Josh and Luke’s Eye-Catching Build

Josh and Luke’s Eye-Catching Build
Tue, 02/11/2021 – 15:05

The Block 2021 articles

Twin brothers Josh and Luke selected House #4 after coming in at 2nd place in the house decider challenge. Nestled at the end of the cul-de-sac, this house features an eye-catching Mid-Century style skillion mid-roof that is visible from the top of the Bronte Court. The mid-roof is nestled between an almost flat roof on either side and creates a sense of drama and anticipation for what lies beneath the steep pitch. 

The architectural form of the roof was designed by The Block architect, Julian Brenchley, and is the feature element of the home’s front façade. Of the design said Julian, “I get the freedom to play with the external volumes and really look at contemporary housing practices. My big take on it all is to ensure that underneath these forms there are appropriately orientated living spaces, shaded eaves, and the inclusion of environmentally friendly building practices such as insulation and double-glazed windows.”

Early on, the pair met with COLORBOND® steel, Colour and Design Consultant, Ali Fenton, to discuss colour options for their prominent roof form. Seeking a muted palette that incorporates a mixture of materials including blockwork, formed concrete and exposed aggregate, the brothers selected COLORBOND® steel Matt in the colour Monument®. Ali praised this decision – “With the broad skillion roof being the dominant feature of this uncomplicated exterior palette, the subtle textural finish of COLORBOND® steel Matt in the colour Monument® combined with the rough tactile appeal of the dark grey render plus the contrasting pale grey of the floating concrete steps, plays perfectly into the industrial styling and voluminous scale of House 4’s overall design.”

After struggling in the initial weeks, Josh and Luke picked up their first room win in week #3 for their Master bedroom and walk-in-robe. This was a much-needed approval from the judges after many cast doubts about their idea to change their floorplan to include a more generously sized Master suite by switching the garage with the Master bedroom. 

Of the twin’s journey says Ali, “By raising one side of the roof to create a low pitched skillion and embracing this form via raked ceilings and a broad wall of pool-side windows, they have added subtle detailing to the new space that links back to the main part of the house, creating a sense of connection to enhance their game-changing decision.”

The brothers have also recognised the importance of ensuring a seamless flow from outside to inside by incorporating some of the deep, moody tones from their exterior palette into their interior scheme.  Says Ali, “There is a level of softness inside with the incorporation of plush velvets, scalloped walls and venetian plaster effects in gentle whites, pale greys and cool pastels. And, to create a flow between the spaces, Josh and Luke have also drawn through some exterior tones with their selection of dark cabinetry, tiles, window frames and occasional lighting which grounds the overall palette and creates consistency.”

We are excited to see how Josh and Luke go on auction day, and whether their game-changing ideas have the impact that they hope for. 

House #4’s COLORBOND® steel details:

Two flat roof on either side: COLORBOND® steel Matt in the colour Monument® using Architectural Cladding Systems’ Snaplock Panel profile (in a 290mm pan width and a 38mm rib height)
COLORBOND® steel Matt in the colour Monument® concealed box gutters and internal downpipes

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