The little house with the upside down appeal

The little house with the upside down appeal was awarded two prestigious awards from HIA Queensland last Saturday. The HIA awarded Gibson Building Wide Bay Home of the Year and Custom Home under $300,000.  Each of these awards is independently important. This little home was conceived as a granny flat and was a personal design indulgence of Kieran Gibson of Gibson Building.

The Custom Home award under $300,000 validates the fact that it is possible to create an architecturally inspired home in an affordable price range, employing many environmentally sustainable concepts and design details to create a beautiful, one of a kind home.  Many of these concepts are often only considered on expensive architecturally designed homes.

“Thinking outside the square to create something different and aesthetically pleasing has always been a passion of mine” says Kieran of Gibson Building.  By using a Design and Build method of building rather than the traditional method of commissioning an architect first and then incorporating the builder at the end of the process, many hours and tens of thousands of dollars are saved by the client. The Design and Build concept eliminates the frustrating problem of discovering the designed home is not within their budget.

“I like to call it “build-ability” says Kieran.  “Designing something that takes into consideration the cost of the build at the beginning allows for something unique to be designed that won’t break the budget.  “We are lucky to live in such a beautiful climate and I believe we should take advantage of that.”  Whether the land that a home is built on has amazing views, or land within a residential development, there are always special considerations such as wind direction, sun and neighbours that can have a substantial effect on the design.  Choosing to build a custom built home allows these considerations to be addressed in a Design and Build method of building.

Gibson Building is currently working with clients from out of state designing a home in 1770 Sunrise based upon the Design and Build method. Kieran says “it is exciting seeing someone’s home take shape, paying attention not only to the environment that the home sits upon, but where will they store the surfboard, where will the breeze enter the house, where can they sit on a rainy day and be protected, all of these little considerations makes a home enjoyable to live in. “Regardless of the location I believe intelligent design can be delivered to a client within an achievable budget” says Kieran. This Design and Build method also enables the client to have one point of contact throughout the design and building stages which streamlines the process.

The little house with upside down appeal was no longer a dream on paper but a reality and impressed the judges enough to be awarded Wide Bay Home of the Year.

The interesting use of upside down roof frames allow for un encumbered vistas from the decks, providing approximately 4 meters of shade over the decks and creating a seamless feeling between the inside and out.  Stunning high ceilings inside create a feeling of volume and the actual living space of 60 sqm feels twice the size. With the desire to contain building costs and yet have a unique individual concept, the Design and Build method of building is set to become an important option for many.

“I feel privileged “says Kieran to have received this award.  In the past Gibson Building has won awards in the $1 million – $4 million Custom Home, Best Townhouse Development and $500,000 – $750,000 Custom Home categories. “This award is possibly the most important to me as it proves that it is not all about the price, but clever design that creates a house one is proud to call home” says Kieran.

For more information please contact;


Kieran Gibson – Gibson Building

Mobile: 0437 936 776

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.gibsonbuilding.com