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The Sunny Side of LIfe

Sunny Side of Life

Aaron and Donna O’Brien sit on the deck each morning and enjoy the view from across their luxurious pool towards the rolling hills of Mount Samson.

Creating their dream home came with some challenges, but they are now soaking up the sunny side of life, with living spaces filled with light and warmth from the northerly aspect of their new Brooks Designer Home.

Their incredible home, is more than 520m2, with combined indoor and outdoor living areas of close to 430m2. The house sits on a prestigious 5 acre block in Mount Samson, about halfway between Samford and Dayboro, in South East Queensland.

The couple had a practical and efficient design in mind that offered them the best in open plan living with a big kitchen, butler’s pantry, bar and pool room that all take in a fantastic view!

The O’Briens had already built three homes when they approached Brooks Designer Homes to create their fourth masterpiece. So, the pressure was on!

Being a rural property challenges like installing sewerage treatment and water tanks came with the complexity of placing the home in the best aspect to take in the views. This meant working on land with a significant natural slope.

By creating outstanding living spaces and outdoor living, the O’Briens and Brooks Designer Homes met the challenge of ensuring this premier block of land was complemented by an equally prestigious home.

Brooks Designer Homes recently spoke to Aaron and Donna and asked them to share the experience of their build.

Aaron and Donna O’Brien sit on the deck each morning and enjoy the view from across their luxurious pool towards the rolling hills of Mount Samson.

Creating their dream home came with some challenges, but they are now soaking up the sunny side of life, with living spaces filled with light and warmth from the northerly aspect of their new Brooks Designer Home.

Their incredible home, is more than 520m2, with combined indoor and outdoor living areas of close to 430m2. The house sits on a prestigious 5 acre block in Mount Samson, about halfway between Samford and Dayboro, in South East Queensland.

The couple had a practical and efficient design in mind that offered them the best in open plan living with a big kitchen, butler’s pantry, bar and pool room that all take in a fantastic view!

The O’Brien’s had already built three homes when they approached Brooks Designer Homes to create their fourth masterpiece. So, the pressure was on!

Being a rural property challenges like installing sewerage treatment and water tanks came with the complexity of placing the home in the best aspect to take in the views. This meant working on land with a significant natural slope.

By creating outstanding living spaces and outdoor living, the O’Briens and Brooks Designer Homes met the challenge of ensuring this premier block of land was complemented by an equally prestigious home.

Brooks Designer Homes recently spoke to Aaron and Donna and asked them to share the experience of their build.

Firstly, now that you have been in your new property for some time, what’s your favourite aspect of your home?

The way the home has been designed. It allows us to take in the surroundings, waking up and seeing that view, or having a coffee on the deck makes it all worthwhile.

How would you describe your family’s lifestyle and how does your home reflect this?

We are a family with soon to be teenage girls so we love the outdoors, water sports, camping and entertaining. Our home accommodates our lifestyle fantastically, with the open plan, big kitchen and butler’s pantry looking onto the pool and the view, adjoining the bar and snooker room, it just works so well.

How did you discover Matt and how did he compare with other builders when you were making the choice to build?

A mutual friend introduced us to Matt. We met him during the construction of one of his recent builds and had the opportunity to take a look over that property. We got to have a chat with Matt over a few months and we saw the build progress.

We decided to build with Brooks Designer Homes because of the quality of Matt’s work and the recommendations we’d received for his company.

What did you want out of your relationship with your builder and the build process?

Firstly, we needed a builder who understood that this was our “dream” home. We wanted direct connection to the builder and didn’t want to be just another job number.

Secondly, we were a little unique because we wanted to bring trades to the job. We needed a builder that would be flexible with us in this way and found that in Matt.

How many previous properties have you owned and what did you learn from them?

We’ve previously constructed three homes. This one was by far the most challenging. We had more at stake and wanted to achieve our vision.

Matt worked with us throughout the entire process, through good and challenging moments.

Some of the challenges we faced to ensure our final home was suitable were to minimise the slope to the house. The design had to be functional and take into account that noise minimisation to the main bedroom was a must to accommodate the needs of a shift worker. We also wanted to maximize efficiency, taking into account the northerly aspect of the block and capturing the breeze.

What did you want to achieve in your final design and did it change along the way?

We have fantastic views so the living areas had to make the most of these. Donna is a shift worker so being able to sleep while the family goes about our daily lives without the need to tiptoe around everywhere was a must.

We entertain at home lots, so functionality and lifestyle were high on the list.

Matt introduced us to a draftsman that we knew, ironically he lived about 300m from our block. So his intimate knowledge of the area and the weather of the area really helped.

What part of the home was your indulgence and why?

Most certainly, we went all out on the living areas of the house. It is so well laid out and finished off, it still impresses us. We always have people commenting on this fantastic living space.

What challenges did you face during the build process and how were they addressed?

Logistics were one of our biggest challenges. As an electrician, I wanted to work on the build, but my job has me travelling all over the world. We could have set ourselves up for project delays but Matt worked with me and we all achieved what we needed, when we needed.

Communication was key, I couldn’t be contacted at all times so everyone involved had to be extremely good at communication via various methods. In the end it worked well.

Did you enjoy the experience of working with Brooks Designer Homes?

Overall, yes. Matt employs some great people within his business and everyone made the experience enjoyable.

In three words how would you describe Brook’s Designer Homes?

Innovative, flexible and pays attention to the important details.

Brooks Designer Homes are proud to support Aaron who is taking part in the Variety the children’s charity 2016 Yamaha Variety Jet Trek.

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