Big Small House

The Palm Cove residence sections and detailing reflects Queenslanders and timber vernacular construction, and respects the traditions of 1950s housing from Queensland and the NT in its narrow two-storey plan. It interprets these elements in a contemporary form with a series of spaces that are open and light. Occupying a small suburban lot with a tight footprint, it allows  as much tropical garden as possible. The house embraces the principles of The Least House Necessary, but in a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom equivalent. It is an affordable architecturally designed house for a family, constructed for approximately $2200/square metre, which is very reasonable in the north Queensland construction market. (Photos by Nic Granleese)