Greenway St – Grange

Building on a slope in Subtropical Brisbane

The one thing Brisbane has a lot of is hills.

Not just any hills, but some really steep hills.

As was the case for this beautifully designed Grange home

Designed by the Award Winning Architect Julie Borgelt of Borgelt & Craig.

This awesome home was inspired by the famous Architect Tom Kundig of Olsen Kundig

The Grange has been carefully considered from inception to completion, maximising the footprint on an extremely difficult block.

When building on a sloping block, careful consideration needs to be made in regards to the logistics

As was the case in this project.

Featuring a heated 20m lap pool that has been built into the side of the hill, which had to be built before the rest of the house,

therefore creating a solid anchoring position for the rest of the home to follow

Building on a sloping block presents many challenges, especially with retaining walls

The Grange Architect was able to design these retaining walls to prevent water ingress into the home.

while also taking advantage of the earths natural cooling/heating abilities.

This was via two services corridors separating the retaining walls from the rest of the home.

While the exterior cladding really helps with the industrial feel of the home,

entering through the front door onto the polished suspended slab really touches on the Tom Kundig design inspo.

Material selection when building on a slope in Brisbane

Material selection is critical in these homes to keep costs down, without losing any luxury

Blocks and concrete are an ideal choice for building on sloping blocks

However, too much concrete and block can get overly industrial.

To soften the mood, we have installed a custom sustainable Eco Marine Ply and sealed it with a low VOC sealer.

The end result is a beautiful custom home designed and built to take advantage of its natural surrounds.

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