A steep block was no match for this creative duo


Who lives here? Nada and Antwan with their daughters Gracie (8) and Lilly (6), and dog Bruno

Location: Bardon, Queensland

Today, I take you on a tour of a special home in Bardon, Brisbane that required a creative design to overcome substantial obstacles and meet the brief of the home’s young family.

The home was built in 2014 for Nada (co-founder and managing director of Brisbane-based interior design and property staging business Blok Design Co) and husband Antwan (a property developer with a background as a pharmacist), their two girls Gracie (8) and Lilly (6), and dog Bruno.

The family have always loved the Bardon area and its community. They have lived on the same street for a few years, having renovated a home across the road. When a block in the same street became available they jumped at the chance to build a new home, even though the tricky site had a 9-metre (!) slope upwards from the front to the back of the block. It was a challenge they were keen to take on. The creative couple decided to work with Kalka to design and build the custom home. The design was very much a collaboration between Kalka Design Manager Paul Fidler, Nada and Antwan.

The couple were keen to build a multi-level home with a flat backyard and pool with open plan living that connected the inside and outside. Despite the challenge the steep block presented, they were able to achieve this and create a beautiful 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom house with study, cinema room, wine cellar, solar energy and water tank.

The pool was the most challenging element of all. Built by Dean Meyers and the team from Performance Pool and Spa, the impressive pool is located in the backyard at the top of the block and the front of the pool is glass. The three glass panels (weighing 1 tonne!) were fitted after construction of the house and it took three men a whole day to bring the commercial highrise-quality glass panels from the street up the side of the house to the backyard.

Nada and Antwan both agree that their favourite spot in the home is the alfresco area, which provides a great spot to entertain and watch movies on the outdoor projector and screen, and watch the girls playing in the pool or in the gorgeous cubby house!

The interiors reflect Nada’s passion for interior design.

You’ll have the opportunity to see inside this impressive home, meet Nada and Antwan, and hear their insights during Sheo Design’s next Brisbane home tour, scheduled for Sunday 21 July 2019. Register your interest to be the first to hear when tickets are available.

We’re also on the look out for other innovative Australian homes and architects to showcase in 2019, so if you live in or know of a home that might be suitable, we’d love to hear from you.

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All images by Sheo Design.

All images by Sheo Design.

Kate Derbyshire