This Renovation Relied on a Classy Hack to Cover a Drab Brick Exterior

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Neighboring Noosa National Park, with picturesque surfing beaches on one side and a subtropical rainforest on the other, a 1970s-era brick home got a makeover from Queensland-based architectural firm Teeland Architects. The residence, enclosed in dark amber bricks, was reconstructed using as much of the existing structure as possible to give the homeowners a dreamy view of the surrounding landscape.

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Before the renovation, the rear of the house excluded views of the beauty lying just outside the wall. To remedy this, the firm carved out a series of new openings so that the private areas — the bedrooms and bathrooms — would feature views of the land. This also allowed more natural light to flow through, rectifying another problem, the dark interior of the original design. The end result is a home that balances privacy and openness.

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Exterior

By adding a timber wood screen to the front street entrance and rendering the drab brick in a natural cement finish, the architectural team was able to keep the structure of the building while updating the look. The front facade screen gives the family privacy from the street elevation while the back end of the home is more open and fluid.

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Exterior

By adding a wood exterior, the home feels more in harmony with the outside. The timber-lined light wells on the roof allows natural light to flow freely.

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Dining Area

The dining table was custom-built from American oak by Mast Furniture. The table is surrounded with natural oak wood Wegner chairs.

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Dining Area

The lighting above the dining table is a Marcel Wanders Skygarden pendant light in a black finish. The lustrous texture is matched in the kitchen island's surface, which features bar stool seating.

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Main Bedroom Deck

In the master bedroom, a custom-made outdoor lounge chair and ottoman were created by Mast Furniture. A glass porch barrier allows the view to be uninterrupted.

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Bedroom

The bed in the master is custom-designed, constructed from American oak.

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Stairwell

Throughout the home, natural light coexist with luminescent glow lamps. In the dark stairwell, a hand-blown Jasper Morrison Glo-Ball S2 pendant light with white glass leads the way.

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Shower Area

The team designed an open-air shower space, complete with copper fittings.

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After interning at Dwell magazine in San Francisco, Kate began writing about arts, design and culture for other national publications. She is based in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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