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Jindalee, Queensland

The Challenges

A ‘dark and dingy’ standard rectilinear mid-century modern home with old and outdated colours has been transformed into a light, open and inviting home with a ‘killer floor plan’, thanks to the creative use of space and some innovative building products.   

Located in the riverside suburb of Jindalee, southwest of Brisbane, this architecturally designed home’s success is in its subtlety. 

TONIC Architecture Managing Director Matt Riley’s challenge was to maintain the home’s original character and discrete street profile while aligning the living areas and brightening the internal space. 

The home was also on a sloping block and with a constrained footprint due to its position on a bend above the Brisbane River.  

 Matt went with a ‘less is more’ approach and needed a roofing product that was simple, offered clean, unifying lines with the façade and soaring internal spans without wasted structure. 

The Solution

Matt chose all-in-one SolarSpan® Insulated Roofing Panel, combining a COLORBOND® steel exterior roof layer, EPS-FR rigid insulation core with a pre-finished COLORBOND® ceiling underside. 

“I love to use SolarSpan® as opposed to a traditional roofing system as the panel is self-supporting and eliminates the need for timber trusses,” he said. 

“This really helped to maximise the internal ceiling heights and created a feeling of additional light and space in the finished home. 

“This was very important with this home, as the original house was quite dark with a typical gable roof sloping down towards the north. There was not a lot of light and it felt cramped. 

“Our strategy was to work with the floor plan and using three-dimensional space, height, and volume in the roof plan to create a sense of space even though we only extended the floor plan by one and a half meters in one direction. We managed to include four bedrooms, and multiple sitting areas. 

“SolarSpan® not only gave us high ceilings, but it also provided such a great amount of insulation, for both the internal and external living areas,” Matt said. 

The home was completed with COLORBOND® Elegance VJ ceiling finishes that was bought into the vertical shiplap board on the outside façade.  

Builder Adam Town of Renovare Mt Gravatt, who specialise in home renovations, said SolarSpan® and the façade connected seamlessly and easily.  

“We’ve gone from an uninviting home covered in bricks and pavers to a simple but beautiful home with effective design.”