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The Chelmer House & Studio is located on a 400sqm lot in Brisbane’s Western suburbs, between a heritage-listed home and several protected trees. In order to be built efficiently by an owner builder, the house was designed as a simple rectangular box with a gable roof. The house is long, thin and North-facing to achieve passive solar & ventilation strategies with minimal complexity. The ground floor living areas open up to a landscaped courtyard, while the upper floor bedrooms & studio lookout onto mature tree canopies. An external staircase provides access to the studio without having to enter the house. The project features exposed structural steelwork and timber joinery made from recycled flooring from the old ‘Milton Bowl’ bowling alleys.

“…The simplicity of the architectural language, distilled through the rigorous design and construction process is infused with humble delight and serene modesty.  There in lies the beauty.”

Michelle Bailey, Green Magazine Issue 46 , ‘100m2’

Chelmer, Brisbane
Owner Builder
Kai Norman (Structural Engineer)
Planning Solutions (Town Planner)
Bonafide Building Approvals (Building Certifier)
Arbologic (Project Arborist)
Fresh Habitat Pty Ltd (Carpentry & Advice)
Scott Burrows Photographer