Nestled in the eastern bayside suburb of Manly, Brisbane, the ‘Boswell Boathouse’ draws the eye with its crisp and striking exterior: a Queenslander take on the classic Scandinavian summerhouse.
The typical elements of Scandi architecture served as inspiration for the design by HIA member, Kalka, and are cleverly interwoven inside and out.
‘The goal was to create a home that delivers modern style by way of good design, quality materials, features and fixtures,’ says Kim Bridle, Kalka’s interior design manager.
The Brisbane-based building company offers this restrained display home with modest upgrades to demonstrate that you don’t have to upgrade everything to create a beautiful home.
The surrounding neighbourhood and its close proximity to the nearby bay all played a part in the design team’s approach, from concept through to the polished end product.
‘We spent a lot of time driving the streets of Manly before we looked at the interior colour scheme and design, and even the furniture. Considering the surroundings of a home is important and we do this for all of our standalone displays in the suburbs; drawing from the area and designing for the area,’ Kim says.
Careful consideration was given to the Queensland climate and way of living, with the house being designed to optimise the Brisbane weather. A sharply slanted roof connects with white horizontal weatherboards across the upper storey, accented by a timber balcony and double garage door in charcoal. The lightweight James Hardie Scyon cladding responds well to the subtropical climate by quickly releasing heat built up during the day to the cooler night air.