About This Project

Designed by Sandra A Smedley Building Design this award winning 411m2 architecturally designed house is perfectly positioned to enjoy the city lights and northerly breezes from the rear deck.  Clever dual living areas on both the lower and upper levels enable the owners to lock off the upper level for privacy with the potential to rent the lower level which offers 3 spacious bedrooms.


An upper level ceiling height of 3m combined with a cool palate and clever tiling provides a canvas of grandeur and space.  Quality fixtures throughout allow for functionality while being contemporary and sophisticated.  Modern influences have dramatically changed the authentic home design of the conventional Queensland home.


In this new home the designers have made great use of the natural light and kept the high ceiling design providing a very light and airy home design with large windows and doors. The open plan make the best use of natural light and provides plenty of ventilation outlets throughout the house which keeps the home cool in those warmer months.


Elaborate glass balconies are a major design feature of the home. Since the whole house is built on an elevated platform, the glass balcony is able to capture views from afar.  Unlike old Queenslander designs this modern house has incorporated a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor living. This house features a beautiful deck, along with sliding glass doors that offer lots of natural light and a clear view of the outdoors.


Staying true to the roots of original Queensland houses which feature wooden flooring, the internal flooring of this house is made from bamboo. It’s a strong and resilient wood that looks great.  This home also features some added modern extras you probably won’t see in traditional Queensland homes, such as floor to ceiling tiles, separate butlers’ pantries and stone benches.


So, although aesthetically different from traditional designs, this modern Queensland home has kept all the advantages of the older design but with a unique and stylish new twist.

This 1950’s house had been in Rose’s family since childhood with Rose and Paul eventually purchasing the home to raise their own family.  Eventually the boys moved out and it became time to realise a dream of transforming the 602m2 block to take advantage of the elevated position.


The sloping block presented a challenge due to limited access to the rear, a dead end street with limited access and a proposed ‘build to boundary’ garage wall on one side and only 1.5m to the other side boundary.

This was a knock down and rebuild project for Elysium Designed.  Paul and Rose came to Elysium Designed with Architectural Drawings only.


After many meetings with Paul and Rose, together we developed a detailed specification and selection document and engineering designs which Elysium Designed managed.  In collaboration, we worked together to achieve their specific requirements to construct a bespoke home.


The client’s ‘wish list’ was to incorporate five commercial grade aluminium fixed louvres as a feature to the front and side bedroom windows.  Due to the extreme weight of these louvres, additional detailed engineering designs were required for heavy structural steel frames to be incorporated into the house frame.

9 months on and we are so thrilled with our stunning architecturally designed home.  Paul was hands on from the first meeting right up to handover.  We didn’t have to worry about anything during the build as Paul had us at ease due to his vast building experience and his quality being of the highest standard.


We would recommend Paul and Lisa and their building company Elysium Designed for their excellence in the construction of our beautiful award winning home.


Paul and Rose Lederhose

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