The Brisbane Street brief required the refurbishment and reinvention of a semi-detached terrace in Queens Park. A home was required for a young family that could become a vehicle for exploration and memory, with a playfulness of texture, scale, and pattern. Although spatially compact, the home was to include significant amenities and aspirations; simple but sophisticated, this was to become a highly crafted, handmade piece of livable cabinetry. The western sunset, combined with magnificent eucalypt in the rear garden, created clear motivation for the planning of the project. Each room had to achieve a view to these treasured assets while utilizing the previously unengaged areas of the site. Site limitations required the construction of the works to be highly rational with a simple repetitive joist and beam structure, a limitation that was considered to become one of the house’s greatest benefits. The quality of the spaces borrows heavily from these exposed structural joists that span the site; stained pine timbers with pine ceiling linings create a gentle and expressive ceiling surface that unifies the lower floor. The existing geography of the site also created an opportunity to experiment with the massive scale of the kitchen; with 15-foot ceiling heights a room was created of uncommon scale and impact. The eastern, or street facing rooms, maintain the heritage characteristics within the original Elizabethan building’s fabric and street frontage. The upper floor introduces a softer and more luxurious side to the home. Natural alpaca floor coverings and Carrara marble tiles add a natural sophistication, a warm but “grown-up”palette. With a requirement to provide three bedrooms and two bathrooms, the upper level spaces revolve around the handshaped French oak handrail, again with the view to the western eucalypt. The east-west axis provides a link to the setting sun from all rooms with a generosity of dimension not typical within a terrace building. Conceptually, the works were to present themselves as a “kit of parts”. Each element had a clear material language and expression. These included the upper floor steel framed windows, the lower floor oversized rosewood doors, French oak floors, and exposed timber ceiling joists. Surfaces experiment with the natural beauty of Carrara stone, either as slabs, splashback tiles or even smaller bathroom tiles. The link is elemental but beautiful. The remaining white surfaces fall away to these predominant fixtures. The result is a playful and successful family home that was budget driven but never judged as a budget project. Free of clutter, the home is not minimal, but instead dense with experience and quality. It is a beautifully crafted piece of joinery.