A home that demands attention
A home that demands attention
When Lisa and Brad Schelberg set out to design and build their dream home in Brisbane’s east, they sought a home that demanded attention from the street while being a luxurious, functional retreat for their family.
Bold design, a wide street frontage and audacious blocks of solid colour deliver on the street appeal while a thoughtfully designed open floor plan and the use of energy efficient building systems ensure the home is spacious and comfortable at all times of the year.
With several decades in the building industry and eight years running their business Bay Haven Homes, Lisa, an interior designer and Brad, a builder have access to the best products and finishes available making their home a showcase of ideas for potential clients.
Every Bay Haven Home is custom designed for the location, block and clients’ lifestyle and tastes. While the company doesn’t have a signature style as such, crafting quality homes that stand out is a key priority, says Lisa.
“There is so much monotony now where all the houses look the same. We want people to say ‘that’s different, it must be a Bay Haven Home’. Our homes have elements that other homes don’t have,” she said.
The challenge with their own home was to determine which combination of products and finishes to use from the myriad of options discovered through their work.
The couple purchased a large corner block that was practical for their lifestyle, with views to Straddie on one side and a lake across the road. The angular design of the home maximises water and park views from both the upper and lower floors.
Thermal Dry Zone Walling System chosen for aesthetics and energy efficiency
The exterior of the home features the ROCKCOTE Thermal Dry Zone Walling System, a lightweight, weatherproof, insulated cladding system overcoated with a full ROCKCOTE render system. A black and white colour scheme was chosen for visual impact, with the darker walls positioned in areas not subject to direct sun all day, an important consideration for dark coloured rendered walls on lightweight substrates. Matrix feature panels in charcoal complement the low sheen textured finish.
“We used white to play down the overall look and make the black stand out. Several Grecian Gold walls added another element of interest and those colours just worked while also enhancing the exterior angles,” Lisa said.
The Thermal Dry Zone Walling System was selected for its aesthetic properties and energy efficiency according to Lisa, with the speedy install time a bonus.
“This system allows our rendering company, Ruzic Render Systems, to do everything so we only had one person to deal with and Goran managed the whole process which gives us more time to focus on the rest of the build. It looks the same as render over brick without needing to have walls bricked and rendered which I think is a good thing. It looks great!” she said.
The interior floor plan is designed to be effortless. Every room has a purpose. The media room is placed towards the front of the home separated from the television in the living room. The office is in an independent wing away from the louder areas. Both the kitchen and separate meals and living areas wind around the alfresco for ease of entertaining and family life. Two large bathrooms are family friendly, with baths and large shower recesses.
The Scandinavian style interior is subtle and minimal yet luxurious and elegant with timber, concrete, matt floor tiles, marble and stone featuring throughout. The black and white colour scheme carries through from the exterior, bold highlights carefully balanced with lighter tones in each space to deliver contemporary style with a sense of ease.
“Many of our clients go for mostly white interiors because it’s an easier choice,” said Lisa. “You can have something beautiful and be a bit daring, use unique tiles, infuse the home with colour and personality. At the end of the day your interior design shows off your personality.”
The home was completed in December 2015 with the family moving in just in time for Christmas and the heat of the Brisbane summer.
“The floor plan design and building product elements including the ROCKCOTE system make our home extremely comfortable. In summer, I didn’t turn the air conditioning on once and that’s what we love about our builds. After working for many years in air conditioning, I encourage natural airflow these days. Natural airflow is more enjoyable and healthy, and you’re saving money without having to keep air conditioners and heaters pumping,” Lisa said.
Owners: Lisa and Brad Schelberg
386 square metre custom build
5 bedrooms including office, 2.5 bathrooms
Builder: Brad Schelberg, Bay Haven Homes
Interior Design: Lisa Schelberg, Bay Haven Homes
Photography: Ross Eason, Eason Creative Photography