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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.

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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 »


Post-war Brisbane 1950’s bungalow renovation in Kenmore – CASE STUDY

Post War Home RenovationDION SEMINARA ARCHITECTURE CASE STUDY: Post-war Brisbane 1950’s bungalow renovation in Kenmore

OUR CLIENT’S REQUIREMENTS: The owners of this Kenmore home wanted it modernised. In their brief they explained that they wanted us to improve the homes street appeal and provide an open plan living/dining/kitchen space. There was a distinct lack of connection between the inside and outside areas of the home, so the brief also included the creation of an indoor/outdoor space, to create stronger links to their garden which was being redeveloped as part of the overall project, to create a covered link to the garage and new carport and finally to create a cellar (wine buff’s).

THE PROJECT IN DETAIL: This was a home with ‘good bones’ as we say; a post-war bungalow that whilst cramped, had a certain charm. Read the rest of this entry »