Grand Designs Australia

Brookfield Spotted Gum House - Expert Tips

Discover tips from the experts behind the Brookfield Spotted Gum House from episode 8, season 5 of Grand Designs Australia.

Milly Davenport has lived with her two children, in the Brisbane valley of Brookfield for 6 years before she met Andrew Wilson. In time it became the base for their blended family, with the added bonus that it was perfect for their shared dream of eventually running a small farm with livestock.

They had already started buying cattle, but with the old run down weather board cottage well past its used by date and bulging at the seams, it was clear they need a new proper operational base – a modern farmhouse.

The brief to their architect was simple. A home that not only makes the very best of its location, but is truly unique. In short, as different as possible from the traditional ranch style and Queenslander neighbours.

And their architect certainly delivered. Telescopic in shape, angular and modern, it will rise from one storey to three and culminate in a two storey high glazed portal that will frame the master bedroom. Projecting out of the landscape and clad in natural materials like Spotted Gum boards and with a base made of natural stone, it is certainly a contemporary take on rural living.

The experts have delivered an extraordinary design. Now it’s time for the amateurs to build it.

 
 

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