IN THE PRESS: Boosting the odds of appeal

In terms of style and design, the three homes at 67 Comer Street, Como are vastly different.

In terms of style and design, the three homes at 67 Comer Street, Como are vastly different.

Built by Refined Edge by Brian Burke Homes, the brief was for a triplex development with broad appeal, dividing a 1209sqm green-titled block into 400sqm green-titled lots, each with a 10m frontage.

Refined Edge Managing Director Michael Burke said the builder had previously completed numerous green-titled subdivisions and was able to provide a full turnkey package in this instance.

“We take each project on a case-by-case basis, and each is different in its own right,” he said.

“In this situation the client was an investor who wanted to create three street-frontage properties and we looked after the whole project. In others we have had clients release equity and then subdivide, and in some of those we’ve dealt with the subdivision and the building of just one of the properties.”

The homes at Como were designed to make the most of their positioning.

“Views of the city lent the home designs to a reverse layout, which created a luxury penthouse apartment feel,” Mr Burke said.

Other inclusions in the three homes included lifts and pre-wiring for solar panels.

All of the homes include three bedrooms – each with its own ensuite and walk-in robe – two powder rooms, an open-plan kitchen, dining and living space and large balconies to make the most of the city views.

Aside from these similarities, Mr Burke said each of the homes was designed to be completely different in style – Eagle Bay, Hamptons and Urban.

“We wanted separate designs to achieve a wanted product in the area,” he said. “It opens the saleability of the homes to everyone.”

The Eagle Bay design comprises natural timber and stone with stainless steel highlights; the Hamptons features weatherboard cladding to the exterior and white and natural finishes; and the Urban contains dark, contrasting colours and Georgian feature brickwork.

The entire build duration was 12 months, which Mr Burke said was doable because Refined Edge was in charge of the whole project.

“It was really good for supervision and we were able to easily move from project to project, similar to a commercial development,” he said. “Having the increased speed during the build allowed for more attention to be given to the finishes to make sure everything was perfect. It is great to see what can be achieved on a refined budget and how the efficiency of scale really improves the project.”


10 Oct 2018