A LIT­TLE BE­COMES A LOT

The Courier-Mail - Home - - SEMI-DETACHED - EMILY BLACK

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.

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