11 August 2017

Project Update – A Bold Warehouse in Brisbane Bushland

Big, black, bold and warehouse-like, the ‘Toowong House’, is about as far as you can get from the surrounding lattice-fronted Queenslanders.


When husband-and-wife developer team Heidi and Brent Stevens bought a bushy north-facing block overlooking the city in Toowong to build their own home, Heidi knew she wanted to go bold on the design.

“I was looking for a big black warehouse-style home, designed by an architect” she explains. “But my husband wanted to use his own tradies and he was terrified an architect would draw something unachievable or ridiculously expensive.”

The Stevens initially used a draftsperson to create the plans, but when the house design came out “looking like a big square”, Heidi discovered us on Facebook, loved our previous projects, and convinced her husband to give us a shot.

“The ABA team looked through my Pinterest board and were able to pull out features I really liked but hadn’t considered. The concept came along really quickly and it exceeded our vision. It was also great to get reassurance on my ideas. At one point I questioned whether we should pick a different colour, but we’ve stuck with black and I’m really glad we did.”


Now into the third month of the build, the tradie team is already onto the top level. At this rate the Stevens will be all moved in for Christmas.

And in an interesting twist, ABA’s ever smiling architectural student Luke – whose lifelong dream is to become an architect-builder – has landed a gig as apprentice labourer on this project. He’ll be on the tools every second Thursday to upskill, and he’s super excited about it.

“Every afternoon,” says Heidi, “when the tradies have gone home for the day, I head up to the site to see the progress and look out to the city. It’s a ‘wow house’ from the front, but my favourite feature is the back deck. I can’t wait to sit out there with a glass of wine, looking at the pink sunsets and all the trees and the city lights.”

We’re excited for you too, Heidi!

Check out the progress on Smart Capital Property & Development Facebook page.

Interested in seeing more of our ‘bush’ builds? Check out our Coorparoo and North Warrandyte projects. We love a good bush build, and we design along the entire East Coast of Australia.

Please contact the ABA studio if you would like to discuss a new house or renovation project. We’re a friendly bunch and we’d love to hear from you.

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