Bricks from PGH Bricks & Pavers played an important role during the construction of a contemporary extension to a pre-war home in Queensland.

Sitting quietly atop a crest on the Balmoral Hillside, The Folkhouse offers pared-back and open volumes of space that contrast dramatically against the ornate rooms of the original cottage.

Shaun Lockyer Architects chose Copper Glow bricks from the PGH Bricks Smooth range to add a bold and contemporary texture to the home. The brick theme stems from its original, post-war extensions, and offers a contrast resonant with the lightweight first floor.

By integrating brick into the exterior, the architect was able to successfully connect the house, swimming pool and fireplace pillar together. Brick has also been used to seamlessly connect the interior to the outdoor living area. The internal feature walls and seating effortlessly work to offer a quintessentially airy Queensland atmosphere.

The Folkhouse adheres to a simple idea of scale, light and inner city living. The house stands testament to the concept of revitalising beautiful homes with style. While the extension is contemporary, the house continues to retain its soul from its pre-war beginnings – without erasing its true character.

Photographer: Scott Burrows