CBH was approached by owners via a mutual acquaintance referral (we’d done virtually no advertising at that stage of our business development) to build plans they had to replace the small weatherboard home they’d lived in for 10 years. Their children were growing and they needed a bigger home.

Ace Drafting had provided them with a great design, a double storey, split level home with eye catching roof lines on a reasonably steep block.

The initial plans indicated weatherboard cladding for all external cladding, which the owners indicated they wanted to change and be a bit more adventurous with. In conjunction with the owners, we came up with some great ideas for external materials to give the home some individual flair, which included:

  • separated spotted gum battens over a black backing

  • upper storey spotted gum shiplap boards to contrast with the battens

  • large section cement panels

  • black bricks to the garage and chimney

  • spotted gum decking.


We worked closely and had regular discussions with the owners before and during construction to ensure that even small details and features were practical for use and made alterations where the working and structural drawings didn’t deliver what the owners were after.

Some of the main building features included:

  • several sets of American Oak stairs and flooring

  • a customised entry unit with an oversized pivot door

  • American Oak window seat

  • outdoor breakfast bar adjacent to the kitchen

  • open fireplace

  • north facing clerestory windows to provide ample natural light to the open kitchen/meals/living zone

  • spotted gum wrap around deck in the backyard

  • garden retaining walls and planter boxes

The owners and designers were blown away with the results at completion. Construction took 8 months.

The home was entered in the 2016 HIA Housing Awards and we were surprised that it only received 3rd place in its category.

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