The aim of the Samford Project was to deliver a resort-style home influenced by a tropical North Queensland lifestyle. The client’s brief described an expansive home that was luxuriously appointed yet embodied the small country-town feel that is characteristic of Samford Valley.
Expressions of interest for the project design were invited from three of Brisbane’s leading building designers. The design of the house which comprised 1030m2 under roof plus a five car garage and six car 180m2 shed was eventually chosen to be completed by Concepts Unlimited. A key consideration of the design was to incorporate the house into the landscape so that the gentle slope of the block was preserved and to capture the exceptional views. To achieve this, there could be no evident cut and fill lines so excavation required careful consideration.
Construction of the Samford Project commenced in February 2013. The duration of the project was approximately twelve months which included a lengthy excavation, construction of the footing slab and the swimming pool.
The Samford Project comprises a magnificent residence consisting of five bedrooms including a guest wing with adjoining catwalk over the swimming pool; a master suite wing with Hollywood style walk-in-robe and en suite overlooking the beautiful Samford Valley plus a well-appointed powder room and three bathrooms. The home boasts a grand chef’s kitchen fitted with top of the range European appliances and a four metre stone island bench. At the time of construction, the Samford Project boasted Australia’s largest custom gas residential fireplace. Constructed by Jetmaster Fireplaces, the fireplace is a custom design which took eight weeks to manufacture and features a 3.6m cantilevered top and exposed flue.
The Samford Project is fully automated with external remote access technology for security and appliance operation. A large home cinema features full surround sound, ceiling star lighting with indirect troffer LED lights around perimeter.
The most impressive components of the landscaping are the two large integrated pools with beach access, a custom built waterfall, creek and wet edge. A separate room houses the entire pool pump and equipment including the waterfall boost pumps and edge pumps so the landscape is not detracted from. To enhance the indoor/outdoor living style of the design a threshold-free system was developed by rebating all windows and door thresholds to create seamless flow from internal to external living areas.
The entrance to the Samford Valley residence consists of a large scissor truss, clear timber finished portico which creates grandeur while balancing the scale of the house on the block.
The Samford Project exceeded the client’s expectations and adhered to the design plan and operational time frame and budget with the residence construction costs totaling $1,900,000.
This impressive residence captures the friendly essence of life in a small country town yet allows for a contemporary outdoor living style through seamless indoor/outdoor living areas and magnificent views. The home combines the latest in modern technology and construction techniques with the highest quality fittings and building materials. It subtly pays tribute to the original landscape resulting in a magnificent home that defines easy living and perfectly embodies the client’s original design brief.
Project description provided by: JBS Building and Development
Builders: JBS Building and Development
Photographer: Scott Burrows
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