Surrey Hills Garden Terrace | Kieron Gait Architects

Surrey Hills Garden Terrace | Kieron Gait Architects | Photographer: Christopher Frederick Jones

2024 National Architecture Awards Program

Surrey Hills Garden Terrace | Kieron Gait Architects

Traditional Land Owners
Yuggera and Turrbal peoples
Year
2024
Chapter

Queensland

Region

Brisbane

Category
Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)
Builder
Robson Constructions and Kerwick Construtions
Photographer
Christopher Frederick Jones
Project summary

A gentle reconfiguration of a decorative 1920’s home.

A new garden terrace acts as a filter between house and garden, managing change of level and orientation to allow the spaces to naturally connect. The terrace takes its material palette from the existing house, whilst its form anchors itself to the garden whilst bringing in light.

Internal reconfigurations used the strong lines of the existing picture rail to curate openings. The new kitchen connects to the dining room and can be configured to open to the garden or terrace with shutters that can be drawn to shield from the low western sun. Small interventions include a window seat, bathroom, laundry, powder room and lighting.

The swimming pool was given a new setting by bringing garden to the coping and building a pair of diving platforms hovering over the pool edge whilst much of the lawn has been given over to native planting.

Things we love:

It is delightful to live here.

The kitchen was so awkward and now feels fresh, serene and inviting each morning.

We pick and choose where we sit and eat each meal together depending on the time of day/weather.

A calm, comfortable and beautiful outdoor space to sit and relax and eat (and draw, paint and do handstands) to share with our family and friends.

Morning light on the terrace is especially pretty.

Sitting in the nook to read, have coffee, look at the pool feels like a holiday.

We crave being at home together!

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Building Certification Consultants, Building Surveyor
Ecru Landscape, Landscape Consultant
NJA Consulting, Structural Engineer

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Surrey Hills Garden Terrace | Kieron Gait Architects | Photographer: Christopher Frederick Jones

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