Dion Seminara Architecture Embraces Family Living in Brisbane Home

The challenge of a low ceiling in this Brisbane renovation shows the real value in choosing a renovation design professional.

dkp_DS_Twinkenham24LOriginally built in the 1960s, this Chelmer residence needed to be brought into the 21st century after receiving a Mediterranean style makeover in the 1980s. As well as improving the overall appearance of the home, architect Dion Seminara from Dion Seminara Architecture recognised that the original layout was not functional for the owners and their two young children. He saw the value in opening up the living areas and creating a close connection to the backyard and pool area. The kitchen was moved from the front of the property to an extension at the rear of the house. The new galley style kitchen features a silky oak island bench, and has direct access through a recessed doorway and servery to the outdoor dining area and backyard, making it ideal for entertaining guests.

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dkp_DS_Twinkenham17LThe new living area in the space of the old kitchen presented a challenge in the form of a low ceiling, common with brick homes of this era. Instead of simply placing a straight ceiling across the entire space, the architect made a feature out of the problem by creating a series of bulkheads that worked with the original structural beams to form a network of squares. The resulting feature provides a feeling of height in the space and has become a real talking point among guests to the home. The final result is a home that works perfectly for this busy young family, both now and for many years to come.


For more information about Dion Seminara Architecture, phone 07 3899 9450 or visit their website.

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