The aim of the Samford House 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 was eventually chosen to be completed by Concepts Unlimited. The design comprised 1030m2 under roof plus a five car garage and six car 180m2 shed. A key consideration of the design was to incorporate the house into the landscape. The goal was to preserve the gentle slope of the block and capture the exceptional views. To achieve this, there could be no evident cut and fill lines, so excavation required careful consideration.
The Samford House comprises a magnificent residence consisting of five bedrooms. The home includes a guest wing with adjoining catwalk over the swimming pool, plus a well-appointed powder room and three bathrooms. The master suite wing has a Hollywood style walk-in-robe and en suite overlooking the beautiful Samford Valley. The home also boasts a grand chef’s kitchen, fitted with top of the range European appliances and a four metre stone island bench.
Australia’s largest custom gas residential fireplace
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 House is fully automated with external remote access technology for security and appliance operation. A large home cinema features full surround sound and ceiling star lighting with indirect troffer LED lights around the perimeter.
The most impressive components of the landscaping are the two large integrated pool. They have 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 Front Entrance
The entrance to the Samford House consists of a large scissor truss and clear timber finished portico. The entrance creates grandeur, while balancing the scale of the house on the block.
Custom pivot entry door
The timber framed front entry unit was custom made by ALLKIND Joinery and features a massive single lite pivot door. The stunning space is filled with natural light, courtesy of the arched toplight and glass sidelights.
This impressive residence captures the friendly essence of life in a small country town. Yet, it 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.
Construction of the Samford Project commenced in February 2013. The duration of the project was approximately twelve months. The build included a lengthy excavation, construction of the footing slab and the swimming pool.
The Samford House exceeded the client’s expectations. It adhered to the design plan, operational time frame and budget, with the residence construction costs totalling $1.9mil.