Site Visit – 17 Tamba Street, Murarrie

Recently, a small number of the team were fortunate enough to visit one of our new house designs in the south-side suburb of Murarrie, which is nearing completion.

This small lot house (on 405m²) was the first project of this type for the clients, a pair of young developers, and the property sold very quickly off the plan.

Murarrie comparison - Jamin Design GroupConstruction in progress on the right as compared to the architectural render (commissioned by client and not produced by Jamin Design Group)

The house features four bedrooms with built in robes, a large kitchen with a walk around pantry, raked ceiling in the living room and a large rumpus/second living on the first floor. It was very rewarding to walk through the house with the clients to discuss some of the pros and cons of the design; the project has been a great learning experience for everyone involved.

Murarrie - Jamin Design Group

In particular, the clients agreed that having two dedicated powder rooms and large amounts of storage sets the design apart from other small lot homes. High ceilings throughout enhance the sense of space and allow light to flood all areas of the home. The clients also highlighted that another surprise for many prospective buyers was the size of the garden to the rear; achieved through the reduced footprint of the building.

Murarrie - Jamin Design Group

Murarrie - Jamin Design Group

Overall, it was great to see that the build has been a positive and educative process for those involved. The project certainly is proof that a well-designed house need not be massive, and with the inclusion of clever design ideas, practical and liveable spaces may be easily achieved.

Efficient Floor Plate; Maximum Space, Minimum Area

Recently the team have been working on concepts for a new build in Mitchelton. The site has some fantastic opportunities and constraints; the first of these being that it has some fantastic views to the north and north-west. The block also slopes, fairly steeply, away from the street. The challenge for the team has been to design a very efficient dwelling that makes the most of the opportunities presented by the site, in order to achieve maximum return for the clients.

Inspired by images supplied by the client, the team decided to use the concept of a mezzanine level under a single, sloping roof to achieve maximum space internally. The house is a very simple 9m x 12m box; with the ground floor containing the living areas, two secondary bedrooms, a bathroom and laundry/pantry.

Efficient Floor Plate - Ground



To make the most of the views, the idea would be to have operable glazing above balustrade height on the north-western corner of the building. This would allow the space to function as an indoor-outdoor room.

Upstairs contains the master suite – a huge master bedroom with walk-in-robe and en-suite bathroom. As a mezzanine, this allows views over the living spaces, and out to high- level glazing above the operable glazing on the lower floor.

Efficient Floor Plate - First

Given the slope of the block and an existing driveway, the team thought it suitable for the garage to be contained under the house. This would allow for minimum impact on the site.

In section, the building would be as below.

Efficient Floor Plate - Section

These are very rough sketch designs that will be tested and explored further as the design process continues. Stay tuned for more developments!

What Exactly is a Building Designer

As the name suggests, a building designer … designs buildings. This can range from a family home to a multi-storey  complex.

In Queensland the term building design is used in legislation which licences practitioners as part of a broader building industry licensing system.  As part of the Queensland Government’s program to protect consumers in the construction industry, building designers are licensed by the Building Services Authority (BSA).

Building designers can not only design your building but also can work with a team of other professionals to ensure that structural elements and other specialist matters work together with the aesthetics to produce a building which will look good but also will serve its intended purpose for years to come.

Your building designer will prepare your working drawings and can assemble all the other documents required for the necessary approvals and construction. They can also provide advice and assistance on other related matters such as town planning.

When engaging your building designer, you should always request a written contract which clearly explains the scope of work for your particular project.

It is a big decision to build your new house, renovate your existing home or develop your block of land. Our design philosophy is to listen to our clients’ wishes in order to achieve their ideal result. We offer custom designs for a wide range of project types.

To learn more about the build process – click HERE.



Wallpapers on the Come-Back Trail


Older people still shudder at the thought of using wallpaper when decorating, conjuring up as it does recollections of the designs popular in the 60s and 70s that have them wondering what they were thinking. However, as the saying goes, “everything old is new again”, but this time around, modern wallpapers are made with exciting new patterns, features and colours.

One of the most popular ways to use wallpapers in house designs are as features to highlight the character of a space or focus attention on a particular area. It works as a mood enhancer, it can add drama to an otherwise bland room and it is excellent for concealing flaws such as uneven surfaces. It is also much easier to apply than the older type, thanks to improvements in printing techniques and adhesives.

Optical Illusions are Made Easy with Wallpaper

Wallpaper colours and patterns, when used cleverly, can trick the eye. Just like paint colours, wallpaper can make a small room look larger, and a cavernous space appear much smaller and more intimate. Geometric patterns with large-scale graphics can simplify room decoration by removing the need for multiple items of furniture and accessories. A few simple pieces and a one-colour focus on accessories like cushions will ensure that the wallpaper is the main feature.

Interior designers have embraced metallic wallpapers in the new era, finding that it is a perfect accessory to a neutral colour palette. Designed to reflect light off the walls, it can make a small room appear larger, and its sheer opulence means that a luxurious and expensive look can be achieved without equally expensive furniture. It is particularly exciting in a living area when coupled with jewelled cushions and plush curtains.

Bringing the Garden into an Apartment with Florals

The current trends also include florals but not as they were known in the 70s. The new designs can be traditional with gentle colours, or they can be dark, bold and striking, just perfect for a feature wall. Decorating an inner-city apartment with botanical wallpapers brings the garden inside and creates an open and fresh feel. Even oriental designs have seen resurgence, but this time with a more masculine approach, using charcoal, navy, deep red and cream.

It is the unexpected combination of contemporary colours and patterns, and the range of embossed and metallic wallpapers that have surprised interior designers and home decorators. People, who would never have considered wallpaper, are having a re-think as they look around for a unique and exciting treatment for their walls. Even relief wallpaper, embossed in a variety of designs is popular.

If an interior decorating project is coming up and you are looking for something different to bring new life to rooms that have become a little boring, have a look at the new wallpapers and be surprised.


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