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Ascot House in QLD has seen the transformation of a large, conservative double storey brick veneer house, into a remarkable piece of modern architecture. Essentially divided into three disconnected regions – the backyard and pool area, the overbearing concrete driveway and garage, and the main residence.

The use of Black and Tan from PGH Bricks Smooth range was a clever and tasteful solution to the home’s serious shortcomings – a result of budget constraints where a knock-down and rebuild was no longer an option. At street level, a new clay brick carport, boundary fence, and main entrance were constructed below a row of elegantly sculptured Poinciana trees, completely transforming the streetscape. Laid in a perforated brick bond pattern, these new structures not only added visual interest to the front elevation, but also provide significant protection from the hard summer sun and tropical rainstorms.

The new central courtyard through renovation also presents the house with its defining feature. Once a large concrete driveway which added little to the home’s overall look and amenity, is ow a beautiful green space creating a private sanctuary which connects interior living spaces with the outside world. Ascot House is a great example of how the flexibility of brick can deliver transformative, functional, and aesthetically appealing living environments.

Architect: James Russell Architect
Photography: Toby Scott

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