The appliances in the kitchen and ergonomic island bring the ease of a contemporary lifestyle to the traditional setting and the bedrooms continue this theme with a fusion of modern elements like Roy Lichtenstein’s drawings with antique pieces and rare vintage accessories. Spa-style bathrooms an indoor swimming pool and other expansive spaces complement the style and theme of the remarkable one-of-a-kind mansion.
A renovation that relied on opening up the interior with a series of sliding floor doors the makeover completely altered the ambiance indoors by bringing in a flood of natural light. A more open plan living area saw the living space kitchen and dining room becoming one as previous walls were brought down in favor of a more free-flowing interior.
The presence of this ply clad addition saves space helps in better organization of the rest of the house and also delineates the kids’ playroom from the living area without the use of additional walls.
Paddington is an inner suburb of Brisbane that is nestled largely on steep ridges hills and undulating terrain. It is barely a surprise then that this lovely family home also sits on a steeply sloping lot which defined the overall silhouette and style of the residence.
The dramatic 25-feet-high open living area on the lower level contains the living space dining room and kitchen with each area flowing into the next. Instead of completely shunning its past the converted church actually embraces its rich heritage with fabulous stained glass windows bringing pops of yellow red and green into each room.
There is something innately beautiful about churches that have been transformed to serve a different purpose in the ever-changing world. While we have seen some being altered into breathtaking bookstores and libraries most often old churches find a new lease on life as unique and dramatic contemporary homes.
The exterior of this Aussie home brings together form and functionality effortlessly as fire-resistant spotted gum cladding and concrete panels offer perfect insulation along with visual and textural intrigue. It is this blend of materials that gives the residence its unique identity and this balance between concrete and warm wooden elements is also continued indoors.