The ‘mullet house’ trend is transforming the way we think about renovations. Rather than knocking down and rebuilding old homes, the ‘mullet’ trend encourages us to create a ‘dialogue’ between old and new, retaining the classic look of the front façade but contrasting it with a modern extension at the back.

We chatted Rob Gray about his new Brisbane home which he describes as “a family home modern that’s a modern take on seventies flair.” Discover how Rob used mixed materials to make this home a stand-out.

Exterior focus

"The existing house was substantial and the elevation at the front was a classic looking Queenslander, so we decided to keep it and add a modern mixed-materials extension to the back of the house.

The facade of the home was a key consideration during the renovation. I think the exterior of a house is your first impression, and that's where the identity of a house is formed."

"I love the mixed materials look- a mixture of materials is something that I feel adds several dimensions to the house." - Rob Gray, builder and home owner

Choosing the right materials

“The exterior look—Scyon Stria cladding mixed with the brick façade—is a family friendly, maintenance-free choice. It has a pleasant indoor-outdoor feel that I felt would be ideal match for the ultimate Queensland family lifestyle.

I love the mixed materials look- a mixture of materials is something that I feel adds several dimensions to the house. For example, we used brick for a natural feel, timber to soften the look and Scyon Stria to add a classier, smoother look and to make the home stand out from the rest of the homes in the suburb.”

Modern extension with Stria cladding

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Balancing old and new: Rob carefully selected the right mix of materials that would balance the classic facade of this home with the contemporary extension at the back.

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Standing out from the crowd

“We wanted to create a stand out façade would make this a landmark house in the Brisbane CBD area. There are so many houses out there that have a similar look, so I wanted something different because I think it is important that the house complements your personality.

We really wanted this house to stand out from the rest in the street. Scyon Stria is a modern cladding and it really helped us to achieve this."

Get Your look Your Way

"If you're building a mixed materials house, my top three tips are:

  1. Consider the climate you are building for and the direction the house is facing.
  2. Research the durability of the products you are using.
  3. Ensure the combinations of materials that you select complement each other and they don’t compete against each other."

"We really wanted this house to stand out from the rest in the street. Scyon Stria is a modern cladding and it really helped us to achieve this." - Rob Gray, builder and home owner.

Build completed by Graya Constructions
www.grayconstructions.com.au


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