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Residential Architecture

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Contents PROJECTS 5 8 12 16 24 28 32

Our Recent Projects Sleek Urban Living Look of Things to Come Great Things In Small Spaces Among the Trees Inspired Spaces Challenging Sites


- Pacific Pines - Warner - Hendra - Mt. Cotton - Kawana - Springfield

FEATURES 4 20 26


Our Process Summer Rooms Interior Visions


Residential Architecture

A ff o rd a b l e Ar c h i t ectu re How we make your project a reality Briefing • Design briefing and site inspection • Establish project feasibility • Initiate searches to establish all site restrictions including; town planning, covenants, services, soil conditions and site surveys. • Budget estimate in response to clients brief.

Design • Architect presents initial concept and budget estimate in response to clients brief. • Conceptual design and brief can be revised when necessary to keep project on budget • Design is developed with 1:100 drawings • Clients meet with Interior Designer to design cabinetry and select inclusions and fittings • Construction Manager inspects site to establish construction challenges and technologies •In house Estimators collate information to prepare preliminary project estimate •Design and/or estimate is revised to ensure project is on budget

Working Drawings • Detailed Cad working drawings prepared • Colours selected and lighting design finalised • Schedule of inclusions finalised • Engineering documentation prepared

Contract • HIA fixed price contract signing • Building approval • Finance approval • Scheduling to commence on site


Verrierdale Residence

The clients brief was for a “modern Queensland vernacularâ€? which is environmentally sustainable. The house is orientated to the north maximising the beneďŹ t of the winter sun, prevailing breezes, as well as embracing the view of the natural setting. The architecture is a combination of simple contemporary skillion roofs, wrapping blade walls, generous wrap around decks; ideal for outdoor sub tropical living.

St Lucia Residence

This contemporary urban home has skillions roofs which slope in opposite directions to create a double height summer room on the north east corner overlooking the pool. The front galvanised steel portal frame encloses the upper level deck which overlooks views to the distant south east.


Mt Alford Residence

This elevated weekend retreat is designed as a linear pavilion. It captures the north easterly aspect as well as capturing elevated views of breathtaking distant mountains. To encourage movement of breezes through the building this one room width design maximises airow.

Coorparoo Residence

This contemporary home is conceived as two pavilions either side of a central stair void containing full height louvres and either end to promote natural light and maintain thermal comfort throughout the entire house. The subtle steps in the oor between the structures to manage the cross slope on the site and to create a dynamic spatial relationship between the spaces.


Anstead Residence

This large acreage home is articulated as a series of skillion roof pavilions with landscaped courtyards. Shallow single room pavilions facing north capture the prevailing breezes and natural light. Raised skillion roofs over the central living and dining area have high level louvres to promote cross ventilation.

Boonah Residence

This Contemporary weekend retreat is sited on top of a spur with 360 o views of natural bush and distant mountain ranges. The design is conceived as two linear pavilions separated by an outdoor covered room. The raised central louvered summer room enhances a private zone between the owners area and the guest wing for visitors and family. Blade walls to the main living area provides bays which accommodate roll down blinds for sun and hail protection.


Sleek Urban Living The stunning house at PaciďŹ c Pines


Single forms and clean lines deďŹ ne a modern and contemporary design. Innovative use of standard building materials and a clear understanding of the construction process results in a sophisticated and well created home within a prescribed budget.




With a large void to the Living area and summer room, the centre of the home is open to garden views and natural light. The entire entertaining area from the kitchen and dining through to the outdoor living and media room join together and allow for everyone to relax beside the pool and still be connected to all that’s happening inside.



Look of things to come Warner will Impress

The void over the open plan living and dining area allows natural light to ood the interior and induce cross ventilation through the house. Full height and horizontal windows and louvers allow the house to engage with the outdoors without compromising privacy.





This design concept explores an affordable way of designing a sustainable and contemporary house on a standard 650sqm suburban block. The four bedrooms are stacked on the upper level over the garage, media and guest rooms. This ensures that the living pavilion has a raking ceiling which extends through the high light windows to the north east facing summer room. The open plan living, dining and kitchen space ows seamlessly through stacker doors to the summer room and landscaped garden. North facing void allows natural light to ood into the middle of the home whilst the louvres capture prevailing breezes. Contemporary skillion roof forms are manipulated to allow winter sun to penetrate the house whilst managing the hot summer sun through the use of overhangs and

sunhoods. Combinations of standard materials such as brick and light weight claddings are used in an innovative manner to create an economical and minimal



Great things in small spaces

create magic on a small lot


This large two storey summer room ows out from an open plan living area demonstrating a design ability to extract usable private and intelligent living spaces even on small lots.



While this home is suited to a narrow lot, the design offers a great sense of space inside and out. The entry opens to a two storey void over a polished concrete interior, bringing plenty of natural light into the centre of the home and views to the adjacent pool without compromising privacy from adjoining neighbours. The northern Summer Room also offers a two storey space with the main bedroom above overlooking rear views. This plan offers four bedrooms and a study, with a separate media room on the lower level.


Summer Rooms create


In order to make the most of Brisbane’s sub tropical climate homes need to be de signed around generous outdoor spaces which can function like traditional internal living areas.


The raking skillion roof over the open plan living area extends through the

high light windows to the summer room and outdoor garden.


Rooms with a view Summer Rooms create a cool and contemporary retreat

The large

over sailing skillion roof encloses a dramatic double volume outdoor space facing

north which

captures winter sun and the prevailing breezes. In a sub tropical climate these protected

indoor/outdoor spaces are ideal for relaxing and entertaining in a perfect warm climate. The main open plan living spaces ow through the large stacker doors into these summer rooms to ensure a strong



link with the

landscape. An upper level timber deck and staircase uniďŹ es both levels of the home externally.


Solutions for acreage sites


open plan outdoor pavilion ows onto

This design explores the most economical way of


achieving an environmentally sustainable home

a north east facing summer room capturing all the

on a sloping acreage site. The design acknowledges the

split levels and

prevailing breezes. The split level design ensures a subtle separation between the main

suspended oors which minimises the need for major

bedroom and the kids bedrooms. The house makes

earthworks and retains the natural

use of a combination of light

slope of the site through the use of

landscape and

trees. Two parallel

weight materials

in muted shades to harmonize with the natural bush


either side of the staircase

accommodates half level changes between the living and the master bedroom over the garage.

land setting.

Interior Visions

High level louvres over the two storey stairwell capture and funnel the prevailing breeze into the home ensuring optimum cross ventilation. Glass


panels are used to create a visual connection with the exterior whilst bathing the interior with natural light.

Civic Steel interiors are underpinned by clear and efficient plans which respond to clients’ spatial requirements in the most rational and cost effective manner. Designs strive to minimise circulation passages in favour of compact, free flowing open plan spaces. Operable walls allow rooms to open up and be used communally or be closed to create more private spaces such as media and family rooms. The designs are always environmentally sustainable by allowing winter sun to warm the space whilst excluding the hot summer sun. Square set cornices and raking ceilings, along with clean lines, creates modern contemporary interiors which are suited to a relaxed lifestyle.

Double storey volumes are used to provides a visual connection between levels and allowing natural light to flood the interior.

This design provides an open shower and allows natural light into wet areas whilst still maintaining privacy,

no screen required.



Living Spaces at Lake Kawana


This house demonstrates the intelligent integration and design of a pool and a contemporary home. The open plan living area, main bedroom, and the outdoor summer room all enjoy the views of the pool and the landscaped garden. Vertical panels of louvres opposite the open tread stair case ensure that when circulating through the home you enjoy framed views over the pool. This collaborative approach at Civic Steel Homes between architects, estimators and builders ensures that the process of building a home inclusive of pools and landscaping can be achieved within a prescribed budget.


Innovative Design


This home is open to maximum natural light and breezes with a central focus around a void to the entry and living area. Designed for easy living, this home combines the main bedroom and living areas all on the lower level. Guests reside upstairs and a large study retreat overlooks the void to the pool below. With long views across the pool and garden you can fully enjoy your own Sanctuary with luxury outdoor living to the north.



Challenging Sites

The design solution at SpringďŹ eld Lakes

Our challenge was to design a three bedroom, two living space home on a small 362m2 block with a 3m fall from

solution adopts a split level north facing design which back to front. This

places the bedrooms over the garage and media room which allows the main living space to enjoy

high ceilings. The entry

and central staircase acts as a vertical ue to ensure the house enjoys cross air ventilation. This creative layout minimises passages making the home feel a lot larger than 257m2.


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