Samford valley small house/ Brisbane


Designed by Baahouse + Baastudio, this 80sqm+20sqm 2 Bedroom small house was built by Saunders Building Company Brisbane. 

It is located in the beautiful hilly area of Samford Valley located 21km from Brisbane City in Queensland, Australia and was designed for an astute and hip elderly couple who wanted to live on the same property as their children but sought their own retreat to enjoy their retirement years.  

The brief for the project was to design a small, tropical, modern house that utilises the steep site. 
The client decided on the Lincoln 2 bedroom from the BAAhouse range. It consists of 2 bedrooms, ensuite, shared wc, large study, laundry and the main kitchen - living / lounge area.  The Lincoln2B is cleverly designed to maximize all internal spaces; the large windows and sliding doors allow for airflow and a large high raking ceiling and the position of high windows makes the 80sqm house feel more like a 100sqm house. A large open deck flowing into the main living area with the sliding doors merges two spaces together to create a large enjoyable space that connects inside and outside together which was a key element for the design.

Interior Fitout

The clients were able to use the same vertical textured cladding from the existing house on site which was painted a dark colour so it disappeared into the leafy surrounding.  With the use of hardwood outriggers, handrails and vertical timber battens, the house has become a stunning tropical form of modern architecture that will over time blend into the surroundings but hold its own style for years to come.
One of the feature materials is the use of fiberglass transparent cladding on the deck area. The fiberglass is semi-transparent which creates a lovely sense of light, and from the outside gives the house a water like appearance glow. At night the house glows in the dark like a Japanese lantern.  
The inside finishes consist of Spotted Gum Hardwood timber flooring which is the same material as the outside decking. The spotted gum flooring wraps up the kitchen island bench. The Feature kitchen bench is raw concrete Caesar stone that compliments the colours of the dark grey laminate and the natural colours of the timber flooring. With the use of timber veneer in the kitchen and tv unit, the blend of materials work together to create an inviting space. 


Main Design features are:

-Large eave overhangs

-expressed hardwood studs

-kitchen designed custom designed to suit your requirements

-separate powder room and ensuite

-large high raked ceilings

-privacy to rooms and neighbours

-storage spaces

-functional laundry area

-Natural lighting and airflow

-Interior detail

BAAhouse have truly created a new style of Granny flats/Small houses that combine architectural features and concepts together with natural materials to blend in with the environment that sets them apart from what’s on the market.


“Granny flats, or secondary dwellings are making a comeback in the Australian backyard due to their affordability and practicality. If you live on a block of land larger than 405sqm and need extra living space for a home office/business, young adults not left home, or your elderly parents, building a second dwelling may be your solution.

With Baahouse you can now enjoy a beautifully architecturally designed second dwelling that gives you versatility as well as blends in with your existing house and natural environment.

Baahouse is a company set up by architects and professional designers who have the knowledge and experience in the industry to co-ordinate everything necessary to make the process stress free and built to your budget.”

Samford valley 80sqm house