A sleek new build with modern design and sophisticated style

Featuring clean lines and sophisticated style, this new build is one we simply couldn’t wait to step inside. Because when even the staircase is a showstopper, you know you’ve found a winner.

Thanks to Salvador Farrajota, director of architectural firm, The Artificial, we got an up close look at this modern beauty.

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Outside facade
Living dining area

Home to a young family in Brisbane’s Wavell Heights, the brief was simple for this new build.

“The clients found the site with an existing cottage located close to the street with a large setback at the rear. It made for an ideal subdivide and they were pretty clear on what they wanted,” explains Salvador.

“They wanted a liveable, low-maintenance house that focused on socialising and entertaining.”

Designed to look like a modest, split-level home, the house packs in a lot more than meets the eye.

“The new house was designed around the existing pool. Although an unorthodox floor plan, we were able to incorporate 5 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, a gym, office, bar and triple garage without creating a visually large house,” says Salvador.

“The house itself is almost completely hidden from the street. Upon entry, you can see the simple, external material palette continues internally.

“We introduced the use of concrete through the full-width entry stair and continued it up the staircase, too.

“The concrete stairs and burnished concrete floors featured throughout the home compliment the Tasmanian Oak stair and balustrade.”

Shop the look: Modest yet sophisticated style

Champagne saucers
Champagne saucers
Crystal ornament
Crystal ornament
Large white pot
Large white pot
Wall art
Wall art
Rattan pot plant
Rattan pot plant
Green velvet chair
Green velvet chair
Gold bar stool
Gold bar stool
Glass vase with wooden base
Glass vase with wooden base
Faux leather armchair
Faux leather armchair
Cage light
Cage light
Jade velvet cushion
Jade velvet cushion
Quilted cushion
Quilted cushion
Bronze linen cushion
Bronze linen cushion
Bar stool
Bar stool
Rug
Rug
Modern white kitchen
Open plan living

To combat those famous Queensland summer days, the house was designed to almost entirely open up.

“By fully opening the 14 lineal meters of bi-fold doors, the family is able to expand their living spaces and bar to incorporate their pool and garden space. The site is actually quite private, despite being surrounded by neighbours.

The north-south orientation of the living, dining, and kitchen area provides a pleasant wash of natural light and good passive cooling.

“The simplicity of the architecture allows the home to be low maintenance and cost effective with the use of cool concrete flooring, timber accents, white surfaces and hints of gold.”

Wood and concrete staircase
Textured tile shower

Moving upstairs — via that amazing staircase — and the home takes on even more sophisticated style with plush carpet and darker feature tiles.

“Due to the site’s split level, we emphasised the level change through the concrete plinths and integrated steps,” explains Salvador.

“The timber batten balustrade is the perfect accompaniment and helps guide the eye up to the level above.

“Upstairs, the white colour palette is still prominent, with the exception of the twin shower room which features full-height, dark tiles. It’s a great contrast that makes a real statement.”

Thank you to Salvador for taking us through this modest, yet sophisticated home. To discover more bespoke projects from The Artificial, visit their website or take a look at their Instagram.

Builder — Zepher Industries
Photography — Andy Macpherson
Town Planner — Urban Planners Qld

More home tours here

Modern architecture home facade
Dining area
Main bedroom with pops of colour
Modern ensuite bathroom
Main bedroom details
Upstairs landing
Gold bar shelves
Raw concrete stairs
Back of modern home with pool

Shop the look: Modest yet sophisticated style

Champagne saucers
Champagne saucers
Crystal ornament
Crystal ornament
Large white pot
Large white pot
Wall art
Wall art
Rattan pot plant
Rattan pot plant
Green velvet chair
Green velvet chair
Gold bar stool
Gold bar stool
Glass vase with wooden base
Glass vase with wooden base
Faux leather armchair
Faux leather armchair
Cage light
Cage light
Jade velvet cushion
Jade velvet cushion
Quilted cushion
Quilted cushion
Bronze linen cushion
Bronze linen cushion
Bar stool
Bar stool
Rug
Rug

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