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A security system with intercom and cameras allows remote opening of doors, and the automated garage doors can be operated off-site by mobile phone.
But functional does not mean the aesthetics are forgotten and this home not only works for its owners but looks and feels like a place anyone would feel proud to reside in.
On the outside, a dynamic mix of Hardie cladding creates attractive facades, while a feature wall of Zebra Stacstone is eye-catching. Inside, timber is used to spectacular effect, such as the French Oak Herringbone floor, the solid oak stairs and the feature ceiling of Fiddleback matt Brush Box timber.
A signature feature wall created from offcuts adds another dimension to the home. ‘It’s something we like to do – put our own spin and twist on the job so we can walk away feeling like we’ve been creative as well.’
All up it took five months to build for an overall cost of $900,000. The home was also acknowledged with the 2019 HIA Queensland Specialised Housing Award and a finalist in the national award for the same category.
It’s a case study of how a home can be more inclusive and future proofed, and the firm is keen to take its message to the industry that this can be achieved without prohibitive cost.
‘We want to educate others in the industry to see that small changes don’t have to cost a lot of money, but can really help each home be that little bit more accessible,’ Nick says.
It may be contentious but the O’Sheas would eventually like to see universal design in every home.