There comes a time in life when it be­comes ap­par­ent that we no longer need the large, free­stand­ing sub­ur­ban fam­ily home we once oc­cu­pied. There also comes a time when we want a con­tem­po­rary in­ner-city apart­ment, but we’re not in­ter­ested in high-rise, high-den­sity liv­ing.

For those look­ing to re­size their life to some­thing in-be­tween, Silk on Race­course is an in­no­va­tive Bris­bane de­vel­op­ment al­low­ing buy­ers to de­sign their own lux­ury home. Unique to As­cot, there is noth­ing quite like the de­vel­op­ment in the area.

Ac­cord­ing to the prin­ci­pal ar­chi­tect be­hind the de­vel­op­ment, Con Za­hos of Lou­cas Za­hos Ar­chi­tects, re­siz­ers know what they want — a low-main­te­nance lifestyle in the area they live with­out com­pro­mis­ing qual­ity and style.

Mr Za­hos cre­ated his first be­spoke apart­ment com­plex in 2002 and has been de­vel­op­ing the model ever since. With his lat­est, Silk on Race­course, a com­plex of just 13 owner-oc­cu­pier res­i­dences, buy­ers have the chance to work di­rectly with the ar­chi­tects to de­sign their per­fect home.

Silk’s tai­lor-made model al­lows res­i­dents to have sig­nif­i­cant in­put into the de­sign of their new home. The unique con­cept, com­bined with the de­vel­op­ment’s lo­ca­tion, is what Mr Za­hos be­lieves is the key to its suc­cess, and what makes him so pas­sion­ate about the project.

“I like do­ing projects in these lo­ca­tions, in mixed-use spa­ces with a con­nec­tion to na­ture,” he said.

“It gives res­i­dents the choice of be­ing able to re­treat to their apart­ments and have pri­vacy or eas­ily ven­ture out to grab a cof­fee or ex­pe­ri­ence all that the leafy Race­course Rd precinct has to of­fer.” The four-storey de­vel­op­ment con­sists of a ground floor re­tail level, of­fice space on the first floor and two lev­els of apart­ments, but due care has been taken to en­sure res­i­dents pri­vacy, with sep­a­rate lifts and lob­bies for re­tail and res­i­den­tial.

With only a hand­ful of apart­ments on of­fer, buy­ers can work with the award­win­ning team to cre­ate a home that is uniquely their own.

“The Tai­lor Made ser­vice gives buy­ers the free­dom to cre­ate their own spa­ces and select which fin­ishes suit their own per­sonal style and lifestyle,” Mr Za­hos said.

De­vel­oped in con­junc­tion with George Cal­lian­i­o­tis of Geo­cal Con­struc­tions, Mr Za­hos said the de­sign has been pop­u­lar with baby boomers look­ing to re­size.

“They are ac­cus­tomed to a cer­tain level of liv­ing,” Mr Za­hos said.

“Most as­tute pur­chasers know what they want. To live in a cer­tain area, do what they like, in a space that they love. That’s why we’ve de­vel­oped a model which al­lows our clients to be in­volved in the process and tai­lor the de­sign to suit their spe­cific needs.

“We work to de­ter­mine what their lifestyle is and how we can ac­com­mo­date the space to suit, rather than them mod­i­fy­ing their lifestyle to suit the home, as is the case tra­di­tion­ally.”

One buyer was a long-time wine col­lec­tor, so the team of ar­chi­tects in­te­grated a glazed cel­lar door into his plan.

An el­derly mother and daugh­ter duo who had been co­ex­ist­ing for sev­eral years re­quested their home be de­signed with sep­a­rate liv­ing spa­ces to cater to their dif­fer­ent life­styles.

“We can do al­most any­thing at the plan­ning stage,” Mr Za­hos said.

There has al­ready been lots of in­ter­est in the de­vel­op­ment, with only seven of the 13 res­i­dences still avail­able. Mr Za­hos said that while con­struc­tion is due to be­gin shortly, and changes can be made to plans if sold af­ter con­struc­tion com­mences, it is more af­ford­able to plan be­fore con­struc­tion be­gins.

Mr Za­hos be­lieves it’s im­por­tant for peo­ple to not have to sac­ri­fice their style and com­forts when re­siz­ing, and that we will see this con­tinue as a trend mov­ing for­ward.

“It’s just the be­gin­ning,” he said. “We’ve seen sig­nif­i­cant push for this from peo­ple who want high qual­ity de­sign, green spa­ces and ur­ban-liv­ing within a vi­brant com­mu­nity. When ac­com­mo­dat­ing for the next gen­er­a­tion of re­siz­ers and young in­ner-city dwellers, we’ll con­tinue to de­sign for their in­di­vid­ual needs as a mat­ter of prac­tice.

“It’s im­por­tant to us that the spa­ces we de­sign, they can re­late to and that our clients can cre­ate a lifestyle they’ll love.”

Buy­ers can work with the award­win­ning team at Silk on Race­course to cre­ate a home that is uniquely their own.

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