Toowong – Narrow and Sloping

This inner city site with a narrow frontage of only 10m, is designed for maximum winter sun, air flow and spacious living. Right from entering this home there is a great sense of ease and open space, with views through to the pool across the living and dining areas. This visual connection makes the most of linking the outdoor living …

Corinda Riverfront

High on a bend of the Brisbane River, this home captures views through the trees to the west and North West. While views were a priority, the design offers deep eaves and sun protection, with a two storey void to the living area and outdoor areas. Benefiting from an ideal northern aspect along the length of this property, a courtyard …

Reedy Creek Coastline Views

VIEW PROJECT DETAILS Sloping blocks always present the biggest challenges and this site has an 8.0 metre rise from the road to the back of the block. It’s important to have a good understanding of the site before design begins. so that the home sits comfortably on the site and works with the slope. In addition, our architect needed to …

Westlake Expansive Riverside

VIEW PROJECT DETAILS This site gave us a fantastic opportunity to design on a wide block with great river frontage and views through the eucalypts. With such a wide block, nearly every room has views to the water and is connected to the spacious outdoor entertaining area. There is a void space to the kitchen and dining area that allows …

Inner Brisbane Spacious Acreage

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Mt Coolum – Beachside Casual

VIEW PROJECT DETAILS Sloping sites likes these have been our DesignBuild specialty for many years, but it is an intricate process to bring together a successful planning solution for a narrow site, with town planning approvals, and practical control of site costs. Good architectural design not only gives you a great aesthetic and climatic result, but can save you large …

Carseldine Smaller is Smarter

Kelly Grimley, Carseldine VIEW PROJECT DETAILS VIEW PROJECT DETAILS Our in-house Architect recently qualified as an ‘empty nester’ and decided it was time to downsize. They had lost the motivation to maintain a yard and large home, and only needed space for a flourishing herb garden. They considered apartments but rising body corporates costs, the disconnect with car parking and …

Noosaville Riverside

Glennys, Noosaville VIEW PROJECT DETAILS VIEW PROJECT DETAILS The solution for this Noosaville new home design came with a first response to the close proximity of the Noosa River foreshore. This led to an informal emphasis on the entry, and a clever way to capture the North-Eastern aspect with breezes and views across to the river. The result is a …

Ascot Small Lot Sanctuary

Gary & Lucy, Ascot VIEW PROJECT DETAILS VIEW PROJECT DETAILS Ascot is one of Brisbane’s premium suburbs with a good mix of traditional and modern architecture. We obtained Demolition Approval for the rundown brick and tile bungalow, leaving a sloping site and a client brief for a high quality family home, showcasing state-of-the-art design. This city Small Lot of only …

Chelmer Riverfront

VIEW PROJECT DETAILS Some of Brisbane’s most valuable properties sit on her riverbank. In Chelmer, building sites are highly sought after and rarely found. When our client found this piece of paradise it was extremely important to them that the home design was befitting of such a block, all the while reflecting their playful and confident personalities. There had to …

Sinnamon Park

John & Karen, Sinnamon Park VIEW PROJECT DETAILS VIEW PROJECT DETAILS The layout of this home centres around a private courtyard, while also incorporating views to the Brisbane River and surrounding parklands from the upper level. The two outdoor living areas both enjoy the gardens, pool and a sense of sanctuary. Strong contemporary lines with expressed blade walls give the …

Pullenvale Country Homestead

VIEW PROJECT DETAILS This beautifully elevated acreage site takes in distant views of mountain ranges to the South, therefore the design for this Pullenvale acreage home had to integrate outlook to the south and winter sun access to the north. This led to the internal and external living areas opening up in both directions, with the use of extensive glass. …

Yaroomba Coastal Cool

Alan & Lyn, Yaroomba VIEW PROJECT DETAILS VIEW PROJECT DETAILS Being overseas for most of the build, it was imperative for Alan and Lyn to be comfortable with the detail of the construction documentation prior to starting. Our thorough documentation process gave them the confidence to leave the construction stage in our hands while they were absent. The rigid covenant …

Noosaville Courtyard Bliss

Bryan & Carol, Noosaville VIEW PROJECT DETAILS VIEW PROJECT DETAILS After moving from a large and private acreage site, our clients were particularly concerned about achieving a feeling of space on this 612m2 block, and wanted to ensure complete privacy from the four adjoining neighbours. The solution was to design the whole house and all the main rooms to open …

Brookwater Poolside Resort

Lea & Anne, Brookwater VIEW PROJECT DETAILS VIEW PROJECT DETAILS A sloping block backing on to bush reserve, with site works constraints – careful planning was required to establish this Brookwater home design all on one level. The pool was incorporated as a water feature, viewed from the Entry and Living areas. Our clients are excited about how the house …

St Lucia Hillside Gold

READ MORE A difficult sloping site like this requires exploring various design alternatives. We consider the levels involved, the extent of retaining required, the overall building envelope and give you the best advice on how to balance site costs and great, liveable design options. Highly detailed documentation and experienced site supervision was also essential in bringing this complex project together …

Coolum II

READ MORE Here the Summer Room opens to the North East corner of the site, looking out to the paperbark forest with the sounds of the beach just beyond. The two storey void to the Summer Room allows light into the centre of the home on this narrow site, and brings a casual sense of space and connection to the …

Taringa Double Character

David & Jen, Taringa VIEW PROJECT DETAILS VIEW PROJECT DETAILS All the challenges of designing on an inner city block were tackled on this project. The design had to satisfy town planning requirements for the Character Code while giving the owners a contemporary new home. In meeting these requirements, the home had to satisfy the ‘street character’ requirements to the …

Rochedale Courtyard House

Anthony & Pina, Rochedale VIEW PROJECT DETAILS VIEW PROJECT DETAILS Developing a single storey design for a young family required the best of efficient planning, to make the most of the site and leave room for the kids to play. The owners are excited by the layout we developed for this courtyard house, with the Summer Room courtyard to the …

Noosaville Elevated Design

READ MORE Living areas are full of natural light and all take in the magnificent river views – a clean and practical solution to a perfect location. The external staircase from the deck allows easy connection between the upper level and the courtyard through to the lower family room, thereby enhancing the relaxed sub-tropical lifestyle. Customised screens provide visual privacy …

Alexandra Headlands Casual Beachside

Kerry & Cheryl VIEW PROJECT DETAILS VIEW PROJECT DETAILS In the heart of the Sunshine Coast’s beachside lifestyle, this property is walking distance to ocean, surf clubs and the local restaurant district. The emphasis for this project was on informal living and a much-used outdoor entertaining space on the north-east. In this case, a formal front entry is completely erased …

Villeneuve on Somerset

VIEW PROJECT DETAILS This rural location takes in beautiful views into surrounding bush and over Somerset Dam to the west, so this design had to protect as much as possible from the afternoon sun, without hindering the outlook over the water. As a project designed for two, some lateral thinking was required to integrate the established guest residence with the …

Chuwar Colour

Katie & Paul, Chuwar VIEW PROJECT DETAILS VIEW PROJECT DETAILS These clients had a traumatic experience building about 7 years ago and had to get lawyers involved. They thought long and hard about whether they would go through building again. After working with Civic Steel, they are thrilled with the whole process, enjoyed both the design & construction stages, and …

Chuwar Framing the View

Jonathan & Gillian, Chuwar VIEW PROJECT DETAILS VIEW PROJECT DETAILS From the very first site inspection we knew this project would be special – a riverfront acreage property with views forever. The design, as always, focused on good cross flow ventilation and passive solar design, but the client also required specific display areas for their artefacts and prized possessions. The …

Gilston Solar Living

Malcolm & Pauline, Gilston VIEW PROJECT DETAILS VIEW PROJECT DETAILS This site has great views to the western ranges at the front of the property and needed to address both the outlook and good sun control. The client’s priority was for passive solar design and great energy efficiency, along with top quality fittings and privacy from neighbours. We were happy …

Ocean View Getaway

READ MORE As the site falls away steeply from the road, the planning needed to cope with getting cars off the street and manage the suspended floor construction on the slope. This design works with the contours and makes the most of a long north-facing pavilion, with full height glass to the length of the home. The ensuite is more …

Beechmont Mountain Escarpment

Damian, Lower Beechmont VIEW PROJECT DETAILS VIEW PROJECT DETAILS This Beechmont home is spectacular, any way you look at it. With distant views across the hinterland and to the night skyline of the Gold Coast, almost every room in this house takes in the outlook to the east and is connected to the northern decks and outdoor entertaining area. While …

Moorooka Family Paradise

Matt & Freya, Moorooka VIEW PROJECT DETAILS VIEW PROJECT DETAILS Our client had lived for many years at this address; loving the area and outlook. The old home needed a lot of renovation so it was decided a fresh start was in order – this was to be a home for the next generation, with flexibility as the family grew. …

Tinbeerwah

READ MORE The outdoor area sits between the living and guest bedroom wings of the house, so that it opens to both the north and south. A raking ceiling to the living and outdoor areas provides high windows and maximum winter sun penetration, with large fixed glass picture windows to the south. Selective use of louvres allows for control over …

Maleny Artist’s Retreat

David & Barbara, Maleny VIEW PROJECT DETAILS VIEW PROJECT DETAILS Every time we build for someone, they bring their own story, ideas and personality to the design table. This home was completed for a retired couple in Maleny whose focus is now on lifestyle, arts and travel – the planning provides for a purpose built studio and workshop to suit. …

Manly Executive

Bill, Manly VIEW PROJECT DETAILS VIEW PROJECT DETAILS This Small Lot Home design is a perfect example of Civic Steel Homes’ ability to take on a difficult block and create a spacious private residence suited to family and entertaining. This design dealt with inherent challenges such as a steep slope and narrow ten metre wide site, while embracing the positive …

Wamuran

READ MORE This made central positioning of the large Summer Room and barbecue area the first priority, giving separation between the master bedroom and the secondary guest wing. The main living area, Summer Room and study are all positioned so that views are picked up to both sides of the property and air flow is possible even on the calmest …

Kilcoy

READ MORE The summer room takes in distant views to the north and south with the option of closing off the winter winds from the south with a stacking glass door. The massive fig tree to the west becomes another focal point and overflow for the outdoor activities. This home has a real sense of place and by use of …

Verrierdale

READ MORE In this case the architecture is a combination of simple contemporary skillion roofs, blade walls and generous wrap-around decks; all ideal for outdoor sub-tropical living. The aim was to site the home comfortably on the slope, rather than to excavate; to make the most of all prevailing breezes, rather than to air-condition; and to provide lightweight materials and …

Springbrook Mountain Retreat

READ MORE The design of this stunning Springbrook home enables almost all the rooms in the house to capture the views through the trees to the National Park, while also being able to cope with the cold mountain environment that the hinterland endures. Sun penetration has been the major benefit of the design. Springbrook Mountain is 6-7 degrees cooler than …

Warner Northern Light

READ MORE High raking ceilings inside and out give a great sense of space and light and breezes are directed across the entire living area. Family bedrooms are upstairs with a guest room and bathroom down, providing for both kids and visitors. Three separate living areas and sharp contemporary styling give you a modern home, adaptable to everyday enjoyment.

Coolum I

READ MORE Pitched roofs, balconies, batten screens, soft colour schemes and native landscaping help blend the old with the new. The location of every home is an important part of the design brief. Here on the beach, appropriate flooring, corrosive resistant materials, keyless entry and storage for surfboards and fishing gear was a must. Being in a golf course community, …

Marcus Beach

READ MORE A wonderful North-Eastern aspect prompted walls of louvres and fixed glass that promote ample natural light and cross flow ventilation. While the entertaining deck has the best views of the Pacific, consideration was still given to direct pool and beach access via external stairs. This is a luxuriously appointed beach home that sits effortlessly in its environment and …

Hendra Character

READ MORE While the street elevation had to reflect lightweight materials and a traditional roofline compatible with council’s Character Code requirements, everything else has a clean, contemporary feel. The floors are polished concrete throughout, along with the kitchen bench; there is full height glass opening to the garden, and the master bedroom looks through to the voids both inside and …

Pacific Pines

READ MORE The entire entertainment area — from kitchen to dining, through to the outdoor living and media room — join together and allow for everyone to relax around the pool and still be connected to all that is happening inside. Three living areas and four bedrooms cater for everyone in the family.

Mt Cotton

VIEW PROJECT DETAILS Here’s a Mt Cotton Home that is truly unique. Nestled among the trees, this bush-style, eco home fits beautifully into its uniquely Australian environment. It explores the most economical way of achieving an environmentally sustainable home on a sloping acreage site without unsightly benching and retaining. The split levels and suspended floors, minimises the need for major …

Noosa Canal Zen

Tacqui, Noosa Waters VIEW PROJECT DETAILS VIEW PROJECT DETAILS A well chosen waterfront block and an experienced client led to the seamless development of a design that took advantage of a magnificent outlook with the potential for year round outdoor living. The living area takes in not only the swimming pool and canal outlook, but opens through to a private …