Scarborough Alterations & Additions, Brisbane

The client required some extra space added to this modest cottage. With a tight budget, additions to the existing residence were deemed to be the most cost-effective option. The addition includes 2 new bedrooms, master ensuite & walk in robe, carport, kitchen and alfresco. New cladding is also proposed comprising of fibre cement sheeting and battens with a paint finish to give the home an updated coastal appearance.

Coomera Waters Alfresco Addition, Gold Coast

This modest addition comprises of a new alfresco and covered pool deck creating an exceptional outdoor living area. No project is to large or small for Matthew Dean Architects.

Ashmore Residence, Gold Coast

This modern 2 storey luxury residence is located in Ashmore, on the banks of the Nerang River. Featuring 4 car garage, 5 bedrooms all with walk in robes, 4 ensuites, powder room, passenger lift, cellar, theatre, 2 living areas, large kitchen, butler’s pantry, alfresco & pool. Façade materials include Colourbond mat and Alucobond cladding. To be constructed on 2020. Stay tuned for construction progress pics.

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Ashmore Duplex, Gold Coast

This duplex development I completed last year, in Ashmore on the Gold Coast, is currently under construction.

Palm Beach Duplex, Gold Coast

This duplex development, in Palm Beach on the Gold Coast, should be starting construction in the near future. I designed this detached duplex for the clients so they could live in one and use the other residence as a rental property. The design in simple and modern with plenty of space for their growing family.

The project uses Colorbond Matt as a cladding material in Monument, as shown below. Hopefully, I will get around to taking some photos as the build progresses.

Architecture Quote of the Day

Architecture is not about building the impossible, which we can do if we have enough money and enough tools and enough computers. It is about building what is appropriate and about attaining beauty through such an approach. I describe this premise as 'inherent buildability', and I believe it is central to what I do. http://www.azquotes.com/author/17296-Moshe_Safdie

Architecture is not about building the impossible, which we can do if we have enough money and enough tools and enough computers. It is about building what is appropriate and about attaining beauty through such an approach. I describe this premise as ‘inherent buildability’, and I believe it is central to what I do.

There are always limitations on design. Planning controls, site size, shape and slope, and building budget all impact on design. While it would be wonderful to be able to design without restrictions, architecture is all about being able to work within these limitations and still design something beautiful.

Underground Homes

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If you are prepared to compromise on a view and cross ventilation, an underground home may be a feasible option.

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On the up side, underground homes provide effective shelter from extremes of weather, resulting in a constant internal temperature all year round. Noisy neighbours would also be less of a problem as the sound insulation would be optimal.

If you think underground homes can’t be luxurious, take a look at these underground mansions in the UK.