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Former Wallabies Captain Stephen Moore and his wife Courtney have finished building their forever home with their growing family in mind. Working with award-winning architect Tim Stewart, renowned construction company Graya™ and preeminent brick supplier PGH Bricks and Pavers, the couple were able to create a truly modern and sophisticated home in Paddington, Brisbane that can stand the test of time. 

Making the most of a view
Living on a hill in Paddington only 15 minutes from Brisbane’s CBD, the home’s view of the city’s skyline is breathtaking. Taking advantage of their unique position, Stephen and Courtney wanted to be able to admire the view no matter where they were standing in the home. 

“We wanted to be able to look through the middle of the house from the very back boundary and be able to enjoy the Brisbane skyline” explains Stephen. 

For a three-storey build on sloped land, stairs were inevitable, but according to Tim Stewart, they need not be a hindrance. Instead, they were made a structural statement that demands your attention immediately as you enter the home. 

With the entrance on the lower level, the timber staircase runs along the right wall of the house and the second floor can be seen all the way from the ground. The result is a completely open living area extending from the front to the back of the home and allows Brisbane’s skyline to be admired completely uninterrupted.
Endless space
Using materials in new and innovative ways had a huge impact on the feeling of a home. Aiming to cultivate a fresh, open and modern atmosphere, Stephen and Courtney used bricks to create features in their home that give the illusion of space and drama. 

The three-storey feature wall along which the staircase runs inside was built using Blanco brick from the Morada range at PGH Bricks & Pavers. It’s a pure white, sophisticated style and it’s clean, smooth finish contrasts with the warmth of the timber accents. Aligning with the minimalistic style of Stephen and Courtney’s home, it is a real focal point while remaining understated and classic. 

Leading the eye from the entrance along the indoor feature wall through to the outdoor living area, Stephen and Courtney have allowed the materials of their home to speak for themselves, blurring the boundaries between indoor and outdoor. 

Keeping the continuity of bricks throughout both internal and external spaces, the couple built an impressive two-storey light grey, smooth brick arch and tower using Ceniza brick from PGH’s Morada range which accentuates the true scale and height of their home. Neatly framing the unique brick-paved pathway in a matching colour scheme that seamlessly leads guests towards the outdoor pool, the unique brick patterning is a statement in itself. 

“I think most people would still associate brick with your classic solid, red-brick house, but there are so many other options now, so we wanted to do something a little more innovative” explains Stephen.

“I think most people would still associate brick with your classic solid, red-brick house, but there are so many other options now, so we wanted to do something a little more innovative”
Lifestyle considerations 
For Stephen and Courtney, there were two considerations in designing the layout of their home. With their growing family in mind, they needed a design that would suit the lifestyle needs of their growing family, both now and in 10 years.

The kitchen was positioned so Stephen and Courtney would be able to see their children playing in the pool while preparing meals in summer. According to Tim, “the outdoor space was organised so there’s an understanding of where the table will fit, the barbecue’s tucked away so it’s not in your face. There’s just as much detail here as there is inside the house.”

The flow between spaces was paramount, thoughtfully designed to make the most of their space to adapt to their family’s lifestyle needs without compromising on style. While the floor to ceiling glass doors allow the couple to supervise their children with ease, they also maximise living areas by blending indoor and outdoor entertaining areas together, giving the impression of endless space.

“We wanted to have all the bedrooms upstairs so that we could leave the middle level open for living and spending time as a family”, Stephen illuminates.

Stephen and Courtney chose brick as one of the primary materials for their home for its ability to withstand the inevitable accidents of a young family. 

Tim points out that the couple “chose bricks for the inside of the stairwells, where the kids are going to rub their hands up the walls.” A robust yet stylish material, it’s perfect for a young family that are designing their dream home with aesthetic. 
Stephen moore forever home gallery
Naturally and raw
As you proceed up the staircase and into the living area, you are wrapped in warmth as sunlight rushes in through the floor to ceiling windows and bounces off the timber floorboards and feature walls. With a polished concrete kitchen bench, a brick feature wall, and spotted gum accents, the home has a sense of earthiness without feeling dated. 

Courtney’s interior styling focuses on raw locally-made furniture with pops of blue textiles and fresh greenery that is reminiscent of a nature, while still allowing the materials and structures to speak for themselves. 

Understated and chic, the couple’s forever home is truly fit for a family both in design and function. 

There’s something to be said about designing a home with and for the people you love most. After all this time, we’ve got a place we can call home – and that’s a really good feeling” Stephen finishes.
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Design Tips from Tim Stewart

1. Consider your lifestyle.
“Bedrooms and living zones are really easy – but we always ask our clients- ‘what are the ways you use your house?’. ‘Where will you be at certain times of the day?’ Then we incorporate that into our plans,” Tim says. 

2. Maximise your space 
“With the design flexibility of brick, we were able to use it both inside and out to blur the boundaries between both spaces. It allowed us to create an open and spacious home with a real elegance about it” explains Tim. 

3. Consider your materials 
If you’re using a classic material like brick, Tim explains it can “offer you more freedom to play with other design elements like scale and contrast to create a bit of drama while still maintaining a sense of timelessness.” 

Photographer: Mindi Cooke
Builder: Graya™ Constructions
Architect: Tim Stewart

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