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HOME AMONG THE GUM TREES

SOPHISTICATED BUSHLAND LIVING

This stunning two-storey project was architecturally designed by IRP Architects and built by Fixed Constructions. The clients approached Nives Robinson of IRP Architects with an exciting block of land located in the foothills of Bardon, which is set against a spectacular mountain backdrop. The brief was for an elegant family home that captured the stunning city views while creating a sense of living among the treetops.

Nives Robinson and her team were delighted to direct the design and documentation of this unique home. They liaised closely with the clients to ensure their vision was faithfully realised.

Situated on a steep block, the home was constructed as high as possible – within council restrictions – to capitalise on the excellent views of Brisbane’s city skyline, as well as the light and ventilation potential. The sharp inclination of the site influenced the western positioning of the ground-level garage and entryway. The primary living area and main bedroom are located on the upper level to ensure the most heavily used rooms showcase the best views.

Featuring a sleek COLORBOND® steel roof, clean architectural lines and glossy bamboo flooring, the property is sophisticated in its simplicity. The interior is tastefully styled with a muted colour palette, which creates a modest, unobtrusive atmosphere that harmonises perfectly with the natural surroundings.

The spacious and airy open-plan living area includes a large picture window from Bradnam’s Windows & Doors for sweeping views of the treetops, as well as the city skyline in the distance.

The kitchen is a highly functional space that includes a range of state-of-the-art appliances, including two Smeg ovens, a double-drawer dishwasher from Fisher & Paykel, and a double-door fridge from Westinghouse. Sleek Caesarstone benchtops in ‘Osprey’ provide plenty of preparation space, while a rustic sliding barn door grants access to a spacious and convenient pantry.

Strategically designed, cantilevered verandahs feature along the eastern side of the home, and showcase spectacular vistas. Offering incredible 360o views, the luxurious in-ground swimming pool provides the perfect place in which to kick-back and take in the incredible surroundings.

The stunning home – which the clients happily describe as a “luxury tree house” – is a testament to the expertise of IRP Architects and the structural engineers from Inertia Engineering.

Nives is the managing director of IRP Architects and a registered practising architect with more than 25 years of experience. Her friendly studio practice provides design-focused solutions for individual clients who have specific site requirements, constraints and potentials. IRP Architects provides architectural and interior design, documentation, master-planning and staging services. The team offers a proactive, personalised and highly collaborative experience, using 3D software technology with fly-over and walk-through capabilities.

Nives and her IRP Architects team have designed many stunning, inspiring and responsive new homes and renovations since the company’s establishment in 1999. IRP Architects has been recognised by the Housing Industry Association (HIA) and the Swimming Pool and Spa Association of Australia (SPASA) in the Innovative, Sustainable, Custom-Designed and Technological Engineering categories for its home and pool designs throughout the greater Brisbane area.

 

Project 1

REALISE YOUR DREAM HOME

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS FOR EVERY CLIENT

For this project, Nives Robinson and her team at IRP Architects were privileged to work with the clients on the finalisation of their dream family home. The clients desired a home that had the feel of living in nature, yet contained all the commodities of an urban lifestyle. As well as taking part in the completion of the property, IRP Architects also worked on the initial design of the prestigious home, which is located in the leafy Brisbane suburb, The Gap.

This multi-level, family-friendly home provides private zones for the adults and their teenage children, as well as generous living and entertainment areas. The home takes advantage of the magnificent north-eastern views by including extensive louvre walls in all living and bedroom areas. Nives positioned the home’s west entry at street level, where a landscaped front courtyard and bridge entry connect the distant expansive views via a foyer and glazed stairwell.

As with many of the projects designed by IRP Architects, the stairwell void is luminous and airy, using high-level glazing to draw the cooler air through the top-floor ceiling. The entry culminates at the end of the glazed stairwell, near the pool feature, and divides the adult zones from the living areas for added privacy. The lounge, dining and kitchen areas surround the beautifully elevated main veranda, and the high ceilings and corner-opening glazed walls enhance the feeling of openness and space.

The living area is further differentiated by the bespoke HWD step-down from the foyer, which runs along the wall and incorporates LED lights to denote both the step-down and delineation of public to private space.

Nives specialises in including individual design elements for her clients, and collaborated closely with this couple on their particular needs and desires. The middle level contains bedrooms for the clients’ teenage children, as well as a veranda and media room that overlooks the stunning infinity-edge pool and distant valley. The finished home includes three levels with an extended pool entertainment area, two additional parking spots, a rumpus or games room, and extra storage areas on the basement level.

A mixture of heavy-weight and light-weight construction allowed IRP Architects to manage the clients’ budget, offsetting the huge expanses of glass on the north-east with a subtle street view. The western façade provides glimpses to the north and south through narrow side-lights in the western wall projections, and the striking Terracade entry- wall alludes to the painstaking detail and delight further inside.

The clients, John and Andrea, were thrilled with the level of service and support offered by Nives and the IRP Architects team throughout the design, documentation and construction phases, and said the company captured their requirements in the first concept design, and required little change as the project was refined.

Nives Robinson has designed many stunning, inspiring, and family-friendly renovations and new homes since 1999. Many of these homes had various design challenges, including steep slopes, minimal building footprints, and restricted access, in addition to bushfire, environmental and sustainable design criteria. These constraints, however, have helped form individual results for each home, and provided clients with their own personal distinctive dream home.

IRP Architects has most recently been named a finalist in the categories of Custom Built Home Over $2 Million, and Innovative Housing, at the 2014 Housing Industry Association (HIA) Awards, in conjunction with Ultimate Buildings. The company also designed a number of award-winning projects recognised at the 2014 Swimming Pool and Spa Association (SPASA) Australia Awards.

 

Project 2

AN ENCHANTED HOME

CHARMING HISTORY

For this project, Nives Robinson and her team at IRP Architects updated this enchanting Tudor-style home to include a range of contemporary comforts. When the owners purchased the house in 2014, the home’s original watercolour plans were still proudly on display in the foyer. Coming complete with a comprehensive history of the home’s previous modifications and insight into its complex design, the plans helped IRP Architects bring the home into the 21st century without sacrificing its original charm.

IRP Architects updated a large portion of the existing home, including the main bedroom and ensuite, bathroom and dining room, as well as the alfresco, wine cellar and garden.

The roof and split-floor levels in the main bedroom were modified and a new expansive bay window was added to maximise the home’s light, ventilation and city views. Considerable architectural and engineering input was required to resolve the construction issues, and the meticulous skills of local builder Dean Williams were instrumental in bringing the designs to life.

Within the striking attic roofline, the company retrofitted a new ensuite adjacent to the rejuvenated master bedroom. The freestanding vanity and patterned tiles were chosen to complement the home’s distinct heritage feel, while the skylight above the vanity ensures the space is flooded with natural light and is well ventilated. A second bathroom within the same roofline also enjoys city views, and was renovated to further meet the needs of the four-child household.

The terrace was extended to include an alfresco area, which is perfect for year-round outdoor entertaining, while the wall connecting the home’s kitchen and dining area was removed to create a spacious, open-plan layout.

The finishing touches were added to the home with the inclusion of a courtyard, poolside courtyard and generous wine cellar. The cellar excavation carved into the home’s brick foundations was a significant construction challenge, but the clients worked closely with the consultant team and builder Dean Williams in particular, to manage the subterranean water flow. The resultant space and heavy timber/masonry ambience is stunning. The clients and their designers collaborated to ensure the architecture, interiors and landscaping presented a fresh unified approach in caring for this unique home and family.

IRP Architects is an architectural firm based in Brisbane. The company services both local and interstate markets, and can complete projects of varying complexities. Specialising in unique character homes, the company is well-versed in every design style and is able to design both contemporary and traditional projects.

IRP Architects has designed many stunning, inspiring, and family-friendly renovations and new homes since 1999. Many of these homes had various design challenges, including steep slopes, minimal building footprints, and restricted access, in addition to bushfire, environmental and sustainable design criteria. These constraints, however, have helped form individual results for each home, and provided clients with their own distinctive dream home.

The company was most recently named a finalist in the categories of Custom Built Home Over $2 Million, and Innovative Housing, at the 2014 Housing Industry Association (HIA) Awards, in conjunction with Ultimate Buildings. The company also designed a number of award-winning projects recognised at the 2014 Swimming Pool and Spa Association (SPASA) Australia Awards.




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