Showcasing quality and versatility: Morel Construction

When great design meets skilled construction, everyone wins. A combination of liveability, aesthetic appeal, efficient use of space, energy conscious building, and longevity meets the demands of the community, the market, and the planet.

A development of four homes on Innes Road is a great example of developer, designer, and builder working in harmony.

Four happy families are now living a fabulous garden city lifestyle, with the flexibility of lock up and leave at a moment’s notice. If this could always be the future of housing intensification, we would be in good hands.

Morel Construction is responsible for the sturdy construction and impeccable finish. “The homes are solid from the ground up,” says director Dax Morel. “The foundation is a waffle slab which creates a grid pattern on its underside.”

The team’s range of expertise is on display, fitting three types of exterior cladding: Cedar finished in a dark brown stain, Integra Lightweight Concrete with a plaster finish, and James Hardie Titan Board.

Courtesy of Sam Connell at Figure and Ground, the design of each home is diverse but the relationships are clear and the whole is coherent. The same cladding choices are used but in variations.

“I like how the different elements of cladding work together in different ways, plus the tray roofing,” says Dax, “it is a great design.”

Cassette flooring sped up build time by three weeks and is overlaid with quality timber planking. Each home has three bathrooms which are fully tiled with recessed soap shelving, and a separate downstairs toilet. The four bedrooms include a ground floor self-contained guest suite with walk-in robe and bathroom, a master suite upstairs, and two further bedrooms which share a bathroom. Two hardwood decks as well as joinery encased gas fires are included in each home.

However, each new buyer’s choice was not straightforward, with the four homes containing unique features. Some have a concealed pantry, another a stunning skylight above the bath. An open timber-clad steel stair case and a dressing room were all significant drawcards for the different families.

Versatility is a key feature for Dax’s team. “The size of this development was a joy to get our teeth into. In progress currently is a large civil and refurbishment in Redcliffs and upcoming we have a three-storey precast concrete house on the hill beside the Adventure Park.”

“We only build quality,” says Dax, “after 29 years in the business the company is at a great stage. We choose clients who demand quality, because we refuse to compromise our standards.”

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