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One half of Graya™ teams up with PGH Bricks to create his dream home in Brisbane. Encapsulating the growing design trend for bricks in modern builds, Andrew Gray shows how minimalistic and modern aesthetic can be brought to life.
 
This year in Paddington, Brisbane, co-owner of internationally renowned construction and development company Graya, Andrew Gray, finished building his three-storey forever home with wife Larissa. Teaming up with PGH Bricks and award winning architect Tim Stewart to bring the project to life, they designed their modern take on a traditional Queenslander home.
 
Andrew has been building other people’s homes alongside his brother Rob for 10 years and has transformed homes for a handful of celebrity clients including Channel 9 news presenter Alison Ariotti, Broncos’ skipper Darius Boyd, Queensland Reds player Quade Cooper and his model girlfriend Laura Dundovic and former Wallabies captain Stephen Moore.
 
Recently, being on the other side opened Andrew’s eyes to the myriad of decisions in building a dream home and for him and his wife Larissa, their key focus was designing a home that could stand the test of time both in function and style.
 
As an expert in his field, Andrew knew his best bet would be to select a versatile material with a perfect balance of aesthetic and practicality. With a future-proof style and their Brisbane lifestyle in mind, the couple chose brick as the core material for its flexibility in design and ability to regulate their home’s temperature against a Queensland climate.

Working with a preeminent supplier of bricks, PGH Bricks, Gray transformed a small cottage to a modern interpretation and contemporary home. Gray commented that with a variety of brick styles available, PGH made it easy for Andrew and Larissa to create unique and trends features within their home that would never aesthetically date.
 
“We knew we wanted a simple and minimalist home that also had a sense of timelessness. Being in the construction business, I’m also hyper-aware of potential resale value, which means you have to make sure that it’s not only on trend, but also be aware of how it could date,” he continues.
 
Andrew and Larissa were presented with a range of options including Gris and Nero from the new Morada range by PGH Bricks for a streamlined look, or Crevole in the Velour range, which comes with a soft sheen or Van Gogh Roman Splits for classical textured style.
 
Ultimately choosing Pebble Creek from PGH Bricks’ Pure Linens range, a warm and neutral colour with a beautiful, smooth, modern finish allowed Andrew and Larissa to create an eternally stylish home the couple hoped for.
 
“I think when a lot of people think about brick, they imagine the traditional red, old style, but with so many design options available now for brick we really felt that if we can use it in the right way, it will be completely timeless,” explains Andrew.
 

“We knew we wanted a simple and minimalist home that also had a sense of timelessness. Being in the construction business, I’m also hyper-aware of potential resale value, which means you have to make sure that it’s not only on trend, but also be aware of how it could date,” 

 A recent survey by Think Brick confirmed the growing trend of brick usage amongst Aussies, citing 83% of people choosing it for new builds over any other material due to its flexibility and its ability to create unique features and desirable aesthetic values.
 
The home’s key feature is a three-story brick chimney that can be seen from streets away, while the entryway is comprised of one-of-a-kind slice brick facing. The interior mimic the exterior, with all walls, floors and the outdoor pool area also built from and spotlighting the truly versatile and design-minded material that blurs the boundaries between indoor and outdoor.  Using the same style of bricks throughout the home, the couple were able to achieve cohesion and minimalism in design without compromising on quality or sturdiness.
 
“This is our family home where we are going to create some of our most special memories, so we wanted to make sure we were 100% happy with all of our choices. If you think outside the box, there’s some really cool design elements that you can create with such a simple and reliable material. It’s the best of both worlds for us,” Andrew finishes.
 
In every sense of the word, Andrew and Larissa have opened a new door together and are excited to see how this new chapter in their life will unfold in their forever home.

 

Photographer: Cathy Schusler

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