Real Estate

concrete home built to last

Written by The ReReport

DESIGNED by renowned architect Shaun Lockyer, this ultra modern concrete residence was designed to be the ultimate family home.
Owned by Nick and Angela Barr, the five bedroom house at 30 Kitchener Rd in Ascot has been expertly tested by the couple’s three children.

Mr Barr, a builder/developer, said the atrium living room was where the magic happened.
“You can manage the house easily from there, and you can see where everyone is from the kitchen and living space,” Mr Barr said.
“When you have children your perception changes as to what’s important and you don’t understand that until you have children.
“The house is a U-shape. There aren’t to many places for them to hide … and one part of that U is purely toys and family room, the bottom of the U is the living area and kitchen, and the the other part is outdoor entertaining.
“We haven’t been precious (about the house). The kids go nuts but the walls have been rendered so if they crash in to them, they come off second best.”

There is no where to hide

Ray White New Farm principal Matt Lancashire, who is selling the house, said it had everything that a buyer could want.
“That’s the kitchen, butler’s pantry plus outdoor and indoor integration with flat grass and pool – all on one level. It’s perfect for families as you can see what the kids are up to in every room,” he said.
“This style of build is generally done in Sydney, not in Brisbane. This is an ultra modern masterpiece.”

There is a void above the door so you can see up or down levels

The void from another angle

The 898sq m Kitchener Rd block – with its gardens designed by landscape designer Steven Clegg including a huge vertical garden at the back of the house – has dual access with a third car space via the lane on Jolimont Ave.

The verticle garden looks more like a work of art

Because of the atrium-style design, there’s visibility of the whole house.
“I am yet to find a floorplan that literally works like this. I see a lot of houses that are beautiful masterpieces but you couldn’t live in it,” Mr Lancashire said.
“I am regularly looking for a 25m frontage and they don’t exist too often.
“For anyone who is realistically looking to build something, here is the house that will save you the next two years of your life.
“It will cut out stress, a potential divorce and a fall out with your builder.
“Many houses will date but this house won’t date. It will stand the test of time and in 20 years time it will still look amazing.”

Mr Barr said the atrium living room was where the magic happens.
The house comes with 3.5 bathrooms, a pool, and outdoor kitchen and fireplace, home automation, fully ducted airconditioning, high ceilings, custom tapware, quality finishes and a solar panel system with storage.
In the kitchen there is designer appliances, custom cabinetry, a butlers sink and hidden integrated cellar off the butler’s pantry and three large pantries. In the dining room there is a replica Lindsay Adelman chandelier, while customised cabinetry and intergrated entertainment equipment can be found in the living room/TV/study. Underfloor heating can be found throughout these living spaces.
There is also a family room, also with integrated TV, speakers and subwoofer and a large slide-out veneer door to give that cinema effect.
In the study on level one, there is even a ‘hidden’ storage room.
Outside, there is a smoker, an underbench fridge, a pool and a wood fireplace.

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