Brisbane’s ‘practically bomb proof’ party house

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Made from concrete and timber, the house at 23 Yarradale St in Newmarket can be cleaned out with a leaf blower

When David Pinter of Pinter Constructions was asked to describe the house he built at Newmarket, three words came to mind – “practically bomb proof”.

The impressive structure, which is dominated by wood and concrete, was finished mid-last year, and was built on a large block that was once home to a rundown worker’s cottage.

“I remember walking into the old house which was this fibro, one-storey worker’s shack,” he said.

“It had this big window that captured these amazing city views and that’s when I saw its real potential.”

Mr Pinter engaged Base Architects to build the statement house, which he had intended to retain as his home. But work opportunities meant it wasn’t meant to be. “It’s not going to be for everyone but when I built it, I didn’t build it for the market,” he said.

The three-level house has five bedrooms including an oversized master retreat with his/her wardrobes, an ensuite with a freestanding bath and city views.

The second level has been designed for entertaining, with the open-plan living and dining areas and kitchen opening out to a huge outdoor living and alfresco area and the pool.

Mr Pinter said the back deck and barbecue area, which has a built-in bar fridge, had been the “most used” part of the house.

He said that entire level was the perfect summer retreat as it was able to be opened up to allow the cool breezes to flow through.

As for the extensive use of polished concrete, Mr Pinter said it was by no means the cheapest material to use, but it came with almost no maintenance.

“I can go through with a leaf blower,” he laughed. “It has that industrial feel but maintenance wise, it has its benefits.”

There is also a bedroom, a bedroom/office and a bathroom located on the second level.

Upstairs, there are three more bedrooms and the master retreat, a second living area, another bathroom and another outdoor entertaining area.

“You can see the city from pretty much every part of the house,” Mr Pinter said.

“And the pool on that second level, that took a lot of effort. That’s a big design feature.

“The whole house, it’s not typical of the area or even Brisbane really.”

Design features include its suspended concrete slab structure and Victorian ash timber screening, louvres for natural ventilation and its simple palette.

Mr Pinter said he had also put significant effort into the landscaping around the property.

“I like just pottering around,” he said.

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