Birchwood

With a reputation for building on steep and difficult sites Kaha Homes was the obvious choice of designer and builder

With a reputation for building on steep and difficult sites Kaha Homes was the obvious choice of designer and builder

It’s not easy building on the most difficult site in the street. With a 12 metre fall and large sandstone seam running through the block the site had passed through a number of owners who were unwilling to take on the challenges of building on the site. But that’s exactly the challenge that Kaha Homes rose to when we were asked to design and build a home on the site.

Designed to tread lightly on the site the house gently steps down following the natural contours of the land. The family bedrooms and bathroom are located on the top level with deliberate separation from the Master bedroom and living areas. The living and kitchen areas are situated on the middle level to provide a central hub for entertaining and relaxing. The study is located on this level so it is integrated with the rest of the home.

A large media room completes the middle level and with raised flooring, bespoke cabinetry, matching paintwork, furniture and state of the art media system the full cinema experience is achieved.

The pool and entertaining deck flows seamlessly from the living area which incorporates custom built BBQ and fridge cabinetry designed to complement the colours and materials in the rest of the home. On the lower level the Master bedroom has direct access to the pool with expansive views across the lower pool deck and the bush land beyond.

Resort style living in the suburbs

Resort style living in the suburbs

The colour palette is consistent throughout the home and the pool is no exception where black and red pebbles from the Blue Glass Pebble Company are teamed with charcoal basalt pool coping and completed with red strip tiles and a red light. Designed for sitting and relaxing rather than swimming the modestly sized pool features a stunning wet edge and a full seat of bubbles for fun. The effect at night is striking where the red light makes the pool appear like molten lava.

The double garage also features a golf buggy store with its own power source to facilitate easy golf course access.

The home was designed to be a resort style sanctuary for the owners with a private remote controlled entry door which opens to a timber boardwalk under which runs a custom designed water feature surrounded by rainforest plantings. The effect is cooling and welcoming and is an unexpected surprise for guests.

The clients had a holistic view of their home which made decision making easy. They intuitively knew what colours, materials and finishes would work best in the home so at every stage they were able to proceed quickly and the whole house came together beautifully and seamlessly.

Awards

  • Best Home for Sloping Sites at the 2011 Master Builders Housing Awards
  • Custom Built Home $500,000 – $750,000 at HIA Brisbane/Toowoomba Awards
  • Finalist Qld Custom Built Home of the Year (HIA)
  • Gold Award for Design at Ipswich Design Awards
  • Overall Award for Design Excellence at Ipswich Design Awards