HE BUILDS jawdropping houses for Brisbane’s A-list, from rappers to football players,
but Rob Gray’s biggest project to date is his own dream home.
The luxury home builder admits being his own client helped in the creation of his forever home — an enormous residence being built on a hill in the trendy suburb of Paddington.
As one half of the company, Graya TM, Gray and his brother, Andrew, have built swanky residences for clients including Brisbane Broncos player Darius Boyd, former Wallabies captain Stephen Moore, and star couple model Erin McNaught and rapper ‘Example’ since bursting onto the property scene six years ago.
But this is Gray’s biggest project yet — a palatial, three-level, five-bedroom, six-bathroom house spanning 1000 sqm, with three living rooms and space for eight cars — all on an 820 sqm block just a few kilometres from Brisbane’s CBD.
Features will include a statement spiral staircase, smart wiring, a spa big enough for 12 people, space for a gym in the basement and a pool.
The Spanish-inspired design is reflected in the arches that are such a prominent feature of the home.
“A lot of curves and arches are trending around the world so we really though this would be a grand statement,” Gray said.
“We thought we’d go nuts and make it real loud!”
It’s not the first time Gray has built a home for himself.
After completing more than 20 $1.5 million-plus renovations, Gray renovated a 1930s Queenslander-style cottage and turned it into a prestige home that won a Master Builders Association of Queensland renovation award in 2018.
But it wasn’t to be their forever home, with the pair selling it for $2.8 million to McNaught and Example.
“This one is definitely the long-term play,” Gray said.
“We got a bigger block this time, which is a lot harder to find.
“Doing it again, we always wanted to outperform the previous home, so we went hard and went to a fair bit more effort to plan this one around kids and stuff.”
The project has involved rebuilding a pre-war Queenslander, with architect Joe Adsett providing the vision for the home.
“We were adamant we wanted a super big home that wasn’t disjointed,” Gray said.
“We both like industrial designed homes, like our last one, but decided to try something different by embracing the Queenslander but also incorporating a Spanish chateau style.”
Construction started in October last year, with the Grays hoping to move in by September.
“It’s taken a lot longer than I would have liked, but just because it’s so big, it’s been a bit tedious getting the details right,” Gray said.
In designing the house, Gray said he picked the best bits and pieces from all of his previous projects and put them together.
“The biggest hurdle was getting the plans all aprpoved with council — that took about six or seven months,” he said.
“Construction-wise, it’s probably the trickiest house we’ve ever built.
“It’s been a bit of a jigsaw puzzle, but thankfully I’m the client!”
Gray said the most comparable home would have to be ‘Boomerang’ — the Ascot home designed by Joe Adsett for himself and recently built by Graya.
Graya TM burst on to the startup scene six years ago with just $50,000 in capital, and has since traded more than $60 million worth of property and completed some 60 projects.
Combining their carpentry and quantity surveying skills, the Gray brothers have gained recognition for rebuilding some of the worst homes in Brisbane’s best streets and selling them for a tidy profit.
They have a number of exciting projects on the go and one of their projects has just become available to purchase.
The house at 40 Plunkett St, Paddington, is for sale via expressions of interest with Matt Lancashire of Ray White New Farm.
But potential buyers better get in quick, given how quickly their previous homes have been snapped up.