DE­SIGNED TO TURN HEADS

BRIS­BANE’S HOTTEST YOUNG BUILDERS HAVE DONE IT AGAIN - AND THEIR LAT­EST SHOWSTOPPER IS AL­READY CRE­AT­ING A BUZZ

The Courier-Mail - Home - - FRONT PAGE - EMILY BLACK

A Padding­ton prop­erty has become the “talk of the town” af­ter Graya Con­struc­tions, a dy­namic brother duo, trans­formed what was one Queens­lan­der on 1147sq m, into two homes on sep­a­rate ti­tles.

Orig­i­nally pur­chased by Rob Gray, 29, and his brother An­drew, 32, in May last year, Rob said the list­ing had turned heads due to the size of the home and the size on the land.

But this time, he said, it was the ar­chi­tec­ture and ma­te­ri­als used that was cre­at­ing a buzz.

“I can’t be­lieve it still to this day, every sin­gle per­son lit­er­ally stops, but it’s just re­ally unique with a huge glass win­dow in the pool out the front,” Rob said.

“The ar­chi­tec­ture and the ma­te­ri­als are just like noth­ing else around here, if not in Bris­bane.”

They com­mis­sioned award-win­ning Bris­bane-based ar­chi­tect Tim Ste­wart af­ter work­ing on pre­vi­ous projects, in­clud­ing the de­signs of each of Rob and An­drew’s own homes.

“Tim’s clearly in the top, one, two or three ar­chi­tects in Bris­bane, and it’s pretty easy to see why, his port­fo­lio of beau­ti­ful houses is end­less,” he said.

“We’re just in love with his de­signs and he’s a re­ally nice guy to work with.

“The brief was to cre­ate a me­morable prop­erty, so those driv­ing past won’t for­get where and what Woodrock is.

“It’s a head-turner and nearly every car that goes past slows down or stops.

“Woodrock is su­per mod­ern, con­tem­po­rary with lots of an­gles and of­fers a view across Padding­ton to the old wa­ter tower.”

The project wasn’t with­out its chal­lenges, but noth­ing in­no­va­tive think­ing couldn’t solve.

“The pre­vi­ous owner had ac­tu­ally sub­di­vided a 405sq m block on the cor­ner, off from his house, from where the Queens­lan­der sat in the mid­dle of the block,” Rob said.

“A lot of peo­ple were do­ing their sums ... on how he di­vided the land, whereas An­drew and I, from day one, al­ways saw a lot more value in mov­ing the Queens­lan­der. “It’s ac­tu­ally a re­ally big house, so it didn’t look like it was very mov­able, but we al­ways knew it was doable.”

Rob said they moved the home on to one side of the prop­erty, which squared the blocks each with a sim­i­lar land size.

“Which then opened up a space to build re­ally nice high-end homes, as op­posed to one big­ger block and one smaller block on the cor­ner.”

In­cluded in its im­pres­sive de­sign are five bed­rooms, three bath­rooms, a four-car garage, mul­ti­ple liv­ing spa­ces, pool and wine cel­lar.

Woodrock comes with land­scap­ing and a stun­ning pool with a glass win­dow, Miele ap­pli­ances, mar­ble bench­tops, ducted air­con­di­tion­ing, pol­ished con­crete floors and 60m com­bined dual street frontage.

About four years ago, the broth­ers estab­lished Graya Con­struc­tions and have com­pleted sev­eral suc­cess­ful projects since.

Ray White New Farm prin­ci­pal Matt Lan­cashire is mar­ket­ing 33 Rock­bourne Tce, as well as the orig­i­nal ren­o­vated Queens­lan­der next door at No.29. Phone 0416 476 480.

>>So now you’ve seen what Graya Con­struc­tions can do with a new build, check out the ren­o­va­tion they did on the old Queens­lan­der next door in to­mor­row’s Sun­day Mail.

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