A Transformed Queenslander That Celebrates Its Undercroft


Beneath a lot of Queenslander houses is an ‘undercroft’ commonly applied for storage and passive cooling.

In this the latest Brisbane undertaking, Kieron Gait Architects saw probable to improved utilise this room for loved ones dwelling, with an adjoining north-experiencing backyard. 

To attain this, the present triple-gabled residence was moved back again 4.5 metres on its Bardon internet site (about 5 kilometres north-west of the CBD). ‘This was a rather brave transfer by the operator, as it provides the family and backyard to the street,’ say the architects. 

The first rooms have been all entirely retained, but raised 1.5 metres to allow for for a new liveable storey beneath. 

Subsequent renovations rejoice the undercroft, introducing new kitchen area, dining, and dwelling places such as a ‘garden home.’

This indoor-out of doors room embraces the home’s new front garden created by Dan Youthful Landscape Architect and mounted by Sod Design and style showcasing pure materials, in keeping with the bordering landscape.

Concrete varieties a awesome slab beneath the property, while spotted gum timber references the present home’s hardwood frames and design, complemented by modern day white painted metal.

‘The idea is that the concrete and timber grow to be part of the backyard, connected to landscape, while the white painted timber and metal infill the void concerning it and the Queenslander over,’ clarifies Kieron. 

Each home has its individual character and outlook, unified by the rhythm of the exposed structure above.  

Upstairs, the first dwelling results in being a non-public retreat containing the bedrooms and further peaceful dwelling spaces.

Significant operable doorways and home windows to the east normally ventilate the residence. Put together with the thermal mass of the concrete ground and factor, Kieron claims it’s a comfy place to be in yr round.

‘Living has moved from the insular, elevated household to the garden, [facilitating] each day everyday living in an open up and gentle-loaded family members dwelling. The unique dwelling is still revered, utilised and restored.’ 


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