgeous Chelmer home as seen on Australia’s Best Houses.

Click here for more images of this Chelmer home


House Extensions Brisbane CASE STUDY: 1950’s Norman Park Renovation

House Extensions BrisbaneDION SEMINARA ARCHITECTURE CASE STUDY: Norman Park, 1950’s home extension renovation.


The goal with this small 3 bedroom home was to raise it further to allow for useable rooms to be built in underneath the existing home. The owners wanted a large deck that would be useable in a variety of weather condition, but particularly on hot days where they still wished to spend time outside. They also wanted the design to take advantage of the prevailing local breezes to allow the home to be cooled naturally.

The home is situated near the Brisbane River in a street that does have some risk of inundation during extreme flooding events. This was something that needed to be allowed for in the renovation design of this 600sq metre 1950’s home. Read the rest of this entry »


Home Extension CASE STUDY: Hamilton 1930’s House Renovation

Home extension DION SEMINARA ARCHITECTURE CASE STUDY: Hamilton 1930’s Home Extension Renovation. See more images from this stunning renovation by clicking here.

OUR CLIENT’S REQUIREMENTS: My clients, newly arrived in Brisbane from Melbourne, wanted to create a family home. However they were on a restricted budget and realised that they could not afford to do everything they would have liked to have done.

During lengthy discussions through our Lifestyle Assessment verbal advice service, we explored a number of different options. My advice at the end of this time was that a pavilion style extension was best. This option actually limited the amount of renovation required and worked perfectly with the site restriction which included a Queenslander home at the front and a narrow driveway for access to the back. There was also a large pool traversing the rear yard space diagonally behind the Queenslander home.  My clients wanted a WOW factor and really liked the idea of adding a modern styled pavilion to the back of their 1920-30’s colonial home. Read the rest of this entry »