A LITTLE BECOMES A LOT
Rokstone director Gerard McNamara is seeking a new neighbour, and is selling a newly-built, semi-detached terrace home, next to the one he built for himself.
Mr McNamara said the development was based on award-winning Sydney and Melbourne semi-terraces.
He said they commissioned Idearchitecture, East Brisbane, to draw inspiration from a Jackson Clements Burrows Architects designed home May Grove in South Yarra, Melbourne, Rob Kennon Architects’ design Clarence, in Elsternwick, Melbourne, and Tribe Studio Architects’ Double Bay, in Sydney.
All three properties had small land blocks on which to build dual residences – elements mirrored in Rokstone’s Camp Hill development.
Having been a long-time fan of semidetached terrace housing, Mr McNamara said he saw an opportunity, where others might see a challenge, to build on a 7.5m frontage, compared to the more common 10m frontage.
“In order to minimise the impact to the streetscape we have wrapped part of the ground floor and garage doors in polycarbonate to disguise the two large double garage doors,” he said.
“Also, instead of concrete driveways we have softened them with timber sleepers, stones and extensive landscaping.
“By clever design we were able to achieve a large spacious house, but retain a 50sq m flat, grassed area, plus a pool, to achieve a balanced approach to the new style of back yard that terrace housing can offer.”
He said he designed the property for his family, including wife Tanya, and two sons Liam, aged 6, and Ewan, 4, to live in and would sell the second property.
“Both have identical floor plans,” he said. “The house is rich in design features that were achieved in collaboration with Idearchitecture.
“It is certainly unique and even more so being built in the suburb of Camp Hill.”
This semi-detached terrace at 87a Burn St, Camp Hill, will go under the gavel on August 5.