Combining the very best of modern open plan living with the practical authenticity of an iconic Queenslander home, this stunning property demonstrates the skills, commitment and passion of the 1STRUCT Building & Renovation team.
35 Walker Street has been constructed to complement the unique Queensland climate. It effortlessly marries the great outdoors with modern indoor comforts. Savvy open planning results in a house that is just as suited for making the most of breezy summer afternoons as it is for rugging up on chilly winter nights.
This architecturally-designed renovation home, as featured in Channel 7’s Australia’s Best Houses, typifies the 1STRUCT commitment to superior workmanship and high quality finishes. Our experienced contractors raised and built under the existing house, maximising the property’s living space and taking full advantage of the block’s potential. With extensive experience building on sloping lots, our team transformed a potential hurdle into a virtue, creating a home with undeniable character and liveability. You would expect nothing less from this family-owned professional builder.
The 35 Walker Street renovation display home perfectly captures the essence of what 1STRUCT Building & Renovation is all about. It brings the character of the Queenslander into the 21st century, without sacrificing that charm and heritage we love with this type of architecture.
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It’s the first thing you see when you arrive, so the facade must make an impression. With its modern colour palette, sleek retaining garden walls and lush grass, 35 Walker Street makes a great first impression.
Making full use of the original Queenslander design, the feature gables have been restored to their former glory, giving the home a classic heritage feel. The gables’ influence continues throughout the rest of the façade, with new elements of the property – including the entry awning and the welcoming gatehouse framing the entry to the front path – drawing on them for inspiration.
To meet the challenges of this sloping lot, sandstone retaining walls create a tiered garden and offer a fashionable, contemporary touch. A mix of modern and traditional glazing enhances the marriage of new and old, and a modern limestone render on the letterbox completes the effect.
Stepping inside 35 Walker Street, the void between the first and second levels gives an immediate sense of space and grandeur. Taken in concert with semi-floating spotted gum stairs flanked by face-fixed glass balustrades, the result is an open, inviting, liveable space.
The inclusion of an exposed structural beam above the base of the staircase highlights the raw structural bones of the home, strengthening the connection between the lower and upper living areas. The entrance incorporates a bright and breezy wall & tiling colour scheme, all framed by striking light trough feature plastering. With the overhead Velux skylight positioned to bring in plenty of natural sunlight, the entrance and its vestibule is a welcoming environment after a long day at work, school or day out with the family.
The Living and Study Areas
Bathed in plenty of natural light, the main living space opens up to greet you as you walk up the stairs.
Spotted gum hardwood floors stretch out across the space and douse it with a natural warmth, while the face-fixed frameless glass balustrades and open plan design maintains the emphasis on spacious living, all which began downstairs upon entry.
A set of beautiful, traditional French doors, separating the main living room from an adjacent study area, offer some retained character from the property’s original Queenslander home. They perfectly complement the existing VJ wall linings which are redressed and updated to fit the home’s new approach to modern living.
The Master Bedroom and Ensuite
The master bedroom is the inner sanctum within any home. This one – spacious, plushly carpeted and comfortable – hides more than a couple of secrets.
Foremost amongst them is the bedroom’s resort-style doorless ensuite, beautifully-appointed and offering every modern convenience. Decked in striking dark grey and white tiles from floor to ceiling, the bathroom is fitted out with matte black tapware, floating spotted gum bench tops, and recessed shaving cabinets & mirrors. Frameless glass shower screens surround the bathing area, which houses a sleek bathtub as well as two separate his & hers shower heads. Through all of this contemporary design, the greenery of the outside world shines through, with a stunning wall-to-wall frameless fixed glass window bringing this indoor-outdoor ensuite to life.
Then, tucked away behind the bed, is a sumptuous walk in robe. With his and hers dual access points, the robe boasts a mirror and make-up desk, plus space for shoes, shirts, suits, dresses, jewellery and great deal more.
Conceived as a family home, 35 Walker Street features three additional bedrooms. Each bedroom boasts its own distinct personality as befitting a stylish, architecturally-designed residence, whilst allowing plenty of room for study, sleep and storage.
With thick carpet, high ceilings and large windows designed to welcome in Queensland’s natural light, the upstairs bedroom offers a cool, calm and sophisticated style with a youthful edge. Downstairs the second and third bedrooms deliver cheeky, bold coloured walls which will likely prove ideal for younger children. Their occupants will love its privacy, but their parents will love that they’re not too far from the master bedroom.
Aside from the master bedroom ensuite, 35 Walker Street’s two additional bathrooms offer privacy, sophistication and elegance.
The first is a modern and superior example of the classic bathroom, with floor to ceiling tiling, outstanding finishes and a slick, clean design. The second bathroom eschews a shower cubicle and screen in favour of a designer twist. This is a stylishly presented wet room with an in-wall cistern toilet and a top-of-the-range shower head. Showcasing a hexagonal tile feature, the perfect accompaniment to the floating spotted gum bench tops and black tapware, this wet room takes the concept of open plan living and applies it to the bathroom.
The Kitchen and Deck
On a glorious summer day, there’s nothing better to do than usher the magnificent Queensland environment in to meet the mod cons of this home’s stunning interior.
The spacious kitchen, lined by light trough feature plastering designed to bring the room to life in the evenings, features blue-ribbon appliances, a hidden pantry with abundant space, mirrored kick panels, and a floating island bench as ideal for entertaining guests as it is for eating with the family. From here, indoors flows into outdoors – past the full length bi-fold door lies the generous deck area with its impressive built-in barbecue and fridge facilities.
The home’s Queenslander heritage shines through every time a summer breeze rolls in over the pool and into the kitchen, proving this to be the archetypal modern luxury home for the sunshine state. Here is where the great outdoors and the civilised indoors meet.
The Pool Area
Making full use of this sloping lot’s engaging topography, the tiered backyard and pool area offers plenty of opportunity for entertaining, relaxation – and perhaps some indulgent horseplay.
The focal point is undoubtedly the magnificent infinity edge pool, with its tantalisingly clear water and eye-catching water features. But even when the months are too cool to take a dip, it is unlikely that the rustic timber pergola will go unused for very long. With its floating in-built timber seating and sun chair – not to mention the fully integrated wi-fi operated sound system – many an afternoon and evening will be whiled away in complete comfort.
The whole area is made complete with the aid of the frameless glass balustrade and feature floating stairs, the last elegant touches to a magnificent recreation area.
The Media Room
For a little touch of Hollywood glitz and glamour, nothing can beat a home media room. You don’t see this in every Queenslander!
Cup holders, dimmable down lights, even ceiling to floor curtains… it’s those little touches that really contribute to making the cinema-going experience a reality within the home. But the big touches are important too – and it wouldn’t be a home cinema without luxurious leather recliner cinema seating, a high end sound system and a super-sized wall-mounted flat screen television. As the final element, wall-to-wall cabinetry offers plenty of space for even the biggest movie collection.
Then… and Now
It might be hard to imagine, but the display home at 35 Walker Street had humble beginnings.
The existing lot was rundown, overgrown… and the potential under-estimated. 1STRUCT Building & Renovation saw the possibility for a raised and built under extension, and with the aid of a hand-picked team of construction professionals, and a fleet of top notch suppliers, the renovation got under way.
The journey from dilapidated house to beautiful modern home can be tracked through these candid before and after photographs. The accompanying floor plans demonstrate some of the challenges the team faced in creating a modern new home that retained the life and heritage of the original Queenslander.