Renovated Queenslander Home – Hawthorne

Renovated Queenslander Home – Hawthorne

Renovations, Tips and Advice

Connecting The Spaces

This 1920’s Queenslander in Hawthorne had been previously renovated but the results were not working for the current owners, who felt that the ground floor layout did not suit their lifestyle.

After meeting with the clients at their home for a three-hour Lifestyle Design Advice consultation, we agreed that the downstairs layout did not flow well and that a greater connection between the indoor and outdoor area was needed.   The client also wanted to renovate their main bathroom and to have concepts developed to improve the street appeal in the future.

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dion seminara architecture design solution

To improve the layout of the ground floor we changed the orientation of the kitchen area and extended to the north, incorporating a larger modern kitchen with a central island bench. The kitchen was designed with the owner’s specific needs in mind and features clever solutions to hide the everyday clutter that you find in a family kitchen.

A functional outdoor entertaining space was created in the courtyard off the kitchen and living area by replacing the existing wall with bi-fold doors. As well as creating easy access to the outdoors, this also increased the amount of natural light to the ground floor.

New timber floorboards were incorporated throughout the living area. These were then mirrored in the outdoor area with timber decking, helping to create a cohesive feel between the two areas.

A built-in outdoor kitchen and BBQ area was created along the new courtyard wall. This space is easily accessed from the new kitchen through a bi-fold servery window.

At the front of the house, a new entry foyer and enclosed study makes entry to the house more formal and creates a space to greet guests before entering the general living area.

On the first floor, the existing bathroom was redesigned to create enough space for a family bathroom, as well as including more modern finishes.

Improved storage solutions were also needed in the home, with the linen closet being redesigned and an under stair area being remodelled to provide storage space on one side with a built-in living room entertainment unit on the other.

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The next stage in the renovation

dion seminara architecture has developed concept ideas for other areas of the house that the client wishes to improve in the future. The benefit of this service is that when the client is in a position to undertake those renovations, the results will integrate seamlessly with the rest of the house.

The proposed plans include the addition of a new bedroom in the current garage, connected to a courtyard area by French doors where the existing garage door is. A new carport area will be constructed that accommodates two vehicles as well as additional storage space. Finally, a gatehouse will be included at the front of the property to enhance the streetscape appeal of the home. The gatehouse roof will draw visitors to the front door.

A connected renovated Queenslander home

The result of this renovation is a ground floor area with clearly defined living spaces. The outdoor courtyard area is perfect for entertaining and everyday dining alike.

This home shows the true benefit that professional design advice can offer in getting the best possible result out of your home.

Does the layout of your current home work for your family? Are your living spaces connected to the outdoors? Do you need more storage solutions? Why not call dion seminara architecture on 07 3899 9450 or fill out the contact us form to find out how your current family home can provide you with the space you need in the future.

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Dion Seminara Architect


Hi, I am Dion Seminara, practicing architect and licensed general builder for 20 years as well as an environmental sustainable design (ESD) expert. I graduated from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) with honours, QLD in 1989. Registered as an architect in 1991 and registered as a builder in 1992, I am also a fellow member of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA). Having received 12 ArCHdes Residential Architecture Awards, LJ Hooker Flood Free Home Design Award and the 2016 AIA Regional Commendation for Public Architecture, my expertise with both residential renovation (to all types of houses, especially Queenslanders, 50s/60s/80s), new contemporary homes and luxury residences has earned me a reputation as one of Brisbane's architectural specialists in lifestyle design architecture, interior design and landscape design.