Creating space in a Brisbane family home
Home to four young children, it’s time for this Brisbane family home to grow
A three bedroom workers’ cottage in Auchenflower was a fairly cosy arrangement for a family with four children under 10. It is not surprising that the urgent requirement was more space.
We met with the owners for a three hour Lifestyle Design Options Assessment to review their current and future lifestyle requirements and to discuss design solutions to their cramped living arrangements. The owner’s brief included an addition to the rear of the property that was bright and open.
This goal was achieved by including a new pavilion featuring expansive windows and large bi-fold doors that open up the main living area to the backyard. The result is a bright and inviting space with ample natural ventilation that can be easily regulated.
The new pavilion houses a generous family styled kitchen, complete with spacious butler’s pantry. A large study nook has also been added, along with a lounge area that maintains a comfortable connection with the rest of the living and dining space. The existing home has been reconfigured to accommodate three bedrooms for the children, along with a bathroom and play area.
The beautiful new master bedroom, with its outlook over a large jacaranda tree, is found in the upstairs area of the new pavilion. This area is also home to two multipurpose spaces and a generous void overlooks the kitchen and dining area and further adds to the spacious feel of the home.
Outside a new front fence in the style of the classic 1900’s cottage improves the streetscape, while a future swimming pool with decking will provide the complete package.
Family Home Space Solutions Result
The result is a family home that will now perfectly suit their needs, giving them a sense of freedom and space that they could previously only have dreamed of.
We have already completed the full design and construction documents and we have called for prices from four reputable builders suited to this type of project in a tender process. In this case the difference between the range of the tenders was significant, nearly $250,000. This just shows the true value in the tender process that is available when you engage the services of an architect who operates independently of a builder. The architect fees themselves have been well and truly covered in the savings through the tender process.
Does your family need space to grow? Contact Dion Seminara Architecture on 07 3899 9450 to find out how your current family home can provide you with the space you need in the future.
Room to live in this family home renovation